March roars in with a deluge of new releases in the first week!
There are over fifty books being released in our genres this week. Yes, 5-0-plus. Might as well get out a pen and start making a list because there are some good ones here. Can you say “time for a new Mercy Thompson” book? Ann Aguirre? Rob Thurman? Seanan McGuire? Erica Hayes? Nalini Singh? Ah…..I’m gonna be so poor.
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Blood and Magick (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunger #3), by James R. Tuck, (March 4, Kensington)
Taking out hellish creatures: not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything, except betrayal he never saw coming. Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake, and his soul on the line.
The Chosen (The Legend Chronicles #3), by Theresa Meyers, (March 4, Zebra)
Attorney by day, demon-hunter by night, Remington Jackson is used to being on the sunny side of the law, even. But it’s showdown time, and Remy and his brothers are getting desperate. They don’t have the relic they need to slam the door shut on evil, so Remy is going to have to find and steal part of it. Enter China McGee, shapeshifter, thief, beauty, and current prisoner. When Remy offers her freedom in exchange for a little light-fingered help, she’s pretty sure she’s going to end the association with a good old-fashioned seductive double cross. There’s something about fighting through a jungle full of Mayan ruins that makes you want to settle down together. China could change. Remy might be special. None of that matters if the devil takes them all.
A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1), by Liesel Schwarz, (March 5, Del Rey)
In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun. When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.
A Few Good Men, by Sarah A. Hoyt, (March 5, Baen)
On a near future Earth, Good Man does not mean good
at all. The term signifies a member of the ruling class, and what it takes to become a good man and to hold onto power is downright evil. A conspiracy hundreds of years in the making is about to be brought to light when the imprisoned son of the Good Man of Olympic Seacity escapes from his cell and returns to find his father assassinated. When Luce Keeva attempts to take hold of the reins of power, he finds that not all is as it seems: a plot for his own murder is afoot, and a worldwide conflagration looms. It is a war of revolution, and a shadowy group known as the Sons of Liberty may prove to be Luce’s only ally in a fight to throw off an evil from the past that has enslaved humanity for generations.
A Hint of Frost (Araneae Nation #1), by Hailey Edwards, (March 5, Samhain)
When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold. The only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart. Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
A Touch Menacing (A Touch Trilogy #3), by Leah Clifford, (March 5, Greenwillow)
Eden is dying. For real, this time. She is crumbling to ash, and an unnatural plague is ravaging mortals and immortals alike. With both Heaven and Hell out to destroy her, Eden can no longer tell the difference between good and evil. Friends become enemies. And enemies are everywhere. But don’t underestimate Eden. She’ll fight for her life, for the lives of those she loves, and for every life she has ever touched. She’ll fight for revenge. For redemption. For, just maybe, the chance to be mortal again. Everything began with forbidden love. What will be sacrificed at the bitter end?
A Turn of Light, by Julie E. Czerneda, (March 5, DAW Trade)
The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light, sunset, the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen. Jenn Nalynn belongs to both Verge and Marrowdell, but even she doesn’t know how special she is, or that her invisible friend Wisp is actually a dragon sent to guard her and keep her from leaving the valley. But Jenn longs to see the world, and thinking that a husband will help her reach this goal, she decides to create one using spells. Of course, everything goes awry, and suddenly her “invisible friend” has been transformed into a man. But he is not the only newcomer to Marrowdell, and far from the most dangerous of those who are suddenly finding their way to the valley.
Agave Kiss (Corine Solomon #5), by Ann Aguirre, (March 5, Roc)
Once Corine Solomon only had the touch, the ability to read an object’s past by handling it. Then she inherited her mother’s magick, and that ended up being a hell of a burden. But if Corine can wrestle a demon queen and win, she can bring back her lover Chance after he’s made the ultimate sacrifice. Can’t she? All Corine knows is that she can’t leave Chance behind if there’s anything she can do about it. But the clock is ticking, and she still has to deal with debt-collecting demons and a maniacal archangel who’s running a recruitment drive. The stakes have never been so high, and this time it’s truly Corine’s last chance to save the love of her life.
Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered (Bad Witch #2), by Robyn Bachar, (March 5, Samhain)
One thing stands between Catherine Duquesne and happily-ever-after with her soul mate Lex: her unwanted bond with billionaire vampire Zachary Harrison. Being tied to Zach endangers more than just her relationship. If Zach dies, she dies, and with his new seat on the necromancer council being challenged by more powerful masters, his life expectancy is dwindling fast. Hunters are stalking magicians, abducting families and killing anyone who resists. As the current Titania and Oberon, Cat and Lex must protect their people. The former Titania’s granddaughter wants to oust Cat from the job. To break the bond Cat must broker deals with devils. Freedom comes at a high price, but Cat will risk anything to save her people and her marriage.
Children of Kings: A Darkover Novel, by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross, (March 5, DAW Hardcover)
Although the Terran Federation has departed Darkover due to a nasty interstellar civil war, the planet’s location in the galactic arm makes it a prime hideout for smugglers, rebels, and other refugees. When smugglers start arming the warlike Dry Towners with forbidden weapons, Gareth Elhalyn, grandson of Regis Hastur and heir to the throne, takes off on a secret mission to stop them.
Crave the Darkness (Shaede Assassin #3), by Amanda Bonilla, (March 5, Signet)
Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation. Dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond. A new assignment to protect Anya, a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries, stands in their way. It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. When it becomes clear that someone, or something, is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin. As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets, and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them.
Death, Doom and Detention (Darklight #2), by Darynda Jones, (March 5, St. Martin’s Griffin)
The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn’t just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan’s second in command has taken up residence inside her body. And the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. If those weren’t bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei’s dying breath as it strangles it out of her. What happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? Can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? Will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late?
Deep Down, by Deborah Coates, (March 5, Tor Books)
Now that she’s solved her sister’s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn’t sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there’s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn’t seen a ghost in weeks. Until she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs. When a black dog appears, Hallie learns, a reaper is sure to follow. It looks like the reaper is now following her. Strange events herald the arrival of ghosts from Boyd’s past. Refusing Hallie’s help, Boyd takes off to deal with the problem on his own. Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death’s own realm to save those she most loves.
Doughnut, by Tom Holt, (March 5, Orbit)
Things have been going pretty badly for Theo Bernstein. An unfortunate accident at work has lost him his job (and his work involved a Very Very Large Hadron Collider, so he’s unlikely to get it back). His wife has left him. And he doesn’t have any money. Before Theo has time to fully appreciate the pointlessness of his own miserable existence, news arrives that his good friend Professor Pieter van Goyen, renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has died. By leaving the apparently worthless contents of his safety deposit to Theo, however, the professor has set him on a quest of epic proportions. A journey that will rewrite the laws of physics. A battle to save humanity itself. This is the tale of a man who had nothing and gave it all up to find his destiny, and a doughnut.
Empty Space (Light #3), by M. John Harrison, (March 5, Night Shade Books)
In the near future, an elderly English widow is stirred from her mundane existence by surreal omens and visitations. Centuries later, the space freighter Nova Swing takes on an illegal alien artifact as cargo, with consequences beyond reckoning. While on a distant planet, a nameless policewoman tries to bring order to an event zone where ordinary physics do not apply, only to find herself caught up in something even stranger and more sublime. U.S. release
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7), by Patricia Briggs, (March 5, Ace Hardcover)
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman, the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack, has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam, or anyone else in the pack. They’ve all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related, and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Garrett For Hire, by Glen Cook, (March 5, Roc Trade)
Deadly Quicksilver Lies:
A rich woman hires Garrett to find her missing daughter, or to act as her hitman. In TunFaire, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. He must sift through the sex, intrigue, and murder to uncover the truth behind this case. Petty Pewter Gods:
With TunFaire real estate at a premium and prayer palaces at a minimum, the big gods on the block hold a contest: find the “key” to the one temple still available. When two rival pantheons try to hire Garrett to find it on their behalf, he finds himself facing the wrath of gods. Faded Steel Heat:
Riots between humans and non-humans have turned TunFaire into a war zone. When a powerful gang drag Garrett into the fray, he defends himself with a circle of friends no one would wish on their worst enemy.
Ghoulish Song (Zombay #2), by William Alexander, (March 5, Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Kaile lives in Zombay, an city where goblins walk the streets and witches work their charms and curses. Kaile wants to be a musician and is delighted when a goblin gives her a flute carved out of bone. The flute’s single, mournful song has a dangerous consequence: It separates Kaile and her shadow. Anyone without a shadow is considered dead. Despite Kaile’s protests that she’s alive, her family forces her to leave so she can’t haunt their home. Kaile and her shadow learn that the troublesome flute is tied to a terrifying ghoul made from the bones of those who drowned in the Zombay River. With the ghoul chasing her and the river threatening to flood, Kaile has an important role in keeping Zombay safe. Will Kaile and her shadow be able to learn the right tune in time?
Her Knight’s Quest (Warriors of the Mist #2), by Alexis Morgan, (March 5, Signet)
For centuries, five legendary warriors have braved battles shoulder to shoulder. But now they must divide and conquer as lone champions against evil. Duncan, a scholar at heart, is drawn to an isolated abbey rumored to hold the answers to countering the terror unleashed by Duke Keirthan. Inside the cloistered walls lies the hidden collection of forbidden lore on dark magic. But the real key to the salvation Duncan seeks, both for the people of Agathia and his soul, is the abbess herself, Lady Lavinia. Hunted by the duke, who seeks to harvest her powers, Lavinia knows Duncan wants to help her. But can she trust the tortured warrior with her secrets? In the end, it is only by joining forces that they can save not only those they are sworn to protect but each other.
Hope Reborn (Raj Whitehall #1-2, omnibus), by S.M. Stirling and David Drake, (March 5, Baen)
Raj Whitehall was a young noble of the Civil Government, the last remnant of galactic civilization on the planet Bellevue, when he came across an ancient but still functioning Fleet Battle Computer named Center. With Center’s vast fund of knowledge and strategic calculating abilities, Raj could defeat the barbarians threatening to engulf the Civil Government, and start Bellevue on the road back to the stars. The Governor, to whom Raj has sworn loyalty, nourishes a paranoid envy and mistrust that grows with every victory. Can even a battle computer of the Galactic Age be enough to counter the fury of Raj’s enemies, and the treachery of his “friends”? A young hero overcomes implacable foes to lead a planet fallen into a dark age back to the high point of its technological civilization.
Legacy of the Clockwork Key (Secret Order of Modern Amusmentists #1), by Kristin Bailey, (March 5, Simon Pulse)
When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key, a key that only Meg can use, that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow. Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect, and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a trilogy.
Let the Sky Fall (Let the Sky Fall #1), by Shannon Messenger, (March 5, Simon Pulse)
Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. He has no idea if the beautiful girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian, Vane’s guardian, and has sworn an oath to protect Vane. When a mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim: the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. Their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them, but the romance that’s grown between them.
Mating Instinct (Moon Shifter #3), by Katie Reus, (March 5, Signet)
Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. While Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate. A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. The newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf. As Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job.
Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2), by Seanan McGuire, (March 5, DAW)
The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon. When her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would be free to pursue competition-level dance. It didn’t work out that way. Her boyfriend, Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is coming to assess the city’s readiness for a cryptid purge. Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ. It’s a midnight blue-light special. The sale of the day is betrayal, deceit, and carnage.
No Return, by Zachary Jernigan, (March 5, Night Shade Books)
On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists, only what his intentions are. Under the judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon, a string of spinning spheres, warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Danoor. From the Thirteenth Order of Black Suits comes Vedas, a master of martial arts, Churls, a warrior woman and mercenary and Berun, a constructed man made of modular spheres possessed by the foul spirit of his creator. On the other side of the world Ebn and Pol of the Royal Outbound Mages have formed a plan to appease Adrash and bring peace to the planet. Ebn and Pol each have their own clandestine agendas, which may call down the wrath of the very god they hope to woo.
Payoff: A Mindspace Investigations Novell (A Penguin Special from Roc), by Alex Hughes, (March 5, Roc)
Being a telepath, I should have seen the hell I was getting myself into. I used to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the guild. That was before my drug addiction and before they kicked me out. But I’m not a bad guy. Now I help the Atlanta PD solve murders. And even though there are only a few people I call friends, I’d do most anything to keep their trust. So when a judge asks me to help investigate a missing college kid, I’m down for it. No questions asked. No problem. But in this dark world, things are never easy and a favor is never just a favor. Turns out, politicians don’t like being murder suspects. And it’s bad to anger someone with more power than you. I thought I had nothing to lose… I was wrong.
Real Vampires Know Hips Happen (Glory St. Clair #9), by Gerry Bartlett, (March 5, Berkley Trade)
Even though full-figured vampire Glory St. Clair knows a kilt won’t do her hips any favors, she’s willing to travel to Scotland for Jeremiah Campbell, her hunky lover. Glory is thrilled when their reunion is a welcome one, until an attack leaves Jerry with amnesia. While Jerry doesn’t remember Glory, he’s more than willing to take what she freely offers. When she tries to get him to travel to the New World in a flying machine, he thinks she’s cracked, especially since she wants him to work with his ancient rival to get his memory back. With her lover stuck in the past and an unknown enemy plotting against them, Glory isn’t sure where to turn. When Jerry puts his life on the line to save her, Glory knows the man she loves is still there, and she’ll do anything to get him back
Redemption(The Seven Signs #2), by Erica Hayes, (March 5, Berkley Sensation)
Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. Japheth is after one vampire in particular, the one they call the Angel Slayer. Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy, the Prince of Thirst himself, they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell.
Savage Hunger (Savage #1), by Shelli Stevens, (March 5, Samhain)
Being the daughter of a world-renowned scientist, Sienna Peters has struggled to carve out her own career in the field. Her world is sent spinning when she discovers a secret species being held in the lab where she works. Compelled to do more than hand off an information-packed jump drive to her father, she sets out to free the creatures. Federal agent Warrick Donovan knows their mission will have more trouble than they bargained on. Trouble comes in the form of Sienna Peters, the younger sister of his close friend. He needs to discover just how involved she is with the imprisonment of the shifters. Sienna knows she should trust no one. As the danger escalates and passion ignites, her heart has other ideas. Even when the shroud of mystery is ripped off more than one stunning truth.
Shadow of Freedom (Honor Harrington #14), by David Weber, (March 5, Baen)
Michelle Henke, Queen Elizabeth of Manticore’s first cousin, Honor Harrington’s best friend, and the commanding officer of Manticore’s Tenth Fleet, is just a bit surprised when a messenger arrives from the Mobius System to inform her that the Mobius Liberation Front is prepared to rise in rebellion against the hated regime President Svein Lombroso. As combat spreads from the initial confrontation, the entire frontier has begun to seethe with unrest. When the messenger from Mobius arrives, someone’s obviously gotten a wrong number. It’s a set-up and Michelle knows who’s behind it. No one is going to send thousands of patriots to their deaths, trusting in Manticoran help that will never come. Not on Mike Henke’s watch.
Slashback(Cal Leandros #8), by Rob Thurman, (March 5, Roc)
I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun. Playtime. Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago, before they became a force to be reckoned with, the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer. Almost. Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent, the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him. And now they are going to pay and pay and pay.
Spellcaster(Spellcaster #1), by Claudia Gray, (March 5, Harper Teen)
When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed, and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl, Nadia, from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed. Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them.
Strange Fates (Nyx Fortuna #1) by Marlene Perez, (March 5, Orbit)
Brooding, leather jacket-wearing Nyx Fortuna looks like a 20-something, and has for centuries now. As the son of the forgotten fourth Fate, Lady Fortuna, he has been hunted his entire life by the three Sisters of Fate that murdered his mother. Fed up and out for revenge, Nyx comes to Minneapolis following a tip that his aunts have set up a business there. His goal to bring down his mother’s killers and retrieve the thread of fate that has trapped him in the body of a twenty year old unable to age or die. But when a chance meeting with the mysterious, dangerous and very mortal Elizabeth Abernathy throws off his plans, he must reconcile his humanity and his immortality. (ebook Only)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Seven, edited by Jonathan Strahan, (March 5, Night Shade Books)
In print and on-line, science fiction and fantasy is thriving as never before. A multitude of astonishingly creative and gifted writers are boldly exploring the mythic past, the paranormal present, and the promises and perils of myriad alternate worlds and futures. There are almost too many new and intriguing stories published every year for any reader to be able to experience them all. From the latest works by the acknowledged titans of the field to fresh visions from exciting new talents, this outstanding collection is a comprehensive showcase for the current state of the art in both science fiction and fantasy.
The Books of Barakhai, by Mickey Zucker Reichert, (March 5, DAW)
Benton Collins was a graduate student working in the bio lab. When a lab rat managed to escape its cage, Ben chases the rat into a storeroom that would ultimately lead him through a gateway into the realm called Barakhai. Barakhai was a place peopled by inadvertent shapeshifters, humans forced to spend half their day, or night, in animal form. A life where the inhabitants were ruled by a few humans of royal blood who remained in their human form and were virtual dictators. A rebel named Zylas hoped that Ben could become the instrument to turn Barakhai around. Zylas and his comrade rescued Ben from certain death. If Ben agreed to join their cause, would he only be postponing the moment of his execution, and would he ever be allowed to return to his own world again?
The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1), by Abigail Gibbs, (March 5, William Morrow)
A chance encounter on a deserted street plunges Violet into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a world of elegance and beauty where aristocratic vampires live for decadent pleasures, a place from which there is no escape. But beneath the splendor lies a darkness, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous heir to the throne, Kaspar Varn. As Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds, they soon discover that it’s a passion that comes at a price.
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl (Geek Girls #1), by Gina Lamm, (March 5, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber, 200 years in the past!, she realizes she may have escaped a little too far. Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed, and isn’t looking to fill it with another, least of all this sassy, nearly naked girl who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing. Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. She’s wi-fi. He’s horse-drawn. But soon the pair will do anything to avoid a Game Over.
The Heart of a Hero (Spellbound Falls #4), by Janet Chapman, (March 5, Jove)
Originally from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, Nicholas has spent the last year deep in the mountains of Maine, serving as Director of Security for the Nova Mare and Inglenook resorts. He finds himself irresistibly drawn to a trouble-prone employee. The last thing Julia Campbell needs is a man with a hero complex, especially one as handsome as Nicholas. All she has to do is keep it together until her younger sister turns eighteen, and then she can focus on her own life. Strange things have been happening at the resort, and it’s Nicholas who keeps coming to her rescue. When Nicholas is suddenly the one in trouble, Julia realizes he’s not quite what he seems, and that she’ll do anything to help the man who’s stolen her heart
The Last Grave: A Witch Hunt Novel (Witch Hunt #2), by Debbie Viguie, (March 5, Signet)
Samantha is doing whatever she can to forget her terrible childhood in a coven destroyed by its members’ greed and lust for power. Now she’s a San Francisco detective struggling to fight her own desire to turn to magic. Her latest case seems straightforward enough, the murder of a local historian named Winona Lightfoot. But strange clues take Samantha to the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place teeming with witches and black magic. As she works to uncover the connection between Winona and this coven, an earthquake rocks the Bay Area. That’s when Samantha has a premonition: Something is coming. Something evil. To survive, and save everyone around her, she will have to tackle her greatest fear, and hope she isn’t the next one put into a deep, dark grave
The Legend Thief (The Hunter Chronicles #2), by E.J. Patten, (March 5, Simon & Schuster)
Sky has more monsters to fight, and lives to save, in the sequel to Return to Exile. Sky thought he had problems before. “Before” as in when his uncle disappeared, he had to move to an odd new town with his family, and, oh yeah, it was up to him to make sure the world’s deadliest monster didn’t escape from his prison. But none of that compares to now. “Now” as in when the entire Hunters of Legend are coming to Exile with one mission: kill Sky. Well, Sky thought there was only one mission, but the longer he stays alive, the more he realizes that there is something else afoot. And all those friends that he kept in the dark to keep them safe? Turns out he might have to ask them to risk their lives yet again to stop an unspeakable evil from wreaking havoc on the world.
The Mapmaker’s War: A Legend, by Ronlyn Domingue, (March 5, Atria)
In an ancient time, in a faraway land, a woman named Aoife is allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom’s mapmaker. Traveling beyond its borders, she finds a secretive people who live in peace, among great wealth. When Aoife reports their existence to her kingdom, the community is targeted as a threat. Attempting to warn them of imminent danger, Aoife is exiled for treason and finds refuge among the people who had been declared her enemy. With them, she begins a new life surrounded by kindness, equality, and cooperation. But within herself, Aoife has no peace. When she gives birth to a gifted daughter, Aoife cannot avoid what the child forces her to confront about her past and its truth. On this most important of journeys, there is no map to guide her.
The Murmurings, by Carly Anne West, (March 5, Simon Pulse)
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on. As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in, because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not.
The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1), by Mindee Arnett, (March 5, Tor Teen)
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. Then Eli’s dream comes true. Now Dusty has to follow the clues, both within Eli’s dreams and out of them, to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
The Shape Stealer (Black Swan Rising #3), by Lee Carroll, (March 5, Tor)
Jewelry designer Garet James is the Watchtower, the last in a line of powerful women sworn to protect the world from evil. Although she had once defeated evil in New York City, her pursuit of her true love, the 400-year-old vampire Will Hughes, has now unleashed an age-old evil onto the modern world. Marduk, the ageless descendant of a demonic Babylonian deity, is now loose in Paris. He has joined forces with the villainous John Dee in a plan to destroy the world’s economy and plunge the world into chaos. Garet enlists the help of a modern-day band of knights who are dedicated to preserving the sanctity of the timeline. New challenges arise in the form of a rival faction of knights who will stop at nothing to bring about the destruction of everything Garet holds dear.
Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (Thirst #5), by Christopher Pike, (March 5, Simon Pulse)
Sita has lived for centuries. She has seen more than most people could ever imagine. She has loved and she has lost; she has killed many, and she has given life. Now, at last, Sita’s story culminates in an epic, and satisfying, conclusion to the enormously popular Thirst series.
Unbound(Shifters Unbound #4.5), by Angela Knight, Jennifer Ashley, Jean Johnson, and Hanna Martine, (March 5, Berkley Trade)
Angela Knight revisits the world of Guardian
and genetically engineered Temporal Enforcers Dona and Alerio who combine their talents as they investigate a time-travel murder spree. Jennifer Ashley continues her Shifters Unbound series as Bear Shifter Cormac is determined to take single mom Nell as his mate, despite her objections, until her sons are endangered and she needs help. Jean Johnson returns to her Vulland Chronicles: On the run after being falsely accused of treason, ex-prince Kiereseth and his companion Vielle take refuge in a snow-bound cabin. Hanna Martine expands on Liquid Lies
. After dissolving their arranged marriage so he can win her on his own terms, Ofarian guard David pairs up with Kelsey to try to thwart an enemy to their race.
Undead and Underwater (Undead #11.5), by MaryJanice Davidson, (March 5, Berkley Trade)
Undead and Underwater:
Betsy, queen of the undead, and Fred, the dour mermaid, reluctantly team up to help a mutual friend in trouble. Betsy and Fred aren’t exactly BFFs. What they do have in common is the source of the problem: a man. Super, Girl!:
Meet Karen Kilher, human resources representative and round-the-clock superhero. Karen is now faced with her toughest challenge: the new hire who has a mad crush on her. How does Karen break the news that she’s more of a Wonder Woman than he can imagine? Crying Wolf:
As leader of the Pack, it’s Lara Wyndham’s job to usher her breed to safety after the cataclysmic Kardashian Riots of 2025, and fend off the advances of Jack Gardner, a sexy Packer with alpha urges.
Under the Hill: Bomber’s Moon (Under the Hill #1), by Alex Beecroft, (March 5, Samhain)
When Ben Chaudhry is attacked in his own home by elves, they disappear as quickly as they came. What kind of exterminator gets rid of the Fae? Maybe the Paranormal Defense Agency will ride to his rescue. Sadly, they turn out to be another rare breed: a bunch of UFO hunters led by Chris Gatrell, who was forcibly retired from the RAF on grounds of insanity. Shot down in WWII, and shot forward seventy years in time, Chris has been a victim of the elves himself. Chris is more than willing to protect Ben with his body. He never bargained for his heart getting involved. A ghostly voice from Chris’s past warns that the danger is greater than they can imagine. And it may take more than a team of rank amateurs to keep Ben, and the world, out of the elf queen’s snatching hands.
Walking in Fire (Hawaiian Heroes #1), by Cathryn Cade, (March 5, Samhain)
Nawea Bay, a remote Hawaiian paradise, is just the haven Melia Carson needs to escape the chill of heartache. Instead, she finds herself swept up in a tropical heat wave, fueled by her unexpected attraction to a handsome native she meets on a snorkel tour. He’s big, powerful and he’s not all he seems. How else could he survive an injury that should have killed him? David “Malu” Ho’omalu is on the Big Island to find and destroy a cache of dangerous designer drugs before they can be sold to his people. As Melia surrenders to the desire burning between them, she discovers more than a fiery heritage that defies modern logic. She discovers a man who would descend into the molten heart of the volcano to protect his island. And her.
Warriors: Dawn of the Clans: The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #1), by Erin Hunter, (March 5, HarperCollins)
Follow the trail of the rising sun. For many moons, a tribe of cats has lived peacefully near the top of a mountain. But prey is scarce and seasons are harsh, and their leader fears they will not survive. When a mysterious vision reveals a land filled with food and water, a group of brave young cats sets off in search of a better home. But great dangers await them. In this unfamiliar world, faced with loners and fierce rogues all vying for territory and power, the traveling cats must find a new way to live side by side, or risk tearing one another apart.
When We Wake (When We Wake), by Karen Healey, (March 5, Little, Brown Books)
Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027: she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world. On what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies, and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened. Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity, even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. The future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Wild Invitation (Psy-Changeling 0.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5), by Nalini Singh, (March 5, Berkley)
Beat of Temptation:
innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond? Stroke of Enticement:
a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man, and the animal, in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true. Declaration of Courtship:
Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” Texture of Intimacy:
SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys, and unexpected challenges, of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.
Wolf Hills (Brotherhood of Blood #6), by Bianca D’Arc, (March 5. Samhain)
Detective Sally Decker’s Wyoming trip to visit her newlywed friend, Carly, turns into a dangerous adventure into the unknown when she learns Carly’s husband is a master vampire, and there’s a pack of werewolves living just up the road. The sexy Alpha wolf has taken a shine to her. Jason Moore is an Alpha on a mission to make Sally his own. His very public seduction doesn’t sit well with the pack’s available females. Romance gives way to a call to arms when the pack’s children come under attack. Their rescue mission turns into a mating dance and the hunt is on in more ways than one. Startling revelations about his magic and her origins could drive a wedge between them forever.
A murderer is terrorizing the streets of London, targeting women who look suspiciously like Maddy. Under the mantle of darkness, the killer attacks his victims from behind, severing their heads. A single gold coin is left at the scene of every crime, buried in the neck of each victim. Nothing adds up, and the deeper Maddy gets into the investigation, the more she learns that there are hostile eyes in every faction, some malicious, others murderous. Amid her struggles to stop a seemingly unstoppable killer, Maddy learns that dreams are far too fragile to juggle. Defiant, Maddy finds her struggles with free will versus destiny have only just begun. Figuring out whom she should trust, and when, will force Maddy to reassess her alliances, and reaffirm her fragile mortality.
Written in Red (The Others #1), by Anne Bishop, (March 5, Roc Hardcover)
As a cassandra sangue
, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut, a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard, a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
Terrain: A Tor.Com Original, by Genevieve Valentine, (March 6, Tor)
A steampunk western about six diverse people living and working together on a farm outside a small town in Wyoming. The encroaching Union Pacific railroad wants the land, threatening their home and their livelihood, running a unique message service with mechanical “dogs” (actually looking more insectile) that can climb up mountains where the Pony Express cannot. (ebook only)
Crap Kingdom, by D.C. Pierson, (March 7, Viking Juvenile)
The Chosen One must be retrieved from earth. He will bring down the wall and restore the kingdom to glory. His name is Tom Parking. With this mysterious prophecy, Tom’s fate is sealed: he’s been plucked from his life and whisked away to a magical kingdom to be its Chosen One. There’s just one problem: The kingdom is mostly made of garbage from Earth. Okay, well, two problems: the king hates Tom. Also, the princess likes to wear fake mustaches. When Tom turns down the job of Chosen One, he thinks he’s making a smart decision. When Tom discovers he’s been replaced by his best friend Kyle, who’s always been cooler, more athletic, and better with girls, Tom wants Crap Kingdom back. The hilarity that ensues will determine the fate of the universe.
Orleans, by Sherri L. Smith, (March 7, Putnam Juvenile)
First came the storms. Then came the Fever. And the Wall. After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct. In reality, a new primitive society has been born. Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. They are each other’s last hope for survival.
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