Twenty-two paranormal heroes struggle against the forces of darkness, er, romance this month. Look for series additions from, among others, Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians), Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles), Donna Grant (Dark Warriors, two volumes), J.R. Ward (Fallen Angels), Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer), Gena Showalter (Otherworld Assassin). New series start up this month from Caris Roane and C.J. Barry.
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.
Two years ago, the rogue vampires invaded Lily Haven’s home and kidnapped her son. Now, if she hopes to see her child again, she must do the unthinkable, bind herself, body and soul, to a vampire warrior. She must choose one of the rogue army’s prisoners of war and force him to do her bidding. But when she sees the warrior, Adrien, naked, beaten, and straining against his chains, it is she who is held captive. Adrien has been waiting for her. A beautiful woman who appears to him in visions. But Lily is more than he ever hoped for. She is the master of his destiny, and he is her willing slave. Even when she asks him to find the ultimate weapon for his enemies, he must obey her. Even if the task destroys them both.
Gwen Badura lives by instinct, tied to the pendant she has worn since she was a child. Michael MacKenzie is driven by the demon blade he carries, his soul slowly poisoned by its demands. They are both drawn to the city of Albuquerque by forces they do not understand, forces that require their submission, or their death. Thrown together by violence, in a city being driven mad with hate, their connection, emotional and physical, is immediate, and fierce. They don’t know the rules of this deadly game, only the penalty for losing. Gwen and Mac need to trust each other to survive, but the secrets they carry may destroy them first.
Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her “special abilities” aren’t much, but the plan is simple, she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it’s bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He’s a vampire, all right, but different. More interested in saving her skin than draining it. Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years, long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can’t stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she’s exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He’ll have to accept Krysta’s help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. The cost to his heart might be higher.
Clues left by her missing father lead Lyra to a gorgeous, mysterious Caido, a descendent of fallen angels. When she discovers that his brother is also missing, she’s determined not to let the exasperating man shut her out. The last thing Archer needs is an emotional Dragon at his side, especially one whose heat reaches beyond the icy walls he, and all Caidos, must erect for good reason. Working together? Smart. Falling in love? Foolish, and inescapable. (Digital)
Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.
Ever since that fateful night, he can’t stop thinking about her. She moved across the dance floor like an angel, surrendering to the music, and casting a spell that could only be magic. When Phelan took her in his arms and kissed her, the Highlander knew this was no ordinary woman. This was a Druidess who could fulfill his every desire, or destroy him completely. She is a mystery, a woman on the run, hunted by two different men. As much as she longs to be captured by the magnificent warrior Phelan, she knows she must resist the temptation. A vengeful evil is stalking her, watching her every move, a madman who will stop at nothing to possess her power. Once, she sold a piece of her soul for magic. Is she willing to risk Phelan’s life, and give up her heart, for love?
When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose, or what kind of dire consequences could follow. Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil—literally. As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty. Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak? And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity? Only time, and hearts, will tell.
Reya Sinclair is the last person a man sees before he dies. As a Redeemer, she offers the soon-to-be-departed one last chance to atone for their sins. She won’t let anyone stand in her way, not even a ruggedly sexy cop hot on her trail. Reya must shake him before he ruins her, but her heart can’t seem to let him go. Detective Thane Driscoll has watched too many criminals get away. Now Thane carries out his own brand of justice. When a string of deaths leads him to a beautiful woman in black, he discovers there’s more to his father’s murder than meets the eye. Thane discovers that only Reya’s touch can calm his rage. Racing to uncover an evil plot, they must fight together to stop the coming storm. But when the time comes, can Reya sacrifice her own redemption to save Thane?
Young Adult. A shadow rises from Alex’s past, and she wants him back. Hailey Westmore will stop at nothing to claim the boy she was meant to be with. Without warning, Emma Gentry finds she cannot trust anything. Not her mind, her memory, not even herself. Tragic events and unexpected deaths stalk Alex and Emma, testing them in ways they would never imagine, and may not survive. Alex carries a new secret, and a horrifying guilt that Hailey uses to her advantage. Emma’s life and sanity hang in the balance, and Alex may have created a monster.
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss. Yeah, that part sucks. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?
The hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job. When her grandfather leaves her his multimillion-dollar estate in the Ozarks, she figures her luck is turning around. Except her inheritance comes with complications: town children who disappear during full moons, an irresistible butler, and a pack of werewolves who can’t seem to decide whether to frighten her or flirt with her. Resuming her work means facing painful truths about her childhood, which could result in the loss of love, friendship, and the only true family she has left. (Digital)
Young Adult. Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen.
Jessica Moore thrives on misery. Literally. Thanks to a goblin’s curse, she gets a magical high from humanity’s suffering. A shameful talent like that could bury a girl in guilt, so to atone, she uses her dark power to hunt murderers, rapists and other scumbags until one of them frames her for his crimes. Jessica seeks refuge with the one person she trusts to not turn her in a satyr named Lucen. Lucen uses his lusty magic to control Boston’s human population, and Jessica isn’t immune to his power. (Digital)
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After her last mission tested the limits of her humanity and took her out of this world, Secret’s friends, determined to keep her safe from her old nemesis Alexandre Peyton, keep ushering her from one babysitter to the next. Couch surfing would be a lot more fun if Alexandre would let up on her long enough to allow her to get in some alone time with her lovers. Including Holden, her self-appointed shadow. Secret literally brings down the house while hunting a rogue, causing the council to exile her from New York. Secret ends up embroiled in a mystery to find a vampire warden gone AWOL and a missing artifact. Things go from bad to worse when she falls into the hands of a man who will prove that humans can be the worst monsters of them all. (Digital)
Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent, and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help, a woman with even more secrets than Blue. Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he’s decided he wants her. He helps her see beyond the darkness of her own past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe, even though he’d rather die than live without her.
Beri O’Dell is on a mission. She has to rip back into a hell dimension fast, but needs two things first, the blood of an ancient and a fix for her friend Blythe’s magic. Finding ancient blood isn’t easy when the old ones are rare and unwilling to donate. She needs to find Blythe’s former mentor, except the woman has lost her mind and joined a traveling band of singing witches. Nikolos is imprisoned, and after a screwed-up spell lets her witness the horror that has become his life, her fear for him grows by the day. A powerful being unleashed during the battle with the Dweller likes her gluttonous new existence, and will kill anyone who threatens it. Beri has a few tricks up her sleeve, even if it means mining the darkness of her soul to set everything right, and get Nikolos back in her arms. (Digital)
Waking Up Dead (End of Days Love #1)—Emma Shortt (October 22, Entangled Select)
You know your life has hit rock bottom when you’re living off cooked rats and showering once every few months. But for Jackson Hart things are about to get a whole lot worse. Her best friend, Tye, disappears hunting for food. She meets ex-mechanic Luke Granger, who takes her to his bunker, feeds her with non-rat based food, and offers her protection against the zombie hordes. The flesh eaters are getting smarter and when the bunker is compromised, Jackson and Luke have no choice but to make the journey south. Luke and Jackson team up to find other humans in a road-trip romance for the ages. Traveling for thousands of miles with zombies shadowing their every move, they must utilize every resource at their disposal, and then some.
OWEA agent and psychometrist Beatrice Davis’s ex-lover, vampire detective Claude Desmarais, shows up on her doorstep several years after they last spoke. She isn’t happy to hear he needs help with a case. After touching the evidence he brought her, she realizes that the vampire she saw in that vision is the same man who has plagued her nightmares since her brother disappeared. She follows Claude back to Chicago and insists on helping with his unofficial case. Claude doubts Beatrice’s vision due to loyalty to the man Beatrice saw and Beatrice fears that Claude is walking into a trap. In the shadows, a vampire works against them, plotting their demise. But which vampire? And when things turn bad, what can a mere human do to save the vampire she loves? (Digital)
Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There’s just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body. Humans are so frail, so undisciplined, so susceptible to love. And when this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of mad. Which might not be such a bad thing because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he’ll have to do everything in his power to keep her safe. But will it be enough? (Digital)
Tristan McIntryre is finally moving up the ladder of demon success. The Prince of Darkness himself has put Tristan in charge of total demonic takeover where Tristan has to bite the proverbial forked tongue working alongside she-devil diva Finola White. His biggest distraction is the last kind a demon of lust like him needs: a mortal woman. Georgia Sullivan clearly wasn’t thinking when she signed on to work at HOT! Now she’s surrounded by demons and size 2 models. She has a huge crush on her insanely handsome boss, Tristan. She senses that deep down he’s a good guy. As Tristan and Georgia play with fire, project total demonic takeover begins to run into a few snags. The temperature is definitely rising, or worse, Tristan could be falling in love.
For centuries, Malcolm has struggled against the forces of darkness, and bears the scars to prove it. Hardened by a lifetime of fighting, he is more warrior than man, incapable of feeling love or compassion. But one stormy night, he pulls a beautiful woman from a car wreck, and experiences a rush of fiery emotion that could melt even the hardest of hearts. Since childhood, Evangeline Walker has felt the magic growing inside her. Descended from Druids, she is the perfect vessel for ancient magic, and evil. Evie knows she should trust no one, not even Malcolm, whose strong touch and tender kiss she craves. But after she makes a devil’s bargain to save her half-brother, this fearsome warrior may be the only man who can protect her, with his heart, his body, and his soul.
Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Her Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series is launching its third book, Elysian Fields, on August 13. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her daily book blog, Preternatura.