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Last week of the month, and here we go round in circles. Lots of releases this week, and next week? Holy cannoli, Batman!
Last week of the month, and here we go round in circles. Lots of releases this week, and next week? Holy cannoli, Batman!
Which book would you most like to read? As always, leave a comment telling me the book 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 enter. What do I want? I can only pick one? I’ll pick Alchemystic by Anton Strout and the new JR Ward, Rapture. And if I win, then I’ll decide. (You think I haven’t noticed you doing that, huh? LOL.)
Here we go….
Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name… Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis. Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…
Got Warlock? Middy Cherrywood does. She’s got more warlock than she can hex with Dred Shadowins. He isn’t just a billionaire playboy and Weekly Warlock centerfold. He’s a spy for the High Chancellor, and he convinces Middy to pose as his fiancée for his latest mission. Too bad no one told his mother before she slipped Middy a potion that will make their sham engagement all too real in just ten days. Dred Shadowins already has his hands full with cursed objects, possessed nuns, and dreams where Merlin makes him pay for taking his name in vain by relating his sexcapades with Nimue. But by the end of the mission, he’s convinced his most difficult challenge is the hero’s cape Middy’s draped over his shoulders.
Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again, he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him. Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty, but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her. As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice, his heart.
Sacrifice the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel (Dark Mission #4), by Karina Cooper (September 25, HarperCollins)
Parker Adams has always done what’s expected of her, until a double agent with nothing to lose ignites a passion she doesn’t dare give in to. Mission Agent Simon Wells is everything Parker Adams has been trained to fight: manipulator, murderer, spy, witch. What makes Simon most dangerous is his mesmerizing sexual magnetism, powerful enough to tempt even the famed ice queen of the Mission. Each encounter with the deceptive agent leaves her craving more. Simon isn’t a man to let go of what’s his, and his pursuit forces Parker to make a stand that could destroy her. If they can work together, they might survive the politics that has enslaved their world, or fall victim to the pitfalls of desperation, bone deep mistrust, and a hunger that threatens to consume them.
It is a future few envisioned, humans with the ability to shape and shift into every imaginable predator on earth. This new world is dangerous, dark and filled with desire. Fox shifter Gea Crevan is a PI working a case deep in the underbelly of New Chicago. She relies on ruthless businessman and leopard shifter Quilliam North for good intel and even better sex, but resists taking him as her mate. Until she witnesses his carnal lust for another. Grifter Felicia Tamryn is half cheetah and all woman who always gets what she wants. Until the day she tries to con Constantine Breckenridge and instead finds her heart held tight in the talons of an eagle shifter. Felicia tries to run but her past and her body betray her, catching her in a sexual trap of her own making.
Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, the world from slipping back into chaos.Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of and some will consider her an abomination. Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.
New Victorian society is fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, others can still control their ravenous new appetites. Nora Dearly and the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. Bram and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.
It is eight years since Xuan Wu, God of the Northern Heavens, living in Hong Kong as wealthy businessman John Chen, was exiled from the mortal realm. Emma and John’s daughter, Simone, are facing a new series of threats. Leo, their best fighter, is sitting in Hell, but when they journey below to persuade him home, nothing is as it appears. On Earth, Simon Wong, the Demon King’s son, is no longer around to trouble them, but his associates have taken over Simon’s underworld activities. The otherworldly stones are being targeted and are in danger of their kind being completely destroyed. It seems that the Demon King is the only one Emma can turn to for help.
Vampire Enforcer Christopher Bell is in Chicago to investigate rumors of a revolution, but when he comes across vampire hunter Ivy Bailey being followed through dark streets, what he finds is a ghost from his past. Over a century ago, Christopher fought the vicious London serial killer Jack the Ripper, and won. But now, the Ripper’s tainted soul is back, on the hunt once more.
After reporter Mels Carmichael hits a disheveled man with her car outside the local cemetery, she pays a visit to the stranger in the hospital. The only thing he remembers of his past is seeing a name written on a headstone, that of Jim Heron, a fallen angel charged with rescuing souls from the seven deadly sins. Now, as Mels struggles to help this mysterious stranger rediscover himself, Heron himself returns to prepare for a battle between good and evil.
Sixteen year old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all, but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree? Young Adult.
She was his first love, his only love. But trying to rescue his beautiful Ary from captivity is one wild risk no man should take. Luckily, Nick Delgado is no ordinary man. His work in the urban jungle as a high-powered litigator has only fueled his ferocity, enflamed his passion, and sharpened his claws, to protect his mate. Ary is a born healer who has devoted her life to the tribe, and her heart to Nick. But when the fierce and sadistic Sabar turns his jaguar eyes upon her, Ary becomes the unwilling pawn in a deadly game of shifting alliances. One man wants to use her talents to enslave humanity. The other wants to free her from their natural enemy. If Nick hopes to save Ary, he must unleash the beast within, and fight for the woman he loves.
Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she thought Rule was a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong. Now she’s in the fight of her life against the adults who would use her, the survivors who don’t trust her, and the Changed who would eat her alive. Young Adult.
For smart and sexy witch Jolie Wilkins, being Queen of the Underworld is a royal pain. Back from a round of time travel, Jolie must now protect her realm from the sinister Lurkers, a powerful breed of half-humans bent on conquering the undead. And if there’s one thing she knows, it’s that the supernatural never go down without a fight. At least Jolie has her soul mate (and finally official boyfriend), warlock Rand Balfour, by her side. Honorable, brave, and unbelievably handsome, Rand is everything Jolie wants in a man. So why can’t she forget the dangerously alluring vampire, Sinjin Sinclair? With her private life heating up and a battle boiling over, Jolie sets out to prove that in matters of love and war, the fairer hex has its own set of charms.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back. Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a tale that that’s a delight to read , whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten, and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us. Young Adult.
The Undead in My Bed (Midnight Liaisons #1.5), by Katie MacAlister, Jessica Sims, Molly Harper (September 25, Pocket Books)
In Shades of Gray, a TV crew is filming a paranormal reality show on the grounds of an imposing old Czech Republic estate. When Noelle, a Guardian, meets vampire Grayson, she awakens a hunger in him that only her touch can relieve. In Undead Sublet, after overworked Chicago chef Tess flips out, she rents a quiet house in Half-Moon Hollow. But when she finds the place occupied by a gorgeous vampire, Tess’s tastes become nearly insatiable. In Out with a Fang, when lonely were-jaguar Ruby consults a paranormal matchmaker, she hopes to finally move on from a heart wrenching breakup with her one true love. Nervously agreeing to a blindfolded first date with a vampire, she finds the spicy scent of him intoxicating, his voice low, sexy, and so very familiar.
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls. Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance, provided he can stick to the straight and narrow. Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.
Vivienne Courbet may have lost her innocence over three centuries ago, yet in the eyes of those who sustain her with their blood, she is a young, desirable beauty. But the eternal life Viv has reveled in is now facing a dire threat, one that has separated her from her blood sister, Deirdre, and may mean the end of their kind. A dangerous cross breed known as the Others has declared war on the vampire fellowship. The fatalities have begun. Having fled to a small New England town, Deirdre Griffin and her lover, Mitch, have found a temporary respite. But when the Others close in, they won’t go down without a fight, the bloodier the better. And when the battle calls for Viv and Deirdre to join forces, they will have to summon every morsel of thirst to live another lifetime.
Guillaume: For five hundred years I’ve existed as a gargoyle. Perched atop an old Montreal church, I’ve watched idly as humanity wanders by. With the witch Marguerite gone, there is no one left to protect, nothing to care about. I never planned to feel again. But then a girl released me from my stone restraints, allowing me to return as a seventeen year old human boy. I must find out all I can about this girl’s power. Aude: Getting attacked twice in as many days is strange in itself, but even stranger is the intriguing guy I keep running into. There’s something so familiar about him, like a primal drum rhythm from my dreams. But spending time together only raises more questions—about my heritage, a native Mohawk prophecy, and an unearthly magic threatening our city. Young Adult.
Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out. What they show is, or should be, impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. Dean Walker sneaks into the quarantined city. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery. As he falls in love with Taylor, his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever shifting maze of a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.
A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage, in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl—not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in adventure and mystery.
The eastern seaboard of the USA is experiencing the worst winter weather in living memory, and John Redlaw is in the cold white thick of it. He’s come to America to investigate a series of vicious attacks on vampire immigrants, targeted kills that can’t simply be the work of amateur vigilantes. Dogging his footsteps is Tina “Tick” Checkley, a wannabe TV journalist with an eye on the big time. The conspiracy Redlaw uncovers could give Tina the career break she’s been looking for. It could also spell death for Redlaw.
Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: No one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elder’s rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community. What else is she bringing in with him?
The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Paranormal Investigator #2), by Jillian Stone (September 25, Kensington)
Phaeton Black returns to London only to get sucked into another unearthly scheme. Professor Lovecraft has been tinkering with the secrets of life and death, replacing body parts with the latest mechanical marvels. To succeed, he needs to tap the power of the fabled Moonstone, and he needs Phaeton’s help. Of course, Phaeton would prefer to investigate the more interesting body parts of Miss America Jones. The bewilderingly beautiful and gifted daughter of a Cajun witch, Miss Jones is always up for an adventure. When Phaeton is mysteriously shanghaied in Shanghai, America thinks he’s run out on her. Stranded in the Orient, she’s prepared to look under every stone for him.. This time, Miss Jones is on top and Mr. Black is at the bottom of a truly infernal plot.
The River of No Return (Jaguar Stones #3), by Jon Voelkel andPamela Voelkel (September 25, EgmontUSA)
A hurricane is brewing in the jungles of the Maya, and the ancient Death Lords are on the warpath. In Venice, Italy, hanging out with his blogger friend Nasty (Anastasia) Smith-Jones, Max Murphy thinks he is safe from their clutches. But when a rogue octopus pulls him off his gondola and tries to drag him down to the underworld, Max realizes that the Death Lords have not finished with him yet. Soon Max is back in Central America and reunited with the only ones who can help him in his battle, Lola, the mysterious Maya girl, and the howler monkeys Lord 6-Dog and Lady Coco. It’s up to the four of them to save the world. Max and Lola embark on a one-way journey down the blighted Monkey River. Max and Lola find themselves drawn into an ever more bizarre series of tests, culminating in a terrifying ballgame that they can never win. Young Adult.
These 10 stories were written between 1987 and 1990. In “The Dead Man’s Eyes,” a jealous husband goes on the run after the thoughtless murder of his wife’s lover. Anorexia is the means to a computer-obsessed boy’s end in “Chip Runner.” Hugo-winner “Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another” and “A Sleep and a Forgetting” explore the issues that might arise if scientists created the technology to recreate famous men from history. Alternate history is also represented; “To the Promised Land” considers what the 20th century would be like if the Roman Empire hadn’t fallen, and “Lion Time in Timbuctoo” examines a world where the Black Death has completely changed the fortunes of the world’s great empires.
Neal Barrett, Jr. has made a special effort to give us a number of dark, funny, and hopefully impossible views of the future. Present in this collection are “Under Old New York,” “Radio Station St. Jack,” and the much heralded “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus.”
The Helix, a vast spiral of ten thousand worlds turning around its sun. Aeons ago, the enigmatic Builders constructed the Helix as a refuge for alien races on the verge of extinction. Two hundred years ago, humankind came to the Helix aboard a great colony ship, and the Builders conferred on them the mantle of peacekeepers. For that long, peace has reigned on the Helix. But when shuttle pilot Jeff Ellis crash lands on the world of Phandra, he interrupts a barbarous invasion from the neighbouring Sporelli, who scheme to track down and exterminate Ellis before he can return to New Earth and inform the peacekeepers.
A doomsday rollercoaster ride of adventure that follows Immanuel Gabriel to the end of the world and back again for one last shot at salvation. During Immanuel’s journey with his deceased grandfather, archaeologist Julius Gabriel, Julius reveals everything the Mayans knew and feared, from the secrets of creation that predate the Big Bang to the existence of extraterrestrials that have come to Earth to save our species. The universe is not what it seems, nor is human existence. The ticking clock of physicality that begins at conception and terminates with our final breath is neither the end nor the beginning, but an elaborate ruse constructed as a test. We are failing miserably.
After an epic maiden voyage that introduced Earth to a larger universe, and a cosmos full of terrifying new enemies, Captain Eric Weston and the crew of the NAC spacecraft Odysseyhave spent months cooling their heels. But when Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, strike a defense deal with the North American Confederacy, the Odysseyfinally receives her orders: return to Ranquil, the Priminae’s war-ravaged homeworld, and lend support against the invading Drasin. The Drasin are a formidable foe, but Weston suspects a powerful unseen force is waging the war. Determined to unmask the mysterious puppet masters, Weston and his crew defy NAC protocol and venture into deep space, where they will discover an enemy unlike any they have ever faced.
Kris Longknife is back home from her galactic adventures, but her entire Fleet of Discovery has been annihilated. Now, humanity finds itself at war with an alien race more monstrous than anyone could have possibly imagined. General Terrance “Trouble” Tordon, Kris’s great-grandfather, is given the task of calming the panicked politicians, some of whom blame Kris for the disaster and would like to eliminate the ever bothersome Commander Longknife. But as “Trouble” struggles to defend his Kris, the level of uncertainty among the civilians leads to more panic and a rush to judgment that makes him believe that he’s facing a fight he’s bound to lose.
Baba Yaga’s Daughter and Other Stories of the Old Races (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #4), by C.E. Murphy(September 28, Subterranean)
Dragonlord Janx and master vampire Eliseo Daisani are the threads upon which a tapestry of lives and loves are woven across the centuries. From the coldest Russian nights to the heat of Chicago’s greatest fire, nothing brings the immortal adversaries together, or tears them apart, like a woman. And there is always a woman. Vanessa Grey has been at Daisani’s side for decades, but the secrets borne by a witch may be her undoing. Baba Yaga’s daughter has plots that are decades in the hatching, but they may only succeed if Margrit Knight, named ’the Negotiator’ by Daisani and Janx themselves, will work with her. And there are others, the greatest vampire hunter mankind has ever known, and a woman for whom the Old Races are a wonder to walk away from.
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.