New Releases May 2—May 8 and Readers Choice Contest

There are two spots on  the official tour today, a stop with a separate giveaway of Pirate’s Alley or swag, and a “discussion” to participate in, if you’re so inclined.

First, I’m at Diane’s Book Blog today–well, actually DJ and Jean Lafitte are there, doing an interview. It’s about as chaotic as you might expect! You can enter for tour prizes here.

And I’m at Literary Musings, talking about writing–also can enter for tour prizes here.

An interview at Romancing the Book went up late on Friday (thanks for letting me know it was up, Miki!) and it has a low number of entries for its giveaway, so stop by there if you get a chance, and find out what I do to celebrate a new book release!

Finally, I’m participating in a roundtable at the International Thriller Writers site, talking about series titles with a bunch of other authors. Stop by and join the discussion!

The first full week of May finds a ginormous list of new releases. Must be time to plan your summer reading list. There are just over fifty new books on the list this week from which to pick and choose. F-I-F-T-Y. OMG.

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.

coleSignal Boost (Off the Grid #2), by Alyssa Cole, (May 4, Carina Press)
In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. He catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious. The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. With answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves. (ebook only)

conroy1882: Custer in Chains, by Robert Conroy, (May 5, Baen)
A world where Custer survives Little Bighorn and becomes president goes seriously awry. Following his unlikely but decisive 1876 victory over Sitting Bull and the Sioux at the Little Big Horn, George Armstrong Custer is propelled into the White House in 1880. Two years later, he finds himself bored and seeks new worlds to conquer. He and his wife Libbie fixate on Spain’s decaying empire as his source for immortality. What President Custer doesn’t quite comprehend is that the U.S. military isn’t up to such a venture. When a group of Americans on a ship headed for Cuba is massacred, war becomes inevitable, and unless calmer, patriotic citizens and soldiers can find a way to avoid debacle, this war may be America’s last stand.

maasA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1), by Sarah J. Maas, (May 5, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin, and his world, forever.

atkinsonA God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson, (May 5, Little, Brown and Company)
Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Now, the focus is on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy, would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father, as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

williamsonA Long Time Until Now, by Michael Z. Williamson, (May 5, Baen)
Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow, they arrived in Earth’s Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: Imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants. Despite their technological advantage, the soldiers only have ten people, and know no way home. Then two more time travelers arrive from a future far beyond the present. These time travelers may have the means to get back, but they aren’t giving it up. In fact, they may have a treacherous agenda of their own, one that may very well lead to the death of the displaced in a harsh and dangerous era.

phillipsAgent of Light (Council of Light #1), by Kyla Phillips, (May 5, MuseItUp)
Vayne is a light elemental and bounty hunter for the supernatural world. Her partners, Giovanni, a capricious fallen angel; and Donovan, a shape shifter with anger control issues, work with her during their rehabilitation. During the coldest winter Cincinnati has ever seen, the threesome run into a case where temporary and violent insanity strikes powerful elementals seemingly at random. Vayne soon finds herself the victim instead of the hunter, and working on the wrong side of the conflict. How can Don and Gio pull her back from the brink? How will she reveal the perpetrator and bring him before the chopping block? (ebook only)

Untitled-10Alien Separation (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #11), by Gini Koch, (May 5, DAW)
The Mastermind has finally been identified, but before Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini can take him down, they, their daughter, Jamie, Charles Reynolds, Paul Gower, Christopher White, and several others are zapped out of their solar system and into another. Landing them on an alien planet, and not together…

naamApex (Nexus #3), by Ramez Naam, (May 5, Angry Robot)
Global unrest spreads as mass protests advance throughout the US and China, Nexus-upgraded riot police battle against upgraded protestors, and a once-dead scientist plans to take over the planet’s electronic systems. The world has never experienced turmoil of this type, on this scale. They call them the Apex, humanity’s replacement. They’re smarter, faster, better. And infinitely more dangerous. Humanity is dying. Long live the Apex.

barronAtlantis in Peril (Atlantis Saga #2), by T.A. Barron, (May 5, Philomel)
In Atlantis Rising, Promi and Atlanta saved their homeland by transforming it into the magical island of Atlantis. They had hoped that would keep it out of the clutches of the evil spirit warlord Narkazan. But Narkazan has returned, more determined than ever to conquer the spirit realm and Atlantis as well. Will the destiny of the mystical isle lie in the boat of Greek sailors who wash up on shore? The powers of the ethereal oceanglass? Or will the growing bond between Promi and Atlanta cause the strongest magic?

blaylockBeneath London, by James P. Blaylock, (May 5, Titan)
When the sudden collapse of the Victoria Embankment uncovers a passage to an unknown realm beneath London, Langdon St. Ives sets out explore it, not knowing that a brilliant and wealthy psychopathic murderer is working to keep the underworld’s secrets hidden for reasons of his own. Assumed to be dead and buried deep beneath London, St. Ives lives secretly on the streets of the great city where he, Alice St. Ives, and their stalwart friends investigate a string of ghastly crimes: the gruesome death of a witch in a forest hovel, the kidnapping of a blind, psychic girl who can see into the human soul, and the grim horrors of a secret hospital where experiments in medical electricity and the development of human, vampiric fungi serve the strange, murderous ends of St. Ives’s greatest and most dangerous nemesis.

saulterBinary (Evolution #2), by Stephanie Saulter, (May 5, Jo Fletcher)
Zavcka Klist has reinvented herself: no longer the ruthless gemtech enforcer determined to keep the gems they created enslaved, she’s now all about transparency and sharing the fruits of Bel’Natur’s research to help gems and norms alike. Neither Aryel Morningstar nor Dr. Eli Walker are convinced that Klist or Bel’Natur can have changed so dramatically, but the gems have problems that only a gemtech can solve. In exchange for their help, digital savant Herran agrees to work on Klist’s latest project: reviving the science that drove mankind to the brink of extinction. Then confiscated genestock disappears from a secure government facility, and the more DI Varsi investigates, the closer she comes to the dark heart of Bel’Natur and what Zavcka Klist is really after-not to mention the secrets of Aryel Morningstar’s own past. (U.S. Release)

guranBlood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women, edited by Paula Guran, (May 5, Night Shade)
A wide range of fantastical stories from New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Nancy Holder, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn, and critically acclaimed writers Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Tanith Lee, all of whom have left their indelible and unique stamps on the vampire genre. Whether they are undeniably heroes and heroines or bloodthirsty monsters (or something in between), the undead are a lively lot. This anthology offers some of the best short fiction ever written by the “blood sisters” who know them best: stories you can really sink your teeth into.

williamCash Crash Jubilee (Jubilee Cycle #1), by Eli K.P. William, (May 5, Talos)
In a near future Tokyo, every action is intellectual property owned by corporations. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet. Amon Kenzaki works as a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority. His job is to capture bankrupt citizens, remove their BodyBank, and banish them to BankDeath Camps. Everything seems to be going well, until he is asked to cash crash a charismatic politician and model citizen, and soon after is charged for an incredibly expensive action called “jubilee” that he is sure he never performed. Amon must unravel the secret of jubilee, but finds himself asking dangerous questions about the system to which he’s devoted his life, and the costly investigation only drags him closer to the pit of bankruptcy.

feehanCat’s Lair (Leopard People #7), by Christine Feehan, (May 5, Jove)
Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past, and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane. Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley, and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own, secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.

cambiasCorsair, by James L. Cambias, (May 5, Tor)
In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT and have a brief affair. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating. Nearly ten years later, David is setting himself to become a billionaire by working in the shadows for international thieves, and Elizabeth works in intelligence preventing international space piracy. Robotic mining shipments from space are dropped down the gravity well into the oceans. If David can nudge a shipment 500 miles off its target, his employers can get there first and claim it legally in the open sea. When Elizabeth loses a major shipment, she leaves government employ to work for a private space company to find a better way to protect shipments. International piracy has very high stakes and some very evil players. And both Elizabeth and David end up in a world of trouble.

hodgeCrimson Bound, by Rosamund Hodge, (May 5, Balzer & Bray/HarperTeen)
When Rachelle was fifteen, she was good, apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. She was also reckless, straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat. Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand, Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. They uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

archerDay of Atonement (Rogue Angel #54), by Alex Archer, (May 5, Gold Eagle)
Trials, persecutions, false accusations, the Inquisition; for archaeologist and TV host Annja Creed, the current episode they’re taping for her show is a fascinating one. While Annja is filming the last segment in France, a vicious accident nearly kills her. It looks to be unintentional until a man calling himself Cauchon claims responsibility. The name Cauchon strikes a chord in the exceptionally long memory of Annja’s friend and mentor Roux. Discovering the old man’s secret years ago, Cauchon wanted to blackmail Roux before fate put the matter to rest. This powerful fanatic has turned from seeking out the divine to meting out justice. Vengeance. He will single-handedly resurrect the violence of the Inquisition to ensure that Annja and her friend are judged and found guilty. With so much at stake, Annja may find that friendship can be fatal.

harrisDay Shift (Midnight, Texas #2), by Charlaine Harris, (May 5, Ace)
There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous. Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular, and very wealthy, clients dies during a reading. Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight.

axlerForbidden Trespass (Deathlands #122), by James Axler, (May 5, Gold Eagle)
In the war-torn wasteland known as Deathlands, desperation and destruction have replaced dreams and peace. Each day arrives with a new life-threatening challenge for wanderer Ryan Cawdor and his fellow band of survivors. Bizarre murders are taking place in a fertile farming community, and the locals are quick to point fingers at Ryan and his companions. But they know another culprit is responsible. A colony of mutants has been driven from its underground home, forced to find sustenance in the light of day. And only human flesh will satisfy their hunger. Caught between a rock and a horde of hungry cannibals, Ryan and the companions face an ultimatum, help the cannies reclaim their territory, or risk becoming the next meal. Except something far more sinister, and ravenous, lurks beneath the lush fields.

chandlerGateway to Never (John Grimes #6), by A. Bertram Chandler, (May 5 Baen)
Number six in the collected adventures of the legendary John Grimes of the Galactic Rim series. Contains Chandler classic novels and collections The Gateway to Never, The Dark Dimensions, and The Way Back. Pipe-smoking, action-loving spaceship commander Lieutenant John Grimes (think Captain Kirk with more of a navy, salty attitude) moves out of the Federation navy and finds his true calling adventuring along the spaceways of the galactic rim.

bennettGrave Phantoms (Roaring Twenties #3), by Jenn Bennett, (May 5, Berkley Sensation)
Feisty flapper Astrid Magnusson is home from college and yearning for the one thing that’s always been off limits: Bo Yeung, her notorious bootlegging brother’s second-in-command. Her dream of an easy reunion proves difficult after a violent storm sends a mysterious yacht crashing into the Magnussons’ docks. What’s worse, the boat disappeared a year ago, and the survivors are acting strangely. Bo has worked with the Magnusson family for years, doing whatever is needed, including keeping his boss’s younger sister out of trouble, and his hands to himself. Of course, that isn’t so easy after Astrid has a haunting vision about the yacht’s disappearance, plunging them into an underground world of old money and dark magic. Danger will drive them closer together, but surviving their own forbidden feelings could be the bigger risk.

axler2Hell’s Maw (Outlanders #73), by James Axler, (May 5, Gold Eagle)
Earth’s secret history of alien occupation is challenged by a powerful alliance of warriors driven to reclaim humanity’s birthright. When a cruel, vicious ruler spreads a new wave of terror, the Cerberus rebels must fight for their lives. Beautiful, seductive and deadly, she is called Ereshkigal. Her flowerlike temple, eerie and alien, rises out of the desolate, sun-drenched desert of postapocalyptic Spain. The river of blood flowing to her temple doors is just the first sign of the horror to follow. With her army of Terror Priests eager to kill for their queen, Kane, Grant and Brigid must confront her dark power. But Ereshkigal’s power to control men’s lives may prove stronger than anything the Cerberus warriors have ever faced. And this evil interloper will not be satisfied until she has annihilated everything between her and total domination of Earth.

nelsonHexed: The Sisters of Witchdown, by Michael Alan Nelson, (May 5, Pyr)
Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, Lucifer for short, isn’t your typical teenaged girl. She’s a thief who steals bad things from bad people in the mystical underworld hidden beneath our own. When a policeman’s daughter, Gina, is kidnapped by a force he can’t explain, Lucifer is the only one who has a chance to get his daughter back. With the help of Gina’s friends, including Gina’s boyfriend David, Lucifer’s investigation leads to the truth of the kidnapping. Gina was taken to an otherworldly dimension by a creature of unspeakable evil: one of the Seven Sisters of Witchdown. Lucifer must use every magical tool hidden in her trick bag to steal her way into the Shade and bring Gina back before the Sister sacrifices her. The closer Lucifer gets to Gina, the closer she gets to David. And David to her. Lucifer must risk her life by confronting demons, witches, and the cruel demigoddess controlling her destiny, all to save the one girl who stands in the way of Lucifer finally finding love.

hockingIce Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2), by Amanda Hocking, (May 5, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of the Kanin world. Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm, the glittering palace of the Skojare. The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin, and, being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, he becomes a distraction she can’t afford. Brynn is about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets. She doesn’t know who to trust. As she gets closer to Ridley, she realizes she may not even be able to trust her own heart.

delacruzThe Isle of the Lost (The Descendants #1), by Melissa de la Cruz, (May 5, Disney-Hyperion)
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot. Hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be? Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

harrisonMidnight’s Kiss (Elder Races #8), by Thea Harrison, (May 5, Berkley Sensation)
Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them, and distance between them. When a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances. Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. When Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

maynardMinding Her Boss’s Business (Dynasties: The Montoros #1), by Janice Maynard, (May 5, Harlequin)
Can a boss on a royal mission mix business with pleasure? Diplomat Alex Ramon’s Miami mission is on the rocks. Convincing the exiled Montoros to give up their American life and return to Alma’s throne has become personal. Not only is his trusted aide Maria Ferro flirting with a potential prince, but Alex is actually jealous. So jealous, he might sabotage his goals so he can take Maria to his bed, a prize more tempting than any commission from the crown. But Alex doesn’t know that Maria has a longtime crush of her own, and it isn’t on the playboy prince.

westOracle (The House War #6), by Michelle West, (May 5, DAW)
Beneath the streets of Averalaan lie the three Princes of the firstborn, doomed to sleep until the end of days. When gods walked the world, they feared the Sleepers. If the Sleepers wake, the city will not survive, and the Sleepers are waking. House Terafin has already felt the consequences of their stirring. To save the city, and the House over which she rules, Jewel Markess ATerafin must go to face the Oracle. At no time in Terafin’s history has it faced the dangers it now faces. Jewel has always seen unpredictable glimpses of the future, images of death and destruction which she cannot control and cannot always understand. She chooses to walk the path of the Oracle. She carries the only hope of the Winter Queen. Ancient creatures stalk winter skies at the behest of the demons who mean to ensure that she will never reach the Oracle’s side. Secrets, hidden from all but the firstborn, will finally be brought to light. Choices will be made, and paths chosen, from which there will be no return.

krugerOvertaken (Overpowered #2), by Mark H. Kruger, (May 5, Simon & Schuster BYR)
After the mysterious pulses changed Nica Ashley’s life forever, she was sure things could only get worse when Dana Fox returned. Her reappearance after having gone missing for months surely means not only that Nica will lose her friendship with Jackson, but also that something more ominous is simmering under the surface of quiet Barrington. When another pulse occurs, Nica discovers that she can be invisible at any time. She tries to talk to her friends about how bizarre things have become, but they all seem to have no idea what she is talking about. Nica soon realizes that Dana has a strange control over the whole town, including her undercover, government-agent father. Now on her own, Nica must stop BarTech from using her and her friends as weapons. But can she figure out their ultimate plan before it is too late?

spoorPhoenix in Shadow (Balanced Sword #2), by Ryk E. Spoor, (May 5, Baen)
When Kyri Vantage, Phoenix Justiciar of Myrionar, with the help of her companions Tobimar Silverun of Skysand and the unexpectedly dangerous little Toad, Poplock Duckweed, defeated monstrous killer Thornfalcon and unmasked a conspiracy of treacherous False Justiciars, she knew the job was only partly done. A dark power stirs on the far side of the terrifying Rivendream Pass. Now, as the world shudders at the arrival of the Black City, of the King of All Hells, Kyri, Tobimar, and Poplock must venture beyond Rivendream Pass and into Moonshade Hollowa place from which none have ever returned. What they find there will challenge everything they believe in and conceals a menace they cannot imagine.

connollySeriously Wicked, by Tina Connolly, (May 5, Tor Teen)
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one. Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose, and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance. To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too?

blakeSome Like It Witchy (A Wishcraft Mystery #5), by Heather Blake, (May 5, NAL)
The Enchanted Village is abuzz when the old Tavistock house finally goes up for sale. Darcy’s friend Curecrafter Cherise Goodwin is hoping she will have the winning bid on the home, but Darcy can’t shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen, and her magical instincts are usually right. Sure enough, while Darcy and Cherise are looking at the property, they discover real estate agent Raina Gallagher stone-cold dead on the floor. Clutched in her hand is a gemstone amulet and, on the wall above her, a large red A. While Raina had no shortage of enemies, there’s also a dark legend about the house itself. To track down the killer, Darcy must unlock the secrets of both the deceased and the estate, and she’ll need to act fast, because revenge is a deal that never closes.

andersonStraits of Hell (Destroyermen #10), by Taylor Anderson, (May 5, Roc)
Matt Reddy’s old Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Walker has been transported to an alternate version of earth. Here WWII is no longer raging, and Reddy and his crew have been trying to find a new place for themselves in this strange new world. Along with the felinoid Lemurians and Imperial allies, they fight to keep the reptilian Grik, a race growing in supremacy, from reconquering the Lemurians’ ancestral home on Madagascar. Reddy and his crew are exhausted, far from reinforcements, and outnumbered. As for the fate of the Americas, Don Hernan and the evil Dominion have gathered to annihilate the forces behind the walls of Fort Defiance as a shadowy power with an agenda all its own rises with chilling resolve. A tipping point may have been reached at last, and cold steel and hot-blooded valor will remain the ultimate weapons.

scullSword of the North (Grim Company #2), by Luke Scull, (May 5, Roc)
As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady’s victorious liberation of Dorminia has not resulted in the freedom they once imagined. Anyone perceived as a threat has been seized and imprisoned, or exiled to darker regions, leaving the White Lady’s rule unchallenged and absolute. But the White Lady would be wiser not to spurn her former supporters: Eremul the Halfmage has learned of a race of immortals known as the Fade, and if he cannot convince the White Lady of their existence, all of humanity will be in danger. Far to the north, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf continue their odyssey to the High Fangs only to find themselves caught in a war between a demon horde and their enemy of old, the Shaman. And in the wondrous city of Thelassa, Sasha must overcome demons of her own. (U.S. Release)

cutterThe Acolyte, by Nick Cutter, (May 5, ChiZine)
Jonah Murtag is an Acolyte on the New Bethlehem police force. His job: eradicate all heretical religious faiths, their practitioners, and artefacts. Murtag’s got problems, one of his partners is a zealot, and he’s in love with the other one. Trouble at work, trouble at home. Murtag realizes that you can rob a citizenry of almost anything, but you can’t take away its faith. When a string of bombings paralyzes the city, religious fanatics are initially suspected, but startling clues point to a far more ominous perpetrator. If Murtag doesn’t get things sorted out, the Divine Council will dispatch The Quints, aka: Heaven’s Own Bagmen. The clock is ticking towards doomsday for the Chosen of New Bethlehem. And Jonah Murtag’s got another problem. The biggest and most worrisome… Jonah isn’t a believer anymore.

okoraforThe Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death #0.1), by Nnedi Okorafor, (May 5, DAW)
Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. She is an “accelerated woman”, only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix’s abilities far exceed those of a normal human. She is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7. One evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7’s refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape. Phoenix’s escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity’s future.

warringtonThe Dark Arts of Blood (Blood Wine #4), by Freda Warrington, (May 5, Titan Books)
1927: In the turmoil and glamour of 1920s Europe, vampires Karl, Charlotte and Violette face threats to their very existence. Fiery, handsome dancer Emil achieves his dream to partner the legendary ballerina Violette Lenoir, until his forbidden desire for her becomes an obsession. Rejected, spiralling towards madness, he seeks solace with a mysterious beauty, Leyla. But she too is a vampire, with a hidden agenda. Is Leyla more dangerous than the sinister activist, Goderich Mann? When Karl and Charlotte undertake an exotic, perilous journey to rescue Emil, they unearth secrets that threaten disaster for vampire-kind.

malanThe Dulyn and Parno Novels: Volume Two, by Violette Malan, (May 5, DAW)
Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane are members of the Mercenary Guild, veterans of numerous battles and missions, and masters of martial arts. But more than that, Dhulyn and Parno are Partners, a Mercenary bond that can only be broken by death. This is the second and final omnibus volume of Violette Malan’s Dhulyn and Parno series, including The Storm Witch and Path of the Sun.

campbellLeviathan (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #5), by Jack Campbell, (May 5, Ace)
Two Syndicate World star systems have fallen prey to a mysterious fleet of warships, a fleet controlled entirely by artificial intelligence, that is now targeting Alliance space. The warships were developed by the government to ensure security, but malfunctioned. If the Syndics learn the truth, the war with the Alliance will resume with a vengeance. As the government attempts to conceal the existence of the A.I. warships, and its role in their creation, Geary pursues them, treading a fine line between mutiny and obedience. It soon becomes clear that his fleet is no match for the firepower of the machine-piloted armada. With the help of the Dancer species of aliens, Geary has tracked the A.I. ships to their secret base in the mythical Unity Alternate star system where his fleet, the last hope of the Alliance’s future, will end the conflict at any cost.

adrian_horowitzThe New World, by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz, (May 5, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The New World is the story of a marriage. Dr. Jane Cotton is a pediatric surgeon: her husband, Jim, is a humanist chaplain. They are about to celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary when Jim suddenly collapses and dies. When Jane arrives at the hospital she is horrified to find that her husband’s head has been removed from his body. Only then does she discover that he has secretly enrolled with a shadowy cryogenics company called Polaris. Furious and grieving, Jane fights to reclaim Jim from Polaris. Revived, in the future, Jim learns he must sacrifice every memory of Jane if he wants to stay alive in the new world. Separated by centuries, each of them is challenged to choose between love and fear, intimacy and solitude, life and grief, and each will find an answer to the challenge that is surprising, harrowing, and ultimately beautiful.

matharuThe Novice (Summoner #1), by Taran Matharu, (May 5, Feiwel & Friends)
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help. As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

martinezThe Venusian Gambit (Daedalus #3), by Michael J. Martinez, (May 5, Night Shade)
In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force led by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. Stephane has bigger plans, beaming critical data to other conspirators heading not for Earth, but for Venus. In 1809, a Napoleonic era far different from our own, the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen through the darkest Alchemy. The machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon, presumed lost in the jungles of Venus. In the dark, alien jungles of Venus, humanity’s fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance, forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.

murrayThe Waterborne Blade (Waterborne #1), by Susan Murray, (May 5, Angry Robot)
The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper. Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim, for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt. But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

martinTracked, by Jenny Martin, (May 5, Dial)
On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

buckleyUndertow (Undertow #1), by Michael Buckley, (May 5, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt BYR)
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

duncanUnseemly Science (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #2), by Rod Duncan, (May 5, Angry Robot)
In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life, as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the hanging of Alice Carter, the false duchess, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher’s Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy. There is a new charitable organization in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn’t feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case…? Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man’s world.

plumUntil the Beginning (After the End #2), by Amy Plum, (May 5, Harper Teen)
When Juneau’s clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people’s gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village. Juneau and her new companion Miles’s cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau’s people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people, and herself, Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

hendeeWitches with the Enemy (The Mist-Torn Witches #3), by Barb Hendee, (May 5, Roc)
When seers Céline and Amelie Fawe fled Shetâna under threat of death, they vowed never to return. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back, to aid the man who once tried to kill them. The cruel prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with the powerful family of a young noblewoman when his intended’s sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly, and he needs the seers’ powers to do so. Though the Fawes’ patron, Prince Anton, fears that bringing Céline and Amelie to Shetâna places them in grave danger, he is honor-bound to help his brother Damek. Only none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk, for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost.

livingstonAt the End of Babel: A Tor.Com Original, by Michael Livingston, (May 6, Tor)
At the right time, in the right place, words have the power to change the world. (ebook only)

bledsoeThe Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt: A Tor.Com Original, by Alex Bledsoe, (May 6, Tor)
Remember, never accept a gift without knowing the consequences. Set in the Tufa universe. (ebook only)

dacostaCity of Fae, by Pippa DaCosta, (May 7, Bloomsbury Spark)
From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate, and the fae, close in. Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem, Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love. (ebook only)

roseAvalon Rising (Metal & Lace #2), by Kathryn Rose, (May 8, Flux)
In the aftermath of Morgan le Fay’s war on Camelot, the once great kingdom struggles to rebuild. Vivienne, Merlin’s former apprentice, toils in secret day and night on orders from the Lady of the Lake to build an aeroship. The Lady has seen the future and promises that the ship will ensure Camelot’s knights triumph over the Black Knight in the quest for Avalon and the Holy Grail. But when a company of knights goes missing, including Owen, Vivienne’s brother, and Marcus, her beloved, Vivienne changes the plan and commandeers the aeroship for a rescue mission, altering the fates of all involved. Now, the Lady sees danger in Vivienne’s future. And for Marcus: either betrayal or death.

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!

53 thoughts on “New Releases May 2—May 8 and Readers Choice Contest

  1. Awesome choices. I always love this post, not just because of the contest, but because I always find new books that I may have otherwise missed!! I’ve added a lot of these to my wishlist!! If I won I would choose Until the Beginning by Amy Plum, I loved book 1!!! Thanks, as always 🙂

  2. Quite a few books on this week’s list that piqued my interest. I’d love a copy ofA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1), by Sarah J. Maas please

  3. Ginormous is right, but I’m ready for it. I’d love to win a copy of Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. Thanks

  4. I’m torn between Alien Separation (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #11), by Gini Koch and Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races #8), by Thea Harrison 🙂 thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  5. 1882: Custer in Chains, by Robert Conroy – this sounds like a different kind of read for me thanks.

  6. Wow, very hard to choose, but I’ll go with Alien Separation by Gini Koch, since this is one of my favorite series. 😀

  7. between this 5 books : A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1), by Sarah J. Maas, Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2), by Amanda Hocking, The Isle of the Lost (The Descendants #1), by Melissa de la Cruz, connollySeriously Wicked, by Tina Connolly & Until the Beginning (After the End #2), by Amy Plum. So many books so little time

  8. Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2), by Amanda Hocking would be my choice were I lucky enough to win. I have read the entire Trylle Trilogy and just purchased the first book of the Kanin Chronicles. I was super excited about this spinoff series! If it wasn’t for this book being on the list I would’ve had a hard time choosing. Some great choices this week! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

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