Yes, it’s release week for DARK SECRETS: A Paranormal Noir Anthology. Thanks to Miki for the great review for “The Consort,” my contribution to the anthology. The anthology is now available for order for 99 cents (intro price) for the ebook and a shocking $18.98 for print–sorry about that. The book is MASSIVE, at more than 500 pages, and I wasn’t involved in the pricing. So download that free Kindle app (or Kobo or Nook) and download the 99 cent version!
I’m also giving away a $10 Amazon giftcard (or Book Depo equivalent) today and sharing recipes, along with Megan Hart and Mina Khan, over at The Mysterious Ink Spot. Hop on over and enter to win!
We wrap up the month of September and head into the first couple of days of October this week with yet another enormous list of new releases. And if this week’s forty new books in one week isn’t enough for you, hang on for a week. The first full week of October is going to be Ginormous! This year, October 6 is called “Super Tuesday” in the publishing industry for a reason!
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.
Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology, by Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, and Mina Khan, (September 29, Mina Khan)
Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule. Includes “Title TK” by Rachel Caine; “Femme Fatale” by Cynthia Eden; “Dance with the Devil,” by Megan Hart; “The Consort” by Suzanne Johnson; “Title TK” by Jeffe Kennedy; and “Djinn in the Mirror,” by Mina Khan.
About a Vampire (Argeneau #22), by Lynsay Sands, (September 29, Avon)
With Immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can’t win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly’s already married. Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker’s help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate, maybe even his life, and he’ll break every rule to do it.
Autumn Moon (Celtic Wolves #3), by Jan DeLima, (September 29, Ace)
For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds, a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities. Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her, completely and forever. Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes. Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves, before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all.
Bound by Sin (Immortal Brothers #3), by Jacquelyn Frank, (September 29, Ballantine)
After being chained to a star to burn endlessly as punishment for stealing immortality from the gods, Jaykun has been unshackled to wage war alongside his brothers, in the name of a goddess. Each night Jaykun must still suffer, his body burning from the inside out. One morning, he encounters a beautiful stranger on the beach. Naked from her midnight-black hair down to her sandy toes, she approaches him with starry-eyed innocence and the unmistakable full body of a woman. Soon Jaykun is swept up with the force of a comet. His brothers fear he is blinded by her radiant beauty, that she has been sent by their enemies to seduce and destroy him. Jileana is indeed from another world, one Jaykun cannot begin to imagine. But will their passion burn brightly enough to light their way through the darkness that threatens to consume all in its path?
Brazen (Gilded #3), by Christina Farley, (September 29, Skyscape)
Jae Hwa Lee spent her sixteenth year in Seoul, trying to destroy the evil immortals who had been torturing her family for centuries. The last thing she expected was to be forced to become their assassin. Trapped in the darkest part of the Spirit World as a servant to the Korean god Kud, Jae Hwa is slowly losing hope. Kud, god of darkness, will do anything to keep her as a pawn in his quest for power over all of Korea, her family thinks she’s dead, and Jae’s true love, Marc, believes she is lost to him forever. When Kud sends Jae to find and steal the powerful Black Turtle orb, Jae sees an opportunity to break free and defeat Kud, but first she needs to regain Marc’s trust and work with him to vanquish the darkness that threatens to overwhelm Korea. There’s much to lose as Jae struggles to save the land she’s come to call home.
Brother, by Ania Ahlborn, (September 29, Gallery Books)
Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard. But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place.
Crossbones (Omega Days #4), by John L. Campbell, (September 29, Berkley)
Leading the U.S.S. Nimitz survivors has forced Father Xavier Church to make some hard decisions, but he’s protected his flock. Most people lost everyone they loved to the walking dead, but Evan Tucker didn’t have anything to lose. The folks on the Nimitz are the closest family he’s ever had. He’ll fight to his last breath to make sure nothing comes between them. Coast Guard captain Elizabeth Kidd has always been a consummate professional, the opposite of her cruel pirate ancestor of the same name. The Omega Virus didn’t just change people into zombies; for some, the change was more subtle, and much more nefarious. As the safe-haven of the Nimitz is besieged by marauders and terrifying Hobgoblins, they come up against the most deadly obstacle they’ve faced yet, one they have no chance of defeating, the cruel whims of nature itself.
Dire Steps (The Sim War #3), by Henry V. O’Neil, (September 29, Harper Voyager Impulse)
The Step, a faster-than-light method of travel, is humanity’s greatest advantage in its interstellar war with the Sims. Olech Mortas, Chairman of the Emergency Senate, believes the Step could be used to contact an alien entity that might tip the scales in the conflict. Olech’s son, Lieutenant Jander Mortas, has recently survived his first battle as part of the elite Orphan Brigade. The Orphans’ new mission is to investigate suspicious Sim activity on the jungle planet Verdur, but what they discover there is far worse than anything they could have imagined. Jander’s sister Ayliss has gone to the war zone as the governor of a new colony made up of discharged veterans. Ayliss realizes that she and the colonists stand in the way of both the Sim enemy and a sinister mining corporation. All three members of the Mortas family are about to step into dire situations. (ebook only)
Down the Rabbit Hole (In Death #41.5), by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R.C. Ryan, (September 29, Jove)
Five authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass, including a new Eve Dallas novella. You’re late for a very important date…Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head. Don’t be afraid to follow them… Contains: Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb, Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney, iLove by Elaine Fox, A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas and Fallen by R. C. Ryan.
Fated (Servants of Fate #3), by Sarah Fine, (September 29, 47North)
Aislin Ferry and Jason Moros have only days until they will be called to account before the Keepers of the Afterlife. Yet as they race to restore order and make their case, their worlds fall into total disarray. Mutiny within the fractured Ferry family threatens Aislin’s hold on power and role as Charon. The fearsome Lord of the Kere has family trouble of his own. Someone is unraveling the fabric of fate, and Moros suspects one of his supernatural siblings is behind the terrible bid to unleash Chaos. Aislin and Moros each need the other to escape the wrath of the Keepers. It becomes clear that protecting their respective empires is not the endgame. With the fate of all humanity dangling by a thread, Aislin and Moros must surrender completely to one another if they are to fight their common enemy. Someone must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Gold Fame Citrus, by Claire Vaye Watkins, (September 29, Riverhead Books)
In a parched southern California of the near future, Luz, once the poster child for the country’s conservation movement, and Ray, an army deserter turned surfer, are squatting in a starlet’s abandoned mansion. Most “Mojavs,” prevented by armed vigilantes from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to encampments in the east. Holdouts like Ray and Luz subsist on rationed cola and water, and whatever they can loot, scavenge, and improvise. The couple’s fragile love, which somehow blooms in this arid place, seems enough. But when they cross paths with a mysterious child, the thirst for a better future begins. Heading east, they are waylaid in the desert by a charming and manipulative dowser, a diviner for water, and his cultlike followers, who have formed a colony in a mysterious sea of dunes.
Last Song Before Night, by Ilana C. Myer, (September 29, Tor)
Her name was Kimbralin Amaristoth. That name she has forsworn. Now she is simply Lin, a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answer such callings or risk imprisonment and even death. On the eve of a great festival, Lin learns that an ancient scourge has returned to the land of Eivar. Long ago, magic was everywhere, rising from artistic expression. In Eivar, the power was lost. Forbidden experiments in blood divination unleashed the plague that is remembered as the Red Death. Eivar’s connection to the Otherworld from which all enchantment flowed, broken. The Red Death’s return can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood in order to master dark magic. Galvanized by Valanir Ocune, greatest Seer of the age, Lin and others set out to reclaim their legacy and reopen the way to the Otherworld, a quest that will test their deepest desires, imperil their lives, and decide the future.
Menagerie (Menagerie #1), by Rachel Vincent, (September 29, MIRA)
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. Under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town. There is beauty behind the seamy reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”, mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies, are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. As Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.
Minotaur, by Phillip W. Simpson, (September 29, Month9Books)
Reimagining the Greek myth of the notorious half man, half beast, this book tells the tale of Asterion the Minotaur, recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid. “Where shall I start?” asked the Minotaur. Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands, “Where else but the beginning of course.” The Minotaur nodded his huge head, his eyes already glazing over with the weight of a thousand year old memories. So begins the story of Asterion as he describes his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, adventures with his friend, Theseus, a growing love for the beautiful Phaedra, and what really happened in the labyrinth.
Predator: Incursion (The Rage War 1), by Tim Lebbon, (September 29, Titan)
Predator ships stream into human space in unimaginable numbers. The Colonial Marines, controlled by Weyland-Yutani, respond to the incursion, thus entering The Rage War. This terrifying assault by the Yautja cannot go unchallenged, yet the cost of combat is high. Predators are master combatants, and each encounter yields a high body count. Then when Lt. Johnny Mains and his marines, the VoidLarks, enter the fray, they discover an enemy deadlier than any could imagine.
Reign of Iron (Iron Age #3), by Angus Watson, (September 29, Orbit)
Caesar’s soldiers have murdered, massacred and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain, with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.
Return Once More (The Historians #1), by Trisha Leigh, (September 29, Bloomsbury Spark)
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect, predicting your one true love. Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians, a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past, and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. She’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance. When Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own, and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it, in a race across time to save her only chance at a future. (ebook only)
Shadow Play (Eve Duncan #19), by Iris Johansen, (September 29, St. Martin’s Press)
Eve Duncan is the most sought-after artist in the field of forensic sculpting. Dedicated to her work since her daughter Bonnie was taken and killed at the age of seven, Eve feels a sense of duty to those whose lives were lost and whose bones are now in her hands. When a sheriff in California contacts her with a request for help on the reconstruction of the skull of a nine-year-old girl whose body has been buried, his intensity and investment in the case puzzle her. When the ghost of the girl begins communicating with her, Eve finds herself wrapped up in the case. Not since Bonnie has Eve had such an experience. She finds herself determined to solve the murder and help the little girl find peace. Except that the killer is still out there, He knows Eve is on the case. He won’t rest until anything and anyone that could reveal his identity is eliminated.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1), by Jim Butcher, (September 29, Roc)
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora. When the Predator is severely damaged in combat, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion, to join a team of agents on a mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory. Grimm will learn that the conflict between the Spires is a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.
The Bloodforged (Bloodbound #2), by Erin Lindsey, (September 29, Ace)
When the war began, Lady Alix Black played a minor role, scouting at the edge of the king’s retinue in relative anonymity. Though she’s once again facing an attacking Oridian force determined to destroy all she holds dear, she is now bodyguard to the king and wife to the prince. Still, she is unprepared for what the revival of the war will mean. Erik is willing to take drastic measures to defend his domain, even if it means sending Prince Liam into a deadly web of intrigue and traveling into the perilous wild lands of Harram himself. Only the biggest threat to the kingdom might be one that neither Alix nor Erik could have imagined, or prepared for.
The Dead Won’t Die, by Joe McKinney, (September 29, Pinnacle)
First, the dead rose up-, and civilization fell. Those who survived struggled to rebuild, creating makeshift societies with harsh new rules and harsher punishments. Some would be leaders, others slaves. But none would ever be safe from the walking death. Off the coast of Texas, an island research facility offers sanctuary, supplies, and hope, to a desperate trio of survivors. But when they learn what the scientists are doing, how their experiments could unleash armies of the undead, they have no choice but to fight back. Dead or alive, the enemy drives the survivors to run and hide, in the last place any human wants to go. Underground. In the tunnels below. Where the dead hunt in herds, and the survivors’ numbers are dwindling.
The Faithful, by S.M. Freedman, (September 29, Thomas & Mercer)
FBI agent Josh Metcalf believes he has uncovered a decades-long conspiracy involving missing children. His obsession has led him to compile hundreds of cases. All involve children rumored to have psychic abilities, and all have no witnesses, no leads, and no resolution. Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA’s Spaceguard Program, is losing her grip on the past. Memories of the childhood she thought she’d had are vanishing, and dark recollections of kidnappings, mind control, and an isolated mountain ranch are taking their place. When Rowan’s shadowed past converges with Josh’s research, they uncover a deadly plot to reshape humanity. With the world’s survival dependent on stopping a vast network of conspirators, can they decipher, and expose, the truth in time? (revised edition)
The Heart Goes Last (Positron 0), by Margaret Atwood, (September 29, Nan A. Talese)
Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.
The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch #3), by R.L. Stine, (September 29, St. Martin’s Griffin)
New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems, and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago.
Trickster Blood (Latter-Day Olympians), by Lucienne Diver, (September 29, Samhain)
Hermes (yes, that Hermes of Greek myth) has an unerring nose for mischief and mayhem, which comes in handy as a syndicated columnist for the Miami Sentinel. When a colleague offers to forgive a lost bet in exchange for checking on his father in Ft. Lauderdale, Hermes’s Spidey senses go on high alert. The father has taken up with his much younger housekeeper. The suspected foul play has trickster written all over it. The young woman who answers the door almost knocks Hermes back a step with her shining golden hair and laughing, kaleidoscope eyes. Oh yeah, there’s a trickster here. For once in his eternal life, Hermes isn’t sure whether he should stage an intervention, or leave the “happy couple” to their mutually assured destruction. Especially since Farrah is much more than she seems, and Hermes is all about fun, and frolic. (ebook only)
Zeroes (Zeroes #1), by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti, (September 29, Simon Pulse)
Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts, like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him, his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.
The Best of Nancy Kress, by Nancy Kress, (September 30, Subterranean Press)
Nancy Kress, winner of multiple awards for her science fiction and fantasy, ranges through space and time in this stunning collection. Anne Boleyn is snatched from her time stream, with unexpected consequences for two worlds. A far-future spaceship brings religion to a planet that already harbors shocking natives. People genetically engineered to never need to sleep clash with those who do. A scientific expedition to the center of the galaxy discovers more than anyone bargained for. A woman finds that ”people like us” does not mean what she thinks it does. Praised for both her hard SF and her complex characters, Nancy Kress brings a unique viewpoint to twenty-one stories, the best of a long and varied career that has won her five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
Along the Path of Darkness (The Dark Portal Saga #1), by Edward Crichton, (October 1, Amazon/Smashwords)
Fifteen years have passed since mankind discovered its first portal, a type of wormhole capable of instantaneous travel between two distinct points around the globe. Despite their inexplicable appearance on planet Earth, portals were quickly embraced by those powerful enough to discover and maintain control of their awesome potential. Sects of humanity prospered while others faltered. Empires fell, empires grew more powerful, and newcomers were welcomed to the world stage. Thus began the Age of Portals. Today, portals are ubiquitous all across the world, yet additional portals are always sought after. New portals mean new opportunities, but just as no one foresaw their arrival, the world will not be ready for what is still to come. One man stands alone along this path, but is unprepared for what he, and the rest of the world, will soon face. (ebook only)
Becoming Darkness, by Lindsay Francis Brambles, (October 1, Switch Press)
Like everyone else living in Haven, Sophie Harkness is an Immune–a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.
Deep Into Darkness: Aliens, Alphas and Antiheroes (Space Grit #1.5), by Kim Knox, Marguerite Labbe, Ella Drake, Elise Logan and Annie Nicholas, (October 1, Amazon Digital)
Pandora by Marguerite Labbe: Sentenced to life on board a space salvage cruiser, Riff Korra and Zed Jakobsen find themselves drawn together. When an epidemic of violence and insanity consumes their ship, will their bond give them the strength they need to escape? Boarded by Annie Nicholas: Sadie Beckit must accompany the Ambassador Nual to Central Station. The lawless void of space holds many dangers. Nual seems determined to make Sadie lose her professional control. Forsaken Planet by Elise Logan: Luci has gone to the ends of colonized space. Luci needs to learn to trust her team leader, Sakir Khyne. They must take out hostile forces and try to survive. Dark Immortality by Kim Knox: Captain Andros: pirate, vampire, all-round bastard. When he takes Madelen Ariel as his own, his crew sees an opportunity. Freeker by Ella Drake: Convicted murderer Chara stows away on a ship piloted by an alien. Warrant puts the safety of his brothers above all else but Chara makes him question the price of risk. (ebook only)
Enchanted by the Wolf, by Michele Hauf, (October 1, Harlequin Nocturne)
Kirnan Savauterre’s loyalty to his werewolf pack is absolute, which is the only reason he agrees to an arranged marriage. But a marriage borne out of duty soon takes on a whole new spin. For Kir discovers his bride is an utterly enticing mystery. Beatrice is half-faery, maybe a little bit vampire, and altogether delightful. As for Bea, she has this much in common with her new husband: she can’t resist the passion they share. But a relationship that began as a political alliance is soon threatened by discord between the Unseelie court and the werewolves of Paris. And Kir’s investigation into Bea’s lineage reveals disturbing truths about what she is. Their love is strong, but so are the forces arrayed against them. (ebook only)
Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Sandra Kasturi and Jerome Stueart, (October 1, ChiZine)
Speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work published by Canadian writers in the 2014 calendar year. Contributing authors include: Margaret Atwood, Kelley Armstrong, Courtney Bates-Hardy, Greg Bechtel, Jocko Benoit, Jeremy Butler, Siobhan Carroll, Peter Chiykowski, Eric Choi, Suzanne Church, David Clink, A.M. Dellamonica, Corey Doctorow, Puneet Dutt, Amal El-Mohtar, Gemma Files, Zsuzsi Gartner, Neile Graham, Lisa L. Hannett, Shivaun Hoad, Ada Hoffmann, Nalo Hopkinson, Louisa Howerow, Matthew Hughes, Matthew Johnson, Michael Libling, Catherine MacLeod, Helen Marshall, Matt Moore, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, David Nickle, Rhonda Parrish, Tony Pi, Ranylt Richildis, Holly Schofield, Trevor Shikaze, Kate Story, Jean-Louis Trudel, Peter Watts, A.C. Wise and Rio Youers.
nEvermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, (October 1, Edge SF and Fantasy)
This anthology consists of 22 original tales that blend supernatural and mystery elements in unique re-imaginings of Edgar Allan Poe’s exquisite stories. Contributing authors include: Colleen Anderson, Kelley Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, Robert Bose, Jane Petersen Burfield, Rick Chiantaretto, J. Madison Davis, Barbara Fradkin, Nancy Holder, Michael Jecks, Tanith Lee, Robert Lopresti, Richard Christian Matheson, David McDonald, Lisa Morton, William Nolan (with Jason Brock, Sunni Brock), Loren Rhoads, Christopher Rice, Thomas S. Roche, Uwe Sommerlad, Carol Weekes & Michael Kelly and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
Pale Queen Rising (Pale Queen Series #1), by A.R. Kahler, (October 1, 47North)
As the royal assassin, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus, one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals. There she must find the culprit who is causing Dream to mysteriously disappear before the Winter Kingdom’s supply is depleted enough to threaten its very survival. When she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past, and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show.
The Capital of Latecomers, by Nina Nenova, (October 1, AmazonCrossing)
Local folklore tells the story of an ancient people wandering through the desert, discovering an oasis-like paradise. They stayed for too long, and when they returned home all their loved ones were dead. These people are forever known as the “latecomers.” A compound providing residents with complete and utter privacy stands on the site where their village once was. Rhein, a thirty-year-old former darling of the art world, has lost his confidence and chosen the life of a recluse. When a body turns up in Rhein’s studio, he comes out of his yearlong seclusion to prove his innocence. More deaths occur, and the evidence incriminating Rhein is so convincing he doesn’t know what to believe. Working with his eccentric neighbors, he finds that the path to the truth careens through tribal folklore and quantum physics, and nothing is as it seems.
The Immortal’s Redemption, by Kelli Ireland, (October 1, Harlequin Nocturne)
When a brooding Irishman shows up at the hospital where she works, Kennedy Jefferson realizes her fugues are more than simply lost time. She knows this stranger is a threat, even as her body craves his masterful touch. Dylan O’Shea is the druid’s assassin charged with finding the single woman who can stop an evil goddess from destruction. He’s searched to find Kennedy for centuries. But Dylan finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kennedy, the woman he’s ordained to kill. With Samhain fast approaching, duty and desire are on an unstoppable collision course. (ebook only)
Trail of the Dead (Killer of Enemies #2), by Joseph Bruchac, (October 1, Tu Books)
Apache teen Lozen and her family are looking for a place of refuge from the despotic Ones who once held them captive and forced Lozen to hunt genetically engineered monsters. Lozen and her allies travel in search of a valley where she and her family once found refuge. When they reach the valley, they discover an unpleasant surprise awaiting them, and a merciless hunter following close behind. Hally, their enigmatic Bigfoot friend, points them to another destination, a possible refuge. Relying on her wits and the growing powers that warn her when enemies are near, Lozen fights internal sickness to lead her band of refugees to freedom and safety. Alongside Hussein, the handsome young man whose life she saved, Lozen forges a path through a barren land where new recombinant monsters lurk and the secrets of this new world will reveal themselves to her.
House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #5), by J.L. Bryan, (October 2, JL Bryan)
The luxurious Lathrop Grand Hotel is a Savannah institution that has entertained guests for more than a century and a half. Famously haunted, the hotel draws tourists from around the world eager to encounter its numerous ghosts. The hotel is also known for being honeycombed with hidden doors and secret passages, enabling staff to appear and disappear quickly as they attend to the hotel’s guests. Some of the spirits in the Lathrop Grand have turned violent, even murderous. Ellie and Stacey must determine which ghost has become dangerous and remove it from the hotel before it can claim any more lives. They soon learn the hotel has secrets even darker than the notorious string of nineteenth-century murders that made it famous, and the powerful entities inhabiting it don’t intend to leave without a fight. (ebook only)
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