Thursday, January 30, 2014

INITIATE by Nulli Para Ora


Bound in service to the king, Initiates are selected and brought to the palace to forfeit their lives and fulfill their calling. That is until duty and honor clash with self-preservation. The resulting test of wills may destroy a kingdom and a new love which should never have seen the light of day.

On the surface, the kingdom of Minra appears idyllic, steeped in peace and prosperity. This peace comes at a price. The villages of the kingdom offer up Initiates—individuals who vie for the chance to be selected as the King’s Companion—to preserve the kingdom. Initiate and Companion are the most honored and coveted roles in all the land, for Companions nourish Minra’s monarch with their life force until they die, allowing their wise king to survive for generations.

Under Ritual Trainers bound in service to the king, Initiates are selected and brought to the palace to fulfill their duty. All Initiates greet this opportunity with happiness and reverence. Almost all. One Initiate forsakes time-honored traditions in favor of self-preservation.

Is this forfeiture of life a worthy trade—or even necessary—for the good of the kingdom? In the battle for superiority, can love survive and overthrow generations of sacrifice and tradition?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


If anyone would have told me five years ago that I would be caught up in books featuring Grim Reaper characters, I would have given them the "Are you crazy?" look. Now I'm enamored of these unique paranormal characters. Lisa pulled me in and I felt like I was developing right along with her. The only thing I hated about this book was that I did not want it to end. Thanks for the frustration, Boone Brux. Where's the next one? ~ DM


What do you get when you cross a hockey mom with the grim reaper?

Me, Lisa Carron. If being a depressed, frumpy, widowed mother of three wasn't bad enough, I just found out I'm a grim reaper. I know what you're thinking. Wow, that's kind of sexy and full of awesomeness. Hardly. Oh, and my clients? Stupid people. Like I don't get enough of that from the living.

Since Alaska is big and angels of death are few, I've been partnered with reaper extraordinaire, Nate Cramer. He's strong, silent, and way too good looking for my recently widowed state. Oh, and he reaps violent criminals, so that should be interesting.

Forget the danger and the hours of self-analysis it will take for me to find my reaper mojo. My biggest problem? Hiding it all from my overly attentive family and nosy neighbors. Now that's going to take a miracle.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

STORM'S HEART by Thea Harrison

I loved Dragos, the Dragon, in Book 1. However, I found Tiago, the Thunderbird, to be equally sexy and memorable. Maybe it was because he was mythological and unlike any shifter I had read about before. Rarely does a character seem invincible, but this hero came across to me as absolutely unshakeable.  ~ DM

BOOK 2 of the ELDER RACES Series


He’s a wyr warrior, a god of storms. She’s the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races.

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle found sanctuary among the wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle’s death, there are those who don’t want to see her ascend to the throne…

Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr’s best weapons. And he’s sent to protect Tricks when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them—a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds…

The Elder Races series is set in an alternative universe where magical and mythological creatures live openly alongside humankind.  The stories are full of insouciant sexy alpha heroes and the strong-minded heroines that tame them.   ~ From Thea

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MORTAL BITE by Sharon Hamilton

My Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t go to ground and can walk around in the full light of the sun. ~ Sharon Hamilton



Golden Vampire Paolo Monteleone begins raising a son he did not know he fathered, after the murder of the boy's mother. He meets a beautiful human college professor, Carabella Sampson, at a Halloween costume ball. She is an expert on vampire lore, but doesn’t quite believe in their existence. Paolo dresses up as himself: a vampire.

A dark coven leader has targeted her for elimination, before she can reveal secrets of the Golden Vampire lineage she's obtained from an ancient book.

Can there be a happily ever after if either his lover or his young son has to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect the Golden Vampire race? And how in the world will Paolo be able to choose which one to save?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

RISING DARKNESS by Thea Harrison

New Urban Fantasy and it looks great.  ~ DM

BOOK 1 of the GAME OF SHADOWS Series


USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison begins an all-new, darkly romantic paranormal saga, in which the fate of existence itself lies in the balance—and the key to victory may rest in the hands of two eternal lovers…

In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the other seven followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.

Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago…Michael.

The Game of Shadows novels is a two book series that combines paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Thousands of years ago, eight creatures came to earth - a criminal called the Deceiver determined to destroy the world and seven others who followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they battle on until just four are left. The two books focus on their final battle.  ~ From Thea

Friday, January 3, 2014

About This Site

Welcome! My hope is that paranormal readers can use this site to find new romance in the subjects they love most. Comments are turned off all posts and pages for now. They may be allowed later for contests or special articles, but not routinely. Instead, readers should follow links in articles and listings to go to the author's website, blog, or other social media.  If you have comments or questions about this site, you can email them to

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

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