New Releases Dec. 21—Dec. 27 and Readers Choice C*ntest

As you might expect, this week is slow on new releases. Even so, there just might be a book or two on the list this week which will captivate your interest, because I know we’ve got some Jennifer Estep fans out there! And since this week’s list is so short, let’s make it a “winner’s choice” contest–you can pick ANY new book from your wish list.
What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too. 
Nostrum(The Scourge Book 2), by Roberto Calas, (December 24, 47North)
The journey north ended with The Scourge. The journey for a cure has just begun. Sir Edward Dallingridge survived his journey through the anarchy that is now England, leaving in his wake the bodies of mad lords, foul invaders, friends, and the risen dead. There was nothing on earth that could keep him from the woman he loves. Nothing but the horror that has already consumed her. How does one drive away a plague sent from hell? His only hope lies in the rumors of a cure, a treatment concocted by a strange man on an island fortress. Edward will do everything in his power to find this alchemist and to bring Elizabeth back from the walking terror she has become.(releases as ebook June 2013) 
Strykers, by K.M. Ruiz, (December 24, St. Martin’s Griffin)
250 years after nuclear war, the dregs of humanity fight to survive on a ruined Earth while the rich and powerful plan to secretly ascend to another planet. But the enslaved soldiers of the elite rulers are a deadly new kind of human who are desperate for freedom and plan on fighting back against their masters. Threnody Corwin, a psion, is a soldier for the human government. Threnody and her team of Strykers are recruited by an unknown enemy: Lucas Serca, one of the most powerful psions alive, who is masquerading as human. When a new kind of psion power is discovered that could reshape the wasted planet, the renegades must race to save society before it destroys itself, but the cost is high and in the end, there is no such thing as compromise. 
The Spider (Elemental Assassin #10), by Jennifer Estep, (December 24, Pocket Books)
Ten years ago. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I’ve honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time. This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control, right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There’s a reason assassins aren’t supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I’m the one wielding it. 
Vengeance(The Niteclif Evolutions #3), by Denise Tompkins, (December 24, Samhain)
Maddy Niteclif’s world has changed so radically she’s no longer sure she recognizes the face staring back at her in the mirror. It’s the invisible wounds, the ones that disfigure the soul, that pose the most danger. Hell’s higher thinkers have organized. They’re seeping into the paranormal world, bypassing easy targets as they run larger prey to ground. Maddy is caught in a mad scramble to identify the next target before the demons find the individual. But when the demons’ mark is someone from under her roof, she finds just how far she’ll go to protect those who belong to her. To save his life means she’ll have to sacrifice the only other man she’s ever loved. There’s only one guaranteed way to ensure both men survive, but it will require the ultimate sacrifice. Herself.  (ebook only) 
Control(Control #1), by Lydia Kang, (December 26, Dial)
When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before, teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA. A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150, in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms, this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. 
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!

32 thoughts on “New Releases Dec. 21—Dec. 27 and Readers Choice C*ntest

  1. perhaps on of the elemental assin book i’m missing or….. Crown of midnight by sarah j maas ( really not sure which book from my wishlist after all christmas willperhaps grant some if i win i will decide then 😉 )

  2. Well it’s a different genre than usual but I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. My wife would like it too so it’s a two-fer really. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy holidays to all!!

  3. It’s a relief to have less releases for a bit. So many new books coming out next year!

    I think I’d pick These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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  4. I would love to win a copy of Spider by Jennifer Estep. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  5. I’ve got lots and lots of books on my wish list, but The Spider is at the top. I just finished the previous book, Heart of Venom, a week ago.

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  6. One of these books:
    – Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    – Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
    – Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you 🙂

  7. The Jennifer Estep book please. And I wish you a very Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) and all the best for 2014! Good friends, lots of fun, good health and amazing books to write and to discover.

  8. i will choose : Control (Control #1), by Lydia Kang
    thx u so much 🙂

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