Sure, I know you could skip right to the end and tell me you want a copy of the new Black Dagger Brotherhood book, Lover Unleashed. But then you’d miss out on 16 other new books that wrap up this week’s mammoth list of new releases. So, another Reader’s Choice contest today. See which of this group appeals to you…and, sure, you can still request Lover Unleashed. I shall be accosting the UPS man in the parking lot this morning when my copy arrives. Because I want this book, and besides, those brown UPS man-shorts are kinda hot. Contest details at the end.
The Kings of Eternity, by Eric Brown (March 29, Solaris)
1999, on the threshold of a new millennium, the novelist Daniel Langham lives a reclusive life on an idyllic Greek island, hiding from humanity and the events of the past. All that changes, however, when he meets artist Caroline Platt and finds himself falling in love. But what is his secret, and what are the horrors that haunt him? 1935. Writer Jonathon Langham and Edward Vaughan are summoned from London by their editor friend Jasper Carnegie to help investigate strange goings on in Hopton Wood. What they discover there – no less than a strange creature from another world – will change their lives forever. What they become, and their link to the novelist of the future, is the subject of Eric Brown’s most ambitious novel to date.
Lover Unleashed, by J.R. Ward (March 29, NAL)
(Okay, let’s just all stop and squeal like ghirls now that this one’s finally out!) Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself-only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?
Master and Apprentice, by Sonya Bateman (March 29, Pocket)
Luck has never been on Gavyn Donatti’s side. Anyone else with magic abilities inherited from a distant genie relative would have it made, but not Donatti, descendant of a cranky, shape-shifting genie named Ian. The prince of a murdered kingdom, consumed with revenge and driven by an unbreakable curse, Ian is determined to hunt down and destroy every last one of his enemies in the power-hungry snake clan—at any cost, including his life. Or Donatti’s. Obsessed by his own rage, Ian has never really taught Donatti how to use his abilities. So when a powerful cult of magic-users captures Ian’s wife, the princess Akila, and then Ian himself, Donatti is left alone to take on dozens of half-djinn and their mysterious leader with designs on world domination.
Phantom Evil, by Heather Graham (March 29, Mira)
A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The six members he’s gathered know a little of the otherworldly — each has honed a psychic talent of their own. Jackson Crow, part English, part Cheyenne, heads the group. Haunted by his experience with an ancestral ghost who saved his life as a child, Jackson can’t tell if Adam’s demoted him or given him an extraordinary opportunity. To counterbalance Jackson’s careful skepticism, Adam Harrison has paired him with Angela Hawkins, a young woman who learned the painful lesson of loss at an early age. The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house — once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.
Ravenous, by VK Forrest (March 29, Kensington)
Welcome to the quiet coastal town of Clare Point, Delaware, where the Kahill vampire clan has made its home for centuries. . .and where one vampire’s love for a human woman could put their entire world at risk. As a member of his clan’s kill team, Liam McCathal helps rid the world of undesirables. It’s the perfect job for a vampire of his talents–except that lately, Liam is getting a little too good at it. Which is why he’s back home to “cool off” when Mai walks into his antique store and changes everything. Liam’s not in the habit of making friends–least of all with beautiful, exotic human females. But something about Mai ignites a spark he hasn’t felt in over a century. When Mai’s uncle is killed and her father threatened, Liam takes on a ruthless crime boss and puts every vampire in Clare Point in danger of discovery.
The Return of Black Douglas, by Elaine Coffman (April 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
While visiting the Scottish tombs of her forebears, American archeologist Isobella Douglas encounters the ghost of her famous ancestor, Sir James, the Black Douglas. The matchmaking ghost seizes on her romantic fantasies, and before she knows it, Isobella and her twin sister, Elisabeth, a doctor, find themselves whisked to 16th-century Scotland, inappropriately dressed. When the dastardly Macleans capture Elisabeth, Alysandir Mackinnon, entirely fascinated by half-naked, strong-willed Isobella, offers to help her get her sister back. Bestseller Coffman spins a love story between her two intelligent, stubborn protagonists in a novel filled with period detail.
Rush of Darkness, by Rhyannon Byrd (March 29, HQN)
Raine Spenser is on the brink. Held prisoner because of her abilities, Raine—a powerful psychic as well as vampire desperately needed a savior. But the last one she expected was the green-eyed soldier who’d once hunted her kind. Since her rescue, she’s tried to forget Seth McConnell, unable to cope with the strange, simmering attraction that draws her to the compelling human. But their goals—find the Kraven who held Raine captive and destroy him—are the same. The ever-growing web of danger surrounding them draws these two unlikely allies closer together, and anger slowly turns into an explosive passion they’re finding harder and harder to deny.
Seaborne, by Katherine Irons (March 29, Brava)
Enter the realm of Seaborne. Shrouded in mist, the hidden shoreline near her family’s Maine estate is a place of refuge for Claire Bishop. There, she can forget the physical limitations imposed by a tragic accident and escape judgmental eyes. Yet someone is watching from the depths of the sea, a being who senses her inner despair and is drawn to help her. Prince Morgan, risen from the waves and as perfect a man Claire has ever laid eyes on. She is sure she has dreamed him into existence–Morgan’s masculine beauty and sensual tenderness cannot be real. Then the dream overtakes reality. . .With Morgan at her side, Claire is suddenly freed, swimming with him to a lost paradise, a fantastic underwater world with a sunken stone city at its heart. Soon the lovers find that their union has aroused the wrath of his warring clan–but Claire would rather die than return to her crippling life on earth.
The Shadow Guard, by Diane Whiteside (March 29, Brava)
The Shadow Guard. They are the darkest of Black Ops. A force operating outside the sphere of the CIA or FBI. Taking their mandate not from the U.S. government, but from magic. And sex. Sahir. Astrid Carlson is one of them, a mage on a mission. With her wispy blond hair and those long, long legs, she can make a man forget himself. Until it’s way too late. Kubri. Jake Hammond is the only thing she needs, the human conductor who can focus all her strength, bringing her to a peak of power, or shattering her completely. Yeah, she’s got a hundred or so years on him, but who’s counting when there’s an unstoppable assassin to take down–and unstoppable chemistry to take on.
Shiver of Fear, by Roxanne St. Claire (April 1, Forever)
Burned by a failed marriage, former FBI agent Marc Rossi wants back in the investigation game with no emotional strings attached. Taking an assignment for his enterprising Angelino cousins, he heads to Northern Ireland to pry a key piece of evidence from a missing socialite
any way he can. But when the ice queen turns out to be warm, beautiful, and on a secret mission of her own, the job becomes a passionate reminder of what happens when duty and desire mix. The daughter of an infamous fugitive, Devyn Sterling has survived betrayal only to find that her mother has mysteriously disappeared. When her search uncovers secrets, lies, and threats, Devyn and Marc must trust each other when every instinct says they can’t, and a terrorist wants to make sure they won’t live to try. Second in the Guardian Angelinos series.
Surrender the Dark, by L.A. Banks (March 29, Pocket)
This new paranormal series is set in a sizzling world where Dark and Light are trapped in an eternal struggle for the fate of mankind. Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left the safety of the Light, that she learns of the evil forces that have been trying to ruin her, and why. A fierce battle for control of the mortal realm is brewing, and only Celeste—with the help of the Remnant, her half-human, half-angel brethren—can stand in the way.
Tiassa (Vlad), by Steven Brust (March 29, Tor)
Once, Vlad Taltos knew his trade: he killed people for a living. That skill got him his foothold in House Jhereg, running the rackets for a chunk of urban Adrilankha. Later things happened, leaving Vlad a changed man, on the run from the Jhereg, and frequently involved in the affairs of Dragonlords, Empresses, and even Jenoine. Far more involved than the average short-lived human. Meanwhile in the very distant past, one of the gods fashioned an artifact
a silver tiassa. To Devera the Wanderer, it’s a pretty toy to play with. To Vlad, it’s a handy prop for a con he’s running. To the Empire, it’s a tool to be used against the Jenoine. And to the Jhereg, it’s a trap to kill Vlad. As it happens, however, the silver tiassa has its own agenda.
Vampire Mine, by Kerrelyn Sparks (March 29, HarperCollins)
After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He’s been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache.
Until Marielle. She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these . . . feelings. Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss? Tenth in the Love at Stake series.
Vegas Knights, by Matt Forbeck (March 29, Angry Robot)
The two magicians came to take Vegas. Now Vegas is taking them back. When two college freshman decide to use Spring Break to wage a magic assault on the gambling tables of Las Vegas, little can they imagine that Vegas harbors a dark magical secret of its own
the whole place is run by magic, and an undead Harry Houdini’s in charge. U.S. release. Described as “Harry Potter meets Oceans Eleven.”
Wake Unto Me, by Lisa Cach (March 31, Speak)
Caitlyn Monahan knows she belongs somewhere else. It’s what her dead mother’s note suggested, and it’s what her recurring nightmares allude to. Desperate to flee these terrifying dreams, she accepts a spot at a boarding school in France, where she has amazing dreams with visits from an alluring, mysterious, and gorgeous Italian boy from the 1500s. Caitlyn knows they are soul mates, but how can she be in love with someone who exists only in her dreams? As her reality and dream worlds collide, Caitlyn searches for the real reason why she was brought to this school.
Waking Nightmares, by Christopher Golden (March 29, Ace)
Peter Octavian, once a vampire, now a powerful mage, has been living a quiet life in San Francisco. But when the barrier that used to prevent demons and monsters from entering the world have fallen, Octavian is compelled to do what he can to hold back the darkness. Fifth in the Shadow Saga series.
The White Luck Warrior, by R. Scott Bakker (March 31, Overlook)
In the second book in the Aspect-Emperor series, Anasûrimbor Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march farther into the wastes of the Ancient North. Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family. Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own ragtag expedition to the legendary ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarcely survive, let alone comprehend. Into this tumult walks the White-Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both.
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