It’s the end of the month, and you know what that means…a big week of releases! There are some good ones coming out this week, too, especially in the realm of Paranormal Romance.
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Five Autobiographies and a Fiction, by Lucius Shepard, (April 28, Subterranean Press)
‘Ditch Witch,’ concerns a young man on the run in a stolen car, a hitchhiker who may or may not have witch-like powers, and the bizarre inhabitants of the seemingly innocuous Elfland Motel. ‘The Flock’ is a tale of high school football and small town malaise set against an impossible intrusion from the natural world. A washed-up actor and a Malaysian ‘woman of power’ stand at the center of ‘Vacancy’. ‘Dog-eared Paperback of My Life’ follows a writer on his erotically charged journey down the Mekong River. ‘Halloween Town’ tells the story of an extremely strange town and one of its denizens. The final story, ‘Rose Street Attractors,’ takes us into 19th century London and the heart of the steampunk era.
A Perfect Beast–After Earth, by Robert Greenberger, Michael Jan Friedman, and Peter David, (April 30, Del Rey)
After their exodus from Earth, the last humans settled a remote planet, Nova Prime. When an alien force known as the Skrel descended, the United Rangers Corps valiantly resisted. Centuries passed without an attack. Many colonists believed that the resources devoted to maintaining their military strength would be better spent elsewhere. Trouble is coming to Nova Prime, and it has a taste for blood. Conner Raige is one of the Rangers’ most promising young cadets. Conner’s ancestors were on the front lines of humanity’s victory against the Skrel. When a deadly ground war breaks out, Conner’s up against an entirely different beast, this time, the Skrel have brought a secret weapon: ferocious killing machines designed to eliminate humanity from Nova Prime, and the universe.
As Twilight Falls, by Amanda Ashley, (April 30, Zebra)
Photographing ghost towns across the American West, Kadie Andrews takes a wrong turn and ends up in Morgan Creek, a spot that isn’t on the map. It’s a quaint little place, but there’s something off about its complacent residents. When twilight falls, it takes on a truly sinister air. Kadie finds herself a prisoner, hunted for her blood. Her spirit and beauty have captured the attention of the town’s leader, the mysterious Rylan Saintcrow. When he takes her in his arms, she can feel his power. When he presses his lips against hers, she can taste his need. Saintcrow may be the most powerful creature she’s ever imagined, but Kadie knows in her heart that he is also a man. A man who needs a woman. To want him, desire him, crave him. To be his willing prisoner, for all eternity.
Born of Fury (The League #7), by Sherrilyn Kenyon, (April 30, Grand Central Publishing)
Among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella, an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion. Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. When she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission. As she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization. She is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Her only key to survival is the man she’s been sent to kill. Hauk doesn’t trust her at all. Will he help her to live, or send her to her grave?
Bronze Gods (Apparatus Infernum #1), by A.A. Aguirre, (April 30, Ace)
Before the Architect closed the door, there were regular crossings, and a great war decimated both humans and Ferishers. The native fae who refused to treat with the invaders faded; their bodies withered and died, stranding them as hungry, angry spirits that haunt the countryside. Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city. When the second body surfaces, murdered with the same type of infernal device, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood. Mikani and Ritsuko musr unravel the conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan.
Dark Days (Black London #6), by Caitlin Kittredge, (April 30, St. Martin’s)
Jack Winter and his girlfriend Pete Caldecott have encountered a lot of strange creatures in the Black, primordial demons, hungry ghosts, witch hunters, and the Prince of Hell himself, Belial. When Belial asks Jack for one last favor to help him keep his throne, Jack may have finally met his match because Belial’s rival is something that no one, human or demon, has ever seen before. There’s a revolution brewing in Hell, and Jack might be the only one who can stop Belial’s rival from ripping a hole between the Black and the mortal world, a catastrophe that could be worse than Armageddon. But to win, Jack will have to do the one thing he swore he never would: become a servant to the Morrigan, and risk losing everything he knows and loves, including Pete.
Dark Wolf (Spirit Wild #1), by Kate Douglas, (April 30, Aphrodisia)
Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying, raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes. Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel. Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?
Deep Space: Star Carrier: Book Four (Star Carrier #4), by Ian Douglas, (April 30, Harper Voyager)
An action-packed tale of humankind’s struggle to bring down an evil empire that spans the universe. Twenty years after the fragile truce with the Sh’daar, Koenig is now President of the USNA, and Gray is skipper of the CVS America, soon to be promoted to commander of the entire battle group, Koenig’s old position, and one which he might not be ready for. The truce with the alien Sh’daar is unraveling as many predicted, and Humankind still knows little about them, or what they are.
Forbidden Feast (Eternal Dead #3), by Joelle Sterling, (April 30, Strebor)
In the town of Frombleton, government and law enforcement are run by vampires, and humans can’t get justice. Holland Manning has been studying witchcraft at the Stoneham Academy. Having reached the rare pinnacle of Witch of the First Order, Holland is the only human who has the power to thwart the vampires’ heinous designs. While devising a plan to overthrow the vampire regime, Holland is appalled to discover that another threat to humans has found its way to Frombleton: a growing band of ravenous zombies are prowling the streets, devouring the vampire’s food source. At the helm of the marauding flesh eaters is the recently returned love of her life, Jonas. The human race is doomed unless Holland can make the arduous decision to choose victory over love.
The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty, and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn’s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret, and both books and men are burned. Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct, having fallen afoul of the local magistrate. Banished to a barren island, Palmason recalls his gift for curing “female maladies,” his exorcism of a walking corpse on the remote Snjafjoll coast, the frenzied massacre of innocent Basque whalers at the hands of local villagers, and the deaths of three of his children. Palmason’s story echoes across centuries and cultures, an epic tale that makes us see the world anew. (U.S. Release)
Graveyard Child (The Black Sun’s Daughter #5), by M.L.N. Hanover, (April 30, Pocket Books)
After years on her own, Jayné Heller is going home to find some answers. How did the powerful spirit calling itself the Black Sun get into her body? Who was her uncle Eric, and what was the grand plan to which he devoted his life? Who did her mother have an affair with, and why? Jayné arrives during the preparations for her older brother’s shotgun wedding. The Invisible College has also come to town, intent on stopping the ceremony. They claim an ancient evil is threatening the child that would be Jayné’s niece, and that the Heller family has been rotten at the core for generations. The deeper Jayné looks, the more she thinks they might not be wrong. And behind them all, in the shadows of Jayné’s childhood home, a greater threat waits that calls itself the Graveyard Child.
Hair Raising (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI #3), by Kevin J. Anderson, (April 30, Kensington)
The fur really flies when a serial scalper stalks the supernatural citizens of the Unnatural Quarter, targeting werewolves, and what’s sadder than a chrome-domed lycanthrope? Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble is on the case, trying to stop an all-out gang war between full-time and full-moon werewolves. As he combs through the tangled clues to hunt down the bald facts, things get hairy fast. Shamble lurches through a loony landscape of voodoo tattoo artists, illicit cockatrice fights, body builders assembling make-your-own-human kits, and perhaps scariest of all, crazed fans in town for the Worldwide Horror Convention. Yet the reign of hair-raising terror grows longer. If Shamble can’t snip this off at the roots, the whole world could end up howling mad.
Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so, in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history, he agrees to help her complete her “unfinished business.” But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff’s new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he’s made the right choice.
Necessary Evil (Milkweed Triptych #3), by Ian Tregillis, (April 30, Tor)
Raybould Marsh, one of “our” Britain’s best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulhu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh’s timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the specters from outer space to notice our planet. His biggest challenge is the mad seer Greta, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh. Why would she stand in his way? Because she has seen that in all the timelines she dies and she is determined to stop that from happening, even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process. Marsh is the only man who can stop her.
Charlie Manx burned a man to death in his black 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, but that’s not the worst of it. Rumor has it that he kidnapped dozens of children, taking them to a place he calls “Christmasland.” The only child ever to escape was a very lucky girl named Victoria McQueen. Vic has a gift, she can ride her bike through the Shorter Way bridge and she’ll come out the other side wherever she needs to be, even if it’s hundreds of miles away. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her ability; no one would understand. When Charlie Manx finally dies after years in prison, his body disappears, after the autopsy. The police and media think someone stole it, but Vic knows the truth: Charlie Manx is on the road again, and he has her kid. And this time, Vic McQueen’s going after him
One for the Wicked (Dark Mission #5), by Karina Cooper, (April 30, Avon)
Dr. Kayleigh Lauderdale possesses the only cure for what’s killing the city’s witches. Desperate to acquire it, the resistance sends their best agent, but Shawn Lowe has his own agenda and it doesn’t include saving anyone, least of all, the daughter of his sworn enemy. He has to ignore the attraction he feels the instant they meet, because he can’t give in until he gets what he wants. Kayleigh can’t believe how out of control Shawn makes her feel. He lies to her with one breath and excites her beyond reason the next. A reckless encounter could steal her heart, while the danger hovering over the city may prove too much for either of them to handle. When the world turns upside down, it will take everything Kayleigh and Shawn have to hold on, to life, to hope, to each other.
Rogue Descendant (Nikki Glass #3), by Jenna Black, (April 30, Pocket Books)
No longer the leader of the Olympians, Konstantin has now gone into hiding. Anderson believes now is the perfect time to destroy his nemesis. He orders private eye Nikki Glass to use her powers to locate Konstantin. Nikki’s search is complicated by Cyrus, Konstantin’s son and the leader of the Olympians, who threatens retribution if his father is killed. Nikki begins to suspect that Konstantin might not be behind the attacks after all. The only person who hates Konstantin more than Anderson does is Anderson’s estranged wife, Emma, who has joined the Olympians. As Nikki tries to figure out who the true enemy is, she deals with her relationship with Jamaal, who struggles to control his death magic. Being loved by a descendant of a death goddess is the least of Nikki’s worries.
Roses in Moonlight (De Piaget #15), by Lynn Kurland, (April 30, Jove)
Derrick Cameron, antiquities dealer and adventurer, is furious when the priceless piece of Elizabethan lace he’s been pursuing slips right by him. He will retrieve it, even if it means dragging a very skeptical, albeit adorable, Samantha back in time with him. He is used to living dangerously, in whatever century he finds himself. Samantha Drummond never dreamed the package her British employer gave her would lead her into places like Elizabethan England, or throw her into the company of an attractive, but highly suspect Highlander who not only thinks she’s a thief, but also involves her in his mad schemes to retrieve his stolen treasure. Samantha and Derrick are forced into an unlikely alliance by peril, never imagining that what they’re forging is a timeless love.
Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter landscape, the mysterious blue fox is an elusive, enigmatic target for hunters like Baldur Skuggason, a nineteenth-century priest who has profound influence over his rural community and is now seeking to extend his dominion. This time, he gets the fox in his sights, and as soon as he pulls the trigger. We are pulled into the world of Fridrik B. Fridrikson, a naturalist who lives on the outskirts of the priest’s territory with his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down syndrome. When Abba was found shackled to the timbers of a ship run aground in 1868, Fridrikson fortuitously came to her rescue. But it seems their luck may have run out. (U.S. Release)
The Bone Triangle (Unspeakable Things #2), by B.V. Larson, (April 30, 47North)
When twentysomething Jacqueline Swanson goes missing in Las Vegas, supernatural crime investigator Quentin Draith is hired to investigate. Draith immerses himself in the dark corners of the city’s underworld, unveiling a string of secrets and bizarre deaths. The deeper he digs, the more otherworldly his assignment gets. Assassins, human and otherwise, put a target on Draith’s head. An old foe ignites a storm of mad science. A ravenous beast rampages through the city. The clues point Draith to Sin City’s infamous “Bone Triangle,” a neighborhood known for its dark happenings and disappearances. When Draith finds the daughter’s disappearance may be linked to an alien plot against the city, he goes all in to make a high-stakes play to save the city he loves.
Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning, New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally. Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.
The Lives of Tao, by Wesley Chu, (April 30, Angry Robot)
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it. He wasn’t. He now has a passenger in his brain, an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions, the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix, the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes. Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment. Despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
The Serene Invasion, by Eric Brown, (April 30, Solaris)
The Serene are an alien race. The Earth in 2025 is an ailing world, and the Serene an end to poverty and violence, but not everyone supports the seemingly benign invasion. There are forces out there who wish to return to the bad old days, and will stop at nothing to oppose the Serene. It’s 2025 and the world is riven by war, terrorist attacks, poverty and increasingly desperate demands for water, oil, and natural resources. The West and China confront each other over an inseparable ideological divide, each desperate to sustain their future. And then the Serenearrive, enigmatic aliens form Delta Pavonis V, and nothing will ever be the same again.
The year is 1949 and Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander with elevated ideas about the influence of fish consumption on Nordic civilization, has had the singular good fortune to be invited to join a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea. Among the crew is the mythical hero Caeneus, disguised as the second mate. Every evening after dinner he entrances his fellow travelers with the tale of how he sailed with the fabled vessel the Argoon the Argonauts’ quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. What unfolds is a slender, brilliant, always entertaining novel that evokes Borges and Calvino as it weaves together tales of myth and antiquity with the modern world in a literary voice so singular as to seem possessed. (U.S. Release)
Wicked As She Wants (Blud #2), by Delilah S. Dawson, (April 30, Pocket Books)
When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. The debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to Freesia. Together with Casper’s charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. She is forced to choose between her heart and the land that she was born to rule. With Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all.
Jack of Coins: A Tor.Com Original, by Christopher Rowe, (May 1, Tor) (ebook only)
In a perfect world where everyone destroys everything and eats human flesh, one zombie has had enough: Buck Burger. When he rebels at the natural disorder, his marriage starts deteriorating and a doctor prescribes him an anti-depressant. When Buck meets a beautiful, green-haired pharmacist fairy named FAIRY_26, he quickly becomes a pawn in a Cold War between zombies and supernatural creatures. As Fairy_26 flies him between her tree-branch apartment in Fairyland and an aircraft-carrier pirate ship in a zombie-infested dystopia, Buck struggles to make sense of it all and remain faithful to his overbearing wife. Does sixteen-year-old spiritual leader and pirate Guy Boy Man make an appearance? Are there mind-controlling albinos? Is there hot zombie-on-fairy action?
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