Happy Release Day! Harrison, Marks, Hawes, Kilpatrick, Drake

October 9

INTO THE WOODS
Kim Harrison
short story collection

Cover Copy: A true queen of urban fantasy–the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan–the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories. Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes. Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up–and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

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VELVETEEN
Danny Marks
YA

Cover Copy: Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal… and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules… or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

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GHOST TOWN
Jason Hawes

Cover Copy: From the stars of the SyFy network’s popular show Ghost Hunters, the second novel in a new spine-tingling supernatural series.

When Amber, Drew, and Trevor are invited to a paranormal conference in the most haunted town in America, they confront a murderous ghost called the Dark Lady and her human servant: Amber’s abusive ex-boyfriend Mitch. The three friends must stop the Dark Lady before she destroys the entire town, and they’ll have the help of a surprising and spooky ally…

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VAMPIRIC VARIATIONS
Nancy Kilpatrick

Cover Copy: Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick unlocks the crypt’s door to reveal the Undead as you’ve never experienced them – merciless, sensuous, intelligent, loving and cruel. The short stories and novellas in Vampyric Variations shine light on a myriad of hidden agendas, deliciously exposing humanity’s favorite predator – the Vampire.

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October 16

ANGEL’S INK
Jocelynn Drake

Cover Copy: Buyer beware . . .

Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart’s desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.

Though he’s tried to fly under the radar, Gage can’t hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.

Urban Fantasy Land review

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[Review] ANGEL’S INK by Jocelynn Drake

ANGEL’S INK
Jocelynn Drake

Cover Copy: Buyer beware . . .

Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart’s desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.

Though he’s tried to fly under the radar, Gage can’t hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.

My Thoughts: Gage is a warlock in a tight spot. He’s the only one to ever survive leaving the collective of witches and warlocks, and the only reason Gage isn’t dead is because he’s agreed to masquerade as a human and to not use magic. As a tattoo artist, Gage has a little leeway with the latter, for tattoos in Low Town can come with a little something extra in the ink. Need help with your love life? You can get a love potion mixed in with your ink and presto! Your social calendar will be full. Gage also has been allowed to use magic in case of self-defense. And in his case, he really needs it. Trouble has a knack for finding Gage.

Gage’s old warlock mentor isn’t happy about Gage being free. In fact, his mentor seems desperate to eliminate Gage at any cost.

But that’s just one of Gage’s many problems:

He’s recently completed a tattoo for a woman that accidentally made her immortal. And now the grim reaper is ticked because he didn’t get to collect her soul. He’ll happily take Gage’s soul instead, if Gage can’t make her mortal again.

Gage’s employee and sort-of girlfriend, Trixie, is also masquerading as a human tattoo artist, until her elf kin come to take her home. Trixie doesn’t want to go back to living with the elves, and Gage vows to help her stay in Low Town.

And then there’s the matter of an unhappy customer…

Gage is a great character, and aside for his knack for getting into trouble, he has a heart and a conscience– both of which seem to make more trouble for him, not less. The combination of magic and tattoo artistry provides a new venue for urban fantasy with potential for conflict and entertainment. It’s nice to see some new creatures, too. Warlocks, elves, trolls are the main creatures featured, but Low Town is populated with other interesting creatures, including a talking cat.

ANGEL’S INK is quite different from Jocelynn Drake’s vampire series, Dark Days series, but recognizable as a Jocelynn Drake creation. Where the Dark Days series was very dark in voice and tone, the Asylum Tales series is light. It’s urban fantasy that edges closer to humour than horror.

ANGEL’S INK is full of action and plenty of characters trying to escape their problem pasts. With a satisfying ending, it’s a great start to what promises to be a fabulous new series. Check this one out if you like urban fantasy with action and characters who keep getting themselves into tangles.

Rating: A-
Series: The Asylum Tales, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Acquired: publisher via Edelweiss

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[At the time of this review, ANGEL’S INK was not available for Kobo.]

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[Guest Post] A Scientific Approach to Magic by Jocelynn Drake

Please welcome Jocelynn Drake! Today she is going over how she came up with the whole new world featured in her new urban fantasy series, The Asylum Tales. (The six-book Dark Days series featured vampires.)

A Scientific Approach to Magic

by Jocelynn Drake

When creating a new urban fantasy series, one of the core components is strong world building. A reader picking up an urban fantasy novel is prepared to be launched into a strange world filled with the impossible. The reader knows that unbelievable things are about to happen, but it is the author’s job to not only lead the reader through the impossible, but also convince them that these things really can happen. This is where great world building is crucial.

As I started creating the city of Low Town and Gage’s inevitable battle with the Ivory Towers in my new Asylum Tales series, the one thing that I wanted to tackle first was the magic system. Considering that the series was built around a warlock, I knew that I would have to have a good handle on how Gage got things done in an amazing but believable fashion.

Digging into the Asylum Tales, the first thing I did was divide magic into two worlds: potion and energy. As a result, there are two distinct users of these systems: tattoo artists and witches/warlocks.

Potion Magic

Potion magic is the layman’s magic. All the magic that makes amazing things happen comes purely from the ingredients in the potion. Whether you’re using a severed crow’s leg, Easter Lily pollen, or a strand of hair from an extinct unicorn, all the magic is held within that ingredient. There is no exterior magical energy required to make the spell work. As a result, anyone can mix an effective potion, just like anyone can bake a cake or whip up mashed potatoes.

Now as anyone who has watched their soufflé deflate can attest, cooking does take a little skill, a lot of patience, and a bit of practice. Different ingredients can be used for different outcomes on different types of people. The same goes for mixing up a potion for true love or good luck.

As a result, tattoo artists not only study to create beautiful tattoos, but they must also learn how to use different ingredients to create different potions. Luckily, they are thoroughly tested and licensed by Tattoo Artists and Potion Stirrers Society (TAPSS) before being set loose upon the world.

Energy Magic

On the other hand, there’s the magic used by the warlocks and witches living in the Ivory Towers. Not every human can tap into this magic. In fact, less than 1% of human children born every year in the world develop this ability between the ages of seven and twelve. No one has yet determined why these people are born with this talent. Genetic mutation, evolution, or just bad luck aside, the children are whisked off to the Ivory Towers upon discovery and are trained. If you fail in your training, you die. If you succeed in your training, you become a full-fledged warlock or witch living in the Towers and feared by the world.

This magic is a mix of hand gestures, symbols, or words along with a push of magical energy floating in the air. The elves claim that the magical energy is born from the earth, while others believe that the magical energy is created by the souls of all living creatures. Either way, warlocks and witches tap that energy and use it for their own purposes.

Of course, warlocks and witches aren’t the only ones who can tap that energy, but they have the broadest use of it. The Summer Court elves have a talent for nature-based magic. The Winter Court elves have a talent for glamour as well as affecting a person’s dreams. Dragons are good at a wide range of magic, but we all know there aren’t any dragons around any longer. All in all, warlocks and witches are the power players in the magic world.

Consequences

Now, the clincher. When creating a world, it helps to have some balance. When you give great power, you have to have a catch; something to keep the powers in line. If there are no consequences for actions, then what’s to stop you from blowing up the world?

In the Asylum Tales world, magic doesn’t like when you remove a source of potential power so you’ve got to pay a price. If you kill another living creature with magic, you’ve got to give up one year of your life. Of course, your first thought is probably “that’s not so bad. Who really wants to live through those crappy years at the end where you’re stuck in an adult diaper, gumming strained peas, and unaware of where you’re at?”

Hold your horses there! You don’t lose a year off the end. In fact, you never know when you’re going to have to pay up that year. It could be five years down the road when you’re 35 years old and in excellent health. You could be heading to the hospital to pick up your wife and new baby to deliver home, and BOOM! You drop dead. And for 365 days, you are dead. Your soul is stuck in limbo with the dangerous Lilith watching over you.

If you’re lucky enough to have someone preserve your body during that year, then you can return to earth and the living. But if your body isn’t in working order, I’m afraid that you’re going to stay dead.

As a result, the warlocks and witches have gotten sneaky when it comes to killing off a rival, but the threat is always there.

With the magic system locked down, I was able to build much of the rest of the world around it, giving my characters a strange but defined space to play in. But if you’re passing through Low Town, my advice would be keep your head down and stay away from the warlocks and the witches.

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Thank you, Jocelynn!

ANGEL’S INK, the first in the new series is scheduled to hit bookstores on October 16. Available for pre-order.

To help introduce this new world and its characters, Joceylnn prepared a couple of novellas, “Bronx” and “Trixie”.

Check out our review of “The Asylum Interviews: Bronx”. (Hint: “Bronx” and “Trixie” are actually stories, mysteries even, not interviews.)

Don’t miss this exciting new series!

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[Review] THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX by Jocelynn Drake

THE ASLYUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX
Jocelynn Drake
novella

Cover Copy: In Low Town, where humans walk and work side-by-side with elves, vampires, ogres, and all manner of creature, it’s understandable that people occasionally need a little help in their lives. Whether is love, work, or … other, tattoo artists are there to try to help turn the odds into your favor. When Gage’s friend Parker needs help with his love life, tattoo artists Gage and Bronx are only too happy to help. But the incubus ends up getting more than he bargained for with his new tattoo, and his friends are forced to scramble to fix the mess they’ve created before someone gets hurt.

ebook, 87 pages

My Thoughts: THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX is narrated by Gage Powell, a warlock. The story opens with Gage on the floor of a women’s washroom in a bar. As he tries to piece together how he ended up there, he meets Bronx, a troll. Bronx is new in town, licensed to make magical tattoos and looking for work at Gage’s tattoo parlor. With a little help, Gage figures out his friend Parker, an incubus, drugged him and left him at the bar. Gage and Bronx set out to find Parker with the intent of showing him a lesson, but they soon find the incubus is struggling with getting enough sexual sustenance. They men all decide Parker needs a magical tattoo to help him feed. With Gage being too drunk to do it, Bronx does the tattooing. But when something goes wrong, Gage has to try to fix it without incurring the wrath of the law– both the Tattoo Artists and Potion Stirrers Society and the Ivory Towers have something to say about this. Gage could end up losing his license, maybe even his life.

An engaging introduction to The Asylum Tales universe and the firecracker characters populating it. I love this world and can’t wait for more!

Rating: A
Series: Asylum Tales, 0.5
Publisher: Harper Voyager, 2012
Acquired: Author

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Find out more about ANGEL’S INK!

ANGEL’S INK is coming soon, and to help get you in the mood, Jocelynn Drake has been busy around the web. We have t an interview with the scoop on the new series, The Asylum Tales, and here’s a few more things we don’t want you to miss:

I Smell Sheep has an interview with Jocelynn including some little-known-details.

Find out more about Gage Powell, the narrator of the Asylum Tales in a short story at Literary Escapism. Also they’ve got a giveaway!

Coming October 16!

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Cover Copy:  Buyer beware . . .

Looking for a tattoo-and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using his unique potions-a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks-to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart’s desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment-execution-will be swift.

Though he’s tried to fly under the radar, Gage can’t hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead-or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage just might make it through this enchanted world alive.

Interview with Jocelynn Drake: Get the scoop on ANGEL’S INK

Recently, Jocelynn Drake closed out her Dark Days series, and started penning some new ink– ANGEL’S INK. The first book of the new series will release in October, and in the months leading up, Jocelynn has published a couple of short stories to give us a taste of the series while getting to know the new characters:
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx
The Asylum Interviews: Trixie
We caught a chance to chat with Ms. Drake about her new series.

UFL: Please tell us about your new series.
The city of Low Town is filled with all types of creatures living together with the humans.  As a result, sometimes a person will need a little extra help in life.  A little extra good luck?  Some help with your love life?  This is where your local tattoo artist comes in handy.  A tattoo artist is also skilled in stirring potions that can be placed in the ink.  The new series focuses on Gage, a tattoo artist and former warlock, and his friends Bronx (a troll) and Trixie (an elf) and their misadventures together.  Low Town is a strange place, where anything can happen.

UFL: How did you come up with the concept of the story/series?
I was getting close to finishing the Dark Days series and I was sitting at a tattoo parlor, talking to the artists there while waiting to get some fresh ink of my own.  They knew I wrote stories about vampires and the suggestion came up that I needed to write about a tattoo artist.  They made some very strange suggestions and we all had a good laugh, but the idea stuck with me.  After toying about with the idea and making notes of all the things that I didn’t have the chance to do in the Dark Days series, the Asylum Tales was born.

UFL: What are you most looking forward to seeing in terms of character development from Gage and Trixie?
Gage has been a fun, interesting character to work with and the ending of the second book shocked us both.  With him, my immediate concern is him dealing with the Ivory Towers, who represent the resident dictators and tormentors of the world.  A large part of his development is him learning to deal with that past and find his place in the world. Let’s just say that it’s not where he expected to be.

Trixie is also about getting free of her people.  For the two of them together, it’s largely about trying to manage a relationship and weigh the important things in life as the world is constantly falling apart around them.

UFL: I loved your fight scenes in NIGHTWALKER. Will there be fight scenes in ANGEL’S INK?
There will be fight scenes in ANGEL’S INK, but they are mostly going to be less physical than Mira because Gage usually finds himself going up against witches and warlocks, so there’s more magic in these fights.

UFL: You have a wide variety of creatures populating the world of ANGEL’S INK (elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires), but will there be angels?
After two novellas and two novels, an angel has not yet appeared in the series, but if there are more books contracted by my publisher, the door is certainly open for an angel or two to appear.

UFL: Will there be romance or a significant relationship in ANGEL’S INK?
Yes, there will be a little romance in the series, which isn’t very easy to write from a man’s point of view.  But yes, Gage is quite enamored of a character and he struggles to make a relationship work despite of his past and the dangers that he brings into her life.

Coming October 16: 

Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, #1)

Release Day: IN A FIX; TRIXIE; and more

Happy release day to the following books & authors! Which ones do you want?

This Case Is Gonna Kill MeTHIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME
Phillipa Bornikova
Cover Copy: What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves—or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.
Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.
But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe….
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Supernatural Born Killers (Pepper Martin #9)SUPERNATURAL BORN KILLERS
Casey Daniels
Cover Copy: Former cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is thrilled when she gets her job back—with a promotion. But her new position is turning out to be more than she can handle, especially with the dead clamoring for her attention… As Garden View Cemetery’s new community relations manager, Pepper is feeling overwhelmed with planning the annual party to attract new sponsors. Luckily, some of the cemetery’s permanent residents have volunteered to give Pepper a ghostly hand, and she’s not about to turn away the help. But when a murdered ghost starts leaving puddles everywhere, Pepper quickly finds her newly acquired free time occupied. The dead man is her ex-boyfriend Quinn’s former partner Jack Haggarty—and he isn’t going away until Pepper figures out the real reason behind his murder. And while Quinn recently had a brush with the afterlife, he still isn’t ready to accept Pepper’s abilities—or offer his skills as a detective. Now, Pepper has to convince Quinn she’s the real deal and investigate Jack’s death—before someone else meets their end in a watery grave…
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The Asylum Interviews: Trixie (The Asylum Tales, #0.6)THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: TRIXIE (novella)
Jocelynn Drake
Cover Copy: The second of two prequel stories to Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink.
Gage’s ex-girlfriend is back in town and needs help escaping a master vampire. While not the easiest of tasks, he certainly didn’t count of getting help from a mysterious woman with a few secrets of her own.
100 pages
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[title available at Amazon US only]

THE KINGMAKERS
Clay and Susan Griffith
Cover Copy:  A war to the death.
Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against the vampire clans of the north. Prince Gareth, the vampire lord of Scotland, serves the Equatorian cause, fighting in the bloody trenches of France in his guise as the dashing Greyfriar. But the human armies are pinned down, battered by harsh weather and merciless attacks from vampire packs.
To even the odds, Adele unleashes the power of her geomancy, a fearsome weapon capable of slaughtering vampires in vast numbers. However, the power she expends threatens her own life even as she questions the morality of such a weapon.
As the war turns ever bloodier and Adele is threatened by betrayal, Gareth faces a terrible choice. Their only hope is a desperate strike against the lord of the vampire clans—Gareth’s brother, Cesare. It is a gamble that could win the war or signal the final days of the Greyfriar.
The Vampire Empire trilogy rushes to a heart-wrenching conclusion of honor and love, hatred and vengeance, sacrifice and loss.
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IN A FIX
Linda Grimes
UFL Review
UFL Interview
book trailer
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Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond Pet Shop Boys: A Short Story
Kim Harrison
Cover Copy: From bestselling author Kim Harrison comes this original short story (to be featured in her anthology Into the Woods, October 2012) where things are most definitely not as they seem. A pet shop employee’s innocent date with a customer quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever.
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[title available at Amazon US only]

Clean (Mindspace Investigations, #1)CLEAN
Alex Hughes
Cover Copy: I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it, real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city, and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.
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Have Stakes Will TravelHAVE STAKES WILL TRAVEL (novella)
Faith Hunter
Cover Copy: In Have Stakes Will Travel, readers get a chance to go deeper into the thrilling world of skinwalker and vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock. In “WeSa,” the Beast who lives inside Jane watches as her hunting grounds become prey. In “Haints,” Jane and her best friend, witch Molly Trueblood, are hired to investigate mysterious paranormal phenomena—and the evil they find brings a new meaning to the words “haunted house.” “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.
143 pages
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[title available at Amazon US only]

Ashes of Honor (October Daye, #6)ASHES OF HONOR
Seanan McGuire
Cover Copy: It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities—training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills—but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.
To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight, Etienne, who didn’t even know he was a father until the girl went missing. Her name is Chelsea. She’s a teleporter, like her father. She’s also the kind of changeling the old stories warn about, the ones with all the strength and none of the control. She’s opening doors that were never meant to be opened, releasing dangers that were sealed away centuries before—and there’s a good chance she could destroy Faerie if she isn’t stopped.
Now Toby must find Chelsea before time runs out, racing against an unknown deadline and through unknown worlds as she and her allies try to avert disaster. But danger is also stirring in the Court of Cats, and Tybalt may need Toby’s help with the biggest challenge he’s ever faced.
Toby thought the last year was bad. She has no idea.
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Dead Mann Running (Hessius Mann, #2)Dead Mann Running
Stefan Petrucha
Cover Copy: Just because a bullet has your name on it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t duck. Either I’m stubborn or it’s rigor mortis, but being dead didn’t stop me from being a detective. But it’s tough out there for a zombie. These days the life-challenged have to register and take monthly tests to prove our emotional stability. See, if we get too low, we go feral. And I’ve been feeling down lately myself. So when a severed arm, yeah, just the arm, leaves a mysterious briefcase in my office, my assistant Misty thinks figuring out where it came from will keep me on track. But this job goes deeper and darker than I imagined. Turns out the people after the briefcase know more about my past life than I can remember, and even more about what I’ve become.
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The Dirty Streets of HeavenThe Dirty Streets of Heaven
Tad Williams
Cover Copy: Bobby Dollar is an angel, a real one. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own, pride, anger, even lust. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new trainee angel that Heaven has dropped into their midst. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth. When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get.
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An Apple for the Creatureanthology – AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE
Includes stories by: ILONA ANDREWS, AMBER BENSON, RHYS BOWEN, MIKE CAREY, CHARLAINE HARRIS, DONALD HARSTAD, STEVE HOCKENSMITH, NANCY HOLDER, FAITH HUNTER, TONI L.P. KELNER, MARJORIE LIU, JONATHAN MABERRY, THOMAS SNIEGOSKI
Cover Copy: Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, “Playing Possum,” Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew’s entire class but finds she’s one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of “exceptional,” in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’s “Magic Tests.”

For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers “VSI,” in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation.

And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski’s “The Bad Hour,” Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You’ll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!
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Ghosts: Recent Hauntingsanthology – GHOSTS: Recent Hauntings
Cover Copy: The spirits of the dead have walked among our legends, myths, and stories since before recorded history. Ghostly visitations, hauntings, unquiet souls seeking the living, vengeful wraiths, the possibility of life beyond the grave that can somehow reach out and touch us…these are some of literature’s most enduring icons. Now, in the twenty-first century, we are no less fascinated with phantoms than our cave-dwelling ancestors or our Victorian-age forebears. Thirty modern masters of fright and fantasy fill this anthology with shivers, chills, and spooky explorations of both sides of the veil. Be prepared to keep a light on all night!

Peter Atkins: “Between the Cold Moon and the Earth”
Rick Bowes: “There’s a Hole in the City”
Laird Barron: “The Lagerstatte”
Steve Duffy: “The Rag-and-Bone Men”
Jeffrey Ford: “The Trentino Kid”
Karen Joy Fowler: “Booth’s Ghost”
Neil Gaiman: “October in the Chair”
Stephen Gallagher: “The Box”
Elizabeth Hand: “Wonderwall”
Glen Hirshberg: “The Muldoon”
Alaya Dawn Johnson: “The Score”
Stephen Graham Jones: “Uncle” (original)
Caitlin R. Kiernan: “Apokatastasis”
Marc Laidlaw: “Cell Call”
Margo Lanagan: “The Proving of Smollett Standforth”
John Langan: “The Third Always Beside You”
Joe R. Lansdale: “The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler”
Maureen F. McHugh: “Ancestor Money”
Sarah Monette: “The Watcher in the Corners”
Reggie Oliver: “Mrs Midnight”
Richard Parks: “The Plum Blossom Lantern”
James van Pelt: “Savannah is Six”
Tim Powers: “A Soul in a Bottle”
Barbara Roden: “The Palace”
Ekaterina Sedia: “Tin Cans”
Nisi Shawl: “Cruel Sistah”
John Shirley: “Faces in Walls”
Peter Straub: “Mr Aikman’s Air Rifle”
Melanie Tem: “Dhost”
Steve Rasnic Tem: “The Ex”
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