Fifteen paranormal heroes take on demons this month, unless, of course, they are demons themselves because in our brave old world, demons can be enticing. Look for series additions this month from, among others, Hailey Edwards (Araneae Nation), Laura Wright (Mark of the Vampire), Lauren Dane (Bound by Magick), Alyson Noel (Soul Seekers), Paula Altenburg (Demon Outlaws), Boone Brux (Bringer and the Bane), and Rosalie Lario (Demons of Infernum).
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Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.
Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. When a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she’s shocked. He has a dire message that she alone can deliver. Mana must face Vaughn, the male who inspired one too many girlish fantasies, and impart the spirit’s message so the soul can be laid to rest. The woman he remembers as an awkward girl refuses to leave his side until he’s heard her out. When they are both captured, they learn of an even greater threat. The plague devastating the southlands has come to his clan home. His best chance to keep his people alive is the female who walks among the dead.
Years ago, with the healing abilities afforded by her blend of Aztec and extraterrestrial blood, Liz was free to do as she wished. Now she is trapped in a blood feud, forced to heal one of her clan’s most dangerous rivals so they can exploit his gift of prophecy. Zeke Neekoma never expected to hunger for a woman he’s supposed to hate, but now that he’s tasted her, he has no intention of denying himself. Brought to Zeke’s stronghold to heal his brother, Jacob, Liz surrenders her body’s most traitorous needs to the unrestrained desires of two powerful men. And the brothers fill the lonely void she has too long endured. But her clan doesn’t intend to let her go without a fight, and the ecstasy that binds Liz to her lovers could be the thing that breaks them.
Three years after solving the hundred-year-old murder case that brought them together, Greg Woodhall and Adrian Broussard have settled into life together in Chapel Hill. Adrian’s doctorate research and Greg’s two jobs keep them busy. Greg is offered the chance to help Bay City Paranormal scope out the historic PlayMakers Theater’s rumored spirits. As the protoplasmic trail shifts to DogOpolis, where Greg works part time, he senses something in the air besides the aroma of gourmet hot dogs. There’s an entity that the team can’t quite get a handle on. When the team finally uncovers the truth, no one is prepared for the danger, or what they’ll have to do to stop the thing plaguing DogO before it stops them. Permanently.
The violent attack left Synjon destroyed and his lover dead, at the will of the evil vampire Cruen. Syn’s passionate savior was Petra. When she became pregnant with his child, it should have been a blessing, until Syn vanished after discovering the truth: Petra was the daughter of the man he despised above all others. The daughter of Cruen. When Petra’s health begins to decline, she contacts Syn to help save their baby. He cannot turn his back on his own innocent child. As his feelings for Petra are rekindled, Syn becomes increasingly torn. Although everyone assumes that Cruen is dead, Syn is not convinced, and is still hell-bent on finding and destroying him once and for all. But will his thirst for vengeance keep him from seeing what is really worth living for before it is too late?
After losing her husband to a French agent, Charlotte Moncrieffe wants to make her mark in international espionage. What could be better for recovering long-lost documents from the Palais Garnier than her stealth dirigible, Gossamer Wing? Her spymaster father has one condition: He won’t send her to Paris without an ironclad cover. Dexter Hardison prefers inventing to politics, but his title as Makesmith Baron and his formidable skills make him an ideal husband-imposter. The undercover arrangement would help him in his own field of discovery. From Charlotte and Dexter’s marriage of convenience comes a passion that complicates a dangerous mission. For Charlotte, the thought of losing Dexter also opens her heart to a thrilling new future of love and adventure.
Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. She is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city. Rafe Adova lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no ambition until the night he decides to help a girl named Corene. She, too, is a princess, sister to Josetta, who finds her with Rafe. Josetta has never encountered anyone like him, someone seemingly devoid of elemental blessings. He is drawn to her, though he thinks they are unlikely to ever meet again, but their connection grows strong when she nurses him back to health after he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries. When they learn the reason he’s being hunted, they know that the truth about his history could endanger not only their love but also their very lives.
Shelly Connors’s worlds, on land and in the sea, are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy. Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual, and impossible to ignore. But he’s determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly’s hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?
This holiday season, armed with love and passion, can the Keepers stop the reign of Darkness? Christmas is coming to Salem, but so is an evil force that threatens all mankind. In this collection led by author Heather Graham, four powerful Keepers must save their community as a strange, eternal night creeps over the town. Forced to choose between their time-honored responsibilities or the lovers their hearts desire, these four women must risk their own happiness to save the holiday. But Christmas is a time for miracles, and as each Keeper’s greatest longing is met, the Season of Light returns.
When Nick and Kris, the half-fae sons of human mothers, aren’t using Santa’s sleigh in the off-season to make deliveries, they’re setting off sensual fireworks in the bedroom. They dream of a feminine third to complete their lives. There’s only one woman they can picture filling that role. Lilly thought earning extra money stripping was a good plan, until she’s left battered, bruised, and stuffed in a back-alley trash can. He rescuers turn out to be the dark, brooding dom and the golden-haired sub whose faces are still the stuff of her fantasies. She questions whether anyone can break into Nick and Kris’s powerful bond. There’s someone who’s been waiting for this moment all Lilly’s life. An evil psychopath who holds the secrets of her past.
The bombing that almost killed Owen witch Molly Ryan has worsened the tensions between the humans and the Others. While the Others desperately campaign to prevent the passage of a law that would strip their people of all rights, the human separatists develop an agenda far worse than anyone imagined. Security head Helena Jaansen finds herself relying more and more heavily on her personal guard, Faine Leviathan. As Helena and Faine’s explosive passion grows, a deadly separatist plot is discovered, one which could bring ultimate destruction for the Others, and war breaks out between the two opposing factions. With the Others forced into hiding, Helena must overcome her fear of repeating past failures to save her people, and her heart, before it’s too late.
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Daire Santos is the last of the Soul Seekers, and the only thing standing between the Richters and the destruction of everyone she loves. With her grandmother gone and Cade back in Enchantment, Daire must finally step into her destiny and lead the fight against the Richters. But what if that means sacrificing the person she loves most? Bound to the Richters by blood, Dace struggles against the darkness growing inside him that threatens to claim Daire too. Though Daire refuses to give up on him, the choice may not be hers. An epic battle is on the horizon and the end of the world looms near. With such insurmountable odds stacked against them, is their love really enough to conquer all?
Half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. She’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way. A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption. As Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.
Rell has lived in the Shadow World for thirteen years as a Demon Bane, as the demonic enemy of the immortal Bringers. When she is given the chance to become human again, and a full-powered Bringer, Rell isn’t sure if it’s better to be a demon in the Shadow World.. For two years Siban had been tortured in the Bane prison, only to fall in love with the beautiful demon who helped him escape. When Rell’s human body is rescued from the Shadow World, he will do anything to be with her. Siban and Rell must join a mission to go into the Shadow World to rescue others trapped by the Demon Bane King. What they discover destroys everything they knew about the Demon Bane. The lovers must learn to trust themselves and their new powers if they’re going to make it out alive.
Interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who’s using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with deportation to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin will stop at nothing to take out the incubus. Even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart, and nearly his life, during the most mind-blowing hour of his existence. Amara and her fellow succubi are forced to extract special abilities from the strongest Otherworlders for their psychotic master’s growing collection. When the gorgeous angel-demon hybrid she believed to be dead captures her, Amara is both stunned and elated. She and Ronin can find salvation, they must bring down the madman hell-bent on destroying everything they love. And Ronin and Amara are at the top of his list.
Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. She writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, whose third book, Elysian Fields, was released this fall. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her daily book blog, Preternatura.