The holiday season gets off to a steamy start with sixteen new releases in paranormal romance in November, including hosts of heavenly angels and packs of sexy shapeshifters. Look for new series releases from Keri Arthur, Stephanie Tyler, Elisabeth Naughton, Jessica Andersen, Sara Humphreys, Larissa Ione, Cynthia Eden, Christine Warren and Kerrelyn Sparks.
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.
Risa Jones, half-Aedh/half-werewolf, can enter the realm between life and death. She can speak to the dying and the dead, and she can see the reapers, collectors of souls. What she cannot yet see is the identity of a stranger murdering women and draining their blood. Risa must summon her gifts to find him. The killer knows who she is. He tells her his victims are infected by darkness and he’s fated to destroy them. Fascinated by Risa, he engages her in a sinister game: the chance to save the life of his next victim by deciphering his series of clues. She enlists the help of the reaper Azriel. As an attraction between them grows, so does the fear that the stranger’s motives are only part of a larger, more dangerous stratagem, one that that has lured Risa and Azriel into the dark.
The supernatural world is rising up against the human one. The weretrappers want control, and only the immortal Dire wolves stand in the way of total destruction. Stray, a Dire, and his long-lost brother, Killian, emerge as the leaders of their pack. To keep themselves and the humans safe, the Dires need a witch as powerful as Seb, who betrayed the Dires to work for the weretrappers. They find what they are looking for in Kate. Stray senses Kate’s abilities as a witch and recruits her to help the Dires, all the while knowing she is so powerful they will need to kill her once she helps defeat the weretrappers. Stray doesn’t expect the powerful connection that he feels with Kate. They cannot hide their feelings for each other, and what once was taboo now seems inevitable.
She calls to him. Come to me. You can’t resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there’s only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can’t be sure what’s real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him….Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn’t feel the pull of the dark when she’s near. And he’s determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she’s a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld…or free him from his chains for good.
Imprisoned and tortured by the demoness who tricked him into betraying the Nightkeepers and the woman he loves, Rabbit must endure excruciating pain to protect the diminished Skywatch army as the end-time approaches. He hasn’t just lost his credibility, he’s lost his magic. Myrinne is far from the woman Rabbit once knew, she’s got magic now and she’s strong enough to help the Nightkeepers. She’s not prepared to handle the fiercely driven man he’s become or the dangerous feelings that spark between them. With the barrier ready to fall and a xombi outbreak in the human world, Rabbit and Myrinne must forge a new partnership amid dangerous instability and the threat of an undead army. It will be up to Rabbit to master his ferocious magic, or all will be lost.
When her brother Johnny dies, Stella Malone’s grief lands her in the buff arms of The Impalers’ bass player. A tipsy argument leads to her getting stuck in bat form at the wake. The rest of the hungover Impalers are in no shape to help her. Wyatt doesn’t have a clue what happened last night, either, nor does he know that Stella is the bat currently dive-bombing his head. There is a priest passed out in the bathtub and an alcoholic parrot squawking about a chapel of love. Which might explain the ring on Berto Cortez’s finger. How did a night of rock ’n’ roll debauchery result in him turning sexy washboard player Katie Lambert into a vampire and then marrying her? These four friends turned amnesiac couples have only one choice: hit the famed Bourbon Street for some answers.
The Amoveo are an ancient race who’ve lived secretly among humans for thousands of years. They are beautiful and incredibly strong but their race is extremely fragile, each has until the age of 30 to find their soul mate, before their bodies start to die a slow, painful death. Layla Nickelsen has spent her life running from a mate she didn’t choose, until William Fleury finally confronts her. Normally stoic and unemotional, William finds himself befuddled by Layla: his growing feelings for her and his driving need to protect her. And Layla has to admit that William might be everything she’s always wanted after all.
Grayson Hadley is in his own special hell-being treated like a wayward pup by the tutor employed to turn him into a true gentleman. So when he meets a hot-blooded American beauty with the mark of a Lycan, he’s only too glad to slip his leash…Accustomed to running wild in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to her grandfather’s in London to learn a thing or two about polite society. At first she scoffs at the English Lycans’ apparent tameness. Little does Livi realize how very close she is to unleashing the passion that lies just beneath the surface….
Daire Santos just saved her grandmother’s life—and her soul. But at a cost. The Richters, a dark family of sorcerers, have been let loose in the Lowerworld, and Daire and her boyfriend, Dace, must once again work together to find them before they upset the balance between good and evil, and destroy not only their small town in New Mexico, but the entire world. As Daire and Dace’s relationship deepens, Dace’s evil brother Cade grows stronger than ever, building his power and forcing Daire to confront the horrifying prophecy that has brought them all together. One that will leave Daire no choice but to claim her true destiny as Seeker, but only by making an unthinkable sacrifice for the greater good of all.
Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues, and falls for, a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man whom Jillian can trust. He’s also the kind of man who can be very dangerous. Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian’s life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian’s neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he’s putting Jillian in danger. And once it’s revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all.
As a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death. Only Jade Pierce is no delicate flower. She’s spent years learning to survive and fight the evil forces sent by her ex-lover who refuses to let her go. But after seeing Az in action, she figures she could use a little supernatural help. And so she plans a course of seduction guaranteed to arouse his interest and his angelic passions.
Tess Menzies can work a spell with a few blinks of her baby blue eyes. But this dedicated witch can’t summon up a single good reason for why she’s been made an envoy between her kind and Manhattan’s fiercest were-creatures. She’ll need every miracle in the book to broker any kind of truce. That means outwitting Council of Others leader Rafael De Santos. It doesn’t take a cat’s supernatural senses for Rafael to suspect that there’s something strange about this unexpected peace offering. And finding the truth is just as tempting as uncovering the secrets Tess is trying to conceal. She’s tantalizing enough to make this wandering were-jaguar think he’s found the perfect mate. But his stealth and her spells can’t guarantee they have a chance at survival, much less a future together.
It’s not easy being a Vampire Angel. No one knows that better than Trond Sigurdsson. In the centuries since he last went out drinking and wenching with his Viking buds, Trond has been a gladiator, a cowboy, a ditch digger, even a sheik. But now he’s the baddest of them all: a Navy SEAL kicking butts of terrorist immortals with the help of his hot female partner, police officer-turned-Special Forces operative Nicole Tasso. It’s not easy being a Vangel’s lover. The “cop” part of Nicole tells her there’s something bizarre about her gorgeous godlike teammate. Trond has secrets galore, but Nicole feels certain she can dig them out, and really get to the heart of this powerful, unnerving stranger whom she may be risking her soul to love.
For ten long years, Tara has been a woman on the run, hiding from the magic-wielding Warriors and Druids of modern-day Scotland. Now, as a tour guide at a remote Highland castle, she hopes to finally escape her past, until one impossibly gorgeous man enters her life and exposes her wildest secrets. For centuries, Ramsey MacDonald has concealed his strength and skill as part Warrior, part Druid, for fear of unleashing the full force of his power. But when he takes Tara into his arms, and seals their fate with a kiss, Ramsey will have to fight for her love, though it may mean losing control of the magic inside him.
After surviving a brutal vampire attack, Nurse Edie Spence is ready to get back to work, attending to supernatural creatures in need of medical help. But her nursing skills are put to the test when she witnesses a hit-and-run on her lunch break. The injured pedestrian is not only a werewolf, he’s the pack leader. With two rival packs fighting tooth and nail, Edie has no intention of crossing enemy lines. When she meets her patient’s nephew, a tattooed werewolf named Lucas with a predatory gleam in his eye that’s hard to resist, Edie can’t help but choose sides. The question is: can she trust this dangerous new ally? And can she trust her own instincts when she’s near him? Either way, Edie can’t seem to pull away, even if getting involved makes her easy prey.
Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people, striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself, until he beholds Bettina. Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure. Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. Unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away, or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever pitch.
It’s not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he’d like to lick. Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he’s a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp, and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.
Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good romance, as long as there’s at least one non-human involved. 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.