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Paranormal New Releases: December 30th + Feature Rename Poll

Paranormal Romance:

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire
(Love at Stake #16)
by Kerrelyn Sparks
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks delivers the exciting conclusion in the Love at Stake series, where a Marine-turned-vampire finds love with the shifter princess forbidden to him . . .

Russell wakes from a coma to find he’s become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he’s used to working alone . . . until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules:

Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close . . . if she looks at him with those exotic eyes . . . well, that has to stop.

Rule #2: He’s in charge. Jia isn’t used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how.

Rule #3: Don’t fall in love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him . . . something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else.

Hot Blooded Part 4 (Dark Kings #4)
by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

The breathtaking conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant’s HOT BLOODED e-series!

Iona’s heart pounded in her ears like a drum. Her life was being dismantled one piece at a time. What was she going to be when it was all said and done?

Laith squatted beside her and cupped her face in his hands. “Look at me. Look into my eyes. What do you see?” “You,” she said. “I see you.”

“Remember that, Iona Campbell,” he whispered before he kissed her.


In HOT BLOODED: Part IV, the situation goes from bad to worse. Laith, Iona and the Dark Kings are preparing for a showdown. Winner takes all, but neither Laith nor Iona can stand to lose, especially if it means losing each other.

Hot Blooded (Dark Kings #4)
by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Laith was powerless not to respond.

Their eyes met again, held. He felt an uncontrollable, undeniable pull to this woman and he fought against it.  Hard. It was more than just lust. This…feeling…was on another plane all together…


His name is Laith. To most, he’s known as the owner of a local pub near Dreagan. But little do his patrons know that beneath his handsome, charming exterior Laith has the heart and soul of a Dragon King—one who wields control by keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. Until a beautiful, mysterious stranger enters the picture, and sets his whole world on fire…


To learn the truth about her dead father, Iona has returned to Scotland only to learn that she’s part of an ancient pact with Dreagan—one that will threaten the fragile peace with the Dragon Kings. Gorgeous, sly Iona isn’t like anyone Laith has ever met before…and she harbors a secret that others would kill to possess. Will she complete him—or destroy him? Passion always comes with a price…in Hot Blooded by Donna Grant.

Desires of the Soul
Desires of the Soul
(Prophecy of Souls #1)
by Gina L. Maxwell
Paranormal Romance

Book Description

For a half-angel who’s prophesied to save humanity, Angelica Hart leads a fairly predictable life as a pediatric oncologist. Until the night her dead best friend resurfaces as a vampire—and his new presence stirs up feelings a lot more intense than those of friendship. But the cryptic instructions of the prophecy tell her that to fulfill her destiny, she must have a child with her one true love.

Dom Russo finally has the woman he loves in his arms, and he’s not about to let anything happen to her. But protecting Angelica becomes increasingly difficult as the vampire clan attempting to strip the souls of all mankind struggles to take out the one woman who stands in their way. And their relationship comes to a grinding halt when he finds out he isn’t the one in the prophecy.

Angelica refuses to accept a fate she doesn’t want, so Dom tries pushes her toward saving humankind the only way he knows how—by driving her away. But his body doesn’t get the memo, and he begins to wonder how long he can keep denying his desire before the vampire in him takes what he wants, to hell with the rest of the world. Literally.

Unexpected Eden (Eden #1)
by Rhenna Morgan
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Paradise, love and power…and a prophecy with a price.

Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.

Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question is, is she Myren, or human – which makes her forbidden fruit?

When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.

Urban Fantasy:

Bounty Hunt
(Otherworld Stories #13.2)
by Kelley Armstrong
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

After the Australian Pack murdered Reese William’s parents, the young werewolf fled and took refuge with the American Pack. Three years later, the Australians have tracked him down and dispatched a bounty hunter to bring him back. That bounty hunter, though, isn’t the lone wolf who owes them a debt, but his twenty-one-year-old daughter, Madison. Maddie is determined to bring in the rogue Reese for her ailing father. Now Reese has to show her the truth behind her client’s lies…and avoid being the cause of an all-out war for Elena and the rest of the American Pack.

Low Midnight (Kitty Norville #13)
by Carrie Vaughn
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Cormac, the Kitty Norville series’ most popular supporting character, stars in his first solo adventure.

Carrie Vaughn’s Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary…a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it. With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty’s future.

Cold Hillside
by Nancy Baker
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

“With them, there are no happy endings.”

In the remote city of Lushan, they know that the Fey are not fireside tales but a dangerous reality.

Generations ago, the last remnants of a dying empire bargained with the Faerie Queen for a place of safety in the mountains and each year the ruler of Lushan must travel to the high plateau to pay the city’s tribute. When an unexpected misfortune means that the traditional price is not met, the Queen demands the services of Teresine, once a refugee slave and now advisor to the Sidiana. Teresine must navigate the treacherous politics of the Faerie Court, where the Queen’s will determines reality and mortals are merely pawns in an eternal struggle for power.

Years later, another young woman faces an unexpected decision that forces her to discover the truth of what happened to Teresine in the Faerie Court, a truth that could threaten everything she loves.

From the acclaimed author of The Night Inside and A Terrible Beauty comes a new novel about the price of safety and the cost of power.

Sci Fi / Fantasy:

The Tejano Conflict (Cutter’s Wars #3)
by Steve Perry
Sci Fi
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Book Description

At the end of the twenty-fourth century, war is fought in a civilized manner: Each side hires mercenaries to engage in combat in specifically designated areas. To the victor go the spoils—whatever they may be…

After a couple of assignments involving more intrigue and skulduggery than the Cutter Force Initiative ever wanted, the unit is looking forward to being part of a straight-up, short-term industrial war on Earth.

Cutter agrees to a support role offered by an old Army comrade who’s now a general in a larger military force. The pay is good, the unit happy. All they have to do is basic ranger stuff: sneak and peek, shoot and scoot.

But what starts out as a corporate fight to occupy a valuable piece of contested territory quickly goes sideways, and once again Cutter and crew find themselves in the middle of situations in which things aren’t as they seem, and the unit must determine the truth—or lose more than just a battle.

For a Few Souls More
(Heaven’s Gate Trilogy #3)
by Guy Adams
Sci Fi / Steampunk
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Book Description


The uprising in Heaven is at an end and Paradise has fallen, becoming the forty-third state of America. Now angels and demons must learn to get along with humans. The rest of the world is in uproar. How can America claim the afterlife as its own? It’s certainly going to try as the President sets out for the town of Wormwood for talks with its governor, the man they call Lucifer. Hell has problems of its own. There’s a new evangelist walking its roads, trying to bring the penitent to paradise, and a new power is rising. Can anyone stand up to the Godkiller?

Hunter of Sherwood: The Red Hand
(Guy of Gisburne #2)
by Toby Venables
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Book Description

Guy of Gisburne, knight and agent to Prince John, is all that stands between England and anarchy, fighting a shadow battle to protect the kingdom from those who would destroy it.

Returning to England after foiling a plot to destroy Jerusalem, Guy of Gisburne is arrested and hauled to the Tower of London; John, England’s regent in the absence of its monstrous King, needs his knight once more. A killer has broken into the Prince’s most secure castle in the north and left a message, drawn on the skin of one of his victims: ‘the circle is closing,’ signed with a handprint in blood. Is the threat genuine? Who or what is the Red Hand? Someone is killing John’s men, and the obvious culprit—the most dangerous man in the Kingdom, Hood himself—has an alibi even Guy can’t deny.

Things Half in Shadow
by Alan Finn
Historical / Paranormal
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Book Description

Postbellum America makes for a haunting backdrop in this historical and supernatural tale of moonlit cemeteries, masked balls, cunning mediums, and terrifying secrets waiting to be unearthed by an intrepid crime reporter.

The year is 1869, and the Civil War haunts the city of Philadelphia like a stubborn ghost. Mothers in black continue to mourn their lost sons. Photographs of the dead adorn dim sitting rooms. Maimed and broken men roam the streets. One of those men is Edward Clark, who is still tormented by what he saw during the war. Also constantly in his thoughts is another, more distant tragedy—the murder of his mother at the hands of his father, the famed magician Magellan Holmes…a crime that Edward witnessed when he was only ten.

Now a crime reporter for one of the city’s largest newspapers, Edward is asked to use his knowledge of illusions and visual trickery to expose the influx of mediums that descended on Philadelphia in the wake of the war. His first target is Mrs. Lucy Collins, a young widow who uses old-fashioned sleight of hand to prey on grieving families. Soon, Edward and Lucy become entwined in the murder of Lenora Grimes Pastor, the city’s most highly regarded—and by all accounts, legitimate—medium, who dies mid-séance. With their reputations and livelihoods at risk, Edward and Lucy set out to find the real killer, and in the process unearth a terrifying hive of secrets that reaches well beyond Mrs. Pastor.

Blending historical detail with flights of fancy, Things Half in Shadow is a riveting thriller where Medium and The Sixth Sense meet The Alienist—and where nothing is quite as it seems…

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I would like to rename this weekly feature in 2015 because it no longer showcases exclusively Paranormal titles, and I would like it to be wolfier. I polled Twitter & Facebook over the weekend, and the results were split, so I’m opening it up to blog visitors too. My favourite is Fresh Meat, however uses this tag for their review posts, and has a similar feature that’s called “Fresh Batch”, so now I’m torn. Please help me decide or submit your own!

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  1. I can’t believe there are thirteen Kitty books at this point. That was my first UF/PR series, but I dropped off at about book six.
    Nathan ( recently posted…2014 Barneys – Brute Who Ain’t Really a Brute

    • You fared better than I did; I gave-up after the first installment. The heroine was too much for a pushover for me.

      • I was thinking the same thing as Nathan…13 jeez. This ties into my whole sometimes the author just needs to stop already. 13 seems a good stopping point. But then other times I can’t get enough. But even the series that I love I’m ready by then for some gosh dang closure you know. I only made it thru the first book as well.
        Tabitha (Not Yet Read) recently posted…Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

  2. I’m not familiar with a number of these Carmel, I feel out of the loop!!! I have read one of the Dragon Kings book and enjoyed it, I need to get caught up on that series:) Sexy dragons for the win.

    • It was slim pickings this week; I really had to dig deep in order to find titles to feature, so I’m not shocked to hear you say that.

  3. WOW 13 for Kitty? I’ve thought about giving her a try on audio since I love the narrator.
    Jennifer recently posted…Not Your Friendly Ghost! Vision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows

    • I’ve been tempted to do that too, but there are just so many other series that I want to try first. It’s not a priority.

      • I was thinking you tried it and didn’t like it so much. Must have been someone else. I like my library has some of them. I’ll have to look again to see if they have the 1st book on audio. But I have to catch up a few other series 1st.

  4. So many new books! There are several that look really good, Carmel. But I have to be good and stay away from series I haven’t even started yet for a while.

    I think On the Prowl is a nice name for this feature 🙂 I hope you’ll be able to make up your mind!

    Have a great day.
    Lexxie recently posted…Comment Appreciation 2014

    • I keep saying the exact same thing about series, and yet I just started a new one last week. *heads desk* Thanks for your name input!

  5. Not much for me this week, and I’m glad! I need to recover from the Holiday’s
    I voted!
    Lupdilup recently posted…Wolf’s Fall Audiobook by J. D. Tyler (review)

    • There are two audiobooks on my radar next week, so I’m relieved that today was a light post.

  6. I think if you like Fresh Meat the best, you should use it! I think it works well. 🙂
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Review: Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King

    • Thanks! I really like that one too; I’m just worried about stealing other bloggers’ thunder.

  7. Oh man so many great books coming out. The Kerrelyn Sparks series has been one of my favorites.
    Mary Kirkland recently posted…Review: Home Is Where The Heat Is by Amelia James

    • You’re up to date on all of the PNR series that I’m not. No fair!

  8. Thanks for posting these each week!

    I like “on the Prowl” because that is what it seems like I do each week, prowl for new books and deals. 😉
    kindlemom1 recently posted…Review: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

    • Haha! Yes, I know that feeling well. It’s also the title of a werewolf book. 🙂

  9. I use to be so in to the Carrie Vaughn series but I think Kitty Steals the Show was the last one I read so I’m not 3 books behind 🙁
    Danielle Romero recently posted…Coffee Shop Talks #85

    • I never got into it to begin with, and now that it has hit the 13 installment mark I’m not sure if I ever will.

  10. Bounty Hunt looks interesting.
    Sophia Rose recently posted…Review: Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

    • You bet! I don’t normally read graphic novels, but for Armstrong I might make an exception.

  11. I really like Fresh Meat but I understand your hesitation, it would be a bit close to other bloggers’ tags. Blah.

    I voted for Weekly Hunt, because we’re basically hunting at physical stores or online stores every Tuesday. 🙂
    Amber Elise recently posted…[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#52]

    • It’s impossible not too copy other bloggers in some way or another. There are only so many things we can post!

  12. I really like Fresh Meat, but if you’re not happy with the similarities, though, I also like On the Prowl.
    Berls recently posted…Out With The Old & In With The New | September 2014

    • I’m going to think on it a bit more, thanks for your feedback!

  13. I think the only book that’s this week for me is Marked by Sarah Fine, and it’s good because I really need to save money!

    And I voted for On The Prowl because I think it sounds very wolfish and even sexy! 😉
    Pili recently posted…Tell Me Tuesdays #22!!

    • And, of course I missed that one when I put this post together. *sigh*

  14. Wow, I can sigh with relief. I think this is the first week that I don’t feel like I need to have grabby hands. I do hope to catch up soon with my dragons and Donna Grant 😉
    kim { Book Swoon } recently posted…Young Adult Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

    • Wait until you see next week’s post… I hope you got a couple of GC’s for Xmas.

  15. I do like fresh meat
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  16. I always see your new releases and I always think…I’m never going to have time to read all these books! *snickers* And personally I voted for NEW PREY! Love that!!! 😉
    Cristina recently posted…Redeployment by Phil Klay

    • I never come close to reading them all either, Cristina. But, a girl can dream.

  17. Last Tuesday release for the year so I’m not surprised I haven’t heard of any of these except for one or two. I like all the new names, but I had to choose On The Prowl for being a little off the cuff and sexy sounding! Fresh Meat is good too, but it’s a bit too conventional.
    Mogsy recently posted…2015 Audiobook Challenge

    • I had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with enough titles to fill a post. Thanks for your feedback!

  18. I think I’ve only read one of the Kitty books, was surprised there were this many. Voted for On the Prowl but also thought you could combine with Weekly Hunt and just make it Weekly Prowl.
    Kristina D recently posted…End of Year Week ~ Favorites Books 2014

    • I didn’t make it past book 1 either, so yeah, it’s pretty crazy how far along Kitty is. Maybe I’ll just change the name every week until something sticks. LOL!

  19. Gah! More books to add to my wish list. btw, I voted for On the Prowl, which is also the name of the Urban Fantasy anthology featuring the Alpha & Omega prequel. That may be one reason why I’m so fond of it.

    Happy 2015! 🙂
    E.J. Stevens recently posted…Heart of Stone Book Giveaway Winner

    • It’s also the name of a werewolf book by Karen MacInerney that I read back when I first started blogging. Thanks for weighing in!

  20. Oh that’s so tricky! I do like Fresh Meat but you also want something all you. Hrms. I like the Weekly Hunt as well. Really a lot of them would be fun 🙂 Good luck picking!
    anna (herding cats & burning soup) recently posted…We’re THREE!!! Woots & Squees abound!!!!

    • I thought the poll would help me decide, but apparently my followers are just as split as I am. Oh wells.

  21. Thanks for sharing Carmel! I can’t believe Kitty Norville is up to book 13.
    Sharon – Obsession with Books recently posted…My Top 10 of 2014 + Stats!

  22. LOL I love that we’re getting to vote on a name! 🙂 I’m going to have to be good, Carmel, since I’ve put myself on a book buying budget for 2015. But Desires of the Soul and Unexpected Eden are going on my TBR. And seeing Low Midnight made me realize how very far behind I am in the Kitty Norville series!!
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…**#FREE Book Blitz & Giveaway ~ The Darkest Part ~ Trisha Wolfe**

    • I was on a book buying ban all December long, so I am SUPER happy that January is finally here, and that I have GCs to burn. Hehe!

  23. I finally progressed my Kitty Norville series and read Dead Man’s Hand when I was on vacation. It reminded me how much I loved this easy reading werewolf series, so glad to know that it’s still continuing!
    Jeann recently posted…The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Review: Ley line adventure

    • Glad you’re still enjoyed the series, Jeann. I might get back to it one day, maybe even in audio, apparently the narrator is good.

  24. I reviewed Unexpected Eden recently, and I was surprised when I got to the end that I liked it. I’m on a book buying ban all year, so I’ll just have to hope the good ones are at the library!
    Leila recently posted…The Marriage Game by Alison Weir

    • You can’t buy ANY books for TWELVE months!? What are you, INSANE? I hope your library has a better selection than mine.

  25. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire <– Love this title. Makes me laugh =) Can't decide if I want to read Cold Hillside or listen to it.
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    • That’s a winning title for sure. Fortunately, you can usually buy a eBook / audio combo, so you don’t really have to pick one or the other.