Sorry for being absent the last couple of days–I’d fallen behind on my writing schedule because of day-job deadlines and have really been cranking this three-day weekend to catch up, with the new book due to my editor on July 1. I will do a double winner announcement next Sunday, including the newsletter winner.
In the meantime, though, we have a new Readers Choice contest for Monday, even if it’s Memorial Day here in the U.S. (Which means no day job today–more writing!) As for me, I’m stoked over the release of Alex Bledsoe’s new Tufa novel this week, although I’m probably going to wait until I can re-read the last one, WISP OF A THING, to get me immersed in this fascinating world again. So….let’s see what we have up for grabs!
The last full week of May brings us another bounty of new releases. There are more than twenty-five books on the list this week. If that isn’t enough for you, just wait for next week!
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.
Lonely Shore (Chaos Station #2), by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen, (May 25, Carina Press)
Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos’s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. There’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. The side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore. When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge, including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew, Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms. Hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare. When it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. He can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander, forever this time. (ebook only)
Moon Rise (Twilight Shifters #2), by Kate Danley, (May 25, Amazon Digital)
Just because the battle was won does not mean the war is over. Aein, Lars, and Finn are sent back to the swamps to protect the one object which may save their pack. But in the recent turmoil, the border has been left unguarded and nightmarish creatures are slipping through. There is a reason why two people must always be there to hold the boundary, a lesson which Aein, Lars, and Finn are about to learn. (ebook only)
A Conspiracy of Princes (Allies & Assassins #2), by Justin Somper, (May 26, Little, Brown BYR)
The newly crowned Prince Jared, ruler of All Archenfield, has inherited a kingdom in crisis. The murder of his older brother has revealed a traitorous plot in his court, calling into question who, if anyone, Jared can trust as he ascends the throne. Now the realm is on the brink of invasion from the brutal princes of Paddenburg and Jared must travel to neighboring kingdoms in search of allies to defend his throne. Little does he know that an even more dangerous plot is hatching in the Archenfield court, one that threatens to remove Jared from power. One put in motion by the very people he left in charge.
Beauty & the Beast: Some Gave All, by Nancy Holder, (May 26, Titan Books)
Detective Catherine Chandler is on a mission to unveil the truth behind her past and discover the secrets surrounding her family. Yet, things become more complicated when she becomes romantically involved with the handsome doctor Vincent Keller, who harbors a dark secret of his own, he turns into a terrifying beast when angered. Together, they struggle to maintain their relationship whilst being pursued by the mysterious organization known as Muirfield.
Beauty (Tales from the Kingdoms #3), by Sarah Pinborough, (May 26, Titan Books)
An enticing contemporary retelling of the classic story of Sleeping Beauty. While the handsome prince, the evil fairy, the beautiful girl and of course the spindle all appear, Sarah Pinborough’s charming and provocative spin on the story will captivate fans of the fairy tale all over again. (U.S. Release)
Charmed (The Witch Hunter #2), by Michelle Krys, (May 26, Delacorte Press)
Indie has spent the last few weeks searching for Paige. She’s tried every spell imaginable, but witchcraft has gotten her nowhere, and she’s going crazy with guilt. Despite what her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, tells her, Indie knows it’s her fault her best friend was kidnapped by the Priory. With the Priory destroyed, finding Paige feels more hopeless than ever, especially when Indie discovers that Paige isn’t even on Earth. She’s trapped in Los Demonios, an alternate dimension of Los Angeles filled with evil paranormals. No one who has gone there has ever come out. Indie is desperate to find a way into the underworld prison. Facing the dark world’s most dangerous witches and warlocks on her own means keeping her plan hush-hush, and forging alliances with some sketchy people, including a seriously sexy sorcerer.
Consumption, by Heather Herrman, (May 26, Hydra)
In the wake of tragedy, John and Erma Scott are heading west in search of a new life. When car trouble strands them in sleepy Cavus, Montana, they decide to stay for a while, charmed by the friendly residents and the surrounding ambiance. Here, they hope, is the healing balm that their marriage needs. John and Erma find themselves in a fight not just to save their marriage, but their very lives. For this is no ordinary town. Its quiet streets conceal a dark and bloody secret that has slumbered for centuries. Now, that secret is awake, and it’s hungry. Evil is spreading through Cavus. Soon John and Erma, along with the local sheriff, an undocumented immigrant, a traumatized teenage girl, and an old man with terrible secrets of his own, must join together to battle an all-consuming force that has set its sights on its prey: the entire human race. (ebook only)
Dash (Recast #4), by Yolanda Sfetsos, (May 26, Samhain)
Taylor may be the Clash Arena’s most dominant, and only, female gladiator, but today she just can’t catch a break. After winning another brutal fight, with the arena falling down around her ears, she jumps at the chance to escape the prison of her subterranean pit. She finds herself knocked unconscious more times than she can count, and pursued over the edge of a sea cliff by an AI enforcer she can’t shake. Walsh has been living a double life, masquerading as a tyrant’s enforcer while hiding his true agenda. When the arena falls, there’s only one thing on his mind, saving the savage blonde who doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him. Once he convinces her he wants to help her survive, they form an uneasy alliance. Taylor senses he’s keeping a secret, not just from her, but about her. The truth will show them exactly what it is to be human. (ebook only)
Deep Time (Star Carrier #6), by Ian Douglas, (May 26, Harper Voyager)
Once rebels themselves facing off against the Earth Confederation, the United States of North America is now the dominant force in negotiations with the interstellar Sh’daar Collective. But just as the Marines root out the last violent dissenters, an alien ship of unknown origin suddenly flees Earth’s orbit. Is it mere coincidence, or a terrifying omen? President Alexander Koenig watches with great interest as USNA forces chase the runaways down. But upon first contact, it’s not apparent where or when, the crew is headed. For this bizarre species has somehow mastered the power to manipulate time itself. Now Koenig must decide whether he’s dealing with angels of astonishing technological prowess, or the agents of humanity’s destruction.
I Am Princess X, by Cherie Priest, (May 26, Arthur A. Levine Books)
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure. A few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her. Now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker in a corner window. Princess X? May sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There’s an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. That means that only one person could have started this phenomenon, her best friend, Libby, who lives.
Long Black Curl (Tufa #3), by Alex Bledsoe, (May 26, Tor)
In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the death of several people. Bo-Kate has found her way back. She intends to take over both tribes, which means eliminating both Rockhouse Hicks and Mandalay Harris. Bo-Kate has a secret weapon: Byron Harley, a rockabilly singer known as the “Hillbilly Hercules” for his immense size and strength, and who has passed the last sixty years trapped in a bubble of faery time. The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson Powell. Released from the curse and summoned back to Cloud County, he isn’t sure what will happen when they finally meet. Will he fall in love with her again or will he join her in her quest or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the people who once banished him?
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, edited by Paula Guran, (May 26, Prime Books)
The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalka, nymphs, selkes, and other seafolk are found in many cultures, including those of Europe, Africa, the Near East and Asia. Dangerous or benevolent, seductive or sinister, modern masters of fantasy continue to create new legends of these creatures that enchant and entertain us more than ever. Gathered here are some of the finest of these stories. Immerse yourself in this wonderful, and sometimes wicked, watery world. Contributing authors include: Elizabeth Bear, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Margo Lanagan.
People of the Songtrail (North America’s Forgotten Past #23), by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, (May 26, Tor)
On the shores of what is now northeastern Canada, a small group of intrepid settlers have landed, seeking freedom to worship and prosper far from the religious strife and political upheaval that plague a war-ridden Europe. 500 years before Columbus set sail. While it has long been known that Viking ships explored the American coast, recent archaeological evidence suggests a far more vast and permanent settlement. It is from this evidence that this extraordinary tale is woven. Based on recent archaelogical discoveries, this is the saga of the first European settlers to land on the shores of the new world. It is a story, like so many in America’s history, of the swift and violent clash of cultures, and extraordinary men and women on both sides who are brave enough to work for the fragile hope of peace. A story that has remained untold, until now.
Survivor (Vicky Peterwald #2), by Mike Shepherd, (May 26, Ace)
Seeking revenge for her brother’s death, Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald underwent an unlikely transformation, from pampered heir to naval lieutenant. Now a new challenge looms: Vicky will need to use both her military and political ranks to rebuild war-torn planets, planets ruined both by the Peterwald Empire and by Kris Longknife’s revolutionary quests. But not everyone shares Vicky’s goals. When the death-before-dishonor code of the Navy meets the anything-goes-to-win motto of the Imperial family, Vicky must confront, outwit, and conquer both revolutionaries and her own family to stifle galactic disorder. And nothing stops a Grand Duchess, on or off the field.
The Awesome, by Eva Darrows, (May 26, Ravenstone)
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham is tough, smart, and sassy. She’s also not like other girls her age because her family business is monster hunting. Maggie’s concerns in life slant more toward survival than fashion or boys. Maggie’s mother informs Maggie that she can’t get her journeyman’s license for hunting until she loses her virginity. Something about virgin blood turning vampires into pointy rage monsters. Maggie’s battled ghosts and goblins and her fair share of house brownies, but finding herself a boy proves a much more daunting task than any monster hunt. Normal girls can’t clean a gun blindfolded, shoot a crossbow, or exorcise ghosts from a house. Which means they’re lame and Maggie’s not. Because Maggie’s awesome. The Awesome, in fact. She’d be more than happy to tell you. After she finds herself a date.
The Cage (The Cage #1), by Megan Shepherd, (May 26, Balzer & Bray)
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone. Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. They slowly start to trust each other. When their mysterious jailer, a guard called Cassian, appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. They have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo, where the exhibits are humans. Cora realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions?
The Death Code (The Murder Complex #2), by Lindsay Cummings, (May 26, Greenwillow)
Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close, that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fearlessly fight to the end, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends, new and old. The Death Code introduces a memorable cast of secondary characters and delivers a vivid and scary thrill ride read.
The Line of Departure: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series #4), by G. Michael Hopf, (May 26, Plume)
The United States is on the brink of total anarchy in the wake of a super-EMP attack. Gordon Van Zandt and his family have managed to beat the odds so far, but can they survive once war erupts?
The Originals: The Resurrection (The Originals #3), by Julie Plec, (May 26, HQN Books)
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. Even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep. Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah Mikaelson had won it all, only to lose it again by 1788. Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus’s displeasure. In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious witch. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers’ love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family’s immortality. As the battles rages on, the siblings must come together and fight for what they believe in most: family.
The Talon of the Hawk (The Twelve Kingdoms #3), by Jeffe Kennedy, (May 26, Kensington)
Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king. Ursula’s loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior’s spine. She protects her father to prove her worth. She never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other, that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior. She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead.
The Virgin’s Daughter (Tudor Legacy #4), by Laura Andersen, (May 26, Ballantine)
Since the death of her brother, William, Elizabeth I has ruled England. She’s made the necessary alliances, married Philip of Spain, and produced a successor: her only daughter, Anne Isabella, Princess of Wales. Elizabeth knows that her beloved Anabel will be a political pawn across Europe unless she can convince Philip to grant her a divorce, freeing him to remarry and give Spain its own heir. But the enemies of England have even greater plans for the princess, a plot that will put Anabel’s very life and the security of the nation in peril. Only those closest to Elizabeth, her longtime confidante Minuette, her advisor and friend Dominic, and the couple’s grown children, can be trusted to carry forth a most delicate and dangerous mission. Yet, all of the queen’s maneuverings may ultimately prove her undoing.
The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi, (May 26, Knopf)
In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. He encounters Lucy Monroe, a journalist with no love for Vegas, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents. It seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. The only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.
Trial of Intentions (Vault of Heaven #2), by Peter Orullian, (May 26, Tor)
The gods who created this world have abandoned it. They chained the rogue god, and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind, in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia. The Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. The races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures. One king won’t answer the call. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He goes to a place of his youth, daring to think he can find a way to prevent war. His choices may reshape a world.
Trident Code (Lana Elkins #2), by Thomas Waite, (May 26, 47North)
An elite criminal hacker takes control of a US submarine, training its nuclear missiles on a target that, if struck, will cause devastating climate change across the globe. With the world held ransom, only former NSA operative Lana Elkins and her crew of cyberspies stand a chance at averting this unprecedented Armageddon. But as time runs out, a sinister figure from Lana’s past puts the mission in jeopardy. Caught in a trifecta of intrigue, power, and blackmail, Lana must prevent the worst catastrophe in human history, or countries will fall to the mercy of a new ruthless superpower.
Veiled Empire, by Nathan Garrison, (May 26, Harper Voyager Impulse)
The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule. But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him comes the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor’s reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own. (ebook only)
When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity #12), by Alexandra Ivy, (May 26, Zebra)
Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair, only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of. Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays, especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them.
Written in the Blood (The String Diaries #2), by Stephen Lloyd Jones, (May 26, Mulholland)
See the girl. Leah Wilde is twenty-four, a runaway on a black motorbike, hunting for answers while changing her identity with each new Central European town. See the man, having come of age in extraordinary suffering and tragedy in nineteenth-century Budapest; witness to horror, to love, to death, and the wrath of a true monster. Izsák still lives in the present day, impossibly middle-aged. He’s driven not only to hunt this immortal evil but to find his daughter, stolen from an Arctic cabin and grown into the thing Izsák has sworn to kill. See the monster, a beautiful, seemingly young woman who stalks the American West, seeking the young and the strong to feed upon, desperate to return to Europe where her coven calls. (U.S. Release)
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!