New Releases Jan. 15-22 and Reader’s Choice Contest

Yep, it’s that time again! Monday’s our day to look at the new releases in speculative fiction this week—and you get to pick which one you’d like to win! There are some good ones this week, so see what you think.
What do you want to read? Leave a comment and tell me, and I’ll draw one name to win his or her choice. International, as always. And if the book is in a series you haven’t started, you can always pick the first one in the series instead.

Wanted: Undead or Alive, by Kerrelyn Sparks (Jan. 15, Avon)

No description available, which is weird. Shame on whoever didn’t upload the book description to Goodreads and the online stores. But those who love this series will find it anyway. Twelfth in the Love at Stake series. UPDATE: the release date on this book has been moved to March 27, so don’t request it this week. If you’ve already requested it as your Reader’s Choice and you happen to win, I’ll contact you for another choice. Hate these shifting release dates–and thanks to Amber for finding the new date!

Shadows in Flight, by Orson Scott Card (Jan. 17, Tor)

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children–the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten–a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come. Third in the Shadow “subseries.”

A Path to Coldness of Heart, by Glen Cook (Jan. 17, Night Shade)

King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far away in Kavelin, Bragia’s queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion of their best and brightest warriors. Kavelina’s spymaster, Michael Trebilcock, is missing in action, as is loyal soldier Aral Dantice. Meanwhile, Dane, Duke of Greyfells, seeks to seize the rule of Kavelin and place the kingdom in his pocket, beginning a new line of succession through Bragia’s queen. And in the highest peaks of the Dragon’s Teeth, in the ancient castle Fangdred, the sorcerer called Varthlokkur uses his arts to spy on the world at large, observing the puppet strings that control kings and empires alike, waiting… For the time of the wrath of kings is almost at hand. The conclusion to the Dread Empire series.

Tempest, by Julie Cross (Jan. 17, St. Martin’s Griffin)

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun. That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

In the Lion’s Mouth, by Michael Flynn (Jan. 17, Tor)

It’s a big Spiral Arm, and the scarred man, Donavan buigh, has gone missing in it, upsetting the harper Mearana’s plans for a reconciliation between her parents. Bridget ban, a Hound of the League, doubts that reconciliation is possible or desirable; but nonetheless has dispatched agents to investigate the disappearance. The powerful Ravn Olafsdottr, a Shadow of the Names, slips into Clanthompson Hall to tell mother and daughter of the fate of Donovan buigh. In the Long Game between the Confederation of Central Worlds and the United League of the Periphery, Hound and Shadow are mortal enemies; yet a truce descends between them so that the Shadow may tell her tale.

Stolen Away, by Alyxandra Harvey (Jan. 17, Walker)

For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won’t comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds. The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise’s aunt Antonia.

Dark Victory, by Michele Lang (Jan. 17, Tor)

Magda Lazarus was a reluctant witch until the dire threat of Nazi Germany convinced her to assume the mantle of her family’s ancient powers. But though this young, beautiful Jewish woman has fought off Hitler’s SS werewolves and the demon who would rule through the Führer, she has been unable to prevent the outbreak of World War II. As long as Magda can summon spirits, there is still a chance to save people from the dire threat of the Holocaust. Her family’s guardian angel, Raziel, stands beside her in the battle against the human and supernatural forces of evil arrayed against her people and all of Europe.

Faith, by John Love (Jan. 17, Night Shade)

Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned. The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems like history is about to repeat itself. But this time, something is waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth’s ultimate warships.

Something Wikkid This Way Comes, by Nicole Peeler (Jan. 17, Orbit digital only)

Capitola, Moo, and Shar are the halfling ladies of Triptych: a company that specializes in cleaning up supernatural messes. Normally Cappie doesn’t take human cases, but who can resist a priest, missing Catholic school girls, and a creature that may or may not be the Prince of Darkness? A story set in Nicole Peeler’s Jane True series.

The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries Vol. 5:

The Asylumby L.J. Smith, Kevin Williamson

& Julie Plec (Jan. 17, HarperTeen)

Driven from their hometown of Mystic Falls, both Stefan Salvatore and his brother, Damon, arrived in Europe looking for a fresh start. But Samuel, a wealthy and cunning vampire, has other plans for them. First he ruined Stefan’s peaceful existence and now he’s framing Damon for the most gruesome murders London has ever seen. United against their common enemy, Stefan and Damon are stunned when they realize that the source of Samuel’s rage lies in their past—tied up with the woman who forever changed their lives. Haunted by the memory of Katherine, the brothers find that their uneasy alliance is tested. Can they overcome their rivalry to defeat Samuel before he exacts his final revenge? 

The Serpent Sea, by Martha Wells (Jan. 17, Night Shade)

Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core. Nearby they find the remains of the invaders who may be responsible, as well as evidence of a devastating theft. This discovery sends Moon and the hunters of Indigo Cloud on a quest for the heartstone of the tree — a quest that will lead them far away, across the Serpent Sea.
Truth, by Julia Karr (Jan. 19, Speak)

Nina Oberon’s life has changed enormously in the last few months. When her mother was killed, Nina discovered the truth about her father, the leader of the Resistance. And now she sports the same Governing Council–ordered tattoo of XVI on her wrist that all sixteen-year-old girls have. The one that announces to the world that she is easy prey to predators. But Nina won’t be anyone’s stereotype. And when she joins an organization of girls working within the Resistance, she knows that they can put an end to one of the most terrifying secret programs the GC has ever conceived. Because the truth always comes out…and the consequences can be deadly. Sequel to XVI.

Decisions, decisions! 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. This contest is international. Now….go!

56 thoughts on “New Releases Jan. 15-22 and Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. I’m the first to comment…lucky or unlucky not sure. I’d love to have Stolen Away…I’m sad the Iron Fey series ended and would love to read some more faeries. Thanks.
    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follow as Tanyaw1224
    +1 twitter as Tanya1224
    +1 twittered at Tanya1224

  2. So excited to see Shadows in Flight! Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I didn’t even know this was in the pipeline. I have enjoyed reading and re-reading the books in Ender’s world for over 20 years, and I’m looking forward to reading more about Bean. So excited! 🙂

    As always, thanks for the giveaway chance, Suzanne!

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

  3. And also, as always, I’ve forgotten to leave my email addy. I blame my coffee, as it’s obviously not strong enough… 😉

    rissatoo ATgmail DOTcom

  4. I would love Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks. It is one of my favorite series and I can’t wait to read it

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follow: Throuthehaze
    +1 twitter follow @raelena85

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  5. I would love the first book in Martha Wells serie : The Cloud Road. It sound like something different and interesting!!!!

    Suzan….. the description under the serpent sea is not the good one (It the one for the vampire diaries).

    +1 comment

  6. This is the first time I’ve heard about the book and I find the premise so interesting. I would love to read Dark Victory, by Michele Lang.

    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follow
    +1 twitter follow (fieryna)


  7. @Amber–well THAT explains it. How weird. Just checked that date last night and they still had it releasing this week; must have just updated this morning.

    I wondered why there was no description available yet. Obviously got delayed.

    For those of you who’ve entered and requested that one, no need to re-enter. I’ll just contact you if you win and you can pick a different book 🙂 Thanks, Amber!

  8. I can’t wait to read Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks. Her books always make me laugh.

    +1 GFC Follower: Jennifer K
    +1 For Comment
    +1 Twitter: jcalvert719

    Thanks for the contest.

  9. I would like stolen away or the serpent sea

    thanks you a lot

    +1gfc follower


  10. I rather fancy ‘Wanted Undead or Alive’ this week. Thank you for the great giveaway.
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follow – irgl7
    +1 twitter – poodle666


  11. Shadows in Flight, for sure. Once you’ve entered Ender’s world you never forget it. The Ender series and its offshoots are incredible. Orson Scott Card writes for both the young and the slightly less young.

  12. Cannot wait for Tempest!
    Thank you for your fabulous giveaways!

    +follow TERIL
    +twit @ TeriCrusley

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  13. Thanks as usual fr the generous giveaway.

    No question which I would choose from this weeks list !

    A Path to Coldness of Heart, by Glen Cook

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  14. Hmm only one book in a series I follow for this week, so an easy choice this time.

    Kerrelyn Sparks please.

    +1 comment
    +1 gfc follow as aurian
    +1 twitter follow as xAurianx

  15. So many great books. I would like Tempest by Julie Cross.

    1+ for comment
    1+ for blog follow(gfc-Joanne B)
    1+ Twitter follower(@JoanneBalinski)


  16. Oh this is hard..Truth or Serpent Seas? I really liked both of the first books in those series…um I think Serpent Sea just may win out though on this one, The Cloud Roads was a very interesting and good story.
    comment, tweet,retweet, follower
    cubicleblindness @gmail

  17. Wanted: Undead or Alive, by Kerrelyn Sparks!!!!! didnt even realize that was coming out now!

    +1 for following!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win Stolen Away.

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower (@sara_UFblog)

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  19. As much as I want to say Tempest, because I really want that book!!!! I have to go with Wanted Undead or Alive because I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book forever!! Thanks for the chance

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 twitter follower
    +1 tweeted-!/joleneallcock/status/160169734623604736


  20. I would love to read Tempest by Julie Cross.
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC:Veronika
    +1 twitter follower:twveronika
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com