SFF Book Releases – March 15, 2016

There’s a rumor going around that you like books. And not just any books either. People are saying that you like science fiction? And fantasy? Really? You?


Now that the secret’s out, let me let you in on these hot SFF BOOK RELEASES THIS WEEK!

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Claiming His Prize (Feral Breed Followings 2)
by Ellis Leigh

Dragon-shifter Piers has been fighting at The Pack House—an underground MMA-style fight club—for months. He’s bested every opponent, won every prize, except the attention of the hot human doctor he can’t get off his mind.

Doctor Jane patches up shifters to keep her father safe, a fate she was forced into by the owner of The Pack House. She’d be okay with her lot in life if it weren’t for the handsome dragon shifter with the charming smile she can’t stop thinking about.

When another dragon claims Jane as his mate, Piers will have to fight to the death to save her from a fate she didn’t choose. But the biggest obstacle in his way isn’t the fire-breathing dragon set on claiming what isn’t his but the doctor herself who might choose duty over everything else. Maybe even him.

Scales will fly, hisses will sound, and dragons will take to the sky, but only one will end up with the ultimate prize: love.

Dark Promises (A Carpathian Novel)
by Christine Feehan

Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing the man she s engaged to nearlylose his life when it isn t even his fight.Once Gary was a gentleand very human researcher. Now he s a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins a man Gabrielle still needs and dreams of with every breath she takes. All she wants is a life far away from the Carpathian mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But Gabrielle soon learns that promises made in the dark can pierce the heart like a dagger.

Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled onto the path of a desperate woman on the run. And they re all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true.

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3 – Finale)
by Brian Staveley

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.

A Man Lies Dreaming
by Lavie Tidhar

Wolf, a low-rent private detective, roams London’s gloomy, grimy streets, haunted by dark visions of a future that could have been—and a dangerous present populated by British Fascists and Nazis escaping Germany. Shomer, a pulp fiction writer, lies in a concentration camp, imagining another world. And when Wolf and Shomer’s stories converge, we find ourselves drawn into a novel both shocking and profoundly haunting.

Misery Happens
by Tracey Martin

Jessica Moore has one hell of a to-do list.

1) Bring the fury who attacked her friends to justice.
2) Obtain the last item required to relock a magical prison.
3) Save the world by actually relocking the damn thing before its demonic prisoners escape.

But with a red sky enveloping the earth, humans and nonhumans alike are panicking, and the crazy fringe is getting violent. Anti-magers-humans who want to destroy all things magical-are waging war on Jess and her friends.

Then there’s still the problem of the key. It’s the last item Jess and her allies are searching for, but legend claims it’s trapped within the prison itself. Someone will have to go in there and face down the demons to find it. Naturally, guess whose strange power is the only thing that might succeed?

Even with Lucen at her side and a Gryphon army at her back, this might be too much for a misery junkie to handle.

Mystical Rome
by Jason Andrew

Beware the Ides of March! Caesar failed to take heed, but faithful Marc Anthony did-and paid the ultimate price for his loyalty, forever altering the destiny of the Eternal City. Twenty years after the Soothsayers whispered their dire warning, Caesar still reigns over the unified Roman Empire. The oracles that saved him now operate a notorious academy, where they instruct the sons of the elite families in the eldritch arts. The only obstacles preventing Rome’s domination of the entire world are the barbarous Caledonians, and the seemingly invincible Parthian Empire.

Caught in this chaotic time, the children of a murdered hero struggle to avenge their father and create their own legacy. To achieve this, they must regain their family’s lost political influence and obtain recognition from the Imperial Senate. Together they must face undead assassins, feuding patrician families, dangerous prophecies, and the magic of the Soothsayers before they can reclaim what is theirs.

Naked Splendid Age of Aquarius: The Dawn of a Woodstock?
by Cameo Woodsworth

It was the last straw when Elliot’s father denied his religious beliefs, so he ran off to vast mountainous woods harboring an enchanted paradise to get a better perspective on life. Little did he know that this short trip would be the start of a new age for the entire world.

Immersed in the woods, Elliot found peace, and gradually was able to surround himself with others who were of the same mellow-vibing mindset. When civilization called him back, he found that his providence had wonderfully changed, resulting in not only a monetary windfall, but also new love and a stronger family bond.

Elliot and his friends are already feeling good about their prospects when they are approached by otherworldly beings who are also working for the greater good. The story picks up steam and rockets them all forward in a mystical mix of music, powerful vibes, and a touch of divine providence. Where else but at a growing, grooving Woodstock type scene with musical giants from the sixties jamming.

The Oracular Room: The Leibniz-Newton Effect
by Thorpe Feidt

Something has gone wrong in the “pre-established harmony” between Divine Plan and the Best of All Possible Worlds! Souls and even material objects are being reborn in a chaos of cross-identities and anarchic phantasmagoria: historical epochs and personalities kaleidoscope and intertwine, and, most spectacularly, 17th century philosopher-mathematician Leibnitz’s “windowless monad” reincarnates as a drunkenly omniscient room that tumbles through time like the phone booth of Dr. Who. Two extraordinarily gifted 19th century Massachusetts mediums publically channel G. W. Leibnitz and Isaac Newton, who perform minor miracles while carrying on their insults and counterclaims of yore.

The Phoenix Descent
by Chuck Grossart

The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn “Sif” Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry—the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence. Sif meets Litsa, the fiercest warrior in her tribe, and learns a horrific truth: the planet is overrun with the Riy, a swarm of spore-releasing revenants intent only on spreading their infection.

But even as Sif and Litsa unite in combat, they soon realize that the battle against the Riy is only one stage on which they must fight the war for humanity’s survival.

Pieces of Hate (The Assassins Series 2)
by Tim Lebbon

During the Dark Ages, a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel’s family. A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next, and destroy him. Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years later.

Because Temple may be a demon, the man with snake eyes cursed Gabriel with a life long enough to hunt him down. Now he has picked up Temple’s scent again. The Caribbean sea is awash with pirate blood, and in such turmoil the outcome of any fight is far from certain.

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Dead Man’s Hand

In the wilderness of the American West, the assassin is set to strike again. Despite his centuries-long curse, Gabriel is still but a man, scarred and bitter. The town of Deadwood has seen many such men… though it’s never seen anything quite like the half-demon known as Temple.

Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim
by Neil Kleid and Brian Michael Bendis

Ever since she could walk, Homicide Detective Deena Pilgrim followed in her father’s footsteps. A man with a badge, Waldo Pilgrim surrounded himself with what Deena believed to be the cream of the crop when it came to serving and protecting. These days, Deena won’t discuss her father or the life she left behind in Atlanta years ago, a life before she partnered with Christian Walker to investigate homicide cases in a city where perps and victims boast incredible, dangerous powers. Now, nearly a decade of bringing Powers to justice has broken down Deena’s resolve, along with the walls she erected long ago to protect herself from prying eyes. Walls that kept her from a past best left alone, and from those determined to get close and bring horrible, heartbreaking memories to the surface once more.

But when a cold case reopens a series of unsolved murders that point back to Deena’s family tree, she is unavoidably reacquainted with a former boyfriend with ties to both sets of killings, along with her sordid past. Forced to question the choices, decisions, and steps she’s taken in life, love, and career—including her long-standing partnership with Walker, a former Power whose secret history intersects with Deena’s own—Detective Deena Pilgrim must bring a killer to justice and, in doing so, hopefully come to terms with the kind of cop she wants to be . . . assuming that she wants to continue being a cop at all.

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better
by William H. Patterson

The real-life story of Robert A. Heinlein in the second volume of the authorized biography by William H. Patterson!

Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) is generally considered the greatest American science fiction writer of the twentieth century. His most famous and widely influential works include the Future History series (stories and novels collected in The Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress―all published in the years covered by this volume. He was a friend of admirals, bestselling writers, and artists; became committed to defending the United States during the Cold War; and was on the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative in the 1980s.

Heinlein was also devoted to space flight and humanity’s future in space, and he was a commanding presence to all around him in his lifetime. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, the revelations in this biography make for riveting reading.

Savage Creatures
by Natalie Wilkinson, illustrated by Megan Claiborne

Francis Harding has always been good for one thing: doing what his family tells him. So when his mother asks him to travel across the Atlantic to hunt down his missing sister Catherine, he goes without hesitation–only to find himself an unwelcome shape-shifter in a strange city, looking for a woman who may not want to be found.

Without any alternative, he finds himself turning to London’s supernatural underworld for help, recruiting a slippery but compelling investigator named Jamie. Her particular brand of magic makes Francis’s skin crawl, but it might just help him track down his sister.

by Adrian Selby

Mercenaries who gave no quarter, they shook the pillars of the world through cunning, chemical brews, and cold steel. Whoever met their price won.

Now, their glory days are behind them. Scattered to the wind and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated, one by one.

Twelve Urns
by Kristy Gherlone

A horrible crime committed against a young girl and her mother in the 1800’s begins a life-long hatred towards an entire population of people.

Magdalena will stop at nothing to make sure they are wiped from the earth forever, even if that means using her own strange child as a weapon.

In the present, Greta is a mother desperate to find an answer that will explain her son’s behavior. At three years old, Bastian cannot speak, preferring to babble instead, and is prone to violence and seclusion. Kelly, a foreign language major working as an interventionist, is called in to help. She discovers that Bastian is not babbling, but speaking in an ancient forgotten language. When the past meets up with the present it will be up to Kelly to try and stop a force she never knew existed

An Unattractive Vampire
by Jim McDoniel

After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile―also known as the Curséd One, the Devil’s Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors―awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly―modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good.

Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible. With the help of pert vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?

Byron Dunn is an AISFP Contributor and a friend to werewolves. He doesn’t like beer so please buy fruity, baby drinks for him instead.

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