New Releases Dec. 17-23 and Reader’s Choice Contest

You’d think the week of Christmas would be the really slow release week, but we have a pretty decent list of new speculative fiction releases this week after last week’s drought. So…see what appeals to you—and one reader will win his or her choice. As always, international entries welcome.
*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.

Legacy, by Molly Cochran

(Dec. 20, Simon & Schuster)

When her widowed father dumps 16-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow studens seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother commited suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it’s up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction. UF-YA

On a Dark Wing, by Jordan Dane

(Dec. 20, Harlequin Teen)

Five years ago Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her lucky break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again. Now she’s the target of Death’s Ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death is with him because of her. Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets. UF-YA

Blood Wolf, by Steve Feasey

(Dec. 20, Feiwel & Friends)

Trey Laporte believed he was the last werewolf. But he’s found his pack, and they’re more dangerous and wild than he’d ever guess. If they are monsters, does that make him one, too?  Back in London, Trey’s vampire guardian, Lucien, is battling his own darkness. Meanwhile, Lucien’s daughter, Alexis, is trying to hold off a Necrotroph that is after her father. U.S. release. UF-YA

Dragon Age: Asunder, by David Gaider

(Dec. 20, Tor)

Return to the dark fantasy world created for the award-winning, triple platinum game, Dragon Age™: Origins in this third tie-in novel! A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever. F

Dragon Mound, by Richard A. Knaak

(Dec. 20, Sea Lion)

More than two centuries ago, the three kingdoms of Rundin, Wallmyre, and Tepis banded together at the urging of the wizard Paulo Centuros to combat the ambitions of the sorcerer-king, Novaris. Yet, although they were triumphant and the forces of the sorcerer-king were scattered, Novaris himself was not to be found. Uncertain as to whether their foe was dead, the wizard sent forth the knight Evan Wytherling on a quest to seek the truth about Novaris, no matter how long it took. Still alive despite the great passage of time and the dark forces he has confronted during his fruitless search, Evan returns to the scene of the climactic battle and discovers that the truth may have been under his nose all this time. However, in ferreting out the secrets of Novaris”s disappearance, Evan uncovers the sorcerer-king”s long-dreamt plot of vengeance…and the fact that not only is he key to them, but that the dead – even dragons – may not rest easy! F

Claim the Night, by Rachel Lee

(Dec. 20, Nocturne)

Jude Messenger felt the hunger deep inside him. From the moment he’d rescued Theresa Black from a late-night attack, he’d ached for things he knew he could never have. The touch of her skin. The taste of her blood. But if the vampire claimed her, one of them might not survive. So Jude did everything he could to make Terri stay away. But a demon stalked the sexy spitfire, and Jude had no choice but to protect a woman who created a longing inside him that could never be sated. PNR

Death and Resurrection, by R.A. MacAvoy

(Dec. 20, Prime)

The award-winning writer of Tea With the Black Dragon and other acclaimed novels returns to fantasy with the intriguing story of Chinese-American artist Ewen Young who gains the ability to travel between the worlds of life and death. This unasked-for skill irrevocably changes his life – as does meeting Nez Perce veterinarian Dr. Susan Sundown and her remarkable dog, Resurrection. After defeating a threat to his own family, Ewen and Susan confront great evils – both supernatural and human – as life and death begin to flow dangerously close together. UF

Enchanted Again, by Robin D. Owens

(Dec. 20, Luna)

Magic has a price—and for Amber Sarga it’s days and years off her life. Each curse she breaks ages her—and the bigger the curse the bigger the cost, and not only to her. That’s why she hides away and has vowed not to get involved again… That’s why she hates looking in a mirror…And then an ill-fated stranger arrives. Rafe Davail doesn’t believe in curses—not even knowing that in his family every first son dies young. Amber offers guidance but she won’t break the curse. Still, as she grows closer to Rafe and discovers the secrets of their pasts, she wonders if for this time, this man, she should risk it all….


The Doctor and the Kid, by Mike Resnick

(Dec. 20, Pyr)

Doc Holliday needs to replenish his bankroll quickly and uses his skill as a shootist to turn bounty hunter. The biggest reward is for the death of Billy the Kid. Doc enlists the aid of both magic (Geronimo) and science (Thomas Edison). Steampunk

Touch of Power, by Maria V. Snyder

(Dec. 20, Mira)

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos. Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life. PNR

Count to a Trillion, by John C. Wright

(Dec. 20, Tor)

After the collapse of the world economy, a young boy grows up in what used to be Texas as a tough duellist for hire, the future equivalent of a hired gun. But even after the collapse, there is space travel, and he leaves Earth to have adventures in the really wide open spaces. While humanity, and Artificial Intelligence grow and change, he is catapulted into the more distant future and becomes a kind of superman. SF

Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide, by Michelle Rowen

and Richelle Mead(Dec. 22, Razorbill)

The official guide to the #1 international bestselling Vampire Academy series. Sink your teeth into the perfect holiday gift and must-have collector’s item for every fan of Richelle Mead’s totally addicting Vampire Academy series. Discover the history of St. Vladimir’s Academy, explore the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa’s spirit bond, and find out even more illicit secrets about Moroi society. This ultimate guide will feature everything readers want and need to go even deeper into the world ofVampire AcademyFrostbiteShadow KissBlood PromiseSpirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice…every heartache, every betrayal, every sacrifice, and so much more! UF-YA

As always, four entries possible and please include your e-mail: +1 for comment to tell me what book (any book) you want, +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).

54 thoughts on “New Releases Dec. 17-23 and Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. Oooh. Not much this week, but some good stuff! I’d love to win Count to a Trillion, by John C. Wright.

    +1 for blog follow
    +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson
    +1 for a RT about the contest.

  2. Put me down for Blood Wolf by Steve Feasey please. Thanks.

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  3. Legacy by Molly Cochran sounds interesting. Happy Holidays!

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    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  4. I would love to read On a Dark Wing, by Jordan Dane. The story line is interesting.

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  5. Great list, and I went oooooh a new Robin D. Owens! I want that one! So going to order that if I don’t accidentally win it!

    I am a blog follower, and an email subscriber, and I follow you on Twitter as well. So, +3.

    The strange thing is, your blog doesn’t come up in my blogrol. Any idea how I can fix that?

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  6. hi,
    this week i’m not sure ^^ i would like a touch of power or legacy or Dragon mound. All three seem really interesting

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    all the best

  7. I would love to win the Vampire Academy Ultimate Guide!

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    Total: 3


  8. I’d like to read The Doctor and the Kid, by Mike Resnick. Looks fun! A TOUCH OF POWER woudl be my second choice. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  9. some different books this week! i would love either Enchanted Again or Touch of Power!! thanks for the chance!!

    +1 for following!!

    alainala At hotmail DOT ca

  10. Nothing on the list said “ME!” at first, but then I read John C Wright’s “Big Idea” piece over at Scalzi’s Whatever blog. Now I want COUNT TO A TRILLION. 🙂

    (+4: commenter, follower, follower, retweeter)

  11. Oooh…. I’d like to have Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide, pretty please.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I would love to win Touch of Power!
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    Tasnim x

  13. I’ve heard good things of COUNT TO A TRILLION so would have to go with that.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I hope that you and yours have a great Christmas holiday!

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    +1 Twitter follower SpazinOL

  14. This week I’ll try for The Doctor and the Kid, by Mike Resnick 🙂

    Happy holidays! 🙂

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  15. Very interested in Maria Snyder’s Touch of Power. It sounds like a great premise.

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