It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice Giveaway day! Here’s how Reader’s Choice works. Each week, let me know in the comments which of these sounds most promising to you, and you could win it—or any other book of your choice up to US$20 when I draw a winner at the end of each month! I will post the winner on the first Monday of each month. As is almost always true, this is open to international entries.
And now for the new releases… See what you think of these and let me know which one most floats your boat! The usual disclaimer: These are not all the new releases for this week, just the ones I thought might most interest readers of this blog. Nor is it an endorsement of any listed book since I haven’t yet read them.
The Ghost and the Bride (Haunting Danielle #14) by Bobbi Holmes
Family and friends gather at Marlow House for Ian and Lily’s wedding. When an unexpected guest shows up Danielle tries to figure out who he arrived with and why. Did I mention the unexpected guest is a ghost?
Vampire’s Soul (Vampire Queen #14) by Joey W. Hill
Loss left them only rage…Until they found each other…Cai doesn’t want to be with anyone. He doesn’t want a damn servant, he doesn’t want to be associated with damn vampires. Rand just wants to forget his human side, stay in his wolf form and find a satisfying and hopefully violent, bloody way to bring it all to an end. But when a young female vampire’s life is at stake, the Vampire Council drafts Cai to enter a dark world he never wanted to visit again. Rand is too honorable to let him go alone, and the only way that can work is if he’s Cai’s fully marked servant, bound to the vampire for all eternity. So fate decides these two lost souls need each other. Even if they have to tear each other apart to figure it out.
The Tree Wizard of Ialana (Ialana #4) by Katlynn Brooke
An island teeters on the brink of disappearing. A missing girl, and a lost pendant that contains a powerful secret. Who is the silver-eyed, Eldred boy Bean, and what magical powers does he possess that Greyfell, an Eldred wizard, must conceal at all costs? Irusan, the transcendental shape-shifter must find the girl, along with the answers to the enigma of Unala, the mysterious land to the north. He must discover how to unlock the puzzle of the Golden Tip, the ancient home of the Elluin—the Eldred gods. He must use the portal key before the island of Mu’A vanishes, and the demonic forces discover its secrets. He must do this without the use of his own special powers which he has lost in a diabolical betrayal. Will Irusan succeed, or are the citizens of Mu’A doomed?
Lay Me To Rest by E.A. Clark
Some secrets never stay buried for long…
Devastated by the death of her husband, Annie Philips is shocked to discover she is pregnant with his unborn child. Hoping for a fresh start, she travels to a remote stone cottage in Anglesey, amidst the white-capped mountains of North Wales….She settles in quickly, helped by her mysterious new neighbour, Peter. But everything changes when Annie discovers a small wooden box, inlaid with brass and mother-of-pearl. A box she was never supposed to find…Annie soon realises that she isn’t alone in the cottage. And now she’s trapped. Can she escape the nightmare that she has awoken, or will the dark forces surrounding the house claim her life – and that of her baby?
Belador Cosaint (Belador #9) by Dianna Love
New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love’s latest urban fantasy is a high-action roller coaster ride in the deadly preternatural world of the Beladors and their dragon king. Belador Maistir Vladimir Quinn and his team are hunting preternatural predators targeting innocent humans in Atlanta. A powerful entity behind the brutal attacks is determined to force their dragon king out into the open by threatening Belador families and exposing the preternatural world to humans. When Quinn’s daughter is kidnapped, he has no idea where to look. He could use the help of fiery Reese O’ Rinn and her remote viewing ability, but he has even less chance of locating Reese, who vanished into thin air the last time they met. When the VIPER coalition refuses to aid the Beladors, their dragon king invokes the ancient rule of cosaint to protect his people, but will that backfire on Quinn, the dragon and the Beladors?
Death Incarnate (Death #9) by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Deegan Hart’s very existence hangs in the balance. Her zombie from a world where Cyborg’s roam, is about to make a decision that could erase her from not just her home earth—but all earths. Does Mitchell interfere with fate and save the lives of his brother or sister? Or does destiny have different plans? …In the aftermath of a pivotal blink, a reordered future unfolds, and the original group of paranormals are needed to right a wrong.. But at what cost? Is a new government order intent on ripping Deegan away from her family for their own purposes—or worse—will Brad Thompson find a way to see his evil plans of an Atomic super race to fruition? With Deegan Hart as the catalyst. Finally, can the changes the paranormals make set events in motion which give earth hope for the first time in a generation.
Through Roads Between (Sanctuary #2) by Amy Laurens
Sanctuary is a place of safety—or so the fairies say… Edge is ready to return to a normal life, after beating back the shadows and defeating the Valley. Even Scott—bane of her existence—has been relatively well behaved since their encounter. But when Edge’s best friend, Gem, collapses in class, Edge realises the Valley’s evil shadows are back. Worse, this time they’re targeting Gem. …With Gem banned from Sanctuary by the fairies, the only person left to turn to is Scott, who knows firsthand what it’s like to be possessed by the Valley. But convincing him to help is going to be tough. …Time is against her. The fairies are unforgiving, and even if Edge succeeds, the cost may be her access to Sanctuary itself. But anything is worth it, if she can save her friend.
The Fire Queen (Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King
Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents….But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince….With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?
The Lazy Son (Hell’s Son #1) by Eve Langlais
The problem with being born with expectations is the failure to live up to any. Christopher might be the antichrist but taking over the world and leading the minions of darkness sounds like a lot of work. And while slacking is a sin his supposed dad Lucifer approves of, his lack of goals is a problem. Personally, Christopher would rather just work hard enough to make ends meet—and maybe buy a six-pack. But fate is conspiring against him. For some reason the dead won’t stay in the ground, apparently he’s not an only child, he has sisters and this hot chick he met in the cemetery refuses to sleep with him. It’s time for this lazy prince in waiting to rise to the occasion and embrace destiny—or at least make out with it.
Of Flame and Fate (Weird Girls #8) by Cecy Robson
Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her….Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality….When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children….Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.
A Man Called Wyatt (Fevered Hearts #8) by Heather Long
Meet Wyatt. The mysterious brother, the shadowed man, where he rides death follows. He’s always been the hunter…never the hunted. The past…The first war ground to a halt in the blink of an eye. Wyatt, the most feared and ruthless Fevered fell. His allies scattered to the wind in a single evening of destruction and retribution. Victory, had been within Adam’s grasp, but one Shaman interfered and crippled him. The present… Nearly five decades have passed since that bloody night, but the feud between brothers–long at an impasse–is about to explode. Though the Fevered have grown in numbers, the war itself is far more perilous because everyone has something to lose and the voice of reason will no longer hold death at bay. The future…The Fevered have continued to evolve and more powerful are awaking every day. When death rides, his brother will rush to meet him and only one woman will have the power to step into the breach–it is the end of an era and it could be the end of the Fevered.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
In this father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is provocative and absorbing.
Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh
Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite….Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…No one is safe.
Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26) by Lynsay Sands
One hundred and twenty-five years is a long time to nurse a crush. That’s how long it’s been since Beth Argenis first met Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald and he instantly became the star of her most X-rated dreams. Back then, he was rescuing her from a Rogue Immortal. Now Beth’s a Rogue Hunter—a damn good one. She doesn’t need saving anymore, despite what Scotty thinks. What she does need is the fierce, wild desire that finally erupts between them….Scotty has hesitated to claim Beth as his own. But one explosive kiss confirms what he’s long suspected: She’s his life mate. But Beth is tough, fearless, beautiful…and in immortal danger. Unless he wants to lose her forever, he’ll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny as well as confront an enemy who’s terrifyingly close.
Horizon (Bone Universe #3) by Fran Wilde
A City of living Bone towers crumbles to the ground and danger surrounds. Kirit Densira has lost everything she loved the most―her mother, her home, and the skies above. Nat Brokenwings―once Kirit’s brother long before the rebellion tore them apart―is still trying to save his family in the face of catastrophe. They will need to band together once more to ensure not just own survival, but that of their entire community.
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires?…So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard….In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it….Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.
The Hunt (Devil’s Isle #3) by Chloe Neill
When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil’s Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it. Now the weight of Liam’s own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she’ll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out…
Provenance by Ann Leckie
Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright….A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned….Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.
The Alpha’s Bite (Huntsville Pack #5) by Michelle Fox
For werewolf Adele Fleurgriffe, chasing a constant high and being trapped in a vampire blood slave ring was a lot easier than being normal. But she’s trying hard to change her life, to stop using drugs, to be a good guest of the Huntsville Pack and not think too much about the vampire who got under her skin in a way drugs never did. …Unfortunately,Adele’s life refuses to do normal no matter how hard she tries. Dead bodies start piling up and there’s an obvious connection to her past. Adele’s unfinished business has come to Huntsville and it will take everything she has to survive it. …Vampire Davian Sanglante tried to walk away from Adele once. He’s no good for her, he knows that, but she keeps showing up and telling him he’s wrong. If she knew his deepest, darkest secret, she would run screaming. The problem is every time he sees Adele, it gets harder and harder to push her away…no matter how much danger that puts her in….Full length shapeshifter, vampire paranormal romance novel. Standalone. No cliffhanger.
Deceived (Bitter Harvest #1) by Ann Gimpel
The sea may have been a harsh mistress, but Viktor longs for the challenges of wind and weather, for the sound of waves crashing over his hull. Turned by a Master Vampire, he hates what he’s become, but there’s no escape. Not from Ushuaia that’s turned into a city of bones, or from the Vampire who rules him. …Ketha and eleven other Shifters traveled to Ushuaia to harness the power of an eclipse and were trapped there when the world turned upside down. Ten years later, they’re staying one step ahead of Vampires who blame them for the cataclysm. …With her luck running low, Ketha turns her badly depleted magic on the Vampire assigned to lock her away and gets sucked in by her own spell. Maybe magic can’t save the world, but love might be able to salvage what’s left.
Saving Jace (Fada #4) by Rebecca Rivard
THE DARKTIME ISN’T OVER. …A black panther shifter with a scarred heart...Jace Jones, a Baltimore earth fada lieutenant, lost nearly his entire family in the clan war known as the Darktime. Scarred by the deaths, he pours his soul into rebuilding the clan. The only person who has a claim on his heart is his niece, until an attack by a night fae leaves him dying on a human’s doorstep. A gutsy waitress trying to hold onto her dreams…Tough, edgy Evie Morningstar is doing her best to raise a teenage brother on a waitress’s pay while taking classes toward a nursing degree. She has no time for men—until she finds the sexy shifter bleeding out in her backyard. After Evie saves Jace’s life, the two take the first steps toward a happily ever after—only to find both Evie and her brother have been drawn into the fada’s dangerous world….And the Darktime isn’t over… NOTE: Saving Jace is the start of the Darktime Trilogy featuring the Baltimore Earth Fada Clan.
Area of Influence (Immortal Ops #8) by Mandy M. Roth
Once a proud, fierce alpha male shifting operative with the Immortal Ops, Lance Toov finds himself under the thumb of an evil master vampire. Now a plaything, a god-like toy, he struggles with the tasks assigned to him. As his mind begins to break the vampire’s influence, a woman comes along who changes all the rules, and ups the stakes in the most interesting of ways.
Border Town (SLICE Agency #1) by Louisa Bacio
A thin line exists between reality and the paranormal, between one country and the next. Lucia grew up stuck between cultures on the border of Texas and Mexico and the wavy lines of reality. With the help of her two sisters, she runs the family ranch, or what’s left of it. A hurricane shifted the river, with land ending up on the other side of the Rio Grande. Mother Nature unleashed more than land wars. A prophecy foretells a supernatural beast slaughtering the livestock every seven years. When the carcasses of goats show up drained of blood, she reaches out for help….Shaw McDiamond doesn’t want to be stuck in a hick town that’s dry and humid, chasing after the legend of the chupacabra. As part of an elite force of paranormal agents that work the border, Shaw’s group, S.L.I.C.E., exposes aliens of another kind. This vampiric creature is like nothing he’s encountered before, and the woman he’s working with unnerves him even more. …Lucia and Shaw clash over legend and reality, prophecy and free will. As the killings escalate with the attack of a ranch hand, the storm returns, and the two become trapped in an ever-shifting world they can’t control. But to survive, they’ll have to do it together.
Fashionably Flawed (Hot Damned #9) by Robyn Peterman
You think your job is tedious? Try being the Harbinger of Evil for a day.
I dare you… What’s the Devil to do when his fire no longer burns away his sins and Fate is screwing with his… well, fate? Easy—lie, cheat, steal and dictate my questionably accurate autobiography slash romance novel to my unwilling and outstandingly rude Vampyre niece. Welcome to my Hell. A mysterious darkness is gunning for me and this time it might prevail, but I have little time to worry about that. Instead of seeking it out, I shall simply go about business as usual. If it’s fated, it will find me. …My list is long. Traveling to Earth to promote my bestselling romance novel at an alarming book convention where I must protect my privates from the rabid lady readers is enough to frighten even the Devil. Not to mention, I have to avoid my insane mother like the plague and catch the smart-mouthed, gorgeous soul seller on Earth—who may or may not be someone I’d like to keep. …So today is a day like any other. Punishments must be doled out and chaos must be encouraged. A vacation would be lovely, but there is no rest for the weary… or the evil. Luckily I know how to have an outstanding time doing outrageously bad things. Thank Hades, I’m a handsome bastard. …There is no fated happily ever after for the Prince of Darkness, no matter what ridiculous ending my niece slaps onto my autobiography. Or is there? …Fate is a bitch, but she usually gets it right.
Dark Swan (Otherworld Assassin #2.5) by Gena Showalter
Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both. She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall? Originally published in the Blood Red Kiss anthology.
Forsaken by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #2.5) by Larissa Ione
Desire collides with danger as a vampire and a shapeshifter cross paths in this searing MoonBound Clan story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling paranormal romance author Larissa Ione….After accidentally shifting into a wolf—and getting stuck—Tehya, herself a vampire, has spent the last twelve years as the pet of Lobo, another vampire who has the unique gift of communicating with wolves….When Lobo found Tehya starving and nearly frozen to death, he took her in and nursed her back to health, all the while completely unaware that she was really a fellow vampire. But there was always something special about her, and he finds out exactly how special after she’s injured and returned to her true form. Desire collides with danger as he soon finds that he must protect not only Tehya but also himself…Originally published in the Blood Red Kiss anthology.
Now, what do you want to win this week? Leave a comment, and remember—you’ll have another chance to enter with a new group of books next Monday. Enter weekly for extra entries, and the winner will be announced at the end of each month.