New Releases Feb. 17-24 and Reader’s Choice C*ntest

Zzzzzzzz…Oh, what’s that you say? It’s Monday? Reader’s choice? But it’s the third week of the month and nothing’s coming out.
Well, okay, there are a few things here, and I really do want to read Firebrand…
First, a few special stops today on the Susannah Sandlin Omega Tour. I’m excited to be with the fabulous Kimba over at Kimba the Caffeinated BookReviewer site, taking part in the Fiery Nights Cold Winter Days Blog Hop. I’m talking about the three main hot guys of Penton and the women who became their unlikely heroines. Look for special prizes at that stop.
Also on the tour today, I’m doing an interview at I Know That Book, and there’s a promo-only at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews.
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.
Neferet’s Curse: A House of Night Novella (House of Night Novellas #3), by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (February 19, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Young Adult. Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. Her whole life changed when her mother died. Her father, a powerful bank president, is at the center of an important social hub and he needs Emily to do everything her mother would have. As Emily uneasily tries to replace her mother, she also longs for more. When a young man notices her it seems that her hopes may finally be coming true. Until her father forbids her to see him, and starts revealing a darkly violent side that even he can’t understand. Afraid for her life, Emily is marked by a vampire and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magical life. As she gains strength and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.
The Arena Man (Max August #4), by Steve Englehart (February 19, Tor)
Max August was once a regular guy, before he learned the ways of magick and immortality and became a crusader against the supernatural forces of evil. Immune to the effects of time, Max is not indestructible, and he must face the vast, worldwide conspiracy known as the Necklace. Max has only a few allies in this fight: Pam, an apprentice in the alchemical arts, and Vee, a chanteuse with an uncanny knack for all things magick. But the Necklace is plotting a massive catastrophe using Black Ops helicopters to massacre thousands of spectators in a stadium, re-awakening terrorist fears and destabilizing the U.S. government. Max will need all his magick, and all the help he can get, for him to have any chance to thwart the attack and survive to fight another day.
Firebrand (Rebel Angels #1), by Gillian Philip (February 19, Tor)
It is the last decade of the sixteenth century: a time of religious wars in the mortal world. But the Sithe are at peace, hidden behind the Veil that protects their world until their queen, Kate NicNiven, determines to destroy it. Seth MacGregor is the half-feral son of a Sithe nobleman. When his father is assassinated and Seth is exiled with his brother Conal to the full-mortal world, they vow not only to survive, but to return to reclaim their fortress and save the Veil. But even the Veil’s power cannot protect the brothers when the brutal witch-hunts begin. (US Release)
Fuse (Pure #2), by Julianna Baggott (February 19, Grand Central Publishing)
Young Adult. When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside, the Wretches, struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash. Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.
Shards and Ashes, by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong (February 19, HarperCollins)
The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested. Original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world. Stories from: Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Melissa Marr, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Carrie Ryan, and Margaret Stohl.
Readers have long been fascinated by megalomaniacal plans for world domination and the madmen who come up with them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of superheroes as they attempt to put an end to their evil ways. This anthology will explore the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses, from their own point of view. Featuring stories by: Carrie Vaughn, Alan Dean Foster, Daniel H. Wilson, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., L. A. Banks, Austin Grossman, Marjorie M. Liu, Ben Winters, David Farland, Mary Robinette Kowal, Harry Turtledove, Seanan McGuire, David D. Levine, Genevieve Valentine, Naomi Novik, Jeffrey Ford, Grady Hendrix, Theodora Goss, Jeremiah Tolbert, David Brin, and Diana Gabaldon.
The Shadow Wars: Book Two in the Demi-Monde Saga, by Rod Rees (February 19, William Morrow)
The shadows of war grow ever darker across the Demi-Monde. Norma Williams knows she was a fool to be lured into the virtual nightmare that is the Demi-Monde. When the agent sent in the game to save her goes rogue and a long forgotten evil is awoken, it falls to Norma to lead the resistance.Lost, without a plan, and with the army of the ForthRight marching ever closer, she must come to terms with terrible new responsibilities and with the knowledge that those she thought were her friends are now her enemies. To triumph in this surreal cyber-world she must be more than she ever believed she could be, or perish.
The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand, by Gregory Galloway (February 21, Dutton Juvenile)
Young Adult. Adam Strand isn’t depressed. He’s just bored. Disaffected. So he kills himself, 39 times. No matter the method, Adam can’t seem to stay dead; he wakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed, more determined to succeed and undeterred by others’ concerns. But when his self-contained, self-absorbed path is diverted, Adam is struck by the reality that life is an ever-expanding web of impact and forged connections, and that nothing, not even death, can sever those bonds.
The Different Girl, by Gordon Dahlquist (February 21, Dutton Juvenile)
Young Adult. Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems. Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl, the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck, suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.
Domino Falls (Devil’s Wake #2), by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (February 19, Atria)
It began on Freak Day, that day no one could explain, when strangers and family members alike went crazy and started biting one another. Some thought the outbreak was caused by a flu shot, others that it was a diet drug gone terribly wrong. All anyone knew is that once you were bitten and went to sleep, you woke up a freak.
The Office of Mercy: A Novel, by Ariel Djanikian (February 21, Viking)
Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five, a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it. 
Blood’s Pride (Shattered Kingdoms #1), by Evie Manieri (February 19, Tor)
Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation. Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising, but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own? (US Release)
Elsewhens (Touchstone #2), by Melanie Rawn (February 19, Tor)
Touchstone, the magical theater troupe, continues to build audiences. But Cayden is increasingly troubled by his “elsewhens,” the uncontrolled moments when he is plunged into visions of the possible futures. He fears that his Fae gift will forever taint his friendships; his friends fear that his increasing distance will destroy him. But worldly success follows them, an apparent loss in the Trials leads to Touchstone being selected to travel to the Continent with a Royal Embassy to collect Prince Ashgar’s new bride. They are the first theater artists to appear outside Albeyn for at least seventy years, for magic is suspect and forbidden elsewhere, and the Kingdom’s easy race mixing and magic use horrifies the people they are to travel among.
Trinity Rising (Wild Hunt #2), by Elspeth Cooper (February 19, Tor)
The continuing story of a young man who has been sentenced to death, and then exiled, for his magical abilities. As Gair struggles with grief over the loss of the only home he had known, and his beloved, he is walking into a conflict that’s greater and more deadly than he or his mentor ever anticipated. A storm of unrest is spreading across the land and they are going to be caught up in it, at a moment when Gair’s hold on his magic, his greatest defense and most valuable tool, is starting to slip. (US Release)
Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook follow. 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 the Book Horde list (see tab at the top of the page).

Now….go forth and comment!

38 thoughts on “New Releases Feb. 17-24 and Reader’s Choice C*ntest

  1. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius would by my choice. Anthology’s are fun ways to discover new authors. Several of my favorites are in there also.

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  2. I would like The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius.

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  3. I’d quite like to read ‘the different girl’ 🙂 I think you could probably add ‘mind games’ by kiersten white to this weeks releases – it’s really good too!
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  4. Shards and Ashes captures my heart this week – I love some of those authors!

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  5. Thanks for the great post!!! These are some awesome books. But I’ve been hearing great things about the anthos, so my pick would be between Shards and Ashes and The Mad Scientist’s GUide 🙂

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  6. Domino Falls (Devil’s Wake #2), by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. or the first book since i haven’t read the series yet.

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  7. I’m actually very interested in Blood’s Pride 🙂 and the Omega tour has been giving me some extreme entertainment as well as your Valentine’s day post… Did you pick who DJ chose yet lol 🙂 I’m still hoping its Jake!! 🙂

    I also follow-umm maybe I should be truthful and say stalk- you by email, twitter, and Facebook 😉

  8. I’m very interested in Shards and Ashes, but Blood’s Pride sounds pretty awesome as well.

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  9. Hmmm… 3 titles intrigue me this week: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Shards & Ashes, and Blood’s Pride. (Two different anthologies on my list? Who am I??!?)

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