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1st November 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Cyn Balog
Unnatural Deeds
Sourcebooks Fire (US: 1st November 2016)
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Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can’t get enough of that rush. Despite Vic’s loyalty to Andrew, she finds her life slowly entwining with Z’s. Soon she’s lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel Z’s secrets. Except Z’s not the only one with a past. Victoria’s hiding her own secrets, secrets that will come back to haunt her…and destroy everything in her path.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Bad Blood (Naturals, Book 4)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 1st November 2016)
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When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI’s Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother’s murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful – and dangerous – than anything the Naturals have faced so far. As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.

J. C. Carleson
Placebo Junkies
Random House Ember (US & CA: 1st November 2016)
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Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash. Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND! But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it. No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide…

Claudia Gray
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, Book 2)
HarperCollins Teen (US & CA: 1st November 2016)
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Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross through to alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse – even hurt the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked, and his consciousness is scattered across multiple dimensions. The hunt for each splinter of Paul’s soul sends Marguerite racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris, where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each dimension brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with every trial she faces, she begins to question the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.

Claudia Gray
A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, Book 3)
HarperCollins Teen (US & CA: 1st November 2016; UK: 3rd November 2016)
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Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the centre of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead. Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

Stephanie Oakes
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Penguin Speak (US & CA: 1st November 2016)
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The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something – but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of – if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

November 2016 Releases

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Mario Acevedo: RESCUE FROM PLANET PLEASURE: 11th April 2016: Buy (US)
Cyn Balog: UNNATURAL DEEDS: 1st November 2016: Buy (US)
Melinda Braun: STRANDED (paperback): 29th November 2016: Buy (US)
Melinda Braun: ISOLATED: 29th November 2016: Buy (US)
J. C. Carleson: PLACEBO JUNKIES (paperback): 1st November 2016: Buy (US)
Becca Fitzpatrick: DANGEROUS LIES (paperback): 8th November 2016: Buy (US)
Stefanie Gaither: INTO THE ABYSS: 30th August 2016: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU (paperback): 1st November 2016: Buy (US)
Claudia Gray: A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU: 1st November 2016: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: THE CURSE OF TENTH GRAVE (paperback): 6th December 2016: Buy (US)
Mur Lafferty: SIX WAKES: 18th October 2016: Buy (US)
R. C. Lewis: SPINNING STARLIGHT (paperback): 4th October 2016: Buy (US)
Kristen Lippert-Martin: TABULA RASA (paperback): August 2016: Buy (US)
Kristen Lippert-Martin: INCOGNITA: October 2016: Buy (US)
Eileen Rendahl: COVER ME IN DARKNESS (paperback): 8th December 2016: Buy (US)
Laurie Faria Stolarz: SHUTTER: 18th October 2016: Buy (US)
Carol Lynch Williams: THE MESSENGER: 18th October 2016: Buy (US)

27th October 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

V. C. Andrews [also published as Virginia Andrews]
Bittersweet Dreams
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US, CA, & AU: 27th October 2015)
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Mayfair Cummings is young, beautiful, and brilliant. But her intelligence makes her the outcast of both the private school she attends and the broken family she hopes to salvage. When she catches the eye of both a popular senior and her handsome English teacher, not even her brilliant mind can help her navigate the explosive new relationships she is forming, or a scandal that is brewing…

Laura Bickle
Mercury Retrograde (Dark Alchemy, Book 2)
Harper Voyager Impulse (US, CA, & AU: 27th October 2015)
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It’s been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance’s resident alchemist, but things are far from quiet. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and never one to pass up the promise of discovery, Petra joins in the search. Among the newcomers is a snake cult on wheels – the biker gang Sisters of Serpens. Unlike some, the Sisters don’t want to kill the basilisk – they want to worship it. But things get complicated when the basilisk develops a taste for human flesh that rivals the Sisters’ own murderous skills. Meanwhile, the alchemical tree of life is dying, and the undead Hanged Men of Temperance who depend on it know the basilisk may be their last chance for survival. With time running out for everyone around her, Petra will be forced to decide who survives and who she must leave behind.

Holly Black
Red Glove (The Curse Workers, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Saga Press (US & CA: 27th October 2015)
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Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realised his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth – he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything – or anyone – into something else. After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov’s retribution and finding out that Lila will never be his, Cassel is trying to re-establish some kind of normalcy in his life. That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family tied to one of the big crime families, and a mother whose cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is also coming to terms with what it means to be a transformation worker and figuring out how to have friends. But normal doesn’t last very long-soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past. A past he remembers only in scattered fragments and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive. Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

J. C. Carleson
Placebo Junkies
Random House Knopf (US & CA: 27th October 2015)
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Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash. Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND! But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it. No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide…

Viola Carr
The Devious Dr. Jekyll (Electric Empire, Book 2)
Harper Voyager (US & CA: 27th October 2015)
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Solving the notorious Chopper case was supposed to help crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll – daughter of the infamous Henry – establish her career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret: her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie Hyde. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent with his own secret to hide, Captain Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry Eliza or burn her at the stake? It’s impossible, however, for Eliza to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime to investigate. And although Eliza is uncertain about Remy, Lizzie isn’t. Lizzie wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent and usurp Eliza’s life. As the search for a bloodthirsty torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws Eliza and Remy into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy – where the price of immortality is madness or damnation – only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive. Eliza and Remy must race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, but they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close to home: the vengeful Lizzie, who is determined to dispose of Eliza for good.

Cassandra Rose Clarke
Our Lady of the Ice
Simon & Schuster Saga Press (US, UK, CA, & AU: 27th October 2015)
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In Argentine Antarctica, Eliana Gomez is the only female PI in Hope City – a domed colony dependent on electricity (and maintenance robots) for heat, light, and survival in the icy deserts of the continent. At the centre is an old amusement park – now home only to the androids once programmed to entertain – but Hope City’s days as a tourist destination are long over. Now the City produces atomic power for the mainland while local factions agitate for independence and a local mobster, Ignacio Cabrera, runs a brisk black-market trade in illegally imported food. Eliana doesn’t care about politics. She doesn’t even care – much – that her boyfriend, Diego, works as muscle for Cabrera. She just wants to save enough money to escape Hope City. But when an aristocrat hires Eliana to protect an explosive personal secret, Eliana finds herself caught up in the political tensions threatening to tear Hope City apart. In the clash of backstabbing politicians, violent freedom fighters, a gangster who will stop at nothing to protect his interests, and a newly sentient robot underclass intent on a very different independence, Eliana finds her job coming into deadly conflict with Diego’s, just as the electricity that keeps Hope City from freezing begins to fail…

Tiffany Reisz
The Queen (The Original Sinners: The White Years, Book 4)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 27th October 2015)
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Out of money and out of options after her yearlong exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground. While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonising choice – will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren’s collar?

October 2015 Releases

Done with September 2015 Releases? Here are October 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

TRIGGER WARNING: The cover image for Andrea Kleine’s Calf (13th October) is confronting.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Maree Anderson: FREAKS UNDER FIRE: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
J. C. Carleson: PLACEBO JUNKIES: 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Cassandra Rose Clarke: OUR LADY OF THE ICE (hardcover): 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Ally Condie: ATLANTIA (paperback): 20th October 2015: Buy (US)
Jeaniene Frost: THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (mass market paperback): 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher: NEVER NEVER PART TWO: 17th May 2015: Buy (US)
Kelly Keaton: HEART OF STONE: 17th February 2015: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE QUEEN: 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN KING: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, & Tessa Gratton: THE ANATOMY OF CURIOSITY: 1st October 2015: Buy (US)

6 New Covers (Carleson, Clarke, Gray, McGinnis, Sun, Westerfeld)

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6 New Deals (Carleson, Cross, Lowe, Meade, Rose, Ruby)

J. C. Carleson‘s Placebo Junkies (2015) to Knopf (North American rights). A gritty YA novel in the vein of Trainspotting, about street kids who make a living as test subjects in clinical drug trials. The novel is based on real accounts of “professional guinea pigs.”

Kady Cross‘s new series to Harlequin Teen (World English rights) in a three-book deal. Book 1, Abandon, follows twin sisters – one living, and one dead – who are able to communicate with each other. The series was pitched as “Supernatural meets Sweet Valley High“.

Ceri A. Lowe‘s dystopian YA trilogy to Bookouture. Set in a post-apocalyptic London, where inhabitants are routinely frozen until they are needed by “The Industry”. Woken from a fifteen-year sleep as a potential candidate for the position of Controller-General, Carter Warren discovers that the world has changed in ways that make him begin to question everything that he believes in. And it might just be worse than the end of the world… Book 1, The Start of Things due for publication in April 2014.

Kelly Meding (writing as Kelly Meade): New Paranomal romance trilogy, Cornerstone Run, to Intermix. Set in a world of hidden loup garou, their mystical Magi enemies, and the occasional vampire. The small, reclusive town of Cornerstone, Pennsylvania, houses an almost entirely loup garou population – one of only thirteen towns around the country that serve as a sanctuary for their nonhuman inhabitants, where the loup garou are free to be themselves. When a neighbouring sanctuary town is attacked by a vicious, unknown enemy, the three sons of Cornerstone’s Alpha must stand together to protect their people – and the women who steal their hearts. Trilogy titles are Black Rook (2014), Gray Bishop, and White Knight.

M. J. Rose‘s three books. The first, In the Witch’s Blood, is a Gothic tale of erotic possession set in Belle Epoch Paris.

Laura Ruby‘s two books to Balzer + Bray (North American rights). The first, Bone Gap (2015), is told from two points of view: that of a beautiful girl who is kidnapped from a sleepy Midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and that of the one witness, a boy who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper.