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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 ...]

Wed
Jul 8 2015 2:00pm

Easy Listening: The Pros of Male and Female Audiobook Narrators

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

If you don’t have time to actually read a book, many e-readers and tablets allow you to have an electronic voice read the story to you.  Although I know several people who will use this option, I can’t imagine it brings anything to the enjoyment of the story.

To really bring a book to life by audio, you need a truly talented narrator.  While there are a few authors who will use more than one narrator to tell their audiobook story, the ones I love the most present a whole cast of characters all by themselves.  Some narrators are so talented, after I finish an audiobook I find myself not just searching for my favorite authors, but my favorite narrators as well.

Among the ladies, some of the stand outs that I have enjoyed include:

Susan Ericksen who narrates for J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Tess Garritsen, Lorraine Heath and Sara Paretsky.

Lorelei King who narrates for Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, Janet Evanovich, and Debbie Macomber.

Amanda Ronconi who narrates for Molly Harper, Tate Hallaway, Donna Kaufman and E.J. Copperman.

Kirsten Potter who narrates for Dianne Duvall, Jude Deveraux, Maya Banks and Lisa Gardiner

[Husky, smoky, soft describes the narrator's voice...]

Sat
Jun 20 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Wicked Ride (June 23, 2015)

Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Wicked Ride (Realm Enforcers #1)
Lyrical Press / June 23, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

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

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Rebecca Zanetti’s spin off to her Dark Protectors series truly is a wicked ride. In a flawless integration of the old and the new, the Realm Enforcers features the Enforcers for the Coven Nine while blending in several favorite characters and prior storylines to create a thrilling new series.  

[A war has ended, but a new one may be beginning...]

Tue
Jun 16 2015 12:00pm

Binge ReadingListening: 12 Audiobook Series Worth a Listen

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

Time.  Time is the enemy of every dedicated reader.  There is never enough time to read all the books by our favorite authors and then add in those recommended to us by friends or the ones that catch our attention in the local bookstore.  Bookstores that we shouldn’t be strolling through since we already have too many books to read.

Family time, jobs, commuting, cleaning, gardening, homework, it all eats up precious reading time. So what are you supposed to do when you get a recommendation for a fabulous series that you’ve been missing which already has 5, 10, 15…20 books written?  Short of inserting a microchip and downloading books directly into your brain (hmm, is that possible?), how can you enjoy more of your already brimming TBR list?  One word…audiobooks.

When my children were little, my biggest complaint was no longer having free time to read.  My friend recommended audiobooks to me and after a lengthy argument of how audiobooks were not for me, I finally relented and went to the library to pick up the audiobook she recommended to me. Thirteen years later, I do about a third of my “reading” by audiobook. 

Audiobooks can be enjoyed wherever reading is impossible, while driving, cleaning, gardening, or while working at the office. (I didn’t say that!)  Stuck in traffic?  Who cares, enjoy another chapter. 

[Twelve audiobook series that will keep your ear plugs glued...]

Tue
Jun 9 2015 4:45pm

Graves on the Casting Couch: Fantasy Casting Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson Series

Kat Denning as Charley Davidson

Authors give life to characters, but finding just the right actor to play the part gives those characters flesh and blood. Fantasy casting a favorite series is not only fun, it truly brings the stories to life. A friend of mine suggested the actress for Charley, and all I could think was perfect. In that moment, it was like in the Wizard of Oz when the film goes from black and white to full color. Hopefully you agree with our fantasy cast for the Urban Fantasy series, Charley Davidson.

Kat Denning as Charley Davidson – Charlotte Davidson a.k.a. Charley is a private investigator with a serious case of ADD. Charley is a P.I. by trade but she was born a grim reaper. She’s not the scythe and robe type grim reaper.  She’s more a sassy, smart-mouthed, always getting in trouble kind of grim reaper. Charley is a portal to heaven and the departed still on earth can pass through her. Plus, it’s really helpful in solving cases when you can simply ask the dead guy who killed him. 

- Image Source

[More fantasy casting for the Charley Davidson Series...]

Thu
Jun 4 2015 9:30am

Pretty Little Liars: Nora Roberts’s The Liar

The Liar by Nora Roberts

Lies. We tell them all the time. Little white lies–Your haircut is lovely. This tuna casserole is delicious. No, those pants don’t make you look fat. But what happens when the lies aren’t so little? What if you found out that your whole life was one big collection of lies? Your husband, your marriage, everything in your life was a great big series of lies.

In Nora Roberts’s latest novel, The Liar, newly widowed Shelby Pomeroy Foxworth finds out that the life she was living was a complete lie. The big, beautiful house they lived in is being foreclosed. The cars are leased. There is no life insurance policy. The bank accounts are empty. And all the jewelry he’s ever given her, including her engagement ring, are fakes. Her husband, Richard, left her with nothing but millions of dollars of debt. At least she thinks his name was Richard Foxworth. The box she found with cash and fake identifications is making her realize that she might not have known anything about the man she was married to for the last five years.

Then she lowered to the floor—she couldn’t sit behind that desk, not now.  She sat on the floor with harsh colors against hard white walls, rocking, weeping.  Weeping not because the man she’d loved was dead, but because he never existed.

[Well, who was this mysterious man she loved?]

Mon
Jun 1 2015 2:00pm

Why Being an Urban Fantasy Heroine Sucks!

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Being the heroine in an Urban Fantasy has to be the worse job in town.   In a paranormal romance, heroines get a hot, furry boyfriend who protects her from all danger.   A historical heroine is just hoping someone asks for a dance.  The only problem a contemporary heroine has to deal with is what to make for dinner or paying her rent.   Even the heroine in a BDSM novel is having a good time being tied up.   When an Urban Fantasy heroine gets tied up, an orgasm is not the next thing coming.

What sucks most about being an Urban Fantasy heroine?  Just ask these ladies. 

1. Nobody tells you the rules. Most of us have been in a situation where you feel like you don’t know what’s going on. Maybe you worked into work and they announce an emergency staff meeting. Everyone knows what’s happening, but not you.   Imagine that being your whole life.   Yesterday, you were a regular human going about your boring life and now someone has opened your eyes to the world of the supernatural who surround you, but no one gives you a welcome brochure or explains any of the rules. Just ask Anna Latham-Cornick  from Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series.  Anna thought she was going on a date with a nice guy and ends up being turned into a werewolf. It wasn’t until she met and mated Charles Cornick, three years after being turned, that she finally learned what it means to be a werewolf and her true place in their society.

[She's a slow learner but we love her anyway...]

Sat
May 30 2015 10:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s A Sorceress of His Own (June 2, 2015)

A Sorceress of His Own Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
A Sorceress of His Own (Gifted Ones #1)
Dianne Duvall / June 2, 2015 / $2.99 digital

From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed—or cursed—with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything_even the wrath of his king—to be with her.

What if the love of your life has been standing by your side for years but you never saw them? 

[But now you see him, the fierce warrior...]

Wed
May 27 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Captive (June 2, 2015)

Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy 
Midnight Captive (Killer Instincts #6)
Signet / June 2, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

“For those who enjoy their romantic suspense on the dark and steamy side,”* here’s the blisteringly sexy new novel in the Killer Instincts series by the author of Midnight Action and Midnight Pursuits...

Former CIA agent Bailey Jones has spent months trying to forget her night of passion with mercenary Sean Reilly. An elite and methodical assassin, she has no room in her life for a reckless, rule-breaking Irishman, and she’s vowed to steer clear of the tempting bad boy who lured her into his bed under false pretenses.

When Sean is implicated in the robbery of a Dublin bank, Bailey knows something isn’t right. So what if she can’t trust him? There’s no way Sean would end up on the wrong side of the law. In fact, he’s stuck in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy that could put his twin brother’s life at risk with one wrong move. And Bailey’s life too when she agrees to help.

As the stakes are raised and Bailey finds herself torn between two brothers, the fine line between danger and desire is crossed…and it’ll take more than a killer instinct to survive.

*New York Times bestselling author Christy Reece

In Elle Kennedy’s latest Killer Instinct novel, Midnight Captive, Sean Reilly is the man who has all the information.  He can dig up everything on anyone.  There are no secrets that you can keep from him.  But right now he is stuck between his old life and the one he wants and he wishes someone had the answer to his problem.

Sean is being forced to rob a bank for his former boss, Eamon “Rabbit” O’Hare, the leader of the IRA faction group, the Irish Daggers. Rabbit is holding Sean’s twin brother, Ollie, as insurance that Sean gets him the information being kept in one of the safety deposit boxes. Sean and Ollie’s father was a staunch supporter of the cause before he died. He brought Sean and Ollie in as young men, but they soon realized they weren’t interested in following their father’s footsteps.

As he’d gotten older, he’d come to understand the politics behind it, but the cause hadn’t interested him and Ollie.  They’d left Dublin to work as mercenaries, eventually becoming some of the most sought-out information dealers on the map, and neither one of them had looked back.

But the past has a funny way of dragging you back in.

[Sean's love is in love with someone very close to him...]

Fri
May 15 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Eighth Grave After Dark (May 19, 2015)

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)
St. Martin's Press / May 19, 2015 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there,  Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums. 

Charley's been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Demons and Hellhounds and the Vatican? Oh my. Things are getting crazy(er) in the world of Charley Davidson. The grim reaper and the son of Satan are having a baby and Charley is being surrounded by…well, everyone. 

When Darynda Jones starts Eighth Grave After Dark, Charley and Reyes have been staying in the abandoned convent for eight months awaiting the birth of their daughter, affectionately known as Beep.  And they’re not alone.  No, they are never alone. 

[Someone is watching their every move...]