New Releases May 9—May 15 and Readers Choice Contest

A quick couple of notes:

First, my novel LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP (written as Susannah Sandlin) is a finalist in the Holt Medallion award for romantic suspense. Winners will be announced in June. Fingers crossed! (And both Collectors books are on sale right now for $1.99 for Kindle!)

Second, today’s tour stop is with Maghon over at Happy Tails and Tales. You can enter for the tour prizes here, and thanks to Maghon for the awesome review!!

May is a very busy month for new releases. We have more than thirty books on the list this week Some really interesting choices to consider.

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 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.

martinNightlife: Hazardous Material (Nightlife #2), by Matthew Quinn Martin, (May 11, Pocket Star)
Twenty-seven-year-old Jarrod Foster has hit a dead end. He spends his days disposing of hazardous waste and his nights wondering where it all went wrong. While gutting an abandoned roller rink, Jarrod discovers a bricked up video arcade still stocked with vintage games, which, three decades ago, was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history. Jarrod’s boss lets him keep one of the arcade games, an oddity called Polybius that no one seems to have ever heard of. Jarrod hopes to sell it and start a new life, but one grim night, he drops a quarter into the game, and the game drops Jarrod right into a nightmare. As his life spirals into darkness, and his actions begin to mirror those of the long-dead spree killer, only one question remains, is Jarrod playing a game, or is the game playing him? (ebook only)

bodger5 to 1, by Holly Bodger, (May 12, Knopf BYR)
In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. Sudasa, though, doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing. This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view-Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose-allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

dalglishA Dance of Chaos (Shadowdance #6), by David Dalglish, (May 12, Orbit)
Haern the Watcher returns to his beloved city of Veldaren, only to find it has collapsed into chaos. The Sun Guild has conquered the former thief guilds, destroying the peace Haern fought so hard to obtain. The Trifect is their next target, and Alyssa Gemcroft must reach out to whatever allies she can obtain, even if it means casting aside longtime friends. As the chaos grows, so does the power of the dark god Karak who lays siege to Veldaren. If the city falls, the world will suffer greatly. The legendary Thren Felhorn, broken, guileless, and rejected by his own son, holds the fate of the entire city in his hands. Unless Haern can stop his father, Thren will at last have the legacy of fire and destruction he has always desired.

grrmartinA Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume 4 (A Song of Ice and Fire Graphic Novels #19-24), by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson, (May 12, Bantam)
The death of King Robert Baratheon and the imprisonment of his Hand, Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell, has set the great houses of Westeros at one another’s throats. In Winterfell, Eddard’s eldest son and heir, Robb Stark, has gathered an army and is pushing south, determined to free his father. He pledges to marry the daughter of Lord Walder Frey in exchange for a military advantage that allows him to capture Jaime Lannister. In King’s Landing, King Joffrey has other ideas than an exchange of prisoners. He ignites a conflagration that seems likely to consume not only the Starks but all of Westeros. Beyond the Wall, greater dangers are brewing, bringing unnatural creatures out of legend. Eddard’s bastard, Jon Snow, must decide where his loyalties lie. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen will learn the true measure of grief, and emerge from its fiery depths transformed and ready to claim what is hers by right: the Iron Throne.

reedArchangel, by Marguerite Reed, (May 12, Arche Press)
The Earth is dying, and our hopes are pinned on Ubastis, an untamed paradise at the edge of colonized space. Such an influx of people threatens the planet’s unstudied ecosystem. The Ubasti colonists barely get by on their own. They are relegated to selling whatever they can to outside investors. For xenobiologist Vashti Loren, this means bringing Offworlders on safari to hunt the specimens she and her fellow biologists desperately need to study. Haunted by the death of her husband, the heroic and celebrated Lasse Undset, Vashti must balance the needs of Ubastis against the crush of settlers. When she discovers a genetically engineered soldier smuggled onto the surface, Vashti must face the nightmare of her husband’s murder all over again. Standing at the threshold of humanity’s greatest hope, she understands the darkness of guarding paradise.

fanningBlood Stitches, by Erin Fanning, (May 12, Lyrical Press)
It’s called El Toque de la Luna, The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving, or devastating, the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head, until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet. Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters, and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster, And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other. (ebook only)

kenyonBorn of Defiance (The League #8), by Sherrilyn Kenyon, (May 12, St. Martin’s Press)
Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be. When his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right. He must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. When old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

fine_juryBurn (Scan #2), by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury, (May 12, Putnam Juvenile)
At the cliffhanger ending of Scan, Tate loses the very thing he was fighting to protect, what his father had called the key to human survival. Tate doesn’t have much time to worry about it because he needs to get away, to ensure he and Christina are safe. His father left him one last thing that can do just that, a safehouse, which turns out to be a clue to what’s really threatening the planet. As Tate follows the clues his father left behind, he starts to uncover the truth, realizing he’s up against an enemy he’s only beginning to understand.

freeman_chizmarDark Screams: Volume Three, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, (May 12, Hydra)
The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero by Peter Straub: A mere child yet a precocious writer, young Freddie records a series of terrifying encounters with an inhuman being that haunts his life, and seems to predict his death. Group of Thirty by Jack Ketchum: When a horror writer on the downward slope of a long career receives an invitation to address the Essex County Science Fiction Group, he figures he’s got nothing to lose. Nancy by Darynda Jones: Though she’s adopted by the cool kids, the new girl at Renfield High School is most drawn to Nancy Wilhoit, who claims to be haunted. But it soon becomes apparent that poltergeists, and people, are seldom what they seem. I Love You, Charlie Pearson, by Jacquelyn Frank: Charlie Pearson has a crush on Stacey Wheeler. Charlie will make Stacey see that he loves her, and that she loves him, even if he has to kill her to make her say it. The Lone and Level Sands Stretch Far Away by Brian Hodge: When Marni moves in next door, the stale marriage of Tara and Aidan gets a jolt of adrenaline. Whether it’s tonic or toxic is another matter. (ebook only)

sumner_smithDefiant (Towers Trilogy #2), by Karina Sumner-Smith, (May 12, Talos)
In the two months since her fall from the City, Xhea has hidden in skyscraper Edren, attempting to heal. Shai has stayed by her side, but the ghost’s very presence has sent untold fortunes into Edren’s coffers and dangerously unbalanced the Lower City’s political balance. War is brewing. Beyond Edren’s walls, the other skyscrapers have heard tell of the Radiant ghost and the power she holds; rumors, too, speak of the girl who sees ghosts who might be the key to controlling that power. Shai’s magic is not the only prize, nor the only power that could change everything. Xhea begins to learn of her strange dark magic, and why whispers of its presence are enough to make the Lower City elite tremble in fear. Xhea and Shai may have the power to stop a war, or become a weapon great enough to bring the City to its knees. If the magic doesn’t destroy them first.

downumDreams of Shreds and Tatters, by Amanda Downum, (May 12, Solaris)
When Liz Drake’s best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him. She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover’s life, in her dreams he drowns. Blake’s new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can’t fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the dreamlands. Even the attempt could kill her, or leave her mind trapped or broken. And if she succeeds, she must face the monstrous Yellow King, whose slave Blake is on the verge of becoming forever.

eeEnd of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3), by Susan Ee, (May 12, Skyscape)
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

marmellHallow Point (Mick Oberon #2), by Ari Marmell, (May 12, Titan Books)
The Spear of Lugh, one of the four Kingly Hallows of Ireland is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Among those who seek it are an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, the last people PI Mick Oberon would want getting hold of the spear.

rajaniemiHannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction, by Hannu Rajaniemi, (May 12, Tachyon Publications)
Inside the firewall the city is alive. Buildings breathe, cars attack, angels patrol, and hyper-intelligent pets rebel. With unbridled invention and breakneck adventure, Hannu Rajaniemi is on the cutting-edge of science fiction. His post-apocalyptic, post-cyberpunk, and post-human tales are full of exhilarating energy and unpredictable optimism. How will human nature react when the only limit to desire is creativity? When the distinction between humans and gods is as small as nanomachines, or as large as the universe? Whether the next big step in technology is 3D printing, genetic alteration, or unlimited space travel, Rajaniemi writes about what happens after.

revensonHarry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond, by Jody Revenson, (May 12, Harper Design)
A comprehensive look at Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, The Burrow, Azkaban prison and all of the memorable places, both loved and feared, that brought the Harry Potter movies to life, a keepsake treasury bound in a debossed leatherette case and featuring a removable poster and interactive booklet. Offers an unprecedented look at the creative process that transformed the magical locations of the wizarding world from the page to the big screen. Takes readers on a behind-the-scenes visual journey through all eight of the Harry Potter films. This stunning full-color compendium also includes two exclusive bonus inserts: a map of Diagon Alley folded in an envelope in the back of the book, and “The Paintings of Hogwarts” catalog inserted in the text.

wittigHighlander Redeemed (Guardians of the Targe #3), by Laurin Wittig, (May 12, Montlake Romance)
Scotia MacAlpin may be only eighteen years old, but she’s no stranger to trouble. Her latest incident, which resulted in a death and forced her clan into battle, has made her an outcast among her exiled people. Scotia is tired of being ignored and overshadowed by her sister, a gifted Guardian of the Targe, and she’s become hell-bent on destroying the army out to capture the ancient Highland relic for their English king. Duncan of Dunlairig has looked out for Scotia since she started to walk. While the rest of Clan MacAlpin ostracizes her, Duncan secretly helps Scotia become the warrior she yearns to be. The real test of her skills may come when he needs her help, and her long-forgotten heart, in this thrilling and romantic Guardians of the Targe tale.

jaffLove is Red (The Nightsong Trilogy #1), by Sophie Jaff, (May 12, Harper)
Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she isn’t aware that this future awaits. There is one man who knows the truth: A killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the “Sickle Man” because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art. Unleashed upon Manhattan after lying dormant for centuries, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues of his victims. Every death brings him closer to the one color, and the one woman, he must possess at any cost. Katherine must decide what to do about two men who have entered her life: handsome and personable David, and alluring yet aloof Sael. Though she’s becoming increasingly torn between them, how well does she really know them? Why is she suddenly plagued by disturbing visions?

beckettMother of Eden (Dark Eden #2), by Chris Beckett, (May 12, Broadway Books)
Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them. Humanity has spread across Eden, and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men, and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars, and became the mother of them all. When young Starlight Brooking meets a powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. She has no inkling that she will become a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela’s fabled ring on her own finger, or that in this role, powerful and powerless all at once, she will try to change the course of Eden’s history.

matsonNil Unlocked (Nil #2), by Lynne Matson, (May 12, Henry Holt and Co. BYR)
On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape, or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever. Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil, and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

galvin_speakmanRebels of the Lamp (Rebels of the Lamp #1), by Peter Speakman and Michael Galvin, (May 12, Disney-Hyperion)
Life is a blast when you have your very own genie. But when Parker Quarry is shipped from sunny Los Angeles to live with relatives in a quiet New Hampshire college town and releases a 2,000 year-old jinn from an ancient canister “borrowed” from the university building where his uncle works, the biggest blasts comes from the millennia old power struggle he reignites. Now it is up to Parker, his mild-mannered cousin, Theo, and their wiz-kid classmate, Reese, to stop a battalion of battle-ready jinn from re-starting an all-out war one with humanity in the crosshairs.

snowShadow of a Doubt (The Tangled Ivy Trilogy #2), by Tiffany Snow, (May 12, Montlake Romance)
Ivy Mason has it all: beauty, a plush apartment, a fancy car, and a debonair British spy boyfriend who pays all her bills. If only her boyfriend was in her life, and her bed, more than just sporadically. Part of an underground British agency called the Shadow, Devon Clay knows that secrecy is what has kept him alive. Anyone he loves is a liability, and being involved with him puts the other person in grave danger. Yet Ivy is someone his heart can’t resist. When an enemy from Devon’s past returns, the spy and his girlfriend are thrown headlong into an international conspiracy that puts everyone Ivy loves at risk. From the Missouri River bottoms to the brothels of Amsterdam, Ivy and Devon must outrun and outmaneuver the forces allied against them, and no one can be trusted.

reeceThe Artisans, by Julie Reece, (May 12, Month9Books)
They say death can be beautiful. After the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion. Her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox. Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt. Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line. Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? Can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is? (ebook only)

strahanThe Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine, edited by Jonathan Strahan, (May 12, Solaris)
Distant worlds, time travel, epic adventure, unseen wonders and much more. The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection. This highly popular series now reaches volume nine and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents. Previous volumes have included stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Adam Robets, Ellen Klages, and many many more.

grimesThe Big Fix (In a Fix #3), by Linda Grimes, (May 12, Tor)
Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients’ problems, as them, is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest Hollywood blockbuster. Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn’t particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price. She doesn’t count on finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder. Ciel begins to suspect Jack’s phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi. Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime.

danielewskiThe Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May, by Mark Z. Danielewski, (May 12, Pantheon)
Ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training; an ambitious East L.A. gang member; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from a powerful organization; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart is a 12-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous, which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too.

childThe Forgotten Room, by Lincoln Child, (May 12, Doubleday)
Jeremy Logan is an “enigmalogist”, an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation. Logan finds himself on the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, where he has been retained by Symposikon, one of the oldest, most respected think tanks in America. A series of frightening events took place in the seaside mansion that houses the organization. One of its doctors began acting erratically, attacking an assistant in the mansion’s opulent library and killing himself in a shocking fashion. The group hires Logan to investigate what drove this man to madness. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, Logan uncovers a hidden secret room, untouched for decades. The room is a time capsule, filled with scientific equipment that points to a top secret project long thought destroyed, known only as “Project S.” The truth of what Project S was, and what has happened in that room, will put Logan in the path of a completely unexpected danger.

rutherfordThe Serpent’s Tooth (Empire of the Moghul #5), by Alex Rutherford, (May 12, Thomas Dunne Books)
As the seventeenth century dawns, the vast Moghul Empire finally encompasses the entire Indian subcontinent. But despite controlling unimaginable wealth and ruling over a quarter of the world’s population, the Moghul dynasty finds itself in increasing peril. Devastated by the death of his beloved wife, the once ruthless Shah Jahan has all but abandoned his throne. Where he should be protecting his power, he has instead devoted himself to constructing the elaborate Taj Mahal, a tribute to his wife’s memory. Aging, ill and blinded by grief, the Shah cannot see the enmity building between his own sons, ambitious hatred so strong it could bring down the entire empire. (U.S. Release)

greenfeldThe Subprimes, by Karl Taro Greenfeld, (May 12, Harper)
In a future America, you are your credit score. Extreme wealth inequality has created a class of have-nothings: Subprimes. Their bad credit ratings make them unemployable. Fugitives who must keep moving to avoid arrest, they wander the globally warmed American wasteland searching for day labor and a place to park their battered SUVs. The story of two families whose lives reflect this new dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-financially-fittest America. A Subprime family has been forced to migrate east. They are soon joined by a writer and his family, slightly better off, yet falling fast. They discover a small settlement of Subprimes who have begun an agrarian utopia built on a foreclosed exurb. The little stability they have is threatened when their land is targeted by job creators for shale oil extraction. A hero emerges, a woman on a motorcycle, suspiciously lacking a credit score, who just may save the world.

reidThe Undying: Shades: An Apocalyptic Thriller (Undying Trilogy #2), by Ethan Reid, (May 12, Simon & Schuster/Simon451)
American student Jeanie and her young charge, Ren, fifteen years after the EMP that wiped out Paris and sent them on the run from the undying. They find their way to Spain and the walled city of Ronda where a few dozen survivors have gathered. With their main resource, humans, bordering on extinction, the undying have weakened, retreating to their hives. A dark presence arrives, casting its shadow across Spain, reawakening the hives and creating a new breed of monster. These Shades can reanimate the undying, and possess the living. When Ronda comes under attack, Ren saves the day. He has been blessed with a special gift that makes him a perfect killing machine, and the last hope of humanity. He takes to the highways with a company of Spaniards who intend to eradicate the undying from Europe. As they approach Sevilla to face the most powerful Shade yet, Ren learns some in his company aren’t all they appear to be. (ebook only)

ahdiehThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1), by Renee Ahdieh, (May 12, Putnam Juvenile)
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch, she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

kitreedWhere, by Kit Reed, (May 12, Tor)
In a coastal town on the Outer Carolina Banks, David Ribault and Merrill Poulnot are trying to revive their stale relationship and commit to marriage, and a slick developer claiming to be related to a historic town hero, Rawson Steele, has come to town and is buying up property. Steele makes a romantic advance on Merrill and an unusual 5 a.m appointment outside of town with David. But Steele is a no-show, and at the time of the appointment everyone in the town disappears, removed entirely from our space and time to a featureless isolated village, including Merrill and her young son. David searches desperately but all seems lost for Steele is in the other village with Merrill.

hurleyElephants and Corpses: A Tor.Com Original, by Kameron Hurley, (May 13, Tor)
The corpse-jumping body mercenary Nev is used to filling other people’s shoes. When his assistant Tera recognizes the most recent waterlogged cadaver they bought off the street, though, he finds that his new body is carrying more trouble than he bargained for. (ebook only)

kilpatrickExpiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick, (May 15, Hades Publications)
Modern lives seem littered with expiration dates. Packaging tells us when our food will go bad; when we can expect appliances to cease functioning; when contracts for the internet finish. They fade to nothing compared to the larger events: when a species goes extinct; when a body of water evaporates, or dies; when icebergs break apart and glaciers melt forever, threatening the ecosystem of this planet. Twenty-five original stories by Kelley Armstrong; Nancy Holder & Erin Underwood; Steve and Melanie Tem; Lois Gresh; Gar and Judy Reeves-Stevens; Daniel Sernine; Paul Kane; Sephera Giron; Kathryn Ptacek; Steve Vernon and others to look at the what-if’s of our expiring future. They are grim and hopeful, sad and joyous, horrifying and comforting. You can expect to be touched in some way. (this book was released as ebook on January 11. This is first print 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!

36 thoughts on “New Releases May 9—May 15 and Readers Choice Contest

  1. I think I had picked the first book in the “Nil” series! Thanks for this giveaway! 🙂

  2. I would like book 1 in Susan Ee Penryn & the End of Days serie : Angelfall

  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh would be my choice. Thank you for the chance.

  4. i would pick Born of night ( league 1) by sherrilyn kenyon or highlander betrayed ( guardian of teh tarque1) not sure which series to start yet^^

  5. I would love to win a copy of Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. I would pick End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3).. Thanks for the chance

  7. Can’t do it. Cannot pick just one.. omg.. I want, I want, I want! Harry Potter, Undying shades, The serpent’s tooth, Blood’s stitches.. and.. arghhhhhhh.. I want them! And, perhaps one of yours too?! 🙂

  8. There are a whole bunch of goodies there but I must have A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume 4. Much obliged.

  9. “The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine” would be my pick! Thanks for the chance!

  10. I want the Harry Potter book, I didn’t even know it was being released!

  11. I’m a Harry Potter nerd, so I’ve got to go with Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films 🙂

  12. I think I would pick the first book in the Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee. I’ve heard great things about the series 🙂