What better way to begin the month of March than with an amazing list of new releases? This week, there are over three dozen new releases from which to pick and choose. It may be incredibly difficult to pick just one, but do your best!
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A brand-new surreal short story from multiple award winner Will Elliott. (ebook only)
When James Asher and his wife Lydia’s baby daughter Miranda is kidnapped by the Master Vampire of London, the stakes are high: blindly follow the Master Vampire’s instructions, keep out of the way of the human networks that serves the vampires, destroy the interloper who seeks to seize control of the London Nest, and find the key to the Nest’s tortuous inner workings: The Book of the Kindred of Darkness. Even with the vampire Don Simon Ysidro on their side, there’s no guarantee that anything, or anyone, is who or what they appear to be. Nor is there any certainty that they’ll see their child again, or survive the experience themselves.
Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an abandoned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. She focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in, the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. Nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. She pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give meaning to their lives below ground. Their lives are ambushed by an event at once promising and devastating. As Blythe’s dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice: between survival and freedom.
Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the collapsing world. He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. Sleep has become a precious commodity. Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.
Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. When a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. He sees only one option: leave the Pack forever. White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain, she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. She lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight, only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite. Two damaged souls, one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living, are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried.
Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way, until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family, details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life.
Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation. How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?
When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances. But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose, and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins, and possibly the entire world.
When twin classmates are abducted from Bolton Prep, Tory and the Virals decide there’s no one better equipped than them to investigate. But the gang has other problems to face. Their powers are growing wilder, and becoming harder to control. Chance Claybourne is investigating the disastrous medical experiment that twisted their DNA. The bonds that unite them are weakening, threatening the future of the pack itself. The Virals must decipher the clues and track down a ruthless criminal before he strikes again, all while protecting their secret from prying eyes. And everyone seems to be watching.
Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. When her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. The delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking. But why was a man who claimed to know her sister from an online vampire forum shot dead moments after Claire interviewed him? Why are her sister’s symptoms getting worse in the hospital? And why have agents from the Vatican taken a sudden interest in Claire? Claire barely has time to ponder her next move before a violent confrontation in her apartment changes everything. She finds herself on the run with a mysterious stranger who says he wants to protect her but may not be quite what he seems. (U.S. Release)
In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch, or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats, is starting to get suspicious. Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone. The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner. Of course, so do the talking mice.
In the Deathlands, the game of survival offers no reprieve. There’s nothing to win in nuke-blasted America except the chance to fight another day. Still, Ryan Cawdor and his fellow travelers hope for sanctuary. They face each dawn as if it’s their last. Justice is a damning word in what used to be called Oklahoma, thanks to a sadistic baron known as the Hanging Judge. Crazy, powerful and backed by a despotic sec crew, the judge drops innocents from the gallows at will. When Jak narrowly escapes wearing his own rope as a necktie, a rift among the companions sends them deep into the mutie-infested wilderness outside the ville. Time is running out for the survivors to realize they’re stronger together than they are alone, before a madman brings them to the end of their rope.
To save her world, one woman’s fierce quest will put her up against an ancient evil, and a desire too dangerous to deny. She is betrothed to Seattle’s most feared shifter clan leader. Still, the Lady Lucia can never be the dainty aristocratic wife Emory Corbette thinks he needs. And as a malevolent, all-consuming monster plots to take hold of their shattered world, Lucia will risk her untapped powers to defeat it, and challenge the Raven King’s seductive rule. No one in Emory’s many lifetimes has ever defied him. Lucia’s courage and strength are shaking his iron control to its core…and making him hungry for all she can give. But their only hope is a wrenching sacrifice that could unite humans and shifters in victory, or destroy everything Lucia and Emory desire most.
After the collapse of the galactic Web, civilizations crumbled and chaos reigned on thousands of planets. Only on planet Bellevue was there a difference. A Fleet Battle Computer named Center had survived from the old civilization. When it found Raj Whitehall, he and Center started Bellevue back on the road leading to the stars. Raj Whitehall has come close to reuniting the entire planet of Bellevue. Raj is loved by the people and his army. Even those closest to him, his band of sworn companions and his wickedly subtle but utterly loyal wife, hold him in awe. Raj battles only in the name of his emperor and has proven his loyalty again and again, still the half-mad jealousy and fear of that emperor Clerett is about to give Raj no choice but to revolt or face death.
An immortal Muse whose very survival depends on the creativity she nurtures within her lovers. Another immortal who feeds on pain and torment. A chase through time, with two people bound together in enmity and fury. A tale of a journey from Paris of the late 1300s with the alchemists Perenelle and Nicolas Flamel, to contemporary New York City. There are interludes with Bernini in Rome in 1635; with Vivaldi in Venice of 1737; with Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier and Robespierre in the Paris of the French Revolution; with William Blake and John Polidori in 1814; with Gustav Klimt in fin de siècle Vienna; with Charlotte Salomon in WWII France. In New York, a complicated dance of love and violence finally brings a resolution to the centuries-old deadly feud.
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own. Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle, especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon. With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before.
The British win the American Revolutionary War, and a desperate Washington and the American founders must make a last stand. In 1781, George Washington’s attempt to trap the British under Cornwallis at Yorktown ends catastrophically when the French fleet is destroyed in the Battle of the Capes. The British begin a bloody reign of terror. A group of rebels flees westward and sets up a colony near what is now Chicago. They call it Liberty. The British send a very large force under Burgoyne to destroy them. Burgoyne is desperate for redemption and the Americans are equally desperate to survive. Had the Battle of the Capes gone differently, a changed, darker, New World would have been forced into existence. Even under those dire circumstances, Liberty may still find a way.
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in cities. When Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard, Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader, wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat. The Others and the handful of humans must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet, and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act. For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife. There are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters “poke” each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends, Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?
After the death of Meredith’s husband, she allowed his legacy to take over her life. The empathic selkie Dylan knows she’s ready to live and love again, and he knows that he’s just the man for the job. Dylan realizes that to truly free her, he needs to help her accept her budding love for Alexander, an artist who challenges Meredith on every level. River is still recovering from the attack by an ex-boyfriend a year ago that left him dead, and her grievously injured. She is continually tormented by her attacker’s brother, who blames her for it all. Fen can sense River’s emotional pain like a beacon in the night. A selkie, he is compelled to help her on her path to healing. He also helps her draw closer to Leo, the paramedic who saved her life that dark day, and who has never forgotten her.
Ever since his cousin Adelaide disappeared, Cole Cameron has been searching for her, and for Isaiah Jones, whom he blames for her kidnapping, after a hellacious fight in town involving, if the stories of drunken saloon goers were to be believed, men who changed into wolves. He is rescued from a pack of strangely intelligent wolves by none other than his quarry, Isaiah, who brings him to a valley where the Shadow Reapers have settled, where he is reunited with Adelaide, and where he finds the beautiful Miranda. Miranda was once a captive of the enemy pack of Rogues. Now a werewolf herself, all she wants is to protect her daughter. Cole’s not about to give up the greatest desire he’s ever felt in his life. And he’s vowed to make Miranda his, no matter what stands in his way
River of Nightmares (Rogue Angel #47), by Alex Archer, (March 4, Gold Eagle)
Deep in the Amazon jungle, a tribe holds the key to the truest form of dreaming, where the human spirit walks the petal-thin line between life and death. The dreamer ingests a toxic brew, then submerges herself in an herbal bath that turns human skin a vivid shade of midnight-blue. The experience changes the dreamer forever. Archaeologist Annja Creed has a full crew in tow as her TV show, Chasing History’s Monsters, prepares for an in-depth exploration of the rain forest’s most guarded secrets. Annja leads her crew into an uncharted world that’s both alien and dangerous, a world that attracts the morally corrupt with promises of wealth and power. A world that will steal the one thing Annja needs to survive: herself.
She is the descendant of a powerful bloodline, destined to wed another. He is a loyal pack member, fated to serve. Shay Mallory knows nothing of her shifter heritage. The strange auras and voices were only scary stories whispered by her father before he disappeared. What she does know is that something has always been missing in her life. When Jason Stratton comes to town, offering her protection and something more, Shay leaps at the chance to know him better. It is Jason’s duty to deliver Shay untouched to The Colony, and into another man’s bed. The very future of their kind depends on Jason and Shay resisting their growing passion. For Jason possesses something that no other Alpha can ever claim, Shay’s heart.
Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war. In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains, and blood, to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people, and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance.
Spinning in Her Grave: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery (Haunted Yarn Mystery), by Molly MacRae, (March 4, Signet)
It’s time for Blue Plum’s annual historical festival, and everyone, including Kath and her spunky fiber and needlework group, TGIF, is getting in on the action. Expert spinners are being gathered, and a businessman has approached Kath about using the second-floor windows of her store for part of a reenactment. But the reenactment ends in real-life bloodshed when local baker Reva Louise Snapp is shot, with a bullet from a modern-day gun. Kath has her theories about who wanted to end Reva Louise’s life. But there’s also talk of a sniper stalking Blue Plum, and Kath’s shop is suspected to be the murderer’s hideout. Now Kath, her TGIF pals, and the gloomy ghost, Geneva, must unravel the mystery quickly, or someone else might be left hanging by a thread.
All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life, preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her. Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the case he’s working on, not even by his new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. He’ll need to expose what the redhead is hiding, no matter how impossible the truth may be.
Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth, or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic, which has begun to call Nadia’s name.
When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they’ve struck it rich. The map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place. Stjepan Black-Heart, Erim, Gilgwyr, Leigh, Godewyn Red-Hand, Arduin Orwain, and Arduin’s sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, brought together by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books, or get them all killed.
Zoe Norris writes travel guides for the undead. And she’s good at it too, her new-found ability to talk to cities seems to help. After the success of The Sbambling Guide to New York City, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequel. Work isn’t all that brings Zoe to the Big Easy. The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rumored to live in the city’s swamps, but Zoe’s out of her element in the wilderness. With her supernatural colleagues waiting to see her fail, and rumors of a new threat hunting city talkers, can Zoe stay alive long enough to finish her next book?
Diamond is an odd little boy, a seemingly fragile child, who proves to be anything but. An epic story begins when he steps into the world his parents have so carefully kept him from, a world where gigantic trees each house thousands of humans and another human species, the papio, rule its far edges. Does Diamond hold the promise to remake one species and, perhaps, change all of the Creation?
Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life easy. One of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies. Dusty’s ex-boyfriend is back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. This order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart. Dusty takes on both cases and begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. There’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.
Former concubine Eapha now sits on the throne as the carefree, if negligent, queen of a corrupt desert empire. As the ambassador from Sylph Valley, Devon Chole travels to Meridal, aided by an air sylph named Airi, and saddled with a crippling fear of battle sylphs. Upon his arrival, Devon quickly falls for Zalia, a young virgin waitress who has recently become the object of a supremely handsome battle sylph’s unyielding lust. But there are worse dangers than battle sylphs. Unseen and insatiable, it threatens to consume all life in its path. And should it reach the heart of Meridal, even an army of battle sylphs will be helpless in the face of a creature known only as The Hunter.
Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell, where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.
At thirty, Billy Ridgeway still hasn’t gotten around to becoming a writer; he thinks too much to get anything done, really, except making sandwiches at a Greek deli with his buddy Anil. But the Devil shows up with fancy coffee one morning, promising to make Billy’s dream of being published come true: as long as Billy steals The Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, from the most powerful warlock in the Eastern United States. The Devil’s bidding sends Billy on a wild chase through New York City, through which Billy discovers his own strength, harnessing his powers as a hell-wolf and finally fighting the warlock face-to-face. God even makes a guest appearance, and He’s not who you thought He was.
Giselle Landry is in Las Vegas to haul her wayward brother back home. Casino owner Luke Dalton is also looking for her brother, who has run off with his little sister. The two should join forces, but Luke is unaware that Giselle’s brother is also fleeing his duties as the future alpha of the Landry werewolf pack. The Landrys don’t believe in Weres mating with humans, and Giselle is no exception. Giselle can’t let herself get close to Luke, even to solve their shared dilemma. The tension wears away her resistance, and after a wild night with Luke, she is shocked to find she’s fallen for him. Luke still doesn’t know Giselle’s true identity. And once their siblings are found, Giselle must return to San Francisco. Can they overcome the odds, or will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?
They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior weighs the price he will pay for love. Theronai warrior Torr has never forgotten Grace, the human who stole his heart and nearly gave her life to save his. When he is summoned to the aid of Brenya, the powerful woman who healed Grace, he is devastated to find that Grace’s cure has left her mind devoid of memory of Torr or their love. Grace is inexplicably drawn to the warrior. As they team up to stop the invasion that threatens the people Grace now considers family, her memories slowly start resurfacing. Sometimes the past is best forgotten, a lesson that Torr may learn too late.
The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn to how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.
Katja is back! Free and on the mainland, she emerges from hiding, only to find herself hunted by debt collectors, mad surgeons, and a corrupt detective, all of whom will stop at nothing to claim her for their own. And behind this scramble lies the twisted mind of an old adversary, desperate to have his revenge.
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