Happy Release Week to Cage Reynolds and the rest of the Penton crew (and me–ha!). We have an interesting group of releases this week, but a little release week news first.
Did you see the information on tomorrow’s big Facebook launch party for ALLEGIANCE? If not, you can find all about it here. I have a group of great author friends who’ll be joining me and we’re all giving stuff away. I’ll be giving away four–count ’em–$25 gift cards. We’ll also be talking vampires and shifters and dragons and I believe Mina Khan could probably even be talked into a little djinn conversation. It’s from 8-10 PM EASTERN time. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole two hours–I’ll be there till the last drop of champagne is gone.
Now…the ALLEGIANCE official tour kicks off this week. Today, I’m at The Qwillery with a guest post and also a giveaway that’s separate from my regular blog tour-wide prizes. Stop by and chat, and I’ll try to keep the day job in hand enough to pop over and respond to comments. You also can enter the Rafflecopter drawing today at Mila Ramos’ blog for the tour prizes.
Would you like to join my street team? If so, and you haven’t already let me know, just email and tell me you’re interested. I’ll be setting up the email loop this week and our first order of business will be to vote on a name! If you aren’t sure whether or not you emailed me before, it’s okay to do so again. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now… 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.
Allegiance (Penton Legacy #4), by Susannah Sandlin, (June 10, Montlake Romance)
British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is an attraction to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit. Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love is the last thing Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?
Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2), by Teri Brown, (June 10, Balzer + Bray)
Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm. When Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself, or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London? Cole and Anna find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim, or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?
California Bones, by Greg van Eekhout, (June 10, Tor)
When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his powerful magician father, Sebastian. When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the magic layered deep within his bones. Years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. His crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch’s storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian’s sword, an object of untold power. Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.
Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3 #3), by Homer Hickam, (June 10, Thomas Nelson)
The Earth is devastated and the worst elements of humanity are determined to take over the moon. It’s up to the settlers of the harsh, gray moon to fight back. Kidnapped by an evil group intent on the destruction of the world and capture of the moon, Maria Medaris, co-leader of the moon’s richest and most powerful family, initially fights for her life, but is soon dazzled by the promises and enticements of her captors. Crater Trueblood, once rejected by Maria but still in love with her, and Crescent, a female bioengineered warrior fiercely loyal to Crater, use their cunning and deadly skills to come to her aid. Will Maria be on their side when they get to her? What of the Earth itself which is in the crosshairs of a destruction. The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance.
(Don’t You) Forget About Me, by Kate Karyus Quinn, (June 10, Harper Teen)
Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies. Except…There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar, whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
Earth Awakens (The First Formic War #3), by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, (June 10, Tor)
Nearly 100 years before the events of Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. A young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun. When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship pulled into Earth orbit, and began landing terra-forming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. There are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.
Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1), by Michelle Krys, (June 10, Delacorte Press)
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Then a guy dies right before her eyes. The old family Bible her mom is possessive of is stolen. It’s when a sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. That’s bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too. Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life, and a future unlike any she ever imagined on the cheer pyramid.
No Job for a Lady (Nellie Bly #4), by Carol McCleary, (June 10, Forge Books)
Pyramids, dark magic, and dead bodies are what Nellie encounters when she takes off for Mexico after her editor refuses to let her work as a foreign correspondent because “it’s no job for a lady.” It’s 1886 and Mexico has not cast off all its bloodthirsty Aztec past. In the ghost city of Teotihuacán, Nellie is stalked by ruthless killers seeking Montezuma’s legendary treasure and an ancient cult that resorts to the murderous Way of the Aztec to protect it. Nellie travels with Gertrude Bell, who will go on to be called Queen of the Desert for her later exploits in Egypt, as well as with Lily Langtry, consort to the Prince of Wales. Along for the ride is a young gunfighter called the Sundance Kid. There’s the mysterious Roger Watkins, who romantically and physically challenges Nellie’s determination to be an independent woman in a man’s world.
Push (The Game #2), by Eve Silver, (June 10, Katherine Tegen Books)
It’s either break the rules or die. Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she, and her team, will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee. But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone, something, else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light. And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.
Robogenesis (Robopocalypse #2), by Daniel H. Wilson, (June 10, Doubleday)
In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping. In a series of riveting narratives, Robogenesis explores the fates of characters new and old, robotic and human, as they fight to build a new world in the wake of a devastating war. Readers will bear witness as survivors find one another, form into groups, and react to a drastically different (and deadly) technological landscape. All the while, the remnants of Archos’s shattered intelligence are seeping deeper into new breeds of machines, mounting a war that will not allow for humans to win again.
Shield and Crocus, by Michael R. Underwood, (June 10, 47North)
The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five tyrants. There are the mysterious “Spark-storms” that alternate between razing the land and bestowing the citizens with wild, unpredictable abilities. It was one of these storms that gave First Sentinel, leader of the revolutionaries known as the Shields of Audec-Hal, power to control the emotional connections between people, a power that cost him the love of his life. First Sentinel and the Shields are the only resistance against the city’s overlords. The only thing they have going for them is that the crime lords are fighting each other. Until the tyrants agree to a summit that will divide the city and cement their rule of Audec-Hal. It’s one thing to take a stand against oppression, but with the odds stacked against the Shields, it’s another thing to actually triumph.
The Fallen (The Enemy #5), by Charlie Higson, (June 10, Disney-Hyperion)
The Enemy is among us . . . First the sickness rotted the adults’ minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets of London, hunting human flesh. The Holloway crew are survivors. They’ve fought their way across the city and made it to the Natural History Museum alive–just barely. But their fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there’s another way. The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies. To get them they must venture down unfamiliar streets, where it isn’t only crazed, hungry sickos who lurk in the shadows. In this fifth terrifying entry in Charlie Higson’s Enemy series, suddenly it’s not so clear who, or what, the enemy is. (U.S. Release)
The Leopard (Marakand #1), by K.V. Johansen, (June 10, Pyr)
Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. If he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him, a runaway slave named Ghu. In Marakand, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard. To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.
The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1), by Lindsay Cummings, (June 10, Greenwillow)
An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is, although he doesn’t know it, one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?
The Strange Maid (The United States of Asgard #2), by Tessa Gratton, (June 10, Random House)
Signy Valborn was seven years old when she climbed the New World Tree and met Odin Alfather, who declared that if she could solve a single riddle, he would make her one of his Valkyrie. For ten years Signy has trained in the arts of war, politics, and leadership, never dreaming that a Greater Mountain Troll might hold the answer to the riddle, but that’s exactly what Ned the Spiritless promises her. A mysterious troll hunter who talks in riddles and ancient poetry, Ned is a hard man to trust. Unfortunately, Signy is running out of time. Accompanied by an outcast berserker named Soren Bearstar, she and Ned take off across the ice sheets of Canadia to hunt the mother of trolls and claim Signy’s destiny.
Time of the Locust, by Morowa Yejide, (June 10, Atria)
Sephiri is an autistic boy who lives in a world of his own making. Lately he has been having dreams of a mysterious place, and he starts creating fantastical sketches of this inner world. Brenda, Sephiri’s mother, struggles with raising her child alone. Her only wish is to connect with him. Sephiri’s father, Horus, is sentenced to life in prison, making life even lonelier for Brenda and Sephiri. Yet prison is still not enough to separate father and son. In the seventh year of his imprisonment and the height of his isolation, Horus develops supernatural mental abilities that allow him to reach his son. Memory and yearning carry him outside his body, and through the realities of their ordeals and dreamscape, Horus and Sephiri find each other, and find hope in ways never imagined.
Wicked Games, by Sean Olin, (June 10, Katherine Tegen Books)
To all the locals in the small beach town of Dream Point, Carter and Lilah seem like the perfect It Couple, but their relationship is about to brutally unravel before everyone’s eyes. Carter has always been a good guy, and while Lilah has a troubled past, she’s been a loyal girlfriend for the last four years. When smart, sexy Jules enters the picture at a senior-year bash, Carter succumbs to temptation. And when Lilah catches wind of his betrayal, she decides that Jules needs to pay. By the end of the summer, the line between right and wrong will be blurred beyond recognition. Blood will be shed. Nothing in Dream Point will ever be the same.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8), by Diana Gabaldon, (June 10, Delacorte Press)
In June of 1778, the British army withdraw from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers that he is the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser and Jamie’s nephew, Ian Murray, discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for Ian’s betrothed. Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. In the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna is thinking that things are easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with only a stapler in hand. Her daughter has a cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.
Dreamwood, by Heather Mackey, (June 12, Putnam Juvenile)
Lucy Darrington has no choice but to run away from boarding school. Her father, an expert on the supernatural, has been away for too long while doing research in Saarthe, a remote territory in the Pacific Northwest populated by towering redwoods, timber barons, and the Lupine people. Upon arriving, she learns her father is missing: Rumor has it he’s gone in search of dreamwood, a rare tree with magical properties that just might hold the cure for the blight that’s ravaging the forests of Saarthe. Lucy and her vexingly stubborn friend Pete follow William Darrington’s trail to the deadly woods on Devil’s Thumb. They encounter Lupine princesses, giant sea serpents, and all manner of terrifying creatures. Lucy hasn’t reckoned that the dreamwood might be the greatest threat of all.
Dystance: Winter’s Rising, by Mark Tufo, (June 12)
From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence. Winter doesn’t agree. She’s stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors. With help from her best friend Cedar and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow. She believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine. Can one teenage girl and her dream of a better life really change the whole world? (ebook only)
Inland, by Kat Rosenfield, (June 12, Dutton Juvenile)
Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother, a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast. The promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. Life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air, it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.
The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1), by S.E. Grove, (June 12, Viking Juvenile)
Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who have been traveling and mapping the New World, a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Then Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.
Wings (Black City #3), by Elizabeth Richards, (June 12, Putnam Juvenile)
Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn’t heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him. Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it’s the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won’t give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.
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!