New Releases: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance for the week of February 23, 2010

We are only two months into this year and after today my book budget is blown! Happy Release Day!


February 23, 2010

 Cat's Claw by Amber Benson

Cat's Claw by Amber Benson
Calliope Reaper-Jones, Book 2
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Calliope Reaper-Jones is Death's Daughter. She owes a debt to Cerberus, the three headed dog that guards the gate's of hell-a debt that involves a trip to Purgatory, Las Vegas, ancient Egypt, and a discount department store that's more frightening than any supernatural creature she'll ever encounter.

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Once Bitten, Twice Dead by Bianca D'Arc

Once Bitten, Twice Dead by Bianca D'Arc
Guardians of the Dark, Book 1
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

When police officer Sarah Petit investigates a disturbance in an abandoned building, she expects to find a few underage drinkers. Instead, she's attacked by creatures straight out of a horror movie. Waking a week later in a hospital, Sarah is visited by Special Forces soldier Captain Xavier Beauvoir. The zombies who attacked Sarah are the result of military research gone terrifyingly wrong, and Sarah's immunity to the virus makes her the perfect person to help Xavier eradicate them. But his smooth Cajun accent, whiskey-coloured eyes, and dizzying kiss are risky to her in a very different way. Sarah attracts danger like a magnet - and the smart, fearless cop attracts Xavier too, instilling a bone-deep need that's undermining his steady facade. Enlisting her aid is a necessary gamble, but vicious undead creatures are not the only enemy they face. And the only way to keep each other safe is to trust in an instant connection that could be their greatest strength - or the perfect way to destroy them both.

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Demonfire by Kate Douglas

Demonfire by Kate Douglas
The Demonslayers, Book 1
Paranormal Romance
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Summary:

Newspaper reported Eddy Marks thinks she knows everything about her quite hometown. She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out Evergreen, California, is the site of a vortex that allows demons to cross over to Earth, and the only one who can stop them is an unbelievably sexy fallen demon named Dax who has just crashed into Eddy's life.

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To Sin With A Scoundrel by Cara Elliott

To Sin With A Scoundrel by Cara Elliott
Circle of Sin Trilogy, Book 1
Historical Romance
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Summary:

A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham--the Earl of Hadley--is not accused of murdering anything--save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London's newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl's proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It's a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don't watch their step.

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Xombies: Apocalypticon by Walter Greatshell

Xombies: Apocalypticon by Walter Greatshell
Xombies, Book 2
Horror
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Summary:

BRACE YOURSELF.

When the Agent X virus first struck, the victims became voracious killers intent on contaminating every last soul. And X spread like mad…

The entire eastern seaboard of the United States has been ravages by the contagion, wiping out all signs of hope, faith, or rational thought. Off this desolate coast is a refitted nuclear sub, a 560-foot steel tomb cutting through dark waters and commandeered by a crew of survivors—including Sal DeLuca, who lost his father during their flight from Agent X. When he leads a team to scavenge for food and supplies on land, he comes across a squad of seemingly welcoming mercenaries. But he’s about to find himself trapped between new terrors on the surface and mutiny below.

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Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Rachel Morgan, Book 8
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.

It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.

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Battle of the Network Zombies by Mark Henry

Battle of the Network Zombies by Mark Henry
Amanda Feral, Book 3
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

In Seattle's undead circles, Amanda Feral is one of the beautiful zombies. Of course, when you're socializing with werewolves, devils, and rampaging yetis, there's not that much competition. Still, Amanda has a stylish rep to maintain, which is getting tricky now that her tanking ad agency is obliterating her finances. The fastest way to make some cash: appear on a new reality show, American Minions, hosted by lecherous wood nymph Johnny Birch. Classy? Maybe not, but a girl's gotta eat. With zombie gal pal Wendy posing as her bitchy agent, Amanda settles in to 'Minions Mansion', crowded with 24-7 video cameras and undead fame whores. When Johnny is found incinerated in a locked room, Amanda decides to channel her inner Miss Marple (minus the ugly cardigans) and find out who's responsible. Was it Hairy Sue, the white trash stripper yeti? Tanesha, the glamorous trannie werewolf? Angie, the Filipino vampire with a detachable head? Unveiling the culprit in a heart-stopping finale won't just save the show from cancellation, it might just keep Amanda alive - or as close as a ghoul can get...

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Demon Possessed by Stacia Kane

Demon Possessed by Stacia Kane
Megan Chase, Book 3
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Psychologist and psychic Megan Chase has grown remarkably comfortable hanging out with demons. The demon "family" she leads is happy, her solo practice is stabilizing, and she and her steamy demon lover, Greyson Dante, are closer than ever. But when the couple books a week at a luxury hotel to attend a meeting of demon leaders, some unanticipated problems appear. An FBI agent with an unhealthy interest in less-than-legitimate demon business practices shows up; the demon community is urging Megan to undergo the rite that will make her a real demon; and a slightly shady minister is holding one of his wildly popular "weekend exorcisms" just down the road. And oh, yes, someone with scary magical abilities is attempting to kill her. Then, just when it seems as if things couldn't possibly get any worse, a secret comes to light that could jeopardize Megan and Greyson's future -- if Megan manages to live that long. With things heating up, it's becoming difficult for her to keep a cool head...

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Jordan by Susan Kearney

Jordan by Susan Kearney
The Pendragon Legacy, Book 3
Paranormal Romance
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Summary:

A DANGEROUS MISSION
Vivianne Blackstone devotes herself to her career, putting her love life on hold. Her latest project is a spaceship designed to protect Earth from the deadly Tribes. But its engineer, the alluring Jordan McArthur, now threatens both her job and her wary heart . . .

AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE
Jordan's past goes back to King Arthur, and he must find the ancient artifact that can save the galaxy. Vivianne's ship is his best hope, but convincing the fiercely independent beauty won't be easy. Especially when the passion flaring between them burns through their defenses - and love is the last thing they need to survive.

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Darkness Within by Kinley MacGregor

Darkness Within by Kinley MacGregor
The Lords of Avalon, Book 3
Paranormal Romance
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Summary:

Kaziel isn't just another run of the mill Hel Hound; he's the leader of the pack. But when his headstrong sister is kidnapped by Morgan le Fey and her army, he has no choice but to bow to Morgan's wishes: to steal the Shield of Dagda.

In 21st century New Orleans. Avery MacArthur is the merlin for the Shield. Fully aware of its power, she would give her life to keep it from falling into the hands of someone like Kaziel.

When Avery and Kaziel collide, more than their lives are at stake - the very fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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The Battle Sylph by L. J. McDonald

The Battle Sylph by L. J. McDonald
The Sylph Series, Book 1
Fantasy Romance
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Summary from Dorchester Publishing:

THE BATTLE SYLPH

He is one of many: a creature of magic, unrelentingly male. He is lured through the portal by pure female beauty, a virgin sacrifice. She is killed, and he is silenced and enslaved.

Such a dark ritual is necessary. Unlike their elemental cousins—those gentler sylphs of wind and fire—battlers find no joy in everyday labor. Their magic can destroy an army or demolish a castle, and each has but one goal: find his queen, then protect and pleasure her at any cost. What would a maiden do if she were given such a servant? What would befall that kingdom foolish enough to allow a battler to escape? Young Solie and the people of Eferem are about to find out.

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Defeat the Darkness by Alexis Morgan

Defeat the Darkness by Alexis Morgan
Paladins of Darkness, Book 6
Paranormal Romance
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Summary:

Hard-eyed and hard-bodied, Hunter Fitzsimon isn't what Tate Justice expected in a tenant for the apartment above her garage. Terse and intensely private, Hunter's mission is to protect a narrow stretch of the barrier between Earth and Kalithia against the Paladins' ruthless enemies -- a job that would be much easier without his sexy landlady nosing around. So when she follows Hunter into the woods late one night, he decides to teach Tate a lesson with a passionate kiss that brings her to her knees...and unexpectedly ignites red-hot desire deep in his soul. But the warrior's dark and dangerous world is no place for his fiery lover. Does possessing Tate mean turning his back on his brethren...or will Hunter forsake the woman of his dreams for the harsh duty he's always known?

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 Dragon Unmasked by Kathleen Nance

Dragon Unmasked by Kathleen Nance
Paranormal Romance
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Summary from Dorchester Publishing:

The unknown betrayer attacks… I fear you’re next.

One by one, practitioners of magic are dying in violence, as if fired from within.  And the last words of a dead mage identify Grace Armatrading as the next victim.

Use Adam’s help; you need him.

Adam Zolton is the last person in the world Grace wants to trust.  Once before, he brought her to a fever pitch of need, then sacrificed her to pursue his own agenda.  Now she has no choice but to team up with the darkly dangerous enigma.

The dragon burns me.

Drawn into a twisting maze of fiery danger and desire, Grace fights off a deadly computer virus, violent thugs and her own uncontrollable blackouts.  But with Adam to balance her frightening paranormal gift, she will see the…Dragon Unmasked.

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Fantasy in Death by J. D. Robb

Fantasy in Death by J. D. Robb
In Death, Book 31
Mystery Futuristic
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Summary:

Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game. . . .

NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as who did the murdering. The victim's girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a prob­lem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks-as Eve's husband, Roarke, one of U- Play's competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death. . . .

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 Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Kara Gillian, Book 2
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL, MAN AND DEMON, SHE’S ABOUT TO FACE THE ONE THING SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE.

Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of “othersight” to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

It’s a case with roots in the arcane, but whose evil has flowered among the rich, powerful, and corrupt in Beaulac, Louisiana. And as the killings continue, Kara soon realizes how much there’s still to learn about demons, men, and things that kill in the night—and how little time she has to learn it.

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Dead Matter by Anton Strout

Dead Matter by Anton Strout
Simon Canderous, Book 3
Urban Fantasy
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Summary:

Shaking up the spirits of Manhattan

The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn't appreciate its well-deserved RIP being disturbed, and Department of Extraordinary Affairs Agent Simon Canderous is sent in to do damage control. Meanwhile, his vacationing partner, Connor Christos, is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he's being haunted by visions of his long-lost brother at his window. Simon is worried that his partner may be going crazy-or worse, maybe he's not...

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February 25, 2010


The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1
Fantasy
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Summary:

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.

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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:

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Cecile at All I Want and More... is having a blogiversary!
Make sure you stop by her place for the celebration. Here are Cecile's own words on what going to happen during the party:
"Stories will be told, books will be pimped out, and giveaways will happen! Excerpt will be dished out along side some hot men, of course! They both will be hot, steamy, sexy and just plain juicy! (remember, the mop is in the closet for the drool) And hussies will be purring high!"

21 comments:

Book Chick City said...

Great books released this week. I especially like the look of Cat's Claw and Twice Bitten, Twice Dead!

Leontine said...

OMG, DARKNESS WITHIN is released today!!!! o-0 I love this series, have it on pre-order but didn't expect it to be released so soon. This is one of those days where it is releases galore YAY I've got a few books in the house like The Battle Sylph by L. J. McDonald, Jordan by Susan Kearney and I've still got Alexis Morgan on my TBB list. I love these kind of release days!! Thanks for a great surprise Donna, I'm off to check out if DARKNESS WITHIN is on its way to me :)

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

So many great releases, and I'm broke! :sigh: I really can't wait to read Darkness within. I love the Lords of Avalon series-but I thought she wrote them under Kinley MacGregor.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I really need more coffee-just saw that it is written under Kinley MacGregor. :sigh:

Patti said...

*sigh* my book budget is going to be non-existent very soon! Didn't realize Cat's Claw was out today, and so many other great releases it's going to be hard to choose!

Chris said...

Dang, huge week for releases! The Battle Sylph cover is kinda creepy, isn't it?

Dawn said...

OMG....all these yummy books and I am broke this week. *pouts* Guess I am adding them to my Buy list for next time. Thanks for this. I love finding new authors and several here look really good.

I did a review for Mark Henry's Book, Battle of the network zombies. The link is: http://loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/2010/02/battle-of-network-zombies-book-3-in.html

Lily Child said...

Ooooh! Another Kim Harrison release! *squees with delight*

Cecile said...

Okay, I am officially broke and hoping to have some wins, lol!!! Thanks for all the heads up!!! Hope all is well!

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

BCC - I'm reading Cat's Claw right now, so far it's been entertaining. Twice Bitten, Twice Dead does look interesting. I need to checkout the short story that came out a month or two ago.

Leontine - I haven't read any of The Lords of Avalon books, they certainly look good.

Colette - LOL! I've done the same thing. But I agree it is a dangerous thing to start typing before enough coffee has been consumed. ;)

Patti - Even though it's hard on the wallet, I love release days like today. :D

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

Chris - I agree, I thought so when I first seen it. It's the eyes!

Dawn - Thanks! I'll add a link to your review. :)

Lily Child - *whispers* I haven't read any books by Kim Harrison. *runs & hides*

Cecile - Same here!! And your welcome :) You know what!?! I meant to add you blog party! I'll add it now. Dang! I hate when old age creeps up on me like that. :(

Blodeuedd said...

That fantasy book looks awesome! Gonna enter that contest

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

B - It does look good, I've been thinking of getting it...good luck in the giveaway. :)

VampFanGirl said...

Hello! That Cara Elliott book took me a bit by surprise, Donna. LOL! I don't think I've ever seen a historical make the list for recent paranormal and urban fantasy releases. However, now that you've brought it my attention, I'm all of this book! "Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex." <- That's my kinda read!

Thanks for the heads up on these releases, girl. You rock!

Hugs, VFG

Fiction Vixen said...

Oh nice list. As always, this is my go to blog. :)

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

VFG - LOL! I knew it would stand out. :) Dottie reviewed it for me since it's not a genre I read...but maybe one day when I get tired or need a break from my paranormal reads. ;)

FV - Thanks! Awww, that's so very nice of you to say. Especially since this post could put a potential hole in the wallet. ;)

Larissa said...

So many cool releases this week! yay!!!

Im dying to start the new Kim Harrisson book!

=)))

Lea said...

Hi Donna:

Thank you for all the updates.

As Always you have showcased books I wouldn't have noticed otherwise. Thank you so much.

Your blog looks so great..

L

Lea said...

PS: Thank you for the mention Donna!

I really appreciate it.

I'm going to give you a shout out in my post tomorrow.

Best
L

Erotic Horizon said...

I see some good books I will get...Some i'll have to wait until they get to the UK...

Thanks for the round up as usual...

E.H>

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

Larissa - I haven't even started the 1st book!!!

Lea - Just doing my part -- adding to MT. TBR. ;) And you're very welcome!!

EH - Not fair that they make you all wait even longer for new releases in the UK on some of these books. :( I hope it's not a long wait.

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