First off, I’m talking about pirates and Knights Templar today at Reading Reality, and there’s a chance to enter for the $50 gift card at the end that’s one prize on the Lovely, Dark, and Deep blog tour. Thanks also to Marlene for the great review! I’m also talking about gender equity in fantasy and doing a giveaway at Paranormal Unbound today.
We will close out the new releases for the month of February with another big list, with almost two dozen new releases. Did I miss one that you want? Mention it in the comments!
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.
There’s never an end to the crazy when you’re demon spawn. Not that Faith Bettincourt’s complaining. She’s been patching things up with her angelic on-again off-again boyfriend, Matt, and her best-friend-turned-sister-in-law is soon giving birth to the Anti-Christ Part Deux. Faith is saving kids from Death in her pediatric unit one soul at a time. Faith accidentally runs over the Angel of Death and is forced to take his place. Now she’s taking lives instead of saving them. She is suddenly thrust into the worst scenario of them all, Matt’s ex Brenda is back, and she’s brought the Apocalypse with her. Faith’s not about to give up the world…or her man. But when the chips are down, what’s a demoness supposed to do? Besides take matters into her own hands, of course. (ebook only)
To fulfill her destiny as the Wanderer of legend, Ilythra needs to find the last of the Triune Stones. Its music has gone silent, its owner, the dark sorcerer Bredych, nowhere to be seen except in her dreams. Dreams that are getting ever more frequent, and more troubling. Unrest is sweeping the land, and Ilythra’s allies are paying the price as Bredych subsumes more and more kingdoms to his will. Armed with only her sword and her friends, stoic elderborn Arien and passionate warrior-prince Ryliann, she sets out to win her people back and train them to fight for themselves. Her cause is clear, but her feelings for the two completely different yet equally admirable men, less so. With the fate of both humanity and elderborn on the line, how can she dare choose love over her destiny? (ebook only)
Meet Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster. Foxtrot manages a mansion, a private zoo, and anything else that strikes her boss’s fancy. Her job title is Administrative Assistant, but chaos handler would be more accurate. Especially after she glimpses a giant ghost-beast in Zelda’s pet cemetery. Foxtrot is seeing animal spirits. Foxtrot comes home to find her cat, Tango, her dead cat Tango, alive and well and communicating telepathically. There’s an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny who changes breeds with a shake of his tail, and can sniff out a clue like nobody’s business. When a coworker drops dead, Tiny is on the case. Can Foxtrot and her new companions ferret out the killer among a menagerie of suspects, human and otherwise, before death takes another bite?
My name is Kye Rivers. I am a Deuce Crescent, which means I have magick running through my veins. Even though my family is Deuce, too, I have always felt like an outcast. Because my particular gift revolves around sensuality, which makes my family uncomfortable. I get my validation and satisfaction from helping people with their sexual pathos. The price for my magick is that falling in love interferes with my abilities. When I met the new bartender, a rare Caido who works at the nightclub that serves as my office and second home, I felt an electric draw like never before. Kasabian isn’t like other angel/human Crescents, who are cool and asexual. Kasabian craves emotions, and he craves me. I fear that what’s different in him is dangerous for both of us.
Kara is a mercenary, a Diamond warrior, the best of the best, part of the Majat Guild. When her tenure to Prince Kythar comes to an end, he wishes to retain her services, but bust accompany her back to her Guild to negotiate her continued protection. When they arrive they discover that the prince’s sworn enemy, the Kaddim, have already paid the Guild to engage her services – to capture and hand over the prince (who she has grown very fond of). A warrior brought up to respect both duty and honour, what happens when her sworn duty proves dishonourable?
In England, archaeologists have discovered the graves of a dozen victims of the Black Death that all but wiped out Europe centuries ago. But subsequently, the remains are disappearing, one by one. And people who have been in contact with the corpses are infected with a new strain of the plague. Across the globe, descendants of the powerful vampire known as the Legacy, both human and vampire, find themselves drawn to England by their creator, though they cannot comprehend why. But the Legacy knows what has unleashed this new nightmare upon the world, and she will need an army of her own to combat it. For if they fail, mankind will be doomed.
As Mt. Vesuvius rumbles ominously, Pompeiian Councilor Valerius needs assistance in performing rituals to protect the city from the wrath of the fire-god, Vulcan. But his agenda is far from benevolent, as he cares less about quieting the volcano than taming it and taking the power for himself. Now it’s up to Horatius, a former legionnaire and gladiator, to prevent Valerius’s sinister rites from coming to fruition. But with Vesuvius looming over the city?and the dead rising to defend the corrupt councilor?the warrior might have fled a troubled past only to have entered a doomed future. (ebook only)
FBP: Federal Bureau of Psychics Vol. 1: The Paradigm Shift, by Simon Oliver, (February 25, Vertigo)
Wormholes in your kitchen. Gravity failures at school. Quantum tornadoes tearing through the midwest. As with all natural disasters, people do what they always do: They adapt and survive. And if things get really bad, the Federal Bureau of Physics (FBP) is only a call away. FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics is the story of Adam Hardy: Young, brash and smart, he’s a rising star at the FBP, but when a gravity failure leads to the creation of an alternate dimension known as a “BubbleVerse,” Adam is sent on a rescue mission and finds his skills and abilities pushed to their limits when he discovers his partner has a different agenda.
Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China. But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows, and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners, a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.
Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either. After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi’s not actually looking for it, trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she’s supposed to hate. But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there’s worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.
Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night, demons made flesh. After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil, the devil that lives inside her, risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human. But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world.
Night Owls (Night Owls #1), by Lauren M. Roy, (February 25, Ace)
Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that life, and the price she paid was too high to ever want to return. Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural werewolf-like beings known as Creeps or Jackals. She always had her mentor and foster father by her side, until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps want to get their hands on. When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safe keeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Val and Elly will have to team up to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors.
The world has been condemned. Only Gordon Black and The Crowman can redeem it.The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward.It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.
Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. She learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city. Kit determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.
The Great Spa sits on the edge of London. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on “The Treatment”, a medical procedure which can transform the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. In this most important and secure of facilities, a murder of one of the guests threatens to destabilise the new order, and DCI Oates of the Metrolpolitan police is called in to investigate. Oates must unravel the secrets behind the Treatment and the long ago disappearance of its creator, passing through a London riven with disorder and corruption, where adverts are transmitted directly into the imagination. He moves towards a final climax which could lead to the destruction of the Great Spa, his own ruin, and the loss of everything he holds most dear.
The King Arthur Trilogy, Book Three: The Bloody Cup (King Arthur #3), by M.K. Hume, (February 25, Atria)
Celtic Britain is on the brink of collapse, and the kingdom’s bloodiest days are upon it. For many years, the people of Britain have enjoyed peace and prosperity under the reign of King Arthur. But Arthur is now weakening with age, and the seeds of discontent are being sown. Seeking to cleanse the land of Christian belief, dissenters need a symbol with which to legitimize their pagan claim and unite the malcontents. They seize upon the ancient Cup of Bishop Lucius of Glastonbury as a way of fragmenting Arthur’s hard-earned kingdom. The ultimate threat to Arthur’s rule lies far closer to home: his own kin will betray him. Celt will slay Celt and the rivers will run with blood. Will all be lost, or can Arthur conquer the mounting forces before it’s too late? (U.S. Release)
Robson Trowbridge, the Alpha of Creemore and my gorgeous mate, tries to protect me, Hedi Peacock, half-Fae, half-were, from all the trouble I get into. My past is pretty messy and bad guys keep knocking down my door. The Old Mage is the only one I really care about: He has my twin brother captive on the other side of the Gates of Merenwyn. My alpha love is helping me to keep my promise to free my brother. I admit I’ve had my moments as a shivering coward, hoping he will come to my brave rescue. The whole Prince Charming thing is hard to shake. But these bad guys after me mean business and those damsel in distress days are over. You know that “last straw” metaphor? That was two straws ago. It’s now or never. Again.
Ever since the first Rift opened in Area 51 in 1947, exposing the world to deadly beings of pure energy, only the Nightstalkers have stood between humanity and complete annihilation. Whatever power controls the Rifts seems to be getting smarter, as if refining an ultimate plan, An old ally alerts the Nightstalkers to a resurgence of Rifts in Tennessee, near one of the team’s first major skirmishes with the seemingly inexhaustible threat. The Nightstalkers know there’s no one else remotely prepared to battle these intrusions into our world. They’re intent on closing down the Rifts once and for all. They’ll have to finally face the truth behind the Rifts? origins. They say that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. But what if the past has already doomed us all?
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.
Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish has always been afraid of the dark. She’s baby Mia, the one who fell down a well. When her classmates and teachers at ritzy Westbrook Academy start dying of old age from a bizarre and frightening virus that ages its victims years in a matter of hours, Mia becomes haunted by a lot more than the dark. Mia and her small crew must break quarantine and outrun armed soldiers who shoot first and ask questions later. There’s only one place to go, the Cave, aka Fenton Electronics. Mia knows it’s somehow connected and hopes her dad, Director of Fenton Electronics, has the answers she needs, and more importantly a cure to save everyone. It’s not answers Mia discovers, but something far more treacherous and impossible than even the virus itself.
Retired Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Terrence “Trouble” Tordon come to Savannah via different routes. What they find is the same. One bully strongman is intent on keeping power no matter what the new rules are for peace. He’s got the population cowered by thugs, and tanks at the ready. He expects to win the coming elections handily. He doesn’t expect trouble. Or, in this case, Mrs. Trouble, aka Ruth Tordon, a Marine wife on a mission to find the drug lords that almost killed her and her husband and put them out of business, and she’s not about to be stopped by some barely trained roughnecks. The heavy armor gets ready to roll into town over anybody in their way. Ray Longknife, Trouble and Ruth are standing in their way, and nothing is going to flatten them.
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!