13th October 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
The Masked Truth
Random House Doubleday (US & CA: 13th October 2015); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK & AU: 13th October 2015)
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A few months ago, Riley Vasquez was caught up in a horrific murder. Now everyone around her thinks she’s a hero. Riley isn’t so sure. Meanwhile British army brat Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal. The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues”. But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage. The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree. Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next. They’ll have to work together – but first they’ll have to trust each other with their deepest secrets.

Megan Crewe
A Sky Unbroken (Earth & Sky, Book 3)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 13th October 2015)
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The rebels have been disbanded, their plans ruined. Betrayed by those she trusted most, Skylar finds herself herded, along with a small group of Earthlings, into a living museum – a human zoo – on the Kemyates’ space station, subject to her captors’ every whim. Any move Skylar makes could result in the extinction of her people – but giving in means losing any hope of freedom. Meanwhile, Win returns home and evades punishment by pretending to be loyal to Kemya. But he can’t bear knowing that Skylar is imprisoned or watch his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. He must bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings freed – even if it means openly challenging his world’s rulers. Neither Skylar nor Win knows they are about to uncover an even deeper conspiracy – one that could push the future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.

Gail Giles
Girls Like Us
Random House Candlewick (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed. program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realise that they might have more in common than they thought – and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

Mira Grant
Symbiont (Parasitology, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (US: 13th October 2015)
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The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts, turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.

J. Kenner
Seduce Me (Stark Ever After, Novella)
Random House Bantam (US & CA: 13th October 2015); Hachette Headline Eternal (UK: 13th October 2015)
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I’ve never felt as close to anyone as I have with Damien Stark. I know every line of his body, every secret within his soul. There’s nothing I crave more than his touch, and with his kiss, he seals his claim. Las Vegas is the perfect place for us, where we can indulge every desire and fantasy. But when someone from my past resurfaces, I can’t ignore my instinct that I have to make things right. With Damien by my side, I feel safe no matter the danger. Our passion protects us, drives us, makes us whole. His pleasure is an exquisite game, and one that I’ll play forever.

Andrea Kleine
Perseus Soft Skull Press (US: 13th October 2015)
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The year was 1981. The US was entering a deep recession, Russia was our enemy, and John Hinckley, Jr.’s assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan shocked the nation. It was also the year author Andrea Kleine learned her close childhood friend had been violently murdered by her socialite mother, Leslie DeVeau. Both events took place in Washington, DC. Hinckley and Deveau were both sent to St. Elizabeth’s hospital, guilty by reason of insanity. It was there that they met, and later became lovers. These two real-life and ultimately converging events inspired Kleine’s novel, Calf. Made up of dual narratives and told over the course of one year, Kleine’s account follows a fictionalised John Hinckley Jr. as he stalks a young actress in the lead-up to the assassination attempt, and eleven-year-old Tammy, whose friend is murdered in her sleep.

Marie Lu
The Rose Society (The Young Elites, Book 2)
Penguin (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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Adelina Amouteru’s heart is set on revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. The leader of the Inquisition wants her dead, and her former friends at the Dagger Society want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Richelle Mead
The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, Book 6)
Penguin Razorbill (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian become enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Blythe Woolston
Random House Candlewick (US & CA: 13th October 2015)
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Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where “your smile is the AllMART welcome mat.” Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, leaving Zoë behind, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds. With a handful of other disaffected, forgotten kids, Zoë must find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption. She may be a last girl, but her name means “life”, and Zoë isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss. Zoë wants to live.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Carolyn Lee Adams: RUTHLESS (paperback): 12th July 2016: Buy (US)
Jenna Black: SEALED WITH A CURSE: 10th October 2015: Buy (US)
Kady Cross: THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (paperback): 26th July 2016: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: RISE: 21st June 2016: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: CLEARWATER: 1st November 2015: Buy (US)
Amanda Panitch: NEVER MISSING, NEVER FOUND: 28th June 2016: Buy (US)
Laura Ruby: BONE GAP (paperback): 28th June 2016: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: THE GLASS ARROW (paperback): 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
Alexandra Sirowy: THE CREEPING (paperback): 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
Alexandra Sirowy: THE TELLING: 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)

[COVER REVEAL] Spark – Holly Schindler

This post is part of the official cover reveal of Holly Schindler’s Spark.

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[GUEST BLOGGER] Christina Farley on Mythological Creatures in BRAZEN

This guest post by Christina Farley is part of the official blog tour for Brazen. At the end of this post, you’ll find a letter to earn extra points in the Kindle Fire or $50 Amazon gift card giveaway. Collect all the letters during the blog tour to spell out the secret message to earn more points.

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Life and Death: Stephenie Meyer’s Fan Fiction Based on Her Own Novel, Twilight

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After the commercial success of Fifty Shades of Grey and other pulled-to-publish fan fiction, Stephenie Meyer would be forgiven for never publishing anything again. What would be the point, when other authors would publish fan fiction based on her characters/world, but only change the names and other incriminating details? Indeed, Ms. Meyer has turned to producing films in recent years: Austenland made it to the big screen, and Fickle Fish Films has optioned film rights for Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall, Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink, and maybe more.

With the announcement of the tenth anniversary edition of Twilight came the promise of “bonus material”. I expected short stories starring side characters, or scenes with the point of view switched to Edward’s (like in Midnight Sun). But Nicole Sperling’s article for EW surprised with the news of Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, a 442-page retelling of Ms. Meyer’s debut…with the two lead characters’ genders swapped.

Will the story seem less predatory with human boy Beau and immortal woman Edythe? Reportedly, Beau doesn’t have “the chip Bella carries around on her shoulder all the time”, so it could be like another story altogether. Other than gender, how else will Beau differ from Bella, and Edythe from Edward? Hopefully Life and Death will inspire critiques and think-pieces discussing the changes between the two novels, and why gender-swapping may provide a new view on the basic story itself. Will the gender-swap alter the basic character archetypes in other ways?

Usually I’d suspect that something like this is just a shameless cash-grab, but I’m surprised at how much I’m looking forward to reading Life and Death. Okay, I’m really just anticipating the commentary by trusted fellow readers.

Of course, my cynical part now expects copycat-authors to follow suit with stories of…Christina Grey and Andre Steele, for example. But those P2P fan fiction writers have given me more respect for Stephenie Meyer, and the grace with which she lives. Most importantly, I hope Ms. Meyer hasn’t given up on writing new fiction, with new characters in new worlds. I may have found the Twilight Saga books to be 3 stars each, but I’m sincerely intrigued with the concept of Life and Death.

NOTE: At the moment, Life and Death is exclusive to Twilight: Tenth Anniversary Edition. No word yet on if it’ll be sold separately.

Breaking Dawn
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
New Moon

6th October 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Christopher Golden (ed.)
Seize the Night (Anthology)
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction.

S. A. Bodeen
The Detour
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends (US: 6th October 2015)
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Livvy Flynn is a big deal – she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself. When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socialising with the other industry people at the conference. And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.

Amy Ewing
The White Rose (The Lone City, Book 2)
HarperTeen (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude. But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised – a mysterious house in the Farm. But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

Emiko Jean
We’ll Never Be Apart
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 6th October 2015)
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Murder. Fire. Revenge. That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths. Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story?

Darynda Jones
Brighter than the Sun (Charley Davidson, Novella)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 6th October 2015)
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All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see…

R. C. Lewis
Stitching Snow
Disney-Hyperion (US: 6th October 2015)
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Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back – but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realises that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid.

R.C. Lewis
Spinning Starlight
Disney-Hyperion (US: 6th October 2015)
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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home – a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Mindy McGinnis
A Madness So Discreet
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

Veronica Roth
Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of her – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. BONUS CONTENT: Excerpts from Natalie Prior’s journal. Two deleted scenes with commentary from Veronica Roth. Favourite quotes, illustrated by fellow Initiates. Discussion questions. A four-colour fold-out poster. A brilliant metallic book jacket. A satin ribbon placeholder.

Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild (White Trash Zombie, Book 5)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 6th October 2015)
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Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear – that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she’s built, and she’s determined not to rest until she finds out who’s behind it. Soon she’s neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It’s up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she’s outed as a monster. But Angel hasn’t quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past – not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she’s absolutely sure she can handle the drug’s unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys…or maybe she’s only one bad choice away from being dead meat – for real this time. Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.

9 New Covers (Armstrong, Barnette, Kenner, Lam, Martin, Roth)

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