Some great releases this week, but first, a commercial.
My other half, Susannah Sandlin, starts the virtual tour today for Omega, the third book in the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series. The book was a 4-1/2-star “Top Pick” by RT Book Reviews this month, and there are some great prizes to be had (Kindle, Nook, gift cards, books…really, lots of stuff). So head over to http://www.susannahsandlin.comevery day to find the URLs for the day’s blog stops and chances to win!
Now….What do you want to read? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
’Til the World Ends: Dawn of Eden\Thistle and Thorne\Sun Storm (Blood of Eden #0.5) by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, andKaren Duvall (January 29, Harlequin Luna)
Dawn of Eden: The Red Lung, a virus determined to take out everything. Kylie, a doctor, witnesses endless suffering. Strange things are happening to the remains of the dead. She befriends Ben Archer, and wonders if a global pandemic is the least of her problems. Thistle & Thorne: A catastrophic spill turns the country into a chemical wasteland. For Mari Thistle, life is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with Thorne Goodman. They’ll face an evil plot that could destroy those on the outside for good. Sun Storm: After the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, Sarah Daggot becomes a Kinetic. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to convince Ian Matthews up until the world ends.
Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers, and sanctuary. The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper, traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves, and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay’s gentle touch can subdue Tasmin’s inner demons. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him, or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?
Young Adult. The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Clara cannot deny that she was never meant to live a normal life. Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California, and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place. Clara discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe. While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place. It has made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out. But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her, she’s going to return to the ever after, rescue her loved ones, and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan.
Young Adult. Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
Vivian’s life is finally on track. She has a job she loves as an ER doctor and has just met, literally, the man of her dreams. But when her eccentric grandfather is murdered and designates her as his next of kin, she discovers that she is the last of a race of beings known as dreamshifters. It is her task to guard the doorways between waking and dreaming, which have already begun to unravel, spilling dangerous creatures from dream into the waking world. When she sets out to close the open doors and protect her town and the people she loves, Vivian confronts dragons, intrigue, and the dark secrets of her own family history. In the end she comes face to face with a sorceress seeking eternal life and ultimate power. Vivian must find a way to stop her, or reality will be forever altered.
There’s a new Fae sorcerer in town, Bran, the son of Raven Mother and the Black Unicorn, and I’m the unwilling liaison between him and our new Earthside OIA. With cemeteries being ransacked and spirits being harvested by a sinister, otherworldly force, Aeval sends us to rescue the wife of a prominent member of the Fae nobility. Our search leads us to the Aleksais Psychic Network and, to face the Lord of Ghosts where Morio and I must undergo a ritual that will plunge us directly into the world of the dead.
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers, summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier. Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place, Oscar Britton, public enemy number one.
After her werewolf boyfriend, Johnny, tried to kill her, Persephone Alcmedi finds herself in the comforting arms of powerful vampire, Menessos. She’s trying to sort out her feelings for the two men, but not even Seph is above the confusion of tangled emotions. All Johnny wants to do is mend their relationship and reveal the life-altering news he’s recently received, but his new responsibilities as the werewolf king take up most of his time. Meanwhile, unknown to Seph, her beloved foster daughter, Beverley, has been playing with a magical artifact and making dubious friends on the other side. When Beverley disappears, Seph must seek help from a supernatural being so potent that even Menessos fears him, and such aid always comes with a very steep price.
Celia Graves was once an ordinary human. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren. Not every bride needs a bridesmaid who can double as a bodyguard. But Celia’s cousin Adriana is no ordinary bride: she’s a Siren princess, and she’s marrying the king of a small but politically important European country. She’s getting death threats from fanatics who want to see the whole Siren race wiped out, including Celia herself. Celia is on duty when a trip to a bridal salon is interrupted by an assassination attempt, so everyone survives. Assuming the bride and groom both live to see their wedding day, this will be one royal wedding no one will ever forget.
Young Adult. Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age, so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen. On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified, and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless?
Four years after the horrific events in Leadville, a young woman from England, Victoria Dawes, sets into motion a series of events that will lead Cora and herself out into the New Mexico desert in pursuit of Anaba, a Navajo witch bent on taking revenge for the atrocities committed against her people.
Steampunk: H.G. Wells, by H.G. Wells, Zendko Basic (Illustrations),Manuel Sumberac (Illustrations) (January 29, Running Press)
No classic work lends itself better to steampunk illustrations than The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Country of the Blind, written by H.G. Wells, who many consider to be the father of steampunk itself. Basic and Sumberac’s four-color illustrations spiked with Steampunk machinery, gadgets, and fashion accompany Wells’ original text.
For Gene and the remaining humans, or hepers, death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast, and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. Gene is haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side. When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. A strict code of behavior is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other, if they can only stay alive. U.S. release.
In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can’t quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.
As far as Richard Blanzac is concerned, the mysterious poetry manuscript he’s found in a beatup cardboard box of junk once owned by San Francisco poet Sophia Greenwald is probably not worth much, but if it’s not, why are people suddenly desperate to get it? Then he finds that reading just a couple of lines is enough to send him back in time to 1957 San Francisco, where a bizarre cult is hoping to use the poem to achieve “non-existence.”
A plain-spoken narrator relates the history of her parents, a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. With her mother’s death in childbirth, so begins a heroine’s tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have.
Young Adult. June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request, June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood, what if the Patriots are wrong?
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.” Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion. and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
Young Adult. Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London, trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s experiments. When she learns he is continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true. Accompanied by her father’s assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island. Her father has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. One of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius, and madness, in her own blood. U.S. release.
Magical hero Quaeryt leads history’s first Imager fighting force into war. Given the rank of subcommander by his wife’s brother, Lord Bhayar, the ruler of Telaryn, Quaeryt joins an invading army into the hostile land of Bovaria, in retaliation for Bovaria’s attempted annexation of Telaryn. But Quaeryt has his own agenda in doing Bhayar’s bidding: to legitimize Imagers in the hearts and minds of all men, by demonstrating their value as heroes as he leads his battalion into one costly battle after another. Making matters worse, court intrigues pursue Quaeryt even to the front lines of the conflict, as the Imager’s enemies continue to plot against him.
The Last Apprentice: Slither (The Last Apprentice/Wardstone Chronicles #11), by Joseph Delaney (January 22, Greenwillow)
Young Adult. “My name is Slither, and before my tale is finished you’ll find out why.” The dark is full of terrifying creatures. And Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, and the Spook’s last apprentice, hasn’t seen all of them. Far from the county, one named Slither has lived for hundreds of years, hunting blood. But a dying father binds the monster to a bargain. If Slither will take his two youngest daughters safely to their family in the south, then the eldest daughter, Nessa, is his. For Nessa the nightmare is just beginning. And when Slither and Nessa cross paths with the feared witch assassin Grimalkin, they will become unwitting players in the quest to stop the Fiend once and for all.
Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. Leading a company of men, or worse, a company of mercenaries, against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it. The Red Knight has all three. When he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it’s just another job. The abby is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can’t deal with. Only it’s not just a job. It’s going to be a war. US release.
Young Adult. Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls, and the newsouls who may be born in their place. Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
Babylon Steel, former avatar of the goddess of sex and war, has been offered a job; as bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, the latest candidate for the Council of Incandress; and as spy for the Diplomatic Section, the barely-acknowledged government of Scalentine. She doesn’t want it. Incandress is on the verge of civil war. Enthemmerlee represents the hopes or fears of a large portion of its population and is a prime target for assassination. On Scalentine racial tensions and economic stresses are boiling up, with Babylon’s lover, Chief Bitternut, trying to keep the lid on. Circumstances conspire to send her to Incandress. There, things become rather too interesting. And that’s before Babylon realizes that the situation is far worse than she thought.
Green is hounded by the gods of Copper Downs and the gods of Kalimpura, who have laid claim to her and her children. She never wanted to be a conduit for the supernatural, but when she killed the Immortal Duke and created the Ox god with the power she released, she came to their notice. Now she has sworn to retrieve the two girls taken hostage by the Bittern Court, one of Kalimpura’s rival guilds. But the Temple of the Lily Goddess is playing politics with her life.
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