It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice day. It’s also the final week of the ILLUMINATION release blog tour.
URBAN FANTASY VS. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
What’s the difference? Since I write both genres, I can tell you. I’m talking about these twins from different parents today at The Book Junkie Reads. There’s also a review scheduled to go up today at Fanatical Paranormal Romantica. Stop by if you get a chance.
First a reminder that the 99 cent Kindle sale continues for the first four Penton Legacy books and the STORM FORCE spinoff.! Also, ILLUMINATION is out, so…You can find the whole series here and Penton 3.5, STORM FORCE, here, and pick them all up for Kindle for less than $10! The Audible version should be available by late October and will be narrated by Amy McFadden, who did the other books in the series (except Redemption).
Now, here’s how Reader’s Choice works. Just let me know in the comments 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 will post the winner next Monday when a new giveaway begins. The winner of last week’s giveaway is SUZANNE BOYD, who won her choice of books in her choice of format. Email me at email@example.com and let me know!
And now for the new releases… It’s a pretty short list this week but remember, you can pick any book you want—not just from this list. You just have to PICK one from this list you find most interesting. Note that inclusion does not constitute my endorsement of any book…unless I say so. I’m picking them based on cover and blurb…. because in many cases, I do think you can tell a lot about a book by its cover…
Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan
In Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched readers on an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss. Now the thrilling saga continues as the human uprising is threatened by powerful enemies from without—and bitter rivalries within. …Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods? …The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid—a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan. There, an ancient adversary waits—an enemy as surprising as it is deadly.
Assassin’s Price (Imager Portfolio #11) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Six years have passed since the failed uprising of the High Holders against Rex Lorien. The man behind the conspiracy, High Holder Ryel, has been head of the council, where the rex and Maitre Alastar can keep an eye on him. …Charyn, eldest son of Lorien, has come of age and longs to better understand how Solidar has grown and changed so that he can become an effective rex. His father keeps much to himself, justifying his silence with “you’ve plenty of time.” So Charyn decides to educate himself by learning all he can from factors, from craft masters, and from his father’s advisors — circumspectly. …When Jarolian privateers begin to disrupt Solidar’s shipping, destroying ships and driving up the cost of goods, someone attempts to kill Charyn’s younger brother. The threatening notes that follow in the wake of other acts of violence against the rex and his family demand action — build more ships or expect someone to die.
Blood Gamble (Disrupted Magic #2) by Melissa F. Olson
If there is one city that Scarlett Bernard hates, it’s Las Vegas. But when the cardinal vampire of Los Angeles convinces her to go investigate a new vampire-themed stage show, Scarlett quickly finds herself shoulder-deep in sequins, slot machines, and Old World intrigue….The show’s creators are vampire celebrities Arthur and Lucy Holmwood, who once inspired characters from the original Dracula. Now, however, they have no qualms about announcing their true status to the human world, endangering the secrecy of the Old World and Scarlett’s mission to keep it hidden. …But before she can begin untangling the Holmwoods’ motives, Scarlett also discovers that their new production has attracted more than just fans: Las Vegas’s many vampires are suddenly disappearing, and rumors are flying that actual vampire hunters may have followed Arthur and Lucy to town. …Now, without her allies, her bargest, or her frequent partner Jesse Cruz, Scarlett must navigate a new underworld of secrets and murders in a city where nothing is ever as it seems. And the stakes have never been higher.
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
Never Let Me Go meets The Giver in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems. …Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers–chosen male descendants of the original ten–are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires. …The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly–they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers’ hands and their mothers’ despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others. …Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing. …Gather The Daughters is a smoldering debut; dark and energetic, compulsively readable, Melamed’s novel announces her as an unforgettable new voice in fiction.
Luken (Seduced by the Gladiators #2) by Margo Bond Collins
She could gain a love three times as strong. …When Hannah traveled to the lost colony planet of Lurra, she never expected to fall in love with Mikolaus. The more she learns about their culture, the more Lurra intrigues her—especially their marriage into quads, groups of three men and a single woman. …In order to make her dreams of a life with Mikolaus come true, she’ll have to learn to love his triad-brothers, Luken and Domiku, as well. …But the arrival of the Earth-2 diplomatic delegation is bringing change to Lurran society, and Hannah’s fledgling romances may not survive the shift. …Still, for as long as she can, Hannah will allow herself to be seduced by the gladiators. Novella.
Midnight Motel (Anna Kelleher Chronicles #1) by Emerald O’Brien
After years of estrangement, Anna Kelleher returns to the motel her family runs to make good on a promise to her dying grandma. Upon her arrival, Anna finds an uncle she barely recognizes, a motel that looks nothing like she remembers, and the one person she needed to see is gone. She soon discovers that the motel she knew as a child is host to secrets of a world she never imagined. With lives in the balance, her morals in question, and a promise yet to be fulfilled, Anna must choose between abandoning her family for good, or engaging with a darkness far greater than her own past in order to save them. With precious little time at her disposal, Anna is caught in the middle when evil knocks at the motel door seeking answers and vengeance.
Pandemic: Level 6 (Pandemic #3) by Bobby Akart
Deadly outbreaks of diseases make headlines, but not at the start. Every pandemic begins small, subtle, and in faraway places. When it arrives, it spreads across oceans and continents, like the sweep of nightfall, killing millions, or even billions. BE PREPARED TO GET VERY, VERY PARANOID. A new post apocalyptic medical thriller fiction series from author Bobby Akart (The Blackout Series, The Boston Brahmin series and the Prepping for Tomorrow series). The events depicted in The Pandemic Series are fictional. They are, however, based upon historical fact.
Rise of the Dragon King (Realm #4) by Lisa Manifold
Drake has no choice. He is bound via his word to go to the Dragon Realm and see what can be done to help, and perhaps heal the damage done by Eilor. But that’s easier said than done. First, no one is sure what happened to Eilor. Is he alive? Is he dead? Does he still have allies? It certainly seems that way. Nothing goes right. If that wasn’t challenging enough, Drake must also contend with the expectations, or lack thereof, that he faces as the human son of the Fae King. And then there’s Aine, that strange part fae, part dragon girl. Where does she fit in to all this? Drake will need to use all his skill if he wishes to become the Dragon King. If he lives.
Ruby Graves (Rue Hallow Mysteries #7) by Amanda A. Allen
Being the Keeper of the St. Angelus Thinning is a fate that Rue never thought she’d accept. But all sorts of things are changing. She might be falling in love. She’s discovered a whole new family just as her first family started to fall apart. But when one of her new sisters and her grandmother ask Rue for help, she’s forced to decide just where her allegiances lie and just what she wants out of her life.
Talon of God by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman
The acclaimed actor makes his fiction debut with this enthralling urban fantasy in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation. Imagine that everyone you have ever known or loved was forced against their will into a state of demonic possession and spiritual slavery. Imagine an unholy cabal of the world’s richest and most powerful men directing this sinister plan in order to cement their unbridled control of the planet. Imagine two heroes emerging from that darkness to do battle with the forces of evil. …Set in the mean streets of Chicago, Talon of God is the action-packed adventure centered around the Lauryn Jefferson, a beautiful young doctor who is dragged into a seemingly impossible battle against the invisible forces of Satan’s army and their human agents that are bent on enslaving humanity in a mission to establish the kingdom of hell on Earth. …But Lauryn is a skeptic, and it’s only as she sees a diabolical drug sweep her city and begins to train in the ways of a spirit warrior by the legendary man of God, Talon Hunter, that she discovers her true nature and inner strength. Facing dangerous trials and tests, it’s a true baptism by fire. And if they fail, millions could die. And rivers of blood would flow throughout the land….Imagine such horror. Such pain. And imagine what it would take to fight against it. For only the strongest and most faithful will survive? …Get ready. Armageddon approaches quickly.
The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin
Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to move on and rebuild her life with her young daughter, Finn, her last tie to Max. But after a series of strange incidents, Isabel begins to wonder if Max might still be alive somewhere, trying to communicate with her. She has no idea that the where isn’t the problem—it’s the when. Max has slipped through time and place, landing on his ancestral family plantation in 1816 Barbados, on the eve of a historic slave uprising. As Isabel searches for answers, Max must figure out not only how to survive the violence to come, but how to get back to his own century, the woman he loves, and the daughter he has only ever met in his dreams.
The Five Daughters of the Moon (Waning Moon #) by Leena Likitalo
Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic. The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution, and the Five Daughters of the Moon are the ones to determine its future. …Alina, six, fears Gagargi Prataslav and his Great Thinking Machine. The gagargi claims that the machine can predict the future, but at a cost that no one seems to want to know. …Merile, eleven, cares only for her dogs, but she smells that something is afoul with the gagargi. By chance, she learns that the machine devours human souls for fuel, and yet no one believes her claim. …Sibilia, fifteen, has fallen in love for the first time in her life. She couldn’t care less about the unrests spreading through the countryside. Or the rumors about the gagargi and his machine. …Elise, sixteen, follows the captain of her heart to orphanages and workhouses. But soon she realizes that the unhappiness amongst her people runs much deeper that anyone could have ever predicted. …And Celestia, twenty-two, who will be the empress one day. Lately, she’s been drawn to the gagargi. But which one of them was the first to mention the idea of a coup?
The Hunted (Crystal Coast #2) by Chrissy Lessey
A new queen rises. …When Stevie vanquished her family’s greatest threat, she thought they’d be safe. Unaware of the evil surrounding her, she trains with her coven and prepares to inherit her mother’s role as queen and protector of the amulet. …Chaplain Benjamin Parris, descendant of the notorious reverend behind the Salem Witch Trails, plots to resume his family’s mission and rid the world of witches. He joins forces with Susan Moore, who’s sought revenge against the coven for years, and together, they formulate a plan to destroy Stevie’s family. …Left weakened after the theft of their protective amulet, the coven confronts the unthinkable as a modern day witch hunt unfolds around them. And this time, Stevie might not be able to save the people she loves.
Serpent Road (Chronicles of Max #2) by J.L. Bourne
During an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative had unwittingly triggered an incredible worldwide event that irrevocably shaped the future of the United States. In the aftermath of the crisis, families have struggled to survive in a world short on food, water, and electricity. Hyperinflation cripples the United States economy and post-war armored military vehicles are patrolling the streets. One man has now stepped forward and continues to push back the dark wave of tyranny brought on by martial law in the streets of America, and may be the only hope of saving liberty for the country’s future.
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews
Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him….As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.
Now, what do you want to win this week? Leave a comment, and I’ll announce the winner next Monday!