So, you thought Christmas was over and the publishers would give you a break on new releases till you paid your holiday bills? I have one word for you: HA!
On Mondays, I’ll review the week’s new releases in spec fiction (urban fantasy, YA paranormal, paranormal romance, sci-fi and traditional fantasy), so get ready to make your shopping lists. EXCEPT, as always, I’ll offer your choice of one of these new releases as a giveaway. Reader’s pick! Instructions at the end…If you’d like more info on the books before deciding, head over to my January Fiction Affliction columns at Tor.com (scroll down for the appropriate category). Yes, this giveaway is open internationally!
January 1 Releases
· Judi Fennell: I Dream of Genies (Sourcebooks). Genie romantic romp. PNR.
· Barbara Hambly: Blood Maidens (Severn). Vampires in 1911 Russia. UF.
· Michelle Hauf: Seducing the Vampire (HQN). Vamps in Marie Antoinette Paris. PNR.
· Janet Elizabeth Jones: Incubus (Nocturne). Vampire turns incubus (uh oh). PNR.
· Robin D. Owens: Enchanted No More (Luna). Half-fae must choose sides. PNR.
· Stephanie Rowe: Kiss At Your Own Risk (Sourcebooks). Cursed “Black Widow” takes on death. PNR.
· Cameron Stracher, The Water Wars (Sourcebooks). Teens try to escape apocalyptic future where water is currency. YA.
· Rachel Vincent: My Soul to Steal (Harlequin). Teen’s boyfriend has a dangerous ex—a living nightmare (literally). YA.
· Karen Whiddon: Lone Wolf (Nocturne). Werewolf and vampire try to save their daughter. PNR.
January 3 Releases
· Hillari Bell: Trickster’s Girl (HM). Humans vs magic in 2098 USA. YA.
· Trent Jamieson: Managing Death (Orbit). Death’s minion gets a promotion in time to avert the apocalypse. UF
· Carolyn Jewel: My Immortal Assassin (Forever). Mage and demon join forces to exact revenge, among other things. PNR.
· Nicole Peeler: Tempest’s Legacy (Orbit). Jane True must investigate gruesome attacks of females—supernatural, Halfling and human. UF
· Jesse Petersen, Flip This Zombie (Orbit). ZombieBusters: for all your zombie extermination needs. Harder than it sounds. UF
January 4 Releases
· Madelyn Alt: Home for a Spell (Berkley). Indiana’s newest witch caught in a murder mystery. UF.
· Greg Bear: Halo: Cryptum (Tor). Bornstellar is destined to be a builder, but has other things on his mind. SF.
· Carol Berg: The Soul Mirror (Roc). A scholarly recluse must investigate the land’s most dangerous sorcerer. F
· Jenna Black: Shadowspell (St Martin’s Griffin). Faeriewalker flees from the Erlking and his Wild Hunt. YA.
· Orson Scott Card: The Lost Gate (Tor). West Virginia youth caught in secrets of his magical family. YA-UF
· Bianca D’Arc: Cat’s Cradle (Samhain). Martial arts expert finds herself in a new supernatural world with sexy beast. PNR.
· Hailey Edwards: Everlong (Samhain). Heir to the throne gets caught up with winged warrior demon. Yum. PNR.
· Anna J. Evans: Demon Marked (Signet). Demon-marked woman teams with mob lawyer to escape predatory gang. PNR
· Ava Gray: Skin Heat (Berkley). Veterinarian and shapeshifter…well, you know. PNR
· Simon R. Green: A Hard Day’s Night (Ace). John Taylor finds himself the caretaker of Excalibur—trouble follows. UF.
· Jess Haines: Taken By the Others (Zebra). New York P.I. caught between two vampires, a great place to be. PNR
· Cynthia Hand: Unearthly (HarperTeen). Teen learns she’s part angel, but the hot boy is part devil. YA.
· Barb Hendee & JC Hendee: Of Truth and Beasts (Roc). A young journeyor embarks on a dangerous quest. F
· Lisa Hendrix: Immortal Champion (Berkley). Cursed Viking can only be saved by true love. PNR
· Emma Holly: Angel at Dawn (Berkley). Medieval soldier finds his long-lost love captured by vampire queen. PNR
· Faith Hunter: Mercy Blade (Roc). Shapeshifting vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock hunts insane vamps in New Orleans. UF.
· Syrie James: Nocturne (Vanguard). Woman caught in storm, saved by mysterious vampire. PNR
· Jean Johnson: Finding Destiny (Berkley). Four novellas from Sons of Destiny author. PNR
· Angela Knight: Master of Smoke (Berkley). Woman becomes a werewolf, meets a Sidhe warrior. Hotness ensues. PNR
· E.E. Knight: March in Country (Roc). Aliens versus vampires in the Kentucky hills. SF
· Lynn Kurland: Spellweaver (Berkley). In the Nine Kingdoms, man must accept his birthright of magic and overcome dear old dad. F
· Allie Mackay: Must Love Kilts (Signet). Daydreamer picks up magic stone, brings Highland warrior to life. I want one of those. PNR
· Mari Mancusi: Night School (Berkley). Twins learn their fae heritage, hide at vampire-slaying facility—bad news for their vampire boyfriends. YA.
· Annette McCleave: Surrender to Darkness (Signet). Soul gatherer visits Japan, tangles with fallen angel. PNR
· Sharon Lee & Steve Miller: The Agent Gambit (Baen). Omnibus of 1990s space adventure novels.
· Dia Reeves: Slice of Cherry (Simon Pulse). Sisters find danger in a new town. YA
· John Ringo: Citadel (Baen). Space opera aboard a ginormous battle station. SF.
· Diana Rowland: Secrets of the Demon (Daw). Demon summoner and detective has to team up with FBI and a Demon Lord. UF
· Samantha Summersby: The Temptation (Samhain). Tormented werewolf finds love with forensic psychologist. PNR
· Vicki Lewis Thompson: A Werewolf in Manhattan (Signet). Journalist doesn’t believe in werewolves. Heh. PNR
· Lynn Viehl: Frostfire (Signet). Genetically enhanced psychic falls prey to biotech company and Kyndred brethren. PNR
· Michelle West: House Name (Daw). An orphan grows up to become a key figure in demonic war. F
· Eileen Wilks: Blood Challenge (Berkley). Werewolf war breaks out in Tennessee. UF
· Elizabeth Woods: Choker (S&S). BFFs reunite…but one of them has changed. Really changed. YA
· Timothy Zahn: Cobra Guardian (Baen). Earthlings decide to take the alien fight to home turf. SF
January 5 Releases
* Mike Carey: The Naming of the Beasts (Little, Brown). London exorcist Felix Castor is forced to take on a demon riding his best friend’s soul. UF
* K.J. Parker: The Hammer (Orbit). A once-noble family is exiled; fights back in a brutal war. F
* Darren Shan: Hell’s Horizon (Grand Central). The Cardinal’s personal guard is caught in a mystery of The City’s Incan forefathers and a mythical assassin. UF
January 6 Releases
* Julia Karr: XVI (Speak). Sixteen-year-old girls are tattooed by the government, meaning they’re ready for sex. Set in a disturbing apocalyptic world. YA
January 8 Releases
· V. Briceland: The Nascenza Conspiracy (Flux). Sorceress’ young brother swaps identities with friend—who’s kidnapped in his place. YA
Whew! You know the drill: One entry each for comment (tell me which book you want if you win, and your email); one for blog follow; one for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson; one for Tweet or Retweet. Good luck!