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Also, if you have a chance, head over to author NANCY GIDEON’S “LIVING ROOM” today, where I join a cool group of authors answering questions about our Halloween traditions. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming….
This week, we put an exclamation point on the very busy month of October with yet another enormous list of new releases. In case you haven’t been keeping up, October has been the busiest month ever for new releases.
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At Blade’s Edge (Goddess with a Blade #4), by Lauren Dane, (October 26, Carina Press)
Though she’d hoped the deadly events in Venice would end the threat to The Treaty she is sworn to protect, Rowan found evidence of a grander conspiracy to destroy the fragile peace that holds humans, Vampires and those with magic back from war. It’s not so much that someone ordered her assassination that makes her angry as it is the risks those she cares for, especially her new husband, now face. Clive Stewart has never tried to pen Rowan in or control her choices. He has his own fires to put out now that he’s married to the most powerful non-Vampire in their world. The organization that gave her a purpose has betrayed her. Rowan is in London gathering her allies and the evidence necessary to drive out the rot within Hunter Corp. Rowan is a predator and this threat is prey. She’ll burn it down and salt the earth afterward. On her terms. (ebook only)
After Alice, by Gregory Maguire, (October 27, William Morrow)
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance? Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late, and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.
Aftermath (Timeline 10/27/62—USA), by James Philip, (October 27, Amazon Digital)
The Cuban Missiles Crisis went wrong and now the American people are about to start living with the consequences of the catastrophe. From New England to the Pacific North West, from Washington DC to San Francisco Americans confront to their worst nightmare. Nobody wins a nuclear war. ‘Aftermath’ is about the first twenty-four hours of the new age. (ebook only)
Autumn Thorns (Whisper Hollow #1), by Yasmine Galenorn, (October 27, Jove)
Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother’s house, and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people, and secrets, don’t always stay buried. When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. Now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.
Bittersweet Dreams, by V.C. Andrews, (October 27, Gallery Books)
Mayfair Cummings is young, beautiful, and brilliant. But her intelligence makes her the outcast of both the private school she attends and the broken family she hopes to salvage. When she catches the eye of both a popular senior and her handsome English teacher, not even her brilliant mind can help her navigate the explosive new relationships she is forming, or a scandal that is brewing.
Blood Hunt (Latter-Day Olympians #5), by Lucienne Diver, (October 27, Samhain)
Tori Karacis is back in L.A., relieved to once again match her passport photo thanks to a tattoo that controls her gargoyle-esque wings. Her newest case doesn’t involve gods or an impending apocalypse. It does involve murder. Jessica Roland’s suspicions began when her brothers returned from Egypt eerily different. The terror kicked in with the ritualistic murder of her parents. At the scene of a second attack, there’s evidence it’s the work of Set, the god of chaos, who should have been locked away a long time ago. Neith, a warrior goddess who’s got the hots for Tori’s ex, Nick Armani. Tori should be cool with that. After all, she’s involved with Apollo, that Apollo. Still, it’s a bit much for Neith to ask for seduction advice! Set is gaining strength, chaos is leaking all over the place, and L.A. is a powder keg set to blow. (ebook only)
California Dreaming (Timeline 10/27/62 – USA), by James Philip, (October 27, Amazon Digital)
It is November 1963 – thirteen months after the Cuban Missiles Crisis went horribly wrong. In this timeline the swinging sixties are not going to happen and the survivors, far from counting their blessings are beginning to wonder exactly what sort of World they have created. In the aftermath of the war of October 1962 the United States of America had seemed victorious; but what price victory in a World half-wrecked and in which so many old friends have died? America has survived but has been changed forever. The fracture lines in the Union are widening and America’s time of trial, far from being over, still lies in a future fraught with what eighteen months before would have seemed like unimaginable perils. (ebook only)
City of Halves, by Lucy Inglis, (October 27, Chicken House)
London. Present day. Girls are disappearing. And strange things are roaming the streets. When sixteen-year-old Lily is attacked by a two-headed dog, she’s saved by hot, tattooed, and not-quite-human Regan. As Guardian of the Gates, it’s his job to protect both halves of the City, new and old, from restless creatures that threaten its very existence. But an influx of these mythological beasts has Regan worried that something terrible, and immense, is about to happen. The missing girls may have something to do with the monsters wandering around London, but what do they have in common? Can Lily and Regan find the girls and discover the truth in time to save London from being torn apart? (U.S. Release)
Conspiracy of Angels (Shadowside #1), by Michelle Belanger, (October 27, Titan)
When Zachary Westland regains consciousness on the winter shores of Lake Erie, his memories are gone. All he has are chaotic visions of violence and death, and a business card for Club Heaven. There Zack finds the six-foot-six transexual decimus known as Saliriel, and begins to learn what has happened. Alarming details emerge, of angelic tribes trapped on Earth and struggling in the wake of the Blood Wars. Anakim, Nephilim, Gibburim, and Rephaim, there has been an uneasy peace for centuries, but the truce is at an end. With the help of his “sibling” Remiel and Lilianna, the lady of beasts, Zack must stem the bloodshed before it cannot be stopped. Yet if he dies again, it may be for the final time.
Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2), by Jennifer Estep, (October 27, Kensington)
As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there’s no escaping the spotlight, or the danger. Even though he’s my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what’s supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious “accidents,” it looks like someone will do anything to win, no matter who they hurt. As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone’s going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing’s for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else.
Fathomless (Redemption’s Heir #2), by Anne M. Pillsworth, (October 27, Tor Teen)
Sean Wyndham has tried to stay away from the lure of magic, the last time he tried to dabble in the dark studies, he inadvertently summoned a blood familiar, wreaking havoc on his town, and calling the attention of the Elder Gods. Now Sean has been offered the chance to study magic with a proper teacher, overseen by Helen Arkwright, heir to ancient order of much power, who protects New England from that which lurks in the coastline’s unseen depths. Will learning theory be enough, when there is a much greater magical secret hidden in Helen’s vaulted library? Accompanied by his best friend, Eddy, and their new friend Daniel, Sean wades out deeper into mystical legend and shadow. They turn to the suspicious Reverend Orne once more for assistance. As Sean deepens his understanding of his power, a darkness is waking.
Final Hour (Short Story), by Dean Koontz, (October 27, Bantam)
Just by touching others, Makani Hisoka-O’Brien can see the darkest secrets they keep. The troubling talent has made the Southern California surfer wary of casual contact. But while impulsively saving a stranger from an accident, she experiences her most disturbing vision. With only a good friend to help her, and mere traces of information to guide her, Makani must track down two mysterious women, one of them innocent, one not. But Makani is stepping into the path of an adversary more dangerous than she can imagine: a brutal predator behind a pretty face, who won’t go down without drawing blood. (ebook only)
Gabriel (The Styclar Saga #2), by Nikki Kelly, (October 27, Feiwel and Friends)
Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He’s also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?
Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #3), by Rose Pressey, (October 27, Kensington)
A hot-ticket charity fashion show is the perfect chance for Cookie Chanel, proud owner of It’s Vintage Y’All, to show off her stylistic savvy for a good cause. But when a famous fashionista is fatally flattened, and the ghost of a former private investigator asks for Cookie’s help, she has to scurry to sew up a solution. With clever clues from Wind Song, her psychic cat, and sassy suggestions from Charlotte, her ghost-in-residence, Cookie must unravel the sinister stitches of a deadly design, before she becomes the next fashion victim.
Into the Forest (The Familiar #2), by Mark Z. Danielewski, (October 27, Pantheon)
The lives of the disparate and dynamic nine characters introduced in “One Rainy Day in May” begin to intersect in inexplicable ways, finding harmonies and echoes in each other. What once seemed remote and disconnected draws closer, slowly, steadily, toward something inevitable. At the center of it all is Xanther, a twelve-year-old girl, for whom the world around her seems to be opening, exposing doors and windows, visions and sounds, questions and ideas previously unknown. With each passing day, she begins to glimpse something she does not understand but unequivocally craves, the only thing that will bring her relief and keep her new friend alive.
Keep Mars Weird, by Neal Pollack, (October 27, 47North)
Five hundred years in the future, a depopulated Earth has become a tolerant, progressive paradise. What could be better, or duller? Mars is home to New Austin, a freewheeling human colony fabled to make Las Vegas look like a meditation retreat. Earnest schoolteacher Jordan Kincaid finds himself forced to relocate. It’s either life on Mars or life behind bars. Trend-chasing hipsters and obnoxious tourists have swarmed into New Austin at the expense of poverty-stricken locals, all overseen by a greedy megamogul bent on transforming the city into a gentrified nightmare. When a sexy but sinister heiress seduces Jordan, he finds himself on the wrong side of a literal real-estate rebellion. Forget about keeping it weird, someone’s got to keep Mars from becoming a hell off Earth. (ebook only; print available January 2016)
Mercury Retrograde (Dark Alchemy #2), by Laura Bickle, (October 27, Harper Voyager Impulse)
It’s been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance’s resident alchemist. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and Petra joins in the search. Among the newcomers is a snake cult on wheels, the biker gang Sisters of Serpens. The Sisters don’t want to kill the basilisk, they want to worship it. Things get complicated when the basilisk develops a taste for human flesh that rivals the Sisters’ own murderous skills. The alchemical tree of life is dying, and the undead Hanged Men of Temperance who depend on it know the basilisk may be their last chance for survival. Petra will be forced to decide who survives and who she must leave behind. (ebook only)
Our Lady of the Ice, by Cassandra Rose Clarke, (October 27, Saga Press)
In Argentine Antarctica, Eliana Gomez is the only female PI in Hope City, a domed colony dependent on electricity (and maintenance robots) for heat, light, and survival. At the center is an old amusement park, now home only to the androids once programmed to entertain, but Hope City’s days as a tourist destination are long over. The City produces atomic power for the mainland. A local mobster, Ignacio Cabrera, runs a brisk black-market trade in illegally imported food. Eliana just wants to save enough money to escape Hope City. An aristocrat hires Eliana to protect an explosive personal secret. Eliana finds herself caught up in the political tensions threatening to tear Hope City apart. Eliana finds her job coming into deadly conflict with Diego’s, just as the electricity that keeps Hope City from freezing begins to fail.
Passion Ignites: Part Three, by Donna Grant, (October 27, St. Martin’s)
Whatever was happening between them was meant to be. Lexi is on a mission of justice. Every day, she searches for the monster who murdered her friend. Every night, she hides in the shadows and plots her revenge. But the man she seeks is more dangerous than she ever imagined. Can Thorn protect her, and love her, over and over again, for eternity? (ebook only)
Persuasion (The Heirs of Watson Island #2), by Martina Boone, (October 27, Simon Pulse)
Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts, and the Colesworth curse, also lies beneath the mansion. While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe.
Playing With Fire, by Tess Gerritsen, (October 27, Ballantine Books)
In an antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music, the Incendio waltz, and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia’s bow moves across the strings, something strange is stirred, and Julia’s world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score. Her quest beckons Julia to the city of Venice, where she uncovers a decades-old secret involving a dangerously powerful family that will stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.
Portia (Angelbound Offspring #2), by Christina Bauer, (October 27, Ink Monster)
Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn’t known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon. To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms, and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help, then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis. Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield, and it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires. (ebook only)
Raptor (Dragon Blood #6), by Lindsay Buroker, (October 27, Amazon Digital)
Responsible for her friend’s death, Lieutenant Caslin Ahn wants nothing more than to be left alone. She no longer deserves the company of comrades or the fulfillment she felt as a Wolf Squadron fighter pilot. But a summons from the king leaves her with no choice but to rejoin her teammates. An ancient evil has been unleashed, bringing death and destruction to the nation, and they are the only ones with a chance of stopping it. (ebook only)
Recombinant (The Blood Borne #1), by Shannon Mayer and Denise Grover Swank, (October 27, CreateSpace)
A series of grisly murders begin to pile up in New York City, murders that have no rhyme or reason and no leads. Unless one chooses to believe that the supernatural is possible. The crimes have caught the attention of two very different women. A journalist fresh off the plane from covering the war in Iraq and a vampire who has chosen to hunt her own kind. Together they will form a reluctant yet unrelenting team. As they slowly begin to crack the fissures behind a government cover up and bioterrorism, they find a truth that neither of them could ever have suspected. And now it’s too late for either of them to turn away. Even if it means their lives as they know them will never be the same.
Slade House, by David Mitchell, (October 27, Random House)
Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents, an odd brother and sister, extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story.
Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior #1), by Larry Correia, (October 27, Baen)
After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts, until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Yet as centuries passed, Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The Age of Law began. Ashok Vadal has been chosen by an ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war, and destruction.
The Boy Who Knew Everything, by Victoria Forester, (October 27, Feiwel and Friends)
Here is the long-awaited companion to The Girl Who Could Fly. There is a prophecy. It speaks of a girl who can fly and a boy who knows everything. The prophecy says that they have the power to bring about great change. The boy is Conrad Harrington III. The girl is Piper McCloud. They need their talents now, more than ever, if they are to save the world, and themselves.
The British Lion, by Tony Schumacher, (October 27, William Morrow)
With the end of the war, the victorious Germans now occupy a defeated Great Britain. In London, detective John Henry Rossett lies in a hospital bed recovering from gunshot wounds. His boss, Ernst Koehler, covers up the incident. When Koehler’s wife and daughter are kidnapped by American spies, the terrified German turns to the only man he trusts to help him. John Rossett. Surviving his brush with death, Rossett agrees to save his friend’s daughter. Doing the right thing can get a man killed. Caught between the Nazi SS, the violent British resistance, and Americans with very uncertain loyalties, Rossett must secretly make his way out of London and find Ruth Hartz. Spared from death because of her intellect and expertise, she is forced to work on developing the atom bomb for Germany. Though she knows it could end any hope of freedom in Europe and even the world, Ruth must finish the project, if she wants to survive.
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire, by Daniel Kraus, (October 27, Simon & Schuster BYR)
May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected. His second life will be nothing like his first. Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there, he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares, and from poverty, in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. Love, hate, hope, and horror, Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?
The Devious Dr. Jekyll (Electric Empire #2), by Viola Carr, (October 27, Harper Voyager)
Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in Victorian law enforcement. There is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life. It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness, or damnation, and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive. As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.
The Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow, (October 27, Tachyon)
Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump-in-the-night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s a seemingly-devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there, and much closer than it appears. Contributing authors include: Caitlín R. Kiernan, Peter Straub, Christopher Fowler, Kim Newman, Sofia Samatar, Jeffrey Ford, Livia Llewellyn and John Langan.
The Outlandish Companion, Volume 2: The Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon, (October 27, Delacorte Press)
This compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including: a complete chronology of the series thus far; full synopses of A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood; recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; a who’s who of the cast of Outlander characters, cross-referenced by book; detailed maps and floor plans; a bibliographic guide to research sources; essays on subjects as wide ranging as Outlandish controversies regarding sex and violence, the unique responsibilities of a writer of historical fiction, and Gabaldon’s writing process; a guided tour of the clothes, food, and music of the eighteenth century; a Scottish glossary and pronunciation guide; personal photos from the author taken on the set of the Starz Outlander series.
The Paladin Caper (Rogues of the Republic #3), by Patrick Weekes, (October 27, 47North)
Loch and her crew are determined to stop the ancients from returning to reclaim the world they once ruled, but a kidnapped friend throws their plans awry. When a desperate rescue turns into a shocking reunion, the ancients return and seize power. Determined to stop them, Loch and the crew look for a way to close the gate to the ancients’ world, but this time, they find themselves up against an enemy that has insinuated itself into the highest ranks of the Republic. Cruel, cunning, and connected, the ancients target the crew’s families and histories, threatening to tear friendships apart. Loch must deal with her treacherous assassin sister, her turncoat ancient friend, and a daemon who has sworn to hunt her to the ends of the earth. In order to save the Republic and pull off her largest con ever, Loch will need her friends, and maybe her enemies too.
The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga #1), by Patrick W. Carr, (October 27, Bethany House)
When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded, Willet Dura, reeve to the king of Bunard, is called to investigate. As he begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word. The clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, as though he can divine their deepest thoughts. Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all, a gift that’s not supposed to exist. Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a dangerous conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world, a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his inability to remember how he escaped the Darkwater Forest, and what happened to him inside it. (ebook only; print available November 3)
The Single Undead Moms Club (Half-Moon Hollow #4) by Molly Harper, (October 27, Pocket Books)
Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn’t the best idea she’s ever had, but she was desperate, she’s not about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws. On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son’s invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law’s attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade, a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night, and the return of her sire, who hasn’t stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her.
The Void of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood #3), by Jeff Wheeler, (October 27, 47North)
When banished Princess Maia is captured by her father and threatened with execution, it appears that all is lost, until the people rise in rebellion against their king. The cast-aside royal finds herself crowned the first Queen of Comoros. But enemies appear on all sides. Her father’s conniving supporters assemble an army against the fledgling ruler. Maia rushes to form historical alliances with her neighboring kingdoms against an impending invasion of the Naestors, led by the cruel Corriveaux, who will destroy anyone Maia loves in order to ruin her kingdom and prevent the mastons from regaining power. When she discovers an adversary greater than she’s ever known, she must use all the magic, strength, and wisdom gained from her life’s trials to prevent the Void that would bring destruction to herself, her true love, and the entire kingdom.
The Winter Place, by Alexander Yates, (October 27, Atheneum BYR)
Axel and Tess are bewildered when a stranger shows up in their backyard accompanied by a giant brown bear, but before they can investigate the bizarre encounter, something more harrowing happens: their father is killed in a freak car accident. Tess and Axel are shipped off to Finland to live with grandparents, and are stunned to discover that the mysterious stranger with the bear has found them again. This man isn’t really a man, he’s a keeper of souls. The bear isn’t really a bear, it’s a ghost. Their mother’s ghost. Wandering, endlessly, searching for their father. The Keeper invites Axel to join the path of the dead, and when Axel disappears into the snow, Tess knows she must follow. There are mysteries connected to this peculiar man, this keeper, and if she can untangle them, she might not only save Axel, but also bring her parents peace.
Unrelenting (Kris Longknife #13), by Mike Shepherd, (October 27, Ace)
The aliens attacking the planetary system of Alwa are an enemy unlike any Admiral Kris Longknife has ever encountered before. She doesn’t know who they are, only that they worship a being known as the Enlightened One and are unafraid to sacrifice themselves against her fleet. But Kris faces more than just the fanatical behavior of an alien armada. A saboteur has infiltrated the military’s medical facility and unleashed an epidemic that has spread throughout the fleet without warning. Seventy-two career military women are down with something not even the aliens could do to them, including Admiral Kris Longknife.
Unspoken (Shadow Falls: After Dark #3), by C.C. Hunter, (October 27, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Despite her superspeed, inhuman strength, and enhanced senses, Della Tsang’s new life as a vampire certainly hasn’t been a walk in the park. Especially since she was “reborn” and found herself bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and hunky Chase. But if there’s one thing that’s always kept Della going, it’s her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator. When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder, and clear her father’s name, she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she’s bonded to. Feeling even more betrayed by Chase because he’s kept so much from her, she’s determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But together they work a cold case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in Texas, and into the scariest reaches of her heart.
Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1), by Lila Bowen, (October 27, Orbit)
Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see. But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn’t understand what’s under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding, at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin, if the monsters along the way don’t kill her first.
Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty, edited by George R.R. Martin, (October 27, Tor)
Let the secret history of the world be told, of the alien virus that struck Earth after World War II, and of the handful of the survivors who found they now possessed superhuman powers. Some were called Aces, endowed with powerful mental and physical prowess. The others were Jokers, tormented by bizarre mind or body disfigurements. Some served humanity. Others caused terror. And now, forty years later, as a gang war between the Shadow Fists and the mafia rages out of control in the streets of Jokertown, Aces and Jokers go underground-to wage their own war against the powers of the netherworld. Here, in the fifth volume, ten science fiction writers take readers on a journey of wonder and excitement in an alternate history. Featuring the talents of John J. Miller, Roger Zelazny, Leanne C. Harper, Arthur Byron Cover, Melina C. Snodgrass, Edward Bryant, Stephen Leigh, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams, and George R. R. Martin.
Some Gods of El Paso: A Tor.Com Original, by Maria Dahvana Headley, (October 28, Tor.com)
A short fantasy story of a couple on the run from the law for stealing and illegally trading in strong emotions in 1920s US. (ebook only)
Dance with a Dragon (The Dragon Archives #4), by Linda K. Hopkins, (October 29, Amazon Digital)
Anna is happy. Or rather, she should be happy. Life is peaceful and calm, no abductions or dragon wars to disturb her tranquility. Keira and Aaron have given her a home, and she can spend as much time with Lydia and Zach, her twin niece and nephew, as she wishes. And when Garrick Flynn proposes marriage, Anna knows that she should be thrilled. After all, Garrick is a very good man who loves her enough for both of them. But knowing you should be happy, and being happy are two very different things, and Anna is not happy. So when Keira and Aaron invite her to join them on a trip to the city, Anna jumps at the opportunity. Perhaps a change of pace after five years at Storbrook is just what she needs. (ebook only)
Blood, Sweat and Tears: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World #5), by G. Michael Hopf, (October 30, CreateSpace)
All Gordon Van Zandt wanted was to find a safe place for his family to settle down after civilization came to an abrupt end following the detonation of a super-EMP over North America. He found a sanctuary in the mountains of Idaho. The realities of the new world came crashing down when his brother, Sebastian was murdered by a deranged U.S. Army officer hellbent on crushing a secessionist movement. Forced to take sides in a conflict he sought to avoid he comes to realize that if his family is to have peace he’ll have to go to war to secure it. He goes on the offensive against the country he sworn an allegiance to defend. President Conner’s forceful determination to prevent the country from fracturing only hastened it. He discovers he’s an isolated man with few options for victory. War is hell and many will find out how true that is.
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