Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone. The feast of new releases this week is only a dozen books. While the list of new books may not be ginormous, there are some very interesting choices for this week.
What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
Beyond the Grave (Ministry of Curiosities #3), by C.J. Archer, (November 24, Amazon Digital)
At the request of Lady Harcourt, Charlie and Lincoln begin searching for her missing stepson. Still recovering from her ordeal at the hands of a diabolical villain, Charlie is supposed to be resting. But resting is dull, so she throws herself into the task at hand, much to Lincoln’s frustration. The search leads them down a dark path littered with family secrets and titillating scandal. Using her necromancy to expose those secrets, Charlie unwittingly raises a spirit with the power to override her control. With a dead body on the loose in London, Charlie and Lincoln must work together to send it back before havoc is unleashed, and the committee members find out. Because if they do, they will have more ammunition in their fight to send Charlie away from her home and everyone she loves. (ebook only)
Bound in Darkness (The Immortal Brothers #4), by Jacquelyn Frank, (November 24, Ballantine)
After drinking from the fountain of immortality along with his brothers, Maxum is condemned by the gods to be entombed in the earth. Even though he has now been granted a reprieve by day, each night he is buried anew, his body immobilized, his bones crushed by the pressure. When he emerges, his body heals, but his spirit remains scarred. There is only one way for Maxum to be completely free: He must kill the god who cursed him. The task will require tremendous power, so Maxum embarks on a quest to gather talismans to equip him for the battle. Then an earthy wench seduces him and steals one of his magical amulets, but he catches her. She strikes a bargain. Airianne is a skilled thief, and she can help him in his acquisition of the talismans. Will she also try to steal his heart, or will their boldness end up getting them both buried?
Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra #12), by Michelle Sagara, (November 24, Mira)
Elantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks, the city’s staunchest protectors, were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontines, none of the races emerged unscathed from the defense of the city. Homes were lost, families were scattered, and the outcast Barrani Lord Nightshade is missing from his castle in the fiefs. Private Kaylin Neya’s duties must resume, despite her grief. Called in to investigate a triple murder in a quiet part of town, Kaylin and her companions are soon embroiled in a case that is anything but routine. Evidence of the deadly Shadows that still threaten the city leads to hints of ancient, forgotten magics. And a visit to the Oracular Halls points directly to Ravellon, the heart of the Shadows and the darkness they contain. But it is there that Lord Nightshade will be found, if he still survives.
Chimera (Parasitology #3), by Mira Grant, (November 24, Orbit)
The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built, including the chimera. The broken doors are closing. Can Sal make it home?
Convergence Point (A Time and Shadows Mystery #2), by Liana Brooks, (November 24, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Agent Samantha Rose has already died once, and knows the exact date she’ll die again. Having taken down a terrorist organization bent on traveling through time to overthrow the government, Sam figured she was done dealing with the unbelievable. Finally out of backwater Alabama, she’s the senior agent in a Florida district, and her life is back on track. Until a scientist is found dead. And then an eco-terrorist. And then a clone of herself, again. As the pieces start to fall together, they paint a picture that seems to defy everything we know about time and physics. But the bodies are all too real, and by partnering up with Agent MacKenzie once more, they might just figure out what’s going on. And when. (ebook only)
Desert Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend #8), by Heather Long, (November 24, Heather Long)
Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. A pack comprised of misfits who didn’t fit in their previous packs, cast offs discarded by their packs and forgotten wolves who rose to create a pack more than a century before in utter defiance of the order of the day. Sometimes pitiless and cruel, he wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath. To change his pack, means to change himself and he will find rebellion on all sides. Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte’s request, Sovvan considers the matter for several months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could kill her. Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him. (ebook only)
Dragon Storm (Dragon Falls #2), by Katie MacAlister, (November 24, Forever)
According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he’s now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep, until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon’s dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman. Bee isn’t sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he’s grown to love with fierce intensity.
Feel the Burn (Dragon Kin #8), by G.A. Aiken, (November 24, Zebra)
War makes strange bedfellows. I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman. Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce, and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with.
Stars in Your Eyes (de Piaget #14), by Lynn Kurland, (November 24, Jove)
Imogen Maxwell is on a hunt for rare, antique items to use on a period movie set. The last thing she expects to discover in the peaceful Scottish countryside is a pristine medieval sword, or to suddenly find herself facing its very vintage owner in a far too authentic castle. Phillip de Piaget has run out of patience with his recalcitrant Scottish betrothed and is determined that she will join him, once and for all, in front of the altar. Only the lass he captures fleeing his would-be keep seems more interested in running away from him than talking to him. In fact, she seems to have no idea who he is. But taming his reluctant bride is the least of his worries; it seems someone else wants him at the chapel, in a stone box. As for Imogen, how can he let her go, when she holds the key to not only the castle, but his heart?
The Seventh Bride, by T. Kingfisher, (November 24, 47North)
Rhea is a miller’s daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement. Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. She discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat “Come back before dawn, or else I’ll marry you.” Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.
Wild Cat (Leopard People #8), by Christine Feehan, (November 24, Jove)
A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up. Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival, but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.
Blurring the Line, edited by Marty Young, (November 26, Cohesion Press)
Fiction and non-fiction. Reality and make-believe. Can you draw the line between the two? Do you know where real horror starts? Blurring the Line is a collection of 20 horror short stories by some of the best writers around, plus 10 non-fiction articles to make you think twice about the world we live in, but then again, maybe some of the stories are real, and some of the non-fiction made up. With tales from Tim Lebbon, Lisa Morton, James A. Moore, Kaaron Warren, Tom Piccirilli, Lisa Hannett, and more, plus frightening artwork by Alex Mcvey, Blurring the Line will make you doubt what you thought you knew, and open you up to possibilities you didn’t want to consider. But how much of it all is real? (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!