First, please pop over to visit the fabulous Steph at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
today. My character Nik Dimitrou from Storm Force has written a guest post about his upcoming move, along with eagle shifter Robin Ashton, to Penton…Yes, Robin and Nik are off to help out the vampires! If you haven’t read Storm Force, Nik is a first-generation Greek-American from New Orleans; an Army Ranger; and, oh yeah, he can touch things (and people) and see flashes of their history. Handy little skill, that. And there might just be a giveaway over there!
Finally, a lighter week for new releases. I don’t know about you, but I could use a lighter week to take stock of my already ginormous TBR stack and the new titles I have added in just the last couple of weeks. While this week’s list may be a bit smaller, there are still some interesting things…and a couple of books I’d put in my “how weird is that?” category. Me, I’m looking at Navy Seals and Zombies (Seal Team 13)…because I just think it’s gonna be that kind of a day 🙂
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.
Growing up with blue skin never made Rene “Flex” Duvall feel like an outcast. She’s certainly not going to let her façade crack when she and her teammates suddenly face a new breed of genetically manipulated and brainwashed Metas: the well-trained teenage criminals known as the Recombinants. When a desperate battle leaves one of their friends wounded, Renee and Ethan follow a clue to Manhattan Island. They find a Bane named Chimera, who refuses to cooperate despite possessing information that could help them stop the Recombinants. Chimera’s emotional scars are as devastating as Renee’s physical scars. Renee forms an alliance with this Bane. They both can gain much from working together, so the only question is who has more to lose by cooperating. (ebook only)
Pregnancy was pretty rough for sixteen-year-old Elvie Nara, what with the morning sickness, constant food cravings, and the alien race war she found herself in the middle of. After Elvie somehow has a baby girl, the always-male Almiri completely wig out. Suddenly Elvie’s supposed allies have shipped her, along with her father, her best friend, Ducky, and her maybe-boyfriend, boneheaded Almiri commando Cole Archer, off to a remote “retention facility” in Antarctica. Things really get complicated when a new group of hybrid aliens arrive with information that sends Elvie’s world spinning. Elvie is trekking across the bottom of the Earth with a band of friends and frenemies to uncover the secrets of her own origin.
Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all, he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all, and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.
Tess and Ian have been living in the high city of Esperanza for years, along with Tess’s niece, Maddie, and her partner, Nick Sanchez. They thought they could rest, that they had defeated the brujo threat to our plane of existence. But they were wrong. A new and greater threat has formed, a new tribe of the hungry dead, seeking to possess the bodies of the living in order to experience the passions of physical life. This new tribe has found the door to the physical plane that is Esperanza, and they threaten all human life. Only the outnumbered Light Chasers and their human allies can stand against the evil brujos.
Ex-spy ‘Belle Boyd’ is retired, more or less. Her short-lived marriage to a Union navy boy cast suspicion on those Southern loyalties, so her mid-forties found her unemployed, widowed and disgraced. Until her life-changing job offer from the staunchly Union Pinkerton Detective Agency. When she’s required to assist Abraham Lincoln himself, she has to put any old loyalties firmly aside, for a man she spied against twenty years ago. Lincoln’s friend, Gideon Bardsley, is targeted for assassination after the young inventor made a breakthrough. Fiddlehead, Bardsley’s calculating engine, has proved an extraordinary threat. Bardsley and Fiddlehead are in great danger as forces conspire to keep this secret. Can even the notorious Belle Boyd hold the war-hawks at bay?
Cedar McLeod would like nothing more than to return to Tír na nÓg, help rebuild the mythical kingdom, and start a new life for herself and her daughter, Eden. Peace is isn’t what Cedar finds after being reunited with her little girl. Nuala, who kidnapped and terrorized Eden in her previous bid for power, has returned and is making a claim for the vacant throne. Cedar steps forward, but first she must prove her worth beyond a doubt. Her opportunity comes when she is charged with finding an ancient treasure, the Stone of Destiny, and returning it to its home. It is a quest that will lead her to question her beliefs, and push her loyalties to their limits. If she succeeds, Cedar could grant her new world and her new family a chance to flourish. If not, destruction may be the only path ahead.
Xandra Vardan thought life would be simpler when she accepted the goblin crown and became their queen. Everyone, vampires, werewolves and humans, wants the goblins on their side, because whoever has the goblins, wins. Queen Victoria wants her head, Alpha wolf Vex wants her heart, and she still doesn’t know the identity of the person who wanted her blood. What she does know is that a project from one of the ‘secret’ aristocrat labs has gotten free and she’s the only one who can stop the perfect killing machine, a sixteen year-old girl. Xandra’s finding out that being queen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and if she doesn’t do something fast, hers will be the shortest reign in history.
To save the world, Charles, the Grail Child Rose Dyson, and Edmund McGee must travel deep into the past to discover the identity of the mythical Architect of the Keep of Time. Even if that tower can be restored, the Archipelago of Dreams is still missing. The first Dragon must be found to restore the lands to what they once were. But fulfilling their mission may be giving the Echthroi exactly what they wanted all along. The Caretakers will have to trust those who were once enemies, defeat the worst within themselves, and discover what may be the most important truth of all: where there is hope, and will, and courage, redemption is always possible.
A long, hot summer’s dream. A suffocating nightmare. Shattered by a violent awakening. When his elderly father suffers a stroke, Christopher Beale returns to England. Adrift, he answers an ad for a live-in tutor for a teenage boy. The boy is Lawrence Lundy, who possesses the spirit of his father, a military pilot, missing, presumed dead. Lawrence keeps his presence alive, in the big old house, in the overgrown garden. His mother, Juliet Lundy, a fey, scatty widow living on her nerves, keeps the boy at home, away from other children, away from the world. Christopher Beale becomes entangled in the strange household, enmeshed in the oddness of the boy and his fragile mother. Only by forcing the boy to release the spirit of his father can there be any escape from the haunting.
Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Pendergast uncovers a connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story. With the ski resort snowed in and under attack, and Corrie’s life suddenly in grave danger, Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.
“Feature Development for Social Networking” is a new short story by Benjamin Rosenbaum featured on Tor.com. (ebook only)
Thomas and his friends have rescued the Guardians and commandeered the pirates’ ship, but the pirates still hold fast to Roanoke Island. Using his newly discovered element, Thomas hears a radio message calling for refugees to head to Fort Sumter. They sail south, but quickly discover that their elements wane as they leave Roanoke behind. There is something sinister going on in the refugee colony too. From the perilous food-gathering squads, to the constant threat of rat infestation, to dangerous secrets, Thomas and his colonists begin to realize that this promising new world may be even more terrifying than the one they left behind.
Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years. The voodoo business.
Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire fills orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret. She doesn’t believe. Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans, and voodoo. A desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family. When a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo than meets the eye. She comes face to face with a deadly enemy, and the disbelief that may very well kill her.
SEAL Team 13 (SEAL Team 13 Series #1)
, by Evan Currie
, (November 15, 47North)
It’s been ten years since a mysterious incident in the South China Sea annihilated a US Navy destroyer and its Navy SEAL team. Only one man survived this horrific tragedy. As more of these strange, supernatural events are happening around the world, the US Navy calls on sole survivor Harold “Hawk” Masters to put a stop to the evil forces behind these crimes. Masters returns, dispatched to lead an elite team of soldiers, all survivors of the evil deeds of “the other side.” SEAL Team 13 is put to the test, battling malevolent undead creatures that threaten the security of the nation, and the world. Not everyone supports the government’s new interest in facing off against these unnatural forces. Could Hawk Masters’ military force also be forced to fight opponents from within?
The small print: 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 tell me what you want to read!