New Release for Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy & YA Fantasy for the week of January 26, 2010

There is a lot to choose from today. Enjoy!


January 26, 2010

Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley

Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley
Shifters Unbound, Book 1
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Twenty years ago, shape shifters of all kinds banded together and announced themselves to the world, only to be shunted to areas no human wanted ("Shiftertowns"). They are forced to wear Collars that control their hunting and fighting instincts (referred to by Shifters as "Taking the Collar").

Liam Morrissey is currently liaison between the Shifters of Austin, TX, and the humans of the city. Kim Fraser, attorney, finds herself in the unique position of having to defend a Shifter on a murder charge.

She ventures to Shiftertown to seek out Liam's help, and there stumbles across too many secrets the Shifters want kept secret. The un-mated Liam is forced to protect Kim against the wrath of his clan leader and his own father, and to his surprise he discovers a powerful attraction to the sassy, sexy lady.

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Original Sin by Allison Brennan

Original Sin by Allison Brennan
Seven Deadly Sins, Book 1
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Haunted by chilling memories of demonic possession and murder, Moira O’Donnell has spent seven years hunting down her mother, Fiona, whose command of black magic has granted her unprecedented control of the underworld. Now Moira’s global search has led her to a small California town that’s about to become hell on earth.

Tormented by his own terrifying past and driven by powers he can’t explain, ex-seminarian Rafe Cooper joins Moira’s dangerous quest. But Fiona is one devilish step ahead. Hungry for greater power, eternal youth, and stunning beauty, the sorceress is unleashing upon the mortal world the living incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Together with a demonologist, a tough female sheriff, and a pair of star-crossed teenagers, Moira and Rafe are humanity’s last chance to snatch salvation from the howling jaws of damnation.

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The Seventh Witch by Shirley Damsgaard

The Seventh Witch by Shirley Damsgaard
Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, Book 7
Paranormal Suspense

Summary:

Small-town librarian and psychic Ophelia Jensen hails from a long line of wise and wonderfully gifted women. There's her grandmother, Abby, a talented witch, and her great-aunt Mary, who's about to celebrate her 100th birthday. But as Ophelia learns, when she and Abby travel to North Carolina for the centennial celebration, their family secrets aren't just magickal—they're murderous.

Someone in the sweet Southern town wants Abby dead. Could it be a rogue witch in Ophelia's own family? A vengeful local witch desperate to settle a bitter feud decades in the making? Ophelia must use all her talents to save her loved ones—before the witching hour comes upon them, and bad blood turns deadly.

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Unperfect Souls by Mark Del Franco

Unperfect Souls by Mark Del Franco
Connor Grey Series, Book 4
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

In the Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, a decapitated body floats out of the sewer, and former Guild investigator Connor Grey uncovers a conspiracy that may bring down the city's most powerful elite. As the violence escalates, Connor is determined to stop it-with help from one of the most dangerous beings of Faerie. Even if it means unleashing the darkness that burns within him.

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Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
Elemental Assassin, Book 1
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way -- good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron, Book 1
YA Fantasy

Summary:

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

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A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox
Demon Slayer, Book 3
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Last month, I was a single preschool teacher whose greatest thrill consisted of color-coding my lesson plans. That was before I learned I was a slayer. Now, it's up to me to face curse-hurling imps, vengeful demons, and any other supernatural uglies that crop up. And, to top it off, a hunk of a shape-shifting griffin has invited me to Greece to meet his family.

But it's not all sun, sand, and ouzo. Someone has created a dark-magic version of me with my powers and my knowledge--and it wants to kill me and everyone I know. Of course, this evil twin doesn't have Grandma's gang of biker witches, a talking Jack Russell terrier, or an eccentric necromancer on its side. In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.

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Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass

Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass
Shadowchasers, Book 1
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.

Kira's day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she's got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira's hands.

Then there's Khefar, the dagger's true owner -- a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever....

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Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione

Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
Demonica Series, Book 4
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

DEMON ENSLAVED
Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master's assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister's life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.

AN ANGEL TEMPTED
Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side, sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She's determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary-even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.

Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again-one hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.

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What A Demon Wants by Kathy Love

What A Demon Wants by Kathy Love
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

A bodyguard? Why in the world would a demon need a bodyguard? Yes, it's true Ellina Kostova is only half demon...and an author with a cult following, but that just means strange stuff happens. She isn't in real danger. Heck, she's in more danger from Jude Anthony, the guy her brother has hired to protect her. In big danger, actually. Because she just cannot be attracted to...well, anyone. She's too much of a demon in bed. No, really. Jude has grown accustomed to being an outcast, adrift in both the mortal and preternatural worlds. Being a paid fighting machine isn't glamorous, but he does it - and many other things - spectacularly well. And man does Ellina Kostova need a lot of protection. But he needs protection, too. She's making him remember what it feels like to be human. And he's already learned no good can come of that. Especially when he's been hired not only to protect her - but also kill her.

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Night Tides by Alex Prentiss

Night Tides by Alex Prentiss
Lady of the Lakes, Book 1
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

One by one they go missing. And in the lake a voice cries out: “Save them. . . .”

In the darkness, in a lake in the middle of a prosperous college town, Rachel Matre feels the water caressing her bare skin, teasing her senses, drawing her body into a lush erotic embrace. For twenty years she has communed with the lake spirits this way—and told no one. The price is simple: She must help those in need.

But now a series of young women have gone missing. The police don’t have any bodies, or even a single suspect. Only the spirits seem to sense the truth. Through them, Rachel finds herself drawn into a madman’s web. She alone can save the missing women. But who can save her?

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Twice as Hot by Gena Showalter

Twice as Hot by Gena Showalter
Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Book 2
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Set the world on fire? With Belle Jamison, it’s always a possibility.  Literally.

Planning a wedding is tough.  Especially when the bride can shoot fireballs from her eyes and accidentally torches her dress, the groom returns from a dangerous mission with selective memory loss and the man responsible now desires Belle for his own.

Any other time, Belle would turn to her ultra sexy fianc√© Rome Masters for comfort.  But the only thing he can’t remember is her – and now his ex is determined to win him back.  With the help of her trusty empath sidekick, an optimistic Belle continues to plan her wedding, fight a new band of supervillans, and tries not to accidentally on purpose start too many fires. . . except when she gets Rome into bed. . .

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If you have a book review for any of the new releases listed here, link it in comments and I will be happy to add it to this post. Or if I missed a new book release, please let me know so I can add it also.

-- Summaries are from Amazon.com unless otherwise stated.


Giveaways I’ve come across:

14 comments:

jacabur1 said...

Wow, some list and lots of nice new reading material.
Thanks for the heads up on all the great book contests and PR, UF & YA reads out there. You are indeed helping to feed my addiction.

jackie b central texas

Chris said...

Oh, dear. I must get both the Larissa Ione and the Mark del Franco ASAP!

Thanks for the mention! Dang, there's sure a lot going on, isn't there?!

Patti said...

Lots of exciting releases today; thanks for the contest mention!

Leontine said...

Now that is release galore YAY I've got various of these releases on the shelves already: Pride mates - Spider's Bite (which I loved) - Ecstacy Unveiled, I', currently reading Original Sin, which is also very good stuff! Thanks for the overview Donna :)

Elie said...

Wow there are a bunch of great titles releasing today. I can't wait to read Angie Fox's new one.

Great giveaway links. Thanks

Smokinhotbooks said...

I love when you add UF covers they are so pretty - Night Tides is calling to me.

I'm pouting b/c I have to wait until Feb for Larissa Ione's book due to B&N.

VampFanGirl said...

SHADOW BLADE and NIGHT TIDES have been on my radar for a while now... And in the cart they go!

Thanks for update!

:) VFG

Cecile said...

OH wow, the shopping list of all shopping lists!!! Books and contests! Thanks for the heads up!

Dottie (My Blog 2.0) said...

Hi Donna!

Added four or was it five new books for the TBB list, lol, already had Spider's Bite and Original Sin from your Goodreads list. And a new series to try, I haven't tried the Connor Grey Series yet (is it good?), so I'll hit Amazon or the Library to see if I can locate the first in the series.

Thanks Donna!

Dottie :)

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Jackie - I am? It's these authors, they keep coming out with books I want to read. ;)

Chris - I haven't read anything by Del Franco. I'm guessing this books are good?

Patti - You're welcome. :)

Leontine - I love getting new books...can't you smell them?

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Elie - I have Angie Fox on my TBR I hope to get to read one of her books this year.

KC - Oh! Curse B&N for delaying your copy of Ecstasy Unveiled!

VFG - Same here!! Especially Night Tides.

Cecile - Happy to do it!

Dottie - I haven't read any of the Connor Grey series. But it sure looks good.

Chris said...

Donna - They are! And I'm not just saying that because they all have Nathan Kamp covers. ;)

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Chris - I'm going find the first book. 'Cuz if you say so, then I believe. :) ... Now I'm on a book find mission, love it!

Chris said...

Aw, I am honored!! :)

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