New Releases December 14—December 20 and Readers Choice Contest

A quick note: I’m talking holidays over at Lady Scribes today and giving away the winner’s choice of one of my books to a commenter. Head on over if you have a chance!

One sure-fire way to know that we are close to Christmas is that everyone seems to be going on a holiday schedule—including publishers.  This week is one of the lightest weeks for new releases in a long, long time but there are some winners in here! 

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. 
Brazen(Otherworld Stories #13.1), by Kelley Armstrong, (December 15, Subterranean Press)
Nick Sorrentino knows everyone in the supernatural world considers him the Pack’s playboy, the pretty but not very useful werewolf whose only reputation involves his amorous exploits. Usually, Nick couldn’t care less what anyone outside the Pack thinks of him. But when it affects his hunt for Malcolm Danvers, a psychotic bogeyman from the Pack’s past, it matters. Necessity forces Nick to team up with mercenary half-demon Vanessa Callas to run Malcolm to ground in Detroit. Together, they discover Malcolm is more deadly than ever. And he wants to play. It’s time for Nick to prove he’s not just a lover. He’s a fighter. 
Dragon Awakened (The Hidden #1), by Jaime Rush, (December 17, Forever)
Ruby Salazaar wants answers, and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath, Cyntag, leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself. Ruby changed Cyn’s life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn’t foresee the danger, and desires, Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control. 
Lord Regret’s Price (A Jane Austen Space Opera #3), by Joely Sue Burkhart, (December 17, Samhain)
Lord Sigmund Regret’s nerves are frayed. He’s gone too long without a mark, but that’s not the only thing making him edgy. He wonders how his Lady Charlotte Wyre will feel when he comes to her bed with fresh blood on his hands. The other man in her life adds more stress to an already complicated relationship. Gilead Masters’s needs are so “normal” compared to Sig’s, which leaves Charlotte turning to him to explore her darkening fantasies. Charlotte can feel Sig pulling away, but there is no time to heal the rift before they land in Zijin. Britannia’s reach is long, and Queen Majel’s reach is even deeper, and more deadly. As Imperial politics come to a dangerous boil, Charlotte must risk everything to keep her beloved assassin alive. Even as he searches for his next mark.  (ebook only) 
Reaver(Lords of Deliverance #5), by Larissa Ione, (December 17, Grand Central)
Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels, and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell, he’s agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before, to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself. Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she’s been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan’s lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld’s darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape: her newfound thirst for an angel’s blood. 
Shadowdance(Darkest London #4), by Kristen Callihan, (December 17, Forever)
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case, and the last thing he relishes is a partner. Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights, even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack’s dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past, or risk losing Mary forever. 
The Hexslinger Omnibus, by Gemma Files, (December 17, ChiZine)
It’s 1867, and the Civil War is over. For Asher Rook, Chess Pargeter, and Ed Morrow, the war has left its mark in tangled lines of association and cataclysmic love, woken hexslinger magic, and the terrible attentions of a dead god. “Reverend” Asher Rook is the gateway for the Mayan goddess Ixchel to birth her pantheon back into the world of the living, and to do it she’ll force Rook to sacrifice his lover and fellow outlaw Chess Pargeter. Chess Pargeter will claw his way back out of Hell, teaming with undercover-Pinkerton-agent-turned-outlaw Ed Morrow to wreak it. A new war being waged across the American West, and Ixchel preparing to kick off an Apocalypse fed by shed human blood while Rook plots one, final, redemptive treachery of his own, everything will come down to Chess Pargeter. But Chess has fought his way out of hell before.  (ebook only) 
When It’s a Jar, by Tom Holt, (December 17, Orbit)
Maurice has just killed a dragon with a bread knife. And had his destiny foretold, and had his true love spirited away. That’s precisely the sort of stuff that’d bring out the latent heroism in anyone. Unfortunately, Maurice is pretty sure he hasn’t got any latent heroism. Meanwhile, a man wakes up in a jar in a different kind of pickle (figuratively speaking). He can’t get out, of course, but neither can he remember his name, or what gravity is, or what those things on the ends of his legs are called, and every time he starts working it all out, someone makes him forget again. Forget everything. Only one thing might help him. The answer to the most baffling question of all: When is a door not a door?

Chenoire, by Susannah Sandlin (December 18, StoryFront)
(Hm…what’s this we have here? Yegods! I know her!) When Faith Garrity’s twin sister died, she lost a part of herself. Unable to move past the pain, the once-driven ornithologist is at risk of losing her career as well. To save her job, she heads to the oil-ravaged wetlands of Louisiana. There, in the bayou community of Chenoire, she encounters the handsome but guarded Zackary Préjean, still suffering from a great loss of his own….She’s drawn to Zack, but soon finds that the Préjean family isn’t what it seems… They have dangerous secrets—and deadly enemies. Caught up in a feud that threatens the area’s uneasy truce, Faith and Zack must learn to trust each other. Survival will require enormous sacrifice, but it just might also give them both a way to move on. (Digital novella)

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!

39 thoughts on “New Releases December 14—December 20 and Readers Choice Contest

  1. Oooo it’s a hard one this week. Let’s go with Reaver please. Congrats on your release of Chenoire!
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  2. Oh gosh. Reaver would have to be my choice, but Brazen is very tempting.

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