We’re playing catchup on Readers Choice giveaways this week, with four—count them—Reader’s Choice giveaways, one each from Monday through Thursday.
If you’re new around these parts, you might wonder what Reader’s Choice is. Normally, they run on Mondays and readers have a choice (duh, thus the name) of the new books out that week that I found most interesting. I tend to cut out a lot of hard sci-fi and YA and some indies whose covers kind of went down the road to weirdtown. So, if you win a Reader’s Choice book this week and want one of these, great. BUT if you win and don’t want any of these, you can choose another book. Anything. Any format. If you do win, all I ask is that you select a book, print or digital, that costs less than US$15. Open internationally, of course, as long as you live somewhere Book Depository delivers.
Now, here’s what I considered the most interesting from among the new books releasing March March 15-21; yesterday was March 8-14; Monday was March 1-7; tomorrow will be the rest of the month. Winners will be announced on Sunday.
If you’re an author and would like to have your book included, email me the relevant info! If one of your favorites didn’t make my cut, include it in your comments! Please note that while I occasionally include a hard sci-fi or YA book if I think it has broad appeal (translation: if it sounds interesting to me), I will include it. I also will rarely include an erotic romance title.
Here’s the March 15-21 list. It’s quite short, which tells me tomorrow’s might well be monstrous.
THE LAST MORTAL BOND (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3), by Brian Staveley. The trilogy that began with The Emperor’s Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion, as war engulfs the Annurian Empire. The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own. But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future. TOR Books.
SNAKEWOOD, by Adrian Selby. Once they were a band of mercenaries who shook the pillars of the world through cunning, alchemical brews, and cold steel. Whoever met their price won. Now, their glory days behind them, scattered to the wind, and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated one by one. A lifetime of enemies has its own price. Adrian Selby brings us into an unforgettable new world filled with magic, mystery, intrigue, bloodshed and betrayal. Orbit.
DARK PROMISES (Dark #29), by Christine Feehan. Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing Gary Jansen, the man she loves nearly lose his life when it isn’t even his fight. Once he was a gentle and very human researcher. Now he’s a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins—a man Gabrielle still needs and desires and dreams of with every breath she takes. All she wants is a life far away from the Carpathian mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But Gabrielle soon learns that promises made in the dark can pierce the heart like a dagger. And she isn’t the only one in search of answers in the corners of the unknown… Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled into the path of a desperate man and a woman in love and on the run. And they’re all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true. Berkley.
PLAYING THE WITCH’S GAME (Keepers of the Veil #3), by Zoe Forward. Pleiades witch Jennifer Marcos is certain that the host of Extreme Survivor is her soulmate. All she has to do is find a fake boyfriend, get on the show, and voila! She’ll have her destiny. Unfortunately, she has to rely on ex-Russian spy Nikolai Jovec’s six-foot-something of gorgeous, infuriating hotness. To make matters worse, the electric attraction between Jen and Nikolai is hotter than ever. But the only way Nikolai can protect Jen is by hiding the identity of her true Destined…him. Entangled Covet.
Eek. That’s not many books! So…what do you want to read? Which of these appeals to you most? Note that if you win, you can choose a different title!