New Releases Jan. 1-6 and Reader’s Choice Pick

First, thanks to Roger, for letting me know the cover of Royal Street is in a book-cover throwdown over at the Book Faery blog today–go over and vote! http://book-faery.blogspot.com/

And….we’re back! Nothing to kick off a new year like a monster list of new releases in urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and science fiction. As always, tell me what you’d most like to read from this list, and I’ll draw a winner at the end of the week. You’re the reader; your choice.

First, congrats to the winners from last week’s contests. If you see your name, please email me HERE and send me your snail-mail address if you prefer a print book or email/format if you prefer an ebook. (Some contests may specify one format or the other.)

Congrats to:

LYSSA ANNE, who won a “my favorite series” pick—she picked the first book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, Storm Front.

REA, who won the twofer giveaway, Planesrunner and Hearts of Smoke and Steam.

MEL, who won the Reader’s Choice for last week—she picked Richelle Mead’s Shadow Heir.

Now, for this week’s list of new releases—comment to win your choice!

*Genre key (at the end of each listing): SF=science fiction; F=high/epic fantasy; UF=urban fantasy; H=horror; PNR=paranormal romance; YA=young adult; MG=middle grade; alt history=alternative history; dyst=dystopia; steampunk; mystery.

Midnight Reckoning, by Kendra Leigh Castle (Jan. 1, HQN)

Two separate worlds. One passion that binds them. Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She’s the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn—if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title. One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they’re both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity—just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. Second in the Dark Dynasties series. PNR

The Lure of Song and Magic, by Patricia Rice (Jan. 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Workaholic TV producer Dylan Ives believes former singing sensation Syrene Malcolm holds the clue to finding his kidnapped son. A lost child herself, Syrene cares about the missing boy even though Dylan’s personality is nothing short of rude. But Syrene refuses to unleash her dangerous siren’s voice, even for a man who is impossible to deny. PNR

Never to Sleep,by Rachel Vincent(Jan. 1, Harlequin)

Don’t Close Your Eyes. Sophie Cavanaugh is not going to let her freak of a cousin’s strange psychiatric condition ruin high school for them both. Not after all the work she’s put into cultivating the right look, and friends, and reputation. But then, Sophie sees something so frightening she lets out a blood-curdling scream—and finds herself stuck in a bizarre parallel world where nothing is safe and deadly creatures lurk just out of sight, waiting for her to close her eyes and sleep…forever. A digital novella in the Soul Screamers series. UF-YA

Hallowed, by Cynthia Hand(Jan. 2, Egmont)

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the decisions she would be forced to make, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings. The second Unearthly novel. PNR-YA

Vampirates: Immortal War, by Justin Somper (Jan. 2, Little, Brown)

A bloody war is raging across the oceans, with the Pirate Federation and Nocturnals in alliance against the renegade Vampirates, led by Sidorio and Lola. Nothing will stop either from making their presence \ known in battle. Connor and Grace Tempest have important roles to play—he as a pirate warrior at the heart of the fight; she as a powerful healer working with the war-wounded. As the twins face their greatest challenges, old allies and foes return in the ultimate battle of Pirate versus Vampirate. Concludes this sequence of Vampirates novels. F-YA

Darkness Falls, by Cate Tiernan(Jan. 2, Little, Brown)

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River’s Edge, a haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River’s Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won’t allow herself to have. But just as she’s getting comfortable, her family’s ties to dark magick force her to leave. She falls back into her old, hard-partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Second in the Immortal Beloved series. F-YA

Immortal Hope, by Claire Ashgrove(Jan. 3, Tor)

Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. One promise remains for salvation—the return of the seraphs. Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold. PNR

Wild Cat, by Jennifer Ashley(Jan. 3, Berkley)

When feline shifter Cassidy Warden saves detective Diego Escobar from plunging to his death, she takes his breath away. But she’s been breaking all kinds of human laws, and Diego, to save her from termination, has to promise his department he’ll watch over her. Diego finds the task harder than he thinks—Cassidy is trying to find out what kind of mysterious hunter killed her mate two years ago, a hunter that could bring danger to all shifters. Third in the Shifters Unbound series. PNR

Whispers in the Dark, by Maya Banks (Jan. 3, Berkley)

She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She’s the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture. With her help, he’s able to escape. But he isn’t truly free, because now she’s disappeared and he’s left with an all-consuming emptiness. Did he imagine his angel? Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan into danger, but now that she has, can they prevail? PNR

Halo: Primordium, by Greg Bear(Jan. 3, Tor)

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans—Chakas and Riser—are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores. Captured by the Master Builder, they find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans are trapped in a cycle of horror and neglect as both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end. In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. Second in the Forerunner Saga. SF

The Daemon Prism, by Carol Berg (Jan. 3, Roc)

Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by the King, the Temple, and the Camarilla Magica for crimes against the living and the dead. Yet no judgment could be worse than his enemies’ cruel vengeance that left him crippled in body and mind. Dante seeks to salve pain and bitterness with a magical puzzle. Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante risks eternal corruption and the loss of everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and divine truth. Third in the Collegia Magica series. F

City of the Lost, by Stephen Blackmoore(Jan. 3, DAW)

Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss—only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing. UF

It Takes a Witch, by Heather Blake (Jan. 3, Signet)

Darcy Merriweather has just discovered she hails from a long line of Wishcrafters—witches with the power to cast spells by making a wish. She’s come to Enchanted Village to learn her trade but finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation in this paranormal cozy mystery. GB-Cozy

Power Play, by Ben Bova(Jan. 3, Tor)

Jake Ross, a university astronomer, wants nothing more than to teach a few classes each semester and continue on his research. However, he is being aggressively recruited to be the science advisor to Frank Tomlinson, an ambitious politician with his eye on the U.S. Senate. Tomlinson is in need of an edge that will allow him to defeat his opponent at the polls, and Dr. Ross can contribute just that: magnetohydrodynamics, which will allow electricity to be generated efficiently and cheaply. Never mind the deadly risks. SF

Dust of the Damned, by Peter Brandvold (Jan. 3, Berkley)

The Hell’s Angels are a gang of werewolves who have escaped from Hellsgarde Federal Penitentiary. They were the ones who tore the Confederates into submission at Gettysburg for Lincoln, thus ending the Civil War. Now they’ve headed West—to join the legions of other ghouls. Armed with an arsenal of weapons, the deadliest being Marshal Angel Coffin, notorious ghoul-hunter Uriah Zane must stop the hordes of shape- shifting creatures pushing west. Weird West steampunk

Flashfire, by Deborah Cooke(Jan. 3, Signet)

Master illusionist Lorenzo wants nothing to do with the Pyr. His dragon nature is just another secret to hide and another detail to juggle, like ensuring that each of his Las Vegas magic shows is a true spectacle. Cassie Redmond is tired of photographing celebrities. She wants to pursue her dream of serious photography—despite the lucrative offer for a shot of a dragon shifter. Seventh in the Dragonfire series. PNR

Tempest, by Julie Cross (Jan. 3, St. Martin’s Griffin)

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy—he’s in college, has a girlfriend…and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun. Until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007 and now he’s stuck. And the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. YA time travel

Wild Wild Death, by Casey Daniels(Jan. 3, Berkley)

Her job has been cut, she’s low on cash, and her detective sometime-boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up. But when her cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped, Pepper stumbles upon another deadly mystery that brings her to New Mexico. And she’s after a clever murderer—one whose idea of Boot Hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo. Eighth in the paranormal Pepper Martin Mysteries series. Mystery

Grantville Gazette VI, edited by Eric Flint (Jan. 3, Baen)

The sixth anthology of tales set in Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series—all inspired and edited by the creator himself, Eric Flint. A cosmic accident sets the modern West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth-century Europe. It will take all the gumption of the resourceful, freedom-loving up-timers to find a way to flourish in the mad and bloody end of medieval times. ALT Hist

All That Bleeds, by Kimberly Frost(Jan. 3, Berkley)

As the last heiress of the House of North, Alissa knows that striking up a secret friendship with a half-vampire enforcer is dangerous, but Merrick is a temptation she can’t resist. When Alissa is kidnapped, Merrick proves he will do anything to protect the woman who tempts him with her very existence. PNR

Seven Princes, by John R. Fultz(Jan. 3, Orbit)

An ancient necromancer slaughters the king and his court in front of the unbelieving eyes of crown prince D’zan. From that moment, his life is consumed by one thought – to regain his throne. Others will join him, some will oppose him. In a world where men and giants fight side by side against ancient monsters and new powers, only one thing is sure – war is coming. Blood will run and princes will clash. Seven princes. Seven destinies. All will be legend. First in the Books of the Shaper series. F

The Broken Land, by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear (Jan. 3, Tor)

In this third book of the People of the Longhouse quartet, sorcerer Atotarho sets into motion a cataclysmic battle that threatens to destroy the Iroquoian world. Only three people are brave enough to challenge him: a disgraced warrior known as Sky Messenger; his friend War Chief Hiyawento; and a powerful clan matron named Jigonsaseh. To stop the madman, they must find a way to bring five warring nations together. F

The Bride Wore Black Leather, by Simon R. Green (Jan. 3, Ace)

John Taylor is marrying the love of his life, Suzie Shooter, the Nightside’s most fearsome bounty hunter. But before he can walk down the aisle he has one more case to solve as a private eye—a case that has him on the run from friends and enemies both, with his bride-to-be looking to collect the bounty on his head. Twelfth in the Nightside series. UF

Eve: Templar One, by Tony Gonzales(Jan. 3, Tor)

New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives. The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate. But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever. For deep in a prison reclamation camp, a secret program is underway—one that will unlock dangerous secrets of New Eden’s past. SF

Dreaming Awake, by Gwen Hayes (Jan. 3, NAL)

When Theia Alderson encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions. Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own. Second in the Falling Under series. UF-YA

Between Their Worlds, by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee (Jan. 3, Roc)

Magiere and Leesil must rescue Wynn Hygeort from her captivity in the Guild of Sagecraft. But Wynn doesn’t want to give up access to the ancient scrolls that may help them locate the last of the magical Orbs coveted by the Ancient Enemy. Tenth in the Noble Dead series. F

Sisterhood of Dune, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Jan. 3, Tor)

It is eighty-three years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind. So many decades after the defeat of the thinking machines, which begins to sweep across the known universe in mobs, millions strong, destroying everything in its path, fate rests with one small group who will become enmeshed in the contest between Reason and Faith. All of them will be forced to choose sides in the inevitable crusade that could destroy humankind forever. SF

Switched, by Amanda Hocking(Jan. 3, St. Martin’s Griffin)

When Wendy Everly was six, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed—a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it. First in the Trylle Trilogy. Originally self-published digitally in 2010. UF-YA

Blood of the Volcano, by Imogen Howson (Jan. 3, Samhain)

Maya, leader of the temple maenads, has learned nothing but contempt for the weakness of her human body. She lives for the ritual that transforms her into maenad form, ready to administer the vengeance of the volcano god. Killing a fugitive shifter is not just her duty, but her delight—until, against all odds, he captures her, trapping her in her worst nightmare: her vulnerable, easily controlled human form. PNR

Raven Cursed, by Faith Hunter(Jan. 3, Roc)

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock. But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. UF

Gift of Magic, by Lynn Kurland(Jan. 3, Berkley)

Sarah of Doìre knows the pattern of spells is no accident. With each page, each powerful rune, she and Ruith are being led somewhere, to someonebut by whom, she cannot tell. Sarah’s gift of sight only allows her to see the spells themselves, not the person behind them. A reluctant sorcerer still learning to trust his own magic, Ruithneadh of Ceangail knows he’s woefully unprepared for the adversaries they’ll face. But he and Sarah must collect and destroy his father Gair’s spells soon. Many mages seek their power, and in the wrong hands, Gair’s magic would plunge the Nine Kingdoms into an eternity of darkness. F

Haunted Warrior, by Allie Mackay (Jan. 3, Signet)

Kendra Chase is exhausted from her work as a ghost whisperer, so she’s been looking forward to her vacation in Edinburgh. But work awaits her as the tiny fishing village is being excavated, and supernatural uprisings have been reported. Graeme MacGrath knows the source of the psychic trouble. The excavation is disrupting the protective veil between this world and darker, more ancient ones. He hates to admit it but he will need the fetching Kendra and her paranormal abilities to save the town he loves from unspeakable evil. PNR

King of the Isles, by Debbie Mazzuca (Jan. 3, Zebra)

Evangeline may be powerfully persuasive in her way, but convincing the notoriously wild Highland king Lachlan MacLeod to strengthen his alliances with a strategic marriage seems to be asking the impossible. Stubborn and proud, Lachlan seems determined to go against her will, even if it means endangering the people he’s sworn to protect and the enchanted isle that has already seen so much discord. Yet the battle-scarred Highlander cannot ignore his sultry advisor for long. PNR

Shadow Heir, by Richelle Mead(Jan. 3, Zebra)

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land’s prophecy-haunted queen, there’s no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld. The spell-driven source of the blight isn’t the only challenge to Eugenie’s instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can’t trust the synergy drawing them back together. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon—and risk the ultimate sacrifice. Fourth in the Dark Swan series. UF

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer (Jan. 3, Feiwel & Friends)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg, a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.SF-YA

Fracture, by Megan Miranda(Jan. 3, Walker)

By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her best friend, Decker Phillips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. But somehow Delaney survived—despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. PNR-YA

To Walk the Night, by E.S. Moore(Jan. 3, Kensington)

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power. Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. UF

Charmfall, by Chloe Neill (Jan. 3, NAL)

Protecting Chicago from the dark side can be an exhausting job, especially when you’re a junior. So when the girls of St. Sophia’s start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to join in on some good, old-fashioned party prep—even if it means not giving demons, vampires and the twisted magic users known as Reapers her undivided attention. But when a Reaper infiltrates the school, Lily doesn’t forget what she’s sworn to protect. Third in the Dark Elite series. UF-YA

Born of Ashes, by Caris Roane(Jan. 3, St. Martin’s)

For years, she was kept as a human slave—one of seven unwilling “blood donors” for the death vampires who thirst for absolute power. Now, Fiona is a free woman, haunted by her memories of being strapped to a gurney, drained of blood, then revived at the last moment. She lives to avenge her captors—but only one warrior can help her. PNR

Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi (Jan. 3, HarperCollins)

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. SF-YA

Hold Me If You Can, by Stephanie Rowe (Jan. 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Nigel Aquarian is a warrior with an artistic bent, and Natalie Fleming a chocolatier who has a new lease on life. But her freedom comes with a dangerous gift she doesn’t want. Nigel and his fellow warriors have only just escaped imprisonment when an even worse threat emerges. Natalie is the only woman who can help Nigel—but she’s also the one most likely to bring him down. Third in the Soulfire series. PNR

Sins of the Demon, by Diana Rowland(Jan. 3, DAW)

The homicide beat in Louisiana isn’t just terrifying, it’s demonic. Detective Kara Gilligan of the supernatural task force has the ability to summon demons to her aid, but she herself is pledged to serve a demonic lord. And now, people who’ve hurt Kara in the past are dropping dead for no apparent reason. To clear her name and save both the demon and human worlds, she’s in a race against the clock and in a battle for her life that just may take her to hell and back. Fourth in the Kara Gilligan series. UF

Tribulations, by Ken Shufeldt (Jan. 3, Tor)

An asteroid storm has obliterated the Earth. Billy and Linda West have built enough space-going arks to save a small number of people who now roam the void in search of a new home. Desperate to find a safe haven, Billy makes a dangerous attempt to exceed the speed of light. When his plans go terribly wrong, the Wests’ severely-damaged ship is separated from the fleet and left drifting near a mysterious planet. This world’s conditions are hospitable—but its inhabitants? Not so much. SF

Leaves of Flame, by Benjamin Tate(Jan. 3, DAW)

Colin has become a master of three of the five magics, and has gifted the human, Dwarren, and Alvritshai races with magical protective Trees. But the power of the dark spirits is spreading despite this. Can Colin unite the races against this menace and prevent their enemy from complete control of the land’s magic? Second in the Well of Sorrows series. F

The Departed, by Shiloh Walker(Jan. 3, Berkley)

FBI Special Agent Taylor Jones has made it his mission to save those in harm’s way by any means necessaryincluding employing psychic agents like Desiree Lincoln, who can communicate with the disembodied spirits of the dead. When Dez is seriously wounded, Taylor can no longer hide his feelings for her. Getting involved could spell disaster for both of themnot to mention those who rely on them for helpbut once Dez lays her hands on him, he can’t resist the fierce attraction. Second in the Missing series. PNR

One Thousand Kisses, by Jody Wallace (Jan. 3, Samhain)

Embor Fiertag, Primary of the Fey Realm, and Anisette Serendipity, Court intern, are foretold bondmates, but only Embor knows it. He hasn’t informed her of the prophecy because she doesn’t seem to like him. At the same time, she assumes he disapproves of her. An unsavory political strategy turns the Court against Embor, forcing Embor and Ani to flee to humanspace. With the aid of a scheming feline, they’ll have to share their hearts if they’re to have any hope of keeping the fabric separating the Fey and human worlds intact. PNR

Skirmish, by Michelle West(Jan. 3, DAW)

At long last, Jewel is preparing to announce her candidacy to become the next Terafin and claim the House Seat. But it is a decision that has her targeted by demons who will stop at nothing to destroy Jewel and her allies as the House War begins. Fourth in the House War series. F

The Alchemy of Forever, by Avery Williams (Jan. 3, Simon & Schuster)

After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world’s riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human’s life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she’s done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again. Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting—and falls for the human boy who lives next door. PNR-YA

A Demon Does It Better, by Linda Wisdom (Jan. 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can’t avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick. PNR

Cobra Gamble, by Timothy Zahn(Jan. 3, Baen)

Cobras warriors, genetically enhanced and implanted with an arsenal of covert weaponry, are the most dangerous guerilla fighters humanity has ever produced. For Jin Moreau Broom, the war is the culmination of a lifetime of Cobra service. But it is also the height of danger for herself and her family as they struggle to survive a war that none of them ever expected to see. The Troft invasions of Qasama and the Cobra Worlds has had at least one result: it has turned long-time antagonists into uneasy and unwilling allies. As the aliens battle to consolidate their conquered territories, a small group of Cobras and Qasaman Djinn work together to create a victory that will rock the invaders to the core. Now one young Cobra must forge a new political order as a devastating alien enemy strikes. Third in the Cobra War series. SF

Fated, by Sarah Alderson(Jan. 5, Simon & Schuster)

When Evie Tremain discovers that she’s the last in a long line of Demon slayers and that she’s being hunted by an elite band of assassins—Shapeshifters, Vampires and Mixen demons amongst them—she knows she can’t run. Instead, she must learn to stand and fight. But when the half-human, half-Shadow Warrior Lucas Gray is sent to spy on Evie and kill her before she can fulfil a dangerous prophecy, their fates become inextricably linked. UF-YA

Archon, by Sabrina Benulis(Jan. 5, HarperCollins)

Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution, she hopes her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. But within West Wood, a secret coven plots, and demons and angels search for the key to open Raziel’s book—a secret tome from a lost archangel. Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, Angela holds the key to Heaven and Hell — and both will stop at nothing to possess her. UF-YA

Dragonswood, by Janet Lee Carey(Jan. 5, Penguin)

Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends. In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted. F-YA

Stormswept, by Helen Dunmore(Jan. 5, HarperCollins)

Morveren lives with her parents and twin sister Jenna on an island off the coast of Cornwall, an island that in the past was devastated by a tidal wave, its halls and people lost. Only some of those taken by the sea may not have been lost at all. Morveren finds a beautiful teenage boy in a rock pool after a storm and she is shocked to see that he is not human but a Mer boy. And when the worlds of Air and Mer meet, the consequences can be terrible. Fifth in the Ingo series. UF-YA

Run: A Subject Seven Novel, by James A. Moore (Jan. 5, Razorbill)

The Failures are on the road and heading toward Evelyn Hope. According to Joe Bronx, Evelyn is the only one with the answers that can save them. Meanwhile, the Successes are preparing for attack. And this time, they won’t stop until they annihilate the Failures. But the Failures have another enemy: themselves. They’re physically destroying their human alter egos each time they mutate. There can be only one group of survivors in this epic battle—and the humans don’t seem to stand a chance. SF-YA

Fool’s Silver, by Alice Moss(Jan. 5, Bantam)

A gorgeous boyfriend and a long summer in Winter Mill to look forward to—things are good for Faye McCarron. Then her friend Lucas disappears without a trace. But nobody seems to care—until two strangers arrive in town. The second Mortal Kiss novel. PNR-YA

Gah! Decisions, decisions. As always, four entries possible and please include your e-mail: +1 for comment to tell me what book (any book) you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest. This contest is international. 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).

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  1. Dust of the Damned by Peter Brandcold for me if I win. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  2. Oh my, so many great books. I honestly can’t decided between Whispers In The Dark and Tempest. ahhh, I would ask that you surprise me if I win 🙂

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  3. Wow at all the choices this week! I have to go with Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter.

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  4. Wow, what an impressive list this week! I want to try a new author so… Whispers in the Dark, by Maya Banks it is! I hope you had a great New Year’s Day!

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  5. this is a TOUGH decision!! i think i would have to go with The Bride Wore Black Leather, by Simon R. Green..

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  6. Wow, that’s a long list this week! And a promising start to the new year, I hope.

    I’ve been looking forward to Switched since I heard about it. 🙂

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  7. Wow, what an enormous list! I love some of your picks, didn’t know about those. If I win, I want the Cate Tiernan book! Or the Heather Blake one. hmm difficult decision. They will be mine no matter what.

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  8. Happy New Year to you and I wish you all the best in 2012 (lets home the Mayans got it wrong!).

    As usual picking just one book is terribly difficult but you feature one of my favorite writers so I would go for Halo: Primordium,by Greg Bear.

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  9. Too many good books… i guess i will keep with the one i know Charmfall from Chloe Neill

    all the best, i hope you have a wonderful year 2012 and a lot after ^^

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  10. I choose Whispers in the Dark by Maya Banks. I love the KGI series! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. That’s a long list! I would love to win Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead. I love the Dark Swan series.

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  12. Wanna try : Fracture, by Megan Miranda

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  13. I would love to read Hallowed if I win. Thanks for the opportunity. Much appreciated.

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  14. wow.
    Raven Cursed hands down is my first choice.

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  15. Dragonswood is what I am waiting on. I pre-ordered some of the others, but I love my dragons!

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  16. what a impressive list this week
    i can decide between

    1Midnight Reckoning, by Kendra
    Leigh Castl
    Immortal Hope, by Claire Ashgrove
    Seven Princes, by John R. Fultz
    Haunted Warrior, by Allie Mackay
    King of the Isles, by Debbie Mazzuca
    Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
    Fracture, by Megan Miranda
    A Demon Does It Better, by Linda Wisdom

    if i win i will decide intesnly lol ^-^

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  17. Thank you so much for making this giveaway international!
    My choice is Under the Never Sky.

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  18. wow how do you chose just one? I think Dreaming Awake or Fracture are on the top of my must have list (only because I already pre-ordered and read some of the others listed!)
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  19. I’d love a copy of Charmfall. I really love this series. 🙂

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  20. There were SO MANY BOOKS that I had to keep looking and leaving & thinking about the list, and coming back & looking again, and so on, and so on… But I think I decided I’d like E.S. Moore’s To Walk the Night if I win.

    Thanks, Suzanne, for the always awesome Reader’s Choice giveaway!

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  21. So many choices. Hard choices. I’ll go with Immortal Hope, by Claire Ashgrove,

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  22. Dust of the Damned for me in the unlikely event of my win 🙂

    thanks!

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  23. Way to many books to choose from… I think I would like The Daemon Prism!

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  24. To many decisions! If I have to narrow it down, I guess it would have to be Under the Never Sky!

    Thank you!

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  25. Wow! What a list! I have so many of these on my tbr list! I’d probably pick Charmfall, Shadow Heir, Darkness Falls, or Midnight Reckoning. I’m not sure which!

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