New Releases Feb. 6-13 and Reader’s Choice Contest

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! We have a pretty good-sized list this week, although not as long as I’d first thought—I think last week’s was tougher.
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.

Readers of all ages have loved Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom series since the first book, A Princess of Mars, was published in 1912. Now, in time for the 100th anniversary of that seminal work, comes an anthology of original stories featuring John Carter of Mars in brand-new adventures. Collected by veteran anthology editor John Joseph Adams, this anthology features stories from Peter S. Beagle, Jonathan Maberry, Catherynne M. Valente, Tobias S. Buckell, Joe R. Lansdale, Robin Wasserman, Austin Grossman, and Garth Nix, plus original illustrations. Science fiction

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings. When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time before Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, turns into a blood-soaked ruin.Fantasy

A Fitting End, by Melissa Bourbon(Feb. 7, Signet)

Business is booming at Harlow Jane Cassidy’s custom dressmaking boutique—even with her great-grandmother’s ghost hanging around the shop. But when a local golf pro is found stabbed with dressmaking shears, the new town deputy suspects Harlow. Now she has to clear her name before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit. Second in the Magical Dressmaking mystery series. Paranormal mystery

Unbroken, by Rachel Caine (Feb. 7, Roc)

As the world begins to fall apart around her, Cassiel finds herself fighting those she once called her own—the Djinn. With Weather Warden Luis Rocha and the rescued child Ibby by her side, Cassiel struggles to find a way to protect those that are in her charge and come to terms with the leadership role she never asked for. Cassiel is opposed by a powerful Djinn bent on raising an army of kidnapped Warden children to bring about nothing less than the end of the world. It will take everything Cassiel has to stop the Djinn from starting a war that will wipe all of humanity from the face of the earth.. Fourth in the Outcast Season series. Urban fantasy

Guardian of Night, by Tony Daniel (Feb. 7, Baen)

For alien Commander Arid Ricimer there was no going home. His species was winning the war with Earth, but the civilization he had fought for was gone, destroyed from within by ideologues and bureaucrats. So he does the only thing that makes sense to a person of integrity—he attempts to defect to Earth with his officers and an entire spaceship, a vessel that mounts a superweapon of almost unimaginable power. Hot on his heels is his former fleet, a force that has already devastated Earth once, and is poised to wipe humanity from existence forever, ready to do almost anything to deny Earth a chance. All depends on the courage of an honorable alien warrior and the intelligence and daring of his human allies. Science fiction

As the various factions fight for control of the Adamatine Palace, mankind’s nemesis approaches. The realms dragons are awakening from their alchemical sedation and returning to their native fury. They can remember why they were created and they now know what mankind has done to them. And their revenge will be brutal. As hundreds of dragons threaten a fiery apocalypse only the Adamantine Guard stand between humanity and extinction. Can Prince Jehal fight off the people who want him dead and unite their armies in one final battle for survival? Third and final in The Memory of Flames series. First U.S. release. Fantasy

Shaded Vision, by Yasmine Galenorn (Feb. 7, Jove)
It’s Valentine’s Day and the D’Artigo women are preparing for their friend Iris’s wedding. But when Delilah and her sisters get word that the Super Community Center has been bombed, things get really ugly, The evil coyote shifters–the Koyami–are back, and Newkirk, their new leader, has joined forces with a group of rogue sorcerers. Then, just when they think things can’t get worse, the demon lord Shadow Wing sends in a new front man, and life really goes to hell…Thanks to Aurian for pointing out I missed this one! Urban fantasy

From a Western circus where monsters and heroes collide, to a Civil War robot that clanks into battle, to a mining family that encounters parallel universes, Westward Weird features thirteen original stories that open the Old West to new frontiers of science fiction and fantasy. Stories by Kerrie Hughes, Jay Lake, Larry D. Sweazy, Anton Strout, Seanan McGuire, Brenda Cooper, Christopher McKitterick, Steven Saus, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jennifer Brozek, J. Steven York,  Jeff Mariotte, and Jody Lynn Nye. Weird West/Steampunk

Vengeance Born, by Kylie Griffin(Feb. 7, Berkley)

There is no mercy in the demon realm. Until an unlikely champion is born—Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na’Reish King, longs for more than her tormented life among her fathe’s people. With the Na’Reish vastly outnumbering them, Kalan, a Light Blade warrior, knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father’s dungeon, her dream of escape seems within reach. She must learn to trust him as they face not only the perilous journey to the border but enemies within the Council—and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into civil war. Urban fantasy

Almost Everything, by Tate Hallaway (Feb. 7, NAL)

Whoever said vacations were relaxing? To say half-vampire, half-witch Ana Parker has boy trouble is putting it lightly. Her rocker ex-boyfriend Nikolai is trying to heat things up again, and high school hockey star Mathew wants her to try out with him for the Renaissance Festival. At least her sort-of boyfriend Elias isn’t hounding her cell—considering the vampire knight is currently living in her basement. But when the Prince of the Southern Region vampires informs Ana that they’re on the brink of war and she accidentally offers up Elias as a peace offering, the princess knows that she’s going to need some help to get out of the situation. YA

City of Dragons, by Robin Hobb (Feb. 7, Harper Voyager)

Continuing the journey she began in Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven, Hobb rejoins a small group of weak, half-formed and unwanted dragons and their displaced human companions as they search for a legendary sanctuary. Now, as the misfit band approaches its final destination, dragons and keepers alike face a challenge so insurmountable that it threatens to render their long, difficult odyssey utterly meaningless. Book three in the Rain Wild Chronicles. Fantasy

Apocalypse to Go, by Katharine Kerr (Feb. 7, DAW)

Nola O’Grady has enough trouble when a were-leopard accuses her of receiving stolen property. But when her younger brother Michael goes searching for their missing father, he lands himself and his brother, Sean, in a world of hurt—literally—in a deviant world version of San Francisco. Can Nola and her partner in the Apocalypse Squad, Israeli Interpol agent Ari Nathan, find her brothers in time to save them from death by radiation poisoning? The search will lead them through a city of secrets, but the worst secret of all lurks at the heart of the only thing Nola loves more than Ari: her family. Urban fantasy

World Divided, by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere (Feb. 7, Baen)

After an apocalyptic battle, the meta-humans have turned back an invasion of super-science powered Nazi war machines–and at least driven whoever is in control of them to pause and regroup. Now meta-hero organizations Echo and sometime Russian ally CCCP must go on offense and battle back. Task one: to hunt down the puppetmasters behind the Nazi robot invasion and try to cut off the multi-universe plague they have unleashed. To do so, the heroes of Echo face the guardians of a trove of Nazi armor. Meanwhile, a sadistic supervillain arises who is determined to defeat both heroes and Thulians alike–a villain who just may have the wealth and cunning to pull it off. Science fiction

Siren’s Desire, by Devyn Quinn (Feb. 7, Signet)
(Sorry, Blogger refused to upload this cover image for some reason!) The Lonike sisters have returned to Port Rock, Maine, in hiding from the dangerous Mer queens. But on the hunt for the queen, Addison can’t resist joining the naval task force, especially when its captain is hunky and as ready for adventure as she is. As thing heat up at sea, an encounter with a new race of male sea-shifters and their handsome leader has her questioning the longings of her heart. Third in the Dark Tides series. Paranormal romance
Alpha Instinct, by Katie Reus (Feb. 7, Signet)

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate. But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. First in a new series. Paranormal romance

Born Wicked, by Jessica Spotswood(Feb. 7, Putnam Juvenile)

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word, especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. YA

Inked Magic, by Jory Strong (Feb. 7, Berkley)

With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, magic and gift have put her on the path of two compelling men. Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín’s help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn’t—until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly—and only by paying magic’s price will there be any future. Paranormal romance

Blood and Bullets, by James R. Tuck(Feb. 7, Kensington)

He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities help him take out any kind of supernatural threat. But now an immortal evil has this bad-ass bounty hunter dead in its sights. Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl “hires” him to eliminate a fellow slayer, Deacon goes to warn him—and barely escapes a vampire ambush. Now he’s got a way-inexperienced newbie hunter to protect and everything from bloodsuckers to cursed immortals on his trail. First in a new series.  Urban fantasy

Eternal Captive, by Laura Wright(Feb. 7, Signet)

Since feeding her his blood, Lucian Roman has struggled with his obsession with Bronwyn Kettler—fighting an uncontrollable desire to kill her, if he has to, and the vampire she has sworn to wed. But when a dangerous enemy threatens Bronwyn, only Lucian can save her life. Even if it means sacrificing his own. Third in the Mark of the Vampire series. Paranormal romance

Pure, by Julianna Baggott (Feb. 8, Grand Central)

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her. When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again. YA

The Wood Queen, by Karen Mahoney (Feb. 8, Flux)

Donna Underwood is in deep trouble. An ancient alchemical order is holding her accountable for destroying the last precious drops of the elixar of life. Never mind the fact that Donna was acting to free her friend, Navin, from the dangerous clutches of the Wood Queen at the time. But what the alchemists have in store is nothing compared to the wrath of the fey. The Wood Queen has been tricked and Donna must pay. Get ready for all hell—literally—to break loose. Second in the Iron Witch series. YA

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!

73 thoughts on “New Releases Feb. 6-13 and Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. As usual, SO many good books coming out! But the one I need is UNBROKEN!
    I do have to give a big recommend to Blood and Bullets. Loved it!

    rissatoo (ATgmail DOTcom)
    +4: comment, follower, follower, retweeter…

  2. I would love to win Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower (Throuthehaze)
    +1 twitter follower @raelena85

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  3. City of Dragons for sure. Robin Hobb has created an interesting new series from her earlier books with this one.

    +GFC Teril
    +twit @TeriCrusley

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  4. I have been wanting to read Wood Queen. I enjoyed the first book.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  5. I already ordered Blood & Bullets so will go for something I don’t know anything about yet except for the blurb you posted here:
    Vengeance Born, by Kylie Griffin

    +3 (comment, follower, twitter follower)

  6. OOH how to choose? There are some really great books on here (as usual) but I think I’d love to read Born Wicked the most
    comment, follower, tweet, twitter follower
    Thanks again Suzanne!!!

  7. I would like either alpha instinct or vengeance born

    thanks you a lot

    +1gfc: miki


  8. I’d like Inked Magic , it’s a little different to my usual reads and looks interesting.
    +1 comment
    +1 gfc – irgl7
    +1 twitter – poodle666


  9. So many great books, but you forgot the one I am waiting very impatiently for! Yasmine Galenorn – Shaded Vision. Such a great series!

    If I win, I’d like the first book by Melissa Bourbon please.
    +1 comment
    +1 gfc
    +1 twitter follower xAurianx

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks for the offer Suzanne, but I always pre-order her books as soon as possible :). I just hope some other people get curious about it, and try her books out 🙂 You have to support your favorite authors, so they can continue to write the books we love 🙂

  11. I’d pick Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed

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    +1 blog follow

    combarro at gmail dot com

  12. Quite a few to choose from still! I’m fancying a bit of fantasy still so would have to go for Vengeance Born – I love the cover as well! 🙂

    +1 Comment
    +1 GFC Name – Mel S


  13. I always wait a while after being fortunate enough to win a giveaway before even TRYING to do so again, and I’m not entirely sure I feel I’ve waited long enough after being so lucky in December, but I HAVE to at least enter this one because Robin Hobb is probably my all time favorite author. And so her new one is obviously my pick.

    I highly recommend that EVERYONE read her book Assassin’s Apprentice, even if you don’t read fantasy, even if the premise doesn’t sound interesting to you. If you don’t like the book, you simply don’t have a heart or a soul. So read it EVERYONE!

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower Spaz
    +1 Twitter follower SpazinOL
    +1 Tweet:!/SPAZinOL/status/166644149649555456

    And as always, thank you for all the amazing giveaways!

  14. Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus would be my choice. I love paranormal romance.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway Suzanne!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

    +1 comment
    +1 Twitter follower @GeishasMom73

  15. Born Wicked, by Jessica Spotswood my pick.

    +1-blog follower
    +1-twitter follower (@becunique)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  16. I would love to play for Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood please.

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  17. I’d love to win a copy of The Wood Queen. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    +1 twitter follower (@sara_UFblog)

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  18. My choice is Vengeance Born. The cover is so pretty and the story sounds great. I like trying new authors.

    +1 comment
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    +1 Twitter followe (Fieryna)


  19. I would love to read Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. Thank you for this chance! 😀

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower Giada M.
    +1 Twitter follower (@hatshepsut0011)

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I’d like to read Pure by Julianna Baggott please!

    +1 comment (
    +1 Follower on Twitter (@NikkiEgeton)
    +1 Retweet

    Thank you!

  21. I’d love to win Born Wicked, by Jessica Spotswood!

    +1 comment
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    +1 twitter follow
    +1 retweet


  22. Thanks for the giveaway.

    My choice would be City of Dragons, by Robin Hobb.

    Have not read any of the series but I like her writing so if I win would prefer the first volume.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    +1 for comment
    +1 I am an old Follower via GFC as buddyt

  23. I would Loooove Alpha Instinct, thanks for the chance

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    +1 tweeted-!/joleneallcock/status/168052959878455296


  24. Hmmm… I think I would like to try Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus if I win. 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower (@lyssad87)
    +1 retweet