For the most part, the blog is on hiatus until Labor Day while I work on a couple of big freelance jobs, but of course…It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice day!
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 KARIN A, who was interested in the new book, Magpie’s Son, by Allison Pang. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you’d like that or another book, and your choice of format!
And now for the new releases… Again, this is a pretty short list since the publishing world seems to feel it needs short work weeks this time of year, but remember, you can pick any book you want to receive if you win—not just from this list. You just have to PICK one from this list you find most interesting for purposes of leaving a comment. 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…
Kiss My Asteroid (Paranormal Dating Agency #14) by Milly Taiden
Discover a brand new race of Alpha males ready to find their mates in a dangerous warrior planet. Sassy women traveling with Gerri Wilder are in for the journey of a lifetime and a mate that will love them through the galaxy. Are you ready? (Works as a standalone)
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need (Nava Katz #3) by Deborah Wilde
Less Hopelessly Devoted, more Worse Things I Could Do….Nava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin’s refusal to believe there’s corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond….Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head… Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes….Still, she’s got work to do: Brotherhood: unmask. Demons: slaughter. Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice.
Spellhaven by Sandra Unerman
In the summer of 1914, Jane Fairchild, a young English musician, is kidnapped by magic and sent to Spellhaven, an island city ruled by magicians. Here, peace and prosperity are maintained with the assistance of Unseen Spirits bound to the service of the Lords Magician. The Spirits must be kept in good humour by the performance of all kinds of shows, dance, drama and music and Jane is one of many people kidnapped from the outside world and forced to contribute to these entertainments for a set period of service….Only Jane is having none of it. She will not perform for her kidnapper, Lucian Palafox, but agrees to undertake an apprenticeship with another magician impresario, provided she is taught magic in return. Jane’s forays into magic lead her deeper within the mysteries of Spellhaven, her rivalry with Lucian escalates and the quarrels between them grow strong enough to shake the city to its foundations.
Soul’s Blade (Legends Reborn #2) by Eva Chase
After being chased across the country by a faerie mercenary, reborn wizard Emma Hale is shocked she’s still alive. But victory doesn’t mean she can slack off on her mission to protect the current incarnation of her liege and sometimes lover, the legendary King Arthur. Now that Arthur’s soul is awakening, every creature of darkness in a thousand-mile radius is slavering for a taste. Worse, a merciless adversary from Emma’s past has reappeared, leaving Emma scrambling to save not only her king but all their loved ones as well. Surviving the week may depend on a blade only Arthur can wield. Too bad Emma lost it centuries ago on the other side of an ocean. And any quest to retrieve it will unearth secrets Emma isn’t yet prepared to face—secrets that could destroy her and her king before their enemies even have the chance.
Keeper Under Fire (Graveyard Guardians #3) by Jennifer Malone Wright
The Reapers are coming… The Keepers are ready to fight … to defend their home and the souls, no matter what the cost. …Olivia Estmond is tired of waiting to be attacked. It is time for the Keepers to strike first against the Reaper Empress. Preparing to fight is not a new concept for Liv, but living with a target on your back is not something she has ever dealt with. The Reapers were ordered to take out the entire Estmond family, and unless the Keepers did something about it, they wouldn’t stop until their mission was complete. …Not long ago, Aiden was a high-ranking soldier in the Reaper Army, but now he has fallen from grace in the eyes of the Empress. More than that, he wants his best friend back. He grew up with Jack and the two were once like brothers. Now, more than ever, he needed his brother. However, what he didn’t expect from becoming a double agent, was the attraction to a sexy red headed Keeper that came with the job.
Rituals (Cainsville #5) by Kelley Armstrong
Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising – one that doesn’t distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.
White Winter (Prophecy #2) by W.J. May
Be Prepared. There are werewolves in this story, and they are NOT friendly. …Peace has always come at a price… A line has been drawn. When Rebekah and Jamie choose friends over their family, they know things will never be the same. But what they don’t know, is that they’ll be taking their very lives into their own hands. A dark secret leads to an even greater betrayal, one that could threaten to destroy them once and for all. The Hunters become the Hunted, and the twins find themselves running from not one, but both sides of the law. Can they stay one step ahead of the danger that’s chasing them? Can they figure out a way to undo the past? More importantly…can they ever really go back home?
Call of Fire (Blood of Earth) by Beth Cato
When an earthquake devastates San Francisco in an alternate 1906, the influx of geomantic energy nearly consumes Ingrid Carmichael. Bruised but alive, the young geomancer flees the city with her friends, Cy, Lee, and Fenris. She is desperate to escape Ambassador Blum, the cunning and dangerous bureaucrat who wants to use Ingrid’s formidable powers to help the Unified Pacific—the confederation of the United States and Japan—achieve world domination. To stop them, Ingrid must learn more about the god-like magic she inherited from her estranged father—the man who set off the quake that obliterated San Francisco….When Lee and Fenris are kidnapped in Portland, Ingrid and Cy are forced to ally themselves with another Ambassador from the Unified Pacific: the powerful and mysterious Theodore Roosevelt. But even TR’s influence may not be enough to save them when they reach Seattle, where the magnificent peak of Mount Rainier looms. Discovering more about herself and her abilities, Ingrid is all too aware that she may prove to be the fuse to light the long-dormant volcano . . . and a war that will sweep the world.
Waking Beauty by Brittlyn Gallacher Doyle
Fairy tales always end with “and they lived happily ever after,” but what if there was more to the story? When Princess Aurora Claire wakes up from her 100-year sleep, she thinks she’s found her happily ever after with Prince Damien. Her picturesque world is soon shaken when people in the castle start falling into a deep sleep. The charm of her prince charming begins to wear thin as they embark on a perilous journey to save the kingdom. Has she been falling in love with the wrong person all along? As she battles an enchanted forest and races against time to find the original fairy who saved them all, will she find a way to revive her kingdom and discover the secret to lasting happiness?
The Stone Sky (Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women….Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe….For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed. The conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.
Of the Divine (Mancer #2) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The second novel in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s dazzling Mancer trilogy, Of the Divine takes place seventy-one years before the events of Of the Abyss, in a world where sorcery is still practiced freely—but at what cost? Henna’s runes tell her that the future of Kavet is balanced on the edge of the knife. One of the most powerful sorcerers in the Order of Napthol, she is well-respected for her second sight. But the fragments she sees this time—blood, darkness, destruction—leave her unsure how to set the country and her lover, Verte, prince of Kavet, on the correct course….Meanwhile, the treaties between Kavet and the dragon-like race known as the Osei have become intolerable. The time has come for the royal house to wield their unique magic to challenge Osei dominion, with Prince Verte serving as the nexus for the powerful but dangerous spell, and Naples, an untested young sorcerer from the Order of Napthol, a volatile but critical support to its creation….Amid these plans, Dahlia Indathrone’s arrival in the city shouldn’t matter. She has no magic and no royal lineage, and yet, Henna immediately knows the young woman is important. She just can’t see why. And no vision could prepare her for the role Dahlia will come to play….In Of the Divine, the lives of Henna, Verte, Naples, and Dahlia become irrevocably linked, setting them, and all Kavet, on a perilous path. As they struggle to survive, they learn that they are but pawns in a larger game, one played by the forces of the Abyss and of the Numen—the infernal and the divine. A game no mortal can ever hope to win.
Spinning Out (Triad #3) by Gayle Parness
Charlie, a young male with a powerful bloodline, and Brina, a female fae warrior with attitude to spare, are in the Demon Realm hoping to rescue Charlie’s Uncle Isaiah. He’s being held prisoner by his own mother, the Archdemon Naberia, the very same demon who intends to bring a world-ending war to the Mortal Plain in order to destroy her long time enemies, the fae. Disguised as musicians, they journey toward the Citadel where his uncle is being held, battling everything from bureaucracy to brutes to music critics, making enemies, but also finding surprising allies along the way. …But the biggest surprise is yet to come—a situation that could throw his world into chaos and split his allies apart. Yet in the midst of this confusion, Charlie must flex his mental and magical muscles and convince ancient warriors that he has the skill and the power to lead them against the most dangerous creature ever to wander the three realms.
Now, what do you want to win this week? Leave a comment, and I’ll announce the winner next Monday!