It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice day! It’s a slow release week as we wind down for the holidays. So take a look at this week’s few new releases and let me know which of these sounds most promising to you, and you could win it—or any other book of your choice up to US$15! And congrats to ANCA, who won last week’s Reader’s Choice giveaway. She chose Elizabeth Hunter’s A STONE-KISSED SEA. If you’d prefer a different book, let me know! Email me via the contact tab on this page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWSLETTER & SALE ALERTS
My December newsletter will be going out on Thursday so if you aren’t signed up, please do it today or tomorrow in order to receive it. It contains a conversation between Jean Lafitte, DJ and Rene about pirate holiday traditions…which we really do not want to experience, I think. Jean has very decided opinions about what DJ’s job will be for the holiday feast. This has run on the blog only once, about a year or two ago so it’s a fun chance to re-read it. Sign up for the newsletter using the tab on this page.
Looking for a holiday read or gift? My Collectors series, which I’d categorize as thriller, is on sale this month. LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP is on sale for Kindle for 99 cents (!), while the print edition of DEADLY, CALM, AND COLD is on sale for $5.99. Click on the book titles to go directly to the Amazon link.
And now for the new releases…
After the Crown (Indranan War) by K.B. Wagers
Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule. When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she’s been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world. Bearly in Control (Shifters Undercover #1) by Milly Taiden
For vet and animal whisperer Charli Avers, talking to bears is all in a day’s work. But when she finds a man—a very sexy, very alpha man—where a bear ought to be, the wild comes close to home. Charli is drawn to this mysterious stranger. She wants to help him piece together the past he can’t remember—even if that means shedding her human misgivings and embracing her more carnal desires….After shifting from bear to man, Barry believes he’s finally found his mate. Now he just needs to find himself. He doesn’t know much about the animal within him, but his human heart aches for Charli. She ignites his instincts to protect her from all danger—including their electric attraction…The stakes climb as Charli investigates the mystery behind Barry’s memory loss and how it may relate to strange sightings and thefts in this little corner of Oregon. Without answers, she may lose Barry—and herself—to the wild side forever.
Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong
The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and…he misses her. Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the story, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way. With Lost Souls, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.
Moon and Earth (Moonfire Trilogy #3) by Patty Jansen
Lana han Chevonian is one of the world’s brightest minds on the brink of making a huge discovery. There is only one problem: she is stuck as prisoner in the harem of the Aranian king. She could try to escape and run the risk of getting re-captured or getting killed on the very long and difficult road back home to Chevakia, or she could win the favour of the king, beg to be allowed to use the famed library and promise Arania credit for her work….Meanwhile, war is about to break out between Aranian armies with icefire weapons and Chevakian armies wanting to wipe those weapons off the face of the earth….Lana’s discovery turns the understanding about icefire on its head, but no one is listening. They’re on course to destroy everything that’s keeping the world alive.
Nice Guys Bite (Elemental Assassin #15.5) by Jennifer Estep
New York Times bestseller Jennifer Estep continues her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series with a novella starring Silvio Sanchez, the vampire assistant of Gin Blanco, as he goes on a holiday date that turns out to be more deadly than romantic…Working for Gin Blanco (aka the Spider, the assassin who runs the Ashland underworld) doesn’t leave much time for romance, especially with Gin’s holiday party planning in full swing. But when he catches the eye of a charming gentleman, Silvio finds himself going out for coffee…All’s fair in love and war, though. Just as Silvio is starting to enjoy himself, he realizes he’s being watched. His nice guy date doesn’t sense the danger, and Silvio wants to keep it that way (and, well, keep the guy alive) so Silvio ends the date early—only to be abducted by some villainous giants…Will Silvio survive the night and make it back to the Pork Pit in time for Gin’s holiday party? Only if he decks the hall with bodies…
Pamela (Rylee Adamson Epilogues #3) by Shannon Mayer
My name is Pamela, and I am a witch…I will protect Rylee’s pack, my family, at all costs. They are my greatest treasure, one I never dreamed to have. And I will defend them – even to the damning of my soul….The demons have been beaten back, but I can feel darkness lurking just beyond my sight. Darkness that is coming for those I love. To protect them, I will chance everything on a stranger. Raven is an Elemental of great power whose words resonate within my soul. Yet while he calls to my inner spirit, I know I cannot trust him. To prove I am worthy of his tutelage, I must complete three tasks before he will teach me the one spell I want above all others. A way to bring home loved ones taken too soon. His first mission will drop me straight into the fiery heart of the elemental world where there waits for me both death . . .and life. Now I must salvage my courage and conquer Raven’s challenges, or be prepared to lose everything I hold dear to my heart.
Prince of Blood and Thunder (Spell Slinger Chronicles #2) by J.A. Cipriano
Hey, it’s your friendly neighborhood gamer girl, Annie. So yeah, I almost kinda sorta stopped my bro from killing all of the werewolf nobles with his crazy blood ritual. Unfortunately for everyone, he missed one, and now wannabe werewolf king Alabaster is trying to avenge his people by going on the kind of killing spree you’d see in an eighties B-grade horror flick. The only way to stop him is to seat Justin Bailey on the throne. There’s just one tiny problem. While he’s a swell guy, I have more power in my pinkie than he does in his whole body. Still, I think I can pull it off, but only if I’m willing to throw Justin to the wolves.
Space Cowboy Survival Guide by Heather Long
Rule #42 – Don’t be a hero. Heroes do shit for free and get themselves killed. It’s a lose-lose proposition….From his leather Stetson to his long coat and choice of weapons, Shaw Sullivan is just a space cowboy who lives by his own code. A loner by choice, he accepted the contract to conduct a stellar census under duress…it was the only way to save his family’s ranch….Sullivan has four years to complete the mission, and he has zero intentions of letting anything get in his way least of all a desperate woman who wants to hire him to be a hero….Warning: This novel is not a romance. It’s a wild, space romp with some rough and tumble characters who aren’t all that likable most days.
Now, what do you want to win this week? Leave a comment, and I’ll announce winners on Sunday!