Fresh Meat: December 17 to 23 — 6 Speculative Fiction Releases

Posted December 18, 2017 by Carmel in Fresh Meat / 0 Comments

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Urban Fantasy / Mystery / Horror

Tiffany Tsao

The Quest of the quirky Oddfits continues—and this time, beyond the Known World lies something unspeakable…

Two years after Murgatroyd Floyd joined the Quest to understand and catalogue the wonders of the More Known World, the rash-prone, blue-eyed Oddfit starts having doubts about his exploratory skill. And while that’s enough to give his mentor, Ann Hsu, pause, it’s not what’s bringing the Quest to a grinding halt. Blame that on a series of murders that sends Ann and Murgatroyd to a strange new Territory to investigate.

Cambodia-Abscond, awash in shades of red, can drive outsiders crazy. With its vermilion foliage, crimson trees, and garnet soil, it screams carnage. Fitting, considering that its settlers are a shady bunch with catastrophic histories who live in a society where no questions are asked, and the official language is silence.

Fitting, too, that Cambodia-Abscond is where Ann’s recollections of her own nightmarish past seem to come crawling back out of the bloodwood. Apparently, there’s more to the More Known World than Ann and Murgatroyd expected. And if their Quest has a dark side, the two Oddfits have found it.



Romance

Yasmine Galenorn
Can you ever really trust ghosts from your past?

As the mist rolls off the ocean and into Bedlam, October brings with it all manner of haunts and spooks. But the mist doesn’t arrive alone. Fata Morgana returns from the depths of the ocean, bringing with her a message. One of the ancient vampires has risen. He’s coming for Maddy, and he’ll eliminate anybody who stands in his way. Now, the witches wild must band together one more time, if they can keep from destroying each other first.

Reading Order For Bewitching Bedlam Series:
.5: Blood Music
1: Bewitching Bedlam
1.5A: Blood Vengeance
1.5B: Tiger Tails
2: Maudlin’s Mayhem
3: Siren’s Song
4: Witches Wild

Carole Mortimer
Bryn is the 3rd book in USA Today Bestselling and Amazon #1 author, Carole Mortimer’s, NEW paranormal series, DRAGON HEARTS.

Author’s Note: Beware of very sexy alpha dragon shifters on the hunt for their fates mates!

To say Bryn is reluctant when his sister-in-law, Chloe, asks him to act as bodyguard to her friend, is an understatement. As a fifteen-hundred-year-old dragon shifter, very close to becoming feral, he prefers to stay as far away from humans as possible. But none of the Pendragon brothers can resist Chloe when she looks at them with those big blue eyes. Including Bryn.

Tegan doesn’t know what to make of the taciturn grouch her friend Chloe has asked to accompany her to New York as her bodyguard. Yes, Tegan’s ex-boyfriend is being a creepy stalker, and she appreciates Chloe’s concern. But that doesn’t change the fact Chloe’s brother-in-law, Bryn, is rude, arrogant, and totally overbearing.

He’s also hot as hell, and just being around him makes Tegan’s panties wet!

Bryn can’t seem to resist her either, and it isn’t long before the passion between them blazes hot and strong. Even so, Tegan senses he’s hiding something, she just has no idea what that something is.

Can Bryn keep Tegan safe from her ex-boyfriend?

More importantly, should Tegan really allow herself to fall in love with Bryn, a man so intensely sexual neither she nor her heart have any defences against him?

More books by Carole Mortimer:

Dragon Hearts:
NATHANIEL (Dragon Hearts 1)
DERYK (Dragon Hearts 2)
BRYN (Dragon Hearts 3)
DYLAN (Dragon Hearts 4) Coming Soon
More books to come in this series

Regency Sinners Series:
Wicked Torment (Regency Sinners 1)
Wicked Surrender (Regency Sinners 2)
Wicked Scandal (Regency Sinners 3)
Wicked Deception (Regency Sinners 4)
Wicked Captive (Regency Sinners 5)
More books to come in this series

Regency Unlaced Series:
Books 1-9: Series is now complete

Contemporary Knight Security Series – spin-off to Alpha Series:
Books 0.5–6: Series is now complete

Contemporary Alpha Series:
Books 1-8: Series is now complete.

Carole Mortimer has written 230 books, in paranormal romance, contemporary romantic suspense, and Regency. In May 2017 she received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. She is the Recipient of the 2015 Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. An Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author—ever. 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance. She was also recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, for her “outstanding service to literature”.



Science Fiction / Fantasy

Stephen King
“It is just not possible to stop turning the pages” (The Washington Post) of this bestselling classic tale—an epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

“Once, in a kingdom called Delain, there was a king with two sons….”

Thus begins one of the most unique tales that master storyteller Stephen King has ever written—a sprawling fantasy of dark magic and the struggle for absolute power that utterly transforms the destinies of two brothers born into royalty. Through this enthralling masterpiece of mythical adventure, intrigue, and terror, you will thrill to this unforgettable narrative filled with relentless, wicked enchantment, and the most terrible of secrets….

Ada Palmer

The Will to Battlethe third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota seriesa political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity

“A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.

Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.

The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.

The Hives’ façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away.

Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone—Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints—scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.

Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven’t had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

Terra Ignota Series
1. Too Like the Lightning
2. Seven Surrenders
3. The Will to Battle

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.



New Adult / Young Adult / Middle Grade

Pippa DaCosta
“There are no other demons like me.”

Restauranteur, Hollywood socialite, Prince of Pride: Li’el is one of few demons left this side of the veil, and he has every intention of reveling in his new-found freedom.

But being the last demon in Los Angeles means that when mauled and shredded bodies are found within a few blocks of Li’el’s popular Decadent-i restaurant, the list of suspects is a short one.

Add to that the suspicious death of a well-known reporter during one of Li’el’s infamous after-parties, and he soon finds himself wanted for all the wrong reasons.

With the Dark Court gone and his powers waning, Li’el’s reign at the top of the demon food chain could be over. And with the netherworld just a veil away, things can always get worse.

The Prince of Pride is about to discover there’s a new predator in town.

It’s time for the City of Angels to fall.

The demons are back in Chaos Falls, the third and final installment in the Chaos Rises series.



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