Thirty-eight new releases in these mega-genres will help you get rid of all those holiday gift cards, including new titles from, among others, Jaye Wells, Daniel José Older, Victoria Laurie, J.C. Nelson, Jim C. Hines, Seth Grahame-Smith, Myke Cole, Walter Mosley, Yasmine Galenorn, and Kelley Armstrong.
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.
Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know, including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis, is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls. Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his partner as he is mistrustful of the Ferry clan led by the Charon, who happens to be Cacy’s father. As their relationship heats up, a hit takes the Charon before his time. Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a secret of his own. What will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli, and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?
Young Adult. I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian, the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid. Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted, by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do.
Death Mask (Rogue Angel #52)—Alex Archer (January 6, Gold Eagle)
The video showed a nearly naked man bloodied and beaten. Even as archaeologist and TV presenter Annja Creed watched, the clock on his suicide vest ticked down. This was no stranger. Garin was her friend. Their fates had been bound by the secrets of Joan of Arc’s sword. Annja had less than twenty-four hours to save his life. The price for Garin’s life was the lost mask of Torquemada, rumored to have been cast by the Grand Inquisitor himself during the Spanish Inquisition. Abandoned crypts, lost palaces and an ancient brotherhood: all clues to the mask’s mystery that Annja, and her mentor, Roux, using all of their resources, must solve before Garin runs out of time. Annja Creed is facing her greatest trial. Not even the sword of Joan of Arc can spare her from the final judgment.
Helicopter pilot Vladimir Yurish is a man of his word. The last thing he wants is to abandon the safety of the U.S.S. Nimitz and his newly adopted son Ben. Angie West has fought hard to keep strangers alive, but now it’s time to tend to her own. Only, when she finds her family missing and their hideout burned and looted, she realizes the threat to her family isn’t just the undead, the living can do so much worse. Halsey has done well for himself, given the circumstances. Between his secluded ranch and precise shooting, the plague hasn’t touched him. Until a Black Hawk crashes on his property, bringing the war to his front door. Amid the chaos of a destroyed civilization, the survivors encounter a new threat. And these new monsters can’t be outrun, or outwitted.
Young Adult. Audrey Whitticomb wants to be a Guardian like her superhero mom, Morning Star, and her superhot boyfriend, Leon. But at seventeen, Audrey still hasn’t been called, unlike reluctant Tink, who’d rather not deal with all those scaly-skinned, red-eyed demons. The truth: Audrey can no longer fight her fate. She has a different role to play. The Beneath is waking. Demons are rising. Friends are falling. And the future is waiting. Will Audrey stop the Harrowing in time to save the Kin? Or will she save her best friend, Gideon, from certain death? Can Audrey find the power and the courage to act before it’s too late?
Rookie cop Kate Prospero only has one more training assignment to pass before she’s officially sworn in to Babylon Police Department. But the veteran cop in charge of the river patrol boat is a salty old guy isn’t happy about playing tour guide to a rookie and seems even less interested in real police work. But while on patrol, they stumble on to what appears to be a floating dirty magic lab. This highly combustible situation might finally be the key to these two unlikely partners finding common ground. (Digital)
Peter Grant, cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core, is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M. (U.S. Release)
When Lauren’s father dies, she makes a shocking discovery. The man she knew as John Reardon was once a completely different person, with a different name. She’s determined to find out who he really was. Her only clues are an old photograph, some letters, and the name of a town, Gideon. A strange man is stalking her, appearing everywhere she turns, and those who try to help her end up dead. Making her way to Gideon, Lauren finds herself more confused than ever. Nothing in this small Midwestern town is what it seems, including time itself. Residents start going missing, and Lauren is threatened by almost every townsperson she encounters. Two hundred years ago, a witch was burned at the stake, but in Gideon, the past feels all too chillingly present.
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents, an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind, until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death. One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld, which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead. But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life, and death.
Young Adult. There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food, and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.
Young Adult. Carina’s senior year is spiraling downward. Fast. Both her mother and her uncle, the only two family members she’s ever known, are dead. Their deaths were accidents, unfortunate results of the highly confidential research they performed for a national security organization. Or so she’s been told. She’s not buying it. After finding a unique code hidden beneath the stone in a ring her mother left to her, Carina goes straight to the only family she has left: her boyfriend, Tanner. The people Carina loved kept dangerous secrets. Secrets that make her question the life she’s been living up to now. Her life is on the line, but more importantly, so is Tanner’s. If she fails? He dies.
M.J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. When M.J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show,Ghoul Getters, and visit her family home in Georgia, they find Montgomery Holliday a changed man. The source of his happiness seems to be his new fiancée, the charming Christine Bigelow. But despite the blush of new love, Montgomery and Christine are dealing with a big problem in the form of the antebellum mansion she is having renovated. The work crew is convinced the place is cursed, and the contractor has walked off the job. At Christine’s request, M.J. and her pals agree to find out if they’re really dealing with some spirited saboteurs and a possessed plantation home.
Young Adult. The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can’t rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger, especially Nick’s. Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.
For most people, waking up after a night of partying next to a dragon, sporting a tattoo with a mind of its own, would be a new low. For Marissa, only the tattoo is new. The Agency has been called in to stop a string of messy murders, a problem that’s turning into a disaster of biblical proportions, and Marissa’s been assigned to the case. One of the archangels from Paradisia is attempting to switch teams, and he’s willing to use as many souls as it takes to pay his way. With Grimm contractually bound to clean up the chaos, Marissa must find a way to keep the former cherub from completing his rampage. Between fighting an angel gone bad and battling the magical compulsions of her new Fae tattoo, Marissa’s facing the worst hangover in history. (Digital)
Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste, a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon, which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him. A serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims’ eyes with magic. The victims are piling up and Justis must race to stop the Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again. There’s only one clue he’s got to go on: the Blind Angel is using the most powerful magic Justis has ever encountered, and if he doesn’t watch his own magical step, he may end up just as dead as the other vics.
Welcome to the Nightside. A collection of short fiction from Green’s secret heart of London, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys hidden in eternal darkness, where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to indulge the darker side of your nature. Ten macabre mysteries that shine a beam into the neighborhood’s darkest corners to reveal things that should never come to light. Take a walk with such deadly and dangerous denizens of the Nightside as Razor Eddie, Dead Boy, and Larry Oblivion as they encounter things even more inhuman and inhumane than they are. And join John Taylor, the PI with a knack for finding lost things, as he confronts Sir Francis Varney, King of the Vampires. There may be nothing to be afraid of in the dark, but there’s plenty to be afraid of in the Nightside.
When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets, extraordinary secrets, from her. Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril, for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last.
For five hundred years, the Porters have concealed the existence of magic from the world. Old enemies have revealed the Porters’ secrets, and an even greater threat lurks in the shadows. The would-be queen Meridiana, banished for a thousand years, has returned in the body of a girl named Jeneta Aboderin. She seeks an artifact, a bronze prison that would grant her the power to command an army of the dead. Isaac Vainio is powerless to stop her, having been stripped of his power and his place among the Porters. Isaac is determined to regain his magic and to rescue his former student Jeneta. Isaac races to unravel a mystery more than a thousand years old as competing magical powers battle to shape the future of the world. Isaac’s choices will determine the fate of his friends, the Porters, the students of Bi Sheng, and the world.
Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to American ways and the challenges of college life, including an enigmatic young man whose good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld. In this shadow world that seems to mimic Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the samodivi or “wildalones”, forest witches who beguile and entrap men, Thea will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever. If she can accept that dead doesn’t always mean gone, and love doesn’t always distinguish between the two.
Young Adult. Ever since Mac’s best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy’s ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf “rehabilitation” camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf. What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.
Two years after the cataclysmic events that sent him journeying into mystery, Odd Thomas, the intrepid fry cook who sees the dead and tries to help them, has traveled full circle, back to his beloved hometown of Pico Mundo and the people he loves. He has come to save them, and perhaps humanity, from the full flowering of evil it is his destiny to confront, as he draws ever closer to the truth of the world and his place in it. Stronger, wiser than he started, and with the help of the friends he has made along the way, Odd prepares to confront the terrible forces arrayed against him and possibly to journey still farther, to his long-awaited reunion with his lost love, Stormy Llewellyn.
Young Adult. Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does. As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln’s shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip of vampire history through Russia’s October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination.
Young Adult. Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. It takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates. Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client’s young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie. More young people disappear and are later found murdered. Maddie’s whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it’s too late?
Mina Tanner was once a converter, a human with telekinetic and telepathic abilities. After a vicious mental assault by an evil shadowmind stripped her of her powers, she was forced to flee her home to escape her attacker. She’s trying to start a new life in San Francisco. Jackson Herring, an old family friend and powerful converter, offers Mina his spare bedroom while she gets on her feet. Mina’s finding it difficult enough to adjust without a daily reminder of what she’s lost. When a mugger attacks her and she somehow burns his hands, Mina realizes that despite everything she’s lost, she may have gained something far more powerful, and dangerous, than she ever imagined. When the rest of the shadowmind community learns about it, Mina will find herself on the run once again. (Digital)
Collin Dailey is a trapped man: struggling to make a living as a fisherman, deep in debt to the gangster he does business with, and shackled to his destiny as a Curse Keeper. Sworn to guard the sealed portal to hell, Collin yearns to escape the dark duty that binds him. But his dream of outrunning his tormented life may be an impossible one. After all, he can’t turn his back on centuries of sacred tradition, or ignore his iron-fisted conjurer grandmother and her dire prophecies of a terrifying enemy bent on destroying him. When the fearsome creator god Ahone reaches out with a tempting offer, Collin may not be able to resist. If he breaks the curse that barricades the demon realm, he’ll be liberated forever, as long as he can survive a confrontation with his deadly counterpart. (Digital)
Jake Lukin just turned 18. He’s being followed by a creep with a gun, and there’s a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. When Jake holds a personal object he has the ability to “tunnel” into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. Jake promised his dad he’d never tell anyone about his ability. His dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn’t agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he’s doing is worth it. Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others.
Young Adult. After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet, along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward, has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls. Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation, and her own intended role in it, forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.
US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. When he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself, and his family, in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones. When the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down. Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark, especially about the fates of his wife and son.
A secret order at war with itself. A Syrian official who wants to set the Middle East ablaze. And all of them want nothing more than one unlucky CIA agent. CIA agent Mike Caldwell just confronted a fallen angel and survived. But he wasn’t the only one tracking down Semyaza, and the demon’s escape from an ancient tomb has caught the attention of several powerful entities. Now they will stop at nothing to get Mike to play by their rules. Mike must head out on an international mission to confront the covert brotherhood in an effort to save the world from destruction. (Digital)
Ages ago, the Laz created the Silver Box to inflict torture on other life forms, but the Silver Box rebelled and imprisoned the Laz within itself. In the present day, black thug Ronnie Bottoms kills white Columbia student Lorraine Fell in Central Park, above the Box’s resting place. Lorraine’s spirit draws Ronnie back to her body and he resurrects her using the artifact’s power, but a sliver of the Laz escapes, so the Silver Box calls upon the unlikely duo to “try to save the Earth” and sends them on a journey to gain superpowers.
They have always been among us. An ancient, nature-loving race, the Nahan have protected their secret world by cultivating the myths of fanged, bloodsucking monsters that haunt legends. Tomas wanders through his life with help from his friends and influential family on the ruling Council. He’s decided his future lies with the Nahan’s most elite class: the mysterious Storytellers. His family is troubled by his new girlfriend, Stell, a wild, beautiful, and deadly outcast from a fanatical Nahan sect. As Tomas descends into the the Nahan’s most powerful culture, Stell answers her own calling as an exceptional assassin. When a lethal conspiracy threatens their destinies, Tomas and Stell must unite their remarkable talents against the strongest, and most sinister, of their kind.
I’m Sam. I’m just this guy. Okay, yeah, I’m a golem created from the substance of his own magic by the late Hierarch of Southern California. I might be able to wield magic myself. Not like Daniel Blackland can. Daniel’s the reason the Hierarch’s gone and I’m still alive. Daniel’s determined to protect me. I’ve got nobody but Daniel. Things are happening back in LA. Very bad people are building a Pacific firedrake, a kind of ultimate weapon of mass magical destruction. Daniel seemed to think only he could stop them. Daniel’s been hurt. I managed to get us to the place run by the Emmas. They seem to be healing him. Do I even have a reason for existing, if it isn’t to prevent this firedrake from happening? I’m on my way to LA. This may be the worst idea I ever had.
While waiting for Shadow Wing’s next move, I decide to revamp my ragtag PI agency into the Cat’s Eye Investigations firm. My first client turns out to be our cousin Daniel. During the grand reopening for the Wayfarer, he shows up while being chased by a rampaging ghost. Daniel has procured a rare and valuable sword, and a ring of ghostly warriors comes attached to it. Protectors of the soul trapped within it, the spirits are out to stop anybody who threatens the weapon. As my sisters and I unravel the history of the sword, we quickly realize that the entity locked within the blade is a dangerous king from times gone by, and he’s about to break free and try to recover his crown.
A gala opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has attracted the upper crust of Manhattan, and thieves. A trio of vile harpies attacks the crowd and steals the stars of the exhibition: a colorful cluster of seven cursed diamonds known as the Dragon Eggs.
In the right mage’s hands, each stone can pack a magical wallop. Together they have the power to “cure” the supernaturals of the tristate area, but for many of those vampires and werewolves, that means turning into dust. I’m Makenna Fraser, a seer for SPI. With the help of my partner, Ian, and the other agents, I have twenty-four hours to prevent total global panic, find the diamonds, and save the supernatural community. No biggie.
Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. The city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy, especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions, and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down, and tear them apart for good?
Faerie teeters on the brink of war and the mortal realm swells with fae refugees desperate to escape the bloodshed. As a half-blooded fae, Marshal Thierry Thackeray has a stake in the outcome of both realms and isn’t afraid to knock a few heads together if it keeps the peace. When her father goes missing, the only hope of negotiating a truce between the light and dark fae vanishes with him. Eager to avoid another Thousand Years War, the Faerie High Court reaches out to the one person they believe can track him down, the daughter who shares his curse. (Digital)
Three years after being named Alpha of the North American pack, Elena Michaels is in London battling for respect from the British pack. When it becomes apparent she won’t get it, she heads home, expecting a much-needed rest on her family vacation, only to discover a battle brewing of a very different kind. One of her eight-year-old twins has disappeared, and all evidence points to Malcolm Danvers. It seems as if the psychotic former Pack member they’ve been tracking for the past year has brought the fight to them, setting the bait he knows Elena can’t afford to ignore.
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, including the upcoming Pirate’s Alley. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her speculative fiction blog, Preternatura.