New Book Releases for Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy & More - Week of October 3, 2010

Wow! Another week full of great picks. Enjoy!


American Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, Stephen King Illustrated by Rafael Albuquereque
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Horror
Series: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Vertigo
ISBN: 1401228305 (ISBN13: 9781401228309)
Media: Hardcover


Summary:

This volume follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King. Snyder's story is set in 1920's LA, we follow Pearl, a young woman who is turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European Vampires who tortured and abused her. This story is paired with King's story, a western about Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire-- a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before with rattlesnake fangs and powered by the sun.


Ash by Malinda Lo
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Stand Alone
Author's Website: MalindaLo.com
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 031604010X (ISBN13: 9780316040105)
Media: Paperback (First Published August 2009)

Summary:

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love. Entrancing and romantic, Ash is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about choosing life and love over solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.


Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: YA Steampunk
Series: Leviathan #2
Author's Website: ScottWesterfeld.com
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1416971750 (ISBN13: 9781416971757)
Media: Hardcover

Summary:

At the end of Leviathan, our heroes Alek and Deryn were aboard a mighty air ship heading toward Constantinople to deliver a secret package. But their secrets—Alek’s family is responsible for starting World War I, and Deryn is a girl passing as a guy in the British Air Service—are jeopardized when their mission goes awry. The only way to save themselves in a hostile, politically charged city is to offer up the thing that matters most—their airship, The Leviathan. In this striking futuristic rendition of an alternate past where machines are pitted against genetically modified beasts in the first world war, lines between allies and enemies blur, and the consequences are Behemoth.


Crave by J.R. Ward
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fallen Angels #2
Author's Website: JRWard.com
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 0451229444 (ISBN13: 9780451229441)
Media: Mass Market Paperback

Summary:

The battle between good and evil has left the future of humanity in the hands of a reluctant saviour and his band of fallen angels. Seven deadly sins that must be righted. Seven souls that must be saved. While his first task was success, Jim Heron is battling a demon that can take any form for the soul of someone he must identify on his own. If that weren't enough, his old boss Matthias wants Jim to assassinate an AWOL member of The Firm - Isaac, the man Jim is pretty sure he is supposed to save. Jim knows first hand that once you're in The Firm, there's no getting out. But when Jim finds Isaac to warn him, he has been picked up by the police for illegal street fighting, and it is clear that Isaac is falling for his gorgeous public defender. Is their love the redemption that will save Isaac's soul? Or has the demon Devina set an elaborate trap?


Eternal Hunger by Laura Wright
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Mark of the Vampire #1
Author's Website: LauraWright.com
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 045123149X (ISBN13: 9780451231499)
Media: Mass Market Paperback

Summary:

FEAR IS IN THE BLOOD Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with the controlling rulers of his vampire breed or the family he escaped from a hundred years ago. But as a new threat to the pureblood vampires emerges, Alexander's ties to the past are forced upon him again, and without warning, he finds himself - disoriented, terrified, and near death - at the door of a stranger. TRUST IS A RISK Dr. Sarah Donohue is dedicated to removing the traumatic memories of her patients - like those of the stranger at her front door. But what he tells her of his past is too astonishing to be anything more than the delusion of a madman. Yet she has seen his flesh scarred by the sun and witnessed his inhuman strength. And never more has she felt so conneted to a man, by both fear and seductive excitement.


Gauntlgrym by R.A. Salvatore
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Dark Fantasy
Series: Neverwinter, #1; Legend of Drizzt #20
Author's Website: RASalvatore.com
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
ISBN: 0786955007 (ISBN13: 9780786955008)
Media: Hardcover

Summary:

Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter—a catastrophe big enough to lure even the mercenary Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it. Unfortunately, the more they uncover about the secret of Gauntlgrym, the more it looks like they can’t stop it on their own. They’ll need help, and from the last people they ever thought to fight alongside again: Drizzt and Bruenor.


Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Alex Craft #1
Author's Website: Kalayna.com
Publisher: Roc
ISBN: 0451463803 (ISBN13: 9780451463807)
Media: Mass Market Paperback

Summary:

As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around… To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life…and her soul.


Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Sandman Slim #2
Author's Website: RichardKadrey.com
Publisher: Eos
ISBN: 0061714313 (ISBN13: 9780061714313)
Media: Hardcover

Summary:

What do you do after you’ve crawled out of Hell to wreak bloody revenge? If you’re Stark you turn to bounty hunting, tracking and descimating whatever rogue monsters you’re paid to kill. Stark hates the work, but he needs the money, especially the big bucks Lucifer is offering. In town as an advisor on a biopic of his life, Lucifer needs protection, and he wants Stark as his bodyguard. But the gig isn’t all bad; there is the very sexy, very hot French porn star Brigitte Bardo, a friend of Lucifer’s in LA to remake her reputation as a legit actress. While it isn’t love, it’s pretty damn good, and after 11 years of demonic chastity, it’s enough for now. Stark has enough trouble juggling a diva devil and a sorching French bombshell.without a zombie plague to complicate matters. And just what happens when a human-angel half-breed is bitten by the living dead? His human side begins to die, transforming him into an unstoppable angel of death—a killing machine devoid of emotion or thought, with no regrets or future to worry about. Not a bad way to be when you’re choices are limiited. Now, Stark has to decide . . . if he does finds a cure for the zombie infection, will he take it?


Memories of Envy by Barb Hendee
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Vampire Memories #3
Author's Website: BarbHendee.com
Publisher: Roc Trade
ISBN: 0451463536 (ISBN13: 9780451463531)
Media: Paperback

Summary:

For a vampire, killing is easy. She makes it fun... A reluctant predator, Eleisha Clevon has made home for herself and other vampires like her in Portland. And, in spite of the risks, she is determined to locate all vampires still existing in isolation, so she might offer them sanctuary — and more importantly, so she can teach them to feed without killing. To Eleisha's shock, she learns that a lost vampire may be living as close as Denver, Colorado... but she has to approach this one more carefully than ever before. Simone Stratford is a beautiful, delicate-looking creature from the roaring twenties who enjoys playing elaborate games with mortals, stoking their passion for her before finally draining them of their blood. When Eleisha and her protector, Philip Brant√©, go to Denver in search of Simone, what they find is far worse — and more seductive — than either one bargained for. Philip’s love for Eleisha and his ability to fit into her world are pushed to the breaking point, as is Eleisha’s fierce belief in her own mission.


Never After by Laurell K. Hamilton, Yasmine Galenorn, Sharon Shinn, Marjorie M. Liu
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Anthology
Publisher: Berkley Trade
ISBN: 0425238326 (ISBN13: 9780425238325)
Media: Paperback (First Published September 2009)


Summary:

The bonds of love... The bonds of matrimony... The bonds between husband and wife... Let's face it—some bonds are made to be broken. Here, for the first time ever, are four stories from today's most provocative authors that take the classic idea of the "faerie tale wedding" and give it a swift kick in the bustle. Can he bake a cherry pie? by Laurell K. Hamilton The Shadow of Mist by Yasmine Galenorn The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie M. Liu The Wrong Bridegroom by Sharon Shinn


Scoundrel by Zoe Archer
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Blades of the Rose #2
Author's Website: ZoeArcherBooks.com
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420106805 (ISBN13: 9781420106800)
Media: Mass Market Paperback

Summary:

The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous—and they can’t always protect their own… Ready For Action London Harcourt’s father is bent on subjugating the world’s magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn’t bothered to tell her so. He’s said only that he’s leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity—unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day. Risking It All Bennett is a ladies’ man, when he’s not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London’s father. Sometimes, he’s a ladies’ man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again—but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart…


Seducing the Succubus by Cassie Ryan
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Sisters of Darkness #1
Author's Website: CassieRyan.com
Publisher: Berkley Trade
ISBN: 0425236846 (ISBN13: 9780425236840)
Media: Paperback

Summary:

Jezebeth is living out the centuries as any succubus must-seducing men to survive and corrupting souls to make her quota with her queen, Lilith. But, when she's attacked by a bounty hunter demon, it's a handsome human who saves her. Noah Halston is a horror writer who owes his life to Lilith. Now he must pay up by eluding the fearsome beasts of hell while escorting a very attractive and tempting succubus safely to Lilith's lair-or else he will forfeit his soul to an eternity of torture. Trouble is, if he spends too much time with the all too tempting Jezebeth, he may just lose his heart-or, even worse, his life.


Slayed by Amanda Marrone
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: NA
Author's Website: AmandaMarrone.com
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1416994874 (ISBN13: 9781416994879)
Media: Paperback

Summary:

The Van Helsing family has been hunting vampires for over one hundred years, but sixteen-year-old Daphne wishes her parents would take up an occupation that doesn't involve decapitating vamps for cash. All Daphne wants is to settle down in one place, attend an actual school, and finally find a BFF to go to the mall with. Instead, Daphne has resigned herself to a life of fast food, cheap motels and buying garlic in bulk. But when the Van Helsings are called to a coastal town in Maine, Daphne's world is turned upside down. Not only do the Van Helsings find themselves hunting a terrifying new kind of vampire (one without fangs but with a taste for kindergarten cuisine), Daphne meets her first potential BF! The hitch? Her new crush is none other than Tyler Harker, AKA, the son of the rival slayer family. What's a teen vampire slayer to do?


Something Wicked by Michelle Rowen
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Living in Eden #2
Author's Website: MichelleRowen.com
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 042523746X (ISBN13: 9780425237465)
Media: Mass Market Paperback

Summary:

Being a little wicked isn’t all bad… Every woman has a sexy demon inside her just waiting to get out, but for Eden Riley it’s a little different. Her inner demon is named Darrak, and he’s been inhabiting bodies for the past 300 years. In the daytime, thanks to her special psychic energy, he’s able to take physical shape—a shape she wouldn’t mind getting her hands on, if it wasn’t a threat to her immortal soul… Because of her possession, Eden now has uncontrollable black magic at her fingertips, and she and Darrak are trying to end the curse that binds them before the situation gets any worse. To do it, they’ll have to get tangled up with some unsavory characters from the underworld. When sparks and spells fly, they could get the distance they need…or each have their own private hell to pay.


The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Steampunk Romance
Series: The Iron Seas #1
Author's Website: MeljeanBrook.com
Publisher: Berkley Trade
ISBN: 0425236676 (ISBN13: 9780425236673)
Media: Paperback

Summary:

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power — and fear — of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession. Mina can’t afford his interest, however. Horde blood runs through her veins, and despite the nanotech enhancing her body, she barely scratches out a living in London society. Becoming Rhys’s lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevents her from avoiding him…and the Iron Duke’s ruthless pursuit makes him difficult to resist. But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans — and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.


The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 Edited by Trisha Telep
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Anthology
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 0762439963 (ISBN13: 9780762439966)
Media: Paperback


Summary:

If love transcends all boundaries, paranormal romance is its natural conclusion. Over twenty tales from some of the hottest names in romantic fiction to transport you to fantastical worlds in which mythical beasts, magical creatures of all shapes and sizes, heart-stoppingly handsome ghosts, angels and mortals with extra-sensory powers live out extraordinary desires. Includes stories from Lara Adrian, Ava Gray, Sharon Shinn, Robin D. Owens, Karen Chance, Jackie Kessler, Shirley Damsgaard, Nathalie Gray, Moira Rogers, Michele Hauf, Elissa Wilds, Sonya Bateman , Sherri Browning Erwin, Sharon Ashwood, Helen Scott Taylor, Seressia Glass, Kim Lennox, Gail Carriger and S.J. Day.


The Sun Sword by Lexxie Couper
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Futuristic Paranormal Romance
Series: NA
Author's Website: LexxieCouper.com
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1605048224 (ISBN13: 9781605048222)
Media: Paperback (First Published November 2009)

Summary:

She has the power to bring new life…or utterly destroy it. Torin Kerridon, the last warrior from an ancient order, is drawn to an abandoned, dying Earth, where he finds a forgotten young woman. A woman forged by the Immortals to wield the ultimate weapon—the Sun Sword. A woman capable of commanding the power of the suns. A woman with no past and no memory, the body of an angel and the spirit of a demon. He will train her. Prepare her. Hunted all her life, Kala Rei has endured more than one woman should. Sheer grit, and a dangerous skill with a lead pipe, are the key to her survival. But nothing threatens her sense of safety more than dominance-oozing Torin. He wants her, but not for what’s between her legs. For what he believes her to be—some ludicrous savior from some absurd prophecy. No matter…his offer to take her away from Earth is too good to refuse. But when a savage desire begins to burn between them, both Torin and Kala are in danger—and so are the worlds of man. Warning: This book contains an ancient prophecy that can’t be denied, a brooding hero tormented by desire, a stubborn woman who hungers for his touch, a villain so vile you’ll want to kill him yourself and sex so hot it’ll melt the suns of the known universes…and then some.


Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn by Christopher Pike
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Thirst #3
Author's Website: ChristopherPikeBooks.com (Under construction as of 10/2/2010)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1442413174 (ISBN13: 9781442413177)
Media: Paperback

Summary:

Alisa has spent the past five thousand years as a vampire, living alone and fighting for survival. In her loneliness, Alisa cannot resist bringing Teri—a descendant of her human family—into her life. But Alisa is surrounded by death and destruction, and just by knowing Alisa, Teri’s life is at risk. Alisa’s guilt grows when she becomes involved in a dangerous conspiracy. A top-secret group knows Alisa’s secret and will stop at nothing to use her powers for their cause. As Alisa desperately tries to protect herself and Teri from the unknown enemy, she discovers a force more powerful and more lethal than anything she has ever seen. Alisa doesn’t know who to trust, who to challenge, or who she will become….


Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: NA
Author's Website: SharonShinn.net
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
ISBN: 0441019234 (ISBN13: 9780441019236)
Media: Hardcover

Summary:

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king’s fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It’s there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood — and the secrets of the royal family — she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court.


Undertow by Moira Rogers
Release Date: 10/5/2010

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Building Sanctuary #2
Author's Website: MoiraRogers.com
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 9781609282165
Media: eBook

Summary:

Victor left behind a life of crime to focus on a new vision--helping his alpha build an island sanctuary for werewolves. Harsh experiences prepared him for the hardships involved, except when it comes to dealing with the young female refugees of the brutal Boston pack--especially Simone, who rouses his inner wolf like no other. A woman he must resist, or risk becoming just the latest man to make demands on her. Born to wealth and privilege, Simone lost everything when she fell for the seductive whispers of the textile heir who turned her. Once adrift, now she is fired by a new sense of purpose--the chance to broker peace between werewolves and European wizards. Yet even as Europe beckons, her instincts--the same ones that led to trouble before--keep drawing her back to Victor. During a sailing trip to the mainland for supplies, Victor finds it impossible to hold himself aloof from the warm, engaging Simone. And when a winter storm traps them together during a full moon, she breaks through his walls so easily and completely, the question is no longer how he'll stay away, but how he'll let her go.


Dark Heart Forever by Lee Monroe
Release Date: 10/7/2010

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Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: NA
Author's Website: NA
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 1444901893 (ISBN13: 9781444901894)
Media: Paperback

Summary:

Jane Jonas is nearing her 16th birthday and troubled by unsettling recurring dreams where the same mysterious boy her age comes to her, telling Jane that they are each other's destiny. Her mother is increasingly anxious about Jane's disruptive sleepwalking episodes, but for Jane her dream world and reality are about to collide ...When she develops a friendship with an enigmatic stranger in town, the blond, uber-cool Evan, it's exciting, it's new, and Jane wants him more than she's ever wanted anybody - until her mystery dream boy gets in the way. Now Jane is caught between two worlds: one familiar, but tinged with romance and excitement; the other dark and dangerous, where angels, werewolves, and an irresistible stranger are trying to seduce her ...


Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
Release Date: 10/7/2010

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Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Book #1
Author's Website: JossStirling.com/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192732137 (ISBN13: 9780192732132)
Media: Paperback

Summary:

When Sky catches a glimpse of Zed for the first time, lounging against his motorbike at school, she is drawn to him just like every other girl in Wickenridge. But Zed sees something special in her that the other girls don't have. Zed tells her they are both Savants - people with special powers like telepathy and the ability to see into the future. Not only that, she is a Savant too, and his soulfinder - meant to be together. When a soulfinder speaks telepathically to her partner, it's like all the lights coming on in a building. You lit me up like Vegas. But for Sky it's just not that easy - she's a mystery to herself, haunted by nightmares from her past before she was adopted, and riddled with doubt and insecurity. Just when Sky is slowly coming round to the idea of being with Zed she is kidnapped by a family of criminal Savants. In a chilling twist, Sky and Zed's relationship is put to the ultimate test and the fate of those she loves lie in Sky's hands. Will Sky have the strength to embrace her power and be brave enough to control her own destiny, or will the dark demons of her past prevent her from realising her true potential?



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