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by Dee Gentle

Leslie Tramposch: Managing Editor - Sara Reyes: Marketing and Publicity

July 2006 Issue

 
Sizzling Summer
Spotlight on Great Summer Reads

Featuring: 
 
 Interviews with: Brandi Broughton ~ Kathleen Dante ~ Vivienne King
Deanna Lee, Cobblestone Press ~ Diane Whiteside ~ Cora Zane

Special Features

Publisher Spotlights: Berkley Heat and Cobblestone Press

 Chat with Featured Authors ~ July 17th 
at PNR CHAT, monthly - 3rd Monday, 8PM Eastern


Sizzling Summer Reading

Whether catching rays at the beach or in your own backyard, it wouldn't be summer without romance, paranormal romance that is.
Don't forget to welcome new ePublisher, Cobblestone Press, offering paranormal titles as well as other popular romance genres, and Berkley Heat is offering up some scorching titles to heat up the summer nights.
 
 

 


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St. Martin's Press
May 2, 2006
ISBN #0312935749
320 pages
Paperback



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THE UNTAMED ONE

by Ronda Thompson

A RAPACIOUS BEAST

Running from angry villagers and the man who ravaged her, the witch Lucinda flees into the forest to have her child. But Lord Jackson Wulf hunts her down, believing her death will break the family curse that threatens his brothers' futures - a curse that has already transformed Jackson into a monster...

A SENSUAL MAN

Instead of killing the witch, Jackson is moved by both her beauty and her desperate plight. Lucinda seizes the chance to find safety for herself and her babe when a bargain is struck between this outcast woman and this doomed man—and sealed by their marriage in name only.

A DANGEROUS LOVE

In return for his protection, Lucinda has promised that her magic can free Jackson from his torment. But the pretty witch soon finds herself in danger of being seduced by Jackson's charms, and pursued by the man who would see both her and her child dead. Can she trust a Wulf with her safety and the safety of her child? Can she trust her heart to Jackson? To surrender to a Wulf is a terrible risk, for love will either unleash the beast within the man...or finally set him free.

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THE CURSED ONE
Book 3 - Wild Wulfs of London
St. Martin's Press - December 06


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Spectra
May 31, 2005
ISBN: 0553587080
528 pages
Paperback

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HAUNTED

 

by Kelley Armstrong

 

Eve Levine made a bargain with Fate, and now she's come to collect, sending Eve off on a quest to retrieve the soul of an escaped demi-demon.  Playing ghost world bounty hunter isn't exactly what Eve had in mind for an afterlife career, but a deal is a deal.  Eve never breaks a promise...even when the cost of repaying that debt turns out to be more than this ghost can afford.

 

 

 


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St. Martin's Press
May 30, 2006
ISBN #0312357435
Hardcover


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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks until she gets a lead on the biggest story in town: The Seattle Slayer. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a tip on the latest rash of killings. Instead, she gets a story about the mayor feeding citizens to a ring of vampires... yeah. Just another day in her life.

Then she gets talked into adopting a cat she's allergic to. Her first thought is to neuter the cat. But when he turns out to be a gorgeous shapeshifting man who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer she thinks: not so fast. Next thought: seek professional help.

Susan doesn't know what to believe, but as she's drawn into a paranormal world, she comes to realize that the story that could bring her credibility is too unbelievable to expose. Now it's no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers, it's a matter of saving lives and souls, and her only ally is a man she's allergic to. In the world of the Dark-Hunters, it's always dangerous. But never more so than when one very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is... will she? Dark Side of the Moon is full of Sherrilyn Kenyon's trademark sexy humor and breathtaking imagination.


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MIRA Books
June 1, 2006
ISBN #077832298X
384 pages
Paperback


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THE TURNING
by Jennifer Armintrout

I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.
So now I'm a vampire, and it turns out I have a blood tie to the monster who sired me. The tie works like an invisible leash and I'm bound to him no matter what I do. And of course he's one of the most evil vampires on earth. With my sire hell-bent on turning me into a soulless killer and his sworn enemy set to exterminate me, things couldn't get much worse -- except I'm attracted to them both.

Drinking blood, living as an immortal demon and being a pawn between two warring vampire factions isn't exactly how I'd imagined my future. But as my father used to say, the only way to conquer fear is to face it. So that's what I'll do. Fangs bared.


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Warner Books (Forever)
June 1, 2006
ISBN #0446616273
360 pages
Paperback


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SEDUCED BY THE NIGHT

by Robin T. Popp


SEDUCED BY THE MYSTERY...Dr. Bethany Stavinoski doesn't run from a challenge. As the top biochemist in her field, the delicate-looking blonde routinely puts herself on the line. But her latest research project plunges her into a terrifying world she never knew existed—and into the arms of a dangerous, irresistible man.

SEDUCED BY THE DANGER...Dirk Adams is a changeling, a human with a vampire's strength and skills. He patrols the darkness to destroy renegade vampires, and he senses something far more powerful behind the relentless pursuers now on Beth's trail. As a nightmare he never imagined unfolds, Beth's only chance to save both their lives is to surrender to Dirk's desperate need...and match his hunger with her own.

SEDUCED BY THE NIGHT


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Jove
June 27, 2006
ISBN #0515141542
368 pages
Paperback

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DANGEROUS TIDES

by Christine Feehan

 

The Drake Sisters Series

Dr. Libby Drake is sensible and practical. To her more adventurous sisters, she's always been the "good girl". Certainly not the kind to attract the attention of a genius like Ty Derrick - until a tragic accident leaves the handsome biochemist at her mercy.

Acting on her uncanny ability to heal, she stirs in the reawakened Ty his own long-suppressed desires for the woman who saved his life. But he's not the only man with designs on Libby Drake. Her miraculous and selfless power has also captured the attention of a dangerously influential admirer. He's pursuing the elementally gifted beauty for his own wicked purpose. And he's willing to go to deadly lengths to make it happen.


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Jove
May 30, 2006
ISBN: 0515141402
352 pages
Paperback


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GHOST HUNTER

by Jayne Castle


Where deadly energy ghosts lurk in the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. Where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets. And where a ghost hunter will discover that a woman's heart is the most dangerous adversary of all...

Local Guild boss and powerful ghost-hunter Cooper Boone is everything botanist Elly St. Clair could ask for - the handsome, strong, and silent type. Maybe too silent. For when Guild secrets threaten her career at the college, Elly has to call off their marriage - and leave small-town life behind...

But starting over in the thriving metropolis of Cadence City isn't easy, especially when one of Elly's new friends disappears in the eerie catacombs beneath the streets. Cooper turns up just in time to help Elly investigate. And as the mystery deepens and dangerous ghost myths and legends come to light, Cooper makes it clear he intends to stick around - and this time he's holding nothing back...


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Berkley Pub Group
June 6, 2006
ISBN #0425203719
320 pages
Trade Size

 

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WICKED PLEASURE

by Nina Bangs

A man who can't say no

Brynn McNair has spent the last five hundred years of his existence offering his body to any woman who desires him. The evil entity that created him has made sure that if he tries to resist the compulsion to play love slave, he suffers. So it's no wonder that he thinks of women as his enemy. Until he meets Kimberly Vaughn.

A woman who won't say yes

Kim Vaughn is a demon hunter. It's a family business and her destiny. But Kim is all about avoiding her destiny. She wants to marry an ordinary guy, have ordinary kids, live in an ordinary house, and work as an architect. No way does she want anything to do with a man who has paranormal connections. Until she meets Brynn McNair.

Kim comes to the Castle of Dark Dreams, the main attraction in a sexy theme park, to plan a few upgrades. She stays to join forces with Brynn and save Galveston from a supernatural takeover. Can a woman who wants to marry Mr. Ordinary and a man who thinks of love as sleeping with the enemy find happiness together? You'd be surprised.


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Berkley Pub Group
(Sensation)
July 5, 2006
ISBN #042521012X
272 pages
Trade Size

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SURF'S UP

by Nina Bangs, Mary Janice Davidson, Janelle Denison

 

PACK YOUR SUNBLOCK...IT'S GOING TO GET HOT.

Crashing waves, intense heat, body oil, and men who give new meaning to a day at the beach...

Three of today's most talented authors deliver all-new stories of the hunks who work and play at the sizzling seashore. By no means beach bums, these irresistible guys are as ripped as the waves and smooth as the sand. No shirt required...

"Hot and Bothered" by "Janelle Denison

"Paradise Bossed" by MaryJanice Davidson

"Hot Summer Bites" by Nina Bangs


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Berkley Pub Group
June 6, 2006
ISBN #0425210294
272 pages
Hardcover

 
UNDEAD AND UNPOPULAR

by Mary Janice Davidson


Betsy Taylor, Vampire Queen, already has plenty on her plate. For one thing, next week is her birthday—the big 3-1 in human years, and one in undead years. (Yes, she bit the dust on her birthday last year.) On top of that, she still has wedding plans to finalize - and it's not helping that the prospective groom is avoiding anything to do with it. And then there's her decision to stop drinking blood—something she has yet to share with Eric Sinclair, her fiancé—who also happens to be the vampire king...

So the last thing she wants to deal with is uninvited guests, even if they happen to be the powerful European vampires who have finally come to pay their respects the week before her birthday. Some of them don't want Betsy as their Queen, and will do anything to get rid of her. As if turning thirty last year (not to mention dying) hadn't been traumatic enough. And trying to give up blood is making her really cranky...But who has time to sulk?


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Berkley Pub Group
(Sensation)
June 6, 2006
ISBN #042520961X
352 pages
Paperback

 

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SHADOW OF THE MOON

by Rebecca York

His gifts help him uncover the hot stories. But his latest investigation will take him inside a sinister world of power and pleasure, alongside a woman who knows how to bring out the animal in him...

Lance Marshall has a nose for great news stories. It's not surprising, since his werewolf abilities allow him to move with greater speed and stealth than any human. Now he's on the prowl outside an ultra-exclusive Washington, D.C. nightclub—"The Castle" - a heavily protected building within a forested park. But he is not alone. There is someone else in the woods who wants to get inside the secretive club.

Savannah Carpenter's sister lies in a coma—and Savannah knows that the mysterious goings-on in The Castle have something to do with it. Her wild sister had visited the club several times to partake in some erotic—and dangerous—fun and games, and Savannah wants answers. To get them, she joins forces with Lance, and the two pretend to be lovers to gain entrance.

But the raw passion that arises between them is anything but an act. And the closer they get to each other, the closer they get to uncovering the truth—and the monstrous evil that lies in the heart of The Castle....


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Berkley Pub Group
June 6, 2006
ISBN #042521043X
352 pages
Trade Size

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CALIFORNIA DEMON


by Julie Kenner

Welcome to San Diablo. The perfect place to raise a couple of kids. And a lot of Hell.

What's a mother to do, when there are only so many hours in the day, and the fate of the world is in her hands?

Kate Connor was a retired demon hunter. Now, after fourteen years busting her tail as a suburban housewife, raising two kids, and supporting her husband's political ambitions, she's rejoined the workforce—and except for a few minions of evil, no one has a clue. She tries hard to keep her home and work lives separate—a good idea when your job involves random slaughter.

Between fending off demon attacks, trying to figure out why the mysterious new teacher at the high school seems so strangely familiar, and keeping a watchful eye on her daughter's growing infatuation with a surfer dude, Kate is the busiest—and most dangerous—soccer mom on the block...


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Downtown Press
June 6, 2006
ISBN #0743497503
304 pages
Paperback

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ENSLAVE ME SWEETLY

by Gena Showalter

An Alien Huntress Novel

Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct and enslave. And though she appears to be human herself, Eden is an alien, a Raka, distinguished by ! her golden hair and skin, and gifted with the ominous ability to kill without remorse—and with total accuracy. Until the fateful night she has one shot to eliminate her target, a human slaver— and misses.

"Failure" is not in Eden's vocabulary. Neither is "partner"—but that's what she is forcibly assigned after recovering from her disastrous mission. A sexy, steely-nerved human agent, Lucius Adaire enjoys nothing more than sparking the fury -- and rousing the desire—of the fiery female assassin too proud to admit defeat. Locked in an assignment they ca! nnot afford to lose, Lucius and Eden find themselves bound in two high-stakes, heart-pounding games: the sensual web of kill or be killed and the erotic dance of seduction.


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Signet (Eclipse)
June 6, 2006
ISBN #0451218663
304 pages
Paperback



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DARK NEED

by Lynn Viehl

A Novel of the Darkyn #3

AN ACHING EMPTINESS...

Homicide detective Samantha Brown is a tough, highly decorated cop. But for the past twelve lonely years, since she nearly died of a gunshot wound, she has felt a deep inner longing.

A LONG-LOST LOVE...

The mysterious Lucan, with his timeless ability to seduce women, is focusing on the emotionally battered Samantha, who has awakened his wild memories of a long-ago love.

A PASSION THAT WILL BE FULFILLED...

As Samantha pursues a deranged killer, her only clue is a medieval cross inscribed "Lucan" - the name of a man who owns a nightclub near the murder scene. Drawn into a seamy underworld, Samantha falls for Lucan, who believes that he's a vampire and that Samantha is his reincarnated first love. Now she must save this man who seems beyond redemption—and who fulfills her deepest, darkest desires....


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Roc
June 6, 2006
ISBN #0451460936
320 pages
Paperback


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TOUCH THE DARK


by Karen Chance


Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot.

The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire - and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...


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Berkley Pub Group
June 27, 2006
ISBN #0425207978
496 pages
Hardcover

 

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DANSE MACABRE


by Laurell K. Hamilton

It was the middle of November. I was supposed to be out jogging, but instead I was sitting at my breakfast table talking about men, sex, werewolves, vampires, and that thing that most unmarried but sexually active women fear most...

Anita Blake needs to be concentrating on a dangerous situation: the ardeur, the sexual power that flows between Anita and Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, and Richard, the volatile werewolf who loves her passionately, is reaching new levels, perhaps evolving into something altogether new. The ardeur seems to be choosing new lovers for Anita, acting with a will of its own. As Jean-Claude says, the ardeur is hunting powerful prey. The unexpected effect of this is that Jean-Claude's own power as a master vampire has grown to new levels—and Richard, never predictable, is changing too.

But as the days pass, Anita's less interested in vampire politics than in an ancient, ordinary dread she shares with women down the ages: she may be pregnant. And, if she is, whether the father is a vampire, a werewolf, or someone else entirely, she knows perfectly well that being a Federal Marshall, known for raising the dead and being a vampire executioner, is no way to bring up a baby...


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Ballantine Books
June 27, 2006
ISBN #0345485203
336 pages
Paperback

 

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EDGE OF DANGER

by Cherry Adair
 

Even the deepest peril couldn't keep him away from her.

As an anti-terrorism operative in T-FLAC's classified paranormal unit, the intrepid, ruggedly handsome Gabriel Edge protects the world from the forces of evil. So when an ingenious and extremely volatile invention is stolen from a covert lab in Arizona, Gabriel zeroes in on the brilliant young scientist who helped to create the device. From Gabriel's first contact, Eden Cahill leaves an indelible impression.

Using a mysterious telepathic power as ancient as his Scottish heritage, as well as his seductive physical charms, Gabriel must infiltrate Eden's mind to uncover the secrets she so desperately protects. But Gabriel is in a bind--for the only way to penetrate Eden's memories is through one shared intimate encounter that will trigger revelations, shatter lives, and just might save humanity--all at a terribly steep price.


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Berkley Pub Group
(Sensation)
June 30, 2006
ISBN #0425211061
352 pages
Paperback


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MYSTERIA


by Mary Janice Davidson, Susan Grant, P.C. Cast, Gena Showalter

Hunky werewolves, delicious demons and, drop-dead sexy witches all have the same address...

Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of Colorado (just close enough to Denver for great shoe shopping), the small town of Mysteria was "accidentally" founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Over time, it has become a veritable magnet for the supernatural - a place where magic has quietly coexisted with the mundane world.

It's a town like any other town, where the high school's Fighting Fairies give fans something to cheer about, where everyone knows your name—if not exactly what you are—at the local bar, and where the wishing well actually lives up to its name.

Strange occurrences happen every day, but now the ladies of Mysteria are about to unleash a tempest of seduction that will have tongues wagging for centuries to come...


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MIRA Books
July 1, 2006
ISBN #0778323269
432 pages
Paperback

 

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SCENT OF ROSES

by Kat Martin

Elizabeth doesn't believe in ghosts.
But this time she has no choice.

Family counselor Elizabeth Conner isn't sure what to think when Maria Santiago comes to her for help. Pregnant and terrified, Maria claims to be visited each night by the ghost of a little girl, warning her to flee. Her husband, Miguel, a migrant worker at Harcourt Farms, dismisses her fears as hormonal changes, but Elizabeth agrees to help by contacting Miguel's employers who own the cottage where the young couple lives.

Elizabeth immediately picks up on the deep enmity between the two Harcourt brothers: Carson, the handsome scion running the estate for his incapacitated father, and Zack, the rebellious black sheep. While Carson is more interested in Elizabeth than in her concerns, Zack grudgingly agrees to help her look into the history of the house.

But even as unexpected desire draws them together, Elizabeth and Zack feel something dark and disturbing at the house, a cloying scent and lingering chill of pure evil. Elizabeth knows something terrible has happened here before, something that has its roots in murder . . .


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Ballantine Books
July 25, 2006
ISBN #0345485211
352 pages
Paperback

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EDGE OF FEAR

by Cherry Adair

 

He would rewrite the past to save the woman he loves. The fearless Caleb Edge is one of three brothers assigned to the top-secret paranormal unit of an elite counterterrorism group. As a prized T-FLAC agent, Caleb uses his special mystical gifts to rewind history, halt evil in its tracks, and protect innocent people . . . like Heather Shaw. The beautiful daughter of a terrorism financier, Heather watched her father brutally murder her mother. Now, to escape his clutches, Heather begins a new life, far from the realm of power and privilege in which she grew up. On the hunt for Heather's father, Caleb hopes that Heather can lead him to his target, and he’ll do anything to achieve his objective -even if it means using his striking good looks to his advantage. But in the face of malevolent forces, Caleb doesn't anticipate a burning conflict between duty and desire, or that he might have to use his power to turn back time-not for justice, but for love.


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Harper Torch
June 27, 2006
ISBN #0060788194
464 pages
Paperback

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A FISTFUL OF CHARMS

by Kim Harrison

Rachel Morgan series - Book 4

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her -- not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses -- savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel's soul is at stake.


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Avon
July 1, 2006
ISBN #006077407X
Paperback

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A BITE TO REMEMBER

by Lynsay Sands

Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up.

Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.

Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . it can be a pain in the neck.

Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective . . . did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember. 


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Avon
June 27, 2006
ISBN #0060848367
384 pages
Paperback

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BE MINE TONIGHT

by
Kathryn Smith
 

I am called Chapel . . .

For nearly six centuries I have roamed the night, a mortal man no longer. Would that I could undo the past -- when I entered the sanctuary of the Knights Templar to wrest from them the Holy Grail, only to discover the chalice I raised to my lips was not the sacred relic but a hellish cup of damnation. Now I shun the day and all things human, driven by an ungodly thirst. And yet...

Never have I known a maiden the like of Prudence Ryland, whose beauty and spirit awaken a heart I feared long cold and dead. But her young life is slipping away, and she also seeks the deliverance of the Grail -- unaware that the cost of her search could be her soul. I must help Prudence, for in six hundred years, no other woman has stirred my passions so. But dare I tender to my beloved that which she most desires -- the sensuous "gift" of forever that is both rapture and a curse: my immortal kiss?


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Berkley Pub Group
(Sensation)
July 5, 2006
ISBN #0425211002
320 pages
Paperback

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HUNTING THE HUNTER

by Shiloh Walker

The Hunter
After two years, Kane Winter still doesn't know what really happened the night his bounty hunting partner was murdered. What he does know is that there was a mysterious woman at the scene, and he won't rest until he finds her...

The Prey
Kendall is accustomed to vampire games. After all, she is one herself—part of an elite group of warriors who keep the other vamps in line by destroying the ones who would prey on the weak and innocent. But now she's the one being stalked...

The Passion
When all trails lead to Kendall, Kane is consumed by a desire greater than vengeance—a hunger to possess this woman for himself. Together, they will travel down a dangerous path of seduction and surrender, until there are no rules left to break—and nowhere left to hide.


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Love Spell
July 4, 2006
ISBN #050552631X
384 pages
Paperback

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THE RED HEART OF JADE

By Marjorie M. Liu

Dirk & Steele: Book 3

The grisly murders were just the beginning. Dean Campbell, ex-cop and clairvoyant, was sent to investigate. He was with the Dirk & Steele Detective Agency, that global association of more than human men and women who quietly fought for good in a world of fear and loathing. Shapeshifters, psychics and other paranormals, Dean and his peers were devoted to protecting life. But there were those who lived to destroy, as was becoming all too clear.

In Taipei, he found a shocking truth. The remains of those burned alive men and women, those bits of bone and ash, held a pattern far more deadly than any that had been foreseen, a pattern heralding immortal evil. Someone knew Dean's secret, the secrets of his friends. And they knew more—of a power that could change the world, that was impossible to escape, and of a woman who could complete him: Mirabelle Lee, the childhood sweetheart he'd once thought dead. Now all that remained was blinding light and searing pain, potent passion and a purifying fire. And beneath it all was...THE RED HEART OF JADE.


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Pocket Books
August 27, 2006
ISBN #1416520368
336 pages
Paperback

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DARK PROTECTOR

by Alexis Morgan

Many opposites rule the ebb and flow of our lives: night and day, winter and summer, youth and age. Throughout history, men and women have drawn comfort from the natural way of things. But they also know that wherever the grasping fingers of darkness reach out to the bright beauty of the light, shadows lurk.

Deep within the Earth, our world shares a border with another: a world filled with darkness and evil. Its pale citizens covet the light that man takes for granted. A fragile barrier keeps the two worlds separate, but when the continents shift or a volcano erupts in fury, that barrier is breached. Then the Others pour through, bringing their darkness with them, tainting all that they touch.

As in days of old, Paladins stand ready to turn back the Others, driving the darkness back to where it belongs.These knights are the champions of light, fighting at the sharp edge of darkness for the sake of us all. This is their story.


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Warner Books
July 1, 2006
ISBN #0446616427
360 pages
Paperback

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KITTY GOES TO WASHINGTON

by Carrie Vaughn

 

WEREWOLVES DO IT BETTER

The country's only celebrity werewolf, late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard, not seen. But when she's invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, her face gets plastered on national TV. Kitty's been in hot water before, but jumping into the D.C. underworld brings a new set of problems.

And a new set of friends and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city; an über-hot Brazilian were-jaguar; and a paranoid, Bible-thumping senator who wants to expose Kitty as a monster. Kitty quickly learns that in this city of dirty politicians and backstabbing pundits, everyone's itching for a fight.


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Pocket Books
July 4, 2006
ISBN #1416520384
320 pages
Hardcover

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HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA


by
Marta Acosta

 

HAPPY HOUR AT CASA DRACULA is a comic novel about a young woman who desperately yearns to be taken seriously as a writer, a human being, and a girlfriend. Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. All the men she meets are like beach reads -- fun, but superficial -- and she worries that she is only a beach read, too. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age, or do they? As Milagro falls in love with a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.


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Tor Books
June 27, 2006
ISBN #0765354497
352 pages
Paperback

 

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THE QUEST

by Susan Kearney

The Perceptive Ones #4

A warrior on a mission

Kirek of Rystan's objective is to destroy the Federation's deadliest enemy, but he needs help. When assistance comes in the form of a sexy and irresistible space pilot, he takes on a second goal—to win her heart.

A woman with a plan

Captain Angel Taylor's going after the biggest salvage haul in her career. Fiercely independent, she can't imagine a life with Kirek, a traditional Rystani warrior with extraordinary psi powers—but he has seductive skills she can't resist.

The Quest

Teaming up, Angel and Kirek risk their lives to fight the evil Zin empire—but Kirek's biggest battle of all is the win Angel's love.


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Pocket Books (Star)
July 25, 2006
ISBN #1416513353
384 pages
Paperback

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PRIMAL HEAT

by Susan Sizemore


Can a heroic vampire protect his clan from danger—and save himself from burning desire?

As Prime of his vampire Family, Mathias Bridger is sworn to protect his own kind at any cost—but years of acting as a fierce guardian of his people have left him yearning for more out of life. His chance comes in the form of Phillipa Elliot, the beautiful police officer whose allure hasn't dimmed in the two years since they had a brief, torrid affair. And though she's involved with someone else now, Phillipa can't deny the feeling that Matt is her destiny.

When the Family comes under attack from fanatical vampire hunters, Matt uncovers treachery that shatters his world. So how can he possibly invite Phillipa into it? Fighting to protect his kin, he tries to push Phillipa away to the safety of her mortal life—but he aches for her, and his will is no match for the flames of their all-consuming passion. . . .


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Love Spell
July 4, 2006
ISBN #0505526751
Paperback

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WHAT, NO ROSES?

by Marianne Mancusi


Unless Dora Duncan can stop it, it's going to be another St. Valentine's Day Massacre. A year ago, her (now ex) boyfriend Nick stood her up at the worst possible moment. That was when she gave up important TV reporting for stories like "Too Stressed for Sex." And though such clips have a certain relevance, things have been a whole lot quieter. Too quiet. Until now.

Now she's gotta go back in time (don't ask!) and stop that very same Nick from messing up the time-space continuum. She has to travel back to a place where everybody speaks easy and cuts a rug-and this Chicago ain't no musical. Here, there are tommy guns and torpedoes, guys and dolls, gin joints, flappers, stoolies, rats and a whole lot more; and prohibition means anything but no.

It's the 1920s. Time for Dora to roar.


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Tor Books
August 1, 2006
ISBN #0765354012
384 pages
Paperback

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CAPTIVE MOON

by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp

World-class entertainer and Sazi councilmember, Antoine Monier has taken his big cats all over the world without any trouble - until his latest trip to Stuttgart, where one of his tigers is stolen and killed. To Antoine's surprise, the German police have another tiger in custody—a tiger who is actually a lovely Turkish-American woman, Tahira Kuric.

Like Antoine, Tahira is a shapeshifter, but of the Hayalet Kabile, the ghost tribe of shapeshifters. And despite their immediate attraction, Tahira wants nothing to do with Antoine—the Sazi are the enemy of the Hayalet Kabile.

But Tahira doesn't have a choice, because she and Antoine have discovered that she is a fabled "power well," able to store magical energy from other shapeshifters—and something is hunting her, eager to use her powers for itself.

Only if they can set aside their peoples' ancient rivalry and rely completely on each other—body and soul—can Tahira and Antoine save themselves and their people.


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HQN
August 1, 2006
ISBN #0373771061
384 pages
Paperback

 

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YOUR PLANET OR MINE?


by Susan Grant

He had her at "Greetings Earthling."

Think the grocery store is a great place to meet men?

Hunky interstellar fugitive, aisle 5

With outrageously false accusations piling up against her famous political family and an ex-fiancé in hot water determined to take her down with him, the last thing Jana Jasper needs is more trouble—especially man trouble. But when she heads to the grocery store for an ice cream fix, not only does the muscled hunk in the frozen foods section ranting about spaceships and invasions look crazy, he looks...familiar.

Cavin of Far Star has never forgotten the girl he met during his weeks spent on that quaint little world, planet Earth, the girl who didn't believe he was real. And now he'll risk his future to save her. All she has to do is take him to her leader. Simple enough plan—although Jana isn't so easily convinced. Hell-bent on charming his way past her defenses, he's determined to stay one step ahead of the galaxy's most feared assassin - and may just capture his favorite Earthling's heart in the process.


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St. Martin's Press
August 1, 2006
ISBN #0312938497
352 pages
Paperback

 

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MIDNIGHT MOON

by Lori Handeland

Under the midnight moon, dark secrets are revealed
Cassandra thought she had the perfect life until she suffered a devastating tragedy. Now she has a new identity as Priestess Cassandra, owner of a New Orleans voodoo shop, and a new purpose. A research trip for a paranormal secret society leads Cassandra to Haiti, where rumors fly of a sinister voodoo master, Jacques Mezareau, who can resurrect the dead. Fortune hunter Devon Murphy agrees to guide Cassandra there safely, but his sensual appeal promises danger of a different kind...

and desperate hungers must be satisfied...
As Cassandra and Devon make their way to the eerie jungle village, their attraction explodes into an intoxicating desire, and Cassandra begins to question her resolve to never let another man into her life. Her attempts to resist Devon become more and more impossible. But when she succeeds in learning Jacques's macabre ritual, her new powers may have come with a terrifying price. Now, haunted by violent dreams that grow more vivid as the midnight moon approaches, Cassandra must uncover the shocking truth about an ancient curse before it leads her to destroy herself—and everyone she loves...


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Berkley Pub Group
August 1, 2006
ISBN #0425210138
304 pages
Trade Size

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HIGH STAKES

by Erin McCarthy

 

He's a bloodsucking freak of nature. But, unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is actually a nice guy. Not to mention a very hot, wealthy, casino-owning vampire. It's an election year for vampires, which means he'll first have to escape his opponent's hit men. Then he'll have to find a suitable First Lady, preferably here in Vegas...

Brittany Baldizzi fits the bill. She's smart, pretty—and sweeter than a glass of diabetic O-Negative. But her protective sister Alexis steps in with a message for Ethan: Bite me. It's then that he realizes it's the sexy, no- nonsense Alexis who raises his stake. And as much as she denies it, Alexis wouldn't mind a romp in the coffin with him. But can a mere mortal, even one who risks her life for him, make a centuries-old, womanizing vampire feel something entirely new?


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Berkley Pub Group
August 1, 2006
ISBN #0425210146
400 pages
Trade Size

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MIDNIGHT DESIRE

by Emma Holly

Two beloved tales that explore the darker side of passion...in all of its forms.

Revel in Catching Midnight, then experience Luisa's Desire.

Catching Midnight: They are the upyr, part wolves, part blood-drinking immortals. During the plague, they rescue an orphan and carry her into the Scottish wood to live as one of them. Blossoming, Gillian revels in the pleasures of the flesh and the hunt, but her heart yearns for the human world. Taking a falcon's form, Gillian escapes her keepers—only to be caught by Aimery Fitz Clare, a mortal nobleman. He could be the savior she's looking for...unless she loses her heart to him.

Luisa's Desire tells of a child of midnight who has arrived at a spiritual refuge in Tibet. Far from her normal immortal life, Luisa is surrounded by simplicity and self-denial. Here, she hopes to expunge her dangerous desires. But when she meets the monk who can save her, Luisa realizes she's only beginning to understand what desire is.


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Avon
August 1, 2006
ISBN: 0060795409
384 pages
Paperback

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RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDER

by Sara MacKenzie

 

Immortal Warriors: Book 1

Morven Maclean has been sleeping in the between-worlds for two hundred and fifty years and now he's going home.

But his home is destroyed, his clan all gone, and an annoying woman called Bella is renting a cottage on his land.

And as if that isn't bad enough, he's invisible . . .

 


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Ballantine Books
August 29, 2006
ISBN #034548522X
336 pages
Paperback

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EDGE OF DARKNESS


by Cherry Adair

There was magic between them, along with undeniable passion.

An anti-terrorism agent with a warrior's body and a magnetic smile, Duncan Edge is working for T-FLAC's special paranormal unit, on a mission to halt a lethal terrorist cell. Along the way, Duncan crosses paths with Serena Campbell, a woman of dazzling wizardry and astonishing beauty. Yet Serena will marshal every ounce of her energy, charms, and smarts to steer clear of Duncan, whose flirty yet disastrous childhood antics left her with a longstanding grudge.

Yet separation is near impossible: Duncan suspects that Serena is being unwittingly used by terrorists for a vast, murderous undertaking. Now Duncan and Serena, charged with an ever-growing burning desire, need to set aside the past and their prejudices. In their paranormal world, a dangerous force gathers strength. Time is running out for two people who must enter the darkness together and hope there's light on the other side.


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Pocket Books
August 29, 2006
ISBN #1416513329
384 pages
Paperback

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TOUCH OF THE WOLF

 by Jennifer St. Giles

 

 

 Among the principalities of the spirit world lies a band of warriors The Shadowmen of Shaddal and their elite Blood Hunters, men of greatness taken from one life and time to walk in another, to fight the darkness and the evil that stalk the souls of humanity. In an age where technology rules mind and men, these werewolves wield a greater power, ancient and timeless, the lore of Shaddal's magic. They are sworn to protect, defend, and conquer. They have known greatness. They know all things magical, but in their battle against the darkness, sometimes a warrior falls prey to the evil and their only salvation lies in this one thing they have never known, the magic and the power of love.

 


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Ivy
August 29, 2006
ISBN #0345492161
352 pages
Paperback

 

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DEAD END DATING

by Kimberly Raye

A vivacious vampire with a flair for accessorizing, Lil Marchette is unlike most of her kind. She prefers lively shades of pink to dismal black, plus she's a hopeless romantic. In need of a steady paycheck to support a compulsive cosmetics habit, Lil starts Dead End Dating (DED), a Manhattan-based matchmaking service that helps smart, sophisticated singles like herself find eternity mates- and may even help her stake a claim to her very own Count Right!

When Lil meets geeky vampire Frances Deville, she knows he's the perfect first client. If she can hook up Frances - after a little revamping, of course - she will prove her skills to the vampire community and turn DED into the hottest dating service in the Big Apple. But just as her business takes off, Lil meets the (literally) drop-dead gorgeous bounty hunter Ty Bonner, who is hot on the chase of a serial killer. Instantly drawn to the luscious vamp stud, Lil really wants a taste.

But as a made vampire, Ty can't procreate - and Lil will settle for nothing less. Luckily, between "vampifying" Frances and helping Ty solve his murder mystery, Lil has no time for silly romantic entanglements.. Even if Ty is all that and a Bloody Mary chaser!


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Leisure
August 29, 2006
ISBN #0843956879
384 pages
Paperback

 
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DARK DREAMERS

by Christine Feehan & Marjorie M. Liu

 

 

A Dream of Stone & Shadows by Marjorie M. Liu - a novella, and the fourth installment of the Dirk & Steele series:

There are those who do terrible things in this world, and those who simply watch. Charlie would be neither. Imprisoned, his only release is through his own destruction - and through Aggie Durand. Sweet as a kiss or a rescued child, she is the one dream he cannot dare desire. As an agent Dirk & Steele, she could be his salvation. Today, Charlie's dream is waking.

also a re-issue of Dark Dream (from After Twilight) by Christine Feehan.


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Pocket Books
September 1, 2006
ISBN: 0743470907
384 pages
Paperback

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A BABE IN GHOSTLAND

by Lisa Cach

   

A heroine who can communicate with the dead, and a hero with a mansion full of ghosts.

 


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Kensington Publishing
(Brava)
September 1, 2005
ISBN #0758211554
304 pages
Trade Size



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HIGHLAND VAMPIRE

by Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso & Deborah Raleigh

The Scottish highlands echo with legends of great battles, brave heroes -- and, hidden deep in the swirling mists, creatures that belong to the night. In this sensual new collection, meet three vampires whose highland blood drums fierce and hot in their veins...

"Kiss of the Vampire" by Hannah Howell: Seeking the truth of his tortured heritage at court, Jankyn McNachton finds something he never expected -- true desire. Efrica Callan is beautiful, innocent, and possessed of a courageous heart. She spurns the men who court her dowry, but all Jankyn can offer this lovely creature of light is life in the darkness -- and in his arms...

"His Eternal Bride" by Adrienne Basso: Suspecting her of murdering her husband, Callum, on their wedding night, Maev McCloskey's clan has banished her to a remote tower. There, she dreams of her dead love—and the passion they never knew in life. But soon she wonders if the seductive, mysterious Callum of her sleeping mind is real -- and, if he is, whether joining him in his world would be an act of courage or of madness...

"To Tame the Beast" by Deborah Raleigh: In revenge for the curse that has forever banished him to the shadows, the creature called the Beast of MacDonnell demands the firstborn female child of each generation. Isobella's sister is soon to suffer this fate -- unless Isobella can save her. Unafraid, she intends to confront the monster when she finds a strange man instead: a warrior with the face of an angel and mesmerizing silver eyes who tempts her like no other...

Let these seductive tales of everlasting romance transport you to a world where the most dangerous desires awaken after dark.


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Signet
September 6, 2006
ISBN #0451219376
352 pages
Paperback

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I'M THE VAMPIRE, THAT'S WHY

by Michele Bardsley

 

There's a new breed of soccer mom in town-with fangs.

Does drinking blood make me a bad mother? That's the question single mom Jessica Matthews faces when she wakes from a savage attack sucking on the thigh of Patrick O'Halloran, a super-hot Irish vampire who'd generously offered his femoral artery to save her from death...only to make her one of the undead.

Jessica can't rest until the beast that did this to her is caught. Meanwhile, she's having trouble committing to Patrick (in the vampire handbook, physical intimacy costs you several hundred years of being bound together) and keeping her kids in line.

 


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Berkley Pub Group
September 5, 2006
ISBN #0425210847
352 pages
Paperback


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HEART QUEST

by Robin D. Owens

 

Celta series: Book 5

On the faraway planet Celta, a guardsman must reveal the truth of his destiny to his HeartMate-or else leave her in the grasp of a vicious murderer.


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Berkley Pub Group
(Sensation)
September 5, 2006
ISBN #0425212866
352 pages
Paperback

 

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SLAVE TO SENSATION
by Nalina Singh

 

 

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation"—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation...


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Berkley Pub Group
(Heat)
September 5, 2006
ISBN #0425212750
320 pages
Trade Size

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ENTANGLED

by Kathleen Dante

Kiera Stevens knows there's a spy in kidTek, the toy company she inherited from her father which also handles top-secret defense R&D projects. She doesn't know whom among her employees she can trust but to ferret out the spy she needs more than an ordinary investigator and absolute secrecy. High adept and security consultant John Atlantis (Lantis to his friends and colleagues) is a retired black ops agent with the security clearances to prove it. As a favor to his former partner, he takes on Kiera's problem, going undercover as her lover to carry out his investigation.

When a complicated spell to upgrade the security of kidTek's labs results in more power than safe, Lantis is forced to ground the power through sex ... and he and Kiera become entangled, their minds sharing sensations and pleasures.

That's when things become complicated. Because the spy is just the tip of the iceberg. Someone is watching Kiera, someone who doesn't want her at the head of kidTek and doesn't care who stands in the way.


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Warner Books
September 1, 2006
ISBN #0446616710
384 pages
Paperback

 

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DEAD MAN RISING

by Lilith Saintcrow

A Dante Valentine Novel
Something is wrong in Saint City, and psions are dying. The cops can't catch the killer or find the thread binding the victims together, so they do the only thing they can. They call in Dante Valentine.

Danny has problems of her own. Just picking up the pieces of her shattered life is enough to keep her busy, between the bounty hunts that help her forget and the stubborn ex-lover who won't go away. Not to mention the ashes of the demon who changed her into something inhumanly strong, calling to her from a lacquered black urn. The last thing she needs is another mystery in her life.

Still, a promise is a promise. When the one woman she trusts calls for help, Danny is plunged into a labyrinth of deceit, murder, sex and intrigue--a maze with its roots sinking deep into the one place Dante never wants to revisit, the place where she learned just how helpless a child can be.

Rigger Hall.

Something that happened at the Hall is echoing down through the years. Something bloody, and hungry, and evil enough to make even the Devil blush. And that something has chosen its next victim.

Dante Valentine.


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Berkley Pub Group
(Heat)
September 5, 2006
ISBN #0425207757
336 pages
Trade Size

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CAPTIVE DREAMS

by Angela Knight & Diane Whiteside


Writers Celeste and Corinne Carson have each created an ultra-alpha hero who stars in each sister's highly successful series of novels. Celeste writes of the future and her hero Jarred. Corinne writes of the barbarian Mykhayl. Both heroes are adventurers in their respective times, hot sexy lovers, and, as it turns out...quite real and very angry about everything their creators have forced them to do.

Jarred and Mykhayl are about to exact hot, sweet revenge upon their respective creators; a little payback for the angst and the peril these women have placed them in time after time. Kidnapped and taken to the worlds they write of, Jarred and Mykhayl begin Celeste's and Corinne's punishment...

Includes Bound by the Dream by Angela Knight and Bound by the Dragon by Diane Whiteside.


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MIRA Books
September 1, 2006
ISBN #0778323439
400 pages
Paperback

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KISS OF DARKNESS
by Heather Graham

A kiss of darkness
A kiss of death

The woods have always been full of whispers in Transylvania, of terrors that go back centuries to the legendary Vlad Dracul himself. Ignoring their professor's grave warning -- beware those who would prey upon the innocent -- several visintg students travel into the forest . . . and disappear. Now their professor, Bryan McAllister, believes that a dark cult is at work -- and that their next gathering will happen in America.

When psychologist Jessica Fraser is approached by Bryan for her assistance, she is hesitant. Something about Bryan unnerves Jessica deeply, yet she cannot ignore the incredible pull she feels toward him. Now, as reluctant allies, they unite to seek the truth. The search takes them from the forested mountains to dimly lit clubs in New Orleans' French Quarter, where perversion goes beyond sexual to life-threatening.

And everywhere, whispering on the wind, is the dreaded word . . . vampyr.


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Signet
September 5, 2006
ISBN #0451219368
464 pages
Paperback

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LOVER AWAKENED
by J. R. Ward
 

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race.
 
 
 
Lover Awakened: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

Even within the vampire brotherhood, Zsadist is feared. Still bearing the scars from a tortured past, he is renowned for his unquenchable fury. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

 


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HQN
September 1, 2006
ISBN #0373771290
Paperback

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PLAYING WITH FIRE
by Gena Showalter
 
 

Belle Jamison, Superhero?

Used to be, my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now, suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye! It all started when a crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of course I got wicked sick. Next morning, I'm waking up with a major hottie bending over me. He tells me 1) his name's Rome Matthews, 2) he's a government agent, and 3) I can control the four elements with a thought. He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation than I am because now he'll have to kill me. Still. I didn't make this bed of trouble, but Rome sure wants me to lie in it. . . with him.


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