Release Day x5

It’s a busy day with these 5 titles being released into the wild today:

The Last Vampire by Patricia Rosemoore and Marc Paoletti
Spawned of alchemy and blood, he was the last of a brutal, ancient line. Now he has just been reborn. Deep in a Texas cave, the military unearths a five-hundred-year-old corpse, its desiccated flesh teeming with mysterious DNA that can transform mortals into beings of unimaginable power. Captain Scott Boulder, leader of a Black Ops unit that has been endowed with these superhuman abilities, is among the first to benefit from the find. But when, with the help of a voodoo priestess, the creature is conjured to life, unleashing an ancient evil bent on reinstating its poisonous kind on earth, Scott knows he must return the monster to the grave. But this is no ordinary vampire. Once a brutal torturer in the Spanish Inquisition, it can bend the laws of science and magic in horrifying new ways. Powerless to fight this evil alone, Scott grudgingly seeks the aid of reclusive anthropologist Leah Maguire, an expert in the mystical rituals of the past. To keep humanity from entering a new Dark Age, Scott and Leah will battle unspeakable horrors and will sacrifice everything they hold dear–perhaps even their own humanity–to destroy the last vampire. [Amazon link]

Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
With [the city of] Volstov immersed in a scandal that may have international repercussions, the Ke-Han devise an ingenious plan of attack. To counter the threat, four ill-assorted heroes must converge to save the kingdom they love: an exiled magician, a naive country boy, a young student—and the unpredictable ace airman who flies the city’s fiercest dragon, Havemercy. [Amazon link]

Hotter Than Hell, anthology edited by Kim Harrison and Martin H. Greenburg
[Note: I tried to track down a list of authors in this collection, but I could only find an old list posted in 2007 by Marjorie M Liu: Kim Harrison, Tanya Huff, Carrie Vaughn, L. A. Banks, Susan Sizemore, Heidi Betts, Linda Winstead Jones, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Keri Arthur.] [Amazon link]

Confirmed Stories:
“Dirty Magic” by Kim Harrison
“Ride a Dark Horse” by Susan Krinard
“Life is the Teacher” by Carrie Vaughn
“To Die For” by Keri Arthur
“Demon Lover” by Cheyenne McCray
“Curse of the Dragon’s Tears” by Heidi Betts
“Moonlight Becomes You” by Linda Winstead Jones
“Brother’s Keeper” by Lilith Saintcrow

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M Liu
Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment—and one man— changes everything. [Amazon link]

Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night. Not everyone tries. But Jill Kismet is not just anyone. She’s a Hunter, trained by the best – and in over her head. Welcome to the night shift… [Amazon link]


Friday’s Review Round-up (the catch-up edition)

Author Caitlin Kittredge reviews Mark Henry’s Happy Hour of the Damned.

Blackromancereader reviews Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.

Melissa reviews Laurell K Hamilton’s The Laughing Corpse.

Laurie Likes Books reviews Reunion in Death by J D Robb.

Darla reviews My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, the anthology edited by P N Elrod (featuring LA Banks, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Elrod, Esther M Friesner, Lori Handeland, Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Krinard).

Books4Ever reviews Host by Stephenie Meyer. And so does Cate.

Maria reviews House of Cards by C E Murphy.

Booksmugglers reviews Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson.

Heather at Beside the Norm reviews Unleashed by Kristopher Reisz and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.

Darque Reviews reviews The Death Dealer by Heather Graham.