New Release for Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy & YA Fantasy for the week of February 1, 2010

Happy Release Day! 


February 1, 2010

 The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black

The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black
Short Stories
YA Fantasy
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Summary:

In her debut collection, New York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch and another who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match. These stories have been published in anthologies such as 21 Proms, The Faery Reel, and The Restless Dead, and have been reprinted in many “Best of” anthologies. The Poison Eaters is Holly Black’s much-anticipated first collection of stories, and her ability to stare into the void—and to find humanity and humor there—will speak to young adult and adult readers alike.

Illustrated by Theo Black.

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Fey, Book 1
YA Fantasy
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Summary:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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February 2, 2010

A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes

A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes
Anthology
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Brilliant, original sci-fi and fantasy stories featuring brave and bold heroines

Thirteen urban and paranormal tales of strong women, armed with weapons they are not afraid to use, as well as fists and feet of fury, who face monsters and bad guys-and are not above rescuing men in the process.

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Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs by Gerry Bartlett

Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs by Gerry Bartlett
Real Vampires, Book 5
Paranormal Romance
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Summary:

Glory St. Clair loves soaking up Hollywood's vampire nightlife with her sexy Scottish lover, Jeremiah. Especially when she meets a vampire/ diet guru who promises to give her the body she's wanted for centuries. One problem: his clan and Jeremiah's are ancient enemies. But Glory's not about to let a stupid family feud come between her and slender bliss. Yet, she can't help but wonder...how much is she willing to risk for her hips? And how much (and precisely what) is she willing to lose?

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 Unknown by Rachel Caine

Unknown by Rachel Caine
Outcast Season, Book 2
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Living among mortals, the djinn Cassiel has developed a reluctant affection for them-especially for Warden Luis Rocha. As the mystery deepens around the kidnapping of innocent Warden children, Cassiel and Luis are the only ones who can investigate both the human and djinn realms. But the trail will lead them to a traitor who may be more powerful than they can handle...

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Accidentally Demonic by Dakota Cassidy

Accidentally Demonic by Dakota Cassidy
Accidental Romance, Book 4
Paranormal Romance
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Summary:

When mild-mannered Casey Schwartz wakes up in jail, she has no memory of how she got there. But after her sister, Wanda, bails her out, Casey has more to deal with than a foggy memory-like abrupt mood swings and fireballs shooting from her fingertips. But things really head south when a vampire shows up on her doorstep...

Vampire Clayton Gunnersson is seriously hot. And seriously taken-by a demon. In a ritual gone wrong, Clayton tried to get rid of his unwanted bond, but spilled some demonic blood on Casey, getting her possessed in the process. Now, Casey has to share her body and manage to keep her growing attraction to Clayton in check, because falling for her demon's boyfriend just might get Casey killed-from the inside out.

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The Reckoners by Doranna Durgin

The Reckoners by Doranna Durgin
The Reckoners, Book 1
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Ghost hunter Lisa McGarrity can’t understand what’s gotten into the undead recently. Ectoplasm-flinging spirits and ghouls with grudges seem to be coming out of the woodwork, and she’s been run ragged trying to calm the unusually outraged spirits. Tired of dealing with the disgruntled dead, Lisa is determined to take a break from all things metaphysical.

So when the mysterious and sexy Trevarr appears on her doorstep requesting her assistance in an urgent matter, Lisa is less than thrilled. Who is this man, and why is he so interested in her “kooky” hobby? What does he have to gain by visiting paranormal hot spots with her? Whatever he wants, Lisa can’t help being drawn to Trevarr, and as they start working together they stumble upon a house filled to the brim with ghosts driven to the edge of madness. Now Lisa and Trevarr must figure out what’s behind this ghost population explosion, before their mutual attraction causes explosions of its own.

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Shadows Past by Lorna Freeman

Shadows Past by Lorna Freeman
A Borderlands Novel, Book 3
Fantasy
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Summary:

Rabbit is struggling to make sense of his new powers and his new position as King Jusson's heir when a man once scorned by his mother comes seeking retribution-and demands that Rabbit marry his daughter...

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The Dark Storm by Kris Greene

The Dark Storm by Kris Greene
Dark Storm, Book 1
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

THE LEGENDS ARE TRUE.

Gabriel is a New York City college kid who loves to bury his nose in books, looking up stories of long-dead cultures, lost languages, and forgotten legends. He never imagined one of those legends would come looking for him—until a tough-talking girl named De Mona Sanchez thrusts an ancient weapon into his hands...and recruits Gabriel in a dark epic war he was born to fight.

THE DEMONS ARE HERE.

Banished centuries ago by warrior knights, a demonic army is storming through a dimensional rift into our world. Stalkers are prowling the streets. Corpses are rising up to fight. And Gabriel—a descendant of one of the original warriors—has no choice but to drop his textbooks and start kicking demon butt alongside his new friend De Mona…who has a few secrets of her own. If Gabriel fails, humanity loses. If war is hell, this is hell on earth…

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Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake Series, Book 18
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn't the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington's grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long.

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Steamed by Katie MacAlister

Steamed by Katie MacAlister
Steampunk Romance
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Summary:

When one of Jack Fletcher's nanoelectromechanical system experiments is jostled in his lab, the resulting explosion sends him into the world of his favorite novel-a seemingly Victorian-era world of steampower, aether guns, corsets, and goggles. A world where the lovely and intrepid Octavia Pye captains her airship straight into his heart...

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ArchangelsKiss

Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter, Book 2
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

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Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks

Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks
World of Lupi, Book 6
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

A new World of Lupi novel from "a true master of her craft" (Eternal Night)

Lily Yu and Lupi prince Rule Turner have a bigger problem than their families not accepting their impending human/werewolf mixed marriage. A powerful ancient nemesis of Lily's grandmother has come to San Diego to turn the city into a feeding ground.

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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.


A Few Giveaways Around The Web:

25 comments:

Chris said...

Oh, this is going to be an expensive month, I can tell! :)

Thanks for the contest mention - I actually have a paranormal m/m romance contest that started this morning, too.

Michelle G said...

Great post Donna. :)

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Elie said...

Great post Donna, I love the cover of Steamed. I am curious about that title, something a little different from KM. Thanks for the mention.

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

Hey Chris! Tell me about it! I already pre-order three of the books on this list. Who knows how many I'll end buying because of reviews. :) You're welcome! I'll add your other contest too.

Thanks Michelle!

Hi Elie - I love the cover for Steamed too. I can't wait to get it. And you're welcome!

Chris said...

Thanks!!

Heh, CJ and I are SO going to hit Uncle Hugo's in the near future....

Cecile said...

One stop shop!!!! Thanks for allll the information!!!
Have a great day!

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

Chris - I've added your new giveaway to this post & my sidebar.

I wish there was a book store near me that didn't take 30 minutes to get to. Can you tell I'm a spoiled small town girl, who's use to everything being within 10 minutes of her? ;)

Cecile - You're welcome! I hope you have a great day too. :)

Chris said...

Thanks, Donna!

I know I'm completely spoiled by where I live, and I definitely appreciate it!

Carolyn Crane said...

OMG, I was reading that Anita Blake description and I had this weird shocked, excited thought that it was heading to where Anita would fall in love with Bennington, a normal human, and their love would cure her of all the weirdness, and monstery stuff, sort of like in a normal romance, where the person is tortured in some way, and the love of the right person makes them whole. (and vice versa). I think I would just be so impressed if that happened.

VampFanGirl said...

AAAHHHHHH!! ARCHANGEL'S KISS is finally HERE!!!!!!!!!

Oh and STEAMED, I'm really looking forward to that read as well. My first steampunk. YAY!!

HUGS, VFG

Blodeuedd said...

So many good books out, I am really curious about iron King

Leontine said...

OMG, is it already release day of Archangel's Kiss!!!! where did the days go?? And more important..BookDepStore, where is my copy!!! That will mean I have to get my butt in to gear and read my petunia off. I want all my time available for this book when it arrives :)

Simcha said...

Wow, it looks like there are some great books here. I'm particularly curious about steamed, as well as the new Anita Blake novel which I heard is similar to early stuff, and so I might just give it a try.

Smokinhotbooks said...

I just bought AK by Nalini Singh, hubs b-day just happened to fall on this day ::sigh:: totally cuts into my reading time *grrrr*

Is Jeanine Frost's First Drop Of Crimson out today as well? Or later on in Feb?

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

Chris - I love the places you have around you. Seems there's a lot to do there. :)

Carolyn - I haven't read not one Anita Blake book. I know that's bad, real bad. Hopefully soon. I was advise to read books 1-4, skip the rest and go directly to Skin Trade.

VFG - I right there with you! I'm so excited about Steamed. :)

Blodeuedd - Same here! I went ahead and bought it because of all the 5 star reviews. It sounds terrific.

Chris said...

Oh, no, things don't get bad in Anita land until Blue Moon...

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

Leontine - Yes! I know the feeling. I feel that away about a few books. You have to get the setting right in reading den. :)

Simcha - Steamed is one I have bought, I hope to read it this month. I also heard the same thing about the Anita Blake novels.

KC - Oh, tell your hubs Happy Birthday! Fill him up with birthday cake & ice cream so he goes to sleep early - full & happy. *winks*

First Drop of Crimson comes out next week. I bet your excited to be back in that world. I see you tweeting about Bones & Cat all the time.

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

Chris - which book is that one? I have already bought the first 4 books in the series.

Chris said...

It's #8.

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

Ah, gotcha! I actually cringe a little at how long this series. It's going to take awhile for me to catch up. Have you read all of the books or have you skipped any?

Chris said...

I'm done. No more LKH for me. :)

Erotic Horizon said...

Dark Storm and The Reckoner calls to me... I am adding them to my list..

I wonder if they have plans to go audio with them...

Wonderful roundup as usual Donna...

Thank you....

E.H>

Dawn said...

Thanks fr this. There are quite a few here that I just added to my list for book shopping next weekend. Got to love it when you get a ton of GC from holidays. *grins*

Can't wait to check these out. Thanks again.

Fiction Vixen said...

I don't know why but cover like Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs , and Accidentally Demonic really appeal to me. Makes me want to read the book based on the cover alone! Nice round up, thanks!

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

EH - Those two look very interesting. I'm going to keep my eye out for reviews.

Dawn - Those GC do come in handy don't they? I'm amazed you still have yours. When I get GC they run through my fingers like water. ;)

FV - Same here! I think it's because their look represents fun to me.

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