New Releases Feb. 20-28-Win a Book of Your Choice!

First off, want to win some of MY books? I’ll be taking over The Romance of Reading Facebook group on Tuesday from about 9 a.m.-9 p.m. CST, with giveaways every couple of hours. You’ll have to join the group ahead of time in order to be there. Just CLICK HERE and request to join, then once you’re approved, head on over Tuesday morning. It’ll be fun!

It’s Monday, so it must be time for the 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$15 when I announce new winners on Monday! As is almost always true of my giveaways, this is open to international entries.

The winner of last week’s Reader’s Choice giveaway is ASHFA, who chose “Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel.  Let me know if you’d still like that book (or choose a different one up to USD$15) and your preferred format and address to: suzannej3523 at gmail dot com, or via the contact tab on this page. Congratulations!

And now for the new releases this week… spring releases are picking up, although this bunch seems heavy on New Adult. 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, 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.

Unchained (Shifter Night #3) by Charlene Hartnady
Long ago Gage failed at love. He recently failed the human female he’d been assigned to protect. Now, the Alphas have clearly lost their ever-loving minds because they’ve given him the same duty a second time. Well, he isn’t going to take the mission. He’ll bring the human to the village, as instructed, and then she’ll become someone else’s problem. Not his! No way!That is, until he catches sight of her, until he catches a snoutful of her tantalizing scent. Then he’s done for. It’s game over. …Unfortunately, there are forces at work that intend to keep them apart. An unknown enemy. A foe that is not only stronger but quicker as well, so much more deadly. An enemy that means them harm. It wants the human. Gage will have to risk everything to protect her. He may even have to put his own life on the line.

Queen of Gods (Vampire Crown #1) by Scarlett Dawn and Katherine Rhodes
Magic is life. Bound to S’Kir, the Unseen Gods wait to reunite with their brethren. Only an ancient prophecy keeps their hope alive. Blood is life. Locked away from S’Kir on earth, the Vampire Overlords and an Original Druid hold their crowns with brute power. The Law is all that keeps their savage nature hidden….Until one defiant vampire is awakened early from her Rest and summoned to the vampire stronghold. In her wake, all hell breaks loose…Magic always wins. But never without blood.

The Merchant’s Daughter (Twelve Kingdoms) by Fiona Warner
Dark times have befallen Dalartas, one of the twelve kingdoms of Espelona. …Garnet Havendell, the adopted daughter of a wealthy fabric merchant, witnesses the brutal politically-motivated death of her sister, the consort of the Crown Prince, Chevelle. ..Framed for Druscilla’s murder, she escapes the kingdom, aided by a scarred, world-weary mercenary whose origin is just as mysterious as hers. …The death of Consort Druscilla Havendell plunges Dalartas into war as Prince Chevelle is forced into exile and a pretender takes his place on the throne. …Only Garnet knows the truth of her sister’s death, but will she risk imprisonment and possibly execution to save her homeland from devastation?

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Crave (Nava Katz #4) by Deborah Wilde
Nava is happily settling into her new relationship and life is all giddy joy and stolen kisses. Except when it’s assassins. Talk about a mood killer. …She and Rohan are tracking the unlikely partnership between the Brotherhood and a witch who can bind demons, but every new piece of the puzzle is leaving them with more questions than answers. And someone doesn’t appreciate them getting close to the truth. Go figure. On top of that, a demon known only as Candyman has unleashed a drug that’s harming users in extremely disturbing ways. Nava vows to take this demon down. But will life as she knows it survive this mission, or will this be the one time she should have looked before she leapt? Happily-ever-after? Barring death, she’s got a real shot at it.

Fire and Bone (Otherborn #1) by Rachel A. Marks
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party-one that turns out to be a trap….Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted-especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld….As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing’s for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

The Temple (Guardians of Destiny #4) by Jean Johnson
The Guardian of the Fountain of Mendhi is dying, and her successor must step up to the task. Disciplinarian Pelai is ready to accept the burden of managing the powerful magics, but the timing is inconvenient. She has one last Disciplining to perform: assigning the punishment of the three Puhon brothers–men whose lives are entwined with a prophecy of a cataclysmic demonic invasion….Six months of travel have given Puhon Krais time to reflect on, regret, and repent his many mistakes. But the worst lies just ahead: defying the leadership of Mendhi means suffering harsh punishments at the hands of the Disciplinarians once he comes home. Commanded by his Goddess, the proud Painted Warrior must find the strength to submit to his destiny…or find himself, and his whole world, on the wrong side of history….For in the end, one brother is destined to save humanity, one will betray humanity, and one will walk away from his humanity.

Hers to Bewitch (Forbidden Magic #1) by Heather Long
Cassandra Belle is about to break the story of the century, but one well-placed bomb devastates her plans. She’s on the run, in a fight for her life and her heart. Caught between wild allure and primal need, Cassie struggles to reclaim her life even as she’s torn by the desire to submit to the two handsome strangers invading her life. Enemies on a mission….The sexy Fae lord Helcyon wants to protect her, but his pleasure leaves her quaking at the loss of control. The dangerous Wizard, Jacob wants to save her, but his war with the Fae frightens her, even as he captivates her with passion. …With her enemies closing in, Jacob and Helcyon must challenge everything they’ve ever known to work together or risk losing her.

Still by Camilla Monk
Twenty-year old Emma just landed in Rome, to find the father who walked out of her life more than a decade ago and was too busy eating pizza to call. Traveling with her is a secret she’s carried alone since childhood: sometimes, around her, time stops. People and cars freeze, rain hangs still in the air and there’s only her left in the silence….To make things worse, instead of her dad, Em runs into a past she’d rather forget in the person of Lily, her step-sis. Kind, beautiful, Harvard honors student Lily: the perfect daughter Em never was. As the two of them reconnect, Em starts to pick up some creepy vibes from Katharos, the mysterious archaeological foundation Lily works for-and more specifically the ancient stone table they’re digging up near the coliseum…Faust, the blind hobo Em keeps running into, might be the key to piercing Katharos’s secrets. Actually, he might even have something to do with that pesky time-freezing thing. With Lily’s life on the line and no one else to turn to, Em chooses to trust this unlikely ally, but behind his charming smile and lunar antics, the guy comes with some serious fine print…

Scarred (Collectors #2) by S.M. Yair-Levy
Dylan Prescott has escaped her kidnapper’s clutches and survived another shattering loss. Now in the heart of the demon worlds, she’s forced to accept the destiny her parents tried to save her from as Temperance Elementa, the most powerful demon in her realm and daughter of the most despised family in history… Meanwhile, an unthinkable army is being created by the very demon she fears to take over the Omnipotence. To defeat them Dylan must gather the courage to battle the evil that has scarred her soul, while deciding where her true loyalties lie… and to whom her heart belongs.

Witch Creek (Wildlands #4) by Laura Bickle
As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has battled supernatural horrors and experienced astonishing wonders. But there’s no magic on earth that can defeat her recent cancer diagnosis, or help find her missing husband, Gabriel. Still, she would bet all her remaining days that the answer to his disappearance lies in the dark subterranean world beneath the Rutherford Ranch on the outskirts of Temperance, Wyoming….Gabe is being held prisoner by the sheriff and heir to the ranch, Owen Rutherford. Owen is determined to harness the power of the Tree of Life-and he needs Gabe to reveal its magic. Secretly, the sheriff has also made a pact to free a creature of the underground, a flesh-devouring mermaid. Muirenn has vowed to exact vengeance on Gabe, who helped imprison her, but first . . . she’s hungry. Once freed, she will swim into Yellowstone-to feed….With her coyote sidekick Sig, Petra must descend into the underworld to rescue Gabe before it’s too late . . . for both of them.

Fire in the Ocean (Gods of the New World #2) by K.D. Keenan
After saving the world once, Sierra’s earned a vacation. She’s thinking Hawaii. Sun, surf, sand, and a little bit of work (hey, it’s still Sierra we’re talking about) are all she wants. So when an emergency calls her boyfriend away, she’s not devastated. Instead, she can live with taking Chaco, Coyotl the Trickster, who can be a great companion when he’s not scheming. But when Chaco starts to look a little more than nauseous on the plane, their trip takes an ominous turn….Chaco’s not just sick, he’s mortal. …With a moody Chaco and the loveable but chaotic Fred, a mannegishi that can disappear at will, stowing away for the journey, Sierra’s trying to make the best of a messy situation. The sun, surf, and sand are still there, and Hawaii is more breathtaking than she ever imagined. Literally. …On a whale-watching excursion, Sierra, Chaco, and Fred are swept overboard by an undersea force more powerful than they ever imagined. There are dark forces at work. With Chaco no longer connected to his land, Sierra will have to think fast for them to possibly survive.

Wraith by Helen Harper
Saiya Buchanan is a wraith, able to detach her shadow from her body and send it off to do her bidding. But, unlike most of her kin, Saiya doesn’t deal in death. Instead, she trades secrets – and in the goblin besieged city of Stirling in Scotland, they’re a highly prized commodity. It might just be, however, that the goblins have been hiding the greatest secret of them all. When Gabriel de Florinville, a Dark Elf, is sent as royal envoy into Stirling and takes her prisoner, Saiya is not only going to uncover the sinister truth. She’s also going to realise that sometimes the deepest secrets are the ones locked within your own heart.

Blood Hunt (Latter-Day Olympians #5) by Lucienne Diver
Tori Karacis is back in L.A., relieved to once again match her passport photo thanks to a tattoo that controls her gargoyle-esque wings. Her newest case doesn’t involve gods or an impending apocalypse. It does, however, involve murder….Jessica Roland’s suspicions began when her brothers returned from Egypt eerily different. The terror kicked in with the ritualistic murder of her parents. Her “real” brothers would never have done such a thing, yet their guilt seems indisputable. What could it be? Curse of the Pharaohs? Some kind of brain-eating bacteria?…At the scene of a second attack, there’s evidence it’s the work of Set, the god of chaos, who should have been locked away a long time ago. And “hello,” there’s a new arrival. Neith, a warrior goddess who’s got the hots for Tori’s ex, Nick Armani….Tori should be cool with that. After all, she’s involved with Apollo-“that” Apollo. Still, it’s a bit much for Neith to ask for seduction advice! Meanwhile, Set is gaining strength, chaos is leaking all over the place, and L.A. is a powder keg set to blow.

Hawkyn (Demonica Underworld #11.5) by Larissa Ione
As a special class of earthbound guardian angel called Memitim, Hawkyn is charged with protecting those whose lives are woven into the fabric of the future. His success is legendary, so when he’s given a serial killer to watch over, he sees no reason for that to change. But Hawkyn’s own future is jeopardized after he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful woman from the killer’s clutches, setting off an explosive, demonic game of cat and mouse that pits brother against brother and that won’t end until someone dies….Aurora Mercer is the half-wytch lone survivor of a psychopath who gets off on the sadistic torture of his victims. A psychopath whose obsessive psyche won’t let him move on until he kills her. Now she’s marked for death, her fate tied to that of a murderer…and to a sexy angel who makes her blood burn with desire…A standalone story in the Demonica Underworld world.

The Lost Dragon: Bad Alpha Dads by Debbie Herbert
When a dragon shifter’s daughter goes missing, he must seek help from the last woman on earth he wants to see again, the witch who spurned him years ago. …Drake Evers, a widower who lives in a remote mountain mansion, is content with life. He spends all his time on various business ventures, acquiring a massive fortune. But once he unexpectedly gains custody of twin sixteen-year-old daughters, his well-ordered world crumbles. When one of the twins goes missing, he’ll risk anything to find her-even if it means turning to the witch who spurned him years ago. …A second chance at love romance filled with magic and suspense.

Ghostly Interlude (Ghostly Encounters #2) by Stacy McKitrick
Maggie Russell-legal assistant by day, horror writer by night-gets the scare of her life when she wakes up in a strange café without any idea of how she got there. But if she tells anyone about her sleepwalking escapades, she could lose her grandmother’s house, and she’d fought so hard to keep it….Dean Parker is a private investigator whose office is next door to Maggie’s law firm. He’s been eyeing the pretty brunette ever since she started working there, but getting involved with anyone isn’t in his game plan. When he finds out she’s been having sleeping problems, he suspects her money-grubbing cousin is involved. Instead, he discovers something worse: a ghost is living with Maggie and it appears another may be possessing her. …Dean is determined to help Maggie rid her home of the uninvited guests. He just never figured his attraction to her would be reciprocated. Keeping his distance is no longer an option, though. If he fails, Maggie could very well be possessed forever.

It Takes a Coven (Witch City Mystery #6) by Carol J. Perry
When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree-one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community . . .With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, Lee’s best friend, River, fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the city. Now, aided by Poe and her clairvoyant cat, Lee sets out to investigate. Are lives being claimed by vengeful supernatural forces-or by something more shocking? She soon discovers, casting light on the wicked truth can be one killer commitment .

February in Atlantis (Poseidon’s Warriors #2) by Alyssa Day
When Poseidon’s elite warriors gear up to train a new generation of fighters, they have no idea that Atlantean Queen Riley has secretly taken on a new role: Matchmaker. By the end of the year, she plans to find soul mates for all twelve of Atlantis’s fiercest warriors . . . . . . whether they like it or not. Twelve all-new adventures in the hotly anticipated world of Poseidon’s Warriors, coming once a month from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day. These books are sexy, romantic, and wickedly addictive -welcome to 2018! And welcome to: A Year in Atlantis

A Curse of Flames (Fae Academy #2) by Sophia Shade
Imogen is Dark Blessed… and bad things happen to those who are Dark Blessed…When Imogen returns to her second year at Callador, she immediately senses the looming, threatening darkness embracing her school. A vision from last year promised yet another death, but the killing won’t stop there. …If Imogen can’t figure out who the killer is, the murders may never stop. And her friends might be next. Her only hope for saving them lies in her curse of being Dark Blessed, but revealing her true nature could destroy her life forever. …But what’s a girl to do when her number one suspect is the guy she doesn’t even realize she’s falling for?

Rurik (Brothers of Ash and Fire #3) by Lauren Smith
The fiercest of a royal line of Russian dragon shifters, Rurik Barinov spends most days defending his family’s homeland from rival clans. By night, sins of the flesh – drinking, dancing, and sex – keep his volatile warrior dragon in check. Barely. …With his choice of mortal women to bed, he has no interest in changing his bad-boy ways – until a creature of molten sex poured into a tiny red satin dress steps into his nightclub. A jagged edge of raw desire nicks the impenetrable armor around his heart. …Charlotte MacQueen has been told since childhood to stay in school, live a normal life. Leave the family business – hunting down dragons – to her brothers. But tonight, she’s shed her chemist’s lab coat and infiltrated enemy lines to bag a dragon of her own. …She never expected sexy, all-too-wicked Rurik Barinov to capture her, body and soul – the perfect weapon to use against her brothers. Or that she’d fall for the brave, battle-scarred dragon shifter who covets her heart like the most precious of jewels.

Winter Igniting (Scorpius Syndrome #5) by Rebecca Zanetti
His only goal was survival until he met her…With nothing to lose, former cop Damon Winter agrees to an undercover op, infiltrating a cult in the dangerous post-Scorpius world. After one look at his new partner, he knows she belongs far away from not only the cult, but from him. She’s sweet and kind and has no business being in peril, but she’s determined to help. Suddenly, the part he’s playing as her man explodes into a passion neither of them had expected….She hadn’t purposefully faced risk until she met him…April Snyder has survived loss, pain, and uncertainty. Now she’s ready to live again. There’s nothing left but to make a difference for others, so why not go undercover in the cult? Now all she has to do is keep it professional and ignore her handsome, deadly, overbearing partner, who’s too sexy for her peace of mind. Intrigue, risk, and danger make for an irresistible temptation–until enemies close in, threatening everyone they’ve sworn to protect.

What do you want to win this week? Leave a comment with the title, and the winner will be announced next Monday—plus a new chance to win.

Frenchmen Street: Let the Playlist Begin

Happy Sunday!

I’ve been on an Imagine Dragons kick lately, so it’s only appropriate that the first song on my official FRENCHMEN STREET playlist is for DJ: Imagine Dragons’ “Whatever It Takes.” It kind of blew my mind when I looked at the video for the first time; the band might as well be in the middle of a fight between the princes of Faerie, Florian and Christof…with DJ caught in deep water and making fire. This is her attitude, too. Our girl has grown up and is ready to kick ass. 🙂

Enjoy!