[Around the Blogosphere today…As Susannah Sandlin, I have an interview and giveaway today at Simply Infatuated
. You can win a digital copy of Storm Force, any of the Penton or Sentinels books, a swag bag, or request a preorder print copy of Storm Force, which is already out for Kindle but will be out in print June 18. Thanks also for the Sentinels spotlight today at Mythical Books
and at Share My Destiny
! And did you see the news about the Jean Lafitte novelette I’ll be running here the week of June 24? Scroll down to yesterday’s post to catch it. Mais oui!]
It’s the last week of the month, and you know what that means! But don’t blow the book budget this week because next week? Huge! What would I pick this week? I am having a hard time because some of my favorite friends and acquaintances have new books out, plus a few series that have been on my “watch” list for quite a while. I’ll go with friends and acquaintances this week, though. So, Cynthia Eden, Jill Archer, Mike Shevdon, Nicole Peeler…you have my vote this week!
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.
A gentle lady held hostage in a deadly play for power, Kendra Terriot’s only means of survival for herself and her family is to play to a careful courtship game. The one she chooses from the dangerous Terriot heirs will inherit the coveted crown. The only calm in Cale Terriot’s necessarily violent life is his childhood love for his delicate distant cousin whom he’s pledged to make his queen. With Kendra at his side, he knows he can become the kind of ruler his clan needs, but first he must learn how to become the kind of mate she desires. In a treacherous race for control, where weakness means death, the only way to win her respect could mean surrendering his throne. The only way to win her heart could mean letting her go. (ebook only)
Nola McGavick is on a hunt. A talented witch descended from a long line of witches, Nola and her grandmother Fiona run a small clinic in the English countryside. While she sometimes relies on a little healing help from her powers, it’s crucial that she track down a set of three artifacts hidden by her grandfather somewhere in Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky, or her whole family will lose its magic. She and Fiona will have to shut down their clinic. Renting half of her grandfather’s old house, Nola decides to poke around and runs afoul of the other renter, Daniel. She finds out he’s a representative from a darker, more ambitious rival family. The two agree to work together. Does she ever want to embrace her magic, or would she be better off as a “powerless” but talented nurse?
General Cypher Raige is only the latest in a long line of heroes. For a thousand years the Raiges have been instrumental in humanity’s survival. They led the way as the survivors abandoned Earth, settled an uninhabitable planet called Nova Prime, withstood an onslaught from a mysterious alien force. For his son, Kitai, tagging along with his famous father is the adventure of a lifetime. When an asteroid collides with their craft, they make a crash landing that leaves Cypher seriously, perhaps fatally, wounded. Kitai Raige has always wanted to prove that he has what it takes to live up to his illustrious name. With his father’s life on the line, Kitai must venture out into the strange, hostile terrain of a new world that seems eerily familiar: Earth.
The hard-won battles fought in Imager’s Battalionhave earned Quaeryt a promotion to commander, as well as an assignment to convince the Pharsi High Council in the nation of Khel to submit to Lord Bhayar’s rule, which is key to Bhayar’s ambition to unite all of Solidar. Joined by his pregnant wife Vaelora, who is also Bhayar’s sister, Quaeryt leads an army and a handful of imagers deeper into the hostile lands once held by the tyrannical Rex Kharst, facing stiff-necked High Holders, attacks by land and sea, including airborne fire launched by hostile imagers from the land of Antiago, and a mysterious order of powerful women who seem to recognize the great destiny that awaits Quareyt and Vaelora, as well as the cost of achieving it.
Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William, a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family’s intentions for them both. Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency, a mysterious organization that appears to play by its own rules, and none of them favorable to Society. Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife’s employer, something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.
With a messed up family background and a tendency to grow claws and fangs, Tanner Chance isn’t exactly the boy next door. But he’s a decent cop, and he keeps himself on the side of the good guys. Convenient, because when he rescues a survivor of a horrific shifter attack he finds himself instantly smitten, with an honest-to-goodness angel, as innocent as she is irresistible. Marna may be angelic, but she’s not stupid or weak. She can take care of herself. Tanner is more temptation than protection anyway. Someone wearing her face starts taking out some of New Orleans’ more unsavory paranormals. With police and predators both gunning for her blood, Marna has no choice but to trust Tanner, even though what’s sparking between them is hotter than anything holy.
Renegade mage and bartender Arcadia Bell has had a rough year, but now the door to her already unstable world is unhinging. When a citywide crime wave erupts, Cady’s demon-friendly tiki bar is robbed by Earthbounds wielding surreal demonic abilities that just flat-out shouldn’t exist. With the help of her devilishly delicious boyfriend, Lon Butler, Cady sets out to find the people who wronged her, but her targets aren’t the only ones experiencing unnatural metamorphoses. Can Cady track down the monsters responsible before the monster inside her destroys everything, and everyone, she loves? If she survives this adventure, one thing is certain: it’s last call for life as she knows it.
, by S.G. Redling
, (May 28, 47North)
When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. It’s up to Meg, a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication, to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers. In Loul Pell, a young Dideto male thrust into the forefront of the historic event, Meg finds an unexpected kindred spirit, and undertakes an extraordinary journey of discovery, friendship, and life-altering knowledge.
As the demon world celebrates the defeat of the Dark Lord, the vampire Santiago’s mood remains bleak. He still yearns for the sensual, raven-haired Nefri, who has inexplicably disappeared. But brooding for Nefri is a luxury that Santiago does not have. His traitorous sire, Gaius, is unleashing a violent scourge upon the mortal world, and Santiago must stop him before it’s too late. To her dismay, the all-powerful Oracles have sent Nefri on her own mission to find Gaius, and failure is not an option. Nefri’s search leads her to the vampire’s abandoned lair, and straight into Santiago’s path. It’s clear Santiago intends to seduce her, but then an ancient, banished evil reappears, threatening to thrust the world into a madness it cannot survive.
In a sinister encounter with a rogue truck driver tricked up like a rhinestone cowboy, Odd has a disturbing vision of a shocking multiple homicide that has not yet been committed. Across California, into Nevada, and back again, Odd embarks on a riveting road chase to prevent the tragedy. Along the way, he meets, and charms, a collection of eccentrics who become his allies in a terrifying battle against a sociopath of singular boldness and cleverness, and a shadowy network of mysterious, like-minded murderers whose chilling resources seem almost supernatural. (U.S. Release)
A brand new series bringing you Fantasy stories from some of the biggest and most exciting names in the genre. The authors appearing in the launch volume include Trudi Canavan, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Abraham, Kate Elliott, Saladin Ahmed, Glen Cook, Scott Lynch, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner & Ysabeau Wilce, Jeffrey Ford, Robert Redick and KJ Parker.
Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy. Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways. Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances. When the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined.
After being brought back from death, police officer Jackson Waverly receives the shock of his life: he has become host to a Bodywalker, a spirit that is reborn in flesh and blood, and part of a proud, ancient race that uses its extraordinary gifts to battle dark, evil forces. Jackson’s spirit is a powerful one, the Egyptian pharaoh Menes, who longs to reunite with his eternal love, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. While Menes is obsessed with finding the perfect vessel for his queen, Jackson cannot stop thinking about Dr. Marissa Anderson, the gorgeous precinct shrink. To fight a great enemy, pharaoh and queen must join. To host Hatshepsut, Marissa will first have to die. Jackson has a profound choice: save Marissa from Menes’ plan or keep a species from the brink of extinction.
The Age of Man is ending. The UN’s sprawling interstellar empire is failing as its quantum teleportation network collapses. Humanity’s only hope of survival is the Drift: a mysterious region of space where faster-than-light travel seems possible. As mercenaries and pirates flock to the Drift, the cold war between the human-led UN and the clone-dominated Syndicates heats up. When the AI called Cohen ventures into the Drift, he dies and his consciousness is scattered across the cosmos. Some of his ghosts are still self-aware. One of them hides a secret worth killing for. Enter Major Catherine Li who embarks on a search to solve the mystery of Cohen’s death. Lurking is a pitiless enemy who will stop at nothing to make sure the dead don’t walk again.
For Lawson, the horrors that stalked the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh were more than just those of war. After being forcibly given the gift of undeath by the mysterious vampire queen LaRouge, Lawson chose to cling to what remained of his humanity and fought his way free of the Dark Societys clutches. He has roamed late nineteenth-century America, doing what good he can as he travels by night, combating evils mundane and supernatural, and always seeking the key to regaining a mortal life. That key lies with his maker. Lawson hopes to find LaRouge at the heart of a Louisiana swamp with the aid of a haunted priest and an unexpected ally. In the tornado-wracked ghost town of Nocturne, Lawson must face down monstrous enemies, the rising sun, and his own nature.
From a tough stint in the armed forces to stalking the unknown as a bayou cop, leopard-shifter Remy Boudreux has been served well by his uncanny gifts. New Orleans could use a homicide detective like Remy. A serial killer is loose, snatching victims from the French Quarter with pitiless rage and unnatural efficiency. Something else is drawing Remy into the twilight, a beautiful jazz singer bathed night after night in a flood of blood-red neon. Sultry, mysterious, and as seductive as her songs, she’s luring Remy deeper into the shadows than he ever imagined. And as their passions swell, his keen instinct for survival will be challenged like never before. By a killer, and by a woman. (U.S. Release)
Inside the Seattle Preservation Dome it’s always the Fifth of October, the city caught in an endless time loop. “Reformed” graffiti artist Ian Palmer is the only one who knows the truth, and he is desperate to wake up the rest of the city before the alien Curator of this human museum erases Ian’s identity forever. Small town teenager Kylie is one of the few survivors to escape both the initial shock wave and the effects of the poison rains that follow. She must make her way across the blasted lands pursued by a mad priest and menaced by skin-and-bone things that might once have been human. Her destination is the Preservation, and her mission is to destroy it. But once inside, she meets Ian, and together they discover that Preservation reality is even stranger than it already appears.
They have surrendered to passion, the unrelenting yearning for the other, and Ronnie knows her life has been forever altered. Arran is more than she ever could have expected and she finds herself pulled into a world that she never imagined existed. To add to the growing list of surprises, she discovers something shocking about herself that will change her life forever. Arran has no intentions of letting Ronnie go. She is the answer to everything and he is determined to keep her by his side forever. Unaware of the dark threat that closes in, both Ronnie and Arran stand to lose everything. (ebook Only)
When Zeke Garrett is reactivated to mentor the next dreamer that pops up on the Somnium’s radar, he’s sure it’s a mistake. he realizes this neonati, whose nightmares manifest vampires straight from the pages of pop-culture, is more than he bargained for, a potential dreamwalker. He has to convince the stubborn, mouthy woman she’s not dreaming. Maggie Mackey hasn’t slept well in a month, but that doesn’t explain how the monsters from her nightmares suddenly seem so real. Or why, when a team of intimidating, sword-wielding toughs rescue her, their leader captures her mouth in a kiss. Their embrace has confirmed they have a rare tangible bond. he must tutor the woman of his dreams without getting attached. Otherwise her nightmares could become his own. (ebook only)
Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she’s not about to give up. She’s ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he’s lost. Luckily for Jane, those who’ve given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest. With a little help from her friends, the Universe, and lots of snacks, Jane embarks on her greatest adventure yet, confident that with great sacrifice comes great reward. The question is, who will be that sacrifice?
Chuck Wendig, (May 28, Angry Robot)
Meet Mookie Pearl. Criminal underworld? He runs it. Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it. Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job. But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give. The Blue Blazes, the first in a new urban fantasy series in which lovable thug Mookie Pearl must contend with the criminal underworld, the supernatural underworld, a new drug that makes the invisible visible, and a rebellious teen daughter who opposes him at every turn.
The Eighth Court has been established, but petty rivalries and old disputes threaten its stability. The mongrels that make up the court are not helping, and Blackbird enlists the help of the warders to keep the peace. Has Blackbird bitten off more than she can chew, and can the uneasy peace between the courts continue under such tension and rivalry?
When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons, or forfeit her friends’ lives. With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke’s sanity is close to the breaking point. Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel’s desolate alleyways to Mayfair’s elegant mansions. Emily must confront The Machinist’s ultimate creation, an automaton more human than machine. She must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has.
A dealer in old books, lost books, books no one knows even exist. A man who works for him, prizing meaning from places where it is deeply hidden. A book, at first unintelligible, but which begins to reveal its secrets in ways the translator could never have guessed. This is the story of The Gist, but that s only the beginning of the journey. Michael Marshall Smith’s original novelette was then translated into French by Benoit Domis, before being rendered back into English by Nicholas Royle, who had no access to the original text or author during the process. All three versions are presented in this edition. The idea is to discover what happened during the process, how much the story changed while passing through two other minds and another language.
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city, for the undead. Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume, human. Not to be put off by anything, especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker, Zoe delves deep into the monster world. Her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble, with Zoe right in the middle.
The tale of a young woman who can temporarily take on the superpowers of people she’s near, and of the crisis this leads her into as she struggles to deal with an overcontrolling mother, a very strange boyfriend, and the beginning of a career. (ebook only)
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