Chicago, Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he's got pointy ears and he's packing a wand. Oberon's used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one's extra weird. A mobster's daughter was kidnapped sixteen years ago, replaced with a changeling, and Mick's been hired to find the real child.
The trail's gone cold, but what there is leads Sideways, to the world of the Fae, where the Seelie Court rules. And Mick's not really welcome in the Seelie Court any more. He'll have to wade through Fae politics and mob power struggles to find the kidnapper — and of course it's the last person he expected. Ari Marmell is a fantasy and horror writer, with novels and short stories published through Spectra Random House , Pyr , Wizards of the Coast , and others. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, George. Urban-fantasy fans should be all over this one.
Marmell expertly maximizes the thrills, leaving the reader with a lingering desire for a magic wand and a glass of warm milk. When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God. How is he ever going to make it as a stand-up comedian with all of this going on…? Someone out on short term leave for bad behavior. I love this stuff.
He's one of the new, and more than promising, writers making his mark, and a dark and wonderful mark it is. Night Owls bookstore is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on. When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril.
Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…. Lauren M. Roy started out as an independent bookseller, moved on to Hachette Book Group where she has been a telephone sales representative for ten years , and is now completing her bookselling hat trick as an author.
Lauren lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, their cats, and the ghosts of houseplants she forgets to water. Night Owls is her first novel. Roy delivers a plot that zips, dialogue that zings, and a cast of characters you'll cheer for to the very end.
Thumbs up! Can't wait to read the next one! The Magical Enforcement Agency keeps dirty magic off the streets, but there's a new blend out there that's as deadly as it is elusive. When patrol cop Kate Prospero shoots the lead snitch in this crucial case, she's brought in to explain herself. But the more she learns about the investigation, the more she realizes she must secure a spot on the MEA task force. Especially when she discovers that their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier - on the same day she swore she'd given up dirty magic for good.
Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should never say never. We battle them and keep you safe.
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But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…. When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with.
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I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out. Lisa Shearin currently works as the editor at an advertising agency. She has been a magazine editor and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell terrier who rules them all.
Murphy, author of Raven Calls. Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead.
But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day. When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom….
Tettensor likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness. She has visited fifty countries on four continents, and brought a little something back from each of them to press inside the pages of her books. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, NY. Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty.
In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be She writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the Age of Steam steampunk series, knits silly things, and lives in Oregon.
A great sexy series starter for Urban Fantasy fans! Given his line of work in the employ of a psychotic Brooklyn crime boss, Trent finds himself on the wrong end of too many bullets. Sent to steal an antique box from some squatters in an abandoned warehouse near the West Side Highway, Trent soon finds himself stumbling into an age-old struggle between the forces of good and evil, revealing a secret world where dangerous magic turns people into inhuman monstrosities, where impossible creatures hide in plain sight, and where the line between the living and the dead is never quite clear.
And when the mysterious box is opened, he discovers he has only twenty-four hours to save New York City from certain destruction, in Dying Is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann. Reminiscent of Roger Zelazny's Amber books. The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more. But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise. Jay Posey is a narrative designer, author, and screenwriter. He started in the video game industry in , and has been writing professionally for over a decade.
A contributing author to the book Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing, Jay has lectured at conferences, colleges, and universities, on topics ranging from basic creative writing skills to advanced material specific to the video game industry. The author lives in Durham, NC. Reinventing the post-apocalyptic western as a journey across interior badlands as dangerous as the cyborg-haunted terrain his hero must cross, Posey has crafted a story that is impossible to put down.
Dansky, author of Snowbird Gothic. An unforgettable read. Contemporary fantasy adventure. An ordinary young woman finds a haunting and dangerous world of demons and shapeshifters on the streets of modern day London. As bodies begin to litter the East End streets, The Commission dispatches its best enforcers to deal with the situation: Karla is not human, and Jameson left his humanity behind in pieces in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.
Rhian makes new friends, dangerous friends; and where Rhian goes, the wolf is always in her shadow, just a heartbeat away.
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Among the bankers and traders of the East End walk demons in human form and who is to say which are the monsters? London is a magical bomb waiting to explode and somewhere a fuse is hissing. John Lambshead is senior research scientist in marine biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. He also writes military history and designs computer and fantasy games.
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Zoe has just moved to New York City, and is looking to start fresh as a travel editor after leaving her old job because of a disastrous affair with her publishing boss. She answers a quirky ad for an editor posted in a dingy bookstore, and then also in a very strange coffee shop. As the only human on the job, she must learn about vampires, zombies, death goddesses, and other undead visitors who need a unique approach to tourist spots.
Each chapter begins with a quote from the guide, with restaurant recommendations and hotel accommodations or whatever is needed, like fresh dirt or a nice park. This is a unique and fun addition to urban fantasy, with Zoe ready to jump into the fray when the delicate balance between the undead and the humans is threatened.
Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. Personally, she loves to run, practice kung fu Northern Shaolin five animals style , play World of Warcraft and Dragon Age, hang out with her fabulous geeky husband and their eight year old daughter.