New Releases May 15-20 & Reader’s Choice Contest

A really small list this week, but some really interesting titles. Which should make your decision easier! First, a list of our winners from last week, and then see what’s coming…and enter the Reader’s Choice contest at the end! Sorry I don’t have the book covers up–Blogger’s two-day crash destroyed everything and I ran out of time!

Cryptic Cravings, by Ellen Schreiber
(May 17, HarperCollins)
The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville’s old mill. Raven discovers Jagger’s plan to open a new club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville’s teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike? And as Sebastian and Luna’s relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want? Eighth in the Vampire Kisses series.
Dancing with Bears, by Michael Swanwick
(May 17, Night Shade)
Dancing With Bears follows the adventures of notorious con-men Darger and Surplus: They’ve lied and cheated their way onto the caravan that is delivering a priceless gift from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. The only thing harder than the journey to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An audience with the Duke seems impossible to obtain, and Darger and Surplus quickly become entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution. The only thing more dangerous than the convoluted political web surrounding Darger and Surplus is the gift itself, the Pearls of Byzantium, and Zoesophia, the governess sworn to protect their virtue.
The Demon’s Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan
(May 18, Margaret K. McElderry)
Mae Crawford’s always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she’s even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn’t told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick’s powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician’s carefully laid trap?
Embassytown, by China Mieville
(May 17, Del Rey)
Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts – who cannot lie. Only a tiny cadre of unique human Ambassadors can speak Language, and connect the two communities. But an unimaginable new arrival has come to Embassytown. And when this Ambassador speaks, everything changes. Catastrophe looms. Avice knows the only hope is for her to speak directly to the alien Hosts. And that is impossible.
Graveminder, by Melissa Marr
(May 17, HarperCollins)
The New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.  Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”  Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place—and the man—she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turnsN out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D—a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.
See anything you want? As always, four entries possible and please include your e-mail: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest. Now….go!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

39 thoughts on “New Releases May 15-20 & Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. I’d really like to read Graveminder by Melissa Marr. I love the Wicked Lovely books and am intrigued to see her try her hand at something a bit different.

    My email is n(dot)egerton(at)ntlworld(dot)com.

    I follow you on twitter already (@NikkiEgerton) and I shall retweet!
    Thank you xx

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m torn between Embassytown and Graveminder – they’re both by authors that I’ve never read myself but have heard a lot of good things about.

    I’m a GFC follower.

    susanna dot pyatt at student dot rcsnc dot org

  3. Graveminder sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. Oh, I see my lovely Sarah Rees Brennan! I already have the demon’s covenant but I always give my copies away so either that or graveminder
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    Aliasgirl at libero dot it

  5. mmm Graveminder. I love’d Marr’s previous series, I cannot wait to see what she turns Graveminder into. Thanx for this great giveaway.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  6. Embassytown is my release of choice. I heard about it a few months ago and really loved the premise of the book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  7. I would love to read Graveminder by Melissa Marr

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  8. I’d love to read graveminder

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  9. I am busy working my way through all his books so a copy of Embassytown, by China Mieville would be a great help.


    Carol T

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  10. I’d love to play for Graveminder please.

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  11. I’ve never read anything by Melissa Mar (not a fan of faeries), but a morbid story sounds very good to me. 🙂 Graveminder should be interesting.

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  12. I wanna try Graveminder by Melissa Marr

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  13. I really am excited for Graveminder I would love to win that!
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  14. I’d like to read Graveminder by Melissa Marr. Sounds interesting.

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  15. I’d love to win Graveminder. I’m curious about an adult book from a YA author that I love!

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    Thank you for the chance to win!

  16. I would love to read Graveminder, thanks for the chance

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