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|Penguin/Berkley||Emily McKay||Mindee Arnett|
|Signet Eclipse||Roger Ma||Cassie Alexander|
|Karen Chance||Christine Feehan||Dame Darcy|
|St. Martin's Press||Charlaine Harris||Paula Brackston|
|Faith Hunter||Mike Carey||A.C. Arthur|
|Ilona Andrews||JR Ward||Ann Aguirre|
|Kalayna Price||Christina Dodd||Chole Neill|
|Sourcebooks||Lynn Viehl||Kat Richardson|
|Avon||Jessica Anderson||Rachel Caine|
|Tor Books||Amanda Bonilla||Rob Thurman|
|Roc Books||Bec McMaster||MJ Scott|
|Ace Book||Elisabeth Naughton||Jim Butcher|
|Darynda Jones||Karina Cooper||Devon Monk|
|Sherrilyn Kenyon||Jocelynn Drake||Laurell K. Hamilton|
|Suzanne Johnson||Marissa Meyer||Patricia Brigss|
|Christina Henry||Nancy Collins||Anton Stout|
|Benedict Jacka||Jill Archer||Sandy Williams|
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In this fantastic paranormal starter pack from Signet Eclipse, you'll find a selection of first novels in series—a great way to find something new!
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed—leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate—Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead—a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.
Covet by J.R. Ward (first in the Angel series)
Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart—and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.
Storm of Visions by Christina Dodd (first in the Chosen Ones series)
When the world was young, twins were born. One brought light to a dark world; the other, darkness and danger. Their powers could not be denied, and they gathered others around them, men and women destined to use their gifts for good or evil. Today, their descendents walk the earth as the Chosen ... and the ultimate battle is about to begin.
Jacqueline Vargha has always run from her gift. Now Caleb D'Angelo forces his way into her life, demands his place as her lover, and insists she take her place as one of the Chosen. She flees, he pursues, but she can no longer deny her visions, or the dangerous man who is her downfall ... and her destiny.
Nightborn by Lynn Viehl (first in the Lords of the Darkyn series)
The High Lord of the Immortal Darkyn has sent his most trusted warrior, Korvel, to retrieve a coveted scroll that's rumored to contain maps to Templar treasures and the secrets to eternal life. Uniting with Korvel to recover the dangerous artifact is Simone Derien, the daughter of the scroll's guardian, and a woman with many deadly secrets...
Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen (first in the Final Prophecy series)
In the first century A.D., Mayan astronomers predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012. Modern scientists say dire solar flames and magnetic fluctuations will all occur on that exact day. In these final years before the End Times, demon creatures of the Mayan underworld—The Makols—have come to earth to trigger the apocalypse. But the Chajinal, descendants of the Mayan warrior-priests, have decided to fight back.
In Nightkeepers, a Makol uses a lost rite known as The Godkeeper to call a demon to earth. During the ritual, a sky god attempts to possess the demon’s human sacrifice, a narcotics detective named Leah Ann Daniels. The rite is unsuccessful, but gives Leah magical powers, and strands the god between planes. Warned by a cryptic message from an ally, King Jaguar Striker arrives just in time to save Leah…but is exiled when he breaks Chajinal law. Leah and Striker must bond together to defeat the embodied demon and gain support of the Chajinal army—all before the next solstice, when another demon will try to pass through.
Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla (first in the Shaede Assassin series)
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.
When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...
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