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by Catherine Jones Payne
Mermaids. Murder. Mayhem.
A red tide is rising.
Seventeen-year-old Jade is recently engaged to a handsome soldier and about to choose her own career. But she didn't expect to witness a murder.
When her fiancé kills a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she'd ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean's fragile peace.
Can the city's divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?
The Vicious Deep
by Zoraida Cordova
He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.
His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotions like never before? How can he explain he's the heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he's suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods?
Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea...and now it wants him back.
by Aaron Galvin
Raised in the Midwest, far from the nearest ocean, teenagers Kellen Winstel and Garrett Weaver are more familiar with cows and cornfields than they are with seals and oyster farms. But their world is forever different when a hazing incident goes awry and one witnesses the other change in ways no one can explain.
Or so they believe...
by Leia Stone and Jaymin Eve
Betrayal. Forbidden romance. And a fight to the death.
Arianna is a 20 year old queen heir, eligible for the crown of wolf shifters. Heirs are trained and groomed from birth so that they're ready to rule should the queen perish during their time of eligibility. Only heirs can control the mecca, a powerful force of magic that runs beneath the boroughs of New York City.
Of course, there's little chance that the Red Queen will fall, she has stood for a century, and her power is beyond reckoning. Or so Arianna believes, right up until the final tolling of the bells. The queen has been murdered and four heirs will now fight it out for the crown.
If that wasn't enough to keep Arianna busy she also has to deal with a forbidden kiss, a bear king who may or may not be behind the war on her people, and the reappearance of a race of beings who were thought to be no more than urban legends.
Just another day in New York City. Let the Summit begin.
by J.L. Weil
Something wicked is shifting in Seattle.
Karina Lang has enough on her mind dealing with college applications, her mother’s ailing health, and busting her butt after school at the café she works at. Forget about boys. Who has the time? The last thing she needs in her busy schedule is to be mugged by a band of thugs.
Her destiny is more important than she could ever imagine.
Out of the shadows, a mysterious stranger emerges—her rescuer. Coincidence? Not for him. Devyn St. Cyr reveals a startling truth about Karina, and she must befriend him to gain the answers she needs. However, uncovering the secret of her heritage threatens more than just her worldview, but also her life. Regardless of her feelings for the dreamy, steamy Devyn, Karina finds herself on unsure footing with him and a hot target for every ambitious otherworldly creature.
Falling in love won’t keep her alive.
As she struggles with her rare gift, Devyn supports her, protects her, and challenges her. But in order for Karina to survive, she must do what no other Kitsune in a century has accomplished: acquire nine tails.
by Bethany Wicker
Female Alphas are unheard of in werewolf society, and the Sapphire Pack is no different. So when Lena’s father dies, no one is more shocked than she to discover that his Alpha powers have transferred to her. Lena has her hands full protecting her pack from hunters and rogue wolves, while simultaneously facing prejudices and power-hungry males who want to mate with her just to steal her title.
But when the uber-sexy Kane enters the picture, Lena gets a lot more than she bargained for. He irritates her to no end, while giving her butterflies at the same time. With his interference and her new-found power bubbling under her skin, something inside her changes, leaving her confused as to what she truly is. She soon discovers that searching for answers is most difficult when the last person she can trust is the only one who has them.
by Leigh Walker
Who's the fairest of them all?
Young women from every settlement in the land are being handpicked to enter The Pageant, a contest reminiscent of Miss Universe from the old days. Gwyneth West's social-climbing mother wants her to compete, but Gwyn isn't so sure...
The Pageant is government-sponsored. If you're lucky enough to be chosen, participation is mandatory. Aggressive competition is allowed, even encouraged.
And then there's the prize...
Dallas Black, otherwise known as The Dark Prince, will propose to the winner. Dallas is the son of King Black, who won the last world war and governs the new settlements.
The Royal Family is mysterious. Rumor has it they don't sleep. Rumor has it they eschew the sun. Rumor has it they're immortal.
When Gwyn is thrust into The Pageant, she fights to survive the competitive nature of the other contestants.
But even if she wins...can she survive a vampire fiancé?
by G.K. Derosa
A young girl with new powers. An unstoppable supernatural hunter. A mysterious stranger who seems to have all the answers to her past...
Meet Aria Negrescu – orphan, coffee shop barista, and apparently, supernatural. Fireballs just shot out of her hands, and she has no idea how. Magical abilities aren’t as cool as they sound when you have no control over them. Now an unstoppable hunter wants her dead, and if she’s going to survive she has to discover who she really is.
To get a grip on her new powers, she needs to trust a mysterious stranger who always happens to show up right when she needs him. Trust, however, is not a word in her vocabulary – not after being abandoned so many times. Even if he is super hot. But none of that really matters because if she doesn’t master her powers and stop the hunter, she’s as good as dead.
A whole supernatural world existed right under Aria’s nose, and she’s about to become a part of it. Whether she likes it or not.
Start Reading Magic Bound
The Casquette Girls
by Alys Arden
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return. Adele wants nothing more than to resume her normal life, but with the silent city resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.
Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.
Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.
The Vampire Gift
by E.M. Knight
When 17-year old Eleira wakes up in a strange, unfamiliar room high above the redwoods of California, she has no idea what's waiting for her in the dark.
A trio of hauntingly beautiful vampires with a taste for her blood...
An ancient sanctuary locked away in time...
And a wicked queen determined to do anything to hold on to her rule.
Caught between three vampire brothers and coveted for her bloodline, Eleira is swept into a world of supernatural magic where nothing is as it seems and betrayal lurks behind every corner. She must fight for her survival or risk being made prey for the very creatures who keep her there. But when she discovers a dark, twisted prophecy with her at its center, she is pulled deep into the heart of The Haven... and realizes that the vampires she seeks to escape might just be the key to her salvation.