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Aug 31 2012 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: September Releases in Paranormal Romance

The fanged and furred set, and those who love them, can look forward to fourteen new releases in September, including new long-running series releases from Kristine Grayson, Katie MacAlister, Nalini Singh, Mari Mancusi, Lucy Monroe, G.A. Aiken, and Karina Cooper.

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

WEEK ONE

A Lady and Her Magic, by Tammy Falkner (September 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Rules Are Made to be Disobeyed. Sophia Thorne is new to the Regency’s glittering high society, which resembles her magical homeland only insofar as both places are filled with ridiculous rules. Which means no matter where she goes, she’s bound for trouble. And Scandals Are Meant to be Shocking. The Duke of Robinsworth has flaunted and shocked society for years. In a moment of fateful mischief, Robinsworth encounters the enchanting and distinctly scandalous Sophia. Between her streak of magical mischief and his penchant for scandal, they’re about to take rule breaking to a whole new level.

Charming Blue (Fates #8), by Kristine Grayson (September 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Once upon a time he was the most handsome of princes. But now he’s a lonely legend, hobbled by dark history. With too many dead in his wake, Bluebeard escapes through the evil spell of alcohol. But it’s a far different kind of spell that’s been ruining his life for centuries. Jodi Walters is a fixer, someone who can put magic back in order. But Blue has a problem she’s never encountered. And worse, she finds herself perilously attracted to him.

Where There’s a Will, by Karen Kelley (September 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)

When good girl Haley Tillman is stood up (again), she prays for a dating miracle, and then slams the front door in its face when it appears. Ryder is half angel, half mortal, with powers to do whatever the hell he wants. When he hears Haley’s prayers, he is bound and determined to answer every single one of them.

A Tale of Two Vampires (Dark Ones #10), by Katie MacAlister (September 4, Signet)

Iolanthe Tennyson has had a very bad year, due in part to the very bad men in her life. So, she’s accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria indulging in her photography hobby. There, rumors of a haunted forest draw Iolanthe into the dark woods, and into the eighteenth century. Nikola Czerny is a cursed man, forced by his half-brothers to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path. Iolanthe claims to know Nikola’s daughter, three hundred years in the future. She also knows what fate, in the form of his murderous half-brothers, has in store for him. If only she knew the consequences of changing the past to save one good, impossibly sexy vampire.

Accidental Magic, by P.C. Cast (September 4, Berkley)

P.C. Cast, presents two sexy, magical novellas set in Mysteria, Colorado, a supernatural town filled with vampires, witches, werewolves, and enough passion to awaken any creature of the night. In Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were)wolf, five-time divorcée Candice Cox is burned out and lacking in love. But when a friend’s spell presents Candice with the young werewolf lover of her dreams, she starts to rethink her commitment to swearing off men. In It’s in His Kiss, strict vegetarian Summer Smith has always had a hard time giving up control, especially since her magic is unpredictable at best. But when she meets a dark, gorgeous vampire named Colin, Summer suddenly finds herself wanting to let loose and experience the new appetites awaked by Colin’s kiss.

Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter #5), by Nalini Singh (September 4, Berkley)

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late. Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price, Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster. With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries old nightmare, and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

Blood Forever (Blood Coven #8), by Mari Mancusi (September 4, Berkley)

After making a deal with the devil, Rayne and Sunny have been given the chance to go back in time, preventing that fateful night when Sunny was bitten by Magnus from ever happening. But Sunny finds she doesn’t want to live without Magnus by her side and Rayne secretly wishes that vampire Jareth was back in her arms. To reclaim their lives, Sunny and Rayne team up to figure out a way to change history for the better. But if the twins can’t get the boys on their side, history may spiral out of control, destroying not only the Blood Coven, but quite possibly the entire human race.

Dragon’s Moon (Children of the Moon #4), by Lucy Monroe (September 4, Berkley)

He’s a dragon intent on saving his people from destruction. She is a wolf who blames him for the deaths of her brother and mother. They’re true mates, but will that be enough to overcome ancient prophecies, debilitating visions and a dragon’s fire?  When Erik, the only living dragon shifter, and prince of the Ean, killed her brother, Ciara was left alone to face her prophetic dreams. Now, in order to find the wolves’ sacred stone and save all the Chrechte from destruction, she needs her enemy’s help. Controlling his dragon’s fire is the most difficult thing he’s ever done, until he and Ciara are forced to face not only their shared tumultuous past, but a hallowed bond stronger than they realize. Their quest ushers them into a world of great danger, and a passion hotter than the dragon’s fire.

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (The Dragon Kin #6), by G.A. Aiken (September 4, Kensington)

Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. Honestly, though, I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me. If Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it, namely me, I’ll let him. Because while I’m trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I’m going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat.

Primal Possession (Moon Shifter #2), by Katie Reus (September 4, Signet)

As his pack’s second-in-command, lupine shifter Liam Armstrong gives orders and takes what he wants, until he meets red-headed, blue-eyed December McIntyre. Liam knows the human beauty is his intended mate the moment he sees her, but December is far too strong-willed to accept his protection. December, whose brother is the town sheriff, has every reason to mistrust shifters after one killed her youngest sibling. But the forceful and handsome Liam has gotten under her skin in a way she hadn’t thought possible. When a radical hate group targets all humans known to sympathize with paranormal beings, December is attacked in her bookstore. She turns to the only one who can help her: Liam. And he is going to take her to places within herself she never knew existed.

 

WEEKS TWO AND THREE

No new releases

 

WEEK FOUR

How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days (10 Days #2), by Saranna DeWylde (September 25, Kensington)

Got Warlock?  Middy Cherrywood does. She’s got more warlock than she can hex with Dred Shadowins. He isn’t just a billionaire playboy and Weekly Warlock centerfold. He’s a spy for the High Chancellor, and he convinces Middy to pose as his fiancée for his latest mission. Too bad no one told his mother before she slipped Middy a potion that will make their sham engagement all too real in just ten days. Dred Shadowins already has his hands full with cursed objects, possessed nuns, and dreams where Merlin makes him pay for taking his name in vain by relating his sexcapades with Nimue. But by the end of the mission, he’s convinced his most difficult challenge is the hero’s cape Middy’s draped over his shoulders.

Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars #2), by Claire Ashgrove (September 25, Tor)

Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again, he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him. Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty, but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her. As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice, his heart.

Sacrifice the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel (Dark Mission #4), by Karina Cooper (September 25, HarperCollins)

Parker Adams has always done what’s expected of her, until a double agent with nothing to lose ignites a passion she doesn’t dare give in to. Mission Agent Simon Wells is everything Parker Adams has been trained to fight: manipulator, murderer, spy, witch. What makes Simon most dangerous is his mesmerizing sexual magnetism, powerful enough to tempt even the famed ice queen of the Mission. Each encounter with the deceptive agent leaves her craving more. Simon isn’t a man to let go of what’s his, and his pursuit forces Parker to make a stand that could destroy her. If they can work together, they might survive the politics that has enslaved their world, or fall victim to the pitfalls of desperation, bone deep mistrust, and a hunger that threatens to consume them.

Unleashed, by Crystal Jordan (September 25, Kensington)

It is a future few envisioned, humans with the ability to shape and shift into every imaginable predator on earth. This new world is dangerous, dark and filled with desire. Fox shifter Gea Crevan is a PI working a case deep in the underbelly of New Chicago. She relies on ruthless businessman and leopard shifter Quilliam North for good intel and even better sex, but resists taking him as her mate. Until she witnesses his carnal lust for another. Grifter Felicia Tamryn is half cheetah and all woman who always gets what she wants. Until the day she tries to con Constantine Breckenridge and instead finds her heart held tight in the talons of an eagle shifter. Felicia tries to run but her past and her body betray her, catching her in a sexual trap of her own making.


Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Royal Street, the first in her Sentinels of New Orleans series, is set in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Find Suzanne on Twitter and Facebook.

9 comments
Benji Cat
1. benjicat
Yikes, those covers are all cringe-worthy.
Suzanne Johnson
2. SuzanneJohnson
@benjicat....LOL, and I work so hard to find the covers with the fabbest abs!
Ian Johnson
3. IanPJohnson
The paranormal romance industry is like a hole-in-the-wall diner, in that pretty much all they serve is greasy beefcake.
Shelly wb
4. shellywb
I'm guessing benjicat isn't their intended reader. Me, I have no trouble whatsoever staring at the pretty abs and totally objectifying those cover models.
Shelly wb
5. shellywb
@IanPJohnson, read many of them, have you? Then again, you're not their intended recipient either, so chances are you wouldn't understand them.

I love how some sf fans feel the need to denigrate other genres so they don't feel like they're at the bottom of the heap.
Suzanne Johnson
8. SuzanneJohnson
I'm feeling unloved, as tor.com will not take my comment. It's a conspiracy! Trying a third time...

There is a backlash between SFF fans and PNR or "romantic elements" in non-romance books. I wrote about it recently on the Heroes and Heartbreakers site, if anyone is interested.
Suzanne Johnson
9. SuzanneJohnson
Oh, and I should add that I am a PNR reader, and I pick my favorite abs for the column each month! :-)
Bridget McGovern
10. BMcGovern
Sorry, Suzanne--sometimes the system randomly decides that links are evil; we've tried to reason with it, but it is a fickle beast. We're working on an upgrade, I promise :)
Suzanne Johnson
11. SuzanneJohnson
LOL, I finally figured out that's what the problem was and embedded the link, which seemed to work :-)

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