The weather outside might be frightful, but lovers of the paranormal among us will find this month’s nineteen releases hot-hot-hot. Look for series additions this month from, among others, Ryannon Byrd (Bloodrunners), Kathryne Kennedy (Relics of Merlin), Tes Hilaire (Paladin Warriors), Sara Humphreys (The Amoveo Legend), Vivian Arend (Granite Lake Wolves, J.T. Geissinger (Night Prowler), Kristen Callihan (Darkest London), and Maria V. Snyder (Healer).
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.
Passion and secrets collide and only their love will save two werewolves and their pack. With his sharp gaze locked on the most magnificent female he’d ever seen, Wyatt Pallaton did his best to hold himself back. Of course, Elise Drake was hardly just any female. Fiery and cool, strong, yet at the same time achingly vulnerable, she’d turned his entire world on its head. No matter how bloody difficult it proved to be, he was done letting her pretend he didn’t even exist. Done with letting her fight her own battles. Done driving himself slowly into this maddening state of frustrated desire. One way or another, things were about to change. Come hell or high water, she was done running.
Millicent Pantere has lived her entire life in the notorious London Underground. She cares nothing for the problems of the crown or the intrigues of society. But the ladies of the realm are acting strangely, and Millicent is coerced into tracking down the rumors of a mysterious man, a magic man who comes in the night and disappears at dawn. Millicent’s search leads her to one of Merlin’s legendary relics and the seductive knight whose fate is bound up with it. Centuries ago, Sir Gareth Solimere made the mistake of seducing the wrong woman, and he has been trapped ever since by a diabolical curse. He’s looking for the one who can break the enchantment, but in this world, there is no love without betrayal.
Rumors of war are rumbling in the vampire city of Erebus. Undercover agent Trinity Ward must pose as a blood slave to unearth the truth and keep the peace between vampires and humans. Acting now as a serf to Ares, a powerful Bloodmaster Trinity must give herself to him. Yet one look into his striking eyes turns submission into burning desire. The fiery beauty has the same effect on Ares, but as their passion grows so do the risks. Now Trinity’s betrayal could cost her the mission and the man she loves.
Valin has never quite fit in among the rest of his Paladin brothers. His power to manipulate darkness and slip into the shade puts him at odds with the Paladin’s purpose of eradicating evil with the power of God’s Light. Only his dark edged humor hides his true nature from his brothers. But when he meets the vampire, Gabriella, something he thought was long buried begins to awaken within him. It is forbidden for a warrior of the Light to love a creature of the Dark. But maybe he was never made for the Light to begin with.
The Witches of Darkhana are mobilized. Their mission: gather the most honest, true servants of each deity so that they may respectfully represent their land at the reopening of the Convocation of Gods and Man. For Witch-Priest Aradin Teral, his part in the quest has taken him across Katan, searching for the best representative of an empire bent on preventing that very task. Since the destruction of the last Convocation, the magics of the Grove have been warped, endangering pilgrims and residents alike. Priestess Saleria is now the Keeper of the Grove, and Guardian of the Divine Garden. The arrival of a stranger bearing the faces of two men brings the promise of change, even peace, to the valley. It also ushers in an irresistible passion and a threat to Saleria’s control.
Tatiana Winters, from the Timber Wolf clan, is a spirited veterinarian who wants nothing to do with the Amoveo, the ancient race of shape-shifters who live secretly among humans. But when the Amoveo Prince’s horses fall sick, Tatiana reluctantly heads to his ranch to help. When she meets Dominic Trejada, a handsome warrior from the Tiger Clan, they instantly clash and sparks ignite. But when danger stalks near, they will have to find a way to trust each other if they want to stay alive.
Jared’s quiet morning coffee near the harbour ends with him on a cruise ship impersonating one of his pack mates. Keri would love to confirm her suspicion that the last-minute recruit sneaking aboard the Wolf Line cruise ship is her mate, but she’s committed to being the troubleshooter for this shifter-only tour. Tessa knows the landlocked paddle wheeler she’s spotted is the perfect place to start an Eco-tour B&B. The owner is refusing to sell. She’s sure that replacing her written queries with a little in-person charm is all she’ll need to be on the road to success. For Mark, there are more reasons for holding back the sale than are easily explained. A face-to-face meeting to resolve the matter only confounds it when Mark recognizes Tessa as his mate.
Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. She’s the perfect candidate to re-negotiate the fragile Treaty keeping the peace between the Vampire Nation and the last line of defense for humanity, The Hunter Corporation. A meeting of the Joint Tribunal, and Rowan’s new status as Liaison sends her straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, The Keep. Rowan must navigate around bloodthirsty opposition among Vampires and Hunters alike to avoid an all out war that puts humanity in the crosshairs. She’s also attempting to manage a politically awkward relationship with Scion Clive Stewart. Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. If she leaves it to become something even more Other, she may lose the shreds of home she has left. (Digital)
Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. She keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever. Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.
Ruby Salazaar wants answers, and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath, Cyntag, leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself. Ruby changed Cyn’s life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn’t foresee the danger, and desires, Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control.
Lord Sigmund Regret’s nerves are frayed. He’s gone too long without a mark, but that’s not the only thing making him edgy. He wonders how his Lady Charlotte Wyre will feel when he comes to her bed with fresh blood on his hands. The other man in her life adds more stress to an already complicated relationship. Gilead Masters’s needs are so “normal” compared to Sig’s, which leaves Charlotte turning to him to explore her darkening fantasies. Charlotte can feel Sig pulling away, but there is no time to heal the rift before they land in Zijin. Britannia’s reach is long, and Queen Majel’s reach is even deeper, and more deadly. As Imperial politics come to a dangerous boil, Charlotte must risk everything to keep her beloved assassin alive. Even as he searches for his next mark. (Digital)
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case, and the last thing he relishes is a partner. Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights, even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack’s dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past, or risk losing Mary forever.
Maddy Niteclif’s world has changed so radically she’s no longer sure she recognizes the face staring back at her in the mirror. It’s the invisible wounds, the ones that disfigure the soul, that pose the most danger. Hell’s higher thinkers have organized. They’re seeping into the paranormal world, bypassing easy targets as they run larger prey to ground. Maddy is caught in a mad scramble to identify the next target before the demons find the individual. But when the demons’ mark is someone from under her roof, she finds just how far she’ll go to protect those who belong to her. To save his life means she’ll have to sacrifice the only other man she’s ever loved. There’s only one guaranteed way to ensure both men survive, but it will require the ultimate sacrifice. Herself. (Digital)
Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful dancer is found murdered in her home, no suspect, no motive. There’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro, one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures. Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift. When she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line, literally.
Dark Craving: Fueled by magic, the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the winged creatures he is sworn to protect. One thing he can never do is fall in love. Night’s Awakening: The immortal warriors were never meant to experience human desire. When Guy meets Elena, a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core, all bets are off. Dawn’s Desire: The Dragon Kings have hidden their shapeshifting powers from the world. When a mortal enemy threatens to expose them, the warrior Banan must leave his lair in the Highlands to risk his life for the dragons within. Passion’s Claim: Banan has been waiting for centuries for someone like Jane. Guy knew it was love at first sight with Elena. Can two Dragon Kings commit to two immortal women for eternity? Or does fate have something else in store?
Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. As normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people, and her powers in check, while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. How is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life? Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Ella triggered his reawakening. The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone…yet.
Sierra Brennan can inherit her great-uncle’s Chicago townhouse under one condition: She must live there for thirty consecutive days. As a writer and a ghost whisperer, Sierra has a vast imagination and a brave spirit. Not even she is prepared for the gorgeous vampire who greets her at the door. Ronan McCoy has spent the past century waiting to come home. The presence of the beautiful, brazen Sierra is one complication he doesn’t expect. The other is Hal, a dangerous ghost and original member of Al Capone’s gang who’s dead-set on revenge. All he knows for sure is that he must protect Sierra from Hal. Once he has her in his arms, can he ever let her go? Life, and love, is becoming stranger than fiction for Sierra, and more delicious than she and Ronan could have ever imagined.
Marley Canton is done being a victim. A year and a half has passed since she discovered her ability to nullify power in those who aren’t supposed to have it. She’s now on a quest not only to stop the brats who’ve become addicted to goddess power, but also to find the source of their addiction. Gage Samargo is tracking down the goddess who went rogue decades ago. Insane with too much power from the sun, she’s selling that energy to Gage’s younger brother and his friends, who are no longer content to come into power naturally. Marley discovers that every time she nullifies someone, she takes on some of the goddess’s insanity. Gage falls for Marley’s sharp wit and intense desire to right wrongs. But once he discovers she’s turning into her enemy, is it too late to back away?
Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever. But there’s a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.
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.