First, a quick look at today’s WILD MAN’S CURSE tour stops. Both stops today offer the opportunity to enter for the tour prizes, including the $50 Amazon gift card (or Book Depository equivalent if the winner is outside the U.S.)
You can read a review (thanks!) and learn some interesting facts about Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana–the Wild Man’s Curse setting–at Bambi Unbridled today. Or at least I think they’re interesting!
And there’s a great review today at FU Only Knew. Reviews are appreciated!
Anyway, if you’re new around these parts, you might wonder what Reader’s Choice Monday is. Below are the new releases from this week that I thought would most interest readers of this site. I tend to cut out a lot of hard sci-fi and YA and some indies whose covers, sadly, 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. Pick your favorite. BUT, on Sunday when I announce the winner, you can change your mind and pick a different book—anything, print or digital, as long as it costs less than US$15. Open internationally, of course, as long as you live somewhere Book Depository delivers. Please note that my novel WILD MAN’S CURSE is not eligible for a win during the month of April because, well, I need people to actually buy copies instead of waiting to win one. Sorry!
Now, here’s what I considered the most interesting from among the new books releasing April 10-April 17.
ALT. SHERLOCK HOLMES: NEW VISIONS OF THE GREAT DETECTIVE, by Gini Koch, Jamie Wyman and Glen Mehn. Sherlock Holmes as you’ve never seem him – or is it her? – before, as the Great Detective travels through time and across continents to master a set of three new mysteries. A Study in Starlets, by Gini Koch: Sherlock Holmes and her partner Dr. John Watson have barely set up as consulting detectives in LA before Tinsel Town’s finest come calling. Joey Jackson and Tony Antonelli are in trouble: their partner, Cliff Camden, has disappeared without a trace on the eve of filming for a new show. The LAPD don’t care and Watson has his own reasons for wanting to stay out of it, but Holmes takes the case. But she gets to work amidst neurotic actors, grumbling film crews and low-level sleaze that permeates LA, a fresh murder turns everything on its head…The Case of the Tattooed Bride, by Jamie Wyman: Winter, and the Soggiorno Brothers’ Traveling Wonder Show has pulled into its berth in Peru, Indiana. Sanford “Crash” Haus, proprietor and genius, and his friend, the retired soldier-turned-surgeon Jim “Dandy” Walker, are looking forward to a quiet few months. By happy coincidence, just as the Strong Man and the Tattooed Lady announce their betrothal, the Wonder Show’s old manager Professor Sylvestri – a minister, no less – rolls into town with his ward in tow. Preparations for the happy day begin, but violence and misfortune attend on them…Half There/All There, by Glen Mehn: Glen Mehn’s novella is a drug-fuelled descent into the experimental world of Warhol’s Factory. Holmes and Watson are faced with a mystery unlike any other, set against the backdrop of social, cultural and racial issues that rocked society and brought about the fierce (and sometimes violent) changes at the end of the swinging sixties. Abaddon.
BLOODMAGE (The Battlemage Trilogy #3), by Stephen Aryan. The people of Perizzi have survived the battlemage war, but their future is looking darker than ever. BYRNE is a Guardian of the Peace, investigating a series of murders in which the corpse was drained entirely of life. FRAY‘s expertise with magic is needed to catch the killer, but working with the Watch destroyed his father, years before. CHOSS is a champion fighter, trying to diffuse a war in the underworld that threatens to turn the streets red with rivers of blood. KATJA is a spy from a foreign land, attempting to prevent a massacre that will topple two dynasties and destroy the fragile peace in the city for ever. Guardians and spies, assassins and criminals will clash on the streets in this magic-fuelled adventure from the author of Battlemage. Orbit.
BRING ME TO RUIN (Haunted Hollow #1), by Tess Rider. The last thing Thea Maloney expects the day after her first love, Gerard Wyatt, is executed for a crime he didn’t commit, is a chance to travel to the 22nd Century to a place called the Haunted Hollow. There time has splintered into hundreds of timelines and a savage ghost war has ravaged the planet. One man stands between what remains of the human race and extinction, a man known only as The General. A man who also happens to be another version of Gerard. Thea’s mission in this haunted place is to solve the riddle of the broken timelines and show the General the power of love before he makes a choice that will doom them all. But how do you convince a man who already thinks you’re the enemy and who’s known only horror his entire life that you’re his soulmate?
DEMON QUEEN (Demon Kingdom Fairy Tales #3), by Kassandra Lynn. Adriana once again finds herself on the verge of another coronation, but this time as Sebastian Dalman’s demon queen. Disguised as her protector for five years, he had guarded her closely as the head of her guard while keeping his identity hidden from everyone, including her. Now, Sebastian has claimed back what was rightfully his, the demon scepter and his betrothed—Adriana. But in a land of demons, secrets dwell deep and they have a nasty habit of revealing themselves.
FROST AGAINST THE HILT (Lion of Wales #5), by Sarah Woodbury. Love, magic, faith. All roads lead to Camlann as Arthur gathers his men for a single battle—a final great contest against the full might of Modred and his Saxon army. Wales will win all or lose all in one last throw of the dice. Frost Against the Hilt is the fifth and final installment in the Lion of Wales series.
GLASS SHATTERS, by Michelle Meyers. A man wakes up in a living room he doesn t recognize, unable to remember anything about himself. All he has are the few remnants of his identity scattered throughout the house clues to his past. He soon learns that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist whose wife, Julie, and daughter, Jess, mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Soon, he begins to recover memories memories that may or may not be his own and as he does, he realizes that only by uncovering the details of his former life will he have any hope of being reunited with Julie and Jess. A haunting tale of love and longing, fate and free will, and the easily blurred lines between fiction and reality, Glass Shatters explores the risks of trying to reinvent oneself, and the dangers of pushing science to its limits.”
LANDQUAKER: A STEAMPUNK DYSTOPIAN ADVENTURE, by Dean F. Wilson. The Resistance has barely nursed its wounds from the recapture of Blackout, and it is now looking to another, tougher target: the massive steam-powered railway gun known as the Landquaker. They call the vast railroad the Iron Wall, and that mounted barrel is its only sentry. It does not need another. Blackout was a sitting duck, but the Landquaker is a moving target, and not only one that shoots back, but one that shoots first. The Resistance turns to old allies and new friends, from the land-loving tribes to the land-loathing biker gangs. It will need every soldier it can muster. The Landquaker was designed with a singular purpose: a monstrous gun to hold back a multitude of monsters. Except this time the multitude mans that weapon, and in its hands the land is not the only thing that will quake.
PAINKILLER (Out of the Box #8), by Robert J. Crane. Sienna Nealon has spent the last several years of her life working for the US government, policing people with powers beyond those of a normal human. Now she’s come to the end of her government career, forced out by the powers that be…but not before she’s called to Chicago to investigate one final murder. Then another. The deeper she gets into the investigation, the more mysteries Sienna unravels, and the more questions she’s left with, until what began with a killing in an alley starts to look like a threat to the entire world.
PATHFINDER’S WAY: A NOVEL OF THE BROKEN LANDS, by T.A. White. The Trateri are about to learn a vital lesson of the Broken Lands. Deep in the remote expanse where anything can happen, it pays to be on a pathfinder’s good side. Nobody ventures beyond their village. Nobody sane that is. Monstrous creatures and deadly mysteries wait out here. Lucky for the people she serves, Shea’s not exactly sane. As a pathfinder, it’s her job to face what others fear and find the safest route through the wilderness. It’s not an easy job, but she’s the best at what she does. When the people she serves betray her into servitude to the Trateri, a barbarian horde sweeping through the Lowlands intent on conquest, Shea relies on her wits and skill to escape, disguising herself as a boy to hide from the Warlord, a man as dangerous as he is compelling.
PYTHON’S EMBRACE, by Eve Langlais. Welcome to Bitten Point, where a big bad snake dotes on his itty-bitty dog. Got a problem with it? Then speak to his fist. Don’t mock Constantine’s dog. Princess might weigh only six and a half pounds, but she’s tough—so watch your ankles. Be warned, if she doesn’t like you then neither will Constantine. Except he kinds of likes Aria, even though Princess would prefer to bury her in a hole. Could it be because Aria has secrets? Lots of them, and they all have to do with the danger stalking Bitten Point. People are missing, and some have turned up dead. Monsters are roaming and not just the swamp at night but the streets too. At the heart of the mystery is a bite-sized woman, a woman Constantine wants to hug tightly in his coils and…keep forever? A cold-blooded snake, Constantine can’t help but crave the warmth that is Aria, but can he keep her out of mortal danger long enough to make her his mate?
ROGUE BELADOR (Belador #7), by Dianna Love. All of your favorite characters are back in Rogue Belador, book 7 of the bestselling Belador urban fantasy series by New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love. …Immortals fear little … except a secret in the wrong hands. While searching for a way to save Brina of Treoir’s failing memories, Tzader Burke discovers someone who can help her if Tzader is willing to sneak into the heart of his enemy’s stronghold—TÅμr Medb. He’ll do anything to protect the woman he loves from becoming a mindless empty shell, but his decision could be the catalyst for an apocalyptic war. The deeper he digs for the truth, the more lies he uncovers that shake the very foundation of being a Belador and the future of his clan. Tzader’s ready to execute his mission. Alone. But the minute his best friends Quinn and Evalle, plus her Skinwalker mate Storm, find out about his suicidal plan they organize a black ops team around him. While battling on every front, one secret surfaces that two immortal powers have spent thousands of years keeping buried. Tzader and his team have no choice but to fight for what they believe in, because the world as they know it is never going to be the same again.
TAINTED (Soul Chronicles #1), by Morgan L. Busse. What Happens When Your Soul Dies? Kat Bloodmayne is one of the first women chosen to attend the Tower Academy of Sciences. But she carries a secret: she can twist the natural laws of science. She has no idea where this ability came from, only that every time she loses control and unleashes this power, it kills a part of her soul. If she doesn’t find a cure soon, her soul will die and she will become something else entirely.After a devastating personal loss, Stephen Grey leaves the World City Police Force to become a bounty hunter. He believes in justice and will stop at nothing to ensure criminals are caught and locked up. However, when Kat Bloodmayne shows up in his office seeking his help, his world is turned upside down.Together they search World City and beyond for a doctor who can cure Kat. But what they discover on the way goes beyond science and into the dark sphere of magic.Book one of The Soul Chronicles series.
TERMINAL, by Lavie Tidhar. Terminal by Lavie Tidhar is an emotionally wrenching science fiction story about people, who, either having nothing to lose or having a deep desire to go into space, travel to Mars via cheap, one-person, one-way vehicles dubbed jalopies. During the trip, those in the swarm communicate with each other, their words relayed to those left behind. Tor.com.
THE BOOK OF FORBIDDEN WISDOM, by Gillian Murray Kendall. In a world of blood and betrayal, love is the only redemption. But that knowledge can only be reached by means of magic and a journey, by way of a confrontation with feelings that are hard to understand—or bear. On Angel’s sixteenth birthday, her younger sister, Silky, wakes her to prepare her for a marriage to Leth, a man she likes but does not love. Trey, her oldest childhood friend who is secretly in love with her, watches helplessly. But Angel’s brother, Kalo, interrupts the wedding ceremony. He wants her dowry, and he also believes Angel can lead him to The Book of Forbidden Wisdom. In a world where land is everything, this book promises him wealth. In the night, Kalo goes to Angel’s room to threaten her, but Trey has rescued both Angel and Silky, and the three of them—joined by an itinerant singer—themselves seek The Book of Forbidden Wisdom. While Kalo believes the book contains land deeds, they believe it harbors great power. Always just a step ahead of Kalo, Angel, Silky, Trey, and the Bard finally arrive at the place of The Book. But things have changed now: Angel knows her own heart at last. Confronted by evil, at the end of the known world, Angel and her companions turn and fight. Together. And in so doing, they find that love contains a power of its own. HarperVoyager Impulse.
THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK, by Manuel Gonzales. In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization—the Regional Office—and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack. Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack, eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah—who may or may not have a mechanical arm—fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother’s sudden disappearance. On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose’s and Sarah’s stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end. Riverhead.
THE RUBY ROOM (The Dream Engine #3), by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt. With both Fleet and Flock in turmoil and conditions at the Ministry of Manifestation coming undone, Eila, Cora, and their small band of allies find themselves on the run, seeking a mysterious object that has the power to unravel all of Alterra. Cracks in Parliament’s carefully constructed lie are beginning to show at the seams, meanwhile, as Decorum attempts to fight the slow bleed of chaos: citizens losing their minds as Crumble’s pacification fails, doorways opening to other worlds, leagues of spies trying to hide the truth. After failing to recover Eve’s prize at the Convenience and finding Pavilion all but inaccessible, the troupe’s options become limited. Bigger players have entered the game, and even those who knew Alterra’s true path have found themselves empty-handed — tricked by higher powers. Eila’s only hope is to regain control of the missing engine core, but she must use another talisman to find it. And as Eila soon finds, there are plans within plans, and only one set of hands (hands closer to Eila than she’s ever realized) able to pull all of the levers. THIRST, by Benjamin Warner. On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the streambed is gone. Something is very wrong. When he arrives home, the power is out and there is no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, have gone dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbors while a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air. Thirst takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster–the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive? Bloomsbury USA.
TOR.COM BUNDLE 5, by Andy Remic and Victor LaValle. Tor.com Publishing’s fifth ebook bundle contains all the site’s novellas published in February 2016: A Song for No Man’s Land by Andy Remic, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, and The Absconded Ambassador by Michael R. Underwood. tor.com.
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!