Are we catatonic yet? Destitute, with empty bank accounts and eight-mile wishlists on Amazon? In possession of collapsing TBR piles?
Here we have them, the final list in this week’s monstrous 43-release avalanche. I’m doing a third Reader’s Choice giveaway–just tell me what most catches your attention out of this lot. I already have a copy of River Marked, delivered yesterday, screaming at me to finish my current read tos I can take it up–because you all know Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson is one of my three favorite series Of All Time. Giveaway details at the end of the list! As almost-always, open internationally and, remember, all prize drawings take place on the following Saturday.
At age 23, Jazen Parker has completed his Legion hitch a hero. But in four months, he’ll have a price on his head. Worse, he’s lost his past and he can’t find his future. Not to mention he’s been chosen to search for them on the deadliest planet known to mankind. When Jazen reluctantly hires on to a Trueborn Earthman tycoon’s safari to bag a deadly trophy, the reluctant mercenary finds himself shipped out to Downgraded Earthlinke 476, the outpost at the end of the universe known to everyone except its tourism bureau as “Dead End.” But the hunt goes terribly wrong, and Jazen must survive a tough, beautiful local guide who hates mercenaries, an 11-ton ton beast that can crush battle tanks with one claw tied behind its back, and the return of a nightmare that has haunted Jazen since birth. Then he learns that the stakes are not just his own life but the fate of an entire alien race.
For pleasure operative Gemma, patrolling Newcity’s Lovehuts and Pleasurebots isn’t much of a pleasure. But it’s work she clings to after an accident destroyed her marriage and left her with half her body made of replacement parts. She keeps her head down and her mind on her job, waiting for the proverbial hammer to fall. The head of the ruling council is out to make those like her illegal. If anyone finds out she’s mecho, she’s toast. A routine inspection of a Pleasurebot turns into a strictly forbidden—and mind-blowing—encounter with a human with his own dark secrets.
Lili, an apprentice of the Lady of the Lake, is the childhood friend of Percy, the boy who will become one of Arthur’s greatest knights. But as they grow older, Lili begins to see their differences. She has otherworldly magic while he has the magic that lives within the human heart. Lili dreams of knowing human love while Percy dreams of finding the Holy Grail. Neither can succeed without the other. Crompton weaves together nature, feminist perspective, and Arthurian legend into a tale for all ages.
When a female Shifter comes to town seeking refuge, Feline Shifter Sean Morrissey claims the new arrival and finds a beautiful woman who looks him straight in the eye without fear, stirring the mating frenzy within him. To relocate to a new Shiftertown, half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray must accept a new mate. But Andrea’s intense attraction to Sean is something she never expected—a perilous complicationi for a woman with a troubled past. From the Shifters Unbound series.
Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a skinwalker, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind—until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River—one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help. Sixth in the Mercy Thompson series. The sound you hear in the distance is me, squealing in joy!
In the third Karmic Consultants novel, when a mischief demon threatens a wedding, Brittany Hylton-VanDeere springs to action. She has never planned a wedding, but how hard could averting demon-induced matrimonial disasters be? A tattooed, badass exorcist who’s tempting her to break the no-office-dating rule. Luis Rodriguez isn’t sure what to make of bright-eyed, somewhat illogical Brittany, but he’ll take any job that gives him a break. As the demon keeps finding ways to throw Brittany and Rodriguez together, they slide deeper into a forbidden romance.
Abundant with tales of quiet heroism, life-changing decisions, and determined searches for deep answers, this collection of contemporary fantasy explores the realms between this world and the next. From the top of the Berlin Wall to the depths of the seas, gods and monsters battle their enemies and innermost fears, yet mere mortals make the truly difficult choices. A slightly regretful author and a vengeful-but-dilapidated dragon square off over an abandoned narrative; the children of the Shark God demand painful truths from their chronically absent father; and a bereaved women sacrifices herself to change one terrible moment, effortlessly reversed by a shuffle of the deck.
Devlin Grace’s experience with child exploitation cases lands him a new assignment with the Special Crimes Investigators unit of the Federal Justice Agency, plus a new partner who could make the job tougher than expected. Connor Hutchens possesses incredible, scientifically enhanced senses, and zero social skills. Word on the street is that his last partner left under a cloud—and it was Connor’s fault. With the dangerous, perplexing case facing them, there’s no one Devlin would rather have at his back than Connor. But the longer they work together, the higher the sexual tension rises—until attraction boils over and puts everything at risk.
The first in a gritty, fast-paced urban fantasy romance series featuring a world where incubi, sirens, valkyries, vampires, and werewolves live undetected alongside humankind. Someone has to keep the peace—and the secrets. Lukas Sebastiani, incubus and head of Sebastiani Security, handles the task with relish until Siren rock star Scarlett Fontaine comes home after an exhausting year on tour with her band and Lukas is asked to protect her. It’s a job he isn’t thrilled about since their one encounter left them bitter and fearful—and overcome with attraction.
Fourteen urban fantasy sleuths are gathered in this all-original collection of stories from authors Laura Anne Gilman, Julie Kenner, Simon R. Green, Lilith Saintcrow, Carrie Vaughn, Justin Gustainis, T.R. Pratt, Tanya Huff, Chris Marie Green, Caitlin Kittredge, C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp, Jackie Kessler, C.J. Henderson, and Rachel Caine. Dear Santa: Suzanne wants this!
Bishop returns to the Black Jewels world with four new novellas. In Winsol Gifts, Daemon, the Black Jeweled Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, is settling into his first year of married life with his Witch Queen Jaenelle. But as the thirteen-day celebration of Winsol draws near, Daemon finds himself being pulled in too many directions as he plays host to his formidable family. In Shades of Honor, Surreal returns to Ebon Rih on the orders of Prince Lucivar. When her former lover Falonar ruthlessly challenges the rule of her family, Surreal may finally succumb to the darkness burning inside her. In Family, someone lays a vicious trap for Queen Sylvia and her sons, the fallout disrupting the lives of the ruling family of Dhemlan. Now, they have to uncover the identity of the warlord known only as No Face, before he returns to finish what he started. In The High Lord’s Daughter, after losing the two most important people in his life, Daemon has assumed his father Saetan’s role as High Lord of Hell and built a wall around his heart. But when he inadvertently forges a new connection, will it be enough to break him free from his loveless life?
As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen and the uncanny—until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s only got one chance to figure out who to trust.
Christina Astor’s telepathic ability is an asset in her job as a psychiatric social worker. What’s driving her crazy, though, is her elusive, gorgeous landlord. She senses that Saint Sevliss wants her with an all-consuming hunger that’s somehow…different. Just how different becomes all too clear when his dangerous world collides with hers. For centuries, Saint’s kind have been called vampire and werewolf. Even soulless. But their true nature remains a mystery. Bound by a magical mandate to control his bloodthirsty clone, Teslar, at all costs, Saint will do anything to keep Christina away. She infuses his gray universe with life and color, but his world—and his need—would destroy her. First in a new series.
The highly anticipated sequel to 2009’s The Name of the Wind. An escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the university and seek his fortune. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe discovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s road. All the while, he searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived. Under her tutelage, Kvothe learns much about true magic and the ways of women. In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
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