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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: 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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Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Paranormal Romance

Only ten new paranormal romance titles make the (often virtual) bookshelves in April. Look for new titles from Michele Hauf, Jennifer Ashley, Juliette Cross, and Kimberly Derting, as well as an erotic paranormal title from Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure.

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: April Releases in Urban Fantasy and Horror

Thirty-seven new releases in these mega-genres rain down on readers in April—although readers should have their digital readers and young adult filters at the ready. Look for new adult series starts or additions from, among others, Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), Chris Marie Green (Jensen Murphy), Kristen Painter (Crescent City), Nicole Peeler (The Jinni), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian), and that familiar-sounding Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans).

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 April

Fourteen books stride between genres in April, including new titles from, among others, Mary Robinette Kowal, Harry Turtledove, Seth Patrick, Steve McHugh, and Simone St. James, and a new Cthulhu anthology edited by Paula Guran.

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: April Releases in Science Fiction

Seventeen new releases join the dystopian science fiction shelves this month, with titles from, among others, Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger), David Walton, Wesley Chu (Tao), Robert Charles Wilson, John C. Wright (Count to a Trillion), and Adam Christopher (Spider Wars).

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: April Releases in Fantasy

Twenty-three new fantasies unleash their swords on bookshelves in April, with another set of Clan of the Claw novellas plus series additions from, among others, Kelley Armstrong (Age of Legends), C.J. Cherryh (Foreigner), Angus Watson (Iron Age), Melanie Rawn (Glass Thorns), Gail Z. Martin (Ascendant Kingdoms), and Kelly McCullough (Fallen Blade).

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: March Releases in Paranormal Romance

The Warden is in the house this month as JR Ward releases a new Black Dagger Brotherhood title among the twenty-two new paranormal romance titles hitting the shelves in March. In addition to Ward, look for series additions from, among others, Shannon K. Butcher (Sentinels Wars), Sara Humphreys (Dead in the City), Molly Harper (Half Moon Hollow), Jacquelyn Frank (Immortal Brothers), Christine Warren (Gargoyles), Donna Grant (Dark Kings), Dani Harper (Grim), and Rebecca Zanetti (Sin Brothers).

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: March Releases in Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, and Horror

Thirty-one new releases in these mega-genres roar in like a lion (well, a leonine shapeshifter) this month, including new series titles from, among others, Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires), Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega), Devon Monk (House Immortal), Seanan McGuire (InCryptid), Leigh Evans (Mystwalker), Anne Bishop (The Others), Nancy Holzner (Deadtown), Dana Cameron (Fangborn), and Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick).

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 March

Twenty books defy genrification in March, including creepalicious new anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Mark Teppo, and new series starts from Carrie Patel (Buried Life), Ian Tregillis (The Alchemy Wars), Alan Smale (Clash of Eagles), and Gail Carriger (The Custard Protocol).

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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