New Releases Dec. 1-6 and Reader’s Choice Giveaway

Take a deep breath…it’s going to be a heck of a week as publishers try to cram in as many December releases as possible before the holidays! So get out your list, check it twice, and tell Santa to get busy. Oy! Okay, and I’ll help Santa out by sending one of you the book of your choice.

As always, Reader’s Choice is an international giveaway, so dig in. (And if a book in a series catches your eye, you can always request the first in the series instead.)

*Genre key (at the end of each listing): SF=science fiction; F=high/epic fantasy; UF=urban fantasy; H=horror; PNR=paranormal romance; YA=young adult; MG=middle grade; alt history=alternative history; dyst=dystopia; steampunk.

Demons Like It Hot, by Sidney Ayers (Dec. 1, Sourcebooks)

Serah SanGermano runs a successful catering company in a Midwestern town. After she inadvertently helped her friend unleash a legion of demons, she’s been trying to hide her own newly discovered powers. Matthias Ambrose, a mysterious demon mercenary sent to protect her, has his own secret— one that will embroil them both in the scandal from hell. PNR

Dreaming of the Wolf, by Terry Spear (Dec. 1, Sourcebooks)

Terry Spear’s debut Heart of the Wolf was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Known for her research into how wolves live in nature, Spear writes her werewolves as they would behave realistically, including pack dynamics, mating behavior, and hierarchies. Werewolf pack leader Jake Silver is an acclaimed photographer. He sees a beautiful woman at the art gallery where his photos are on display, and his intrigue turns into wolfish protectiveness. Alicia Greiston has never met anyone like Jake-he’s sexy, alpha, and totally irresistible, and he calls to something primal in her soul. PNR

Witch & Wizard: The Fire, by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski (Dec. 5, Little, Brown)

Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings’ magic hasn’t been enough to stop the One’s evil rampage, and now he’s executed the only family they had left. Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being. How can she and Whit possibly prepare for their imminent showdown with the ruthless villain that devastated their world-before he can truly become all-powerful? In this stunning climax of the epic Witch & Wizard series, the stakes have never been higher-and the consequences will change everything. F-YA

Devil’s Kiss, by Zoe Archer(Dec. 6, Zebra)

1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger—and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends. Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey’s smoky voice and sharp tongue entrance Whit nearly as much as her clever hands—watching them handle cards inspires thoughts of another kind. Zora can’t explain her attraction to the careless, blue-eyed Whit. She also can’t stop him and his Hellraisers from a fiendish curse: the power to grant their own hearts’ desires, to chase their pleasures from the merely debauched to the truly diabolical. And if Zora can’t save Whit, she still has to escape him. PNR

Obsidian, by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Dec. 6, Entangled)

Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me.  You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is. SF-YA.

Dead Bolt, by Juliet Blackwell (Dec. 6, Signet)

Turner Construction’s latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren’t the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house, and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it’s Mel who appears guilty. Now she must restore the building-and her reputation-before it’s too late. Mystery

Shaedes of Gray, by Amanda Bonilla(Dec. 6, Signet)

In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin. When Darian’s next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she’s taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished. UF

Galactic Courier, by A. Bertram Chandler (Dec. 6, Baen)

Number three in a three-volume collection of the legendary John Grimes of the Galactic Rim series. Classic Star Trek meets the high seas. If space travel is going to be anything like sailing the oceans, then A. Bertram Chandler has surely caught its absolute essence in his Grimes novels. Here are the crowning tales of Grimes’ career – the Grimes “Rim Commodore” stories. In these tales, Grimes has found his true calling out on the edge of galactic civilization. He’s the sheriff of a realm where pioneer colonies and parallel dimensions overlap, and a starship captain must be prepared for adventure in ALL possible worlds.SF

Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare(Dec. 6, Margaret K. McElderry)

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?. UF-YA

Uncross My Heart, by Jennifer Colgan(Dec. 6, Samhain)
After a century of living la vida muerta, Julian Devlin’s closest ally casts a de-vamping spell that leaves him defanged and demoted from his hard-won place in Baltimore’s vampire hierarchy. Disoriented by his transformation, he can’t even find his way home. The indignities don’t end there. Before he can explain to the quirky consignment shop owner why he’s hiding in her basement, she’s punched the newly re-acquired breath out of him and smacked him upside the head with her knock-off purse. Zoe Boyd’s scream could have peeled paint from the walls-if she could get her heart out of her throat. As Zoe risks her life to give Julian back his death, she warms the soul he never thought he’d own again. PNR

Left Hand Magic, by Nancy A. Collins(Dec. 6, Roc)

Artist Tate Eresby has accepted the unusual sights and sounds of Golgotham, New York’s paranormal underworld. But her relationship with witch-lord Hexe, the current heir to the Kymeran throne, is full of tension. Hexe’s Uncle Esau is an anti-human activist who believes Tate is a human enemy of his race. But Tate’s time in Golgotham has left her more than human.  Second in the Golgoltham series. UF

Daybreak, by Ellen Connor(Dec. 6, Berkley)

It’s been twelve years since the Change, and Penelope Sheehan is one of the few still practicing magic for the good of humanity in this dark, dangerous world. But she needs the help of a shapeshifter named Tru, whom she knew when he was a troubled boy. But Tru is a creature of instinct and impulse, living only to satisfy his senses- ignoring the scarred heart nobody has ever reached. Fighting alongside the last holdouts of humanity, they will unleash a passion that tempts them to risk everything for love. But if they succeed, Tru and Pen hold the power to brighten the Dark Age for all time. Third in the Dark Age Dawning series. PNR

Himmler’s War, by Robert Conroy(Dec. 6, Baen)

Only days after Normandy, Hitler is taken out of the equation and Heinrich Himmler, brutal head of the SS, assumes control of the Reich. On the Allied side, there is confusion. Should attempts be made to negotiate with the new government or should unconditional surrender still be the only option? With the specter of a German super-weapon moving closer to completion and the German generals finally allowed to fight the kind of war at which they are masters, the allies are pushed toward a course of accommodation or even defeat. Will the soldiers of the Grand Alliance find the courage and conviction to fight on in the face of such daunting odds? And can alliance leaders put into place a new plan in time to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by the German war machine? A new and terrible battle for a free world is on. ALT Hist

Winging It, by Deborah Cooke (Dec. 6, NAL)

Zoë Sorensson yearns to come into her powers as the only female dragon shifter. But being part of two worlds is more complicated than she expected. It’s bad enough that she’s the target of the Mages’ plan to eliminate all shifters—she also has to hide her true nature from her best friend Megan, a human. For her sixteenth birthday, all Zoë wants is one normal day, including a tattoo and a chance to see hot rocker Jared. Instead, the Pyr throw her a birthday party but ban Megan from attendance, putting Zoë in a tight spot. Things get even worse when Zoe is invited to the popular kids’ Halloween party and Megan’s left out. Zoë knows the party is a trap laid by the host, an apprentice Mage. When Megan gets a last-minute invite, Zoë must save the day—and her best friend—without revealing her fire-breathing secrets. Second in the Dragon Diaries. F-YA

Hellsbane, by Paige Cuccaro(Dec. 6, Entangled)

Emma Jane Hellsbane always knew she was different, but she had no idea she wasn’t even human. Well, at least she’s half-human. She’s half-fallen angel, too, and now dear ol’ dad wants her dead. All the Fallen angels want all their troublesome offspring removed from the mortal coil so she’s trying not to take it personally. Besides, she wants him dead just as much. Her father’s death is the only way she’ll be forgiven for his sin, stop those pesky demons from trying to hack off her head, and have any hope at all of getting back to a normal life as a wicked slick Intuitive Consciousness Explorer. Of course, first she’ll have to figure out which fallen angel is her father, avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down. No problem. With a last name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was definitely born for the job. UF

Under the Moon, by Natalie J. Damschroder (Dec. 6, Entangled)

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have. But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day. But not as hard as denying their hearts. PNR

Blood of Eden, by Tami Dane(Dec. 6, Kensington)

Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI’s ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She’ll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more…diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case–a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck–she can’t silence her inner para-skeptic. To catch the killer she’ll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with the bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that’s more personal than she ever would have guessed. First in a new series. UF

Night Reigns, by Dianne Duvall(Dec. 6, Zebra)

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into. Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself. Second in the Immortal Guardians. PNR

Human for a Day, edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Jennifer Brozek (Dec. 6, DAW)

Here’s an anthology that examines what it means to be human in all its positive and negative aspects. If you were an intelligent robot, would the opportunity to become human for a day be worth the risks? If a magic spell switched the bodies of a vampire and a teenage girl, would both savor the experience or search for a way to undo the enchantment? Sixteen original stories from Ian Tregillis, Jay Lake, Seanan McGuire, Anton Strout, Fiona Patton, Erik Scott de Bie, Dylan Birtolo, Tanith Lee, Laura Resnick, Jean Rabe, Tim Waggoner, Eugie Foster, Jody Lynn Nye, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, David D. Levine, and Jim C. Hines. UF-F

Earthbound, by Joe Haldeman(Dec. 6, Ace)

The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel-destroying Earth’s fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power. Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious Others, and her colleagues struggle to find a way, using nineteenthcentury technology, to reclaim the future that has been stolen from them. Third in the Marsbound series. SF

Bound by the Vampire Queen, by Joey W. Hill (Dec. 6, Berkley)

Sworn to obedience, compelled by loyalty, and threatened with damnation for betrayal, Jacob is Lady Lyssa’s vampire servant. But as Lyssa struggles with the powers that have come alive in her paternal Fae blood, she is challenged by two deadly enemies. Eighth in the Vampire Queen series. PNR

Honor’s Paradox, by P.C. Hodgell(Dec. 6, Baen)

Jame is one of the last of the Kencyrath line, born to battle a world-destroying Lord of Darkness and resuscitate her ancestral heritage. Jame’s youth was spent hard and low in a desert wasteland. Now she has discovered her past and her heritage as Highborn—and, with it, the power to call souls out of their bodies and slay the occasional god or two (as well as to resurrect them). First, though, Jame must survive the politics and dangers of haunted Tentir College, a school for warriors where she’s a student. It’s trial by fire, as Jame moves closer to a magnificent destiny she both fears—and knows she must face. Sixth in the Kencyrath series. F

Shattered Dreams, by Ellie James(Dec. 6, St. Martin’s Griffin)

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She is special. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late. Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. All too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen. Nothing prepares her for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her. First in a new series. UF-YA

How to Worship a Goddess, by Stephanie Julian (Dec. 6, Samhain)

Lucy is the Etruscan goddess of the moon, hunted by a powerful demon. One misstep and he will trap and consume her in his bid to escape the underworld. Lucy has stayed one step ahead of him, but she didn’t count on falling for minor league hockey player Brandon Stevenson. John’s not one of her worshippers, but he is determined to win over the gorgeous woman who watches him at every game and won’t give her up without a fight—even if it means releasing the beast he holds inside. Second in the Forgotten Goddesses series. PNR

Dragon Fate, by E.E. Knight(Dec. 6, Roc)

Scattered across a continent, three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed-the final hope for their species’ survival. After fighting a war that cost each of them kingdoms, friends and family, and their honor and glory, they have removed themselves from the troubles of the world. But the order they fought to establish is falling apart. Ancient sorceries have been awakened. Dragons battle dragons. And men are taking up arms against their winged overlords. Now, the three must unite once more to save dragonkind from extinction, before the chaos and fire of war consumes them all…and the world with them. Book six of the Age of Fire series. F

The Fallen Queen, by Jane Kindred(Dec. 6, Entangled)

Heaven can go to hell. Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia’s father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel’sk, and all she wants is to stay alive. Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with two Fallen thieves—fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their own nefarious agenda—who hide her in the world of Man. The line between vice and virtue soon blurs, and when Belphagor is imprisoned, the unexpected passion of Vasily warms her through the Russian winter. Heaven seems a distant dream, but when Anazakia learns the truth behind the celestial coup, she will have to return to fight for the throne—even if it means saving the man who murdered everyone she loved. First in the House of Arkhangel’sk series. F

Alien Proliferation, by Gini Koch (Dec. 6, DAW)

Alien Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt is expecting her first baby. But the alien attacks are getting more dangerous, and now Kitty and her Alpha Centaurion husband, Jeff, have to find out who’s behind the conspiracy to kill Kitty’s secret agent mom and what caused Kitty’s transformation into a superhuman-and they’ve got to do it all before the baby shower. Fourth in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. SF

Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar, edited by Mercedes Lackey (Dec. 6, DAW)

Under the Vale is the latest collection of short stories set in the world of Valdemar. The Heralds of Valdemar are an ancient order, drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages, these unusual individuals are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horselike Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. Stories by Tanya Huff, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Fiona Patton, Rosemary Edghill, Judith Tarr, and others in these original stories, including an all-new novella from Mercedes Lackey. F

True Shot, by Joyce Lamb(Dec. 6, Berkley)

Samantha Trudeau has spent the past ten years using her intense psychic abilities to put bad guys behind bars. She’s always believed she’s one of the good guys, until fellow spy and best friend Zoe reveals a shocking secret about who they’ve really been working for. When Zoe’s gunned down, Sam goes on the run, because now her employer is coming after her. With no one to turn to for help, she flees to the only place she thinks she’ll be safe… Journalist Mac Hunter has had a rough year. At the insistence of his good friends, sisters Charlie and Alex Trudeau, he’s going to crash at their family cabin for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But when he arrives he’s stunned to find the third Trudeau sister, Sam, wounded and unconscious on the cabin floor. Third in the True trilogy. PNR

Lawe’s Justice, by Lora Leigh(Dec. 6, Berkley)

Lora Leigh returns to the world of the Breeds where animal instincts can bring a feral pleasure to every man and his willing female mate. Twenty-sixth in the Breeds series. PNR

The Cross, by Sean McCabe(Dec. 6, Signet)

The vampires call it the Cross of Ardaich: a relic thought to have been destroyed in the war between the Federation and the rebels. But it has been found, and its incredible powers could signal the end of civilization. A cannibalistic serial killer becomes the perfect tool for the race of the Ubervampyr. His mission: find the cross. His reward: join the ranks of the undead. On his trail are Detective Joel Solomon and Vampire Federation agent Alex Bishop. Once lovers and now enemies, they must work together to prevent the ultimate disaster. A Vampire Federation novel. GB-H

Slade, by Sarah McCarty(Dec. 6, Berkley)

As the backbone of The Renegades’ defense, vampire technological genius Slade Johnson hasn’t met a problem he couldn’t solve. But when Slade is tasked with saving the life of his nephew, he must get in bed with the one woman who has the power to destroy them all: his enemy…his mate. Fourth in the Shadow Wranglers series. PNR

Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald(Dec. 6, Pyr)

When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this fourteen-year-old has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infundibulum—the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They’ve got power, authority, and the might of ten planets—some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth—at their fingertips. He’s got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking. To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. SF-YA

Surrender, by Lee Nichols(Dec. 6, Bloomsbury)

After a devastating battle at headquarters in New York, the ghostkeeping world is in shambles. When Emma and Bennett return home, they are determined to defeat the wraithmaster, Neos, forever. But it’s not going to be easy. Bennett’s parents kick him out when they realize he is still using drugs to enhance his powers. Emma is convinced her aunt has come back from the dead to warn her of a new threat. And worst of all, Neos is using wraiths to possess the students at Thatcher Academy. If the ghosts manage to take over the entire school, even Emma won’t be strong enough to stop them. Concludes the Haunting Emma trilogy. UF-YA

Hearts and Swords, by Robin D. Owens(Dec. 6, Berkley)

Award-winning author Robin D. Owens returns to the futuristic world of Celta with four original romantic fantasies as four different couples find their HeartMates and their destinies on Celta. PNR

Mecha Corps, by Brett Patton (Dec. 6, Roc)

Matt Lowell is in hell-and there’s no place he’d rather be. At a training camp on the backwater planet of Earth, he and his fellow cadets are learning to ride Mechas: biomechanicals sporting both incredible grace and devastating firepower. Their ultimate aim is to combat the pirates of the Corsair Confederacy, but before they survive a battle, they have to survive their training. Because every time Lowell and his comrades “plug in” to their Mechas, their minds are slowly being twisted and broken by an unseen power that is neither man…nor machine. SF

Deadlock, by Moira Rogers (Dec. 6, Samhain)

Abandoned by her wolf shifter father and raised by her human psychic mother, Carmen Mendoza can’t deny she’s different. She craves things most women shy away from—and she has a trail of shapeshifting ex-boyfriends to prove it.Working at a clinic for supernatural creatures, she’s escaped the notice of her father’s legacy-obsessed family. Until they need a pawn in their bid for power. Snared by a vicious spell designed to wake her inner wolf, Carmen’s only hope is to trust the one man strong enough to soothe her darkest instincts. Third in the Southern Arcana series. PNR

That Old Black Magic, by Michelle Rowen (Dec. 6, Berkley)

Reluctant witch Eden Riley knows that codependent relationships aren’t good, especially when you’re possessed by a sexy but troublemaking demon. Darrak’s physical form makes good girl Eden want to go bad, but the constant itch to use the soul-destroying black magic she’s recently acquired might force Eden to explore her dark side in an entirely different way. And when her magic starts manifesting itself without conscious effort, both Eden’s life and the possibility of a future with Darrak are threatened—since only one of them might be able to survive this. Third in the Living in Eden series. PNR

The Thirteen Hallows, by Michael Scott and Freedman Colette (Dec. 6, Tor)

The Hallows. Ancient artifacts imbued with a primal and deadly power. But are they protectors of this world, or the keys to its destruction? A gruesome murder in London reveals a sinister plot to uncover a two-thousand-year-old secret. For decades, the Keepers guarded these Hallows, keeping them safe and hidden and apart from each other. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, the ancient objects bathed in their blood. Now, only a few remain. With her dying breath, one of the Keepers convinces Sarah Miller, a practical stranger, to deliver her Hallow—a broken sword with devastating powers—to her American nephew, Owen. The duo quickly become suspects in a series of murders as they are chased by both the police and the sadistic Dark Man and his nubile mistress. UF

Of Limited Loyalty, by Michael A. Stackpole (Dec. 6, Night Shade)

1767. In the three years since defeating the Tharyngians at Anvil Lake, The Crown Colonies of Mystria have prospered. To survey the full extent of the western expansion, the Crown has sent Colonel Ian Rathfield to join Nathaniel Woods, Owen Strake, and Kamiskwa on an expedition into the Mystrian interior. They discover a land full of isolated and unique communities, each shaped in accord with the ideals of the founders. Conflicts abound among them, and old enemies show up at the least useful moments. Worse yet, lurking out there is a menace which the Twilight People only know from folklore as the Antedeluvians; and westward penetration stumbles into their lands and awakens them. A Crown Colonies novel. (Conflicting release date Jan. 2012) F

Deadly Little Voices, by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Dec. 6, Hyperion)

High school junior Camelia thought her powers of psychometry only gave her the ability to sense the future through touch. But now she’s started to hear voices. Mean voices. Berating her, telling her how ugly she is, and that she’d be better off dead. It’s a troubling development that has Camelia terrified for her mental stability, especially since her deranged aunt with a suicidal history just moved into the family house. More torturing, ex-boyfriend Ben, who has similar psychometric abilities, has been spending more time with their classmate Alejandra, even as her own feelings for Adam grow stronger. Fourth in the Touch series. PNR-YA

Supervolcano: Eruption, by Harry Turtledove (Dec. 6, Roc)

A supervolcanic eruption in Yellowstone Park sends lava and mud flowing toward populated areas, and clouds of ash drifting across the country. The fallout destroys crops and livestock, clogs machinery, and makes cities uninhabitable. Those who survive find themselves caught in an apocalyptic catastrophe in which humanity has no choice but to rise from the ashes and recreate the world. SF-DYST

Feral, by Sheri Whitefeather(Dec. 6, Berkley)

Mexico, 1850. One fateful night Noah Diaz is ravished by a bold woman who transforms him into an immortal lion. Now he is a wealthy man who owns an underground sex club where supernatural beings can indulge in no-holds-barred sensual play. Though Noah has scores of willing victims, it is the thrill of the hunt he desires. Jenny Lincoln runs a big cat rescue operation that can’t stay afloat-until a donor comes through with the condition that she goes to his club. Both Noah and the club at first frighten her but eventually thrill her. It’s clear that she is Noah’s prey, but once she gets a taste, it is Jenny who wants more. PNR

The Emperor’s Knife, by Mazarkis Williams (Dec. 6, Night Shade)

There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that attacks young and old, rich and poor alike. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until you die in agony, or become a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence, the Pattern Master. Anyone showing the tell-tale marks is put to death; that is Emperor Beyon’s law…but now the pattern is running over the Emperor’s own arms. His body servants have been executed, he ignores his wives, but he is doomed, for soon the pattern will reach his face. As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the invincible Pattern Master appears from the deep desert. Now only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who saw a path in a pattern once, among the waving grasses. F

See anything you want? International Reader’s Choice―you tell me. 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!

74 thoughts on “New Releases Dec. 1-6 and Reader’s Choice Giveaway

  1. Wow, those are some really awesome books..I want them all! Haha, but I’d probably go with Shaedes of Gray.:)

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  2. Awesome! I would love to win Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 🙂

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  3. What a great list of books!!!! It’s hard to pick just one but I’ll choose Night Reigns by Dianne Duvall.

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  4. Good looking list this week! I’d choose Devil’s Kiss as my top pick this week!

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  5. I think I’ll go with Lawe’s Justice, by Lora Leigh. 😉 thanks!

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  6. Oops was too excited I forgot to include my email previously xP

    Tough choice to make this week :/
    A few caught my eye but I’m not too sure if I’ll pick them up.
    Guess I’ll settle with Obsidian!
    Heard great things about it, would definitely read it when I get the chance ^^
    Thanks for this giveaway~

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  7. You certainly add a lot of books to my wishlist! If I win, I would choose: Dianne Duvall, but I prefer the first one in the series.

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  8. Dreaming of the Wolf for me please.
    I keep meaning to read this series and just haven’t got there yet!

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  9. Wow one of those covers is rather riskay this week! Some good hand placement there if you know what I mean!
    I love several titles (as usual) but have to say most excited about Clockwork Prince!
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    Happy Holidays Suzanne!

  10. Thank you for the giveaway! I would like Obsidian, by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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  11. Wow! So many choices and my choice is going to be a new author for me…I would love to read Blood of Eden, by Tami Dane. Thank you!

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  12. I would love Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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  13. Slade by Sarah McCarty is my choice. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. +1 Too many to choose from! But what a fantastic giveaway. I guess I would have to choose The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Freedman Colette.
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  15. oh my what a good week with so many good books
    It’s difficult so my heart balance between Winging It, by Deborah Cooke and Obsidian

    thanks you for this so great giveaway

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  16. +1 Too many to choose from! But what a fantastic giveaway.
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  17. Wow! So many books…so little time.
    I’d have to choose Honor’s Paradox, by P C Hodgell. I’ve loved her work for years, and I’m thrilled to see a new work.

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    As always, thank you!

  18. I love when they release a big load of books because there is always something to choose from but then I hate that there are so many that I end up not being able to get all the ones I want 🙁

    I would LOVE to get Obsidian by J.L.A

    Thank you!

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  19. Wow! SO many good ones this time! I’ll have to pick Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare just because I love the cover!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  20. That Old Black Magic, by Michelle Rowen

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  21. I’m looking forward to Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla and Night Reigns by Dianne Duvall. I think I’ll chose Night Reigns because I really liked book one.

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  22. Good lord the choices!

    I’ll try Feral by Sheri Whitefeather.

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  23. Dead Bolt, by Juliet Blackwell will be my choice 🙂

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  24. I’d likely choose Book 1 in the Infernal Devices series if I won. Thanks.

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  25. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway! I’d like to try to win the Clockwork Prince.

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  26. Wow, that’s a lot of books to choose from. If I were lucky enough to win, I’d want Night Reigns by Dianne Duvall.

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  27. I’d like to try to win the Clockwork Prince please.

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  28. Wow, Clockwork Prince is finally out! And I’d also like Shattered dreams…mmmm, I might order CP this weekend, let’s see!

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  29. Would love to win The Emperor’s Knife, by Mazarkis Williams. Thanks for yet another great giveaway!

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  30. I’d go for The Emperor’s Knife, since I’ve seen some glowing reviews for it 🙂


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  31. +1 I’d like to win Clockwork Prince! 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Would adore a copy of Daybreak by Ellen Connor – I love this series!

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  33. Well, Winging It sounds pretty good, but I haven’t read Flying Blind yet. So, if I win, I’d like to have Flying Blind, please. 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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