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Tue
Jan 5 2016 5:30pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’ The Good, The Bad, and the Vampire (January 5, 2016)

The Good, The Bad and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys

Sara Humphreys
The Good, The Bad and the Vampire (Dead in the City #4)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / January 5, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he's still a Texas good ol' boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body...
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it'll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota's courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry's not dead after all.

Sara Humphreys’ latest novel, The Good, The Bad and The Vampire, presents us with something fresh in her Dead in the City series—gargoyles

What if everything you were told to be truth was an absolute lie?  Each night we are presented with news which affects the world.  Don’t we believe what they tell us?  Don’t we believe what our family and friends tell us to be truths?  What happens if you find out that your core beliefs are nothing but a series of lies?

[Sexy vampires and gargoyles ...]

Wed
Dec 23 2015 3:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 3

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 3 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and stay tuned for Part 4:

John Jacobson:

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne - Byrne’s new historical is lush and provocative, with the deep language and drama of older historicals and the escapist spunk of newer historicals. Her characters are entrancing in their emotional depth. I was taken away by the narrative - there’s no other book like it out there today.

What a Devilish Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling - Dreiling writes sweet historical romances with a sexy zing. This book hits all of the high notes with strong threads of dramatic action and romantic longing. The hero and the heroine are fundamentally good people caught up in bad circumstances, and the way Dreiling unveils their happily ever after is expert. Dreiling’s added homage to popular reality television in a Regency-garbed setting creates a humor that makes it the perfect sweet confection.

[What are your top 2015 recommendations? ...]

Thu
Dec 10 2015 3:30pm

Pia Goes to Hollywood: Fan Casting Thea Harrison’s Elder Races

Fantasy Casting: Hugh Jackman as Dragos Cuelebre

Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series.  I have read and reread the stories so much that these characters have been cemented into my brain.  I can only hope that someday when they cast these characters, someone will find my fan casting or I will be heartbroken.

Hugh Jackman as Dragos Cuelebre
The leader of the Wyr Demesne is a dangerous and powerful predator that no fancy suit can ever disguise.  The dragon was birthed at the creation of the world.  Dragons by nature are acquisitive and inquisitive.  When someone had the audacity to break into his vault of treasures and steal from him, Dragos goes on the hunt for the thief only to be surprised by his strong attraction for her.  For the first time in millennia, the dragon has found a treasure greater than anything else in his possession and he takes her for his mate.  

[We know you have thought about it ...]

Tue
Dec 1 2015 4:30pm

Nucking Futs: Top 10 Scenes from Kresley Cole’s Nïx, the Ever-Knowing

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

In Kresley Cole’s the Immortals After Dark series, Nïx, the Ever-Knowing, or better known throughout the Lore as Nucking-Futs Nïx, has been setting up her own form of speed-dating in an attempt to match mates and seed alliances for the upcoming Accession, and when you are a 3,000-year-old soothsaying Valkyrie, you don’t have to make it easy for anyone.  I mean, what’s the fun in that?  

Here are a few things we’ve learned about our favorite Valkyrie while over the last few years.

1.     Nïx is always ready for a party…

A group of elven-looking women strolled by, wearing nothing but gauzy skirts.  Their chests were bare except for body paint styled in intricate leafy designs.

“Goody,” Nïx muttered.  “The dendrophiles.”

“The dendro what?” Néomi said.

“Tree lovers – the tree nymphs.”

Their obvious leader said, “Well, if it isn’t Nucking Futs Nïx and the hex hack.”

“Well, if it isn’t the hookers,” Nïx replied blandly.  “Oh, I’m sorry, nymphets, this isn’t the orgy – that’s down the road.”

“Nïxie, every party is an orgy waiting to happen.”

Nïx opened her mouth, then closed it, dragging Néomi and Mari away.  “Well, you can’t argue with reason, can you?”

—  Dark Needs at Night’s Edge

[And this is just the beginning. Read on now ...]

Mon
Nov 30 2015 2:30pm

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Shadow’s End (December 1, 2015)

Shadow's End by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Shadow's End (Elder Races #9)
Berkley / December 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The author of Lord’s Fall and Midnight’s Kiss returns with an enchanting and sizzling new tale about debts that cannot be repaid and hunger that cannot be satisfied…

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…

Thea Harrison points out to us the consequences we need to live with when we chose desires we know are unattainable and the shadow refers to the shadow on our souls which is the price we pay for wanting what we cannot have.

In Thea Harrison's Shadow’s End, Lady Beluviel, wife of the Elven High Lord, is looking for her stepson Ferion, the heir to the Elven Demesne.  Ferion is a frustrated man living a half-life.  He is the heir of the Demense, so he cannot pursue a life of his own choosing, but as the heir to a father who is nearly immortal and can live centuries more as the High Lord, Ferion is always kept on the outer edge of the Elven Court. Ferion is given no true purpose in his life, yet he cannot go forge his own future. 

[He's seeking purpose ...]

Tue
Nov 24 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin (December 1, 2015)

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)
Gallery / December 1, 2015 / 

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Editor's Note: This review contains spoilers for all books in the Immortals After Dark series, including the December 1 release of Sweet Ruin. This post especially discusses the Bringers of Doom and events relating to the Accession. Read with caution!

Wars are fought all the time with each side never understanding why the other side fights them. Each fighter knows that his side is the right one. Kresley Cole has been gearing us up for an upcoming war but after all this time, have we been backing the wrong side?

[We were warned ...]

Tue
Nov 10 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Wicked Edge (November 10, 2015)

Wicked Edge by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Wicked Edge (Realm Enforcers #2)
Kensington / November 10, 2015 / $5.99 digital

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on...

Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off...

You know that old saying:  The enemy of my enemy is…my new love bunny?   Rebecca Zanetti’s newest Realm Enforcers novel, Wicked Edge, features Daire Dunne, an Enforcer for the Coven Nine. He is still in Seattle trying to track down the source of the drug, Apollo.  Someone is using the smaller witch population in Seattle for Apollo’s trial run.  Apollo’s main ingredient is planekite, a substance known to be deadly to witches. Someone has plans to destroy all witches and the Enforcers need to stop the manufacturer before they perfect the drug and start their attacks on the larger witch population in Ireland. 

[Population control of the witch population ... we don't think so ...]

Wed
Nov 4 2015 10:30am

6 Strangers, 1 Beautiful Story: Nora Roberts’ Star of Fortune

Stars of Fortune by Nora RobertsNora Roberts once again weaves a tale that’s part romance, part adventure, and part magic in Stars of Fortune.  As with any good fantasy it begins in a time long ago when three ancient goddesses created stars to honor the new Queen, but a fourth goddess, who practiced darker magic, wanted the power of those stars for herself.  They sent the stars up into the heaven but they knew that time would eventually make them fall back to the Earth. Nerezza only needed to have patience and wait to claim these prizes for herself.

In present day, six strangers are all drawn to the island of Corfu, Greece. But it is the artist and seer who draws this group together. Sasha Riggs is generally a homebody, but her visions are getting stronger every day and the pictures that she draws are getting darker. She knows deep inside that she has to find the people in her drawings and bring them together. If she does not, the darkness will win and suffocate the world. That’s a lot of pressure for one local artist.

When she arrives in Corfu, she quickly stumbles upon Riley Gwin and Bran Killian. She recognizes them from her drawings and lays out her tale.  To her surprise, not only do they not lock her up as insane, they too indicate that they were unquestionably drawn to this area and both are on a quest for the same star.

[Follow the stardust...]

Tue
Oct 27 2015 3:45pm

First Look: Yasmine Galenorn’s Autumn Thorns (October 27, 2015)

Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn

Yasmine Galenorn
Autumn Thorns (Whisper Hollow #1)
Jove / October 27, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

In an all-new series, New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn invites readers to Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living and the lake never gives up her dead…

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother’s house—and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.

When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

Whisper Hollow is a town where secrets are buried deeper than the dead.  It is a place close to the Veil and spirits don’t always stay where they belong.  The children of Whispering Hollow are taught the rules which will keep them safe.  Rules which they say each morning like the Pledge of Allegiance.

[Let's learn this bad boy then...]

Sun
Oct 25 2015 10:00am

First Look: Maya Banks’s Darkest Before Dawn (October 27, 2015)

Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks Maya Banks
Darkest Before Dawn (KGI #10)
Berkley / October 27, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL from the “incredibly awesome" (Jaci Burton) #1 New York Times bestselling author ofWhen Day Breaks.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t...

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”

Maya Bank’s KGI series centers around the Kelly family and their ops for hire organization, Kelly Group International.  The KGI teams mostly focus on rescue and retrievals. All the members have been specially trained from the various military groups and each member brings their own special training. 

[And they're special to all of us...]

Fri
Oct 23 2015 9:30am

First Look: Molly Harper’s The Single Undead Moms Club (October 27, 2015)

The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper

Molly Harper
The Single Undead Moms Club (Half-Moon Hollow #6)
Pocket Books / October 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

In the next book in Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Libby (a widow-turned-vampire) struggles with her transition, and finds out it sucks to be the only vampire member of the PTA…

Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn’t the best idea she’s ever had, but she was desperate—she’s not about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws.

On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son’s invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law’s attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade—a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night—and the return of her sire, who hasn’t stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her.

With the help of her new vampire circle, Libby negotiates this unfamiliar quagmire of legal troubles, parental duties, relationships, and, as always in Harper’s distinct, comedic novels, “characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews).

Molly Harper once again takes us on a hilarious tour to Half-Moon Hollow to meet the newest vampire on the block.

Being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs there is and it is an impossible one to give up.  From the moment of their birth, fighting for your child and protecting them from harm becomes instinctual. Libby Stanton lost her husband two years ago in an accident, just before she was diagnosed with cancer.   She was losing the battle and the thought of leaving her son in the care of her in-laws was too much to bear.  Not that they were bad people, but they only saw Danny as a substitute for their dead son, Rob, and not for the special little boy he was with his own likes and dislikes.

[It's almost as bad as blaming the sins of the father on the son...]

Fri
Oct 16 2015 9:30am

First Look: Danielle Monsch’s The Dream Crafter (October 19, 2015)

The Dream Crafter by Danielle Monsch

Danielle Monsch
The Dream Crafter (Entwined Realms #2)
Danielle Monsch / October 19, 2015 / Price TK

A Legendary Spellbook. Everyone desires it, but he controls it.

The most feared mercenary in the New Realms, Merc takes what he thinks is a routine job – guarding a magic spellbook until a secret auction takes place, one where only the most powerful and influential will have the opportunity to bid. But one moment of carelessness makes this job the most personal he has ever had, and if that wasn’t enough, his dreams are being invaded by a woman who his every instinct warns is trouble, but he can’t stop wanting.

A Legendary Power. Everyone covets it, but can she master it?

One moment of terror took away Amana’s security and her brother’s freedom. Now her life is doing whatever she must to survive, all the while trying to find the way to release her brother from prison. Her answer comes in an offer from the Guild, but the cost is high – using a power she has kept locked away on a man who terrifies her even as he fascinates her.

As the auction draws ever closer, Merc and Amana are drawn into a game of cat-and-mouse, captor and captive as they battle for control, even as they work together to thwart the various factions who are willing to do anything to collect the spellbook for themselves. While grudging respect and mutual desire begin to shape their relationship, in the end, only one can prevail. What will be the ultimate decision, when the price of victory means the end to the other’s dearest dream?

In her Entwined Realms series, Danielle Monsch recreates our world in a time after the Great Collision when the world that we know collided with the realm of magic and has created a new reality where humans now live next door to creatures of magic and fantasy.  It has been over two decades since the Great Collision, and now it is not just those originally from the magic realm wielding all the power.  The mixing of human and magical blood have created human children born with special abilities.  Some of those abilities were thought to be wiped out centuries ago because they are simply too dangerous for one being to control.

[A world of magic for the fantasy lovers ...]

Mon
Oct 12 2015 9:30am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Dragos Goes to Washington (October 12, 2015)

Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Dragos Goes to Washington (Elder Races #8.5)
Thea Harrison / October 12, 2015 / $5.99 print, $3.99 digital

Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyr, needs to throw a party without maiming anyone. That isn’t exactly as easy as it might sound.

After the destructive events of the last eighteen months, the Elder Races are heading to Washington D.C. to foster peace with humankind. Not known for his diplomacy skills, Dragos must rely on his mate Pia to help navigate a battlefield of words and polite smiles rather than claws. With Dragos’s mating instinct riding close to the surface, his temper is more volatile than ever and the threat of violence hovers in the air.

Then the human spouse of a prominent politician winds up murdered and Dragos and Pia must race against time to hunt down those behind it before they are held responsible for the crime.

For fans of DRAGON BOUND and LORD’S FALL, the latest novella in the Elder Races holds passion, peril, political intrigue, and revelations that will change Dragos and Pia’s lives forever.

Dragos Goes to Washington is the first part of a three-story series about Dragos, Pia, and their son Liam. Each story stands alone, but fans might want to read all three in order as they will be released: Dragos Goes to Washington, Pia Does Hollywood, and Liam Takes Manhattan.

Paranormal romance fans love the Elder Races series and can’t wait for more of her fabulous stories featuring the different demesne, including the Wyr, the Light Fae, the Dark Fae, the Nightkind and the Demonkind. 

[We can't get enough of this paranormal ...]

Sun
Oct 11 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Nuts (October 20, 2015)

Alice Clayton
Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)
Gallery / October 20, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.

Alice Clayton has always brought us wonderful characters, some…okay, most who are not quite sane. She likes to point out to her readers that that life is wrapped up in chaos, and that’s a good thing.  Her latest novel, Nuts, isn’t just referring to Farmer Leo’s special goodies.  It is simply referring to…well, everyone.  Everyone in this story is just a little bit nuts.  It’s all part of life in the little Hudson Valley town of Bailey Falls, NY. 

[Grab the nuts ...]

Thu
Oct 1 2015 9:30am

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Brighter than the Sun (October 6, 2015)

Brighter Than The Sun by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson 8.5)
St. Martin's Press / October 6, 2015 / $3.99 digital

All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see...

Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.

Wouldn’t you love to know what’s going on in your boyfriend’s head, especially if said boyfriend was the son of Satan? Darynda Jones gives us a rare treat in Brighter Than the Sun.  She gives us a glimpse into the head of not so heavenly heartthrob, Reyes Alexander Farrow, the love of Charley Davidson’s life.

The Charley Davidson series is written in the first person from the point of view of the main character, Charley. But fans have always wanted to know more about the man behind those smoldering looks always pointed at Charley.

[A novella to hold you over ...]

Tue
Sep 29 2015 9:30am

First Look: Down the Rabbit Hole Anthology (September 29, 2015)

Down the Rabbit Hole by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan

J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan
Down the Rabbit Hole
Jove / September 29, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass—including a new Eve Dallas novella!

You’re late for a very important date...
 
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.

Don’t be afraid to follow them…

Down the Rabbit Hole is a new anthology featuring five stories from authors, J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R.C. Ryan.  Each novella spins its own tale based off of the well-loved novel Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

[An anthology worth the read ...]

Fri
Sep 11 2015 1:00pm

In a World...: Fantasy Casting Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians Series

Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

In Dianne Duvall’s world of Immortal Guardians, there are virus which is transferred by blood, either by a transfusion or enough bites from an infected vampire.  If a human is infected, they will also become vampires.  While the virus makes the humans faster and stronger, it also makes them susceptible to sunlight and gives them a craving for blood. More importantly, the virus eventually drives them mad and they become ever more and more violent as the madness drives them to bloodlust. 

There are also the gifted ones, those who have advanced DNA and special abilities. When they are infected with the virus, they receive all the benefits of speed and strength but will not fall victim to the madness. Also, their own individual gifts become enhanced. They can heal with their hands or teleport.  They might read minds or feel emotions with only a touch. 

Leaders:

Fantasy Casting Richard Armitage as Seth

Richard Armitage as Seth. Seth has been leading the Immortal Guardians for centuries. Unlike those he leads, Seth is an Other. He has the combined abilities to heal, teleport, read minds and even to destroy with only a thought. Seth believed that he could no longer sit back and observe the humans as the Others do and allow the vampires to run rampant. He banned together the gifted ones who were now Immortals and trained them to fight the vampires and protect the humans.

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[More casting for your pleasure ...]

Fri
Aug 28 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Brave the Heat (September 1, 2015)

Sara Humphreys
Brave the Heat (The Maguire Brothers #1)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The only fire he can't put out...
Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin Maguire's feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn't prevent.

Is the torch he carries for her...
Jordan's life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan's biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

Sara Humphreys has created an amazing new series starring everyday heroes.  Her first story in this series, Brave the Heat, tells the moving tale of fear and tragedy, love and loss and second chances to get it right.   

Everything that happens in our lives, both the good and the bad, will have an effect on the choices we make in the future.  Sometimes that effect is profound and sometimes it is so subtle it takes time to realize why you acted in such a way.  

[Return to your heart...]

Sat
Aug 22 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Nightwalker (August 25, 2015)

Jacquelyn Frank
Nighwalker (World of Nighwalker #5, Nightwalkers #15)
Loveswept / August 25, 2015 / $4.99 digital

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the final chapter in the Nightwalkers saga! As the momentous showdown with a powerful demon unfolds, a passionate encounter breaks the ultimate taboo.

Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world. To atone for this grievous error, Kamen accepts an urgent mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. If he fails, all will be lost. And no tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch.

Kamen makes first contact with a stunning, ghostly pale beauty named Geneviève. Part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption—and for connection. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. Soon his lips are pressed against hers, sending Viève into fits of desire and forging a bond that breaches the divide between them. Now they must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast—for Apep is ready for war.

Jacquelyn Frank brings her Nightwalker/World of Nightwalker series to an exciting conclusion in her upcoming release, Nightwalker.  This final chapter tells the tale of redemption and forgiveness, and whether that can ever truly be achieved.  

[Forgiveness is the only way...]

Wed
Aug 19 2015 9:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s Shadow Strike (August 25, 2015)

Shadow Strike by Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
Shadow Strike (Immortal Guardians #7)
Zebra / August 25, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive...

Heather Lane thought she was alone in her ability to read the thoughts of others.  She’s about to be introduced to a whole new world where she won’t be considered a freak.  But is it too late for her to enjoy it? In Dianne Duvall’s latest Immortal Guardian novel, Shadow Strike, someone has a plan to start Armageddon, and if the Immortal Guardians don’t hurry, it may truly be the end of the world.

[This is when it's a good thing to have powers ...]