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Fiction and Excerpts [3]

Elysian Fields (Excerpt)

, || New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren't random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ.

Royal Street (Enhanced Excerpt)

, || As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco's job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond. Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans' fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Paranormal Romance

Twenty new paranormal romance books turn up the heat in August (note that due to space limitations, this list does not include all of the small-press and self-published paranormal romances for the month). Look for series additions from, among others, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, J.D. Tyler, Sherrilyn Kenyon, A.C. Arthur, Eve Langlais, Carrie Ann Rylan, Sandra Hill, Amanda Ashley, and Dianne Duvall.

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Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Urban Fantasy

After six slow months and the proclamation of its impending death, urban fantasy fights back in August with forty-one new releases, including new series or series additions from, among others, Faith Hunter, Christina Henry, Lilith Saintcrow, M.L. Brennan, Ilona Andrews, Chloe Neill, Benedict Jacka, Elliott James, Seanan McGuire, Tom Doyle, Kelley Armstrong, Cathy Clamp, Simon R. Green, and J.C. Nelson. And with book No. 14, Kitty Saves the World, Carrie Vaughn says goodbye to the Kitty Norville series.

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Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Fantasy

Twenty-four new fantasies bring their dungeons and dragons to the masses in August, even a few for adult readers. Look for a brand new fantasy series from N. K. Jemisin, and series additions from, among others, Robin Hobb (The Fitz and the Fool); Kate Elliott (Court of Fives); K.J. Parker (The Two of Swords); Mark Smylie (The Barrow); Amanda Hocking (Kanin Chronicles); and Susan Murray (Waterborne Blade).

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Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Paranormal Romance

Only fifteen titles will bite, scratch, and burn their way into reader hearts in July (note that due to space limitations, this list does not include all of the small-press and self-pubbed paranormal romances for July). Look for series additions from, among others, Sharon Ashwood (Horsemen); Christine Feehan (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart); Jayne Castle (Rainshadow); C. L. Wilson (Weathermages of Mystral); Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed); Vivian Arend (Takhini Shifters); Angie Sandro (Dark Paradise); and Juliette Cross (Vessel Trilogy),

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Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Urban Fantasy and Horror

Call it urban fantasy, paranormal fantasy, contemporary, or horror—there are twenty-six new releases set in odd versions of the modern world to spark the imagination this month, including new series additions from, among others, Charles Stross (Laundry Files), Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim), Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin), Keri Arthur (Souls of Fire), Dianna Love (Belador), Alis Franklin (The Wyrd), and Hailey Edwards (Black Dog).

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Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for July

Genre is an iffy proposition for twenty-three books releasing in July. Look for new titles that straddle the genre line from, among others, Eric Flint and Walter H. Hunt (Ring of Fire), Carrie Patel (Recoletta), Victoria Laurie (Psychic Eye Mystery), Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery), J. Kathleen Cheney (Golden City), Cindy Spencer Pape (Gaslight Chronicles), D.B. Jackson (Thieftaker Chronicles), and Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith (Crown & Key).

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.

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Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Science Fiction

Science Fiction continues to stage its comeback in July as twenty-nine science fiction books hit the shelves, with a number of standalones plus new series starts from Jean Johnson, Rhonda Mason, Scott Sigler, and Loren Rhoads, and series additions from, among others, William C. Dietz (Mutant Files), Weston Ochse (Task Force Ombra), D.J. Molles (The Remaining), Wayne Gladstone (Internet Apocalypse), Chuck Wendig (Heartland Trilogy), and John Sandford and Michele Cook (Singular Menace). Also look for the annual Gardner R. Dozois-edited collection of The Year’s Best Science Fiction.

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.

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Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Fantasy

Thirty new fantasies launch in July, with political takeovers galore and an alarming resurgence of fairy tale characters. New releases including series additions from, among others, E.C. Blake (Masks of Aygrima); C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince); Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow); Chris Willrich (Gaunt and Bone); Django Wexler (Shadow Campaigns); Max Gladstone (Craft Sequence), and Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea).

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.

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Fiction Affliction: June Releases in Urban Fantasy and Horror

Please join me in a moment of silence for urban fantasy, which appears to finally be succumbing beneath the tsunami of young adult and indie offerings. A few UFs join the twenty new releases in the paranormal-horror fields in June, including new adult series additions or starts from, among others, Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake), Simon R. Green (Secret Histories), Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith (Crown & Key), Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain), T. Frohock (Los Nefilim), and Lilith Saintcrow (Gallow and Ragged).

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Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for June

Genre is an iffy proposition for twenty-six books releasing in June, with steampunk making a mini-comeback. Look for new titles from, among others, Charlie N. Holmberg, Ed Greenwood, Garth Nix, Michael Logan, Christopher Golden, and Felix J. Palma. Also check out three star-studded anthologies: The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2015; The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2015; and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas, 2015.

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.

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Fiction Affliction: June Releases in Science Fiction

Technology threatens to be the end of us all this month as twenty-two science fiction titles hit the shelves in June! New series titles from, among others, Kevin J. Anderson, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, James S.A. Corey, and Jane Lindskold. Also look for weekly installments to begin in John Scalzi’s newest serial release in his Old Man’s War series, and a new anthology from Baen of military science fiction and space opera short stories.

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.

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Fiction Affliction: June Releases in Fantasy

Twenty-one new fantasies launch in June, with political takeovers galore. New releases including series additions from, among others, Danielle L. Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy), Mercedes Lackey (Elemental Masters), Jon Sprunk (The Book of the Black Earth), Mark Lawrence (The Red Queen’s War), J.F. Lewis (The Grudgebearer Trilogy), Terry Brooks (The Defenders of Shannara), Elizabeth Haydon (Symphony of Ages), and Jo Walton (Thessaly).

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.

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Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Paranormal Romance

Eleven new paranormal romance titles make the (increasingly virtual) bookshelves in May. Look for new titles from Christine Feehan, Jenn Bennett, Thea Harrison, Stacey Kennedy, and Alexandra Ivy, among others.

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.

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Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Horror

Twenty-eight new releases in these mega-genres flower in May, much in the form of teen angst as they prepare to save the universe. Look for new adult series additions from, among others, Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Freda Warrington (Blood Wine), Ari Marmell (Mick Oberon), Linda Grimes (In a Fix), Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Dangerous Creatures), Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson), and Alex Bledsoe (Tufa).

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.

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Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for May

Twenty-four books cross the great genre divide in May, including new titles from, among others, Michael Z. Williamson, Heather Blake, Rod Duncan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kit Reed, P.N. Elrod, and Peter Higgins. Also on tap: a new mermaid anthology edited by Paula Guran and a look at the film settings from the world of Harry Potter.

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.

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Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Science Fiction

Thirty-one new releases break the dystopian science fiction shelves this month (no, that’s not a typo), with new series titles from, among others, Gini Koch (Katherine “Kitty” Katt), Ramez Naam (Nexus), A. Bertram Chandler (John Grimes), Taylor Anderson (Destroyermen), Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier), Ian Douglas (Star Carrier), and Mike Shepherd (Vicky Peterwald).

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.

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Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Fantasy

Twenty-six new fantasies are abloom in May, masking the stealthy genre takeover by young adults! New releases including series additions from, among others, Michelle West (The House War), Ryk E. Spoor (Balanced Sword), Luke Scull (Grim Company), Barb Hendee (Mist-Torn Witches), David Dalglish (Shadowdance), Jeffe Kennedy (The Twelve Kingdoms), and Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven). Also look for Nos. 19-24 in the Game of Thrones graphic novel series and the ninth “best of sf/f” anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan.

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.

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