First, I’m over at Musings from Mistress of the Dark Path
today, talking about how a spider inspired the idea for Storm Force, which will be officially released next week. Yep, a spider. Really. Hop over a show some love today, and win a copy of Storm Force
(or, if you prefer, a signed cover flat for the trade paperback of River Road
, coming out later this month). Also, thanks to Black Lilac Kitty
and Fae Books
for spotlighting Penton and Storm Force
today. I learned last night that Absolution, the second Penton book, is this year’s paranormal winner of the Holt Medallion award, presented by Virginia Romance Writers. Woohoo!
Okay, down to business…
Even after such a big week for new releases last week, there are 22 new ones this week. Busy month! And I have seen the future, using one of DJ’s hydromancy kits. Just wait until you see the list for the first week of July!
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.
The sweeping action moves from the icy north, where the bastard Jon Snow seeks to carve out a place for himself, to the decadent south and the capital city of King’s Landing, where Jon’s father, Lord Eddard Stark, serves as the Hand of King Robert Baratheon, to the barbarian lands across the Narrow Sea, where the young princess Daenerys Targaryen has love, and with it, for the first time in her life, power. Tyrion Lannister, accused by Lady Catelyn Stark of the attempted murder of her now-crippled youngest son, must call upon all his cunning and wit to survive. Now is not the time for private feuds and bloodthirsty ambitions. Winter is coming, and with it, terrors beyond imagining.
The pilots of Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group, all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain. With a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a powerful private military company, and aid from other outfits on the ground, it was supposed to be an easy-in, easy-out mission that would make the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., very, very rich. The natives of Iaxo had another plan, and what was once a strategic slam-dunk has become a quagmire, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come.
Tom Teal and Albert Barnes are government employees tasked with visiting a hard-to-reach house and convincing its inhabitant, a member of the Zarene family that controls the whole valley, that a large dam project is a good idea. But the Zarenes have their own way of doing things, and they don’t take kindly to outsiders. (ebook only)
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish, a bloody razor, and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape, unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium ever. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep. Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?
Araby’s world is in shambles, betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city. Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves, or it could turn her into a hero.
Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly. With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant Alaska where she can unite with the survivors who have reached out to her from a remote science facility. After discovering a small family of refugees along the way, Emily’s determination to escape the unfolding catastrophe and carve out a new future is renewed. In the battle about to begin, there will be no room for mistakes or mercy, only the most ruthless instincts to survive.
Lady Violet Blackmyre, the “Black Duchess” of the Queen’s Light Dragoons, never thought she’d die a slow, miserable death. Only days after being named Field Marshal of the Britannian Army, she’s been diagnosed with consumption. Giving Cole, her devoted stable hand and “pony”, his freedom is as easy as removing his collar. Convincing him to seek another mistress will be impossible should he learn of her condition. When he stumbles across a magnificent “stallion” being abused at an illegal human auction, he is sure this is the challenge that will re-engage his mistress’s interest. Arthur is desperate to return to the Iberian front. Lady Blackmyre’s dreadful secret is becoming more obvious by the day, and the scourge tearing at her lungs may not be natural at all. (ebook only)
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves, known as the Lady, is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family, rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it, even children. One very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides.
Years in the future, dead women in cryogenic dating farms await rich, lonely suitors to resurrect them and take them home. There’s Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sells everything to visit her, seeking her forgiveness but instead falling in love. Veronika, a socially-awkward dating coach, finds herself responsible for the happiness of a man whose life she saved against his will. And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in the heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the centuries pass. The lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance.
It was meant to be a diversion, a summer in Florence with her best friend, Liam, and his travel-writer mom, doing historical research. A chance to forget that back in Vermont, May’s parents were breaking up. When May wakes one night sensing someone in her room, only to find her ghostly twin staring back at her, normalcy becomes a distant memory. When later she follows the menacing Cristofana through a portal to fourteenth-century Florence, May never expects to find safety in the eyes of Marco, a painter. The wily Cristofana wants nothing less of May than to inhabit each other’s lives, but with the Black Death ravaging Old Florence, can May’s longing for Marco’s touch be anything but madness?
A steampunk princess is torn between love and duty in this prequel to SyFy.com’s wildly popular webisodes. Riese has never been happy as a princess; she’d much rather be hunting or fighting than sitting through another lesson on court etiquette. When she meets Micah, a wandering artist with a mysterious past, she pretends to be a peasant, it’s a chance to be just a normal girl with a normal boy for a while. But with war decimating her once-proud nation and the sinister clockwork Sect infiltrating her mother’s court, Riese’s moments with Micah are the only islands of sanity left in a world gone mad. As her kingdom falls and the Sect grows ever stronger, will Riese remain true to her duty as a princess, or risk everything on a boy she barely knows?
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game, her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
During a séance Peter is confronted by a group of evil spirits called shadow people, beings who have the power to kidnap a person’s soul. Peter is taken to another plane, where he confronts a serial killer about to claim his next victim. It’s a harrowing encounter that Peter only barely manages to survive. Peter soon realizes that the shadow people are connected to the serial killer, and that he is a member of the Order of Astrum, a group of evil psychics who murdered his parents years ago. He must find the serial killer in real time before he claims his next victim. To save many lives, Peter may have to tap into a legacy that he has always dreaded, and a power that may consume him.
As a child, Elisha witnessed the burning of a witch outside of London, and saw her transformed into an angel at the moment of her death, though all around him denied this vision. He swore that the next time he might have the chance to bind an angel’s wounds, he would be ready. And so he became a barber-surgeon, at the lowest ranks of the medical profession, following the only healer’s path available to a peasant’s son. But when the magic inside him finally awakens, he finds that keeping to that path will be even harder than he could ever imagine. “The Burning,” is a 4500-word prequel story to Elisha Barber. (ebook only)
Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself? The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive, and deadly. Step right up. (ebook only)
The Registry saved the country from collapse. Stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death. Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. A warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico, and the promise of freedom. All Mia wants is to control her own destiny, a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her, a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.
In a possible far future animals have taken over and democratized the world where humans once ruled. Tim, a lonely slime mold, is worried about his human pet Mimi and her recent animal urges. He only wants her to be happy, but he doesn’t know how to keep her from sneaking out and cavorting with the human pet next door or any number of feral humans in the neighborhood. But through his relationship with her, he learns what it truly means to make a commitment to someone else. (ebook only)
It is a devastated world where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics possess technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his 16-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be hunted, spied on, and tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters, some human, some not, that also want the relic’s power and will stop at nothing to get it.
Galen and his apprentice, Raffi, are searching for the ancient relics with the power to save their city, Anara. First they hear of Flian’s Coronet, which might be the only way to defeat the encroaching evil, but the Coronet has not been seen for centuries, and they must enlist some dangerous allies to find it. And then, when Raffi knows he is being hunted, he must face his deepest fears in the deepest, darkest part of Anara, the Pits of Maar, and there, evil is unmasked, loyalty is tested, and the greatest secret in all of the city is revealed.
Snail and Prince Aspen are unlikely companions. Snail is a midwife’s apprentice; Aspen is a prince held hostage to prevent a war. Due to a series of misunderstandings, the two find themselves on the run, having adventure after mishap after scary, fast-paced escape. When they reach Aspen’s kingdom, they learn to their horror that their actions have divided the country and plunged it into violence. Every minute counts: it is time for Snail and Aspen to figure out a way to stop the building war, together.
Leo never imagined that time travel might be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might exist. When a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. In the few moments before it vanishes, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself. His search for the time machine leads him to the New York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects including one very famous time machine. When Leo’s adventure suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on.
The small print: 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).
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