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May, June, July, August Pocket Preview (and Giveaway)

Update: The winners have all been contacted and asked to fill out this form:

Winner list:

  • 1) Tracy
  • 2) Joder
  • 3) Billie
  • 4) Heather
  • 5) Kelly in Hockeytown
  • 6) Nicole Strain
  • 7) Kim in Hawaii
  • 8) Sally Wilburn
  • 9) erin
  • 10) heatwave16
  • 11) Diana
  • 12) Kim
  • 13) Nicole Zoltack
  • 14) romsfuulynn
  • 15) Andreea C.
  • 16) Has
  • 17) donna ann
  • 18) cyclops8
  • 19) srs
  • 20) Jess Macallan
  • 21) wendy
  • 22) Gail D.
  • 23) Lush26
  • 24) Robin K
  • 25) blodeuedd
  • 26) JenMcQ

Today we have the May/June/July/August preview post from Pocket. This post is sponsored by Pocket in that they agreed to giveaway books in exchange for posting about the books. It’s a win, win. The following is a brief description of the book and the cover. I’ve noted whether the book is a DA Recommended read. We haven’t read all of the upcoming releases, but of the ones we have, I’ve noted the ones we’ve particularly enjoyed. You can find out more about these authors and their books at Pocket After Dark.

RULES: Comment to enter. Include in your comment the title of the book in which you are most in reading. The giveaway is open until Friday 12 pm CST. The winners will be posted on Saturday.

GIVEAWAY: The giveaway is open to everyone. If you are an international winner, your book will be sent by Dear Author via Book Depository when Book Depository makes it available to be sent or, electronically, if the book is available in your region. (I.e., we can’t send an August release to you today).

ADDITIONAL NOTES:  If you have not received your book within 4 weeks of the giveaway, please email me and let me know. We want to make sure that you receive your items.  Thanks and good luck.

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MAY RELEASES

Hush by Cherry AdairHush by Cherry Adair, on sale now.
New York Times Bestselling author Cherry Adair introduces an edgy, sexy new suspense series with this exhilarating international tale of hide and seek.

A reckless adventure in a deadly paradise.

Thrill seekers Zakary and Gideon Stark travel the globe in search of extreme adventure, but a trip to Venezuela to jump off the world’s highest falls catapults them into a perilous game of life or death—where they don’t know the rules.

A one-night stand that will change his life forever.

Kidnapped with a woman Zak knows nothing about, the brothers are held prisoner deep in the jungle. A risky, deathdefying escape separates them and nearly claims Zak’s life . . . until his recovery reveals a baffling new sixth sense.

An unexpected diversion with lethal consequences.

Now, to find his missing brother, Zak and the mysterious Acadia Gray will have to out-smart, out-gun, and out-maneuver not just the brutal kidnappers but also a new player who joins the adrenaline game: a ruthless opponent who wants the Stark brothers dead—at any cost.

Tangled by Jennifer EstepTangled by Jennifer Estep, on sale now.

I’d rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.

But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson’s front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sibling . . . or that I’m the murderer she’s been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead. . . .

Dark Descendant by Jenna BlackDark Descendant by Jenna Black, on sale now.

From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.

Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

Dead on the Delta by Stacy JayDead on the Delta by  Stacey Jay, on sale now.

Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dre-ams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a sixyear- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

Concrete SaviorConcrete Savior by Yvonne Navarro, on sale now.

THEY SAY NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED. BRYNNA MALAK IS LIVING PROOF .

A fallen angel in human form, Brynna is trying to earn another chance at heaven. So far, her road to redemption is littered with casualties, especially since Lucifer’s minions are intent on dragging her back to hell. And being mortal only got more complicated since Brynna became involved with Detective Eran Redmond.
Still, Brynna’s relationship issues—like the fact that one glimpse of her can drive men crazy with desire—may have to wait. A mysterious “hero” is saving Chicago’s citizens from certain death, with strange and sinister consequences. Brynna knows too much about demonkind to believe in coincidences. Some dark force is at work here, and Brynna may be the only one who can stop it. . . .

Demon by Kristina DouglasDemon by Kristina Douglas, on sale now.

Fallen angels abound in the second sizzling paranormal romance in the Fallen series by newcomer Kristina Douglas featuring Azazel, the King of the Fallen

One of the first Fallen, Azazel is second in power only to Lucifer. And with the activation of a prophesy binding him in marriage to the Demon Queen, Lilith, he’ll be even stronger. But Azaiel doesn’t want the power. After the death of his beloved mate, Sarah, he wanders the earth a lost soul, broken and disheartened. That is, until he decides to take matters into his own hands, to find the one woman who could take Sarah’s place as his wife…and kill her.

Scarlet by Jude DevereauxScarlet Nights: An Edilean Novel by Jude Deveraux, on sale now.

What if you learned that your fiancÉ was not who he claimed to be?

Engaged to the charming and seductive Greg Anders, Sara Shaw is happily anticipating her wedding in Edilean, Virginia. The date has been set, the flowers ordered, even her heirloom dress is ready. But just three weeks before the wedding, Greg gets a telephone call during the night and leaves without explanation. Two days later, a man climbs up through a trapdoor in the floor of Sara’s apartment, claiming that he is the brother of her best friend and that he’s moving in. While Mike Newland is indeed telling the truth about his identity, his reason for being there reaches far deeper. He’s an undercover detective, and his assignment is to use Sara to track down a woman who is one of the most notorious criminals in the United States—and also happens to be the mother of the man Sara plans to marry.

Mike thinks the job will be easy—if he can figure out how to make a “good” girl like Sara trust him, that is. But Mike has no idea what this mission has in store for him. He’s worked hard to keep private his connections to Edilean, which date back to his grandmother’s time there in 1941. But as Mike and Sara get to know each other, he can’t help but share secrets about himself that he’s told no one else. And in return, Sara opens up to Mike about things she could never reveal to Greg. As the pair work together to solve two mysteries, their growing love begins to heal each of them in ways they never could have imagined.

Karen Hawkins Scandal in ScotlandScandal in Scotland by Karen Hawkins, on sale date now.

New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins spins an unforgettable tale of a captivating beauty with a secret, a dashing sea captain on a treacherous mission—and the priceless artifact that seals their destiny.

A DESPERATE BEAUTY

Despite fame and countless admirers, actress Marcail Beauchamp has never forgotten William Hurst, the audacious seafarer she once loved . . . and lost. Now, forced by a mysterious blackmailer who threatens her family, she must steal an ancient onyx box from the one man she’s vowed never to see again.

A BOLD ADVENTURER

To save his brother from a ruthless abductor, William must deliver the artifact as ransom. He’s stunned when Marcail, more lovely than ever, suddenly appears on his ship. But when she drugs him and steals the box, his fury knows no bounds.

THE TREASURE EVERYONE WANTS

William pursues Marcail, but too late: she has already delivered the box. The estranged lovers realize they must work together—both to regain the artifact that could mean life or death to his family and to destroy the mysterious blackmailer’s power over her family. Thus begins a high-stakes quest through the reaches of Scotland, a quest that stirs up long-forgotten memories and an unquenchable passion. . . .

 

JUNE RELEASES

A Wedding Wager by Jane FeatherA Wedding Wager by  Jane Feather, on sale date June 28, 2011.
The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather’s sexy and scintillating Blackwater Brides trilogy.

Serena Grantley and her stepfather, General Heyward, have spent the past two years traveling around the capitals of Europe, running faro banks among the highest echelons of European society. Serena is indispensable to her stepfather in the business, not only as an experienced faro dealer but as a draw for the men, young and old, who find her charm and beauty irresistible.

Now, much to the delight of her lovesick suitor, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan, Serena has returned to England with the general, who plans to expand his London gambling house and line his pockets at the expense of the city’s inveterate gamesters. Serena and Sebastian’s burgeoning love affair was cut abruptly short by her departure two years ago, and the two have struggled ever since to overcome their heartache. Unfortunately, their reunion is short lived — aiming to put a halt to the young lovers’ plans, the general has already decided to offer Serena up as a mistress to the dissolute earl of Burford. As Lord Burford becomes more and more pressing in his demands, Serena and Sebastian are left with no choice but to concoct a plan that will turn the tables on the earl and her stepfather.

 

Lord of Shadows by  Alix RickloffLord of Shadows by  Alix Rickloff, on sale date June 28, 2011.

LORD OF SHADOWS is the second book in Alix Rickloff’s devilishly sexy Irish Regency paranormal romance series.

After her father’s murder, Lady Sabrina Douglas retreated into the sanctuary of the cloister, becoming a Sister of High Danu, women devoted to the contemplative life of the Other world. Unfortunately Sabrina’s past catches up with her when a man is found half-dead on a beach and brought to the care of the Sisters.

Daigh MacLir has no memory of who he is or where he comes from. Only a pressing feeling of an unsolved task he’s been given and blinding headaches and hellish nightmares that torment him with images of another existence, one submerged in evil and hate.

Taken in by the nuns, Daigh is drawn to Sabrina without knowing exactly why, only a sense that she will be the one to help him remember who he is. It’s only when those memories return and he realizes not only who he is—a soldier of Domnu; a mage-born slave spawned from the bones of a dead warrior, but what he’s been sent here to do—capture the Rylkoth Tapestry depicting the final resting place of King Arthur—that he realizes Sabrina Douglas will either save him from hell or he will send her there.

 

Black Heart LOA by Adrian Phoenix,Black Heart LOA by Adrian Phoenix, on sale date June 28, 2011.

“An eye for an eye is never enough.”

Kallie RiviÈre, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as an unnatural storm—the deadliest in a century—is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.

Kindling the Moon by Jenn BennettKindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett, on sale date June 28, 2011.

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

Mystical Warrior by Janet ChapmanMystical Warrior by Janet Chapman, on sale date June 28, 2011.

An eleventh-century lass with a stubborn streak unleashes the red-hot hero inside her modern lover in bestselling author Janet Chapman’s irresistible new Midnight Bay adventure.

Trace Huntsman’s peaceful life has headed to hell in a hand-basket ever since stunningly beautiful Fiona Gregor moved into the vacant apartment above his house. Kidnapped centuries earlier and transformed into a red-tail hawk, Fiona is human once more and must learn how to be a modern woman. But damned if Trace is going to be the one to teach her. Not when her mere presence ignites a fiery passion deep within his cautious heart.

Fiona longs to overcome the painful memories of her tragic past—to let down her guard and become a mother again. But so far her handsome landlord is not exactly thrilled with the stray animals—and suitors—that keep following her home. When the wizard Maximilian Oceanus shows up, Trace reaches the end of his rope. Weird things happen when Mac is around—raging storms, snarling demons—but this time, Midnight Bay is at the center of a fierce battle, and Fiona is the primary target. Only Trace can save her, but first, the lovers must set aside their fears . . . and open up their hearts.

A Lady's Less in Scandal by Meredith DuranA Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran, on sale date June 28, 2011.

IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE . . .

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he’ll help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him.

A NOTORIOUS LADIES’ MAN COULD TAKE HER FROM POVERTY TO OPULENCE . . . BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

A rake of the first order, Simon St. Maur spent his restless youth burning every bridge he crossed. When he inherits an earldom without a single penny attached to it, he sees a chance to start over—provided he can find an heiress to fund his efforts. But his wicked reputation means courtship will be difficult—until fate sends him the most notorious missing heiress in history. All he needs now is to make her into a lady and keep himself from making the only mistake that could ruin everything: falling in love. . . .

Jane’s Note:  This is a DA recommended read.  Duran is a remarkable writer.

JULY RELEASES

Shadow Fall by Seressia GlassShadow Fall by Seressia Glass, on sale July 26, 2011

Kira returns to Atlanta where her training in Egyptology involves her with a new museum exhibit that allows visitors to experience a pharaoh’s journey through the underworld. On top of the day job, her defeat of the Fallen a few months before left a power vacuum in the Shadow community. The resulting power struggles make the intrigues of Ancient Rome look like playground squabbles. The paranormal body count begins to point to a serial killer, pitting Shadow against Light. Meanwhile, humans are disappearing from the exhibit, some turning up dead. Kira herself is a suspect in the slayings. With the preternatural community suddenly united against her, Kira knows she’s got to use all her resources to piece the puzzle together before her town becomes a very public battlefield. When Kira discovers that an old adversary appears to be behind both the killings and the exhibit, all in the effort to resurrect an ancient god, she has no choice but to fight Shadow with Shadow. The decision forces Kira to embrace the darkest part of herself—and forces her lover, the eternal warrior Khefar, to choose between Kira and the rest of the world. Either way, when the smoke clears, things will never be the same.

The Killing Song by P.J. Parris, on sale July 26, 2011.

The Killing Song P.J. Parrish,From the USA Today bestselling author of the Louis Kincaid mysteries comes a heart-pounding new thriller with a sizzling new hero—Matt Owens, a South Florida investigative reporter on a desperate hunt for his sister’s killer. Matt Owens is a Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist, but at thirty-five, he’s adrift, more inclined to hit the bottle alone than the Miami Beach club scene. But when his beloved younger sister Mandy comes to visit, Matt wants to show her a new world. It’s the trip of her dreams, but the nightmare begins when Mandy disappears from a crowded dance floor. When her lifeless body is found, one clue—a grisly rock song downloaded onto her iPod—may be the calling card of a serial killer. Shattered with grief and guilt, Matt begins a lonely journey to find Mandy’s killer, following a chain of musical clues that lead him from an abandoned London rock club to a crumbling Scottish castle and finally to the ancient bone-strewn catacombs below Paris. Only one person believes in his quest—Eve Bellamont, a dedicated French detective whose own five-year obsession to find the phantom killer has left her an outcast in her own department. Together, they race to decipher the “killing songs” that the madman leaves with each victim and stop him before another beautiful young woman dies.

WIth No Remorse by Cindy GerardWith No Remorse by Cindy Gerard, on sale July 19, 2011

Black Ops, Inc. operative Luke – Doc Holliday – Colter is taking some much needed down-time, making his way across the Peruvian Andes via rail, when banditos attack the moving train in the midnight hours. It soon becomes apparent that robbery is not their intent but the abduction of super model Valentina, who is traveling incognito while recovering from a public scandal involving her ex-husband, high profile US Senator, Marcus Chamberlin. Luke whisks Valentina off the train in a daring escape but the two of them become the targets of a relentless manhunt. Enlisting the aid of Luke’s BOI teammates, they soon discover that Val’s intended abduction is linked to a plot put in play by an international gun smuggling alliance. The BOI team led by Luke, with Val along as a necessary pawn, must race halfway around the world to thwart a ruthless attack that would not only result in a devastating loss of life but destroy a tenuous peace the US and her allies have established in a vastly unstable part of the world.

Jane’s note: I read this book and then went and bought the entire backlist.  Make what you will of that. ;)

Bound by Moonlight by Nancy GideonBound by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon, on sale date July 26, 2011

POLICE DETECTIVE CHARLOTTE CAISSIE AND HER SHAPE-SHIFTING PARAMOUR MAX SAVOIE THOUGHT THE PAST WAS BEHIND THEM. BUT IN NANCY GIDEON’S IRRESISTIBLE NEW ROMANCE, THEY DISCOVER IT MAY NEVER LET THEM GO. . . .

THEY SWORE THEY’D BE TOGETHER FOREVER.

Detective Charlotte Caissie is suddenly sharing drawer space and making local news with her shape-shifter lover, Max Savoie. He’s determined to be accepted by her peers—so how can she ask him to return to his criminal roots to help her solve a complex case?

BUT THOSE THEY TRUST THE MOST . . .

Working undercover with her partner to find the serial killer who’s kidnapped a colleague’s daughter, Cee Cee is caught between her job and her fiercely possessive lover. And when she calls on Max’s preternatural talents to aid his hated enemy, she crosses a line that strains their relationship to its limit.

. . . WILL DO ANYTHING TO TEAR THEM APART.

With his secret spreading, Max is forced to protect his family and his clan. The only certainty is his love for his human mate . . . unless the loyalties that define them divide them forever.

High Country Bride by Linda Lael MillerHigh Country Bride by Linda Lael Miller, on sale now.

One ranch. Three sons. Only one will inherit…and on one condition.

Tired of waiting for his sons to settle down, Arizona-territory rancher Angus McKettrick announces a competition: the first son to marry and produce a grandchild will inherit Triple M ranch. Now, three distinctly different, equally determined cowboys are searching high and low for brides.

If Emmeline Harding knows one thing, it’s that she can’t hold her liquor. And though she’s not sure how she came to wake up next to a stack of gold coins in a brothel, she fears the worst. Fleeing town as a mail-order bride, she wonders: how will she ever confess her past to her handsome new husband?

Freedom-loving Rafe McKettrick is a man of strong beliefs and stronger passions and he’ll do anything to win the Triple M — even marry a stranger. To his surprise, Emmeline’s charms beguile him even as the secrets he senses she’s hiding ignite jealousy and suspicion. But when a visitor from the past enters the high country, the newlyweds have no choice but to give up on a marriage in name only and seek a union that satisfies them body and soul.

AUGUST RELEASES

Night Falls on the Wicked by Sharie KohlerNight Falls on the Wicked by Sharie Kohler, on sale date August 30, 2011.

Sharie Kohler returns to the shadowy world of the Moon Chasers, where a seductive witch stalked by demons finds protection in the arms of a lycan on a mission of blood vengeance.

Darby has spent the last three years of her life running from the demons that seek to possess her. She’s walked away from all friends and family for fear that she will drag them too close to the danger forever nipping her heels. As a white witch, demons seek to possess her and use her as Satan’s instrument on earth. Determined to never be a device for evil, she lives life below the radar and stays one step ahead of the evil hunting her. Except there’s more than one evil lurking in the shadows …

When Darby is captured by a pack of lycans, she fears her days of running are at an end. Once they discover that she’s not a simple human, but a witch, they keep her prisoner to take advantage of her supernatural gifts. It will take a miracle to save her …

Infected by a lycan at the age of sixteen, Niklas is no ordinary lycan. The son of a witch, nothing matters to him so much as killing his brethren, wiping out the soulless monsters who murdered his mother and turned him into one of them. On a mission to wipe out a nasty nest of lycans, he rescues a female enticing enough to distract him from his purpose. Only he soon discovers Darby is no ordinary female he can rescue and then just release into the world. Like his own mother, she’s a white witch. Suddenly, he finds himself bodyguard to a woman that has not only lycans hunting her, but demons, too. And the stubborn female isn’t the least grateful, constantly rebuffing his efforts to help her and trying to leave him in the dust.

Except he can’t let her go … he can’t forget the woman who makes him feel alive in a way he hasn’t felt in years.  Even as he battles his own desire for her, Darby fights her attraction to Niklas – a lycan she should feel nothing for– and knows it’s a battle she may lose. But with the evil threatening at every side, what chance do they have?

The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly GayThe Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay, on sale date August 30, 2011.

Now that Detective Charlie Madigan knows the off-world drug ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession, she’ll do anything to save her addicted sister Bryn. But as New Year’s Eve approaches and ash victims began taking their own lives, Charlie is out of time. And worse, every exorcist in Atlanta has fled, leaving no one able to “see” who among the addicted are possessed and in danger. Desperate for help, Charlie turns to an ancient race of beings—creatures of mist and smoke, and embarks on a journey into hellish Charbydon with her siren partner Hank and the Revenant Rex to save Bryn and make it back before the creatures exact their deadly price. But one of them isn’t coming home…

Blood Sacrifice by Maria LimaBlood Sacrifice by Maria Lima, on sale date August 30, 2011.

The fifth book in Maria Lima’s critically acclaimed urban fantasy series.

War has been declared by the fae against the Kelly Clan. Keira, her vampire lover Adam, and all the Wild Moon residents must leave the ranch as possession of it and all clan lands are in contention. Taking up residence in a historic San Antonio hotel, Keira, her family, and allies must strategize on how to win and reclaim for their land—a situation made even more difficult by the convoluted wordings of the ancient Challenge that has been invoked. As they research possibilities strange things begin to happen back in Rio Seco: the old cemetery is vandalized, fires break out at the strip center…and Minerva Kelly, clan leader and matriarch is missing. Have the Faery captured her? Should Keira risk breaking the Challenge rules and return to the Wild Moon or is it best to allow events to play out? Either way, she may lose everything.

Dark Taste of Rapture by Gena ShowalterDark Taste of Rapture by Gena Showalter, on sale date August 23, 2011.

Beautiful Noelle Tremain has just completed AIR (Alien Investigation and Removal) training and successfully navigated her first mission. Life is perfect.  Until her best friend is turned into a vampire, destroying her day life, and she’s partnered with Hector Dean, destroying her nightlife.  He’s the sexiest, most powerful man she’s ever met, able to atomize his arm and punch through anything – but he’s also an emotionally distanced hardass willing to do anything to avoid her.  To stay on top of their case, she might just have to find a way on top of him.  But oh, the naughty things a girl will do for her job . . .

Snapped by Laura GriffinSnapped by Laura Griffin, on sale date August 30, 2011.

This is the fourth thrilling Tracers novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin.

After being caught in the crossfire of a deadly shooting, Sophie Barrett counts herself lucky to escape with her life. As details of the incident begin to emerge, though, she realizes there is more going on than a senseless act of violence. Now she just has to convince a team of investigators that they’ve got it all wrong.

Homicide detective Jonah Macon knows Sophie has a knack for crossing paths with trouble. He’s saved her butt before, and he’s more than happy to do it again. After all, she’s beautiful, sexy, and fearless. But when she takes on an entire task force of experienced cops, he thinks she’s finally gone too far. Her conspiracy theory is, in a word, unbelievable.

Jane’s NoteThis series is a favorite of Jayne’s and Jayne doesn’t even like romantic suspense. I promise that it is on it’s way to you, Jayne, but I confess that I read it first. After all your praise, I couldn’t resist.  Enjoyed it so much that I bought the previous three in the series. Sadly, my credit card is weeping.

Enemy Mine by Karin HarlowEnemy Mine by Karin Harlow, on sale date August 30, 2011.

The second book following Enemy Lover in Karin Harlow’s new series featuring vampires and a black ops team called L.O.S.T.

Description

While tracking uranium-spinning centrifuges in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, L.O.S.T. operative Nikko Cruz is ambushed and left for dead.  The last person he expects to see is Selena de la Roja, the only woman he ever loved and the same woman he was sentenced to death for killing.

Selena has secrets she’s killed to protect.  Deep, dark, otherworld secrets.  A mother driven mad.  A power-hungry father.  A lineage that makes her half-daemon, a fact she despises.  Selena’s most important secret, however, is one she’s already died to keep.  To protect her daughter, she’ll slay daemons, steal ancient artifacts, and drink immortal blood.  But when she sees her lost love dying on the side of a mountain road, Selena discovers she can’t walk away.  Selena saves Nikko by injecting him with the last of her immortal blood serum, even though doing so pits her against her dangerous employer, a vampire crime lord.

 

Shotgun Bride by Linda Lael MillerShotgun Bride by Linda Lael Miller, on sale date August 23, 2011.

One special lady will help this cowboy lawman win his father’s ranch — and steal his heart in the bargain….

Kade McKettrick’s got five mail-order brides-to-be camped out at the local hotel, all more than eager to provide him with the heir that will win him the Triple M ranch. But Kade, the newly appointed marshal, has his hands full with a troublesome outlaw gang. Why, then, is he so easily distracted by pretty “Sister Mandy” — who most assuredly is not the nun she claims to be?

On the run from her outlaw stepfather, Mandy Sperrin hides beneath her solemn disguise, and vows to keep her wild, passionate nature from the respectable citizens of Indian Rock. Yet when the handsome marshal makes it clear that he wants her, Mandy gives in to her heated desires….

Despite the secrets that may lure them both perilously close to danger, Kade knows that proposing marriage may be the only way to keep this spirited woman by his side. But are her ties to a shadowed past more threatening — and closer — than Kade knows? His strong, sensual embrace may charm Mandy’s wild heart — but will she surrender to a lifetime of his deep and powerful love?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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