New Releases October 17—October 23 and Readers Choice Contest

It is kind of amusing to call thirty-two new releases this week a light week. However, for October, this is the least number of new books for one week. It seems as if new books are coming out as fast as the leaves are falling this month.

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.

hoffmannThe Monster I’ve Become (What Hides Beneath #1), by N.L. Hoffmann, (October 18, Amazon Digital)
Can someone truly love you when you’re looking your worst? Tate Lee asks herself this every time she sees Evander, the one trying to be her hero. But her worst isn’t bad hair and awful breath. She’s scary like the Boogey Man hiding in the closet. Out of all of the Supernaturals, why did she have to be this one? Tate is a normal human working as a U.S. Marshal. Actually, scratch that. Tate was a human, but is now a creepy monster, with morals, currently working as a U.S. Marshal. No matter how many times she tries to tell herself she can be different, something happens to show there’s still darkness hiding inside. There’s only one person to blame and she’s at the top of Tate’s list, and she had better start running. After all, Tate doesn’t hide in closets to scare children at night. She hunts the monsters that steal away innocence. (ebook only)

smithExtinction Evolution (The Extinction Cycle #4), by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, (October 19, Amazon Digital)
There’s a storm on the horizon. Central Command is gone, the military is fractured, and the doomsday clock continues to tick. Despite overwhelming odds, Dr. Kate Lovato has developed a new weapon to defeat the Variants, a weapon that could end the war sweeping the globe. But can Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the remaining members of Team Ghost protect her and the survivors of Plum Island long enough to save the human race? (ebook only)

coleMixed Signals (Off the Grid #3), by Alyssa Cole, (October 19, Carina Press)
Four years after the Flare, the world is finally starting to rebuild. For Maggie Seong, that means leaving the safety of her family’s cabin for college. She won’t be alone, though, former military cadet Edwin Hernandez, will be there. Things look pretty bleak romance-wise until Maggie discovers that Devon, the pre-Flare internet boyfriend she’d assumed was dead, is not only alive but on campus. Their bond is strong, and they quickly pick up where they left off. Edwin’s desire to protect her makes her question her heart. Maggie’s torn between the future she didn’t dare to hope for and the past she can’t let go of. When a group of neo-Luddite terrorists threaten the campus, everyone’s loyalties will be tested. To ensure that the world doesn’t go back to the dark days following the Flare, Maggie might have to sacrifice it all. (ebook only)

wolfeA Borrowed Man, by Gene Wolfe, (October 20, Tor)
It is a hundred years in the future, our civilization is gone, and another is in place in North America, but it retains many familiar things and structures. The population is now small, there is advanced technology, there are robots, and there are clones. E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property. A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. Then the plot gets complicated.

HowardCarter & Lovecraft, by Jonathan L. Howard, (October 20, Thomas Dunne)
Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he’s a private investigator. Strangeness has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he’s never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn’t want a new boss. She’s Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn’t want to be involved, he’s beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As he reluctantly investigates, he discovers that Lovecraft’s tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted inheritance.

riddleDeparture, by A.G. Riddle, (October 20, Harper Voyager)
Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she’ll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash-lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she’s made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined. As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize that this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they’ve been brought here for a reason. With time running out to save the survivors of Flight 305, Harper and Nick race to unravel the conspiracy that crashed their plane. As they put the pieces together, they discover that their decisions have already doomed one world and will soon determine the future of ours.

wallaceEnvy of Angels (Sin du Jour #1), by Matt Wallace, (October 20, Tor.com)
Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings? Welcome to Sin du Jour, where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish. Lena and Darren are chefs who have been blackballed in the high-end restaurant community, so when they get a call from Byron Luck, the executive chef of catering company Sin du Jour, requesting their services, they jump at the chance. They soon find out, however, that Sin du Jour is no ordinary catering company, and their clients are downright devilish. They’ve been hired to help cater an event for some very dangerous entities, and the main course is fittingly over-the-top.

hooperFear the Dark (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #4), by Kay Hooper, (October 20, Berkley)
Something strange is happening in the small mountain town of Serenity, Tennessee. People going on routine errands never reach their destination. It’s as if they simply disappear. Over the past few weeks, it’s happened to five men and women, and now a child. The local police chief calls the FBI, and a team from the Special Crimes Unit is immediately sent in. Agents Lucas and Samantha Jordan, partners in work and in life, have very different abilities. Samantha is clairvoyant and Lucas possesses a unique ability to find the lost or abducted. With them are new partners Dante Swann, a medium, and Robbie Hodge, a telepath. The mysterious events take a sinister turn when a body unrelated to the missing persons case surfaces and one of the SCU agents vanishes. The team’s hunt for the lost has turned into something personal, and dangerous.

bielman, et alFive Past Midnight, by Robin Bielman, Robyn Bachar, Anne Hope, Corrina Lawson and Cassi Carver, (October 20, Samhain)
Veiled Target by Robin Bielman: Tess wants revenge, but thrust into an inconvenient alliance with her sexy enemy, she must trust the shifter she’s supposed to kill or risk losing everything. Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar: Hunted by a powerful evil, exiled witch Cat must entrust her fate to the man who betrayed her. Now Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe. Slayer’s Kiss by Cassi Carver: Fallen angels Gavin and Julian have been sent to protect Kara, but she’s determined to track down a killer, even when she realizes her target may be the creature hunting her. Soul Bound by Anne Hope: Jace is no longer human. Something dark and powerful has taken root within him. Something that that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect. Phoenix Rising by Corrina Lawson: Everyone looks at firestarter Alec Farley as a weapon. Beth is the only one who sees a hero. But proving that could be deadly. (ebook only)

cardGatefather (Mither Mages #3), by Orson Scott Card, (October 20, Tor)
Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2000 years, or at least the first to survive to claim his power. Families of Westil in exile on Earth have had a treaty that required the death of any suspected Gate Mage. A Gate Mage, one who could build a Great Gate back to Westil, would give his own Family a terrible advantage over all the others, and reignite the wars. So they all had to die. And if the Families didn’t kill them, the Gate Thief would, that mysterious Mage who destroyed every Great Gate, and the Gate Mage, before it could be opened between Earth and Westil. But Danny survived. And Danny battled the Gate Thief, and won. What he didn’t know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates, and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.

simakI Am Crying All Inside and Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume One, by Clifford D. Simak, (October 20, Open Road Media)
Ten stories of mystery and imagination in a world that cannot be, including the never-before-published “I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up in the Air,” originally written for Harlan Ellison’s The Last Dangerous Visions ™ People work. Folk play. That is the way it has been in this country as long as Sam can remember. He is happy, and he understands that this is the way it should be. People are bigger than folk. They are stronger. They do not need food or water. They do not need the warmth of a fire. All they need is a job to do and a blacksmith to fix them when they break. The people work so the folk can drink their moonshine, fish a little, throw a horseshoe. But when Sam starts to wonder about why the world is this way, his life will never be the same.

kaufman_kristoffIlluminae (The Illuminae Files #1), by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, (October 20, Knopf BYR)
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. Their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

grantPassion Ignites: Part Two, by Donna Grant, (October 20, St. Martin’s)
She had no question that what was happening between them was meant to be. Thorn’s desire for Lexi knows no bounds. But by saving this tempting mortal, he exposes himself to his fiercest enemy, and a fiery passion. As the war between Dragons and Fae heats up, so does the heat between Lexi and Thorn. And when love is a battlefield, the heart takes no prisoners. (ebook only)

valenteRadiance by Catherynne M. Valente, (October 20, Tor)
Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe. Her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor, Severin will never return.

clarkTell the Story to Its End, by Simon P. Clark, (October 20, St. Martin’s Griffin)
People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad isn’t there, too. Why hasn’t he come with them? Has something happened? Why won’t anyone talk about it? Oli has a hundred questions, and only an old, empty house in the middle of an ancient forest for answers. But then he finds a secret of his own: there is a creature that lives in the attic. Eren is not human. Eren is hungry for stories.Eren has been waiting for him. With Eren to listen, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening. But Eren is powerful, and though he’s willing to help Oli, he’s not willing to do it for free; he wants something in return. Oli must make a choice: he can learn the truth, but to do so he must abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever. (U.S. Release)

simak2The Big Front Yard: And Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume Two, by Clifford D. Simak, (October 20, Open Road Media)
Tales of the unknown in which a fix-it man crosses into another dimension, and more. Hiram Taine is a handyman who can fix anything. When he isn’t fiddling with his tools, he is roaming through the woods with his dog, Towser, as he has done for as long as he can remember. He likes things that he can understand. But when a new ceiling appears in his basement, a ceiling that appears to have the ability to repair television sets so they’re better than before, he knows he has come up against a mystery that no man can solve. Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook. ebook only)

cameronThe Dread Wyrm (The Traitor Son Cycle #3), by Miles Cameron, (October 20, Orbit)
The Red Knight has stood against soldiers, armies and the might of an empire without flinching. He’s fought on real and magical battlefields alike, and now he’s facing one of the greatest challenges yet. A tournament. A joyous spring event, the flower of the nobility will ride against each other for royal favor and acclaim. It’s a political contest, one which the Red Knight has the skill to win. But the stakes may be higher than he thinks. The court of Alba has been infiltrated by a dangerous faction of warlike knights, led by the greatest knight in the world: Jean de Vrailly, and the prize he’s fighting for isn’t royal favor, but the throne of Alba itself.

baird_KostnerThe Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala, by Kevin Costner and Jon Baird, (October 20, Atria)
Behind the staid public rooms of an old world gentlemen’s club operates a more mysterious organization: The Explorers Guild, a clandestine group of adventurers who bravely journey to those places in which light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth. The secrets they seek are hidden in mountain ranges and lost in deserts, buried in the ocean floor and lodged deep in polar ice. The aim of The Explorers Guild: to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world. Set against the backdrop of World War I, with Western Civilization on the edge of calamity, this story concerns the Guild’s quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. The search will take them far and wide before the fabled city finally divulges its secrets and the globe-spanning journey plays out to its startling conclusion.

lovettThe Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge, by Charlie Lovett, (October 20, Viking)
On a hot summer day some twenty years after he was famously converted to kindness, Ebenezer Scrooge still roams the streets of London, spreading Christmas cheer, much to the annoyance of his creditors, nephew, and his employee Bob Cratchit. However, when Scrooge decides to help his old friend and former partner Jacob Marley, as well as other inhabitants of the city, he will need the assistance of the very people he’s annoyed. He’ll also have to call on the three ghosts that visited him two decades earlier. By the time they’re done, they’ve convinced everyone to celebrate Christmas all year long by opening their wallets, arms, and hearts to those around them.

simak3The Ghost of a Model T: And Other Stories: The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak, Volume Three , by Clifford D. Simak, (October 20, Open Road Media)
Hank is walking home from the bar when the Model T pulls alongside him. It’s been decades since he saw a car this old, and the sound of it takes him right back to his twenties. The door is open, and when he climbs in, the car takes off, without a driver. Before he knows what’s happened, Hank is right back at Big Spring Pavilion, where he spent his youth drinking bootleg whiskey and chasing pretty girls. He will find the past is not quite as he remembered it, but still a lovely place to go for a drive. This collection includes some of the finest short fiction Clifford Simak ever wrote, including “City,” the story that became the basis for his beloved novel of the same name. (ebook only)

I in EvilThe I in Evil: Accepting an Embracing the Monster You Are, by Ken W. Hanley, (October 20, Skyhorse)
That’s right; Fangoria Magazine’s Ken Hanley has devoted his life to uplifting the spirits and changing the lives of monsters across this great nation of ours. Vampires, Mummies, Wolfmen, Gillmen and Monsters will finally be able to step out of the shadows after reading The I in Evil and be the social, conscientious citizens. By reading Hanley’s well-versed answers to the questions that has cursed these creatures for eons, monsters around the world will be able to accept and embrace their nature for good instead of evil. Whether you’re tied down by the expectations of your elders or taken prisoner by your never-ending bloodlust, Hanley is here to help you solve your problems. So the next time you’re about to sink your teeth into someone’s neck, pick up this book instead and remember that you can’t spell “evil” without the “I”.

joshiThe Madness of Cthulhu Anthology, Volume 2, by S.T. Joshi, (October 20, Titan)
Recognized as Lovecraft’s masterpiece of terror, At the Mountains of Madness has for decades inspired dread in his readers and sparked the imaginations of the most hallowed practitioners of fantastic fiction. Taking the essence of his horrific vision, these modern masters have crafted new tales of the fantastic. Featuring never-before- seen tales by: Kevin J. Anderson, Laird Barron, Erik Bear and Greg Bear, Alan Dean Foster, Jason C. Eckhardt, Cody Goodfellow, Karen Haber, Marie Howard Jones, Nancy Kilpatrick, Jonathan Maberry, William F. Nolan, Brian Stableford, Steve Rasnic and Donald Tyson.

buckleyarcherThe Many Lives of John Stone, by Linda Buckley-Archer, (October 20, Simon & Schuster BYR)
Stella Park (Spark for short) has found summer work cataloging historical archives in John Stone’s remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England. She wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving: what kind of people live in the twenty-first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine? Additionally, the notebooks she’s organizing span centuries, they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles, but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark’s questions are piling up. Who exactly is John Stone? What connection does he have to these notebooks? And more importantly, why did he hire her in the first place?

newmanThe Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, by Kim Newman, (October 20, Titan)
A week after Mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy’s, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the School, and it’s up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.

owenTime of the Dragons: The Indigo King; The Shadow Dragons (The Age of Dragons #2), by James A. Owen, (October 20, Saga Press) (omnibus)
John and Jack, two of the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, have discovered a plea for help on an ancient medieval parchment, it is not only addressed to them, but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson. Yet before they can discover the origin of the strange book, Hugo walks through a door in time, and vanishes into the past. The only hope to restore the proper order of things lies in a forgotten island at the edge of the Archipelago, where a time travel device left by Jules Verne must be used to race through history itself. Together with a new enemy, the Imperial Cartological Society, the Shadow King may be unstoppable. The only hope may in the Grail Child, Rose Dyson, and her companions’ desperate quest to find the only weapon capable of defeating their enemies and the Spear: the broken sword Caliburn.

walkerTime’s Divide (The Chronos Files #3), by Rysa Walker, (October 20, Skyscape)
The Cyrists are swiftly moving into position to begin the Culling, and Kate’s options are dwindling. With each jump to the past or the future, Kate may trigger a new timeline shift. Worse, the loyalties of those around her, including the allegiances of Kiernan and the Fifth Column, the shadowy group working with Kate, are increasingly unclear. Kate will risk everything, including her life, to prevent the future her grandfather and the Cyrists have planned. But, when time runs out, it may take an even bigger sacrifice to protect the people she loves.

mullinsWarrior of Fate (Truth Seers #3), by Debra Mullins, (October 20, Tor)
Warrior Adrian Gray has dedicated his life in service to his people, and has never doubted his calling, until now. Three mystical Atlantean power stones were assumed lost for centuries, but one by one the Seers of Atlantis have tracked them down in a tireless race against the extremist Mendukati. Adrian’s mission? To ensure that the stones are acquired and protected by the right people, his people. Adrian has always been uncompromising in his dedication to the cause. But the True Seer Tessa Montana proves a sensual distraction in his quest, and he soon finds his discipline wavering. Torn between his sacred duty to the Warriors and his desire for Tessa, will Adrian and his secrets cost them the war?

fink_cranorWelcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, (October 20, Harper Perennial)
Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace. Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man before she herself unravels. Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming. Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: “KING CITY”. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures, if they can ever find it.

floreenWillful Machines, by Tim Floreen, (October 20, Simon Pulse)
In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public. Charlotte’s attacks have everyone on high alert, everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. When attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he’s Charlotte’s next target. Nico may be part of Charlotte’s plan too. As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte’s plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive, and what makes life worth living.

graudinWolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1), by Ryan Graudin, (October 20, Little, Brown BYR)
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball. Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. Can Yael bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

chaseAirborne (The Apollo Academy #2), by Kimberly P. Chase, (October 22 Escape)
It’s a new semester of training at the Apollo Academy and Aurora Titon is ready to put the previous attempts on her life behind her. With Hailen Odette in police custody, Aurora is ready to focus on her dream of becoming an astronaut with the experience of a lifetime: a trip to space. A deadly virus is released on Aviary, the space station where Aurora and her classmates are training, spreading quickly and without pattern. Mission Control won’t help them, and Aurora and the remaining cadets are trapped until they solve the mystery and find a way to contain the disease or die. Their only hope is Sky, Aurora’s ex-instructor and late night confidante, who will need to betray everything he believes in and everything he’s trained for to save their lives. Aurora faces the fight of her life, for both herself and the men that she can’t choose between. (ebook only)

langlaisHell’s Geek (Welcome to Hell #5), by Eve Langlais, (October 22, Amazon Digital)
Big deal, so he kept losing the oar. It wasn’t Adexios fault the Styx monsters were working against him, but tell that to his dad. Charon is determined to make a man out of him, whether his mother likes it or not, and Lucifer has offered to help. Help means sending Adexios in to the wilds of Hell with an Amazon warrior as his companion. The savage fighter doesn’t know what to think of her geeky partner. Adexios attracts Valaska with his brains instead of brawn. He also shows a cunning courage she can’t help but respect. They’ll need all the skills they can muster, though, if they’re going to prevail against the newest threat to Hell. With the wilds submerged by seawater, and monsters hungry for flesh, they’ll have to fight to stay alive, and learn opposites not only attract, they explode. (With passion, not guts, in case that wasn’t clear.) (ebook only)

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!

37 thoughts on “New Releases October 17—October 23 and Readers Choice Contest

  1. I would be thrilled with the short stories of Clifford Simak, an American master. I’d love volume one (or thrill me with all of them).

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