Here we go again!
In case you missed last week’s giveaway, my word for 2015 is “Simplify.” It means cutting things out of my life that cause me stress, at least when I can, making complex tasks simpler, and decluttering. My 500-plus title TBR pile is stressing me out, but I can’t throw books away (which is how I got in this shape to begin with), I think they’re wasted at places like Goodwill, where they languish for years. So I’m passing them on to you in hopes you’ll find something you want to read.
The ones you don’t want to read? Give them away, donate them (I’m in a small town and there aren’t many opportunities to donate here), or put them in a yard-sale pile.
Be warned—they’re in no order by genre or format or release date. I’m grabbing them in whatever order I find them, so you never know what will show up!
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment saying which of these books you’d read first!
ETERNAL: Shadow Falls After Dark, by C.C. Hunter Trade(St. Martin’s Griffin, Paperback, November 2014).
Genre: Urban Fantasy. This is a new spinoff series to Hunter’s popular Shadow Falls series, but I’m not in the market to start a new series right now. Which is too bad, because it sounds right up my alley! The blurb: All her life, Della’s secret powers have made her feel separated from her human family. Now, she’s where she belongs, at Shadow Falls. With the help of her best friends Kylie and Miranda, she’ll try to prove herself in the paranormal world as an investigator—all the while trying to figure out her own heart. Should she chose Chase, a powerful vampire with whom she shares a special bond? Or Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? When a person with dark connection to her past shows up, it’ll help her decide which guy to choose–and make her question everything she knows about herself.
QUINTESSENCE, by David Walton (Tor Books, Hardcover, March 2013).
Genre: Fantasy. This one sounds uber-cool, and hung on in the TBR mountain range for a long time, but in this brutal scorched-earth book policy for 2015, it didn’t make the keeper pile. The blurb: Imagine an Age of Exploration full of alchemy, human dissection, sea monsters, betrayal, torture, religious controversy, and magic. In Europe, the magic is thin, but at the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the alluring Western Ocean. Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship.
DREAMS AND SHADOWS, by C. Robert Cargill (Harper Voyager, Hardcover, February 2013).
Genre: Urban Fantasy. Another one that sounds really cool, plus it’s a debut novel and not part of a series, but…see note above. I’m being brutal this year! The blurb: There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.
Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.
DEEP DOWN, by Deborah Coates (Tor Books, Hardcover, March 2013).
Genre: Paranormal Thriller. This is a sequel to Wide Open, but I’m not sure how closely they’re tied together. Another one I think I’d really like (and I trust it totally because the author and I share the same fabulous editor) but…you know. Scorched earth. The blurb: Now that she’s solved her sister’s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn’t sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there’s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn’t seen a ghost in weeks. All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the underworld that are harbingers of death. When a black dog appears, Hallie learns, a reaper is sure to follow. And if the dark visions she’s suddenly receiving are any indication, it looks like the reaper is now following her. Meanwhile, strange events herald the arrival of ghosts from Boyd’s past, ghosts the young deputy isn’t ready to face. Refusing Hallie’s help, Boyd takes off to deal with the problem on his own, only to find that he’s facing something much larger and more frightening than he’d imagined. Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death’s own realm to save those she most loves.
23 YEARS ON FIRE, by Joel Shepherd (Pyr Books, Trade ARC, September 2013).
Genre: Science Fiction. The promo for this one describes it as “Robert Ludlum meets Elizabeth Moon” and categorizes it as high-tech cyberpunk. Well, okay! The blurb: Commander Cassandra Kresnov has her hands full. She must lead an assault against the Federation world of Pyeongwha, where a terrible sociological phenomenon has unleashed hell against the civilian population. Then she faces the threat from a portion of League space known as New Torah, in which a ruthless regime of surviving corporations are building new synthetic soldiers but taking the technology in alarming directions. On the Torahn world of Pantala, Sandy encounters betrayal, crisis, and conspiracy on a scale previously unimaginable. Most challenging of all, she also meets three young street kids who stir emotions in her she didn’t think she was capable of. Can the Federation’s most lethal killer afford unexpected sentiment? What will be the cost if she is forced to choose between them and her mission, not only to her cause, but to her soul?
So, which one most floats your boat? You might be interested that as I was going through the stack nearest my computer, I did hold out one book for the newer, smaller keeper pile, a historical novel about Robin Hood. LOL. I don’t know what that means.