Eighteen new paranormal romance titles promote the love of all things finned, fanged, and furry this month, including new series additions from, among others, A.C. Arthur (Shadow Shifters), Coreene Callahan (Circle of Seven), Delphine Dryden (Steam and Seduction), Yasmine Galenorn (Indigo Court), Richelle Mead (Bloodlines), Sherrilyn Kenyon (The League), Michelle Rowen (Immortality Bites), and Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra).
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.
Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real, until Belladonna recruits her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals, those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. Forced to team up with her former lover, Nick Maltese, an undercover sniper, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her personal mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her. Nick’s hunting a new breed of vampires and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. Can he save the girl and reclaim Barrett’s heart? Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to her, and their love forces them to embrace the darkest places in their souls.
The war is on. Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren. Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. When she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better skilled than any she’s faced before.
Newlywed vampires Sarah and Thierry de Bennicoeur have their whole undead lives ahead of them. Sarah was hoping the honeymoon would literally last forever. When Thierry receives an invitation to an auction held in an old Beverly Hills mansion, it’s time to get back to work. Thierry hopes to win a powerful amulet containing a wish-granting djinn that has eluded him for centuries. Atticus Kincade, head of the vampire council, also has his eye on the item. When the auction’s host reveals his unpleasant history with Thierry, and Sarah discovers a talking head in the freezer, things get even weirder than usual. When the amulet goes missing, and everyone is suddenly trapped inside the mansion, the undead guests find themselves in mortal danger, and Sarah had better be careful what she wishes for.
Frederique Murcheson’s introduction into society hasn’t gone smoothly. Her scheme to become a makesmith has gone off flawlessly. The only thing that could upset her plans would be if someone discovered that brilliant tinker Fred Merchant is a lady in disguise. Wooing a spoiled heiress is not Barnabas Smith-Grenville’s idea of high espionage. Considering his brother disappeared on the job, he cannot expect much better. At least the assignment will afford him time to search for his brother, whom he suspects is in spy-related trouble rather than a drug-addled haze. When Freddie proves to be irresistible and the key to the answers he seeks, Barnabas finds himself entwined in a mystery involving lethal submersibles and deranged dirigibles, but also in a dangerous game of the heart.
Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they could have imagined. Now, in a final push, Myst returns with a vengeance to bring the Golden Wood forever under the rule of the Indigo Court. Newly crowned Fae Queens Cicely and Rhiannon have embraced their destinies and claimed their thrones. But Myst is rising once more, and now, at the helm of her armies, she begins her final assault on the Golden Wood. As Fae, vampires, and magic-born alike fall under the tide of blood, Cicely and her friends must discover a way to destroy the spidery queen before they, and their people, face total annihilation.
Young Adult. I was bred to be the perfect pet. I was bred for my beauty and grace, to be a showpiece, an ornament to sit upon the couch, to sing, to dance, to play the piano and paint. I was bred to willingly put my owner’s happiness before my own. Until Penn. The handsome and rebellious son of the congressman who owns me, he’s the only person who’s seen past my perfect exterior to the girl underneath. Falling for him is forbidden. There’s a dark underworld lurking beneath my pampered life. The only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is escaping it, because if I fail, I face a fate far worse than death. A chilling look at what it means to be human, as well as a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous. and dangerous, bow.
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Sophia St. James has every reason to be happy: she survived the kiss of death from the Demon Knight Dante and is free to be with Michael, her sexy Guardian Angel. She eagerly begins her Awakening to become a Spirit Walker and help lost souls cross over. Her training is fraught with setbacks, and Michael begs her to stop. The life of a Spirit Walker is too dangerous, and he won’t be able to protect her. Dante returns, threatening to drag Sophia to Hell so they can finally be together. Sophia turns the tables on Dante, luring him into a deception that may get them both killed. Dante’s ally, Wolfgang, emerges from Hell with one order: kill Sophia. Will Michael once again be Sophia’s saving grace or will the Awakening give her the power she needs to save herself? (Digital)
Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she’s ever known, and Maia’s too happy to make a break for it. Cass didn’t reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who’d capture Maia’s heart as soon as Cass set her free, and Cass isn’t the only one who’s noticed Maia’s extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she’s unwittingly awakened, or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about?
Young Adult. Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound, a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth, and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds. Tavia realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson, Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest, appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with.
Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei holds the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil. Just as she makes her way into the holy city to perform an ancient rite, the enemy closes in for the kill. Drawn by a destiny he won’t accept, elite assassin Henrik Lazar detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. When the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them. Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own. Henrik is left with a terrible choice, protect the magical Order he despises, or deny destiny and lose the woman he loves forever.
Young Adult. Rory Miller didn’t just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on. Like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil, sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory’s friend Aaron and her own father, but when Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.
Young Adult. Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface. Life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, and that means Logan, too. Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. The planet leaders don’t want her running, they want her subdued.
A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad, which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form, as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered, enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad. Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace, and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fie, by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking. And it’s not the only thing.
From the Sun and from the Moon, two winged brothers are born: golden Erebus, playmate and friend, and mysterious Kalona, Warrior and lover, companions of the Goddess Nyx. Nyx loves them both deeply, but differently. With Erebus, she can talk and laugh and dance, and take joy in the games he plays among the humans. With Kalona, the fire in her body burns bright, and she can rest in the solace of his strength and protection. For Kalona, Nyx’s nights are not enough. Every second he is not with her he is filled with doubt and longing. Every time he fails to please her, he cannot forgive himself. Kalona seeks the power to prove his worth, and to claim that Nyx eternally belongs to him. A Darkness is stirring, waiting for its chance, for the doorway in through a heart that it knows will welcome it.
Sebastian Perry, gorgeous shape-shifter, has tremendous guilt. Completely disarmed by his momentary hesitation to save a woman, he has fallen into despair. Bas aches to feel complete, to feel alive, to feel the love of a female. Priya Drake is tired of fending for herself. Growing up in a family that had nothing but problems, she’s made it to a top newspaper as a reporter. When she accidentally witnesses Bas shift, she knows she’s sitting on the scoop that will make her career. She needs to get her facts straight, and the mounting attraction between her and Bas isn’t helping one bit. Priya thinks she has everything under control. As the nights get hotter and danger continues to mount, Priya has to ask herself, can she betray the man she loves?
Young Adult. In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour.
Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King. The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. She is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and, as Susannah Sandlin, author of the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series and The Collectors suspense series. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her daily blog, Preternatura.