Fresh Meat: Nov 8 to 14 — 23 Speculative Fiction Releases

Posted November 10, 2015 by Carmel in Fresh Meat / 5 Comments

Paranormal Romance:

His Witch to Keep
His Witch to Keep (Keepers of the Veil #2)
by Zoe Forward
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Wanting her was one thing. Keeping her was another…




Serenity Danssaert was already in way over her head. Not even her MI6 training or her powers as one of the seven Pleiades witches is going to save her sister. Then Alexi Jovec shows up. A secret operative working for unknown forces, he’s impossibly sexy and dangerous…and the guy who bailed on Serenity after a red-hot, racy night.




So bonding to him as her destined—the One—is so very wrong.




While Alexi’s need to own Serenity—body, soul, and beyond—is nearly unbearable, it’s also forbidden. He’s the last man who could ever be her destined. Besides, Hades’s right-hand man cannot bond with a chosen Pleiades witch. He may be the one man who can protect her, but she can never be his to keep.[/learn_more]


Wicked Edge (Realm Enforcers #2)
by Rebecca Zanetti
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!




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




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


The Alpha’s Temporary Mate
(Fated Match #3)
by Victoria Davies
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Fated Match has spent centuries pairing supernatural mates together. Witch and matchmaker, Chloe Donovan, takes pride in helping her clients find their happy endings. But when werewolf alpha and millionaire playboy Kieran Clearwater stalks into her office, she may have finally met the one man she can’t help.




Kieran has no intention of finding his mate. Love is a weakness he can’t afford. But with his pack growing more concerned over his single status he, needs to assure them all is well. What better way to do so than to hire a fake girlfriend he can parade around at the annual pack retreat?




Chloe is coerced into becoming the wolf’s temporary mate, but she’s determined to keep their agreement professional. But her seductive partner in crime has other ideas, and his considerable charm makes it difficult for her to keep her eye on the prize. While these two burn hot when they’re together, behind-the-scenes politics work to rip them apart.[/learn_more]


Modern Magic
A Quartet of Fractured Fairy Tales
Anthology
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]What if Cinderella ditched the prince’s ball and sent her fairy godmother to find love in her place?




Suppose a streetwise hero hired to steal an all-powerful Genie (stuck in a flash drive rather than a brass lamp) for a tech company ended up running for his life with the CEO’s gorgeous, intelligent daughter?




Or what if the bed that a certain golden-tressed girl accidentally napped in belonged to the hot and famous middle brother of a notorious boy band?




Can you envision the sparks that might fly if a bitter and downright beastly wheelchair-bound woman propositioned a handsome bookseller to stay with her in exchange for her rare book collection?




This spellbinding anthology features modern and sexy spins on four classic fairy tales that will enchant you by Jennifer DeCuir, Stephanie Cage, Andrea R. Cooper, and Nancy C. Weeks.[/learn_more]


Rise of the Fae (The Society #2)
by Rebekah R. Ganiere
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In a post-virus New World, authentic humans are a hot commodity. And The Society rules.




Neeman has tried everything to overcome the pain of both heartbreak and being forcibly turned into a vampyr. When he meets the headstrong Selene in a nightclub, she could be the change he needs. Her beautiful human-like features stand out among the vamps, and he has no choice but to bring her back to his Tracking Squad’s compound before she gets herself killed.




Charged with stopping a demon invasion, Selene has been sent back to the Earth Realm by the Fae. But en route, she loses the talisman that can keep her darker nature, and her impulses, under control. With Vampires now ruling Earth there are more vices than ever to distract her from her mission. Especially Neeman, whose hard body and piercing gaze awakens a primal desire within her. He’s the only one who can protect her from The Society, and from even darker forces on the horizon…but he can’t protect her from himself. [/learn_more]



Urban Fantasy:

Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)
by Ilona Andrews
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina’s door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.




Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn…and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it’s all in the day’s work for an Innkeeper…[/learn_more]


Crimson Shore (Pendergast #15)
by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Mystery
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]A secret chamber.




A mysterious shipwreck.




A murder in the desolate salt marshes.




A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.




Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.[/learn_more]



Science Fiction / Fantasy:

The Last Faerie Queen
(The Last Changeling #2)
by Chelsea Pitcher
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]A FAERIE REVOLUTION . . .




After risking her life in the mortal world, the faerie princess Elora returns home to incite a revolution. Allied with the Bright Queen, Elora rallies her people for a battle aimed at overthrowing her mother, the Dark Queen. While some question their ability to win, Elora senses victory, knowing she has a secret weapon: Taylor, the human boy she loves, and a motley crew of his school friends, each armed with a skill that can turn the tide of the coming battle.




A MORTAL SACRIFICE . . .




But then Elora’s supporters in the Dark Court turn on her, believing she has forsaken them in favor of humans. When the Dark Queen kidnaps two of her human friends, Elora must mount a daring rescue mission to free them before her mother offers them up as a sacrifice. [/learn_more]


Soundless
by Richelle Mead
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.




For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.




When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.




But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.




Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…[/learn_more]


Six-Gun Snow White
by Catherynne M. Valente
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]A New York Times bestselling author offers a brilliant reinvention of one of the best-known fairy tales of all time with Snow White as a gunslinger in the mythical Wild West.




Forget the dark, enchanted forest. Picture instead a masterfully evoked Old West where you are more likely to find coyotes as the seven dwarves. Insert into this scene a plain-spoken, appealing narrator who relates the history of our heroine’s parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. Although her mother’s life ended as hers began, so begins a remarkable tale: equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, this is an utterly enchanting story…at once familiar and entirely new.[/learn_more]


Ecko Endgame
by Danie Ware
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Winter has come to the Varchinde and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, the cities are falling and the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe.




Betrayed by his own forces, Rhan will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation.




As battle rages round him, Ecko realises that to save the Varchinde, he must face the greatest threat of all – the one that has come from his own world.[/learn_more]


The Shards of Heaven
(The Shards of Heaven #1)
by Michael Livingston
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]The beginning of an epic historical fantasy that rocks the foundations of the ancient world.




Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar’s ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar’s legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history.




Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods—or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.




Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves . . . and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself.




The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.[/learn_more]


Legends and Liars
(The Duellists Trilogy #2)
by Julia Knight
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Legends and Liars is the second book in the Duelist’s trilogy — a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new talents in fantasy.




Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they’ve got quite a reputation. They were once know for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duelist’s Guild for accidentally killing a man they were sworn to protect, it seems everyone wants them dead. Including a dark magician whose plans they recently thwarted…




Now Vocho and Kacha are in the midst of an uneasy truce, not sure whether to trust each other, or anyone else for that matter. What’s more, the sinister magician is rumored to have returned. Now he knows who was behind the failure of his last plan, he’s determined to put a stop to Vocho and Kacha permanently.




And this time, the flash of steel may not be enough to save them.[/learn_more]


Fire Catcher (The Thief Taker #2)
by C.S. Quinn
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Hidden in London is a legendary power. A fabled chest guards secrets more precious than gold.




But in 1666 secrets are deadly, and London is burning…




Charlie Tuesday is the city’s best thief taker. But one case still eludes him, a mysterious key entrusted by the mother he barely knew. The key opens a chest of priceless papers—papers said to hold the dark alchemy of a lost Brotherhood.




As flames ravage the city, the thief taker must track the chest into London’s blackest heart, where smugglers trade and sorcerers conjure. What Charlie begins to unravel is more ancient and powerful than he ever dreamed.




But time is running out and fire is the greatest purge of all.[/learn_more]



Young Adult:

Nirvana (Nirvana Series #1)
by J.R. Stewart
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?




Animal activist and punk rock star Larissa Kenders lives in a dystopian world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the disappearance of her soulmate, Andrew, Kenders finds solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world controlled by Hexagon. In Nirvana, anyone’s deepest desires may be realized – even visits with Andrew.




Although Kenders knows that this version of Andrew is virtual, when he asks for her assistance revealing Hexagon’s dark secret, she cannot help but comply. Soon after, Kenders and her closest allies find themselves in a battle with Hexagon, the very institution they have been taught to trust. After uncovering much more than she expected, Kenders’ biggest challenge is determining what is real – and what is virtual.




Nirvana is a fast-paced, page-turning young adult novel combining elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. Part of a trilogy, this book introduces readers to a young woman who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so. [/learn_more]


Domnall and the Borrowed Child
by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he’d like to retire, he’s the best scout the Sithein court has left.




When a fae child falls deathly ill, Domnall knows he’s the only one who can get her the medicine she needs: Mother’s milk. The old scout will face cunning humans, hungry wolves, and uncooperative sheep, to say nothing of his fellow fae![/learn_more]


Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
by Marissa Meyer
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.




Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.




Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?[/learn_more]


Unforgiven (Fallen #5)
by Lauren Kate
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.




High school can be hell.




Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.




Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.




Tick-tock.




Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.[/learn_more]


The August Five
by Jenna Helland
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In this debut novel, two worlds collide amid clashes of power, honor, and what it truly means to be brave.




Tommy Shore is the son of the most important man on Aeren—a high-ranking politician who wants nothing more than to take away all of the rights of the lower-class cottagers. Tamsin Henry is the daughter of a revolutionary man who has hopes of overthrowing the corrupt politicians, also called the Zunft, the group that holds all the power in this world.




The two sides clash when Tommy rescues Tamsin during the August Rising, a cottager attack organized by a group of rebels known as the August Five. He starts to question the motives of the Zunft and realizes that it will take all of his resolve to stand up to his father and fight for the rights of those who have none.[/learn_more]


Triple Moon
by Melissa de la Cruz
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]From the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End




After they cause a terrible accident at their old high school, twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are sent to live with their “Aunt” Ingrid Beauchamp in North Hampton, on Long Island’s mist-shrouded East End. Because the twins cannot control their powers, their father begs Ingrid to tame them over the summer, before the White Council exiles the girls to Limbo.




Trouble continues to bubble and boil when the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys, who are just as handsome and sexy as their older kin. But all is not as it seems. As Ingrid helps the girls learn to control their magical impulses, Mardi and Molly have just this summer to figure out how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family.[/learn_more]


The Straw King (Dorothy Must Die #0.5)
by Danielle Paige
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Once upon a time, the Scarecrow’s only wish was to have a brain. This digital original novella is the fifth installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and thrilling New York Times bestsellers Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise and follows the Scarecrow after he finally gets his wish.




In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow received the gift of a brain from the Wizard and was appointed the new ruler of Oz. In The Straw King, the Scarecrow’s tale takes a crooked turn when his reign is threatened. With faith in his newfound wisdom shaken, the Scarecrow will turn to anyone who can help—even if others have their own interests at heart.
[/learn_more]


Sugar Skulls
by Lisa Mantchev, Glenn Dallas
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.




Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.




Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together. [/learn_more]


The Trilogy of Two
by Juman Malouf
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Born on All-Hallows-Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk. They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart-shaped locket. They’ve been with Tatty ever since, roaming the Outskirts in the circus caravans, moving from place to place.




But lately, curious things have started to happen when they play their instruments. During one of their performances, the girls accidentally levitate their entire audience, drawing too much unwanted attention. Soon, ominous Enforcers come after them, and Charlotte and Sonja must embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands in hopes of unlocking the secrets of their mysterious past. [/learn_more]



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5 responses to “Fresh Meat: Nov 8 to 14 — 23 Speculative Fiction Releases

  1. I have a dirty, dirty mind, Carmel! Especially this morning, it seems. I totally read the title here as speculative erection releases :O Yup…
    I’ve read Wicked Edge, and really enjoyed it! And Soundless arrived magically on my kindle yesterday, and Clean Sweep will arrive magically tomorrow 🙂 I have to check out some of the others, here, though, as several look great.
    Thanks for sharing.
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