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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: September Releases in Paranormal Romance

Only fifteen new paranormal romance books heat up the shelves in September (note that due to space limitations, this list does not include all of the small-press and self-pubbed paranormal romances for the month). Look for series additions from, among others, Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter), Christine Feehan (Dark Saga), Kait Ballenger (Execution Underground), Eve Langlais (A Lion’s Pride), Alexandry Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan (Branded Packs), Lynsay Sands (Argeneau Vampires), and Jan DeLima (Celtic Wolves).

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Fiction Affliction: September Releases in Urban Fantasy and Horror

September looks like a healthy month for urban fantasy and horror, with thirty-one new releases….until one notices that seventeen of those are young adult titles. Fans of adult fiction, however, can take comfort in the knowledge that there are new books coming from, among others, Seanan McGuire (October Daye), Cherie Priest (Borden Dispatches), Devon Monk (House Immortal), and Greg Van Eekhout (Daniel Blackland), plus new series starts from Kim Harrison (Peri Reed Chronicles) and Rachel Vincent (Menagerie).

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Hurricane Katrina: Dystopia, in Real Time

Ten years ago this Saturday, August 28, 2005, I sat at a table in a crowded Cracker Barrel restaurant (don’t judge) in Slidell, Louisiana, eavesdropping. At the next table sat a Louisiana State Police officer, eating with his family. “Drive to Jackson or Birmingham,” he told his wife as he answered a radio call and got up to leave. “I’ll call you as soon as I can.”

His kids cried. His wife cried. The officer had a sheen of tears in his eyes.

Me? I was just scared, reluctantly leaving home four hours before the roads leading out of the New Orleans metro area were to be shut down. All ten lanes of I-10 had been converted to head only north as a monstrous Category 5 hurricane barreled toward us. With an elderly parent, a friend, and three pets, I was headed for what would turn out to be an extended stay in a single hotel room in Bossier City, near Shreveport, then weeks living on the charity of friends.

We were at the beginning of the greatest mass displacement of Americans in history—more than a million people from the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, scattered to every state in the U.S. except the ones we called home.

In case you’ve been under a rock, August 29 is the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Chances are, you’re sick of hearing about it. You’re tired of hearing about the 1,800 people who died, almost 1,600 of them in Louisiana. Tired of the images outside the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans convention center. Tired of hearing about the $108 billion in damages, still the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Tired of pondering the failure of government at all levels.

Those of us who lived it are tired of it too, but it changed us. We know about the bad, but there also was good that can be seen a decade later. In speculative fiction, it brought us new authors, new outlooks, and the resurgence of an old genre.

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Fiction Affliction: September Releases in Science Fiction

Science fiction stays in steady orbit in September with twenty-five books hitting the virtual and real shelves. Look for a “cli-fi” climate SF anthology edited by John Joseph Adams this month, plus new titles from, among others, David Walton, Janet Edwards (Earth Girl series), Stephanie Diaz (Extraction series), Ian McDonald, Henry V. O’Neil (Sim War series), and Tim Lebbon.

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Fiction Affliction: September Releases in Fantasy

Thirty-two new fantasies bring their dungeons and dragons to the masses in September, even a few for adult readers. Look for new series releases, including the last Discworld novel from the late Sir Terry Pratchett, plus new additions from Erin Hunter (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans); Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass); S.M. Stirling (Emberverse); J.D. Oswald (The Ballad of Sir Benfro); Angus Watson (Iron Age); and Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound).

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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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