New Releases Feb. 18-28 and Reader’s Choice C0ntest

If it’s Monday, it must be time to look at the new releases in speculative fiction this week—and you get to pick which one you’d like to win! Actually, we’re doing more than a week’s worth because there aren’t many releases this week and are a TON next week, so I’m throwing a few from next week in with this group. Some big releases here, folks—including the new Kim Harrison book, the new one from Lauren DeStefano, Jennifer Estep…it’s just a ridiculous bounty of epic reading goodness!
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.
The Troupe, by Robert Jackson Bennett(Feb. 21, Orbit)

Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions. But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father’s troupe, he begins to understand their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change. 

A Good and Useful Hurt, by Aric Davis (Feb. 21, 47North)

Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out the motley crew at his studio of four. The last thing either expects is romance, but that’s exactly what happens when they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution—and solace—he will sorely need. And when the life of a serial killer collides with the lives of those in the tattoo shop, Mike and Deb will stop at nothing in their quest for revenge, even if it means stepping outside the known boundaries of life and death.

Fever, by Lauren DeStefano (Feb. 21, Simon & Schuster)

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind. Running away brings them into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion—by any means necessary. Second in the Chemical Garden series.

Perfect Blood, by Kim Harrison (Feb. 21, Harper Voyager)

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth — a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons. But it can’t be done without Rachel’s blood. As a bounty hunter, Rachel has battled vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more. But humanity itself might be her toughest challenge. Tenth in the Hollows series.

Tempted by Blood, by Laurie London (Feb. 21, HQN)

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he’s been assigned to protect. Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn’t seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death. Third in the Sweetblood series.

Faery Tales and Nightmares, by Melissa Marr(Feb. 21, HarperCollins)

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly. From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters in this story collection. 

Echoes of Betrayal, by Elizabeth Moon(Feb. 21, Del Rey)

All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior. Clearly, she is hiding something. But what? And why? Meanwhile, in Tsaia, the young king Mikeli must grapple with unrest among his own nobility over his controversial decision to grant the title and estates of a traitorous magelord to a Verrakaien who not only possesses the forbidden magic but is a woman besides: Dorrin, once one of Kieri’s most trusted captains. Third in the Paladin Legacy series.

Raven Calls, by C.E. Murphy (Feb. 21, Luna)

Suddenly, being bitten by a werewolf is the least of Joanne Walker’s problems. Her personal life in turmoil, her job as a cop over, she’s been called to Ireland by the magic within her. And though Joanne’s skills have grown by leaps and bounds, Ireland’s magic is old and very powerful. In fact, this is a case of unfinished business. Because the woman Joanne has come to Ireland to rescue is the woman who sacrificed everything for Joanne—the woman who died a year ago. Now, through a slip in time, she’s in thrall to a dark power and Joanne must battle darkness, time, and the gods themselves to save her.

Brie’s life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul, who might hold the key to her forever after. 

Whispers Under Ground, by Ben Aaronovitch(Feb. 28, Del Rey)

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects—except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world. Third in the Peter Grant series.

How to Be Death, by Amber Benson(Feb. 28, Ace)

All Calliope Reaper-Jones ever wanted out of life was a fabulous job in New York City and a really hot boyfriend. But now, she’s the brand-new President of Death, Inc. With the Board of Death breathing down her neck and her dad’s copy of How to be Death (A Fully Annotated Guide) unopened, Callie’s really feeling the tension. And when the guide book is stolen at a fancy formal dinner, Callie has to figure out how to be the boss—before the powers held within the book get out and destroy humanity forever. Fourth in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series.

The Ruined City, by Paula Brandon (Feb. 28, Spectra)

Reality is wavering. Soon, its delicate balance will shift and an ancient force will return to overwhelm the Veiled Isles. The otherworldly change has begun. The streets of the city are rife with chaos, plague, and revolt. And it is here that Jianna Belandor, once a pampered daughter of privilege, returns to face new challenges. The dead walk the streets. The docile amphibian slaves of humanity have taken up arms. Jianna’s home lies in ruins. Her only happiness resides in her growing attraction to Falaste Rione, a brilliant nomadic physician whose compassion and courage have led him to take dangerous risks. Second in the Veiled Isles trilogy.

Arctic Rising, by Tobias Buckell (Feb. 28, Tor)

Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it’s about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. Thousands of tiny mirrors floating in the air can create a giant sunshade, capable of redirecting heat and cooling the earth’s surface. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Timeless, by Gail Carriger (Feb. 28, Orbit)

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second-best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle. Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. Fifth in the Parasol Protectorate series.

The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own. Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire—until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames. With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn’t time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn’t master it, that power will tear him apart. U.S. release.

Singularity, by Ian Douglas(Feb. 28, Harper Voyager)

As humankind approaches the Singularity, when transcendence will be achieved through technology, contact will be made. In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system, the political powers on Earth seek a separate peace with an inscrutable alien life form that no one has ever seen. But Admiral Alexander Koenig, the hero of Alphekka, has gone rogue, launching his fabled battlegroup beyond the boundaries of Human Space against all orders. With Confederation warships in hot pursuit, Koenig is taking the war for humankind’s survival directly to a mysterious omnipotent enemy. Third in the Star Carrier series.

The Kingdoms of Dust, by Amanda Downum(Feb. 28, Orbit)

With her master dead and her oaths foresworn, necromancer and spy Isyllt Iskaldur finds herself in exile. Hounded by assassins, she seeks asylum in Assar, the empire she so recently worked to undermine. Warlords threaten the empire’s fragile peace, and the empress is beset by enemies within the court. Even worse, darkness stirs in the deep desert. Ancient spirits long held captive are waking—spirits that can destroy Assar faster than any army. Third in the Necromancer Chronicles.

Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice. Unable to end his suffering by his own hand, Egert embarks on an odyssey to undo the curse and the horrible damage he has caused, which can only be repaired by a painful journey down a long and harrowing path.

By a Thread, by Jennifer Estep (Feb. 28, Pocket)

When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation. Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis Mab Monroe a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco. So I’m leaving behind my beloved barbecue joint and heading south with my baby sister, Bria, to cool my heels in a swanky beach town. Call it a weekend of fun in the sun. But when a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic threatens an old friend of Bria’s, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. Sixth in the Elemental Assassin series.

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!

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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).

58 thoughts on “New Releases Feb. 18-28 and Reader’s Choice C0ntest

  1. Thank you for another great giveaway! 😀
    I would love a copy of Echoes of Betrayal by Elizabeth Moon.

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    Again, thank you!

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. I would love A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison…I love the series!

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    Suzykarma78 @ gmail . Com

  3. Easy choice this week. Have to go with By A Thread by Jennifer Estep.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
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  4. So many goodies coming out! My choice would have to be Echos of Betrayal by Elizabeth Moon. Such an excellent series by one of the great writers!
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  5. I’ve been meaning to start the Walker series by C.E. Murphy so I’d like to be entered for the first book in that series.

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  6. I’m so glad you “cheated” by adding some of next week’s releases to this week’s list… 🙂

    I’ve been looking forward to (& dreading) Gail Carriger’s final Alexia book, so I’d love to have Timeless if I win.

    rissatoo (ATgmail DOTcom)
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  7. thansk you a lot for this international giveaway i would like a perfect blood by kim harrison ( or the first book by laurie London)

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    thanks you a lot again ^^


  8. Oooo so many good books! The new Gail Carriger already? Yeah! And Jennifer Estep is always a good read for me.

    I am also looking forward to the new In Death book by JD Robb.

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  9. A lot of paranormal releases this week! I would like to reaA Perfect Blood, by Kim Harrison. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  10. I would like Echoes of Betrayal.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. I would like to win Tempted By Blood or By a Thread – so hard to choose!

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  12. I would love to win Tempted by Blood. I love this series. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  13. Thank you for the giveaway. I would like Wither by Lauren DeStefano.

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  14. A Perfect Blood!!!!! Woohoo! Thanks for the giveaway as always.

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  15. Great choices this week! Wow! So hard to choose… Guess I”ll go with a favorite author – Echoes of Betrayal, by Elizabeth Moon.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  16. I would love to win a copy of By a Thread by Jennifer Estep. It’s one of my favorite UF series.

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    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  17. I would love to read Faery Tales and Nightmare by Melissa Marr.

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    Thank you!

  18. Thanks for the giveaway as always.

    I am interested in Echoes ofBetrayal,by ElizabethMoon but as I have not read the series I would prefer the first book if that is at all possible.


    Carol T

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  19. There are a lot of interesting things this week. The Troupe could be a very interesting book (I rather liked Mr.Shivers by the same author).

    Plus I would like to add a little bit of information…unfortunately we’ll not be seeing Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch before June…it’s been postponed both in the UK and US.

    best regards!

  20. I’d love to get Raven Calls by CE Murphy!

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    tialessa [at] yahoo [dot] com

  21. Hmm, definitely a toss up between By A Thread and Timeless. I want both of them.

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    Jen (at)delux(at) com

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win Fever – I just finished Wither and can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.

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    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  23. I would love By a Thread, by Jennifer Estep, actually I would love to start this series so I would take the first book.

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    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  24. Wow, some good books to chose from. It’s a toss up right now between Fever, The Catastrophic History of You and Me and Tempted By Blood

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