Better late than never, right? I’d planned to get this up yesterday, but a routine trip to the dermatologist turned into a needle biopsy for squamous cell carcinoma. I came home looking like I’d gotten in a fight in an alleyway—all on my face, of course. So I’ll find out in a couple of weeks if more extensive surgery is required; if so, it will be a three hour or more procedure. Fun times, eh? I have all those fair-skinned Scottish ancestors to blame, I guess.
In case you missed previous giveaways, 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 and eventually get destroyed. 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!
ECHO 8, by Sharon Lynn Fisher (Tor Books, Trade, February 2015).
Genre: SFR. This is the third standalone title from Fisher, and is described as paranormal romance with sci-fi elements. Sounds interesting! The blurb: As a parapsychologist working for Seattle Psi, Tess has devoted her life to studying psychic phenomena. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world that’s been struck by an asteroid, nothing in her training will help her survive what’s to come….After dislocating to Seattle Psi from the other Earth, Jake is confined by a special task force for study. But when he drains life energy from Tess, almost killing her, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds – and creates a bond neither of them expected….Ross is an FBI agent ordered to protect Tess while she studies Jake. His assignment is not random – he and Tess have a history, and a connection the Bureau hopes to use to its own advantage. By the time Ross realizes his mission could be compromised, it’s already too late – he’ll have to choose between his love for Tess and his duty to protect the people of his own Earth.
THE UNCANNY READER: Stories from the Shadows—anthology (St. Martin’s, Trade, February 2015 release).
Genre: Interesting collection (and a big one) of horror-fantasy short stories. The blurb: From the deeply unsettling to the possibly supernatural, these thirty-one border-crossing stories from around the world explore the uncanny in literature, and delve into our increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet. The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows opens with “The Sand-man,” E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1817 tale of doppelgangers and automatons—a tale that inspired generations of writers and thinkers to come. Stories by 19th and 20th century masters of the uncanny—including Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Shirley Jackson—form a foundation for sixteen award-winning contemporary authors, established and new, whose work blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown. These writers come from Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, England, Sweden, the United States, Uruguay, and Zambia—although their birthplaces are not always the terrains they plumb in their stories, nor do they confine themselves to their own eras. Contemporary authors include: Chris Adrian, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, Jean-Christophe Duchon-Doris, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Jonathon Carroll, John Herdman, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ogawa, Dean Paschal, Karen Russell, Namwali Serpell, Steve Stern and Karen Tidbeck.
HIDDEN: A House of Night Novel, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin, Hardcover, October 2012).
Genre: UF/PNR. Tenth in this long-running series I never started so…. The blurb: At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet’s evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side – but she’s far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. First, a mysterious fire ravages the stables. Then, Neferet makes a devastating move that will test them all….With the seeds of distrust sown and Darkness breeding chaos at the House of Night, everyone must band together – but that’s proving to be more difficult than ever before. The twins are barely speaking and the House of Night’s former enemy, Kalona, has now become their warrior, pushing their trust to the limit. To top it off, Zoey is pretty darn sure she might be losing her mind. She saw something when she looked at Aurox through the Seer Stone that she can hardly explain to herself, let alone her friends. Is it possible that Heath has come back in a different form? Is that why Zoey’s so intrigued by Aurox, when it’s so obvious that he’s dangerous? And who would believe her if she told them? Zoey knows that following her instinct about Aurox might be just what they need to defeat evil . . . but if she’s wrong, it could cause the destruction of those closest to her….With the tension at a breaking point and friendships on the line, can the nerd herd come together to stop the spread of Darkness before it’s too late?
THE HUNT, by Andrew Fukuda (St. Martin’s, Trade, December 2012).
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy. This was highly touted, and the first in a series. The blurb: Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood….When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
DANGEROUS REFUGE, by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow, hardcover, 2013). Genre: Romantic Suspense. Been hanging onto this one for a while but I just done see the time opening up. The blurb: On the surface beautiful, quiet Shaye has little in common with dark, dangerous Tanner. He’s a suspicious big city cop come home to the historic Davis family ranch to settle his uncle’s estate. She’s working for an environmental conservancy that acquires and protects old ranches-and she wants to preserve the Davis homestead….When the suspicious death of Tanner’s uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have trouble seeing eye to eye, Shaye and Tanner agree on one thing: they need to uncover the truth….Combining their unique skills-Shaye’s low-key approach and local connections and Tanner’s experience as a homicide detective-the unlikely pair share long nights in the pursuit of justice. Before they know it, the friction they generate turns to heat, igniting a burning love neither ever expected to find….They believe passion this intense cannot last. But when Shaye becomes a killer’s target, Tanner realizes he’d give up anything to protect her-including his life.
So, which one most floats your boat? Leave your answer in a comment, and I will announce winners on Sunday! I’ll also announce winners from last week. These books, by the way, must be mailed media mail in the US and slow-boat-to-anywhere internationally because otherwise the postage costs would kill me. So be patient ☺