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Jan 27 2012 5:00pm
Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Paranormal Romance

One would think the looming holiday for lovers would mean a heart-full of paranormal romances in time for Valentine’s Day, but it’s a light month, with only twelve releases—a quarter of those for Young Adults. But there’s always time for love in the underworld, and The Darkest Seduction, ninth in Gena Showalter’s much-loved Lords of the Underworld series, will be unleashed at the end of the month. In the meantime, check out Brave New Love, a new anthology featuring dystopian love stories for the YA crowd, or Tempted by Blood, the third in Laurie London’s Sweetblood series, for those of us who can’t get enough vampires.

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

WEEK ONE

Harbinger, by Sara Wilson Etienne (Feb. 2, Putnam Juvenile)

When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn’t expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she’s going crazy. Fast. But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she’s come home. She’s even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red. Faye knows she’s the reason, but what does it all mean? Young Adult.

Almost Everything, by Tate Hallaway (Feb. 7, NAL)

Whoever said vacations were relaxing? To say half-vampire, half-witch Ana Parker has boy trouble is putting it lightly. Her rocker ex-boyfriend Nikolai is trying to heat things up again, and high school hockey star Mathew wants her to try out with him for the Renaissance Festival. At least her sort-of boyfriend Elias isn’t hounding her cell—considering the vampire knight is currently living in her basement. But when the Prince of the Southern Region vampires informs Ana that they’re on the brink of war and she accidentally offers up Elias as a peace offering, the princess knows that she’s going to need some help to get out of the situation. Young Adult.

Siren’s Desire, by Devyn Quinn (Feb. 7, Signet)

The Lonike sisters have returned to Port Rock, Maine, in hiding from the dangerous Mer queens. But on the hunt for the queen, Addison can’t resist joining the naval task force, especially when its captain is hunky and as ready for adventure as she is. As thing heat up at sea, an encounter with a new race of male sea-shifters and their handsome leader has her questioning the longings of her heart. Third in the Dark Tides series.

Alpha Instinct, by Katie Reus (Feb. 7, Signet)

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate. But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. First in a new series.

Inked Magic, by Jory Strong (Feb. 7, Berkley)

With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, magic and gift have put her on the path of two compelling men. Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín’s help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn’t—until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly—and only by paying magic’s price will there be any future.

Bloodright, by Karin Tabke (Feb. 7, Berkley)

After years of waiting, Lycan Alpha Lucien Mondragon is poised to take revenge on his brother, Rafael, by killing Rafael’s life mate, the Lycan/Slayer half-breed Falon—but he cannot complete the kill. Instead of ending her life, Lucien defiantly marks Falon as his own. Though terrified by the savage Lucien, Falon finds herself drawn to him. Torn between the love she has for Rafael and the hunger she holds for Lucien, the will of Falon’s heart will lead her to her destined life mate–but it may also doom the brothers and the Lycan race to extinction. Second in the Blood Moon Trilogy.

Eternal Captive, by Laura Wright (Feb. 7, Signet)

Since feeding her his blood, Lucian Roman has struggled with his obsession with Bronwyn Kettler—fighting an uncontrollable desire to kill her, if he has to, and the vampire she has sworn to wed. But when a dangerous enemy threatens Bronwyn, only Lucian can save her life. Even if it means sacrificing his own. Third in the Mark of the Vampire series.

 

WEEK TWO

Brave New Love, edited by Paula Guran (Feb. 14, Running Press)

Young love has always had its challenges, but even so, the world falling apart at its seams is a pretty big obstacle. This collection of dystopian tales explores survival of the fittest in terms of love, passion, and humanity. When the survival of the human race is at stake, what will it take for the bond between two people to hold strong together? Featuring works from Jeanne Du Prau, Carrie Ryan, Diana Peterfreund, Jesse Karp, Kiera Cass, Andrew Smith, and William Sleator. Young Adult.

 

WEEK THREE

Tempted by Blood, by Laurie London (Feb. 21, HQN)

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he’s been assigned to protect. Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn’t seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death. Third in the Sweetblood series.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me, by Jess Rothenberg (Feb. 21, Dial)

Brie’s life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul, who might hold the key to her forever after. Young Adult.

 

WEEK FOUR

Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, by Molly Harper (Feb. 28, Pocket)

Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of all things marital, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend Gabriel are coming along smoothly. But the road to wedded bliss gets bumpy when a teenage acquaintance is fatally wounded in front of Jane’s shop and she turns him to save his life. The Council pronounces Jane responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst. Jane’s kitchen at River Oaks barely holds enough Faux Type O to satiate the cute teen’s appetite and maintain Gabriel’s jealous streak at a slow simmer. Fourth in the Jane Jameson series.

The Darkest Seduction, by Gena Showalter (Feb. 28, HQN)

Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach—until now. Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris’s arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up. Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally—or tear them apart? Ninth in the Lords of the Underworld 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 on April 10 by Tor Books, is set in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Find Suzanne on Twitter.

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