Best of
Urban-Fantasy

2012

The Fever Series


Karen Marie Moning - 2012
    Now in a convenient eBook bundle, here are the five thrillingly sexy novels featuring heroine MacKayla Lane: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever.  Darkfever  When her sister is murdered, MacKayla Lane journeys to Ireland in search of answers. There, she makes a startling discovery: She’s a sidhe-seer, which gives her the rare power to glimpse beyond the realm of Man, and into the dangerous realm of the Fae. As the boundary between the worlds begins to crumble, Mac becomes a target. But her mission is clear: Find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book that contains the key to controlling mortals and Fae alike, before the enemy seizes it.  Bloodfever  In her fight to stay alive, Mac must hunt the Sinsar Dubh—a book of the blackest magic imaginable. Pursued by assassins and surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two powerful men: V’lane, the ancient, immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as seductive as he is dangerous. Faefever  When Mac receives a page torn from her sister’s journal, she is stunned by its desperate contents. Now that Mac knows her sister’s killer is close, she’s on the hunt for revenge. Forced into a precarious alliance with V’lane, the lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul. Dreamfever  When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, Mac is caught in a lethal trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh. Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin into the realm of the Fae, where nothing is as it seems. Shadowfever   In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins to mow a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she trust? But more important, who is Mac? Does an ancient prophecy reveal her destiny? Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.  Includes an electrifying excerpt from Karen Marie Moning’s new novel, Iced.

Hounded, Hexed, Hammered - The Iron Druid Chronicles Bundle


Kevin Hearne - 2012
    In The Iron Druid Chronicles, Atticus O’Sullivan is a folk hero for the twenty-first century, battling legendary beasts, shadowy mystics, and demonic demigods from around the world. Now get Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered all at once in this eBook bundle, a triple dose of mayhem straight out of Hearne’s genre-smashing imagination.  Includes a preview of the fourth book in the series, Tricked, as well as two bonus short stories set in the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles: “Clan Rathskeller” and the eBook exclusive “Kaibab Unbound.”  HOUNDED   Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Tempe, Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time. A handsome, tattooed Irish dude, he looks like he’s about twenty-one years old—actually, he’s twenty-one centuries old and he wields a magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and now Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, and a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.  HEXED   Atticus doesn’t care much for witches, but he’s about to make nice with the local coven when suddenly the witch population in Tempe quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. But with a fallen angel feasting on local students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.  HAMMERED   Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is a blowhard and a bully, and Viking vampire Leif Helgarson has asked his friend Atticus for help taking down this Norse nightmare. As a rule, Atticus generally tries to stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. Soon, though, Atticus and Leif are off to the plane of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

Angels' Flight


Nalini Singh - 2012
    But all is not what it appears to be in her court. In Angels’ Judgment a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all... Plus FIRST TIME IN PRINTIn Angels' Pawn a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless... And NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHEDIn Angels’ Dance an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.

The Monster Hunters


Larry Correia - 2012
    It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit. It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves. Monster Hunter VendettaAccountant turned professional monster hunter Owen Zastava Pitt managed to stop the nefarious Old One’s invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.The Condition is led by a fanatical necromancer known as the Shadow Man. The government wants to capture the Shadow Man and has assigned the enigmatic Agent Franks to be Owen’s full time bodyguard -- which is a polite way of saying that Owen is monster bait.  Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous.Monster Hunter AlphaEarl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he’s also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. When darkness falls, the final hunt begins, and the only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger’s stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead.

Gunmetal Magic


Ilona Andrews - 2012
    After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is to try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend Kate Daniels.When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda and Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate…and must work with Raphael. As Andrea’s search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, she knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a back seat to saving the world…

The Mark of Athena Excerpt


Rick Riordan - 2012
    Exclusive Excerpt from chapter 10 from The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three: The Mark of Athena

Magic Dreams


Ilona Andrews - 2012
    But something has come over him--a magic force currently residing in one of the Pack's headquarters. Were-tigress Dali Harimau has always wished she could get Jim's attention--but now he needs her help. Stricken with a magic-sickness, Jim needs Dali's flair for magic. And to save him, she must challenge a powerful, dark being to a battle of wits. Includes an excerpt of Ilona Andrews's upcoming novel in the world of Kate Daniels, Gunmetal MagicMagic Dreams originally appeared in the anthology Hexed.

Building From Ashes


Elizabeth Hunter - 2012
    But tragedy rips his world apart, causing him to question everything about his eternity. Brigid Connor has known about the immortal world since vampires rescued her from a harrowing childhood, but not even their vast elemental power can save her from the demons that torment her. Are they stronger together? Or will Carwyn and Brigid's love bring the delicate power balance of the Elemental World crashing down? BUILDING FROM ASHES is the first book in the Elemental World series.

Guilty Gucci


Ashley Antoinette - 2012
    They're the talk of D.C. for their daring robberies and fly gear. And their latest caper is penned by Ashley Antoinette (of Ashley & JaQuavis) at her sultry, streetwise best.When the innocent, na�ve Gucci recognizes ringleader Sunny Raegan during a holdup, that's her "in" with the Bandits. Knowing she's got a lot more beauty than brains, Gucci sees the gang as her meal ticket. More likely, they'll be her ticket to the morgue!The Bandits may be lawless, but they play by a few simple rules: Get in and get out. . .shoot first and ask questions later. . .never leave without the money. . .and innocent people don't get hurt. But it's only a matter of time before all these rules get broken--and that's when Gucci gets caught!If there's one thing a girl needs, it's a little help from her friends. But her "friends" have skipped town without giving her a second thought. And Sunny is distracted by her new baby and her violent ex-lover. So Gucci's on her own. She's on trial for her life, and she must decide whether to snitch on the girls--or take the fall all by herself. Whichever she chooses, it may be her death sentence.

Angels' Dance


Nalini Singh - 2012
    Yet, born unable to soar into flight, she has spent thousands of years trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge, her heart encased in painful loneliness...until the arrival of Galen, warrior angel from a martial court.Rough-edged and blunt, Galen is a weapons-master at home with violence, a stranger to the sweet words it takes to woo a woman--but he is also a man determined to claim Jessamy for his own, to dance with her through the skies denied her for so very long...even if their exhilarating passion proves as dangerous as the landscape of war and unrest that lies before them.Angels' Dance previously appeared in the anthology, Angels' Flight.

Call of the Hunt


Patricia Briggs - 2012
    But Anna’s an Omega: She has the rare ability to calm others of her kind. And one of the most powerful weres in the country aims to make her his mate....Hunting Ground: As enforcer for his father, leader of the North American werewolves, Anna’s mate, Charles Cornick, faces regular opposition. So his reputation makes him suspect #1 when an opponent from the Old World is struck down. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer—or Charles will take the fall.Fair Game: In Boston to help the FBI on a serial killer case, Charles and Anna quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves—all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind, and they have put themselves dead in the killer’s sights....

Once Burned


Jeaniene Frost - 2012
    Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...He's the Prince of Night...Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Have Stakes, Will Travel


Faith Hunter - 2012
    “Signatures of the Dead” tells the story of the vampire massacre that made Jane Yellowrock a household name.And in “Cajun with Fangs,” Jane makes a new friend who turns out to have old enemies, and finds herself drawn into a vicious blood feud, fueled by dark magic and ancient grudges.

To Have and To Code


Debora Geary - 2012
    Hacking Nell's online gaming world is going to get him a lot more than he bargained for.A prophecy says they will make babies together – but when it comes to the love life of a modern witch and a hacker, prophecy might not get a vote.

Two Ravens and One Crow


Kevin Hearne - 2012
    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods.Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon—and he must also leave his sword. The Morrigan has always taken extreme pleasure in pronouncing the Druid’s mortal danger and imminent doom, so the fact that she won’t reveal the purpose of their journey makes him very nervous. Of course, any time the Celtic Chooser of the Slain drops in unannounced, it’s never good. When she does let slip that she’ll be saving his life in the near future, Atticus is left to wonder . . . will he soon be giving his legions of enemies something to crow about?Includes a preview of Kevin Hearne’s highly anticipated new novel in The Iron Druid Chronicles, Trapped!

Werewolves


Kelley Armstrong - 2012
    Elena is leading the normal life she has always dreamed of, including a stable job as a journalist and a nice apartment shared with her boyfriend. As the lone female werewolf in existence, only her secret midnight prowls and her occasional inhuman cravings set her apart. An erotically charged thriller, Bitten will awaken the voracious appetite of every reader. Book Two: Stolen Vampires, demons, shamans, witches--in Stolen they all exist, and they're all under attack. An obsessed tycoon with a sick curiosity is well on his way to amassing a private collection of supernaturals, and plans to harness their powers for himself--even if it means killing them. For Elena, kidnapped and imprisoned deep underground, separated from her Pack, unable to tell her friends from her enemies, choosing the right allies is a matter of life and death. Meet other supernaturals--Paige, Savannah, Eve--who go on to play significant roles in the Otherworld series. Book Three: Beginnings Originally released as a novella in Tales of the Otherworld, this prequel to Bitten tells the story of how Clay met Elena. He was a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, reluctant to leave Jeremy and the rest of the Pack in upstate New York. She was a gifted student struggling to make ends meet and coping with significant early trauma. He needed a research assistant; she needed a job...

Dead Flesh


Tim O'Rourke - 2012
    Returning to Hallowed Manor, Kiera soon learns that it’s not only the world that has changed, she is changing, too. Asked to help solve the murder of missing school teacher, Emily Clarke, Kiera and her friends soon discover that they are now living in a world where humans and wolves live together, sharing a fragile peace. But during her investigations, Kiera soon discovers that the world is now a much darker and dangerous place than the one she left behind.“Dead Flesh” is Book One in The Kiera Hudson Series Two. This is a Young Adult novel, recommended for ages sixteen years and up.“Kiera Hudson - Dead Angels” Book Two, coming soon!

The Cain Chronicles, Episodes 1-4


S.M. Reine - 2012
    But she's feeling kind of confused. Her boyfriend, Seth, has been away at college, and her feelings for his brother, Abel, have been growing as they run the pack together.Everything gets a lot more complicated when someone sends her a silver bullet and a threatening message. It throws her into a deadly battle with enemies old and new, which is only slightly less perilous than the battle inside her heart. Sooner or later, she's going to have to choose: will she marry Seth, or follow her feelings for Abel?This is a collection of the first four episodes of The Cain Chronicles: New Moon Summer, Blood Moon Harvest, Moon of the Terrible and Red Rose Moon. If you've read episodes 1 to 4 before, there's nothing new here.

In Sea-Salt Tears


Seanan McGuire - 2012
    Elizabeth was the daughter of two Selkies, you see, and she had just been passed up for a skin. But then a mysterious cousin who calls herself Annie appears, and Elizabeth finds other things to think about...It can be easy to forget that worlds don't wait for heroes before they begin. It can be easy to forget that things happened before the lights came up and the story started. This is one of those things that happened: this is one of those tales that slipped through the cracks. It is the story of a girl named Elizabeth, and a girl named Annie, and what they were to one another, in the sight and sounding of the sea.Maybe it isn't fair. But fairy tales never really are.

Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 2


Kelley Armstrong - 2012
    Narrated by Derek.Facing Facts (short story set after The Reckoning), Tori discovers who her father is, and Chloe deals with a vengeful ghost. Narrated by Chloe. Appearing in Enthralled

Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned, Volume 3: The Scoundrel


Laurell K. Hamilton - 2012
    As things come to a head at the Circus of the Damned, Anita learns some unfortunate news from Jeane-Claude about the new, ultra-powerful vamp in town, Alejandro. But these days, there are so many balls in the air, that it's hard to keep all the different players straight. But when Anita is summoned to see Master Vampire, Mister Oliver, even she can't predict the surprise that awaits her.COLLECTING: ANITA BLAKE: CIRCUS OF THE DAMNED--THE SCOUNDREL 1-5

Angel's Wolf


Nalini Singh - 2012
    Noel has been promoted, but in the Guild Hunter world that's not always as positive as it sounds. And now that he's working with the beautiful, dangerous, seductive Nimra there are a whole host of new risks he has to contend with... Nimra is drawn to the mysterious Noel, sent to her by an angel, defiant and intense and oh-so-intriguing. Is their an alliance to be forged between them, or is it a matter of time before one of them becomes the others prey ...This is a compelling, sexy addition to the Guild Hunter universe.

Forbidden


Kelley Armstrong - 2012
    Then he wakes naked in the woods, surrounded by wolf tracks and a ring of suspicious cops. The situation only gets worse when he’s bailed out by Alpha-elect Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers, her terrifying enforcer and mate. Disappointed that such a promising young werewolf risked exposing them, Elena isn’t expecting anything from the pesky retrieval job except some much-needed alone time with Clay. Instead, she finds a different kind of evil stalking the streets and forests of Westwood, New York. Trapped in town by a snowstorm and sabotage, Elena, Clay and Morgan must find the mysterious threat before it sets its sights on them.

Irregulars


Nicole Kimberling - 2012
    It polices relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, enforcing immigration laws, the transfers of magical artifacts, and crimes against humanity.The agents who work for the NATO Irregular Affairs Division can’t tell anyone what they do, or how hard they work to keep us safe. It brings a colorful collection of men together:Agent Henry Falk, the undead bum. Agent Keith Curry, former carnivore chef turned vegetarian; Agent Rake, Babylonian demon with a penchant for easy living; and Agent Silas August, uncompromising jerk.Four cities, four mysteries, four times the romance. Is your security clearance high enough to read on?

Chaotic


Kelley Armstrong - 2012
    Kelley Armstrong returns to the Otherworld with "Chaotic," where a half-demon tabloid journalist's boring date is saved...by a supernatural explosion? She's off to save the day—if only her less-than-stellar date wouldn't tag along! Luckily, the intriguing, infuriating, and just plain sexy werewolf/jewel thief Karl Marsten also appears.

Dark Swan Bundle: Storm Born, Thorn Queen, Iron Crowned & Shadow Heir


Richelle Mead - 2012
    No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants. . . Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she's also become queen of the Thorn Land. It's hardly an envious life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one--except Eugenie--seems willing to find out why. New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead takes readers back to the Otherworld, an embattled realm mystically entwined with our world--and ruled by one woman's dangerous choice. . .Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear. . .#1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead returns to the Otherworld, a mystic land inextricably linked to our own--and balanced precariously on one woman's desperate courage . . .Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld. . .

Kelley Armstrong Otherworld Story Bundle


Kelley Armstrong - 2012
    Contents include:AngelicCounterfeit MagicHidden

The Psy-Changeling Series Books 1-5


Nalini Singh - 2012
    Human-animal shifters reviled for their passionate natures. Hostility simmers between them—along with hidden, hunger—in the stunning Psy-Changeling novels. Discover tpassionate he first five books in the series that introduced the New York Times bestselling author who Christine Feehan called "a major new talent."Slave to SensationVisions of HeatCaressed by IceMine to PossessHostage to Pleasure

Betrayed


D.B. Reynolds - 2012
    It can take you to soaring heights; and it can leave you bleeding in the wreckage. Loyalty, the thing which binds a Vampire Lord to his children for eternity ... unless it rots from within, birthing hatred. Betrayal, it comes in many forms and from many sources ... love ... loyalty ... betrayal. War has come to the North American vampires, and Vampire Lords are reaching across territorial lines to strengthen allies and weaken enemies. The most powerful Lord of them all, Raphael, could change the course of the war and determine who raises the final banner of victory. But at what price? And will his mate, Cyn, be the one to pay it?

No Dominion


C.E. Murphy - 2012
    Then shaman Joanne Walker climbed into the back seat of his cab, and since then, Gary has trifled with gods, met mystics, slain zombies and ridden with the Wild Hunt. But now he must leave Joanne’s side to face a battle only he can win. Because as their long battle against a dark magic-user races toward its climax, it becomes clear that it was not illness that took Annie’s life, but their enemy’s long and deadly touch. Though lovers be lost, love shall not, and death shall have NO DOMINION. A Walker Papers Collection.

The Rook


Daniel O'Malley - 2012
    With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own. In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

Angels' Judgment


Nalini Singh - 2012
    Sara and Deacon are Guild Hunters, their life's work is catching and capturing - or killing - rogue angels. It's dangerous work and sometimes life or death decisions must be made in a moment. And when a judgement has to be made, should love be allowed to get in the way . . . ?

A Witch Central Wedding


Debora Geary - 2012
    This is a short read, about the length of two chapters in my series books. Not a short story, really - more like a snapshot. The chance to share in an important moment in the lives of your favorite witches.This should be read between A Reckless Witch and A Nomadic Witch. Enjoy the wedding!

Ice Shards


Yasmine Galenorn - 2012
    Finnish house sprite Iris Kuusi has fallen in love again. But she is carrying a dark secret. Now, she must journey to the frozen Northlands to confront the shadow of her former lover who haunts her dreams, and to discover, once and for all, whether she actually committed the horrible crime for which she was cast out. Only by breaking a curse she’s been under since her youth, can she free herself to embrace the love waiting for her at home. Includes a preview of Haunted Moon, the new Otherworld novel. "Ice Shards" previously appeared in the anthology Hexed.

Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots


Seanan McGuire - 2012
    But when you had once been Velveteen, child super-heroine and one of The Junior Super Patriots, West Coast Division, you were never going to be free, even if your only power was to bring toys to life. The Marketing Department would be sure of that.So it all came down to this. One young woman and an army of misfit toys vs. the assembled might of the nine members of The Junior Super Patriots, West Coast Division who had come to take her down.They never had a chance.Velveteen lives in a world of super-heroes and magic, where men can fly and where young girls can be abducted to the Autumn Land to save Halloween. Velma lives from paycheck to paycheck and copes with her broken-down car as she tries to escape from her old life.It's all the same world. It's all real. And figuring out how to be both Velveteen and Velma is the biggest challenge of her life, because being super-human means you’re still human in the end.Join us as award-winning author Seanan McGuire takes us through the first volume of Velveteen's — and Velma's — adventure.

Salsa Nocturna: Stories


Daniel José Older - 2012
    A half-resurrected cleanup man for Death's sprawling bureaucracy faces a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses and his own ghoulish bosses. Gordo, the old Cubano that watches over the graveyards and sleeping children of Brooklyn, stirs and lights another Malaguena. Down the midnight streets of New York, a whole invisible universe churns to life in Daniel Jose Older's debut collection of ghost noir.

Closer


Dannika Dark - 2012
    Not until the night he took a life.A secret society of immortals lives within the human world. Kane is one of them--a Sensor who experiences emotional energy through touch. But despite his good looks and easy-going personality, Kane lives a solitary life. Unlike other Sensors, he is unnaturally hypersensitive.Touch brings pain.Fate throws a curveball when a woman's life is placed in his hands. Kane is suddenly faced with making a choice, and each comes with a consequence that will wreck him forever. Time is not on his side.Will she be his salvation, or his ruination?Closer is a stand alone novella that is based in the same world of the Mageri series, but is not part of the Mageri series.

Shadowland


Karen Chance - 2012
    It should be read after "A Family Affair".* Contains spoilers for the first four Cassandra Palmer books.

The Chosen Box Set


Denise Grover Swank - 2012
    Everything's about to change when a mysterious stranger offers his help.CHOSEN--Emma will do anything to protect her precognitive son Jake, even accept help from Will, a stranger with a dark past. But Will's been hired to deliver Emma to a powerful group. Even though the job screams trouble, nothing prepares Will for Jake's declaration: Will is The Chosen One, prophesied protector of Emma.HUNTED--As the trail to find Jake grows cold, Will realizes that Emma is displaying supernatural abilities of her own. When they search her past, they find few answers until Raphael shows up and offers information. But it comes at a price Emma is unwilling to pay. SACRIFICE--Raphael insists that he is the only one who can help Emma save her son, but he's dangerous. Emma begins to wonder if there's someone else who can help her: WaterREDEMPTION (The Chosen #4) released October 10, 2012Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She writes urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves. She also writes romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.You can find out more about Denise and her other books at denisegroverswank.com or email her at denisegroverswank@gmail.com

Vampires in America: The Vignettes, Volume 1


D.B. Reynolds - 2012
    B. Reynolds come nine stories of seduction and intrigue set in her Vampires in America universe. Note: This is a 122 page compilation of SHORT STORIES, not a full-length novel.For the first time in print … The Vampire Vignettes, originally appearing on D. B. Reynolds’ blog, some of the Vignettes are mere glimpses of life between the books, sensual interludes from New Year’s Eve on the beaches of Malibu, to love in a penthouse over Manhattan. Others continue the stories told in the books, including a challenge fought on a snowy night in Montreal. And all of them take the reader behind the scenes with the author’s ultimate alpha Vampire Lords and their beautiful and independent mates. And Never Before Published – Two brand new, full-length short stories. You Belong To Me follows Duncan and his mate Emma as they consolidate power in his new territory, while generating plenty of heat in private. And then it’s time for The Wedding, as readers join Rajmund and Sarah for their big weekend ... and Cyn’s girls-night-out bachelorette party. Unfortunately, some local kidnappers have other plans, and Cyn and Sarah will have to outwit their abductors before Raphael and Raj start hunting, and the entire wedding is ruined!Be aware! There is sex in these stories. And we wouldn’t have it any other way! Enjoy.

The Hunter and The Hunted


Kelley Armstrong - 2012
    Luckily something even better comes up: a real celestial bounty-hunter mission to trail a shaman, someone who might prove to be a useful lead in Kristof’s court case. Following the target goes smoothly, until he leads Eve to the British Museum, where she inadvertently steps into a secret dimensional passage and stumbles upon a far more enticing puzzle . . . and a much greater danger.This collection also includes Stalked (Otherworld #7.3), previously printed in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon.It’s not a good sign when Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers resort to everyday activities on their long-awaited honeymoon in St. Louis. But their encroaching boredom is about to take a backseat to an unexpected threat that catches Clay’s attention. A non-pack werewolf is clearly stalking them—out to claim Elena for himself—and Clay has no intention of letting the upstart mutt spoil their romantic getaway, even if that means deceiving Elena as he pursues the rival werewolf on his own.Includes an exclusive early look at the first seven chapters of Thirteen, the Otherworld series finale coming July 24, 2012.

Tanya: Princess of the Elves


Larry Correia - 2012
    Will Tanya ever realize her dream of becoming a Hunter? Why do orcs like talk radio? Why won’t bacon stay crispy in milk? FIND OUT!

The Soulkeepers Box Set


G.P. Ching - 2012
    P. Ching's bestselling Soulkeepers Series, books 1-3 will sweep you away on an adventure of good vs. evil, with plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very last page. This bundle includes the following novels:THE SOULKEEPERS (Book 1)When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him.WEAVING DESTINY (Book 2)Malini Gupta thought Jacob Lau was her destiny. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. And it doesn't help that a new Soulkeeper named Mara is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob's love.When Malini faces her worst fears, and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny. Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers.RETURN TO EDEN (Book 3)Dr. Abigail Silva has waited over 10,000 years for redemption and a chance at a real relationship with the angel she loves.  But when you're made from evil itself, it's hard to remember if salvation is worth the wait. With Lucifer's plan coming to fruition, she must decide if God's offer of humanity is all it's cracked up to be, or if a deal with the devil is the more promising solution.

Awakening: Ava Delaney Vol. 1


Claire Farrell - 2012
    Thirst:Ava Delaney calls herself a hybrid - a living, breathing human who happens to have vampire poison running through her veins. The only thing greater than her thirst for human blood is her capacity for guilt. She does her best to avoid the human world, for everyone's sake.When Ava accidentally enslaves a human while saving him from a vampire, she realises she has to look for help setting him free. Despite her misgivings, she expands her world but finds herself dragged into a possible vampire civil war. With the help of some new friends with ambiguous loyalties, she tries to find a way to keep her human, and herself, alive.Taunt:All Ava wants to do is forget about the vampires, but they won’t leave her alone. Between her failing business, angry landlord, disloyal friends, and vampire stalkers, life is starting to feel pretty stressful. When Ava finally deals with her biggest problem, she is caught up in the chain of events it triggers and taken along a path she can’t escape from.Ava has to figure out what exactly is her biggest threat: the humans, the vampires, the Council—or her true heritage.Tempt:There’s a monster running around Dublin, and it’s up to Ava to catch it. The pressure’s on, and she’s becoming as cynical as Peter. But when a demon marks her friend, and a possible threat from England spells war, Ava’s left with a huge choice to make. The lives of one or many.With a little help, Ava has the chance to win all of her battles… if the darkness doesn’t take her over first.Volume one contains approx. 170,000 words.

Mythos Academy Bundle: First Frost, Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost & Dark Frost


Jennifer Estep - 2012
    It's called psychometry – that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys. My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy--to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school – Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same. . . Touch of FrostMy name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy -- a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died...Kiss of Frost Logan Quinn was trying to kill me. My Spartan classmate relentlessly pursued me, swinging his sword at me over and over again, the shining silver blade inching closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes practially glowed with the thrill of battle. . .I'm Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, and I have no idea how I'm going to survive the rest of the semester. One day, I'm getting schooled in swordplay by the guy who broke my heart--the drop-dead gorgeous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invisible archer in the Library of Antiquities decides to use me for target practice. And now, I find out that someone at the academy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I'm afraid if I don't learn how to live by the sword--with Logan's help--I just might die by the sword. . .Dark FrostI've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me--again.Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects--and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me--and I'm in for the fight of my life.

Knives and Sheaths


Nalini Singh - 2012
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Long Ride Home


Elizabeth Hunter - 2012
    Welcome to Cambio Springs.In this small desert town, secrets bubble up from the desert floor, and history is written on the canyon walls. Seven friends will gather at the crossroads, because in Cambio Springs, everything—and everyone—changes.Jena Crowe escaped the Springs ten years ago. Now, she’s heading home with two boys to start a new life. With her husband’s ghost keeping her company on the road, Jena will learn that moving back and moving backward aren’t necessarily the same thing, and sometimes the places you try to escape are exactly where you need to fall.Three nights to say goodbye. Three days to come to grips with the future. For Jena and her two sons, it’s going to be a long ride home.Long Ride Home is a short story of approximately twenty-five pages.

Emergence


Denise Grover Swank - 2012
    The life she’d always wanted as a child—a loving mother and financial security. But another “incident” had has led to Jake’s expulsion from his second daycare center in two weeks, and now her accounting job with a high profile commercial firm is on the line. Soon Emma wishes losing her job was her only worry when it becomes evident that someone is not only watching her, but is determined to make contact with her son, forcing her to make the biggest decision of her life.

The Sidekick Chronicles


Stacey Rourke - 2012
    Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a...sidekick. Sidekicks...ya can't live with 'em and you'd probably die horribly without 'em.

Imp


Debra Dunbar - 2012
    No matter where she hides, even deep in the swamplands, her siblings eventually find her and hurt her, ripping off her scales and slicing her wings. Many demons don’t live to adulthood. Only the strong survive. And the clever.Survival isn’t looking probable for Az, with eldest brother, Paquit, determined to rip her to shreds at every opportunity. When her other brother, Dar, proposes a trip through the angelic gates into the land of the humans, she jumps at the chance. Finally, a fun adventure safe from Paquit’s cruelty and attacks. Or maybe not.Imp is a prequel novella to the Imp Series. It features the demon Samantha Martin as a juvenile, before she became Sam – a kind of young adult story for demons.

Thread of Death


Jennifer Estep - 2012
    Gin goes to Mab's funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland's most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab.

Proxy


P.S. Power - 2012
    He was Infected.Doomed to be hated and reviled for simply existing. A monster. But Brian is special, a rare Infected person willing to fight for those that can't, not uncontrolled or insane. In fact, thanks to his power of taking the place of those about to die and the bizarre overriding sense of self-sacrifice he suddenly develops, he doesn't really get a choice in the matter.Now he has to either fight for the IPB - a government organization designed to contain the Infected threat - or end up lobotomized, living the rest of his days in a psych ward.In the end though, he knows there's only one real option: save all he can.Even if it kills him.Because the world is about to change, and the only thing standing between the lives of millions and certain death, is one man with the unlikely power to take a victim's place, when there is no other hope left.

Patricia Briggs' Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf # 1 of 4


Patricia Briggs - 2012
    Now, Anna has caught the eye of a powerful Alpha wolf, who recognizes her true value as a member of the pack. What will happen when Alpha and Omega come together? Cry Wolf is the latest series of supernatural adventure by New York Times best selling fantasy author Patricia Briggs. Set in the same world as her popular Mercy Thompson novels, it's sure to be a hit with fans old and new!

Dog Boys


Charles de Lint - 2012
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Small Shen


Kylie Chan - 2012
    Readers will be thrilled to discover the events leading up to John Chen and Emma Donahoe′s story in this wonderful prequel.Shown through Queenie Chan′s stunning illustrations and comics, the story follows the stone spirit Gold′s entertaining adventures throughout history. His escapades include seducing a dragon princess, attempting to steal one of the Tiger′s wives, making bets with demons, and working for the Blue Dragon of the East.Eventually, as a result of his crimes against Heaven and his constant philandering, Gold is ordered to join the household of Xuan Wu, the Dark Lord of the Northern Heavens. Xuan Wu is also known as John Chen, a Hong Kong businessman.The story then follows Gold and Jade -- the dragon princess - in contemporary Hong Kong. The two small shen must help guard John Chen′s beloved human wife and baby daughter from demon attack. John Chen is vulnerable to attack while living on Earth, but his family are in the most danger of all...SMALL SHEN is a unique piece of work for fans of Kylie Chan to treasure, but also a fantastic introduction to this gripping series.

Flicker


Melanie Hooyenga - 2012
    She takes advantage of flickering by retaking Trig tests, fixing fights with her boyfriend (or reliving the making up), and repeating pretty much anything that could be done better. Trouble is, flickering makes her head explode from the inside. Or feel like it anyway.No one knows about her freakish ability and she’s content to keep it that way. Guys don’t stick around because she refuses to let them in, but all that changes when Cameron, her best friend, starts looking oh-so-yummy. Suddenly she’s noticing his biceps, his smile, and the cute way his eyes crinkle when he—gah! This is her friend!But the butterflies come to a screeching halt when little girls start disappearing, then take a nosedive when the police link the kidnappings to Cameron’s sister, who vanished years earlier. As the police grasp for clues, Biz photographs a strange man lurking in the shadows and realizes that her flickering can help more than just herself.

Warders: Volume Two


Mary Calmes - 2012
    Most... but not all. These few who stand against the darkness are the Warders, men who fight demons and square off against all kinds of creatures from the pit with only their brothers-in-arms and their lovers-their Hearths-to strengthen them in the unending battle of good versus evil. Sinnerman (June 2011), Nexus (October 2011), and Cherish Your Name (December 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

Monster of the Week


Michael Sands - 2012
    There are monsters out thereAnd you are mean enough, smart enough, crazy enough, or hurt enough, to fight them.Maybe you'll defend your hometown from evil.Maybe you'll take to the road and hunt them down.Maybe you have magic powers to fight with.Maybe your name appears in an ancient prophecy.One thing's for sure.You aren't going back to your old, safe life.Monster of the Week is an action-horror roleplaying game for 3-5 people.

Velveteen vs. Everything


Seanan McGuire - 2012
    Sweet, smart, and totally marketable, with a power that lent itself well to the kiddie market, she seemed destined to be one of the company's most enduring properties...right up until the day she walked out on the hero world, choosing to return to a civilian life. The reasons are still coming out. More importantly, the Marketing Department is still trying to get her back.

Abominations


P.S. Power - 2012
    and you survived?When it happens to Gwen Farris, she knows what to do without a doubt. Find the would be killers and stop them, before they can do it again. Stabbing a girl in the heart can be taken a little personally after all.The only problem is that she finds herself in a different world, one of industrial magic and steampunk style, a place both more polite, and unimaginably harsh, than the one she left behind.Thanks to her new friend, Constabulary Detective Bethany Westmorland, Gwen just might be able to make it in this strange place she'd never even dreamed could exist.But it will take everything she can bring to play, and more, before it's done.

Lynn's Rules


C.R. Daems - 2012
    Good medical plan provided. Because surviving the training program to graduation was dangerous, even the first challenge to gain entrance could get you killed. But training was the easy part. Staying alive afterward was the hard part. Kazaks guarded individuals whose lives were deemed critical to the security of the United States. These individuals attracted fanatics and the best professional Assassins money could buy—Liars who could tell lies you believed, Ghosts who could become nearly invisible, and Illusionists who could appear to be anyone, among others. But Lynn wanted no other life—the Kazak Guardians gave her life purpose. She had grown up in the foster care system, neglected and abused, at the mercy of people who didn’t care. Even when she finally ran away, her freedom wasn’t the renewal she had hoped. So when a friend told her about a unique organization that trained individuals to protect VIPs, she knew it was the life for her. She survived years of training and five deadly challenges to become a Kazak Guardian, and entered a world of extremists and assassins, where each assignment became a deadly contest between Kazak and assassin, with the prize the life of the VIP. In spite of the danger, she enjoyed every assignment with its interesting people, new environments, challenges, and best of all, the occasional opportunity to pretend to be someone other than a Kazak—a tiger in tabby garb.

Breaking the Nexus


Lindsay Avalon - 2012
    Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide. The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.*** Warning this book contains two graphic sex scenes featuring a sexy detective ***

Gray Line


Windstar and Zee - 2012
    Among the dead is a demon -- one of many unleashed during World War II by Hitler's misguided efforts to harness the powers of the dark side. But one of the family members (a daughter) is missing. Maggie Quinn, the detective assigned to the case, enlists the help of the alluring Dianna Theron, a half-human half-demon bar owner who specializes in one-night stands, to search for the missing girl, who has a dark secret of her own.This original piece of fiction was voted as 2012 Story Of The Year on The Athenaeum.

Obsidian Son


Shayne Silvers - 2012
    Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers …It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good …Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry … To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will LOVE the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series.

Shrilugh


Myndi Shafer - 2012
    Why her left eye, instead of being blinded by the injuries she’d sustained, had simply turned a shocking shade of silver. And nothing can explain the fact that she can hear the Stranger speaking in her mind - or that she can answer him back without using her mouth.Nothing can explain it - unless he’s telling the truth.Nothing can explain the things the Stranger knows about her - things that she, until just a few hours ago, hadn’t known herself: that she’d healed faster from her injuries than was humanly possible. That the cruel family she’d been raised by isn’t biologically hers. That her stepfather is now hell-bent on bringing her to his own form of justice for a crime she didn’t commit.Nothing can explain it - unless he’s telling the truth.Nothing can explain why she so easily agreed to go with the Stranger. Why she didn’t find the notion of another world ludicrous and impossible. Why she didn’t cut and run the minute he explained where he wanted to take her.Nothing can explain it - unless she believes he’s telling the truth.Aydan knows she’s being intentionally naive. She knows her decision to follow the stranger is at best, reckless. At worst, deadly....unless he’s telling the truth.

Broken Promises


Belinda Boring - 2012
    Planning to watch a movie together, she never would've believed leaving her home would result in her relationship with Quinn being tested beyond its limits. Unbeknownst to her, the Fae have been organizing to invade Earth, and their devious plans are culminating now, colliding with Bree's very existence. Using a powerful glamour, the Fae trigger each person's violent tendencies, turning the streets into a battleground and strangers against each other. In a crushing blow, Quinn becomes affected and Bree finds herself battling to save her lover from himself as he stalks her relentlessly, taunting her at every turn. In a game of cat and mouse, Quinn can't decide whether he wants to seduce her or kill her, breaking her heart further with each encounter.But fighting for her love isn't her only worry. As the battle ensues, Bree discovers a startling truth about her own heritage that she must come to terms with. Determined to bring balance back, she teams up with others to drive the Fae back across the veil, only to find herself in way over her head. Bree has no other choice but to fight, leading her to a confrontation that will change her world forever - and threaten to leave her with broken promises.

Permeable Borders


Nina Kiriki Hoffman - 2012
    Her stories have gained many honors, including the Writers of the Future award, Locus Award, and the Nebula Award. This current collection collects 16 of her more recent stories, as well as earlier work not previously collected. It also includes a previously unpublished story. FINDING HOME:Key SignaturesThe Weight of WishesFAIRY TALES:How I Came to Marry a HerpetologistStrikes of the HeartSwitchedFINDING EACH OTHER:SourheartInner ChildHome For ChristmasAnger ManagementTrees Perpetual of SleepHostile TakeoverHere We Come A-WanderingPERMEABLE BORDERS:The Wisdom of DisasterA Fault Against the DeadThe Trouble with the TruthHOME:Gone to Heaven Shouting

Keepers


Laura Kreitzer - 2012
    He’s engaged to the Illuminator’s sister Jenna, has a Fallen Angel bodyguard, and plans on adopting the cutest five year old anyone’s ever seen. If that isn’t enough to keep anyone busy, now Joseph’s home is under attack by reporters and protestors. After a frightening incident that leaves his house in ashes, he decides he’s had enough. Joseph’s ready to begin his life, but he can’t until the threat of the Empyrean Guard is neutralized. It’s war.

Friendship is Madness (King Henry shorts, #3)


Richard Raley - 2012
    They've watched each other's back while battling the Coyote Nation with flashy lightning bolts and... geomancer stuff. They might even admit... yeah, they're kind of friends now.But not so long ago they met for the first time...and it's all Ceinwyn Dale's fault.This story is set in the world of THE KING HENRY TAPES:Book 1 - The Foul Mouth and the Fanged LadyBook 2 - The Foul Mouth and the Cat Killing CoyotesKING HENRY SHORTS:#1 The Foul Mouth - Little King Henry#2 The Foul Mouth - Conquering Hero#3 The Foul Mouth - Friendship is Madness

Scattered, Smothered and Chunked


John G. Hartness - 2012
    Follow Bubba through beer joints, strip clubs and graveyards as he and his best helper Bertha (a .50 Desert Eagle Pistol) make sure that what's dead, stays dead. Ballet of Blood - In Ballet of Blood, Bubba has to investigate a mysterious touring dance troupe that of course turns out to be more than he expected. Bubba, backed up as always by the hilarious Skeeter, has to make do with his wits and what weapons he can find backstage at a theatre to get out of his most dangerous adventure yet. Ho-Ho-Homicide - Everybody’s favorite redneck monster hunter goes undercover as a mall Santa to get to the bottom of a series of mysterious murders. Along the way he encounters snotty kids, annoying mothers, a smokin' hot elf, the spirit of Christmas and a tribe of fairies that would rather make war than toys! Tassels of Terror - Bubba's back, and this time it's personal! A mysterious fire destroyed a topless club in South Carolina, and Bubba must get to the bottom of the mystery and rescue a missing stripper before more bloodshed ensues. Cat Scratch Fever - Bubba the Monster Hunter returns in a love story for the ages! Okay, not really. But there are big guns, bar fights, cheap women, cheaper beer, even cheaper one-liners, and a six-foot tiger taking a leak on a headstone. No really, that last part happened. Love Stinks - Bubba's back! There's a cupid on the loose in a nursing home, and he's wreaking havoc with broken hips, high blood pressure and horny octogenarians! Can Bubba and his pistol-packing nun sidekick save the day before the cupid plants a magic arrow in our favorite Monster Hunter? Hall & Goats - Bubba's back, and this time he's chasing a creature he can't even pronounce! A mysterious creature called a chupacabra is attacking livestock in Florida, and Bubba's on the case! But there's someone else investigating this chimichanga, too! Who is it? Is she hot? Will Bubba get her naked before the story is over? And what the hell is Bubba doing hunting chalupas in a dry county? Footloose - Bubba hunts a bigfoot in Virginia mountain country and finds so much more, including a hottie federal agent and a blast from his past that will change Bubba's life forever. And probably not for the better! Sixteens Tons - Bubba's back and he's another day older and deeper in debt! Well, not really, but he's butt-deep in goblins and running low on bullets! Little green monsters have climbed out of a coal mine in West Virginia, and Bubba's here to save the day. Family Tradition - THIS is the story Bubba fans have been waiting for! How did Bubba become a monster hunter? What happened to his father? What will he and Agent Amy have to deal with when they find him? Join Bubba, Skeeter, Bertha and a lot more of the Bubba clan as we go deep into the past of eve

Conquering Hero (King Henry Shorts, #2)


Richard Raley - 2012
    THE KING HENRY TAPES:Book 1 - The Foul Mouth and the Fanged LadyBook 2 - The Foul Mouth and the Cat Killing CoyotesKING HENRY SHORTS:#1 The Foul Mouth - Little King Henry #2 The Foul Mouth - Conquering Hero#3 The Foul Mouth - Friendship is Madness

The Deepest Cut


Gabrielle Bisset - 2012
    Reading this out of the series order may be confusing to some readers, so the suggested series reading order is:Vampire Dreams Revamped (A Sons of Navarus Prequel) Blood Avenged (Sons of Navarus #1) Blood Betrayed (Sons of Navarus #2) Longing (A Sons of Navarus Short Story) Blood Spirit (Sons of Navarus #3) The Deepest Cut (A Sons of Navarus Short Story)Blurb: For Vasilije, Sasa is more than just one of his vampires. She's the only vampire he keeps in his life now. That comes with many perks, but also with its fair share of pain as Vasilije can be thoughtless of his empath girlfriend's feelings. His forgetfulness in this area has allowed another Son to befriend Sasa, and the result was Thane's willing assistance in feeding her while Vasilije was once again absent from her side.Sasa is loyal to her sire and mate, but her mind is plagued with doubts that Vasilije isn't the devoted male she's believed him to be. The ease with which he leaves her makes her wonder if his eyes and other body parts have begun to stray from her. Naturally, she turns to her only true friend for sympathy, and Thane is happy to listen to the woman he secretly loves.Conflict over a female between two alpha males can lead to a fatal misstep when so much is at stake. The Sons of Navarus can't afford to let their focus slip from deciphering the Prophecy of Idolas and defeating the Archons, and now more than ever they need to be united in their fight to save the vampire world.

The Nevermore Trilogy


Shannon Mayer - 2012
    This Series is meant to be read in sequential order as the books are NOT stand alone.SUNDERED (Book One of The Nevermore Trilogy):They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.The side effects were anything but hopeful.Mara and Sebastian are young, in love and newlyweds. Far too soon, they will face tests to their love that most others won’t survive. Their bond strengthens with each loss, destruction and unbearable race against time. In each other, they find the will and hope to endure. Hand in hand, they will face the darkening of humanity with strength and integrity and an undeniable spirit to survive; together.BOUND (Book Two of The Nevermore Trilogy):They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.The side effects were anything but hopeful.Mara faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles and adversities as she works feverishly to free Sebastian from the holds which bind him. Her refusal to abandon him, and his refusal to let her slip away, keep them fighting to be reunited. Fears escalate and dangers destroy their beliefs, but they cling to their love and find strength in each other even when separated. Mara and Sebastian manage to face each act of violence, each tragedy, and terrifying sight with a strength which won’t bend to any confrontation.(Book Three of The Nevermore Trilogy):They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.The side effects were anything but hopeful.Surrounded by the most obstinate of madness, Mara will use the strength within herself to free both she and Sebastian once and for all. As Sebastian slips further away from her, Mara will have to fight as she never has before--alone. The bonds of love and friendship will be stretched to their breaking point as the world around them spins out of control, and the dangers continue to mount. Can she carry them both through the obstacles ahead and find a way to heal Sebastian? Can she accomplish all of this in time?This final chapter of The Nevermore Trilogy will leave you breathless, sitting on the edge of your seat screaming out loud for love to overcome and the goodness of human nature to prevail.

Uprising


Dawn Jayne - 2012
    Only those most courageous and worthy earn a place within the elite choir, and only by breaking ancient oaths held sacred can the honor be stripped. It's a punishment that hasn't been imposed in over two-thousand years, until a single reckless act sets off a firestorm, threatening to consume all creation.Rise Hawke never suspected she'd been marked to play a role in the deadly events unfolding in the spiritual realm. Independent and resistant to authority, she isn't thrilled when she meets Dominik, an angel with new wings, an old grudge, and a mysterious agenda he's determined to impose.Vowing to uncover the secrets kept from her, Rise soon learns that knowing what you are isn't nearly as dangerous as discovering why. Hunted by those who want to destroy her, and controlled by those who would see her fulfill her purpose, she is forced into a brutal battle set in motion long before she was ever born. It soon becomes clear that what one angel will risk to earn the title of Herald, is matched only by what another will do to keep it.

Stolen Beauty


Jessica Cartwright - 2012
    This is what faces Grace & Alex when they return to the Forum after being in hiding from thier enemies & friends alike. As they struggle with their adversities, Grace begins to realise that her brother may not be the saviour she prayed for. As the final battle looms, will Grace make the ultimate sacrifice?

Death Ain't But A Word


Zander Marks - 2012
    And they've been haunting him since he was seven years old. Mostly he ignores them.But when the ghost of his childhood friend shows up at the local motel, Wilkin can't ignore the call of friendship. And when his friend's killer buys the motel so he can destroy the remains, Wilkin can't ignore that, either.Wilkin steals his friend's skull before the killer can destroy it and is plunged into a hot mess of a supernatural thrill ride.A death-race pursuit of a child's skull. A ghost-talking trucker hauling plush toys to Kansas. Five demonic farm-kids in a housing project. A Dodge City marshal with justice on his mind. And a graveyard full of snitches.It's enough to make you want to hit the crackpipe. All leading to a climax where staying alive is the least of Wilkin's worries.Because when most of the people around you are spirits anyway, DEATH AIN'T BUT A WORD.

Bait Dog


Chuck Wendig - 2012
    But then her cohort Chris Coyne ended up dead -- dead by his own hand if you believe the reports.Atlanta and her pal Shane are not so sure. Atlanta, afraid of once again stirring up the hornets by investigating her friend's apparent suicide, instead focuses her efforts on looking into the death of a local teen's beloved dog. But solving a dog's murder is no easy task, and soon Atlanta ends up embroiled in a rural dog-fighting ring. Stranger still, looking into the events surrounding the dog's death sheds new light on the death of her friend.Once more she finds herself face-to-face with bullies of the worst sort, staring down a corruption that's seeped into the town like a septic infection. It's all too much for one girl to handle and she knows that she and her trusty .410 squirrel gun must go up against the cruel and callous malefactors of her world. No good can come of this, and yet, Atlanta cannot abide letting bad men do awful things to those who don't deserve it. This, then, is Bait Dog: one girl, her single-barrel Winchester shotgun, and a whole town full of terrible that deserves her brand of teenage justice.

Hunter's Season


Thea Harrison - 2012
    Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards.An Elder Races NovellaAs a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.Aubrey’s trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly!

Trouble on Reserve


Kim Harrison - 2012
    The timing of the story sort of puts it between A Perfect Blood and Ever After, but the feeling of it is seriously slanted toward Ever After. If you get a chance to read it, I’d [author] be curious to know what you think about the “voice.” One of the things I tried to do–besides get a chance to see Rachel and Trent work together–was to give it a more mainstream feel since there’s the chance readers who would normally never pick up the Hollows might be reading it.

All Seeing Eye


Rob Thurman - 2012
    Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead—murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well—but the shoe itself told him so.Tessa’s death triggers an even more horrific family massacre that, combined with this new talent he neither wants nor can handle, throws Jack’s life into a tailspin. The years quickly take him from state homes to the streets to grifting in a seedy carnival, until he finally becomes the cynical All Seeing Eye, psychic-for-hire. At last, Jackson has left his troubled past behind him and found a semblance of peace.That is, until the government blackmails him. Helping the military contain the aftermath of a bizarre experiment gone violently wrong, everything Jackson knows about himself will change just as suddenly as it did with his little sister’s shoe.And while change is constant...It’s never for the better.

Dehumanized


Michael Loring - 2012
    Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy. They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.

Blue Sky


Wen Spencer - 2012
    Captain of the Team Big Sky hoverbiking racing team, John Montana has lived in fear for his younger half-brother. Blue Sky isn't the only half-elf in Pittsburgh, but he's the only one whose father was one of the holy warrior caste, the sekasha. John has kept Blue Sky's parentage a secret because sekasha are above the law. They can kill anyone they want; take anything they want. When Blue Sky's secret is discovered, John's only hope to save his brother is their old friend, Tinker.

Shortcuts


P.S. Power - 2012
    It was a traumatic event that left him insane, but functional. If barely.Now, Zack Hartley has to find a job or face starvation as the Christmas season approaches, which leads him to take a very special shortcut through a rift in space, to a very unusual shopping center. A place filled with supernatural creatures and dangers that he would never have imagined being in his own home town.If he can keep his job things might just work out though, even if he is the only human being in existence that can walk the Nodes that connect places without penalty. Luckily he has some friends to help him out. Like his roommate Troy, the strange and interesting girl that works at the shop across from his...And the voice in his head.

The Vampire Files, Volume Five


P.N. Elrod - 2012
    Usually, that's a combination that keeps me safe. But when a New York lowlife muscled in on Chicago territory, I survived his attempt to kill me by the skin of my fangs.It brought out the vampire in me-and if I don't get my blood hunger back under control and do some detecting, not only might my girlfriend Bobbi take the fall for a murder she didn't commit, but the newly risen vampire I've been charged with babysitting-a nutjob mobster named "Whitey" Kroun-may do more damage than the syndicate torpedoes who are out to get him.Things are getting far too bloody, even for a vampire...

That was Radio Clash


Charles de Lint - 2012
    by Kealan Patrick Burke; Cemetery Dance 2005, and was most recently reprinted in The Very Best of Charles de Lint, Tachyon, 2010. Written as a memorial to The Clash’s Joe Strummer, de Lint's love of music shines in this story. Set in 2002, guitarist Sarah Blue meets trumpeter Eddie Ramone in a bar and is given a chance to return to a pivotal moment in her life to correct one of her deepest regrets.

The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D.'s Christmas Carol


Darren Humphries - 2012
    except Veronika making eggnog in the kitchen."So begins Agent Ward, The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D.'s strangest case yet.Coming to the aid of an old ... well someone he used to know anyway ... Ward finds himself facing the demons of Christmas Past, Present and Future in a fight to save his life and those of the people he loves.These are Christmas spirits of another kind.The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D.'s Christmas Carol is a festive short story featuring many characters from the Man From U.N.D.E.A.D. novel series.

Peace Offering


Wen Spencer - 2012
    A free novelette from the Elfome universe that takes place during Elfhome #3.

Murder of Crows


Athena . - 2012
    Fourteen years ago she gave up her home, her memories, and the man she loved, to prevent a new Dark Age. Yet when her beloved aunt is murdered, the fate of two worlds rests on Fable's ability to recover the memories she worked so hard to destroy. Fable returns to the land of myth and magic, a place called Aria. A world that has been waiting fourteen long years for her to fulfill the promises she's forgotten she made. In a surge of power she writes the Prophecy of Crows, a 240 page manuscript of the future arc. But before she can read it, all but thirteen of the pages are stolen. With only thirteen pages to guide her through the story, Fable must rediscover her power of inspiration, because the last page of prophecy foretells her death.And if the Muse of Story dies...all stories die with her.

Halloween Moon


J.R. Rain - 2012
    Rain's exclusive ebook short story, Samantha Moon is about to confront a monster of the worst kind—a killer who preys on the innocent. A killer who lives just down her street...Also included:"The Falcon" - A story of life, dreams...and flying."The Angel and the Pistol" - It's a race against time for one immortal charged with saving humanity from their own mistakes. In this case, one man named Ralph. A man with a pistol who's about to make a very, very big mistake.Plus a bonus short story.

Easy Pickings


C.E. Murphy - 2012
    Two magics. One world.There’s nowhere in America like the Big Easy. Just ask Jane Yellowrock, shapeshifting vampire killer, whose hunting grounds run the length and breadth of the Bayou.Just ask Joanne Walker, whose shamanic magic has drawn her to the heart of American Weird.But it’s not Joanne’s world, and it isn’t Jane’s either. In a New Orleans where Katrina never hit and supposedly-dead vampires stalk the streets, Jane and Jo have to find and defeat the magic that brought them there–or they just might find themselves…EASY PICKINGSfan fiction by the authors themselves!

SuperNOIRtural Tales


Ian Rogers - 2012
    Travelling to and from The Black Lands is dangerous – and illegal – but that doesn’t stop some of the creatures that reside there from crossing over into our world from time to time.In this collection of stories, Felix encounters a variety of terrifying entities, including ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and the dreaded Black-Eyed Kids.In a world where paranormal has become the norm, each new case may be his last.With an introduction by Mike Carey, author of the Felix Castor novels and writer for the DC/Vertigo comic book series Lucifer, Hellblazer and The Unwritten.

A Corpse of Mistaken Identity


J.F. Lewis - 2012
    Marlo Morne can help, but there are rules, time is an important factor, and there are always clients who want those rules to be broken on their behalf.

Crimes Against Magic


Steve McHugh - 2012
    His only clue … a piece of paper with his name on it. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire. But he’s never stopped hunting for his true identity, and those who erased his memory have never stopped hunting for him. When the barrier holding his past captive begins to crumble, Nathan swears to protect a young girl who is key to his enemy’s plans. But with his enemies closing in, and everyone he cares about becoming a target for their wrath, Nathan is forced to choose between the life he’s built for himself and the one buried deep inside him.Crimes Against Magic is an Urban Fantasy set in modern-day London with Historical flashbacks to early fifteenth-century France. It's book one of the Hellequin Chronicles, a series about Nathan (Nate) Garrett, a centuries-old sorcerer.

A Host of Furious Fancies


Mercedes Lackey - 2012
    Mostly, he just wants to settle down to a normal life.      However, he quickly discovers his Manhattan apartment has unique features, including a living gargoyle named Greystone and four Guardians who have sworn to protect New York from evil. And soon Eric discovers that unscrupulous researchers have created a drug that unlocks magical powers in humans—a drug that is 100 percent fatal over time. And now something evil from Underhill has other plans and seeks to use the temporary human powers to dominate World Above.     Spirits White as Lightning: Eric Banyon has more to worry about than passing his courses at Julliard. The evil elf lord Aerune, whose love was killed by mortal men, is determined to destroy the human race. Eric's only hope of stopping Aerune is to trap him inside a magical maze, from which there is no escaping. Stopping Aerune once before was difficult. This time, the quest seems nothing less than impossible.

Inkarna


Nerine Dorman - 2012
    He cheated on his girlfriend, knocked up a powerful drug lord's sister, and abused vast quantities of illegal narcotic substances. Whoever ran him over with a big shiny SUV was doing the world a favour. His very male, tattooed body is the last place Elizabeth Rae Perry--a member of an ancient Egyptian cult--expected to reincarnate in, instead of the three-year-old girl she'd been promised.Not only must she now come to terms with her new existence in the body of a disagreeable man, and clean up the mess he made of his life, she also has to unravel the mystery of why House Adamastor's chapter house is standing empty and find a way to protect a dangerous secret she had no idea she was supposed to keep. As if fate couldn’t deal her another blow, she has also attracted the attention of a malicious and potentially dangerous ghost. And to top it all off, she must deal with the consequences of finding love in a most unexpected place.

The Valerie Dearborn Trilogy


Caroline Hanson - 2012
    This box set contains three full-length novels.Love is DarknessLove is FearLove is Mortal

The Fighter


Nathan Squiers - 2012
    Zane's life is in the dumps…And, lately, subjecting his body to anything that might help him forget has become all he knows.As the realization that he has no purpose and nothing left to strive for, he's forced to admit what he's tried so hard to forget:Gregori is dead.With the ghost of what he was looming over what he's become and his promiscuous and self-destructive life spiraling out of control, the monster beneath his skin urges him to destroy.With an urge to destroy pulling him ever-closer to the edge of chaos, what future exists for this once-proud fighter?

Phoenix Angel


Amanda Gerry - 2012
    Then a boy named Kyle Spencer came to Idaho Falls, and since then everything has fallen apart. Something mysterious has passed among the three of us. We’ve developed terrifying abilities—strange powers that separate us from normal people.Even worse, someone—or something—has taken a deadly interest in us. We never know when they are going to strike, or how to protect ourselves. We don’t even know who they are.All we know is that they want one of us alive, and we don’t know who. The others they want dead.Which will I be?

What Happens in Vegas


Nathan Squiers - 2012
    However, with her closest friends promising a relaxing getaway and an insistent husband, Rachel is given no way to avoid the trip. Besides, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.At least that's what they say!But when her vacation takes an unexpected turn and finds her in the dark clutches of unholy forces, Rachel has no choice but to carry her Hellish burden out of Sin City and back into the loving embrace of her unaware and unsuspecting family.Is Rachel strong enough to resist the dark forces and see that her family remains free of their curse? Or will her faith and dedication be warped beyond repair as a Crimson Shadow envelopes her world?

Matt Archer: Monster Summer


Kendra C. Highley - 2012
    for this mission. To Matt's consternation, the major's new fiancée, Captain Julie Hunter, is also along for the trip.When Captain Hunter disappears during a routine scouting trip, it's up to Matt to help his uncle find her before it's too late.