Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

No Rest for the Wiccan

No Rest for the Wiccan is the fourth book in the Bewitching Mysteries series by Madelyn Alt. The books features Maggie O'Neill a budding psychic/witch who works in an antique store/coffee shop/magic store. Confused yet? I don't know but it all makes sense in the end.

Maggie gets guilted into looking after her "perfect" sister Mel, who is bedridden carrying her third child. The fun starts when Maggie notices her nieces talking to invisible friends. While she's trying to get a handle on these mysterious visitors she senses something not so nice. Maggie is still in the broom closet so she's not sure how to handle things with her sister who is a notorious gossip.

Eventually she has to say something about spirits in the house. Mel's first action is to phone all her friends. The next day Maggie gets a call at work from her frantic sister. Mel and her friends have been playing with a Quija board and some malicious being has them trapped.

Mel's problem, the solution and the backlash takes up most of this book. The mystery seems to have been tacked on to make the book a "mystery" novel. A hated business man is found dead apparently from an accidental fall at his place of business. Maggie gets a feeling that it was not an accident. There are very few suspects and they get ruled out quickly.

I figured out who the killer was by page 87. There are 295 pages in the book. I really hate figuring it out halfway through the book. It's such a disappointment. This was the first book of this series that I read. I didn't have to have read the others to understand Wiccan which is good. I think books in a series should be able to stand alone. Even with that I doubt I'll try any more of the books.

Buy No Rest for the Wiccan (Bewitching Mysteries, No. 4)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ghost At Work

I'm not a big fan of "cozies" but I will read them. The crime-solver in a cozy mystery is usually a woman who is an amateur sleuth. The cozy mystery usually takes place in a small town or village. Carolyn Hart is the undisputed "Queen of the Cozies." The protagonist of Ghost At Work is Bailey Ruth Raeburn. She returns to Earth in ghost form as a member of Heaven's Department of Good Intentions. Her task is to help Kathleen, the pastor's wife. There's a dead man on her porch, and once the body is discovered, the pastor is sure to become a suspect. It doesn't take Bailey Ruth long to figure out that Kathleen is her sister's granddaughter.

The Department of Good Intentions has rules but Bailey Ruth jumps ahead and breaks them all. Sometimes life just doesn't follow the rules. First time saviors need to be cut a little slack and she'd get so much more done if her supervisor, Wiggins, wasn't huffing and puffing over every infraction.

We know that somehow Bailey Ruth will muddle though all the clues to figure out did the dead. We only hope it's before something happens to her great-grand niece, Bayroo. Ghost At Work was a fun read. The only quibble I have is why the killer was so intent in framing Kathleen or her husband. It's an unanswered question that nags.

Buy Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth Mysteries, No. 1)

Friday, November 20, 2009

unfallen dead

Connor Grey is a druid who has lost his powers. In the third book of the Connor Grey series Connor has bigger problems to worry about. The veil between the modern world and Faerie seems to be weakening for the first time since the Convergence. While working around his magical disability Connor has to deal with a vengeful Queen of Faerie and the return of his old Guild partner. Add a string of occult murders and the fluctuating veil and Connor may lose more than his magical abilities.

Even if you haven't read the first two books in the series you will pick up what's going on easily. Connor Grey is a likable character. I kept wondering exactly what it was that drained his druid powers from him. I got annoyed when people treated him like something less because of his injury. Then again I could see how a magically powerful Connor would be twice as annoying as he now.

I've heard that Mark Del Franco is moving on to another character for his next book. I hope he comes back to Connor at some point. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about him and his world.

Buy unfallen dead (Connor Grey, Book 3)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fool Moon

Fool Moon is the second book in The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Billed as the other wizard named Harry, Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire. He has an ad in the yellow pages and an office. He's the real deal when you need one. Most of the time he works as a consultant for the Chicago PD. His main contact with the CPD is Sergent Karrin Murphy of Special Investigations.

Murphy doesn't completely trust Dresden. He has hidden things from her and it pisses her off. Unfortunately there's no one else she can turn to for help solving a bunch of vicious "animal" attacks around the full moon. Dresden gets a lead right away and leaves Murphy out of the hunt. Besides making her angry, it makes Dresden look suspicious. Especially when his apprentice ends up as one of the victims.

I love books about wizards. I love American detective stories. More than either of those I love noir. The Dresden Files are all of those things wrapped into one hard to resist package. Entertainment Weekly said, "Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe." I couldn't agree more. I would also add that Harry Dresden is a wizard for adults. Wizards, werewolves and mobsters make Fool Moon a fabulous read.


Buy Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Hunt

The Hunt is the first in a series called Laws of the Blood by Susan Sizemore. The book is set in modern day Los Angeles. the "Laws" are the rules vampires must live by. There are a separate species of vampire called "Enforcers" that make all the vamps in their territory follow the Laws. If you ever saw the show Forever Knight you'll remember their Enforcers were super strong, super mean vamps. Enforcers in The Hunt have a similar reputation.

Selim is LA's Enforcer. He must keep five "nests" of vampires plus various "strigs" or solitary vampires in line. The nest leaders have been calling for a hunt. It is Selim's job to decide who and how many humans the nests get to kill. A hunt has to be carefully orchestrated because the first Law of Blood is that no vampire can do anything that brings vampires into human awareness.

The first Law has stood for centuries but things are changing. Somewhere in LA a vampire has been riding Selim's dreams and is writing a screenplay that tells the truth about vampires. If other vampires find out the truth about Selim he could lose his territory and probably his life. To save himself he'll have to kill everyone involved with the screenplay starting with it's author.

The Hunt is an interesting book filled with likable characters. There's more than one "crazy" running around making things difficult. I was quite amused by the real reason the screenplay was written. The Thomas Jefferson quote, "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing" is only part of the story. What the undead do to fight ennui is often interesting.

Sizemore does a good job of explaining her world without endless pages of exposition. There are little tweeks to the vampire myth. Why vampires seek out psychics for companions isn't really explained. Yes, they're useful but as Selim knows, it can be very inconvenient to have someone else in your head.

I liked this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Buy The Hunt (Laws of the Blood, Book 1)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Mystery Releases - November 2009


Bookplate Special (A Booktown Mystery)
Bookstore owner Tricia Miles has put up-and put up with-her uninvited college roommate for weeks. In return, Pammy has stolen $100. But the day she's kicked out, Pammy's found dead in a Dumpster, leaving loads of questions unanswered.



Bryant & May on the Loose: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more. After years of defying the odds and infuriating their embarrassed superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have at last crossed the line. This is the twenty-first century and not even their eccentric genius or phenomenal success rate solving London’s most unusual crimes can save them. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers—leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder.

It isn’t so much the discovery of the headless corpse that’s potentially so politically explosive as where it’s found. Still it takes the bizarre sightings of a great horned creature—half man, half stag—carrying off young women to convince Bryant that this is a case worth getting dressed and leaving the house to solve. The Home Office has reluctantly authorized the PCU to reunite for one last encore performance—in a rented office with no computer network, no legal authority, and a broken toilet. They’ve got until the end of the week to solve a murder with unlikely links to gangland crime, Slavic mythology, the 2012 London Olympics, and the sort of corruption only obscene amounts of money and power can buy.

It’s the kind of case that Bryant and May live to solve—and it could be just the case that kills them.


Decked with Folly (A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Myst)
Make room for murder with all the trimmings in the latest of the Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas mystery series.

It's the holiday season and the Pennyfoot staff is brimming with anticipation. The scents of the season overflow from the kitchen and the country club's halls are decorated with festive displays thanks to Cecily's dear friend Madeline. But when one of Cecily's candlesticks disappears, she realizes someone is lacking in Christmas spirit.

Petty thievery seems the least of Cecily's problems after she learns a former employee has been found dead in her duck pond. He hasn't worked at the Pennyfoot in years, but his ex-wife is still their head maid-and now she heads the list of suspects. And when Madeline has a vision of more misfortune to come, Cecily starts feeling more jinxed than jolly. Now a killer and a thief must be taken off the guest list in order to put the merry back into Christmas.


Dial Om for Murder (Mantra for Murder Mysteries, No. 2)
When one of A.J.'s celebrity yoga students gets permanently bent out of shape, and another is accused of the crime, A.J. has no choice but to position herself as a sleuth to find the real killer.



Holiday Grind (Coffee House Mystery)
There's nothing cozier than a winter evening in Greenwich Village. Streetlights shimmer through icy flakes, caf├ęs glow with welcoming warmth, and a layer of snow dusts historic townhouses like powdered sugar on holiday confections. Murder has no place in such a pretty picture, until now...

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely jolly charity Santa who's been using her Village Blend as a place to warm his mittens. When she finds him brutally gunned down in a nearby alley, a few subtle clues convince her that Alfred's death was something more than the tragic result of a random mugging--the conclusion of the police. With Clare's boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn, distracted by a cold case of his own, and ex-husband Matt investigating this year's holiday lingerie catalogs (an annual event), Clare charges ahead solo to solve her beloved Santa's slaying. Then someone tries to ice Clare, and she really gets steamed. But she'd better watch out, because if she fails to stop this stone cold killer, she may just get the biggest chill of her life.


Hollywood Moon: A Novel
There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast--rather than the best--in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam keep bumping into an odd, suspicious duo--a smooth-talking player in dreads and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three dubious characters might be involved in something bigger, more high-tech, and much more illegal. After a dizzying series of twists, turns, and chases, the cops will find they've stumbled upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can't be sure who's conning whom.


I, Alex Cross
You can't run
Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.

You can't hide
The hunt for her murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain--they will do anything to keep their secrets safe.

Alex Cross is your only hope to stay alive
As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable--a revelation that could rock the entire world. With the unstoppable action, unforeseeable twists, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that only a James Patterson thriller delivers, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.


Kindred in Death
When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena's body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.


Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings

‘Tis the week before Christmas, and all through the house, every creature is stirring...

But just as Inspector Witherspoon’s staff prepares for the long-awaited wedding of Betsy and Smythe, a Yuletide murder falls in the Inspector’s lap.

A middle-aged spinster has been killed in what her murderer hoped would look like a random crime. But the Inspector’s investigation reveals a web of lies, intrigue, and long-buried secrets. With uncooperative witnesses, sulking relatives, and a second Christmas wedding, a simple investigation seems unlikely. And the household will have to put aside its holiday spirit to save the Inspector’s reputation.


The End of The Road: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery
Maxie McNabb and her miniature dachshund, Stretch, are just back from their latest adventure when a murder shatters the quiet in their hometown of Homer, Alaska. Now it's up to Maxie to find the killer-a search that leads her to a place called "the end of the road.


The Fashion Hound Murders: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper (Josie, Marcus Mystery Shopper)
Josie Marcus has been hired to check out a big pet store’s involvement with puppy mills. When an employee who clued her into the mills’ existence shows up dead, Josie realizes that sinking her teeth into this case could mean getting bitten back…


The Fourth Bill Slider Omnibus: Gone Tomorrow and Dear Departed (Bill Slider Mysteries)
Inspector Bill Slider is called upon to cope with a disfigured corpse grotesquely left in a children's playground in Gone Tomorrow. His investigation plunges him into the shadow world behind the fashionable facade of Shepherd's Bush, among the victims of the welfare state and the crime barons who prey on them; a world where no one is who he says he is, and lying to the police is second nature. Slider's thankless task is to convince the witnesses, against all available evidence, that honesty really is the best policy. And with his lover Joanna away, fate seems suddenly determined to strew his private life with temptations. In Dear Departed, it looks as though Slider has a serial killer in his territory. The Park Killer, as the media so innovatively labels him, attacks his victims in London's public parks, and when Chattie Cornfield is murdered while out jogging, the pattern fits. But as Slider and Atherton investigate, it is Chattie's life, rather than the killers, that poses questions. What was she involved with? Where did she spend the last day of her life? And was it love or hate that drove the hooded figure to kill her?


The Mirror and the Mask (Jane Lawless Mysteries)
Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless is at crossroads. The rough economy has put her plans for a third restaurant on hold, and her long distance romance is on the rocks and quite possibly unsalvageable. Unsure of what to do next, she takes her good friend A. J. Nolan up on his standing offer to take her on as a private investigator.

While still in training, her first job seems simple enough. All she had to do is find Annie Archer’s stepfather. Jane tracks down a likely match—a man who has made a small fortune in real estate. While she’s happy to close her first case, she finds it hard to reconcile the difference between PI work—finding what people pay you to find—and uncovering the truth, the whole truth, especially when clues in this seemingly simple case point to more threatening family secrets than where Annie’s father has been hiding out.


The Poisoning in the Pub (Five Star Mystery Series)
What's your poison? Fethering residents, Jude and Carole, get more than they bargained for when a lunchtime meal in their local pub leaves everyone with food poisoning. The landlord is horrified and when a series of disasters start to befall his business it looks like it could be the end of the road for the Crown and Anchor. Left with a bad taste in their mouths - and not just from the food - the two amateur detectives wonder if it might just be more than a run of bad luck, which is forcing their favorite pub into bankruptcy. When Ray, a young man with the mental age of a five year old, is found in the kitchen of the pub with a knife through his heart - Carole and Jude swing into action. There's a killer on the loose in Fethering and our lady sleuths need to uncover who it is before it's last orders for the pub - and themselves.


The Wrecker
In The Chase, Clive Cussler introduced an electrifying new hero, the tall, lean, no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell, who, driven by his sense of justice, travels early-twentieth-century America pursuing thieves and killers . . . and sometimes criminals much worse.

It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the "privileged few"? A criminal mastermind engineering some as yet unexplained scheme?

Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done-that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn't stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk-it could be the future of the entire country.



Vampire Sunrise: Delilah Street: Paranormal Investigator
Werewolf mobsters and vampires run Vegas, but that's yesterday's news for Delilah Street, paranormal investigator. What's truly fearsome is her bloody discovery of an undead evil rooted in ancient Egypt. Now, with her lover Ric fighting for life after a grim battle, the chips are down.

But Delilah is a born winner who has never let a little danger throw off her game, and she's been learning fast since she came to Sin City. Her affinity for silver is making mirror-walking a real breeze, and being forced to accept the albino rock star sorcerer Snow's Brimstone Kiss has ramped up her powers to a startling new level. With the help of her trusty uber-wolfhound Quicksilver, not to mention the orange demon parking valet Manny, Delilah is determined to solve even more paranormal secrets, and hopefully save the few innocents left in town. But can Delilah win her high-stakes gamble for life and love against ancient gods and lethal supernatural odds?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November Releases for Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Fantasy


An Enchanted Season (Berkley Sensation)
It's the time of year when dreams come true, miracles happen every day, and love is the greatest gift of all...

The holidays always seem to bring out the best in everyone, with heartfelt hugs for long-missed friends, sincere smiles in the spirit of the season, and a feeling of magic in the air.

Here is a collection of paranormal romances celebrating the holidays as never before. From a shape-shifting leopardess who wants a packmate to be her soulmate to a snowstorm that brings a surprise gift, these all-new tales by Maggie Shayne, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, and Jean Johnson will stir your spirit in all the right places.


Apocalypse Happens (Phoenix Chronicles, Book 3)
Elizabeth Phoenix is one of a select few with the power to battle those who have escaped from the darkest level of hell—demons bent on destroying humanity and reclaiming earth once and for all. Liz is determined to stop yet another Doomsday. But this time, it’s going to be more difficult than ever because someone she thought was dead isn’t dead anymore…and is bound and determined to destroy Liz and everyone she loves in the upcoming Apocalypse.

Liz has arrived in Los Angeles to ferret out a nest of varcolacs: half human, half dragon creatures who crave the destruction of the sun and moon. But before she can prevent the kind of eclipse that would bring the world to an end, Liz must mine the depths of her own heart. She and her former lover Jimmy Sanducci have some personal demons to battle—and there’s always her mentor, the Navajo shaman Sawyer. Is he on their side or isn’t he? In the end, the three of them must find a way to fight together…or perish alone.


Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings, Book 7)
Dev Santos discovers her unconscious and battered, with no memory of who she is. All she knows is that she's dangerous. Charged with protecting his people's most vulnerable secrets, Dev is duty-bound to eliminate all threats. It's a task he's never hesitated to complete...until he finds himself drawn to a woman who might yet prove the enemy's most insidious weapon.

Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor, and programmed to carry out cold-blooded murder, Katya Haas is fighting desperately for her sanity itself. Her only hope is Dev. But how can she expect to gain the trust of a man who could very well be her next target? For in this game, one must die...


Born of Fire (A League Novel)
In a universe where assassins make the law, everyone lives in fear—except for Syn. Born of an illicit scandal that once rocked a dynasty, he always knew how to survive on the bloodthirsty streets. But that was then, and the future is now…

Syn was raised as a tech-thief until his livelihood uncovered a truth that could end his life. He tried to destroy the evidence, and has been on the run ever since. Now trained as an assassin, he allows no one to threaten him. Ever. He is the darkness that swallows his enemies whole.

Shahara Dagan is the best bounty hunter in the universe. When Syn comes back on the radar, she’s the only one who can bring him to justice. There’s only one problem: Syn is a close family friend who’s helped out the Dagans countless times. But if she saves him, both of their lives will be on the line. Is Syn’s protection worth the risk? The only hope Shahara has is to find the evidence he buried long ago. Now it’s kill or be killed—and they, the predators, have just become the hunted…


Crimson (Dead World, Book 3)
On the run from their enemies, hunted by the law they once dedicated their lives to, werewolves Morgan Hunter and Gina “Red” Santiago have no choice -- they must enter the outlaw territories in order to disappear completely from society. With only themselves to trust, they must somehow navigate this “No Man’s Land” full of outlawed Others and dangerous nomadic tribes.

Losing themselves in this arid wasteland would be easy, but Morgan and Red know that the only way they can regain their life together is by turning the tables on the man who is hunting them -- destroying his plans to rule the united territories once and for all.


Darkness Unleashed (Guardians of Eternity, Book 5)
A scarred recluse, Jagr makes no secret of his disdain for others' company. But now, as a member of Chicago's powerful vampire clan, he has certain obligations to fulfill. The latest: track down a missing were pureblood and return her to her sister. The problem: Regan Garrett has no intention of complying. And though Jagr agreed not to harm an inch of this stubborn female's distractingly tempting body, he'll gladly kiss her into submission, awakening an urge he hasn't felt in years. Hell, in centuries...Regan vowed never to be at the mercy of another man. That goes double for arrogant, steel-muscled vampires with eyes of ice. All Regan wants is revenge against those who imprisoned her. She doesn't need an ally. She certainly doesn't need a mate. But soon Regan will have to choose - between a lust for vengeance, and a passion as dark and dangerous as the night...


Elegy Beach
A publishing event twenty-five years in the making: the long awaited sequel to the unforgettable post-apocalyptic fantasy, Ariel.

Thirty years ago the lights went out, the airplanes fell, the cars went still, the cities all went dark. The laws humanity had always known were replaced by new laws that could only be called magic. The world has changed forever. Or has it?

In a small community on the California coast are Fred Garey and his friend Yan, both born after the Change. Yan dreams of doing something so big his name will live on forever. He thinks he's found it-a way to reverse the Change. But Fred fears the repercussions of such drastic, irreversible steps.


Fade Out (Morganville Vampires, Book 7)
Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again...

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve's castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger-and way more dangerous-than anyone suspected.


Finch
In Finch, mysterious underground inhabitants known as the gray caps have reconquered the failed fantasy state Ambergris and put it under martial law. They have disbanded House Hoegbotton and are controlling the human inhabitants with strange addictive drugs, internment in camps, and random acts of terror. The rebel resistance is scattered, and the gray caps are using human labor to build two strange towers. Against this backdrop, John Finch, who lives alone with a cat and a lizard, must solve an impossible double murder for his gray cap masters while trying to make contact with the rebels. Nothing is as it seems as Finch and his disintegrating partner Wyte negotiate their way through a landscape of spies, rebels, and deception. Trapped by his job and the city, Finch is about to come face to face with a series of mysteries that will change him and Ambergris forever.


Finding the Lost: The Sentinel Wars
Sentinel warrior Paul has been searching for centuries for a woman like Andra. To find her, he strikes a bargain with a bloodhunter that could cost him his life. Now, his desire for Andra threatens to destroy his much-needed control. Against her wishes, Andra agrees to join Paul on a journey fraught with danger- and leading directly to the Synestryn who victimized her family eight years ago.


Heart Change
First time in print-the fantastic new Celta novel from the award-winning author of Heart Fate.

Robin D. Owens returns to the world of the faraway planet Celta in the eighth novel of her award-winning series.

Signet D'Marigold's lonely life is shaken when a prophet reveals she is a catalyst for change. But to accept her new life-and the charge of the noble child Avellana-means embracing a danger that may be fatal for them both. Especially when Signet's attraction to her new bodyguard signals a secret enemy sworn to destroy them.


Heart's Blood
The national bestselling "fine folklorist and gifted narrator"(Publishers Weekly) of the Sevenwaters novels conjures a new sweeping romantic fantasy.

Anluan has been crippled since childhood, part of a curse that has besieged his family and his home of Whistling Tor. But when the young scribe Caitrin is retained to sort through family documents, she brings about unexpected changes in the household, casting a hopeful light against the despairing shadows.

But to truly free Anluan's burdened soul, Caitrin must unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life-and their love...


A Highlander Christmas
A festive anthology featuring three all-new stories, three sexy Scotsmen, and a magical holiday setting. An enchanting trio of paranormal Christmas stories:

Dawn Halliday's Winter Heat...Lost in a blizzard, a young woman casts a spell over the brooding Highland warrior who rescues her.

Cindy Miles's A Christmas Spirit...A museum curator's tour of a Scottish castle leads to an unexpected encounter with a dead-sexy spirit.

Sophie Renwick's Yuletide Enchantment...Passion blooms between an anxious bride-to-be and a dark, sensual stranger from another world.


Magic in the Shadows: An Allie Beckstrom Novel
Allison Beckstrom's magic has taken its toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories-including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie's thoughts.

Her late father, the prominent businessman-and sorcerer-Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities-and find a way to deal with her father...


Me and My Shadow (Silver Dragons, Book 3)
May Northcott is at the end of her tether. Her demon boss has moved in and is making life hell. Her scorching hot dragon lover seems to think everything can be solved with a fiery kiss. And worse still, she's being shadowed by her ditsy twin sister -- a naiad who simply can't seem to stay out of trouble. The arrival of a nearly-dead man on May's doorstep could be the final spark that sets light to their tinder-box world. And with dragon war imminent, it's looking increasingly like it will be up to May (and her watery shadow) to stop it before the fire consumes them all, and their lives end up in smoke ...


The Morganville Vampires
The first two novels in the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series together for the first time in a new trade paperback edition.

Morganville is a small college town in the heart of Texas—not a place that exactly screams “hotbed of creatures of the night.” But college freshman Claire Danvers is about to discover why, in Morganville, you should never, ever stay out after dark…

Glass Houses
College freshman Claire Danvers moves off campus and into an old house in the small town of Morganville. Her new roommates have her back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood…

The Dead Girls’ Dance
Claire may have a great roommate and a new boyfriend, but when she’s invited to the Dead Girls’ Dance all hell breaks loose—literally. Because this time, the living and the dead are ready to tear up the night…


Shifting Plains (Sons of Destiny)
Centuries before the time of the Sons of Destiny, a female shapeshifter became the leader of the people of the Shifting Plains...

Tava Ell Var never really knew her mother, but she did know her tragic fate at the hands of a band of cruel shapeshifters-a history set down by Tava's father as a warning about life on the Shifting Plains. But after her father is murdered, Tava encounters a Shifterai warband fighting to rid the Plains of the terrorizing bandits

Shifterai leader Kodan Sin Siin is sympathetic to Tava's suffering, but he's determined to bring the wary young woman to the Plains. Because he knows her secret: She, like he and his men, is a shapeshifter. Once she joins them, he knows that she will see for herself the true fate that awaits her on the Plains, and most of all, lose her fear of his people. And, in time, he knows she will find her place is in their fight-and by his side.


The Silver Mage: Book Four of the Silver Wyrm
The Horsekin are assembling along Prince Dar’s northern border, and the Deverry alliance simply does not have the men and resources to prevent their enemies from moving into the wilderness areas known as the Ghostlands. But suddenly, the Dwrgi folk and the dragons come to Dar’s aid, tipping the balance in their favor and offering Dar’s people a chance to defeat the Horsekin once and for all.


Skin Game (Berkley Sensation)
A beautiful fugitive—wanted dead or alive.
Kyra is a con woman and a particular kind of thief. She steals with a touch, but she only takes one thing: her target's strongest skill. Which means she can be a fighter, an athlete, a musician, an artist—anything she wants... for a limited time. Heartbroken, she turns her gift toward avenging her father's murder; with deadly patience, Kyra works her way into casino owner Gerard Serrano's inner circle. After pulling off the ultimate con, she flees with his money and his pride.

A hit man who never misses the mark.
Reyes has nothing but his work. Pity for Kyra, he's the best and mercy never sways him once he takes a job. He's been hired to find out where Kyra hid the cash—and bring her back to face Serrano's "justice." Dead will do, if he can't locate the loot. He's never failed to complete a contract, but Kyra tempts him with her fierce heat and her outlaw heart. So Reyes has a hell of a choice: forsake his word or kill the woman he might love.


Thief of Light

In the subtropical city of Caracole, Erik the Golden is widely known as irresistible-his Voice an instrument of incredible pleasure. But the Voice is a curse as much as a blessing, for once Erik used it to steal a soul, and now he must pay.

Pruella Takimori McGuire is the business manager for the beautiful courtesans of the Garden of Nocturnal Delights. She deals in numbers, not Magick, and when Erik turns his charms in her direction, she sees only vanity, not a golden gift. If Erik cannot use his power to win Prue's heart, how can he truly possess her?

And all the while, a far darker power corrupts the foundations of Caracole-the Necromancer, who feasts on souls. When the Necromancer's hired assassin kidnaps Prue, Erik must harness his air Magick to recover the woman he has come to love more than life itself.


Wild Blue Under
The underwater kingdom is his as soon as he claims his queen…
Rod Tritone has the looks and charm to snag any queen he wants for his Mer kingdom, but unfortunately, it's not up to him. As fate would have it, the one woman destined to rule with him is terrified of water…

She lives in land-locked Kansas and has no idea she's a princess…
Valerie Dumere thinks Rod is gorgeous and irresistible—but why does he keep insisting she has another side to herself that only he can show her?

Somehow, Rod has to prove to her who she really is. But when she finds out the truth, will she ever forgive him?


Winter Kiss: A Dragonfire Novel (DRAGON FIRE NOVEL)
For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth's treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr and the dreaded slayers is about to begin...

The mysterious Dragon's Blood Elixir gives immortality to Magnus, the Pyr's greatest enemy, and his minions-so it must be destroyed. Outcast from the Pyr because of his own dangerous impulses, Delaney will do anything to vanquish Magnus-and vows to complete a mission which will either redeem him or end his suffering.

But his plans don't take into account his sudden firestorm-or the hot- tempered Ginger Sinclair. The firestorm reforms Delaney closer to his old self. And when Ginger learns about Delaney's scheme, she cannot resist a strong man with a noble agenda.