Posts Tagged ‘nocturne’

Since I started yesterday’s post with a note about how Lynn Flewelling and I met, I thought I’d start today off with the same about Karen Whiddon.  Karen and I met years ago at a writing conference, which ties in perfectly with the piece I did for our recent Knight Agency newsletter.  (I believe it was Dreamin’ in Dallas or maybe Desert Dreams, but I could be wrong.)  Karen was already published at that point.  She’d written a few novels for Kensington and had her first paranormal romance, POWERFUL MAGIC, out from Leisure Books.  She was looking for an agent to build on the career that was already underway.  I left there with a copy of POWERFUL MAGIC, a very good impression of a professional, put-together writer, and motivation to read.  POWERFUL MAGIC hooked me right away, and many, many books later, Karen and I are still going strong.

Karen’s latest Pack novel (werewolves and so much more!) is THE WOLF SIREN, out solo in digital (ex. Kindle and Nook) and combined in mass market with Bonnie Vanak’s DEMON WOLF, which is what Harlequin Nocturne is now doing for print – bundling two books together into one attractive package.  Cover and copy are below.

the wolf siren THE WOLF SIREN by Karen Whiddon (Harlequin Nocturne)

When a werewolf and the beautiful siren he once saved meet again, resistance is futile…

As Pack Protector, Kane McGraw never gets involved with the victims he saves. But Lilly Gideon may be the one exception. She has intrigued him ever since he helped free her from a religious compound called Sanctuary. So when he learns that she’s still in danger, he can’t stay away—not even if it means exposing Lilly to the fanatics she’s trying to escape.

Years of psychological torture have left Lilly without the ability to control her shifter nature. Any man she touches is driven mad by an all-consuming desire. Though she wants Kane more than any man, she’s forced to deny him the release they most crave. That is, until he decides it’s time to take matters—and her—into his own hands….

taming the demon Another very special book birthday to announce.  This one gets a spot all it’s own, because it’s the first in Doranna Durgin’s new Demon Blade series for Harlequin.  A tormented hero, suspense, romance and a touch of the paranormal…what’s not to love?

Cover Copy for TAMING THE DEMON:

Their passion threatens her life and his tortured soul.…

Devin James wields a demon blade. Or does the demon blade wield him? The bond between man and steel is soul deep, the source of Devin’s power and an ever-present torment. Struggling against the evil forged within the blade, Devin patrols the dark streets of Albuquerque, searching for innocents to rescue. That’s how he finds Natalie Chambers….

Natalie is sure that helping Devin is another in a long series of very bad decisions, but she can’t abandon the man who saved her life—a man who believes that the demon blade might turn him into a monster. And she is powerless to resist their fierce attraction.

Love is their only chance at salvation. Can they now find the courage to take that chance? And can they keep the blade from the man who would destroy them both?

Back to me:

For those of you who want to dip a toe in the water before diving in, Doranna has done a novella in this world for Nocturne’s Bite line, “Demon Touch,” which you can read on Nook or Kindle.

Okay, I should never have thought of “Love is in the Air” as the title for this post, because now I have the sappy old 70s song stuck in my head.  WARNING: do not click on this link or you will too!

 
The reason for the title and the post are two new Nocturne releases coming out this week (tomorrow, in fact)!

KODIAK CHAINED by Doranna Durgin

One mission. One night. One costly misstep…. Don’t miss this scintillating romance from Doranna Durgin!A mighty Kodiak shifter, Ruger is more than a Sentinel warrior. As a Healer, he willingly risks everything defending the sick and helpless. But after an ambush nearly kills him, he can do only so much—until a sensual lady black bear shifter arrives to provide him backup….

In human form, she is called Mariska. Feisty and self-assured, she has finagled her present assignment helping Ruger chase down a rising new threat. The moment Mariska scents the heroic, battle-scarred grizzly she knows he will be her only weakness…and greatest desire.

Mariska will do anything to aid Ruger—even if confronting the enemy puts everything she holds dear in jeopardy.

 

HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE 4 with stories by New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard, as well as Theresa Meyers and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Don’t be afraid to snuggle up with these sexy, immortal heroes. They will weave their way into your fantasies and spice up your cold winter nights.Halfway to Dawn by Susan Krinard

Amid a supernatural war between the races, can Fiona, captain of the human special forces, and Kain, a compelling fugitive from the vampire army, risk working together to attain peace on earth?

The Gift by Theresa Meyers

All Cullen McCormack wants for Christmas is the missing locket that holds the key to his immortality. But will Angelica, the woman who now flaunts it about her exquisite neck, also claim his vampire heart?

Bright Star by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Immortal Dylan McCay has vowed to protect the secret origins of his species at all costs—until he meets Savannah, a passionate astronomer on the brink of discovering the elusive Christmas Star….

I’m pretty sure either book will heat up your holidays!

Wow, the book birthdays have been coming fast and furious around here!  How many of you have new e-readers to fill or bookstore gift cards to spend?  I can help you out there!  Check out these new titles releasing today.

RAVEN CURSED by Faith Hunter
Roc Books
 

The fourth novel in Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock series releases today!  Library Journal says, “Jane Yellowrock is one of the most intriguing heroines in urban fantasy,” and Romantic Times agrees that “In a genre flooded with strong, sexy females, Jane Yellowrock is unique.”  Wonderful books!  (Also, if you prefer audio, Audible has their edition out today as well!)

Cover Copy:
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire. But lately instead of just slaying vampires, she’s been working for them.
The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to Leo Pellissier, the Master of the City of New Orleans–and Jane’s boss–they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, Leo sends an envoy with the best bodyguard money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
       But when a group of local campers is attacked by something supernatural, Jane goes from escort to investigator. It’s up to her to keep peace in the region, and unless she wants to face up to very angry vampire Master, Jane will have to work overtime to find the killer. It’s a good thing she’s worth every penny.
 
THE DAEMON PRISM by Carol Berg
Roc Books
 

The stunning conclusion to Carol Berg’s Collegia Magica series.  Carol has won multiple awards for her fantasy, including the Colorado Book Award for genre fiction, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the 2006 Prism Award, and the Geffen Award for Translated Fiction.  Audible.com has the whole series available for audio as well!

Blurb:
Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle – a desperate soldier’s dream of an imprisoned sorceress and a faceted glass that can grant one’s utmost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap.  Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante must risk everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and the truth of the divine…
 
CHARMFALL by Chloe Neill
NAL
 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Chicagoland Vampires series brings a series of young adult novels about which SciFi Chick says, “The Dark Elite is a fantastically fun and exciting young adult series. With plenty of mystery, humor, danger, and excitement – Charmfall is another irresistible installment in a first rate urban fantasy series. Neill’s characters are intensely vivid and completely riveting. Don’t miss this fast-paced, roller coaster ride of teenage angst, magic and suspense.”

Blurb:
Protecting Chicago from the dark side of life can be an exhausting job, especially when you’re in high school. So when the girls of St. Sophia’s start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to take a break from fighting to get ready for the event. But when a Reaper unexpectedly crashes the party prep and Lily’s firespell fails, she realizes that she has a much bigger problem than a full social calendar…
        Because I missed wishing her a happy book birthday over the holidays, I also want to give Karen Whiddon a shout out and happy belated for THE WOLF WHISPERER, her newest Pack novel for Harlequin’s Nocturne line.
 
THE WOLF WHISPERER by Karen Whiddon
Harlequin Nocturne
 

From Genre Go Round Reviews: “The latest Wolf Pack urban romantic fantasy (see Lone Wolf) is an exhilarating thriller due to the strong lead couple who loath the other’s clan and the expansion to the already powerful Whiddon mythos with the Tearlach talents”

Blurb:
Since his mate’s death, the only thing that’s kept pack protector Mac Lamonda going is the search for his missing children.
       His hatred for the rival clan who took them is legendary.
       But when a beautiful shifter saves him from an ambush, Mac enters into a bond that is both seductive…and dangerous.
       Rehabilitating abused canines is Kelly MacKenzie’s life calling. And because of who she is, she distrusts everything Pack.
       So when the handsome protector’s arrival at her sanctuary coincides with news of her sister’s disappearance, Kelly is torn between suspicion…and desire.
       Now, Kelly and Mac must join and fight together. For, if they fail, their loved ones will become the victims of an unimaginable evil.