Fiction Affliction: January Releases in Paranormal Romance

The cold winds of January must mean it’s a good time to curl up with a good romantic novel filled with immortal warriors, shapely shapeshifters, and virile vampires. Thirty-three new paranormal romances pop out in print this month, with additions to popular, long-running series from Deborah Cook (Dragonfire), Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark), and Lara Adrian (Breeds).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here.

Midnight Reckoning, by Kendra Leigh Castle (Jan. 1, HQN)

Two separate worlds. One passion that binds them. Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She’s the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn—if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title. One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they’re both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity—just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. Second in the Dark Dynasties series.

The Lure of Song and Magic, by Patricia Rice (Jan. 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Workaholic TV producer Dylan Ives believes former singing sensation Syrene Malcolm holds the clue to finding his kidnapped son. A lost child herself, Syrene cares about the missing boy even though Dylan’s personality is nothing short of rude. But Syrene refuses to unleash her dangerous siren’s voice, even for a man who is impossible to deny.

Hallowed, by Cynthia Hand (Jan. 2, Egmont)

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the decisions she would be forced to make, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings. The second Unearthly novel. YA

Serengeti Sins, by Vivi Andrews (Jan. 3, Samhain)

Contains three shorter works, “Serengeti Storm,” “Serengeti Lightning,” and “Serengeti Sunrise,” each featuring Big Cat shifters.

Immortal Hope, by Claire Ashgrove (Jan. 3, Tor)

Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. One promise remains for salvation—the return of the seraphs. Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.

Wild Cat, by Jennifer Ashley (Jan. 3, Berkley)

When feline shifter Cassidy Warden saves detective Diego Escobar from plunging to his death, she takes his breath away. But she’s been breaking all kinds of human laws, and Diego, to save her from termination, has to promise his department he’ll watch over her. Diego finds the task harder than he thinks—Cassidy is trying to find out what kind of mysterious hunter killed her mate two years ago, a hunter that could bring danger to all shifters. Third in the Shifters Unbound series.

Whispers in the Dark, by Maya Banks (Jan. 3, Berkley)

She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She’s the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture. With her help, he’s able to escape. But he isn’t truly free, because now she’s disappeared and he’s left with an all-consuming emptiness. Did he imagine his angel? Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan into danger, but now that she has, can they prevail?

Flashfire, by Deborah Cooke (Jan. 3, Signet)

Master illusionist Lorenzo wants nothing to do with the Pyr. His dragon nature is just another secret to hide and another detail to juggle, like ensuring that each of his Las Vegasmagic shows is a true spectacle. Cassie Redmond is tired of photographing celebrities. She wants to pursue her dream of serious photography—despite the lucrative offer for a shot of a dragon shifter. Seventh in the Dragonfire series.

All That Bleeds, by Kimberly Frost (Jan. 3, Berkley)

As the last heiress of the House of North, Alissa knows that striking up a secret friendship with a half-vampire enforcer is dangerous, but Merrick is a temptation she can’t resist. When Alissa is kidnapped, Merrick proves he will do anything to protect the woman who tempts him with her very existence.

Blood of the Volcano, by Imogen Howson (Jan. 3, Samhain)

Maya, leader of the temple maenads, has learned nothing but contempt for the weakness of her human body. She lives for the ritual that transforms her into maenad form, ready to administer the vengeance of the volcano god. Killing a fugitive shifter is not just her duty, but her delight—until, against all odds, he captures her, trapping her in her worst nightmare: her vulnerable, easily controlled human form.

Haunted Warrior, by Allie Mackay (Jan. 3, Signet)

Kendra Chase is exhausted from her work as a ghost whisperer, so she’s been looking forward to her vacation in Edinburgh. But work awaits her as the tiny fishing village is being excavated, and supernatural uprisings have been reported. Graeme MacGrath knows the source of the psychic trouble. The excavation is disrupting the protective veil between this world and darker, more ancient ones. He hates to admit it but he will need the fetching Kendra and her paranormal abilities to save the town he loves from unspeakable evil.

King of the Isles, by Debbie Mazzuca (Jan. 3, Zebra)

Evangeline may be powerfully persuasive in her way, but convincing the notoriously wild Highland king Lachlan MacLeod to strengthen his alliances with a strategic marriage seems to be asking the impossible. Stubborn and proud, Lachlan seems determined to go against her will, even if it means endangering the people he’s sworn to protect and the enchanted isle that has already seen so much discord. Yet the battle-scarred Highlander cannot ignore his sultry advisor for long.

Fracture, by Megan Miranda (Jan. 3, Walker)

By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her best friend, Decker Phillips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. But somehow Delaney survived—despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. YA

Running with the Pack, by Beverly Rae (Jan. 3, Samhain)

At night, Lauren Kade trades her white coat and dental drill for a black uniform and a gun. But not to hunt the shifters she once swore to eliminate. Driven by lingering guilt for killing a female shifter a year ago, she covertly throws other hunters off the trail. She’s good at it, too…until she’s taken hostage by a sexy werewolf whose thirst for revenge is even bigger and badder than his attitude. Third in the Cannon Pack series.

Born of Ashes, by Caris Roane (Jan. 3, St. Martin’s)

For years, she was kept as a human slave—one of seven unwilling “blood donors” for the death vampires who thirst for absolute power. Now, Fiona is a free woman, haunted by her memories of being strapped to a gurney, drained of blood, then revived at the last moment. She lives to avenge her captors—but only one warrior can help her.

Hold Me If You Can, by Stephanie Rowe (Jan. 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Nigel Aquarian is a warrior with an artistic bent, and Natalie Fleming a chocolatier who has a new lease on life. But her freedom comes with a dangerous gift she doesn’t want. Nigel and his fellow warriors have only just escaped imprisonment when an even worse threat emerges. Natalie is the only woman who can help Nigel—but she’s also the one most likely to bring him down. Third in the Soulfire series.

The Departed, by Shiloh Walker (Jan. 3, Berkley)

FBI Special Agent Taylor Jones has made it his mission to save those in harm’s way by any means necessary—including employing psychic agents like Desiree Lincoln, who can communicate with the disembodied spirits of the dead. When Dez is seriously wounded, Taylor can no longer hide his feelings for her. Getting involved could spell disaster for both of them—not to mention those who rely on them for help—but once Dez lays her hands on him, he can’t resist the fierce attraction. Second in the Missing series.

One Thousand Kisses, by Jody Wallace (Jan. 3, Samhain)

Embor Fiertag, Primary of the Fey Realm, and Anisette Serendipity, Court intern, are foretold bondmates, but only Embor knows it. He hasn’t informed her of the prophecy because she doesn’t seem to like him. At the same time, she assumes he disapproves of her. An unsavory political strategy turns the Court against Embor, forcing Embor and Ani to flee to humanspace. With the aid of a scheming feline, they’ll have to share their hearts if they’re to have any hope of keeping the fabric separating the Fey and human worlds intact.

The Alchemy of Forever, by Avery Williams (Jan. 3, Simon & Schuster)

After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world’s riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human’s life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she’s done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again. Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting—and falls for the human boy who lives next door. YA

A Demon Does It Better, by Linda Wisdom (Jan. 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can’t avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick.

Lothaire, by Kresley Cole (Jan. 10, Gallery)

Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience….Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior. Will he succumb to the miseries of his past, or risk everything for a future? Twelfth in the Immortals After Dark series.

Copper Beach, by Jayne Ann Krentz (Jan. 10, Putnam)

Within the pages of very rare books lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes—and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market. Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, she hires Sam Coppersmith, a specialist in paranormal crystals and amber. When it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal abilities, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code, no one is safe. First in a new Dark Legacy series.

Darker After Midnight, by Lara Adrian (Jan. 24, Delacorte)

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe. At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems. The first hardcover in the Breeds series.

Everneath, by Brodi Ashton (Jan. 24, Balzer + Bray)

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her friends—before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. YA

Forbidden, by Syrie James and Ryan M. James (Jan. 24, HarperTeen)

Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger. Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire into his plans. YA

Fallen in Love, by Lauren Kate (Jan. 24, Delacorte)

Four love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first—and last—time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other. Number “3.5” in the Fallen series. YA

Claimed by a Vampire, by Rachel Lee (Jan. 24, Nocturne)

Beautiful and independent, writer Yvonne Dupuis is used to taking care of herself. But when she moves into her new apartment and senses a demon watching, she has no choice but to put her life in the hands of a dangerously sexy vampire.From the first whiff of Yvonne’s intoxicating scent, Investigator Creed Preston knows his client has something to fear. Under Creed’s protection, she will be drawn in by his secrets and experience the force of immortal desire. And not a moment too soon. For the evil hunting her isn’t acting alone—and he won’t stop until he claims her.

A Warrior’s Desire, by Pamela Palmer (Jan. 24, Nocturne)

Former navy SEAL Charlie Rand embarks on the most dangerous mission of his career when he dives through a portal to rescue the only person who knows how to seal the gates between the Esri faery land and the world. But meeting up with his guide and companion through the adventure, the beautiful Tarrys, turns out to be his true revelation.

Life Eternal, by Yvonne Woon (Jan. 24, Hyperion)

Renée Winters has changed. When she looks in the mirror, a beautiful girl with an older, sadder face stares back. Her condition has doctors mystified, but Renée can never reveal the truth: she died last May, and was brought back to life by the kiss of her Undead soul mate, Dante Berlin. Now, her separation from Dante becomes almost unbearable. His second life is close to an end, and each passing day means one less that she will spend with the boy who shares her soul. YA

All Things Wicked, by Karina Cooper (Jan. 31, Avon)

Juliet Carpenter thought of the coven as family, but when she falls for a man who betrays them all, she’s left alone and desperately searching for a reason why. Caleb Leigh has spent the past year in hiding, unable to escape his demons. When Juliet finds him again, her need for vengeance clashes with the hunger still burning between them.With enemies circling and secrets threatening to consume them, Caleb has no choice but to fulfill a promise made long ago—even if it costs him his blood, his body, and what’s left of his mind. Third in the Dark Mission series.

Moonrise, by Ivy Devlin (Jan. 31, Bloomsbury)

Avery and Ben are just beginning to explore the depth of the bond that links them. Their ability to sense each others’ feelings and Avery’s mysterious connection to the forest mean that their love is unlike any other. But even such a perfect bond can be strained by jealousy, and when Hope, a gorgeous girl from Ben’s old life, arrives in town, Avery can’t help but feel threatened. And in more ways than one—because someone is trying to kill her, again.Second in the Low Red Moon series. YA

A Devil Named Desire, by Terri Garey (Jan. 31, Avon)

Forbidden fruit is always the sweetest—and no one knows that better than Sammy Divine, High Prince of Darkness. Once an angel, now cast down, Sammy’s out to prove he’s not the only angel who can be led into temptation. Hope Henderson’s sister has disappeared without a trace, and Hope will do anything to find her—even make a deal with the Devil. Lives, love and the fate of the world hang in the balance as Hope and Gabriel learn that when passion’s involved, it may be impossible to withstand a devil named desire.

His Dark Bond, by Anne Marsh (Jan. 31, Brava)

Zer is no angel—well, not anymore. He’s explored every flavor of sin imaginable, drinking in the pleasures of humanity. But now he must find the woman who carries his salvation in her very blood, a woman like Nessa St. James. Nessa has considered the bargain the Fallen offer. Anything she wants in exchange for accepting Zer’s bond? No way. Not her. Not when she finds out about the mind-blowing ritual involved and the marks of surrender that will ink her skin. But with a serial killer to stop and centuries of experience on his side, Zer will do whatever it takes to change her. Second in the Fallen series.

Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Her new urban fantasy series, scheduled to begin with the release of Royal Street in April 2012 by Tor Books, is set in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Find Suzanne on Twitter.


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