Fiction Affliction: January Releases in Paranormal Romance

Love is decidedly not in the air in January, with only six traditional releases, including the sixth book in Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series, a new series start from Rebecca Zanetti, and book twelve in Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalkers series.

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.



Dark and Stormy Knight (The Knights of Avalon #2)Nina Mason (January 5, Lyrical Press)

Aspiring screenwriter Gwyn Morland is ready for her big break. That means securing the film rights to author Lady Ruthven’s acclaimed novel, which means traveling to Scotland. It’s a trip timid Gwyn isn’t prepared for, and her fears seem justified when her tour bus careens over a cliff. The plot thickens when Gwyn is rescued from the brink of death by a handsome and mysterious stranger. Leith MacQuill is not only the writer behind Lady Ruthven’s novel, but a shape-shifting faery knight bearing a tragic curse: the woman he gives his heart to will die. Saving Gwyn proves to be a dangerous choice when he finds himself falling for her. Gwyn and Leith must embark on a mission into Avalon, the realm of the faeries. Will their love be strong enough to conquer the curse? Or will Gwyn’s new life be stolen from her before it’s even begun?

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1)Brenda Drake (January 5, Entangled Teen)

Young Adult. Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels, magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books, rescue them from a demonic hound. Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.



Of Flame and Promise (Weird Girls #6)Cecy Robson (January 12, Loveswept)

Cursed by a spell meant to destroy them, Taran Wird and her sisters instead developed unique magical talents. With the power of fire and lightning literally at her fingertips, Taran doesn’t fear much. Only one thing terrifies her: commitment. Taran is crazy about her boyfriend, Gemini, a sexy were with the ability to split into two separate wolves. After watching her sister go through heartbreak with the pack’s Alpha, Taran knows not to count on happily ever after, despite Gemini’s desire to claim her as his mate. Reluctantly, she agrees to meet his very traditional and conservative parents. Taran’s a badass with a mouth to match, and Gemini loves her for it. She’s just not positive these attributes will please Mom and Dad. Every attempt by Taran to bond with Gemini’s folks proves disastrous. Taran finds that winning them over means unleashing her powers, and proving that this foul-mouthed fire-starter is a force to be reckoned with. (Digital)



No new releases.



Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1)Rebecca Zanetti (January 26, Zebra)

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man, a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower, and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile, and vulnerable, creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury. Danger has never looked quite so delicious.

Spider Game (GhostWalkers #12)Christine Feehan (January 26, Jove)

The Cajun dive in the middle of the godforsaken swamps wasn’t exactly Trap Dawkins’ idea of fun. But the GhostWalker wasn’t there for a good time. He was looking for her. Cayenne. It’s where she found her victims. Poor suckers. Then again, who wouldn’t want to leave a place like this with a woman like her? It’s not Cayenne’s fault. Locked up, experimented on and never knowing kindness, she was bred this way, with a heart of pure venom. Trap understands her. He survived his own dark past and he shares her desire for getting even. But now Trap’s greatest danger is Cayenne herself. Because what’s inside her is hard to control, especially when it’s aroused by a lover as reckless as Trap.

The SirenKiera Cass (January 26, HarperTeen)

Young Adult. Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again. Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude, until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and writes paranormal fantasy and suspense as Susannah Sandlin. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her website.


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