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Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Trace of Magic: The Diamond City Magic Novels (Volume 1) by Diana Pharaoh FrancisDiamond City was built in the caldera of a Colorado volcano and began as a mining community when diamonds were discovered. The diamond rush brought not only miners, but eventually families, businesses and, of course, those who prey on them. Crime began with small gangs of thugs, but as the town evolved, so did the criminal element until the Tyet (a criminal alliance of sorts) was formed. Tyet’s influence is felt everywhere and staying below their radar is almost impossible, particularly if one has a special magical talent. Read More »

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria StolarzSeven people are chosen as winners in an essay contest where they have shared their worst nightmare. Six of these people are subscribed to the Nightmare Elf newsletter; a newsletter from their favorite horror movie maker, Justin Blake. One of the winners has received the newsletter for the first time with the contest information in it. She does not really know Justin Blake or any of his movies but the idea of a contest where the winners will face their own fears and meet a famous director appeals to her. The rest of the winners are all huge Justin Blake fans and know all of his work. Their nightmares are all Read More »

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonMaia is an 18 year old half-Elf, half-Goblin prince, although anyone would be hard-pressed to say that he lives a princely life. To cement a political alliance, his Goblin mother had been married to an Elven Emperor and it was a marriage unwanted and unwelcomed by both. When the Emperor learned his wife was pregnant, both mother and child were exiled to a far-away estate, where they lived in more squalor than plenty. As he was the fourth son, there was no hope of succession, so a Read More »

First Bite by Dani Harper

First Bite (The Dark Wolf Series) by Dani HarperJust a few running steps off a cliff and the misery and fear of life to be will be ended for Neva Ross. She doesn’t want to die, but she knows that she can’t live with what she’ll turn into. Unfortunately – or fortunately – for Neva, it just isn’t that easy to die and that is without the interference of Travis Williamson doing everything in his considerable power to keep her alive. Travis was born a Changling and it annoys him to no end that Neva keeps referring to him as a Werewolf. As Read More »

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn FisherMan’s drive to be God-like has led to almost complete extinction of the human race. Whether it was scientific curiosity, greed or power-driven, the experiments with mixing human DNA, insect DNA and animal DNA led to a war that humanity lost. Sanctuary, a small enclave of human survivors, still exists in a foreboding desert wasteland waiting for the day that their creations, the Manti, come to destroy them. It is a precarious existence, but Sanctuary is devoted to retaining as much human knowledge as possible. Read More »

Justice by Jennifer Harlow

Justice (The Galilee Falls Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Jennifer HarlowGalilee Falls is a somewhat normal metropolitan city, although it seems to have a higher number of incidents between superheroes and supervillains than most cities its size. Common wisdom is that supervillains are drawn to the city to test their strength against Justice, the local and renowned crime-fighting superhero. Although Justice always prevails, the super-fights do leave a lot of civic destruction and mayhem in its wake. Things have been quieter since Alkaline, the arch-enemy of Justice, was caught and imprisoned three years ago, but all of that is about to change. Read More »

I Dream of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice

I Dream of Danger: A Ghost Ops Novel (Ghost Ops Novels) by Lisa Marie RiceThe Ghost Ops were a small, elite team of Special Operators who do the ultimate in risky, dirty jobs. Coming from a variety of military branches, each brings exceptional skills, tightly focused determination, and all share a unique background. None have family ties or had any semblance of a normal upbringing. It was this very lack that made them ideal candidates for Ghost Ops because their personal identity is removed from the system – all systems. They no longer exist in the databases of the world and live and work completely undercover and non-existent.
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Blood Games by Chloe Neill

Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires) by Chloe NeillEthan is facing the biggest move of his immortal life, challenging the head of the Greenwich Presidium for leadership. But, as is the case in Cadogan House, that does not seem to be the only thing going on. Murders begin to happen around the city and Merit is called in by her grandfather to help investigate. This assignment will keep her busy while Ethan deals with his bid for head of the GP. However, when outside forces interfere, Merit and Ethan may find themselves fighting for their very relationship, in addition to all the other turmoil happening. Read More »

Wild Things by Chloe Neill

Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires) by Chloe NeillIt is not usually Ethan’s style to run, but with all the turmoil in the city, he feels he has no choice but to do what he feels is best for his House. He and Merit go to the shifters for asylum. However, that presents its own issues when the shifters are attacked while the vampires are in their hands. Read More »

Biting Bad by Chloe Neill

Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires) by Chloe NeillMerit is just trying to adjust to life as a vampire. But in the short time that she has been one, her House, Cadogan, has faced many tribulations. Being immortal is not all it is cracked up to be. When riots begin against the vampires, Merit and Ethan have to track down the source of the discontent. Read More »

House Rules by Chloe Neill

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires) by Chloe NeillMerit would love to be able to spend one day without having to get up and be responsible. But between being Sentinel for the Cadogan House and its master being her lover, it just never happens. The supernatural community always seems to be full of action. In House Rules, Cadogan House is in the process of withdrawing from the GP, the organization which oversees the vampire houses. They hope that to be able to go quietly, but are working to put measures in place in case they cannot. Read More »

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine HarrisManfred Bernardo has just moved into the small town of Midnight, Texas. There does not seem to be much to the town, but someone passing through can find what they need. Gas, a preacher, an occult shop, food and a pawn shop. However, the residents that live in Midnight are a little eclectic. The preacher doesn’t have much to say unless he feels strongly about something, the pawn shop is open late in the night as one of the employees seems to be allergic to daylight. The people who run the gas station have their own secrets. When a former resident turns up dead, the residents will have to work to prove their innocence and protect one of their own from outside forces. Read More »

The Savage Dead by Joe McKinney

The Savage Dead by Joe McKinneyJuan Perez is working for the secret service guarding Senator Rachel Sutton. She has declared war on the Mexican Cartels and designed The International Asset Seizure Act, giving U.S. law enforcement the right by any means to seize all the cartels’ assets and money. This has put at the top of the list for a hit, but she refuses to stay confined and in the background. Read More »

The Demon Mistress by Jordan K. Rose

The Demon Mistress (An Eva Prim Novel) by Jordan K. RoseChrysanthemum “Chryssie” Papadopoulos is married to Stefan, who happens to be the New England Region Master Vampire. You would think, being such important personages, that Chryssie would have lots of friends and a glorious life, but you’d be wrong. She has zero friends and she’s also banned from the werewolf clubs for past misunderstandings that were totally not her fault, plus Stefan won’t let her out of the house without himself or a major guard. He literally uses spells to keep her locked in. Read More »

Prim & Proper by Jordan K. Rose

Prim & Proper: An Eva Prim Novel by Jordan K. RoseChryssie (Eva Prim) Papadopoulos is not a happy vampire. Being married to Stefan, the New England Region Master Vampire, means there are certain obligations she must attend to. But really, how long can vampires drag out their stay during the New Year celebrations? Chryssie thinks they are definitely overstaying their welcome. She has a blog to get back to, plus she’s a little busy still trying to round up the demons she accidentally released from her husband’s book. She’s also trying to find out the identity of the person who posed as her in the past on her blog and said too much. Read More »

Revelation by Erica Hayes

Revelation (Seven Signs) by Erica HayesThere is a plague loose in Babylon, which is what the near future New York is being called. Dr. Morgan Sterling is a junior pathologist doing autopsies, but she is driving herself hard to find a cure for this Manhattan Virus. Morgan places her faith in science, the answer can always be found if one works hard enough. When she opens one of the autopsy bags and finds a dead guy inside with wings she just assumes there’s a plausible reason. Until dead guy’s brother shows up with his own wings. Read More »

A Stranger in Skoria by John Tristan

A Stranger in Skoria by John TristanJason Vale had been in a two-year relationship with Theo. Key word is had, since he has just been dumped. Theo is being magnanimous, telling Jason he can keep living in the apartment since he is taking off for Paris, but he has paid the bills for two months. He shouldn’t feel rushed or anything, but don’t bother calling either.
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Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti

Plague Nation (Ashley Parker) by Dana FredstiAshley Parker and her fellow Wild Cards (people immune to the zombie virus), have finally defeated the undead in her small college town of Redwood Grove. Unfortunately, signs of Walker’s Flu is being seen around the country, which is the precursor for people turning into zombies. Ashley takes it pretty personally when they find out this flu was designed by someone she thought she knew. Read More »

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel by Dana FredstiAshley Parker is a student in the small college town of Redwood Grove. She’s also divorced, in her upper twenties, and dating a much younger fellow student. Ashley had missed the first week of classes due to a bad flu going through town called Walker’s Flu. Luckily she is on the mend since it is really taking its toll on the residents, and causing a rise in the death rate. Unfortunately, these people do not stay dead, but rise again and go in pursuit of flesh to eat. Read More »