Eleven new paranormal romance titles continue the downward trend in major-release love stories for the fanged and furred, including new releases from, among others, Robin D. Owens, Rhyannon Byrd, G.A. Aiden, Gena Showalter, and Sandra Hill. Also look for a new collection featuring holiday stories from Vicki Lewis Thompson, Rhonda Nelson, Kira Sinclair, Andrea Laurence, and Debbie Herbert.
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.
Antenn, an architect hired to build a cathedral in Druida City, dares not think of his HeartMate. He’s taken steps to ensure she will be forever unknown to him. How could he, a commoner who grew up in the slums, be worthy of any woman? Tiana, a priestess, has her own fears about being a HeartMate. She’s sure her HeartMate has never claimed her due to a terrible scandal involving her Family. Antenn’s gotten the commission of his life. The cathedral will make him famous. It will last for ages and prove to others he can contribute to Celta, if the structure isn’t destroyed while being built. Tiana, too, is an integral part of this process, but the villain who wrecked her Family is ready with firebombs. Can they trust each other in dangerous circumstances to succeed, and to love?
For the past decade, Lea Manchester lived with secrets she shared with no one, including her family. Those same secrets have now come back to haunt her and harm her family. She didn’t have time for a hot attraction, even with a warrior sent to bring her in. Raider Silverthorne isn’t accustomed to a dominant female asserting herself without fear, ready to fight. This assignment should’ve been a normal retrieval, and then Lea kissed him. All rational thought left. In that second, he knew she belonged to him and he wouldn’t be handing her over to the Hybrid Council. (Digital)
Amid the backdrop of the London season in 1905, Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood to be her constant companion at the fetes and balls. Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting. Through her late mother’s diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere, hunting for those like her. The fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor. Can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just after her power?
Dark Wolf Returning: When werewolf Eli Drake is banished from his pack, he leaves a heartbroken Carla Reyes behind. Three torturous years later, she tracks him down to a hole-in-the-wall Texas bar, the pack is in trouble and war is on the horizon. Carla needs Eli’s help, but wants nothing more to do with him, even though he’s as ruthless, domineering and sexy as ever. Blood Wolf Dawning: Werewolf Cian Hennessey might be the most magnificent and infuriating male Sayre Murphy knows. He’s made it clear that he’ll never see her as an adult female. After disappearing for five years, he’s back, claiming that she’s in danger and must go with him. The witch knows Cian won’t harm her physically. The safety of her heart, however, is a different matter.
Jingle Spells and Siren’s Treasure: Naughty or Nice?She’s a Mean OneHis First NoelleSilver Belle—Vicki Lewis Thompson, Rhonda Nelson, Kira Sinclair, Andrea Laurence and Debbie Herbert (November 18, Harlequin)
Jingle Spells: While Evergreen Industries looks like an ordinary office building, it’s where Christmas magic unfolds. Above Santa’s workshop, the Evergreens hold court, manage Christmas and, sometimes, fall in love. When it comes to love, they know that occasionally you have to play a little naughty to get exactly what, or who, you want. Siren’s Treasure: Mermaid Jet Borsage never fit in with the other merfolk. Which was why she fell for the wrong man, and why she is still paying the price. One that has made her unwilling to trust any man. Until she meets agent Landry Fields. He’s investigating Jet’s former boyfriend, but when he realizes he is falling for a real-live mermaid, Landry’s by-the-book beliefs are rocked.
Lying With Wolves: After a betrayal, Celia Lawson, the last of a magical bloodline, is building a new life for herself outside the security of the Colony. Meanwhile, demon raiders have breached the barriers of the compound and threaten everyone she loves. Celia races home to help mount a magical offensive, and finds comfort back in the arms of the shifter, Malcolm Daniels, who broke her heart. Seducing the Hunter: When Daeva revealed her demon identity to the exorcist and demon hunter, Quinn Strom, he sent her straight back to hell without a backward glance. Now, three years later, he needs her help to find a key before the contents of the Chest of Sorrows are unlocked. Quinn has no choice but to make a deal with her. A deal that gives her ultimate power over Quinn.
Young Adult. What if the world isn’t what we think? What if reality is really only an illusion? What if you were one of the few who could control it? Josie Harper didn’t believe it, either, until strange things started happening. When this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world. Well, that’s when things got real. Now Josie’s got it bad for a boy who weakens her every time he’s near and a world of enemies on her tail who want to control her gift, so yeah, she’s going to need more than just her wits if she hopes to survive much longer. Einstein never saw this coming.
As the Investigator for the Lycanthrope Council, Gabriel McCord encountered his share of sticky situations in order to keep werewolf kind under the radar of discovery. As the Council’s liaison to the Institute for Lycanthropic Reversal, he advocates for those who were turned werewolf against their will. Everyone seems to be on board with the Institute’s controversial experimental process, until one of its geneticists is found lying on his desk in a pool of blood. Gabriel races to single out a killer from a long list of suspects. Failure means he’ll lose his place on the Council and endanger the tenuous truce between wizard and lycanthrope. Even if he wins, he could lose his heart to a woman with deadly secrets of her own. (ebook only)
The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months, and she takes it so personally. And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight, gods. That endless name. But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female. Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death, and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter. She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought, and the only battle he fears he can’t win.
It’s been centuries since the Norseman Sigurd Sigurdsson was turned into a Vangel, a Viking Vampire Angel, as punishment for his sin of envy, but he’s still getting the hang of having fangs that get in the way when seducing women. Slaying demon vampires known as Lucipires and using his healing gifts as a cancer research doctor, Sigurd is sent to Florida’s Grand Keys Island as a resident physician, where he encounters a sinfully beautiful woman. The only hope Marisa Lopez has of curing her five-year-old daughter is a pricey experimental procedure. Sigurd tells her he believes he can help her daughter. Could this too-hot-to-resist Viking doctor be an angel of some sort sent to bring a miracle for her daughter? Or is he just a vampire bent on breaking Marisa’s heart?
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 thriller series. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her daily blog, Preternatura.