Before I get to today’s list I’m happy to be a part of the official Cover Reveal for Kim Harrison’s final (sob) Rachel Morgan novel and offer a preorder link. Drum roll…..
The Witch with No Name (Hollows) by Kim Harrison
On-sale 9/9/2014 | ISBN: 9780061957956
The triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series!
Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more….But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now….To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. PREORDER: The Witch with No Name (Hollows).
As we wrap up the month of April and move into the first couple of days of May, we have yet another amazing list of new releases this week. It is as if the publishing houses are on steroids lately. It does not slow down anytime soon.
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Ink Mage, by Victor Gischler, (April 28, 47North)
The city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city’s mighty walls. They are cruelly betrayed from within and the city is brought to its knees. With the help of her bodyguard, Kork, the battle-trained young Rina narrowly escapes the slaughter and makes her way to the lair of an ancient sorcerer, the Ink Mage, who gifts her with a strange, beautiful set of magical tattoos. Now a duchess in exile, Rina sets out on a quest to reclaim what is rightfully hers, aided by a motley assortment of followers who will help her in her cause, some for noble reasons and others for their own dark purposes. Rina must learn to harness her new and startling magical powers if she is to assert her rightful place as ruler of Klaar.
Ladder to the Red Star (Once Upon a Red World), by Jael Wye, (April 28, Carina Press)
Jacques Tallinn, biotech smuggler and thief, is after the cure for a brain disorder he’s suffered since childhood. Jacques will need to climb the space elevator to the new Zenith space station hovering above Earth and go undercover in the lab where it’s produced. Martian head tech Devi Chandra is immediately intrigued by her sexy new lab assistant. She finds herself charmed by Jacques. Until he betrays her trust, kidnapping her and spiriting her off to Earth. All Jacques needed to do was steal the biotech and get back home. When things go wrong, he can’t bring himself to leave Devi behind. She’s injured and a simple caper has become an intergalactic cause, endangering his life and the lives of millions of others. The hardest part? Winning back Devi’s trust. (ebook only)
Vengeance of the Hunter (Rebels of Adalonia), by Angela Highland, (April 28, Carina Press)
After nearly being destroyed by a conspiracy within his Order, Kestar faces a crisis. The Knights of the Hawk have always stood against elven magic, but how can he proceed after discovering his own elven heritage? Free of the shackles of the Duke of Shalridan, Faanshi sets out to pursue her destiny with the elves, and finds herself at the head of an open rebellion. Her goddess isn’t done with her yet, and controlling her magic turns into the fight of her life. One she cannot win without both Kestar and Julian by her side. Rattled to his core after Faanshi healed his eye and hand, and haunted by guilt and a growing love for the elven healer, Julian flees. He’ll need all of Faanshi’s faith to turn him from the path of vengeance to help save Kestar, and the whole of Adalonia. (ebook only)
Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark), by Gena Showalter, (April 29, Harlequin)
A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy’s clutches, a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires. Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. But Thane’s unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears, and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.
Dark Serpent: Celestial Battle: Book One (Celestial Battle Trilogy), by Kylie Chan, (April 29, Harper Voyager)
When the ancestry of Xuan Wu’s fiancee, Emma, is revealed, it threatens the harmony of the whole Celestial realm. The demons are gathering, powerful alliances are being made and stone Shen are under threat. However, Xuan Wu is distracted, he must save Emma from the Demon King and give her the elixir of immortality, but at what cost? (U.S. Release)
Darkest Flame (Dark Kings), by Donna Grant, (April 29, St. Martin’s)
Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up, as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny, and a desire, that could destroy them both. It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans, and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons, and the fiercest enemy of all.
Dreams of Lilacs, by Lynn Kurland, (April 29, Jove)
Isabelle de Piaget is determined to elude her overprotective family by means of a hasty escape to France. She winds up shipwrecked on the French coast with no memory of who she is or how she came to awaken in the castle of an equally brooding lord. Gervase de Seger rescues the girl he finds on the road and puts her to work. He soon realizes that her brother is an intimidating lord who is going to be furious when he learns that his sister has been laboring as a scullery maid. Isabelle may be the one who holds the key to solving Gervase’s most pressing problem: that someone has been trying to finish the task of separating him from his title and his lands. Finding the truth propels Gervase and Isabelle to the realization that love can blossom in the most perilous circumstances, and in the most unexpected places of the heart.
Forged: The World of Nightwalkers, by Jacquelyn Frank, (April 29, Ballantine)
When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. With an irresistible Scottish brogue and a strange ability to harden his chiseled body like a statue, the stranger awakens a desire she is unable to resist, and a fascination about the world he exists in. As a proud Gargoyle, Ahnvil must safeguard the Nightwalker to whom he’s sworn fealty. As this woman nurses him back to health, arousing an almost uncontrollable hunger within him, he is possessed with the fierce impulse to protect her as well. Kat has placed herself in the middle of a supernatural war, and exposed herself to dark, powerful magic. Kat will discover that despite his intimidating strength and size, one thing Ahnvil does not possess is a heart of stone.
Grunt Life: A Task Force Ombra Novel, by Weston Ochse, (April 29, Solaris)
Benjamin Carter Mason died last night. Maybe he threw himself off a bridge into Los Angeles Harbor, or maybe he burned to death in a house fire in San Pedro; it doesn’t really matter. Today, Mason’s starting a new life. He’s back in boot camp, training for the only war left that matters a damn. For years, their spies have been coming to Earth, mapping our cities, learning our weaknesses, leaving tragedy in their wake. Our governments knew, but they did nothing, and now, the horrifying and utterly alien Cray are invading, laying waste to our cities. The human race is a heartbeat away from extinction. That is, unless Mason, and the other men and women of Task Force OMBRA, can do anything about it. This is a time for heroes. For killers. For Grunts.
How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) (Love at Stake), by Kerrelyn Sparks, (April 29, Avon)
Vampire Zoltan Czakvar is on the hunt for the truth about his father’s death. He’s been searching for a very long time, since 1241, in fact. And he is not about to give up, even when he’s attacked by a woman with striking blue eyes and a hell of a right hook. Neona is also on the hunt. She’s looking for a mate, and she thinks muscled Zoltan will work just fine. After all, men are good for only one thing. Soon, though, she realizes there’s more to this handsome vampire than just sexual prowess. But she’s keeping a secret from Zoltan, something so big that it will rock the vampire world. Can their newfound love survive . . . even if their passion means the destruction of her world?
In the Shadows, by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo, (April 29, Scholastic Press)
A spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures. Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch. Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it, but they can’t.
Little Knife: A Tor.Com Original, (The Grisha #2.6), by Leigh Bardugo, (April 29, Tor)
In this third Ravkan folk tale from Leigh Bardugo, a beautiful girl finds that what her father wants for her and what she wants for herself are two different things. It is a companion story to the third book of the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising, and the stories “The Witch of Duva” and “The Too-Clever Fox.” (ebook only)
Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling), by Iris Johansen, (April 29, St. Martin’s Press)
Catherine Ling has been a shadowy CIA Operative since she was fourteen years old. Now Catherine is as lethal as she is beautiful. There are only a few things in life she cares for. One is her son. Kidnapped when he was only two, Catherine has only recently been reunited with him and the vow of her heart is never to let him face danger again. The other is her mentor, Hu Chang. Hu Chang taught Catherine everything she knows and she is loyal to him. Hu Chang is calling Catherine to a new task: rescue an imprisoned journalist in Tibet. Her connection to Hu Chang is unknown. Catherine will be going up against a man so evil, his crimes have stretched back into this area for forty years. Is Catherine being used as a pawn by Hu Chang? Will either of them live to see tomorrow?
Morningside Fall (Legends of the Dustwalker), by Jay Posey, (April 29, Angry Robot)
The lone gunman Three is gone, and Wren is the new governor of the devastated settlement of Morningside, but there is turmoil in the city. When his life is put in danger, Wren is forced to flee Morningside until he and his retinue can determine who can be trusted. They arrive at the border outpost, Ninestory, only to find it has been infested with Weir in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen. These lost, dangerous creatures are harbouring a terrible secret, one that will have consequences not just for Wren and his comrades, but for the future of what remains of the world.
Once Bitten, Twice Burned (A Phoenix Fire Novel), by Cynthia Eden, (April 29, Brava)
Ryder Duncan keeps his secrets. With a twisted scientist starving him in a 10 x 12 cell, it’s not easy to conceal the abilities that set him apart from other vampires, or his plans for escape. But survival, and revenge, are worth waiting for. Until the so-called doctor tempts his appetites with something special: a woman, with a soft Southern accent and a scent like flowers. Sabine. Sabine Acadia didn’t volunteer to be dinner. She was kidnapped and tossed into the cage of a monster. A monster with fierce green eyes, a body that speaks of ruthless power, but a touch gentle as a caress. Ryder knows things about her, secrets Sabine needs to learn fast. Because while they might soon escape this prison, she’s fighting an urge to set all her desires free.
Peacemaker, by Marianne de Pierres, (April 29, Angry Robot)
When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown or a warning. Dead bodies start piling up around her, so she decides on the latter. Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner, U.S. Marshall Nate Sixkiller, are standing in its path. Virgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park, the world’s last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her. She’s not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller.
Shanghai Sparrow, by Gaie Sebold, (April 29, Solaris)
Eveline Duchen was once a country child, touched by the magic that still clings to the woods and fields of Victorian England. Now she is a street urchin in a London where brutal poverty and glittering new inventions exist side by side, living as a thief and con-artist under the wing of Ma Pether. Caught in an act, Eveline is faced with Mr Holmforth, a man in the service of Her Majesty’s Government, who offers her a choice. Transportation, or an education, and commitment to Her Majesty’s Service, at Madam Cairngrim’s school for female spies. The school’s regime is harsh. She plans to take advantage of everything they can teach her, then go her own way. Eveline’s choices will change the future of her world, and reveal the truth about the death of her sister Charlotte.
Silver Mirrors (An Apparatus Infernum Novel), by A.A. Aguirre, (April 29, Ace)
Criminal Investigation Division inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko were lucky to make it out of their last mission alive. Since then, strange troubles have plagued the city of steam and shadows, apparently as a result of magic released during the CID inspectors’ desperate interruption of an ancient ritual. The fabric of the world has been unsettled, and the Council has assigned Mikani and Ritsuko to investigate. They discover that matters are worse than they imagined. Machines have developed minds of their own, cragger pirates are raiding the seas with relentless aggression, and mad elementals are running amok. As the chaos builds to a crescendo, Mikani and Ritsuko must fight a war on two fronts, and this time, they may not be able to turn the deadly tide.
Sleep No More, by Aprilynne Pike, (April 29, Harper Teen)
Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn’t tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate’s murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift. Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer. Sleep No More is a psychological thrill ride that is sure to keep readers’ hearts racing until the very end.
Starfall (The Darkborn Legacy), by Michael Griffo, (April 29, K-Teen)
A small Nebraska town becomes a battleground in a fight between light and dark, and one girl must look to the stars to reclaim her life. Dominy Robineau will never be just a girl again. At sixteen, a curse awakened the animal inside, and now every full moon transforms her into a creature of terrifying power. Dom’s enemy, Nadine, a descendant of Orion, the Hunter, won’t hesitate to kill to increase her strength. There’s a new arrival in town too, and shifting alliances that will bring even more secrecy, mystery, and death to Weeping Water. Dom’s relationship with her boyfriend Caleb and everything she believes about her family and her past is about to be put to the test. The only way to keep herself and those she loves alive is to strike a bargain that may destroy the last of her humanity.
Soul Surrender: 3 (Soul Stripper), by Katana Collins, (April 29 Aphrodisia)
A fallen angel with a bounty on her head, Monica’s a succubus with an unquenchable craving for sex. With one pulse-pounding orgasm, she consumes just enough of a person’s soul to keep her alive. Of course that means human lovers are off limits, and so she keeps her distance from Drew, the one mortal she actually cares about. But Drew’s been missing since his escape from Hell, and now her boss Lucien has gone MIA. Chased by every assassin this side of immortality, Monica has no choice but to abandon her low profile and put her own eternal life in danger.
The Curse Breakers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 2), by Denise Grover Swank, (April 29, 47North)
The Curse Keepers guarded the barrier between the human and spirit realms. That changed the day Ellie Lancaster met Collin Dailey. Prophecy demanded they defend the world from evil, as it ignited a passion that threatened to consume them both. Ellie faces a frightening new life, abandoned by the man she loves and tormented by malevolent spirits unleashing their vengeance upon the earth. Her only shot at protecting humanity from the demon scourge is to claim the mark of the god Ahone as her own. Finding it means trusting Dr. David Preston, a professor of Native American studies whose skepticism is surpassed by his attraction to Ellie. They must finish what the Curse Keepers began, defying the forces of darkness to face hell on earth, and unlock the truth of Ellie’s destiny.
The Drowning, by Rachel Ward, (April 29, Chicken House)
With a jolt, Carl opens his eyes. He’s on the bank of a lake, soaked to the bone. Rob, his brother, is being zipped up in a body bag. And a girl, drenched and trembling, is talking to the police. Who is she? What happened in the water? And why can’t he remember any of it? “Bring her to me . . .” At first Carl thinks it’s his grief speaking. Remembering Rob. The sound of his voice, things he used to say. “Bring her to me . . .” But then Carl starts to see him. Rob’s face in the water before it washes down the drain. His ghost rising up from the puddles. His hands clawing out of the moldy, rain-rotted walls. Like a dripping tap, he won’t stop. “Bring her to me!” Rob may be dead. But he’s not gone. Because he wants to finish what he started, and he won’t go under alone. (U.S. Release)
The Luck Uglies, by Paul Durham, (April 29, Harper Collins)
Rye O’Chanter has seen a lot of strange things happen in Village Drowning. She and her friends have grown up on Drowning’s treacherous streets, its twisted rooftops and forgotten cemeteries are their playground. A terrifying encounter on the night of the Black Moon has Rye convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned from the forest Beyond the Shale. There’s nobody left who can protect the village. There was once, an exiled secret society so notorious that its name can’t be spoken out loud. The Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Drowning’s maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she questions everything she’s been told about the village’s legend of outlaws and beasts, and she’ll discover that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.
Troubletwisters Book 4: The Missing, by Garth Nix and Sean Williams, (April 29, Scholastic)
Jack and Jaide Shield have defended themselves against The Evil before, but it’s never been as dangerous as this. It isn’t just the town of Portland that’s threatened, it’s the whole Earth, and certain dimensions beyond. The Wardens have devised a plan to get rid of The Evil once and for all. The only problem is that destroying The Evil may also mean abandoning some innocent people, including one of the twins. The battle against The Evil is going to places it’s never been, places Jack and Jaide would have never even imagined possible. Their mission is clear: survive the storm that’s coming, and save the ones who are missing. (U.S. Release)
The Taking, by Kimberly Derting, (April 29, Harper Teen)
When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. She heads home only to discover that five years have passed, yet she hasn’t aged a day. Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena. There are others like her who have been taken, and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
The Treatment (Program), by Suzanne Young, (April 29, Simon Pulse)
Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. They’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go. Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. There’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment, a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. There’s only one dose. Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?
Thornlost (Glass Thorns), by Melanie Rawn, (April 29, Tor)
Cayden is part Elf, part Fae, part human Wizard, and all rebel. His mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high-society living off the scraps of kings. Cade lives and breathes for the theater. He’s a tregetour, a wizard who is both playwright and magicwielder. It is Cade’s power that creates the magic, but a tregetour is useless without a glisker, an elf who can spin the magic onto the stage. Cade’s glisker, Mieka, is something special too. So is their fettler, Rafe, who controls the magic and keeps them and the audience safe. Their masker, Jeska, who speaks all the lines, is every young girl’s dream. They are reaching for the highest reaches of society and power, but not the way Cade’s mother thinks they should. They’ll change their world, or die trying.
Valour and Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal, (April 29, Tor)
After Melody’s wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on the their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Murano to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. They lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Murano destitute. One of the gentlemen from the ship is a local banker and arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. All is proceeding apace until a solicitor arrives at their house and charges them with illegal trespass. Jane and Vincent produce letters from their banking friend, but they are all forgeries. He has used their forged letters to clean out their funds in England. Jane and Vincent owe money to a number of people in town and are forbidden from travel. Vincent hatches a reckless plan to get their money back.
XOM-B, by Jeremy Robinson, (April 29, Thomas Dunne)
Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia. There was a time known as the Grind, when Freeman’s people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as “Master.” A civil rights movement emerged. The Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war. And lost. The freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites. Those infected change, they are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus. Uniquely suited to respond to this new threat, Freeman searches for a cure, but instead finds the source, the Masters, intent on reclaiming the world. Freeman must fight for his life, for his friends and for the truth, which is far more complex and dangerous than he ever imagined.
Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, by Suzanne Church, (April 30, Hades Publications)
Suzanne Church’s cast of distinct characters asks “What if?” in this collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction. Can humanity survive an ice age? Will the storm man steal Wanda’s baby? When will Bob and Sebbee escape the relentless march of the Lost Circle? What is the cause of the taint in Faya’s courted ice? If you can’t escape hell, can you at least afford a trip on a teleporting couch? Whether quirky or horrific, the prose deftly snatches the reader onto a whirlwind expedition of laughter and sorrow.
The Book of Silverberg, edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schafer, (April 30, Subterranean)
The book begins with a pair of affectionate appreciations from Greg Bear and Barry Malzberg, and continues with a series of wonderfully original stories that inhabit and extend some of Silverberg’s most memorable creations. In ‘In Old Pidruid,’ the late Kage Baker turns to the world of Majipoor in a humorous and moving tale of rivalry and reconciliation. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s ‘Voyeuristic Tendencies’ shows us the world of the 1972 novel Dying Inside from a wholly different perspective. Nancy Kress’s ‘Eaters’ provides a bleak and harrowing conclusion to the classic short story ‘Sundance.’ In ‘Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for This Anthology,’ the incomparable Connie Willis offers what might be the only plausible explanation for the whole Silverberg phenomenon. Some of today’s most notable writers, Mike Resnick, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Bear, James Patrick Kelly, and Tobias S. Buckell, ring equally brilliant changes on a number of Silverberg’s signature fictions.
Hunter (Super Human), by Michael Owen Carroll, (May 1, Philomel)
The defeat of the near-invincible villain Krodin has left a void in the superhuman hierarchy, a void that two opposing factors are trying to fill. The powerful telepath Max Dalton believes that the human race must be controlled and shepherded to a safe future, while his rival Casey Duval believes that strength can only be achieved through conflict.
Caught in the middle is Lance McKendrick, a teenager with no special powers, only his wits and the tricks of a con artist. But Lance has a mission of his own: Krodin’s ally, the violent and unpredictable supervillain Slaughter, murdered Lance’s family, and he intends to make her pay.
Scan, by Walter Jury and Sarah Fine, (May 1, Putnam Juvenile)
Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best, at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans. All Tate knows may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.
Shattered (Slated), by Teri Terry, (May 1, Nancy Paulsen Books)
Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now she’s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own. (U.S. Release)
The Summoning – A Supernatural Dark Fantasy (Shadow World), by F.G. Cottam, (May 1, Severn House)
When student Adam Parker unearths a mysterious metal artefact during an archaeological dig in a Scottish forest, little does he realize that his life is about to change forever. For it is a sign that Adam has been summoned to fulfil his destiny, playing his part in an epic battle for supremacy that has been waged for centuries. Introduced to a dark shadow world that exists alongside our own, a place of despair and wilful cruelty, Adam will be tested to the very limits of his endurance. For within that shadow world lurks Rabanus Bloor, the man who has sworn to seek out Adam and destroy him, whatever it takes. (U.S. Release)
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