Two more days! The 30-day online tour for Elysian Fields is in its penultimate day. (Vocab word for today: penultimate.) So today and tomorrow will be the last days to enter to win the tour-wide prizes. Today, I’m doing a fun interview with Lori over at Romancing the Dark Side
and sharing a few hints at what’s ahead in the Sentinels series. Head on over, and enter to win! Leave a comment while you’re there and make us happy girls. Prize winners will be announced this week.
[The fine print on the tour prizes. Grand Prize is an iPad 2 if the winner is in the U.S., or in a country serviced by an Apple Store, up to the cost of an iPad in $US (depending on the exchange rate of US dollars to your local currency, this could result in an iPad Mini instead of a full size). Most countries in Europe and Asia are serviced by an Apple Store. The prize does not include wi-fi or 3G service; any data service agreements will be the responsibility of the winner. Alternately, the winner may choose a Kindle 8.9-inch HD tablet (Android-based) or a $350 gift card to Amazon or equivalent credit for Book Depo. There also are five $20 gift cards that will be given away.]
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On to Reader’s Choice!
The second week of the month usually gives us a breather with new releases—a good thing after last week’s monster list! Some interesting releases, though, and I’ve had Michael Farris Smith’s Rivers on preorder for a while now, for obvious reasons when you read the description.
Now…what do you want to read this week? 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.
Old Gods never die. Or so Athena thought. Then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. She could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive. Athena will need every advantage she can get. The Goddess War is about to begin.
When the villagers of Godestone report a series of bizarre and troubling events, Sir Hugo, his heavily pregnant wife, Lady Alice, and her distant kinsman Father Gilbert are honor bound to investigate, for they are “born to the Fang,” shape-shifters dedicated to fighting evil in secret. And the events are worrying indeed, stolen farm implements, a mutilated goat, and now a missing child. Their investigation is further complicated by the arrival of Robert Fynch. A member of the fanatical Order of Nicomedia, he is bent on tracking down and killing those “born to the Fang,” believing the shape-shifters to be demons, rather than the protectors of humanity they truly are. Can Lady Alice, Sir Hugo, and Father Gilbert stop a murderer in their village without their true nature being discovered? (Kindle only)
Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire. Airships ply the skies and Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world. London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast. Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger. When Gideon’s father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work. Gideon sets off for London. On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria. They make for London, where Gideon finally meets Captain Trigger. Trigger is little more than an aging fraud. Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks, it falls to Gideon to attempt to save the day.
Thousands of years after a war against the gods drove humanity nearly extinct, something divine stirs. It awakens the Guardian, an ancient being pledged to destroy the gods. Through deep caverns, he makes his way to the desolate surface of Earth and stalks toward the last human settlements, seeking the source of this power. The orphan Chance Kyrien is turning seventeen and will be confirmed as a Puriman. Ambitious, rebellious, but fiercely devout, Chance dreams of being a farmer and winemaker and marrying the girl he loves, the Ranger Sarah Michaels. Aided by his friends and the Guardian, the young man must travel through time and space to battle the last remaining god. The destinies of Chance and this deity are intertwined. Only one of them can survive.
Homeworld(Odyssey One #3)
, by Evan Currie
, (September 10, 47North)
The consequences of Earth’s exploration of the Galaxy come home to roost when the Drasin track a human ship back to Earth. Mounting a desperate defense, the crew of the NAC spacecraft Odyssey, their allies, and the people of Earth face an overwhelming force of invading alien ships wielding terrible power. Doomed from the start, but with nowhere to retreat, Captain Eric Weston commits his ship to the defense of the human race even as the human outposts in Sol system fall one by one before the unrelenting Drasin onslaught. A first-rate military science fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling.
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life, if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat, her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth, her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world, one with everything and everyone she wants most, could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources. Cohen is one who stayed. After his home is ransacked and all of his accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie. Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down.
In the alien universe of The Clockwork Rocket and The Eternal Flame, the travelers on the generation ship Peerless have completed a long struggle to develop advanced technology that could save their home world. But as tensions mount over the risks of turning the ship around and starting the long voyage home, a new complication arises: the prospect of constructing a messaging system that will give the Peerless news of its own future. While some see this as a guarantee of safety and a chance to learn of their mission’s ultimate success, others are convinced that the knowledge will be oppressive. When these differences lead to violence, four of the crew must embark on the strangest journey they have ever undertaken: visiting a world where the arrow of time is reversed.
Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are a romantic couple and partners in crime. Persimmon is a poet from a well-to-do family, who found herself looking for adventure, while Imago is a thief in his ninth decade who is double-cursed, and his body has not aged in nearly seventy years. Together, their services and wanderlust have taken them into places better left unseen, and against odds best not spoken about. Now, they find themselves looking to get away, to the edge of the world, with Persimmon pregnant with their child, and the most feared duo of assassins hot on their trail. However, all is never what it seems, and a sordid adventure, complete with magic scrolls, gangs of thieves, and dragons both eastern and western-is at hand. (ebook only)
A fantasy novelette that takes place during the period of the dust bowl in the American Midwest. A teenage boy walks away from his father’s wasted farm to follow the other travelers heading west where there is a rumor of angels.
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 like. This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and comment!