New Releases for Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy & YA Paranormal for the week of January 4, 2010

This week's new release list has put a dent my pocket book! Now, I’m off to figure out how I can hide the new books in my overstuffed bookshelves from my hubby…

How about you? See any new books this week that you have to have?


January 4, 2010

Kitty's House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty's House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn
Book 7, Kitty Norville Series
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

REALITY BITES

Talk radio host and werewolf Kitty Norville has agreed to appear on TV's first all-supernatural reality show. She's expecting cheesy competitions and manufactured drama starring shapeshifters, vampires, and psychics. But what begins as a publicity stunt will turn into a fight for her life.

The cast members, including Kitty, arrive at the remote mountain lodge where the show is set. As soon as filming starts, violence erupts and Kitty suspects that the show is a cover for a nefarious plot. Then the cameras stop rolling, cast members start dying, and Kitty realizes she and her monster housemates are ironically the ultimate prize in a very different game. Stranded with no power, no phones, and no way to know who can be trusted, she must find a way to defeat the evil closing in . . . before it kills them all.

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January 5, 2010

Inked by Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn, Eileen Wilks

Inked by Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn, Eileen Wilks
Anthology
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Four of today's hottest urban fantasy writers together for the first time!

From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems-in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark.

This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's war mage Lia de Croissets, Marjorie M. Liu's demon-hunter Maxine Kiss, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Intelligence Agency operative Camille D'Artigo, and Eileen Wilk's Lupi world.

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Come Hell or High Water by Michele Bardsley

Come Hell or High Water by Michele Bardsley
Book 6, Broken Heart, Oklahoma Series
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Everybody makes mistakes-and my first one was named Connor, a heart- stealing Scottish hottie. I thought our night together was the beautiful beginning to a love story, which turned out to be my second mistake. I, Phoebe Allen, lifelong Broken Heart resident and vampire, am now mated to a half-demon.

Thankfully Phoebe's four-year-old son Danny is safely away at Disneyworld with his human father. Because Phoebe's right in the middle of major paranormal drama, helping Connor and his rag-tag group of friends retrieve part of an ancient talisman in order to ward off Connor's vicious stepmother, an uber-demon named Lilith. Phoebe swears she isn't falling for any of Connor's demon charm. But still, he's willing to do anything to protect her and prevent demons from storming into Broken Heart. And her undead heart can't resist a bad boy with identity issues...

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Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast

Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast
Book 1, A Dark Magic Novel
Paranormal Romance

Summary from Anya Bast:

When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…

All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.

So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.

This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…

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The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg

The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg
Book 1, A Novel of the Collegia Magica
Fantasy

Summary:

In a kingdom on the verge of a grand renaissance, where natural science has supplanted failing sorcery, someone aims to revive a savage rivalry...

For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.

As the king's new agente confide, Portier - much to his dismay - is partnered with the popinjay Ilario de Sylvae, the laughingstock of Sabria's court. Then the need to infiltrate a magical cabal leads Portier to Dante, a brooding, brilliant young sorcerer whose heretical ideas and penchant for violence threaten to expose the investigation before it's begun. But in an ever-shifting landscape of murders, betrayals, old secrets, and unholy sorcery, the three agentes will be forced to test the boundaries of magic, nature, and the divine...

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Naked Dragon by Annette Blair

Naked Dragon by Annette Blair
Book 1, Works Like Magic Series
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

The Works like Magick Employment Agency has a reputation for perfectly matching clients with magical temps. So when McKenna Greylock requests a handyman, the gorgeous Bastian Dragonelli arrives to repair her B&B- and fire up her bedroom.

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Death's Mistress by Karen Chance

Death's Mistress by Karen Chance
Book 2, Dorina Basarab Series
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir-half-human, half-vampire. Back home in Brooklyn after the demise of her insane Uncle Dracula, Dory's hoping her life is about to calm down. But soon Dory realizes someone is killing vampire Senate members, and if she can't stop the murderer, her friends may be next...

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The Lost Enchantress by Patricia Coughlin

The Lost Enchantress by Patricia Coughlin
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Long ago Eve Lockhart discovered that the ancient magic that was her birthright could cost her everything. So she vowed to create a normal life and was convinced she'd succeeded-until a long-lost family talisman resurfaces. A prize beyond price, the hourglass pendant ignites the fevered interest of mysterious forces who'll risk anything to possess it-forces that include one very seductive man...

The priceless pendant isn't the only thing Gabriel Hazard wants from Eve. For nearly two centuries he's searched for the hidden magic that can break a spell and grant him the one thing he craves. But he isn't alone in wanting the pendant-or Eve's magic.

Now Eve has no choice but to break her long-ago vow and claim her power, her dream of everlasting love-and her destiny.

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Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorn

Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorn
Book 7, Sisters of the Moon / Otherworld Series
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Another equinox is here, and life's getting more tumultuous for the D'Artigo sisters. Smoky, the dragon of Camille's dreams, must choose between his family and her. Plus, the sisters can't locate the new demon general in town. And Camille's summoned to Otherworld, thinking she'll reunite with her long-lost soul mate Trillian. But once there, she must undergo a drastic ritual that will forever change her and those she loves.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny by Simon R. Green

The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny by Simon R. Green
Book 10, Nightside Series
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Things were going so well for P.I. John Taylor, that it was only a matter of time before everything hit the fan. Walker, the powerful, ever-present, never­to-be-trusted agent who runs the Nightside on behalf of The Authorities, is dying. And he wants John to be his successor-a job that comes with more baggage, and more enemies, than anyone can possibly imagine.

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Through Stone and Sea by Barb & J. C. Hendee

Through Stone and Sea by Barb & J. C. Hendee
Book 2, Noble Dead Saga Series 2
Dark High Fantasy

Summary:

Wynn journeys to the mountain stronghold of the dwarves in search of the "Stonewalkers," an unknown sect supposedly in possession of important ancient texts. But in her obsession to understand these writings, she will find more puzzles and questions buried in secrets old and new-along with an enemy she thought destroyed...

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Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
Book 2, Jane Yellowrock Series
Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night...

The vampire council has hired skinwalker Jane Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules-but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep...

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Captivate by Carrie Jones

Captivate by Carrie Jones
Sequel to Need
YA Paranormal

Summary:

Zara and her friends knew they hadn’t solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king’s needs grow deeper every day he’s stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It’s made him vulnerable. And now there’s a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he’s one of the good guys. Nick isn’t buying it, though Zara isn’t as sure — despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it’s a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It’s her life — and his.

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Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi

Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi
Book 4, Blood Coven
YA Paranormal

Summary:

The newest Blood Coven novel-accompanied by edgy repackages of the rest of the series

Sunny McDonald is in the ultimate forbidden relationship. Her boyfriend Magnus is a vampire, and the leader of the Blood Coven. And when the Coven decides that Magnus needs a mate to be his co-ruler, Sunny's humanity puts her out of the running. The Coven's chosen candidate is Jane Johnson, a magna cum laude graduate of Oxford University who just happens to look like a vampiric supermodel.

Sunny is suspicious of a Rhodes Scholar who can't answer the most basic poli-sci questions, but Magnus brushes it off as petty jealousy. Still, when the Blood Coven goes to Las Vegas for a vampire convention, Sunny and her twin sister Rayne secretly tag along. And Sunny's not going home before she learns the truth about Jane. Because not everything stays in Vegas-especially bad blood.

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The Taking by Erin McCarthy

The Taking by Erin McCarthy
Book 3, Deadly Sins Series
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Heiress Regan Henry knows that passion can be an illusion, and she keeps her emotions in check-until she falls under the spell of the beguiling Felix LeBlanc. He knows that the rumors that her mansion is haunted are true, and that he's the only one who can save her from the spirits residing there. But the only way he can do it is to sacrifice his last chance at redemption...or risk a love that could consign them both to an eternity of evil.

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Smolder by Melina Morel

Smolder by Melina Morel
Book 3
Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Satisfaction can be found in the darkest places.

From Melinda Morel, the award-winning author of Prey and Devour

Vengeance has its price.

But you pay for passion forever...

Descended from werewolf hunters, Catherine Marais has vanquished countless of their vile kind-including the one that slaughtered her father. Her debt of blood and honor was fulfilled-but her heart is empty.

The only one who ignites Catherine's passion is Ian-a handsome, elegant vampire whose seductive touch she cannot resist. But when he offers her the dark temptation of eternal commitment to each other, Catherine must look within her heart-and her truest desires-to find the answers she seeks...

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Firespell by Chloe Neill

Firespell by Chloe Neill
Book 1, Dark Elite
YA Urban Fantasy

Summary:

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…

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Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
YA Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Love can be a dangerous thing….

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.

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Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick

Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick
Book 2, Esther Diamond Series
Urban Fantasy

Summary by Mary Jo Putney:

"In Laura Resnick's Doppelgangster, the New York actress is 'resting' between roles by working as a singing waitress at a Manhattan mob restaurant because wiseguys tip well. Then duplicated gangsters appear, bullets start flying, and it's up to Esther and her friend Max the Magician to fight Evil by stopping the gang war before it starts killing the wrong people. And if she has time, maybe Esther can actually keep a hot date with her hunky detective friend Lopez, who doesn't believe in magic. Yet. Unplug the phone and settle down for a fast and funny read."

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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.

17 comments:

Leontine said...

This is one of those releaseweeks where the CC is moaning from the use. I so heart the cover of Annette Blair, strong back + tattoo = me in cover bliss LOL I also am hearing very good things about the release of Anya Bast, so definitely checking her out too. In december I had a CC that was stagerring high, so I need to lay low in January :S

Dawn said...

Oh man, thank god I got a ton of GC for the holidays. Guss I am off to shop after work today. Thans for the list. I added several I didn't know about to my list. :)

Chris said...

Wow. *blink blink* Starting the new year off at full speed, aren't they?!

Melissa (My World) said...

I have to agree this is quite a list!

I found Inked at Walmart and picked it up. I love Marjorie Liu and her story of Maxine Kiss and the boys. I picked up and looked at Bone Magic, then realized it was way into the series. So now I am going to have to read the series because it did sound really good. Have you read this series?

This list is really good. I just can't read fast enough to get to them all. lol.

SusiSunshine said...

I always so love these lists! Reminds me of the books I forgot to order. LOL
I really love the Doppelgangster cover. Is that Dan Dos Santos? Looks like his work.

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

Leontine - Yeah, I'm still recovering from the last week of December!! ;)

Dawn - You should a lot fun using your GCs this week! It's a great feeling isn't?

Chris - Yep, they are! Crazy after last weeks releases too!

Melissa - I love finding books early! I tried to get a copy of Wicked Enchantment yesterday but Borders said it wasn't a hot item so it wasn't out of the box yet. I'm thinking "WTH that's a matter of opinion!!!" So I'm going back today to buy it. :)

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

Susi - Good eye! Yes that is Santos artwork.

SusiSunshine said...

Yes I so new it! I'm a bit addicted to his work. Love it!
He's really talented!

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

Susi - I love Santos's work on the Mercy Thompson series (even though that's not how I picture Mercy) - it's gorgeous.

Smokinhotbooks said...

Donna I'm drooling over Blood Cross's Cover.

Lou said...

Ohhhhhh. I didn't know there were so many new releases, and quite a few have caught my eye.

I.must.finish.reading.09.books.before.buying.2010.releases.

Sara M said...

This will definitely be an expensive week. Lol. Lucky for me, I get a break until Jan. 26.

Anyway, I just posted a review of Firespell by Chloe Neill here.

RachaelfromNJ said...

I love these lists!!

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

KC - I lurve that cover too!

Lou - Um...good luck with that! ;)

Sara - It always seems the first and last weeks of the month are crammed with new releases. Wonder why that is? I'm adding your review. Thanks for letting me know.

Rachael - Thank you!! :)

Lily Child said...

I picked up my copy of Firespell today! I can not wait to read it! :)

Also, Beautiful Creatures came in the mail today! :D I am so excited to read it! It's so beautiful and shiny! :)

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

Lily - My copy of Firespell won't get to me until tomorrow. :(

Enjoy Beautiful Creatures!! I look forward to your thoughts on it.

Lea said...

Wow Donna!

Thanks for all the updates. *sigh* So much to read, so little time..

More to add to my list..

Best
L

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