Remember how few releases there were the last two weeks? How easy the decision as to what book you’d most like to win? Not this week, as August 28 in particular is a huge release day in all our favorite speculative fiction genres. Gotta admit I’d have a hard time choosing this week—there are lots of series books I’d need to go back and get the first book of (which you can do, by the way), but I think I’d pick the first book in Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series—I haven’t read this series and think it sounds really intense!
But Reader’s Choice is all about you. As always, leave a comment telling me the book here you’d most like to win (or the first in its series), and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please do enter.
Here we go….
Darkly handsome and dangerously sexy, these voracious vampires are out for blood — and bound for eternal love.
The unstoppable avenger, Kyana, takes on her new role as Goddess of the Hunt, joining with Ryker—the new Zeus and Kyana’s one true love—to save the world from vampires, demons, shapeshifters, and all manner of supernatural creatures of the night, in a battle that could carry them to the fiery depths of Hades itself.
A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger—and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her.
Got Demon? Grace does. She’s got more demon than she can saddle. In fact, she’s got a sinfully sexy Crown Prince of Hell named Caspian. She’s also got ten days to get rid of him or Bad Things shall ensue.
Even Angels can be tough. Ex-cop Brendan Clarkson is an angel with an edge. His tough exterior is the perfect camouflage for his job-hunting down the most dangerous criminals on earth. Brendan’s a self-reliant and demanding lone wolf, constantly on the brink of clashing with his superiors at the Company of Angels.
Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch.
Getting out of hell is just the beginning. What do you do after you’ve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer? Well, if you’re James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it again. Plus there’s the small matter of surviving.
Video-game designer River Weston has seen her world torn apart. The streets of Earth have filled with looting, sickness, and fighting, but River knows that she is in a unique position to help. Drawing on her Fae magic, she creates a computer-generated program called Hollow Man, designed to protect humans during battle.
Anna Strong, kick-ass bounty hunter and vampire, has made some enemies in her time. But it’s not just her old foes she should be worried about. Anna’s shape-shifting friend, Culebra, finally opens up to her about his life before owning Beso de la Muerte, a bar catering to supernatural clientele. As if summoned by the conversation, Culebra’s past stumbles into his bar in the form of an old buddy cashing in on a favor.
Immortally Yours (Monster MASH #1), by Angie Fox (August 28, St. Martin’s)
No one patches up the incoming wounded like Dr. Petra Robichaud. Recruited by the gods for her uncanny medical skills, she’s the best M*A*S*H surgeon in the army. Along with a nosy guard sphinx, vegetarian werewolf, and other paranormal paramedics, she bandages soldiers who are built like Greek gods (literally). But when one sexy immortal ends up on her operating table — half dead and totally to-die-for — Petra’s afraid she’ll lose her patient and her heart.
Mockingbird (Miriam Black #2), by Chuck Wendig(August 28, Angry Robot)
Miriam is trying. Really, she is. But this whole “settling down thing” that Louis has going for her just isn’t working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year around. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis, who’s on the road half the time in his truck, is subject to the piss and vinegar Miriam brings to everything she does.
Soul Trade (Black London #5), by Caitlin Kittredge (August 28, St. Martin’s)
The crow-mage Jack Winter returns to crash a secret gathering of ghost hunters, soul stealers, and other uninvited guests, both dead and alive. Normally, Pete Caldecott stays far away from magical secret societies. But ever since her partner and boyfriend Jack Winter stopped a primordial demon from ripping into our world, every ghost, demon, and mage in London has been wide awake and hungry. And the magical society in question needs their help putting things right.
Spark (Elemental #2), by Brigid Kemmerer (August 28, Kensington)
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.
Zeuglodon, by James P. Blaylock(August 31, Subterranean)
A skeletal hand clutching an iron key lies hidden within a mermaid’s wooden sarcophagus; a hand-drawn map is stolen from beneath the floorboards an old museum; an eccentric sleeping inventor dreams of a passage to the center of the hollow earth, and by dreaming of the passage, brings it into being.
Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm #1), by G.T. Almasi (August 28, Del Rey)
G. T. Almasi fuses the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carre novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create an alternate history that re-imagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.
Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction, edited by Carrie Ryan(August 28, Random House)
Have you ever been tempted to look into the future? To challenge predictions? To question fate? It’s human nature to wonder about life’s twists and turns. But is the future already written—or do you have the power to alter it? From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life’s unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction’s brightest stars.
Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye, by Paul Tremblay (August 28, ChiZine)
Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, antagonistic and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits, and farm animals illegally engineered for silence. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier.
The Uninvited (Krewe of Hunters #8), by Heather Graham(August 28, Harlequin)
A Philadelphia mansion plays host to uninvited death. 1777: In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Landon Mansion is commandeered by British Lord “Butcher” Bedford. He stabs Lucy Tarleton, who spurned his king and his love, leaving her to die in her father’s arms. Now: After the day’s final tour, docent Allison Leigh makes her rounds while locking up and finds a colleague slumped over Bedford’s desk, impaled on his own replica bayonet.
UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #3), by Neal Shusterman(August 28, Simon & Schuster)
Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.
Wrayth (Book of the Order #3), by Phillippa Ballantine (August 28, Ace)Although she is one of the most powerful Deacons in the Order, Sorcha Faris is still unable to move or speak after her last battle. Even her partner, Merrick Chambers, cannot reach her through their shared Bond. Yet there are those who still fear Sorcha and the mystery of her hidden past. Meanwhile, Merrick has been asked to investigate a new member of the Emperor’s Court. But when Sorcha is abducted by men seeking Raed Rossin, the shapeshifting rival to the throne, Merrick must choose where his loyalties lie.
Bloodstar (Star Corpsman #1), by Ian Douglas (August 28, Harper Voyager)
In the 23rd Century, war is still hell. Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle joined up to save lives and see the universe. Now he and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are en route to Bloodworld — a hellish, volatile rock colonized by the fanatical Salvationists who desired an inhospitable world where they could suffer for humanity’s sins. Their penance could prove fatal — for the Qesh, a strange alien race detected but still mysterious for six decades, have made violent first contact.
Endgame (Sirantha Jax #6), by Ann Aguirre (August 28, Ace)
Sirantha Jax has the J-gene, which permits her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She loves nothing more than that rush, but the star roads have to wait. Her final mission takes her to La’heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La’hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors. All that’s about to change.
Erasing Time, by C.J. Hill (August 28, Katherine Tegen Books)
There is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time. When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home. Young Adult.
Sanctuary (The Outcast Chronicles #3), by Rowena Cory Daniells (August 28, Solaris)
For over three hundred years, the mystics lived alongside the true-men, until King Charald laid siege to the mystic’s island city and exiled them. Imoshen, most powerful of the female mystics, was elected to lead her people into exile. She faces threats from within, from male mystics who think they would make a better leader. And her people face threats from True-men, who have confiscated their ships. They must set sail by the first day of winter. Those who are left behind will be executed.
Seven Wonders, by Adam Christopher (August 28, Angry Robot)
Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura, a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl. When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team, Seven Wonders, aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be.
The Archipelago of Dreams is no more, but the battle to save it has just begun. The Caretakers are at war. The Archipelago of Dreams has fallen to the Echthroi, and the link to the Summer Country has been lost. The Keep of Time must be rebuilt, and the secret lies somewhere in Deep Time at the beginnings of the World, when the Summer Country and the Archipelago were one and the same.
Vanquished (Crusade #3), by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie(August 28, Simon Pulse)
Hope is in short supply, but courage runs deep as the Salamancan hunters recover from a devastating loss. Jenn knows she must rally her team against the Cursed Ones, but her focus is shattered. She’s torn between passion for Antonio, who once fought by her side, and hate for the bloodthirsty vampire he’s become. His volatility is tearing apart their team and Jenn’s trust. Young Adult.
Legion, by Brandon Sanderson (August 31, Subterranean)
Stephen Leeds, AKA Legion, is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. Leeds is drawing into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.
Now…what do you want to read? Leave a comment and tell me, and I’ll draw one name to win his or her choice. International, as always. And if the book is in a series you haven’t started, you can always pick the first one in the series instead. If there’s a new release in another genre this week you’d like to read, leave that in your comment. If I’ve missed a speculative fiction release, leave it in the comments and I’ll add it in—it’s eligible for giveaway.
As always, four entries possible: +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 to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners are announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. Books unclaimed after a month will go into a general giveaway pile.