Another “light” week for new releases (but oh just you wait–I brought a stash and a half back from RT that I need to give away soon!).
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Dragons & Dirigibles (The Gaslight Chronicles)(Gaslight Chronicles #7), by Cindy Spencer Pape, (May 19, Carina Press)
When airship engineer Melody McKay’s dirigible explodes and plunges her into the yard of a gothic manor, she suspects foul play. With her ankle injured, she resolves to crack the mystery while in the care of Victor Arrington, the Earl of Blackwell. Ex-Royal Navy Captain Victor is on a mission to protect his niece and foil a ring of smugglers using fire-breathing metal dragons. He has no time for romantic attachments. Particularly not with women who fall from the sky wearing trousers and pilot’s goggles. As he and Melody navigate a treachery so deep it threatens the lives of everyone in Black Heath, the earl becomes unexpectedly attached to his houseguest, and Melody discovers a softness in her heart for him. When the smugglers strike, there’s more at risk than their future together. (ebook only)
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6, edited by Ellen Datlow, (May 19, Night Shade)
The best horror writers of today do the same thing that horror writers of a hundred years ago did. They tell good stories, stories that scare us. And when these writers tell really good stories that really scare us, Ellen Datlow notices. She’s been noticing for more than a quarter century. For twenty-one years, she co-edited The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and for the last six years, she’s edited this series. In addition to this monumental cataloging of the best, she has edited hundreds of other horror anthologies. More than any other editor or critic, Ellen Datlow has charted the shadowy abyss of horror fiction. Join her on this journey into the dark parts of the human heart, either for the first time, or once again. (ebook only, paperback to be released in June)
Veil of the Deserters (Bloodsounder’s Arc) (Bloodsounder’s Arc #2), by Jeff Salyards, (May 19, Night Shade)
Captain Braylar Killcoin and his retinue continue to sow chaos amongst the political elite of Alespell. Braylar is still poisoned by the memories of those slain by his unholy flail Bloodsounder. The Syldoonian Emperor Cynead has solidified his power base and demands loyalty from all operatives. Braylar and company are recalled to the capital to swear fealty. Braylar must decide if he can trust his sister, Soffjian, with the secret that is killing him. She has powerful memory magics that might be able to save him from Bloodsounder’s effects. Arki and others in the company try to get Soffjian and Braylar to trust one another. Deposed emperor Thumarr plots to remove the repressive Cynead, and Braylar and his sister Soffjian lie at the heart of his plans. Old enemies in Alespell may prove to be surprising allies in a conflict no one could have foreseen. (ebook only, print to be released in June)
A Dance of Shadows (Shadowdance 4) (Shadowdance #4), by David Dalglish, (May 20, Orbit)
Haern is the King’s Watcher, born an assassin only to become the city of Veldaren’s protector against the thief guilds. When Lord Victor Kane attacks the city, determined to stamp out all corruption, foreign gangs pour in amidst the chaos in an attempt to overthrow the current lords of the underworld. And when a mysterious killer known as the Widow begins mutilating thieves, paranoia engulfs the city. Haern knows someone is behind the turmoil, pulling strings. If he doesn’t find out who, and soon, his beloved city will burn.
Among the Unseen (The Thin Veil, Book 3) (The Thin Veil #3), by Jodi McIsaac, (May 20, 47North)
Life just keeps getting more complicated for Cedar McLeod. As the recently crowned queen of Tír na nÓg, she’s trying to understand her magical new kingdom. It doesn’t help that a dear friend has just betrayed her. Cedar’s seven-year-old daughter, Eden, lost and lonely in Tír na nÓg despite her special powers, has become painfully distant. Cedar vows to do whatever it takes to protect her family once and for all. Then a new disaster breaks out: a mysterious sickness is plaguing the Unseen, Ireland’s magical creatures, including those Cedar knows and loves. With enemies still on the loose and not knowing whom she can trust, Cedar must race against time to reverse an ancient curse, in a journey that will take her from Tír na nÓg to Earth, and beyond.
Cyador’s Heirs (Saga of Recluce) (The Saga of Recluce #17), by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., (May 20, Tor)
Decades after the fall of Cyador, its survivors have re-established themselves in Cigoerne. Young Lerial, the second son of Duke Kiedron, lives in the shadow of his older brother Lephi, the heir to their father’s realm. Lerial’s future seems preordained: He will one day command his brother’s forces in defense of Cigoerne. When Lerial is sent abroad to be fostered by Major Altyrn, he begins a journey into a much larger world that brings out his true potential. He is one of those rare beings who can harness both Order and Chaos, the competing natural forces that shape the world and define the magic that exists within it. As war finally engulfs the fringes of Cigoerne, Lerial’s growing mastery of Order and Chaos is tested to its limits, and his own.
Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1), by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, (May 20, Little, Brown Books)
Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Ridley’s wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters. When the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true. New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?
End Times, by Anna Schumacher, (May 20, Razorbill)
Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart. When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home. Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets. Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig and gets to know Owen, a motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. Soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears. Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason. She only has to read the signs, and believe.
My Real Children, by Jo Walton, (May 20, Tor)
It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. She remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War, those were solid things. But did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?
Possessed by a Warrior and Possessed by an Immortal (Harlequin Themes\Harlequin Nocturne), by Sharon Ashwood, (May 20, Harlequin)
Possessed by a Warrior: Chloe Anderson is reeling from her uncle’s death. Then she discovers he left her a bejeweled wedding gown with a note warning her to trust only his business partner, mysterious and sexy Sam Ralston. With the intense attraction between them she doesn’t know Sam’s struggling to hide his fangs. With murderous thieves hot on their trail, this vampire vows to protect her. Possessed by an Immortal: After witnessing a murder, Bree Meadows is on the run with her young son. Dropped in the middle of nowhere, things look grim, especially with her son in need of medical attention. Then she encounters Dr. Mark Winspear. She doesn’t care that he’s hiding something as long as he’s willing to help. Can they deny their attraction long enough to outwit those in pursuit?
Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark) (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1), by C.C. Hunter, (May 20, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Della had the perfect life, until she was turned, and abandoned by everyone she loves. She takes refuge at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with paranormal powers. It’s where she and her best friends, Kylie and Miranda, heal their heartbreak with laughter, and where Della is training to be a paranormal investigator. That means there’s no time for romance with Steve, a shapeshifter whose kisses melt her heart. When a vampire named Chase shows up at camp, Della’s world is thrown into even more chaos. Chase is a mystery, and the only mystery Della likes is one she can solve. She can’t solve Chase, at least not while she’s dealing with ghostly hauntings, vampire gangs and a web of family secrets. Can she prove herself as an investigator and keep her life, and her heart, intact?
Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson) (Charley Davidson #6), by Darynda Jones, (May 20, St. Martin’s Press)
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past. The official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap and Charley decides to conduct her own investigation. Another case has fallen into her lap, one with dangerous implications. Some insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will disappear. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Charley is used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge, especially when that challenge is in the form of Reyes Farrow.
Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie, (May 20, Permuted Press)
Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod’s Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave, and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were.., but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?
Temporary Hauntings: (Intermix) (Temporary Magic Novel) (Temporary Magic #2), by Craig Shaw Gardner, (May 20, Penguin/InterMix)
Lenny Hodge has a gift. Everyone around him says it’s an amazing gift. If only Lenny could figure out what it is. Lenny works for Terrifitemps!, a “temp agency” that specializes in employing gifted people, people capable of confronting The Forces of Evil and saving the world on a regular basis. Lenny barely survived his first mission. Now he has to join his team of supernatural sleuths for something even more dangerous: his first actual temp job. It’s a job filled with peril: ghosts, vampires, werecreatures, aliens, and even a tribe of Bigfoot (Bigfeet?). And is anyone prepared for the overwhelming might of the Pooka Patrol? Lenny sure isn’t. (ebook only)
The Boost, by Stephen Baker, (May 20, Tor)
Ralf is a software prodigy. He works in the US government office that updates the software in the population’s boosts, networked supercomputers contained in a chip implanted within the brains of 99 percent of the world’s population. Days before a national upgrade, Ralf notices that the update includes an open surveillance gate. Ralf attempts to hack the boost, but is caught by agents working for Washington’s preeminent lobbyist. His boost is ripped from his head, and Ralf barely escapes with his life. Ralf flees to the US–Mexico border, where there are others like him, “wild” humans on the fringes of society, unenhanced by technology. Ralf’s only hope is to work with these wild bosses of the analog world, in hopes of winning back freedom in the digital one.
The Chronicle of Secret Riven: Keeper of Tales Trilogy: Book Two (The Keeper of Tales Trilogy) (Keeper of Tales Trilogy #2), by Ronlyn Domingue, (May 20, Atria Books)
One thousand years after a conflict known as The Mapmaker’s War, a daughter is born to a historian and a translator. Secret Riven doesn’t speak until her seventh year. Secret finds acceptance from Prince Nikolas, her best friend, and Old Woman, who lives in the distant woods. When Secret is twelve, her mother receives a manuscript to translate from an anonymous owner. Zavet suffers from nightmares and withdraws into herself. Secret sickens with a fever and awakens able to speak an ancient language, one her mother knows as well. Zavet dies. Secret becomes a translator’s apprentice for Fewmany, an influential magnate, who has taken an interest in her, Old Woman confronts Secret with the truth of her destiny, a choice she must make that is tied to an ancient past.
The Girl in the Road: A Novel, by Monica Byrne, (May 20, Crown)
When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. She learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. She sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth. Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture. Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected. As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.
The Man with the Compound Eyes: A Novel, by Wu Ming-Yi, (May 20, Pantheon)
On the mythical island of Wayo-Wayo, young Atile’i has just seen his 180th full moon and, following the tradition of his people, is sent out alone into the vast Pacific as a sacrifice to the Sea God. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, he happens upon a new home, a vast island made of trash. Meanwhile, in Taiwan, Alice, a professor of literature, is preparing to commit suicide following the disappearance of her husband and son. But her plans are put on hold when the trash island collides with the Taiwan coast where Alice lives. Her home is destroyed, but meeting Atile’i gives her life new meaning as they set out to solve the mystery of her lost family. (U.S. Release)
The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, (May 20, Amulet Books)
A Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, it’s also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling. The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives.
The Pillars of Sand (Echoes of Empire) (Echoes of Empire #3), by Mark T. Barnes, (May 20, 47North)
Prophecy declared that corrupt politician Corajidin would rule the Shrīanese Federation, even become its new Emperor, and sinister magic, has helped him defy death in order to do it. But his victory is not assured, thanks to clashing rival factions that hinder any attempts to unify the nation. Only his most powerful adversaries will stand in his way: Indris, the peerless swordsman and sorcerer who has long fought to end the Federation’s bloody turmoil; and the warrior-poet Mari, Corajidin’s own daughter and the woman Indris loves. If Indris can bring to bear the devastating knowledge of the Pillars of Sand, and Mari can rise up as a rebel leader, Corajidin’s enemies will rally, and the decisive battle for the soul and future of the Shrīanese will begin.
The Severed Streets (James Quill #2), by Paul Cornell, (May 20, Tor)
Quill thinks he’s struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn’t seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message, identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper. The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely. The inquiry into what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5 and into the London occult underworld. They go to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern. The Ripper keeps on killing and the pattern of those killings gives Quill’s team clues towards who’s really doing this.
The Three: A Novel, by Sarah Lotz, (May 20, Little, Brown and Company)
The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Officials are under pressure to find the causes. There doesn’t appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage. Dubbed ‘The Three’ by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioral problems> This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children’s behavior becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival.
The Wolf Siren and Demon Wolf (Harlequin Themes\Harlequin Nocturne), by Karen Whiddon and Bonnie Vanak, (May 20, Harlequin)
The Wolf Siren: As Pack Protector, Kane McGraw never gets involved with the victims he saves. But Lilly Gideon may be the one exception. She has intrigued him ever since he helped free her from a religious compound. So when he learns that she’s still in danger, he can’t stay away and it’s time to take matters, and her, into his own hands. Demon Wolf: When Navy SEAL Commander Dale Curtis encounters the mysterious Keira Solomon, he doesn’t remember her, but his body does. Her presence brings up half-hidden memories of torture at the hands of demons. But there’s something magickal about them and together they can combat the dark forces, if Dale can learn to trust Keira…and his heart.
Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule) (Millennium’s Rule #1), by Trudi Canavan, (May 20, Orbit)
Tyen, a student of archaeology, discovers a sentient book in an ancient tomb. Vella was once a young sorcerer-maker, until she was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. In a land ruled by the priests since a terrible war depleted all but a little magic, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. A people called the Travelers live their entire lives on the move, trading goods from one world to another. They know that each world has its own store of magic so that if one entered a weak world they may be unable to leave it again. This is not the only knowledge the Travelers store within their stories and songs. They know a great change is due, and that change brings both loss and opportunity.
Thunderstruck: A Weather Witch Novel (Weather Witch #3), by Shannon Delany, (May 20, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Jordan, Rowen and the crews of both the Tempest and the Artemesia strike out for Philadelphia to start a revolution aimed at abolishing slavery and changing their stormpowered society to one that runs on previously repressed steam innovations and will allow for true equality. But can Jordan and Rowen come back together after all the things determined to drive them apart?
Untamed Wolf and Immortal Cowboy (Harlequin Themes\Harlequin Nocturne), by Linda O. Johnston and Alexis Morgan, (May 20, Harlequin)
Untamed Wolf: Badass military sergeant by day. Fierce wolf by night. Shape-shifter Jason Connell’s freedom is riding on a covert assignment, and his desires are tested by his sexy new superior, Lieutenant Sara McLinder. Even though she doesn’t believe in his extraordinary abilities, he’s drawn to her. And when Alpha Force is threatened, his instinct to protect Sara eclipses everything. Immortal Cowboy: Rayanne Allen feels an instinctive pull to the secluded cabin she’s inherited–and to the ghost town nearby. Could it be the memory of the mysterious gunslinger Wyatt McCain who haunts her dreams? Or the man himself? She is the only woman who can bring him peace. But to do so, she might sacrifice the most powerful love she’s ever known.
V is for Villain, by Peter Moore, (May 20, Disney-Hyperion)
Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew, especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own. But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.
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