Fresh Meat: March 27 to April 2 — 19 Speculative Fiction Releases

Posted March 29, 2016 by Carmel in Fresh Meat / 2 Comments

Urban Fantasy:

Hell of a Ride
Hell of a Ride (Elsewhere #1)
by Yolanda Sfetsos
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]It only takes one spark to start a bushfire…and no one sparks like a demon.




Lavie Grye has everyone fooled into believing she’s over the untimely death of her aunt. Truth is, she’s stuck in struggle town, dealing with bottled up grief by kicking some demonic butt. But when a hot, tempting demon named Saul comes knocking for help, she can’t turn him down.




There’s a high-ranking demonic duke loose on the eastern side of Australia, literally scorching his sigil into the land. Unless he’s stopped, he’ll destroy the world’s intricate network of ley lines.




Lavie and Saul head out on a road trip to the next city Saul thinks the three-headed demon and his crazy conjurer partner will be targeting: Melbourne. Along the way, Lavie discovers the danger burns a path all the way back to a well-hidden family secret. And, with Saul’s help, begins to learn how to be comfortable in her own skin.




That is, if they can defeat the threat, ensure no more safe havens are destroyed-and manage to evade the killing shadows of Saul’s past.




Warning: This book features a feisty demon hunter and a demonically sexy prince, embarking on one hell of a road trip. Buckle your seatbelt-jumping the fire line can get dicey.[/learn_more]


Javelin Rain (Shadow Ops #5)
by Myke Cole
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Javelin: A code denoting the loss of a national security asset with strategic impact.




Rain: A code indicating a crisis of existential proportions.




Javelin Rain incidents must be resolved immediately, by any and all means necessary, no matter what the cost…





Being a US Navy SEAL was Jim Schweitzer’s life right up until the day he was killed. Now, his escape from the government who raised him from the dead has been coded “Javelin Rain.” Schweitzer and his family are on the run from his former unit, the Gemini Cell, and while he may be immortal, his wife and son are not.




Jim must use all of his strength to keep his family safe, while convincing his wife he’s still the same man she once loved. Only what his former allies have planned to bring him down could mean disaster not only for Jim and his family, but for the entire nation… [/learn_more]


The Second Death (Los Nefilim #3)
by T. Frohock
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Save the world, or save his family…




For Diago Alvarez, that’s the choice before him. For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable:




Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon.




And while Diago grows more comfortable not only with his heritage, but also with his place among Guillermo’s Los Nefilim, he is still unsure if he truly belongs amongst them.




In a frantic race to save the future of humanity, Diago is forced to rely on his daimonic nature to deceive an angel. In doing so, he discovers the birth of a modern god—one that will bring about a new world order from which no one can escape.[/learn_more]


Battlestorm (Midgard #3)
by Susan Krinard
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Centuries ago, the Norse gods and goddesses fought their Last Battle with the trickster god Loki and his frost giants. All were believed lost, except for a few survivors…including the Valkyrie Mist, forgotten daughter of the goddess Freya.




But the battle isn’t over, and Mist—living a mortal life in San Francisco—is at the center of a new war, with the fate of earth hanging in the balance. As old enemies and allies reappear around the city, Mist must determine who to trust, all while learning to control her own growing power.




It will take all of Mist’s courage, determination, and newfound magical abilities to stop Loki before history repeats itself.[/learn_more]


Shadowed Blade (Colbana Files #5)
by J.C. Daniels
Urban Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Following the events of EDGED BLADE, Kit Colbana has a whole new agenda. New dangers await her and her friends and it won’t be long before she has to align herself with those she never wanted to face.[/learn_more]



Paranormal Romance:

The Undoing (Call of Crows #2)
by Shelly Laurenston
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]A risk worth taking…




No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.




But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.




Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking! [/learn_more]


Dragon Soul (Black Dragons #3)
by Katie MacAlister
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]NOTHING BURNS HOTTER . . .




Sophea Long knows that escorting her octogenarian client to Europe will be an adventure. Mrs. P has a habit of stealing anything shiny, and the former “hoochikoo dancer” is a lot faster than she looks. But Sophea hadn’t counted on Mrs. P leading her right into the arms of a smoldering, dark-haired stranger who kisses like a dream. If only he’d give up all this nonsense about Sophea being some kind of dragon…




THAN THE FIRE INSIDE




There’s a reason Rowan Dakar is known as the Dragon Breaker. The last thing he needs is to fall for a woman who literally sets him aflame every time they kiss. After all, he has a mission-one that will finally free him of dragonkin for good. He can’t afford to be distracted by the funniest, most desirable woman he’s ever set eyes on. But no prophecy in the world can ever stop true love . . . [/learn_more]


Her Werewolf Hero
by Michele Hauf
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Retrieve the purgatory heart…




A “find and sieze” mission that should have been easy for Retriever Bron Everhart. Except the werewolf had no idea the object would be inside a breathing, beautiful woman. Kizzy Lewis needed the heart to live. But others—even more desperate than Bron’s employers—desired the heart at any cost.




After just one touch, Bron knew he would do anything to protect Kizzy. The only way to truly save her was to journey into Purgatory itself. And for that, he had to hope he could return before she was lost to him forever.[/learn_more]


Immortal Redeemed
by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Paranormal Romance
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Only one woman holds the key to ending a Blood Knight’s eternal life…




Immortal Kellan Ladd has spent centuries looking for the one woman who can put an end to his immortality. But that woman has no idea of her monumental task. Or how much this rebel knight’s attraction to her will complicate his mission.




The leather-clad, Harley-riding stranger was the sexiest man McKenna Randall had ever met. From the minute they touched, she knew they were connected. Now she’s about to find out just how tightly bound they are when they must go head-to-head with a nest of deadly vampires…[/learn_more]



Science Fiction / Fantasy:

The Taxidermist’s Daughter
by Kate Mosse
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard. More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition still holds sway: It is St. Mark’s Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors.




Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermist’s daughter. Twenty-two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollection—a childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House, and the strange spinster who practices her father’s macabre art.




As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found dead—a stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days, snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connie’s mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her father trying to protect her with his silence—or someone else? The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop—a mystery that draws Connie closer to danger . . . closer to madness . . . closer to the startling truth.[/learn_more]


Sawbones (Sawbones #1)
by Melissa Lenhardt
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine’s false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long.[/learn_more]


The Mortal Tally (Bring Down Heaven #2)
by Sam Sykes
Fantasy
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]The heart of civilization bleeds.




Cier’Djaal, once the crowning glory of the civilized world, has gone from a city to a battlefield and a battlefield to a graveyard. Foreign armies clash relentlessly on streets laden with the bodies of innocents caught in the crossfire. Cultists and thieves wage shadow wars, tribal armies foment outside the city’s walls, and haughty aristocrats watch the world burn from on high.




As his companions struggle to keep the city from destroying itself, Lenk travels to the Forbidden East in search of the demon who caused it all. But even as he pursues Khoth-Kapira, dark whispers plague his thoughts. Khoth-Kapira promises him a world free of war where Lenk can put down his sword at last. And Lenk finds it hard not to listen.




When gods are deaf, demons will speak.[/learn_more]



Young Adult:

Cursed ((Beholder #1)
by Christina Bauer
New Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about having Necromancer magick. Who needs to conjure skeletons and sprits when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her powers to speed up chores and scare off suitors.




Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, Elea has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. She decides to embrace her Necromancer powers, train as a magickal assassin, and kill the Tsar… All before his curse kills her. Impossible as it may sound, Elea thinks she has it in the bag, but then everything goes horribly wrong.




That’s when a handsome mage named Rowan steps up to help. Elea wants an ally, but she doesn’t need all the mixed-up feelings that come along with Rowan’s crooked smile.




An assassination mission is no time to fall in love, but Elea’s heart may have other ideas…[/learn_more]


The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)
by Marie Rutkoski
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.




At least, that’s what he thinks.




In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.




But no one gets what they want just by wishing.




As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?[/learn_more]


Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy #3)
by Sally Green
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Nathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralized, constantly pursued by the Council’s Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel’s amulet—an ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in battle.




But the amulet’s guardian—the reclusive and awesomely powerful witch Ledger – has her own agenda. To win her trust, Nathan must travel to America and persuade her to give him the amulet. Combined with the Gifts he has inherited from Marcus, the amulet might just be enough to turn the tide for the Alliance and end the bloody civil war between Black and White witches once and for all… [/learn_more]


Sisters of Salt and Iron
(The Sisters of Blood and Spirit #2)
by Kady Cross
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Lark Noble is finally happy. She’s trying to move on and put the events of the past behind her: the people who avoided her because she talked to the ghost of her dead twin sister, the parents who couldn’t be around her anymore and even the attempt she made on her own life. She finally has friends—people who know her secrets and still care about her—and she has Ben, the cute guy she never saw coming.




Wren Noble is lonely. Unable to interact with the living, she wants to be happy for her sister’s newfound happiness, but she feels like she’s losing her. It doesn’t help that Kevin, the very not-dead guy she was starting to fall for, seems to be moving on.




Then Wren meets Noah, the spirit of a young man who died a century ago. Noah is cute, he’s charming and he makes Wren feel something she’s never felt before. But Noah has a dark influence on Wren, and Lark’s distrust of him drives the sisters apart for the first time in their lives. As Halloween approaches and the veil between the worlds thins, bringing the dead closer to the world of the living, Lark must find a way to stop whatever deadly act Noah is planning, even if it means going through her sister to do so.[/learn_more]


Dark Energy
by Robison Wells
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]WE ARE NOT ALONE




Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing–or no one–has come out.




THEY HAVE ARRIVED




If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching all of this on the news from Miami, Florida. Instead, she’s the newest student at a boarding school not far from the crash site–because her dad is the director of special projects for NASA, and if anything’s a special project, it’s this.




AND THERE’S NO GOING BACK




A shell-shocked country is waiting, glued to televisions and computer screens, for a sign of what the future holds. But when the aliens emerge, they’re nothing like what Alice expected. And only one thing is clear: Nothing will ever be the same again.[/learn_more]


A Tangle of Gold
(The Colours of Madeleine #3)
by Jaclyn Moriarty
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Cello is in crisis. Princess Ko’s deception of her people has emerged and the Kingdom is outraged: The Jagged Edge Elite have taken control, placing the Princess and two members of the Royal Youth Alliance under arrest and ordering their execution; the King’s attempts to negotiate their release have failed. Color storms are rampant, and nobody has heard the Cello wind blowing in months.




Meanwhile, Madeleine fears she’s about to lose the Kingdom of Cello forever. Plans are in place to bring the remaining Royals home, and after that, all communication between Cello and the World will cease. That means she’ll also lose Elliot, now back in Cello and being held captive by a branch of Hostiles. And there’s nothing he can do to help his friends unless he can escape the Hostile compound.




Worlds apart and with time running out, Madeleine and Elliot find themselves on a collision course to save the Kingdom they love, and maybe even save each other.[/learn_more]


Released
Released (The Eternal Balance #3)
by Jus Accardo
Young Adult
[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Jax Flynn’s life just went from bad to worse. He was already sharing his body with a demon named Azirak, but after killing its mate… Well, shit got real. Now the demon has taken control of Jax’s body and everything he cares for is at stake, including Samantha, the girl he loves. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. It’s time Jax showed everyone what he was really made of.[/learn_more]



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2 responses to “Fresh Meat: March 27 to April 2 — 19 Speculative Fiction Releases

  1. Felicia GeekyBlogger ( from thegeekyblogger)

    The Undoing is on the way. Because of Miss Bridgerton was on my device this morning. I already read All Chained UP (I think Jessica will like that one)