Fresh Meat: Dec 27 to Jan 2 — 12 Speculative Fiction Releases

Posted December 29, 2015 by Carmel in Fresh Meat / 2 Comments


Urban Fantasy:

Vendetta (Deadly Curiosities #2)
by Gail Z. Martin
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]The thrilling follow up to the urban fantasy series set in Charlotte, North Carolina.




Someone very powerful is trying to destroy Sorren and everyone he cares about. That puts Cassidy, Teag and Trifles and Folly in the cross-hairs, against an unknown enemy with strong magic and significant resources. Sorren has spent centuries shutting down the plans of powerful immortals, dark warlocks and supernatural creatures, and now he’s got to figure out which of those many enemies is out to get him before they pick off his friends one by one and come after him to finish an immortal vendetta. [/learn_more]


Dead Eye (Tiger’s Eye Mystery #1)
by Alyssa Day
Cozy Mystery
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]For Jack Shepherd, tiger shape-shifter and former soldier, life is heading for a dead end. Dead End, Florida, to be exact. When he learns that he inherited a combination pawn shop/private investigation agency from his favorite uncle, Jack’s first job is to solve his uncle’s murder. Because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.[/learn_more]



Paranormal Romance:

Between a Vamp and a Hard Place
(Midnight Liaisons #5)
by Jessica Sims
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In the wickedly funny spirit of bestselling authors Kerrelyn Sparks and Molly Harper, this sexy paranormal romance features an estate broker and a 600-year-old vampire out for revenge.




Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn’t be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself.




Lindsey travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, and soon discovers more than she (never) bargained for. While digging through the hoarder’s trove that fills every floor, she finds a secret staircase behind a wall that leads to a strange coffin…with an even stranger inhabitant.




Vampire Rand FitzWulf has been in his coffin for 600 years. But now that he’s awake, he’s ravenous, and there’s a delicious-smelling woman with a rare blood type in his basement. Luckily, Lindsey has more to offer than blood: she agrees to travel throughout Europe with Rand to help him get revenge on the one who turned him. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, will the billionaire vampire be overtaken by his thirst for blood—or his thirst for love?[/learn_more]


Smoldering Hunger (Dark Kings #8)
by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]TEMPTING FATE


Darius is back. Edinburg thought it had seen the last of this seductive Dragon King, but that was before Darius found something worthwhile. He just can’t stay away from the impossibly beautiful Dr. Sophie Martin-even though he knows that a passion this strong could prove detrimental…for them both.




CRAVING DESIRE


Sophie tried to forget her encounter with smoking-hot Darius to no avail. He’s in her dreams, tempting her. But her association with Darius catches the attention of another, putting her in mortal danger. . .and Darius, who has vowed to protect her, is her only hope. But can she trust the notorious dragon shapeshifter? The only thing she knows for sure is that she cannot resist him…[/learn_more]


House of Shadows
by Jen Christie
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Torn between two centuries…and two men.




The Great Charleston Earthquake catapults Penrose Heatherton from the 1880s into the present day. Though she’s still residing in Arundell Manor, it’s a very different world…with a differerent man inhabiting the ancestral estate. And this Carrick Arundell is every bit as brooding and intriguing as his ancestor—her former lover—had been.




Scared beyond reason by the new reality and the brilliant man who now lives there, Penrose hides in the mansion’s secret tunnels. Until Carrick finds her, and soon they discover an immense passion. But their days are numbered. When strange things start happening, Penrose realizes she must go back to her own era. For if she can’t close a loophole in time, the man she’s come to love will never exist…[/learn_more]


Captivating The Witch
by Michele Hauf
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Everything Witch makes him wary.




Everything Demon captivates her.





Edamite Thrash is a big, bad, sexy demon overlord with a personal grudge against witches. When fate and a wild, undeniable attraction bind him to Tamatha Bellerose, he must learn how to work as a team to stop a campaign of violence against his kind. But not succumbing to her sensual spell proves infinitely more difficult.




Tamatha is enchanted by all things demon, especially the potent demon boss and his dark past. Now, with evil and a centuries-old curse surrounding them, Tamantha’s only hope is that love—and her unpredictable magic—will be strong enough to save them…[/learn_more]



Science Fiction / Fantasy:

The V’Dan (First Salik War #2)
by Jean Johnson
Science Fiction
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]A thrilling new perspective of the world created in the explosive, national bestselling Theirs Not to Reason Why series. It’s two hundred years earlier—the age of the First Salik War. And the battle against humanity has been engaged.




The V’Dan always believed they were the chosen race, destined to make a mark on the galaxy. For the last few centuries, they had interacted peacefully with other sentient species—save for the Salik. Cold, amphibious, and vicious, the Salik were set on one goal: to conquer every race within their grasp.




Now that the Salik’s ruthless war has begun, the fate of the galaxy is in the hands of two strange companions: Li’eth, a prince under siege—and his rescuer, Jacaranda Mackenzie. A beautiful ambassador from the motherworld, Jackie possesses more than the holy powers of a goddess. She brings a secret weapon—a strange, wondrous, and dangerous new technology that could be Li’eth and Jackie’s last and only hope to save their people from extinction…[/learn_more]


Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard
by Lawrence M. Schoen
Science Fiction
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]An historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds.




In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity’s genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.




To break the Fant’s control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge. Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend’s son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future. [/learn_more]


Ashes of the Tyrant
by Erin M. Evans
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In a direct follow-up to her fourth book in the Brimstone Angels series, Fire in the Blood, Erin M. Evans thrusts her signature character Farideh into a fast-paced murder mystery rife with political intrigue.




In the wake of the war brought on by the Sundering, Farideh’s adopted father Mehen has been called back by the clan that cast him out, and Farideh and Havilar mean to go with him. Just as Mehen confronts the head of his former clan, a clutch of young dragonborn is found in the catacombs, brutally murdered, an infernal summoning circle that looks all-too-familiar to Farideh, nearby.[/learn_more]



Young Adult:

Endure (Defy #3)
by ara B. Larson
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.




When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?[/learn_more]


Thicker Than Water
by Brigid Kemmerer
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]On his own




Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.




Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.




The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.




Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…[/learn_more]


Hear
by Robin Epstein
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Kassandra Black used to get away with things. She was her high school’s anonymous vigilante, exposing bullies and predators. But when she’s expelled for breaking into another student’s car just weeks before graduation, her acceptance to Columbia is revoked.




Now her future depends on behaving herself for the summer at Henley University under the watchful eye of her great-uncle Brian. If she successfully assists him in his HEAR program (Henley Engineering Anomalies Research), and if he puts in a good word for her, she can at least go to college somewhere.




As Kass gets to know the four other HEAR students, she realizes that she overlooked the “Anomalies” part of their acronym. They’ve all been recruited to help Brian run experiments that gauge Extrasensory Perception—including, to her astonishment, Kass herself. But Kass would know if she were psychic; right?[/learn_more]



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2 responses to “Fresh Meat: Dec 27 to Jan 2 — 12 Speculative Fiction Releases

  1. Oh I just recently bought Deadly Curiosities and now there is book two out…and the publisher sent me Between a Vamp and a Hard Place…not read the rest of the series though..sure wish they could send me first in series instead of the middle of one…ugh.