It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice day! This is also my last blog post for 2016, as I’m taking a short break during the holidays to regroup and write. So take a look at the releases for the rest of December 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! I’ll post all the December winners on Monday, January 2, my first blog day back.
Looking for a holiday read or gift? My Collectors series (written as Susannah Sandlin), which I’d categorize as thriller, is on sale through the end of December. LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP is on sale for Kindle for 99 cents (great to pick up for a new holiday Kindle!), 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…
Dragons of Kings (Upon Dragon’s Breath Trilogy #2) by Ava Richardson
As the young heir of a noble house fallen into decay, Bower has reluctantly shouldered the mantle he was born with—that of Torvald’s rightful king. It is his destiny to throw off the shackles of King Enric and lead his people to freedom, or so he’s been told. With the help of the wild and untamed Dragon Rider Saffron, he hopes to unite his downtrodden people. It will take an uneasy alliance with a rogue band of Dragon Riders and their charismatic leader, Ryland, to challenge the Dark Mage king, but distrust threatens to tear apart the force that he’s risked everything to build. Now, on the eve of battle, Bower will have to fulfill a mystical prophecy and become the leader he was born to be, or risk his future kingdom falling apart. Surrounded on all sides by deadly foes, he must face not only the evil king, but his deep doubts about himself.
Forever Wilde (Immortal Vegas #6) by Jenn Stark
Life has never been smoother for Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde. With a worldwide criminal organization at her beck and call, she can finally secure the safety of the youngest and most vulnerable members of the psychic community. Sure, she’s been banged up a little, and the Magician’s most recent attempts to heal her turned her temporarily immortal. But otherwise…things are coming up roses. Then Sara discovers an enclave of psychic children whose DNA has been dangerously altered, making them the hottest targets on the planet for traffickers. A new strain of technoceutical drugs is flooding the arcane black market, and powerful Connecteds, the Arcana Council, and even Interpol are intent on discovering its source. To protect the children and her House, Sara joins the hunt. What she discovers, however, causes her to question everything she knows about the war on magic and her own deeply-buried motivations. Still reeling from those revelations, Sara reluctantly partners with the Magician to find and retrieve the most elusive member of the Council, the Hanged Man. Working together far too closely for comfort, Sara learns a series of startling truths about the mercurial, exasperating, and manipulative Magician–including one secret that could finally give her the answers she most craves…if it doesn’t destroy her first.
Nine of Stars (Dark Alchemy #3) by Laura Bickle
Winter is the most deadly season in Temperance. And it’s not just because of the fierce cold. Evil is stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, killing wolves and leaving only their skins behind. As the snow deepens, Geologist Petra Dee is staring her own death in the face, while former Hanged Man Gabriel struggles with his abrupt transition back to mortality. The ravens and the rest of the Hanged Men are gone, and there are no magical solutions to Petra’s illness or Gabriel’s longing for what he’s lost…and what he stands to lose now. Meanwhile, there’s a new sheriff in town. Sheriff Owen Rutherford has inherited the Rutherford ranch and the remnants of the Alchemical Tree of Life. He’s also a dangerously haunted man, and his investigation of Sal’s death is leading him right to Gabriel. It’s up to Petra, her coyote sidekick Sig, and Gabriel to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being stalking them all – before the trail turns deathly cold.
Of Spells and Shadows (Courts of Draiochta #1) by Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan
Two eunuchs and a virgin walk into a bar…Orphaned as a child and desperate to belong to someone, Kinsey Fletcher will do anything to find her uncle–her last living relative. This young witch has an impenetrable bond with Colin Ward, the wolf who saved her as a child, but nothing can replace the unconditional love that was stripped from her so long ago. When Dominic, the captain of the wolf guard, is tasked to escort Kinsey to America to find this absent uncle, Colin’s jealousy puts the trio at risk. Kinsey belongs to him–only to him. But America doesn’t provide Kinsey with the joy she so desperately searched for. The magickal world is corrupt and full of politics, betrayal, and lies. And now, Dominic, Colin, and Kinsey can’t trust anyone–possibly not even each other. Can Kinsey find the love and belonging she desires, or will she be forced to push away both of the men who have saved her life? The Courts of Draiochta were built in the Dark Ages to protect witches from human barbarians. But one man threatens to unravel centuries of work, and the mothers of the magick world–the Mathairs–have no choice but to hide his existence.
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews
Free online serial. Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.
The City of Ice (Gates of the World #2) by K.M. McKinley
The epic sequel to the incredible debut novel The Iron Ship….Deep in the polar south stands a city like no other, a city built aeons ago by a civilisation mighty and wise….The City of Ice promises the secrets of the ancients to whomever can reach it first. It may prove too little knowledge too late, for the closest approach of the Twin in 4000 years draws near, an event that has heralded terrible destruction in past ages….As the Kressind siblings pursue their fortunes, the world stands upon the dawn of a new era, but it may yet be consumed by a darkness from the past.
The Dreamblood Duology by N.K. Jemisin
The Dreamblood Duology includes the novels The Killing Moon (nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards) and The Shadowed Sun. In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers — the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt. But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru — the most famous of the city’s Gatherers — must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill — or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.
The Edge of the Blade (Uncharted Realms) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed. But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .
Now, what do you want to win this month? Leave a comment, and I’ll announce winners on Sunday, Jan. 2.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!