The paranormal populace is getting steamy in February with fifteen new releases in paranormal romance. New additions are coming in long-running series from Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf 10), Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed 11), and Lynsay Sands (Argeneau 18), plus two new novellas from Gena Showalter.
Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here.
Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.
Duncan MacNeill is on a mission: find gray wolf and former stockbroker Silverman who has stolen his family fortune and is purported to be living in the Grand Cayman Islands. As a Highland wolf, Duncan rarely leaves his native homeland, and taking a trip to an island paradise is not his dram of whiskey. But keeping the MacNeill’s ancestral castle depends on making Silverman pay. Silverman never believed that MacNeill would actually track him down, and he’s ready to run. But when a beautiful botanist catches Silverman’s and MacNeill’s attention, these two alphas realize they have even more to fight over.
Dr. Karin Allardice, a renowned, and mortal, virologist, has been kidnapped for a dire purpose: to create an anti-serum that will cure the Wraith virus infecting the vampire ranks. Captured by Syre, leader of the vampire nation, she is thrust into a preternatural underworld of blood-drinking immortals, ferocious lycans, and warrior angels. The most perilous dilemma threatening Karin’s resolve is Syre, an enigma driven to abhorrent extremes in order to survive and the most perfectly beautiful, darkly seductive man she’s ever met. Now, as the Wraith virus spreads unchecked, Karin and Syre are torn between the very real dangers of a world in chaos, and an impossible, all-consuming passion for which there is no cure.
Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel. In spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. After years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny. What Justine discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that follow. When Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear. Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.
In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos rules. The Others and the humans scramble to create some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups, and PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She’s lost her PR firm and her friends, and she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark new reality. Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers. Together, with magick on their side, Molly and Gage are on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. It’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected, one as volatile, intense and consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing.
For more than a decade, Caro Barrett has had doubts about the death of her husband, who disappeared while looking for a tribe of day-walking vampires in an African rainforest. Now, their daughter is struggling through her teenage years without a father. Waiting in the wings is an ancient vampire ready to possess Caro’s heart, and to protect them both from harm. And, with her husband declared legally dead, Caro feels it is finally time to move on. A hemisphere away in a windowless compound, an Ottoman vampire lies dying from a rare blood disease, which has made him vulnerable to the faintest bit of light. Yet he is determined to vanquish its power over him, to feel the sun on his face one last time. And in Caro’s darkest fears he will be lifted into the light of day.
Two novellas set in Mysteria, the beguiling little Colorado town where magic is in the air and passions run high. Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of Colorado, Mysteria was founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Today, it’s a magnet for the supernatural, where magic quietly coexists with the mundane world. Two sisters are about to unleash a tempest of seduction. The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them: Genevieve is a witch with a bad case of unrequited love for a local bar owner. Is his sudden change of heart the result of a love potion, or a literally breathtaking passion? A Tawdry Affair: Glory, witch of love, wants her man. He barely knows she exists, until a magic pen brings her creative fantasies of seduction, sex, and revenge to life.
The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress: Omega. Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance. Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father, and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. As their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm, and Randa’s guarded heart, finally give way to the warrior within.
While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop. Xandra is happy, until she runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto. Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years. When her own powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods bearing the symbol of Isis, the same one that has marked Xandra since the day she met Declan, she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the woman is connected to him. Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts.
With his strong psychic ability, FBI Agent Joss Crawford longs for the woman he loved in a past life. A new case is drawing him into the last place he’d ever want to find her: an underground slave ring. Going undercover to infiltrate the network, he meets Drucella Chapman, the mastermind’s fiancee. Drucella has made it her personal mission to bring the slave ring down. The sadistic ringleader is even more careful than he is cruel. In order to gain information, Dru has had to get close to the very man she wishes to kill, psychically reading his memories bit by bit. Joss and Dru are both undercover, but nothing can disguise the sense of déjà vu when they meet. Neither can afford to be distracted from the mission, but perhaps their reunion is exactly what this mission needs.
WEEKS TWO AND THREE
Twenty years after mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them, the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the harmony is the Order. Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears a personal cost. The one thing she desires most is Kellan Archer, a troubled Breed fighter. Mira once broke through his tough exterior during a night of rapture, but the next day he disappeared. He now leads a band of human rebels carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. A kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the woman he has tried to forget. Kellan and Mira must take sides, between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the passion that claims their hearts.
Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He’s a prince. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. He also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him. The curse broke, and as long as he finds and marries her by his 30th birthday, he’s a free man. He’s going to be 30 in ten days. He’s pretty sure Princess Sleeping Beauty is The One. His best man has some villain issues, his in-laws-to-be belong in a really special castle, and a lady biker named Lollie Bliss has him rethinking all this happily-ever-after stuff. He may have accidentally put out a hit on his blushing bride. Oops.
Got Angel? Drusilla “Tally” Tallow does. She’s got ten days of Heavenly and Infernal Parole after knocking Falcon Cherrywood from his broom. All she wanted was to settle down with a nice warlock. She’s got a bad habit of falling for the wrong warlock. She blames Cupid. Too bad her Heavenly Parole Officer is the heart bandit himself, the newly appointed Cupid and current fixture in all her fantasies, Falcon Cherrywood. After smiting Cupid with a fireball, Falcon Cherrywood must now play the Diapered Archer. Archery was never his strong suit and Falcon doesn’t even believe in love. More troubling are the feelings his irresistible parolee sets off in him, for only Tally has the power to make him believe in things better left to fairy tales, like Happily Ever After.
A kiss doesn’t mean eternity. Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires, until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath. After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate! Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for.
Even during a truce, Dr. Petra Robichaud has her hands full as the M*A*S*H surgeon to an army of warring gods, especially when Medusa herself turns up pregnant. Petra has no idea what to expect when a gorgon’s expecting. As the healer-hero of an ancient prophesy, it’s Petra’s job to keep the peace. As the lover to a warrior demi-god, she knows how impossible some jobs can be. Commander Galen is sexy, strong, and sworn to lead his team to hell and back. When he announces to Petra that he can no longer risk her life for his love, the doctor is on her own. Until a mysterious new entity, in the form of a hot-blooded male, enters the picture. An oracle delivers another prophesy that places Petra on the front lines with the man she may be bound to for eternity, in love, or in war.
His family lost forever in The Change, Wyatt is a man with nothing left to lose. Just when he thought he’d never feel anything again, Remington Truth came into his life. Knowing the she would face unimaginable dangers on her quest to safeguard the mysterious crystal in her possession, he joins her on her journey, never expecting her to find a way past the wall he’s built. Remy’s a woman with everything at stake. While protecting the powerful crystal that is her family’s secret legacy, she dares not trust anyone. Once she recognizes the ravaged heart beneath Wyatt’s stony facade, she’s willing to risk it all. Together they battle the forces of darkness. Until Remy is forced to make a terrible decision that could destroy them, and the rest of the world.
Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Her Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series is published by Tor Books. You can find Suzanne on Twitter and on her daily book blog, Preternatura.