New Books On Sale Tuesday, December 26

A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday December 26.                     

Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)                      

Happy Reading!                      

Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 7:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
The Pretender: Games People Play Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062692214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avon Books - December 26th, 2017

They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, and Harrison Tate is proof. Once a professional burglar, he now makes a lawful living tracking down stolen art. No one needs to know about his secret sideline, "liberating" artifacts acquired through underhanded methods. At least until one of those jobs sees him walking in on a murder.

Gabrielle Wright has long been estranged from her wealthy family, but she didn't kill her sister. Trouble is, the only person who can prove it is the sexy, elusive criminal who shouldn't have been at the island estate on that terrible night. She's not expecting honor among thieves--or for their mutual attraction to spark into an intense inferno of desire.

Under the guise of evaluating her family's art, Harris comes back to the estate hoping to clear Gabby's name. But returning to the scene of the crime has never been riskier, with their hearts and lives on the line.

Dont miss Kelen Kay Dimon at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on December 9th!


The Young Queens Cover Image
$3.99
ISBN: 9780062748263
Availability: Coming Soon
Published: HarperTeen - December 25th, 2017

In this must-read prequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, the queens’ origin story is revealed. It’s a pre-crown lowdown of Fennbirn’s ruling class.

Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine weren't always scheming to murder each other. They weren't always surrounded by rival foster families, each swearing to have their best interests at heart. And they weren't always afraid of being unexpectedly attacked—by one of their own sisters, no less—in a way that could cost them their last breath.

They used to be together. Just three sisters. Alone in a glen.

This is the story of the three queens—after they were born, before they were separated, during the time when they all lived together, loved each other, and protected each other. It’s also the story of the day they were torn apart, and the several years that follow.

From birth to eleven years old, this is a rare glimpse of the queens' lives…before they were at stake.


Survival Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765379542
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - December 26th, 2017

Ben Bova continues his hard SF Star Quest series which began with Death Wave and Apes and Angels. In Surivival, a human team sent to scout a few hundred lightyears in front of the death wave encounters a civilization far in advance of our own, a civilization of machine intelligences.

These sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons, and have survived earlier "death waves," gamma ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. They are totally self-sufficient, completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, and utterly uninterested in helping to save other civilizations, organic or machine.

But now that the humans have discovered them, they refuse to allow them to leave their planet, reasoning that other humans will inevitably follow if they learn of their existence.


The Wanted Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399161506
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 26th, 2017

 

When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

 

They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won't make any difference.


1636: Mission to the Mughals Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481483018
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Baen - December 19th, 2017

 After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia go on a quest for the makings of medicines that have yet to be invented in 17th century Europe.

 

The United States of Europe--the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident--is beset by enemies on all sides. What's more, the U.S.E. needs a reliable source of opiates for those wounded in action, as well as other goods not available in Europe.

 

Prime Minister Mike Stearns sends a mission to the Mughal Empire of India hoping to secure a trade deal with the Mughal emperor. Instead they find an empire on the brink of war, danger lurking around every corner, and the beautiful and shrewd daughter of an emperor who may be the key to success--or a bringer of disaster.


The Man from the Diogenes Club Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781781165744
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Titan Books (UK) - December 26th, 2017

A collection of short stories featuring the supernatural adventures of the titular club, a secret wing of the British government established to deal with extraordinary threats to the realm.


The Fever Code: Book Five; Prequel Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780553513127
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Delacorte Press - December 26th, 2017

Once there was a world's end. 
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled. 
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man. 
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy. 
The boy's name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze. 
Now there are secrets. 
There are lies. 
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen. 
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down. 
All will be revealed.


Kill Before Dying Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481483100
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Baen - December 19th, 2017

Humanity takes to interstellar space to face conflict and an extermination threat from an evil artificial intelligence, and an alien menace from beyond.

 

General Alexander Moore has faced down an alien menace bent on the total destruction of the human race and lived to tell the tale. But his encounters with the Chiata were not without cost, and the fight is far from over. The Chiata are still out there, and they will stop at nothing short of complete annihilation.

 

Humankind is not the only species engaged in battle against the Chiata, and Alexander Moore receives a tip from an alien allied against their common enemy that there may be something on a planet in a far-flung star system that might give humanity an edge in the ongoing war.


Better Dead Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496713216
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - December 26th, 2017

Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected--before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for generations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but three months later she's feeling a lot more relief than grief.

 

Until Burl's ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly's human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he'll make a show of haunting the B&B to draw in visitors. But when Holly's former love, Jack McCann, mysteriously resurfaces in town and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the ghost of her husband and the very real physical presence of her old flame . . .


Crust No One Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496707741
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - December 26th, 2017

Business is booming at Yeast of Eden. But with a deadly mystery taking over the seaside town of Santa Sofia, the Mexican bread shop can't possibly leaven a killer's appetite . . .

 

For once, Ivy Culpepper feels fulfilled. An apprenticeship at Yeast of Eden has opened her world to time-honored baking techniques under owner Olaya Solis's guidance--as well as the freshest small-town gossip, courtesy of chatty regulars known as the Blackbird Ladies. Ivy even begins accepting that she and restaurateur Miguel Baptista may never again rekindle their romance--despite the undeniable tension between them . . .

 

But she's tied to Miguel again when his trusted produce supplier goes missing. Old Hank Riviera's financial troubles would make anyone consider running away forever. And with his relationship woes, there are plenty of people who might want to see Hank disappear. As Ivy, with the help of her octogenarian sidekick, turns to the loose-lipped Blackbird Ladies for leads, she soon finds herself caught in a web of lies stickier than a batch of Olaya's popular pastries . . .


Dead in the Water Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496706669
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - December 26th, 2017

As a single mom and deputy coroner of Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie Winston is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she's moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter, and has started planning their wedding, her home life is looking more like a three-ring circus. At least her workload at the Medical Examiner's office is lightened by the new hire Hal Dawson. But before Hal can even cash his first paycheck, he's murdered on a fishing trip with his girlfriend, who's gone missing. To keep her life from going completely under, Mattie will have to dive deep for clues. But a killer is just as determined to keep the truth from ever surfacing . . .


Duplicity Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780786038794
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pinnacle Books - December 26th, 2017

Julia Gooden juggles different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers Detroit's grittiest stories while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished facade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace. 

Julia's marriage is also a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner. He is about to bring the city's most devious criminal, Nick Rossi, to trial for drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But when a courthouse bomb claims several victims--including the prosecution's key witness--David is critically injured. 


Kill All Angels Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780765379702
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - December 26th, 2017

After the events of the first two books of the Vicious Circuit series, Carey and Randall reached LA during the early '80s punk scene, which was heavily mixed up with Chinatown. A young Chinese girl with silver hair is the Empty One that seems to run things there, and her ex-lover, an Empty One named Zang, has apparently turned against them and may or may not be on Carey's side.

In modern times, Kaitlyn and company have also returned to LA because her powers have been growing and she has been having visions that may be telling her how to kill all of the angels. The downside being that they have to find a new one, first--and LA is the only place they know where to do that.

Steeped in the LA punk scene in the '80s, Chinatown, sunken suburbs, the ocean and gargantuan things that swim in it, Kill All Angels is everything that fans of Robert Brockway's irreverent humor have been looking for to end the series with a bang.


Nemo Rising Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780765376350
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - December 26th, 2017

An exciting sequel to the Captain Nemo adventures enjoyed by millions in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo's submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant's chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize...