After a subdued February, paranormal romance leaps back into bed—er, action—in March with 23 new releases. I have three words for you: Black. Dagger. Brotherhood. Of course, there are also new releases in long-running series by Nina Bangs, Shannon K. Butcher, Elizabeth Chandler, Thea Harrison, Terry Spear, and Jessa Slade. But seriously, it’s Tohr’s time to shine in J.R. Ward’s Lover Reborn, so I’ll just repeat: Black. Dagger. Brotherhood. True that.
Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here.
Darkness Bound, by Stella Cameron (March 1, Forever)
After her husband’s death, Leigh Kelly arrives on Whidbey Island determined to start over. Yet women have been disappearing, and Leigh thinks she’s being watched, especially at night. Soon, she’s experiencing visions she can’t explain and fighting her attraction to a handsome stranger who seems to know her most intimate desires As the leader of the Team, a pack of werehounds forced to hide their existence, former special ops soldier Niles Latimer is desperate to prove a man’s heart beats inside his predator’s body. And Leigh may be the one woman who can help him. But something evil is waiting in the woods—and the hunt has begun. First in the Chimney Road series.
Perception (Clarity, Book 2), by Kim Harrington (March 1, Scholastic)
Everybody knows about Clarity Fern. She’s the psychic girl, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her. But then someone starts playing with her head—and heart. Messages from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the boy who gets Clare’s pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare’s hopeful ex-boyfriend? Clare needs to solve this mystery soon—the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared. Young Adult.
Lucy (Daughters of the Sea, Book 3), by Kathryn Lasky (March 1, Scholastic)
Lucy’s family is excited to spend the summer in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her minister father is pleased to preside over such a prestigious congregation, and his social-climbing wife is ecstatic at the chance to find a rich husband for her daughter. Yet Lucy wants nothing to do with the Bar Harbor social scene; she’s simply excited to spend the summer by the sea, watching the waves from her favorite spot on the cliff. Despite having never gone swimming, Lucy feels an intense connection to the ocean, and meets a handsome shipbuilder who shows her a world she’s never known, yet somehow always longed for. Young Adult.
Fever, by Joan Swan (March 1, Brava)
When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she’s in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need. A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn’t, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.
Wicked Edge (Castle of Dark Dreams, Book 5), by Nina Bangs (March 6, Berkley)
After one too many attempts to enliven the heavenly halls, Passion, an angel, is sent to Earth to tame her naughty nature and to bring goodness and light to the most sinful of places—the Castle of Dark Dreams. Once there, she finds herself playing the role of a virgin used as bait to trap a marauding demon.
Dying Wish (Sentinel Wars, Book 6), by Shannon K. Butcher (March 6, Signet)
Jackie Patton has been rescued by the Theronai from her captivity and torture at the hands of the Synestryn, only to learn that she’s a potential match for the Theronai warriors who need a woman to literally save their lives. Forced to choose, she unexpectedly selects Iain, a cold-hearted warrior who doesn’t want to be saved. Iain is convinced that it’s too late—that his soul is already as dead as his former betrothed, killed by the Synestryn. Still, he is the only man Jackie feels a measure of peace around and the only one she wants. But is Iain indeed beyond saving?
Everlasting (Kissed by an Angel, Book 5), by Elizabeth Chandler (March 6, Simon Pulse)
Ivy should be ecstatic that her formerly-dead boyfriend Tristan is back on earth with her, but the life of a fallen angel is never easy. Tristan has been cast down in the body of a murderer, and the police are after him. Now, there’s only one way that he and Ivy can be together: they must clear him of the murder. But when it becomes clear that there are darker forces at work, and Tristan and Ivy are still paying the price for Ivy’s miraculous survival of the car crash, these star-crossed lovers have more at stake than ever before. And one of them may not be alive much longer. Young Adult.
Assassins in Love, by Kris DeLake (March 6, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Agent:Misha. Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book. Agent: Rikki. Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way. Love becomes a matter of life and death. Misha’s mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give up her guns. He completely underestimated the effect she would have on him—and what heat and chaos they could bring to each other. DeLake is a pen name for author Kristine Kathryn Rusch. First in a new series.
Geared for Pleasure, by Rachel Grace (March 6, Berkley)
The world of Theorrey runs like a well-oiled machine. The elements are in balance, passion is tamed, and the young queen is the heartbeat of it all. But in these two all-new stories of elemental steam, nothing is ever as it seems. First in a new series.
Balthazar, by Claudia Gray (March 6, HarperTeen)
Haunted by memories from his first days as a vampire, Balthazar has spent hundreds of years alone. When he emerges from his isolation to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, Balthazar has no idea of the danger. Skye’s psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the vampire who murdered Balthazar and his family four centuries earlier. As they stand together to fight, Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by Skye—just as Redgrave realizes he can destroy Balthazar once and for all by taking her. An Evernight book. Young Adult.
Oracle’s Moon (Elder Races, Book 4), by Thea Harrison (March 6, Berkley)
As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and Petra’s husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children—neither of which she is prepared for. Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace’s impudence toward the Elder Races. But when an attempt is made on Grace’s life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one who can protect her—and offer her more than a mortal man.
Darkness Undone (Marked Souls, Book 4), by Jessa Slade (March 6, Signet)
Sidney Westerbrook has always studied darkness and damnation from a sensible distance. Now to earn his place as a league Bookkeeper, he must discover why Chicago is such a battleground of soul-linked warriors. But the research becomes personal when he finds himself over his head, under attack, and at the mercy of waif Alyce Carver.
A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing (Heart of the Wolf, Book 9), by Terry Spear (March 6, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
While her overprotective brother’s away, Meara Greymere’s planning to play—and it wouldn’t hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she’s ever seen. Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He’s a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet. As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself.
Dire Needs, by Stephanie Tyler (March 6, Signet)
Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But when he meets a gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s instinct is to claim her. Gwen has her own desires. She hopes a passionate night with the Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her. But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them alltrappers determined to enslave humankind. First in a new series.
Nightborn, by Lynn Viehl (March 6, Signet)
The High Lord of the Immortal Darkyn has sent his most trusted warrior, Korvel, to retrieve a coveted scroll that’s rumored to contain maps to Templar treasures and the secrets to eternal life. Uniting with Korvel to recover the dangerous artifact is Simone Derien, the daughter of the scroll’s guardian, and a woman with many deadly secrets. First in a new series.
Vampire’s Kiss (The Watchers, Book 2), by Veronica Wolff (March 6, NAL)
By her wits, blood, and sacrifice, so far Drew has survived the intensive training on the Isle of Night. As a second-year Acari, her ultimate goal is to become a Watcher, and now she has a shot at her first mission. Except nothing is as it seems. The vampire Alcántara is as sinister as he is sexy, Ronan is more distant than ever, and it turns out there are other vampires out there. Bad ones. Ancient, bloodthirsty, and powerful, these undead are really old-school. They’ve captured one of the Watcher vamps and are torturing him for information. But, when their vampire prisoner turns out to be a gorgeous bad boy, Drew’s first mission turns into more than she bargained for.
Queen of Swords, by Katee Robert (March 13, Entangled Select)
When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger whose bed she just spent a wild, drunken night in. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever. Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlockor into bed.
Darkest Knight (Knight’s Curse, Book 2), by Karen Duvall (March 20, Luna)
After the warrior she loves saved her from a murderous gargoyle, Chalice watched helplessly as Aydin turned into a gargoyle himself. Now, free from the curse that enslaved her, Chalice pledges to join her sister knights in The Order of the Hatchet—and do whatever it takes to regain Aydin’s humanity—and his love. What she encounters within their hallowed sanctuary is pure intrigue. Someone—or something—is murdering her sisters in their sleep, provoking fear and suspicion among the order. Meanwhile, Aydin, unable to stay away, starts haunting Chalice’s dreams, urging her onward.
A Temptation of Angels, by Michelle Zink (Mar. 20, Dial)
When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong. Young Adult.
Temptation Rising, by A.C. Arthur (March 27, St. Martin’s)
Washington police officer Kalina Harper still dreams about that night two years ago, when a huge catlike creature saved her from a crazed attacker. Although she kept the truth to herself, Kalina can never forget, especially after meeting Roman Reynolds. Muscular, magnetic, and all man, Roman is a high-powered attorney with a predatory smile and seductive charm. He is also a criminal suspect with suspicious connections to the Amazon jungle. But when Kalina discovers that Roman is linked to a secret race of shapeshifting jaguars—who hunt down maneaters—she is forced to put her trust in a man who unleashes her wildest fantasies and fears.
A Breath of Eyre, by Eve Marie Mont (March 27, Kensington)
Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a longtime friend who adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre. Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. Young Adult.
Spellcaster (Spellbound, Book 2), by Cara Lynn Schultz (March 27, Harlequin Teen)
After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although…it’s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate helps ease the pain—especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close. But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan’s deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma’s crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe. Young Adult.
Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10), by J.R. Ward (March 27, NAL)
Now back in the Brotherhood—and unrecognizable as the vampire leader he once was—Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams—trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld—Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed. Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future—but can his heart let go and set all of them free?
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.