Ireland, Kelli, The Immortal’s Hunger

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Ireland, Kelli, The Immortal’s Hunger,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Immortal’s Hunger

Author:  Kelli Ireland

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Sacrifice

Blurb:

When you play with fire…

It was only a matter of time before Gareth Brennan had to die. Before he made that ultimate sacrifice, the assassin wanted to know warmth once again. His recent experiences had destroyed his ability to create fire, yet sexy bartender Ashley Clement was now igniting one within him.

As a Phoenix, Ashley had limited time herself; soon a male Phoenix would claim her. Unless she could find a lover. Gareth was the perfect man for the job. Except he was no human, and their union might draw even more danger. But to deny their fiery attraction…that was a truly impossible task.

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to the myth and magic of Ireland!  The first book in the series introduced you to the five men, all Druids, who make up the Assassin’s Arcanum.  This second book introduces the man who’s second in command, or Regent:  Gareth Brennan.  Darkness has weighed him down for too long, but the personal sacrifice it will take to shed that weight may be too high a cost.  Only time, and the power of love, will tell.

I was fortunate to spend several weeks in Ireland not long ago.  The country is as charming as it is indescribably beautiful.  And I can tell you without batting an eye that the country is as green as it’s reputed to be.  And the people?  They’re warm, friendly and have a quick wit about them.  I made friends there that I still miss (waves at Mary and Tommy!)

Every time I delve into an Arcanum member’s story, I’m transported back to this land.  Ireland wove her own magic around me.  It seemed anything…everything was possible while I was there.  I’ve cherished each discovery I made in Ireland, both personal and professional.  But that particular feeling of being able to do anything I set my mind to?  I’ve held it closest of all.

May that sense of wonder and the urge to believe in the impossible find you somewhere within the pages of Gareth’s story.

Until next time,

Kelli

Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Treasure

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Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Treasure (Dark Seas, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Siren’s Treasure (Dark Seas, Book 2)

Author:  Debbie Herbert

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Abduction; Drugs; Identity; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Deep in the bayou, a strange and beautiful world of merfolk exists…

Mermaid Jet Borsage never fit in with her own kind. Her dark hair and eyes set her apart from the other merfolk. Which was why she fell for the wrong man, and why she is still paying the price. One that has made her unwilling to trust any man. Until she meets Landry Fields…

Agent Landry Fields is investigating Jet’s former boyfriend, but he knows Jet is hiding something, as well. At first he believed the beauty was involved in her ex-boyfriend’s dangerous undersea excavations. But when he realizes he is falling for a real-live mermaid, Landry’s by-the-book beliefs are rocked. Now can he save Jet and her clan from modern-day pirates to claim a future with the feisty beauty?

Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Secret

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Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Secret (Dark Seas, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Siren’s Secret (Dark Seas, Book 1)

Author:  Debbie Herbert

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Murder; Violence

Blurb:

Shelly Connors’s worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy.

Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual …and impossible to ignore. But he’s determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly’s hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?

Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Call

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Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Call (Dark Seas, Book 3), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Siren’s Call (Dark Seas, Book 3)

Author:  Debbie Herbert

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Interracial Relationship; POC; Self Esteem

Blurb:

She was irresistible to every man…except one

Lily Borsage is the ultimate siren: gorgeous, aloof and irresistible to all the men in Bayou La Siryna. All of them, that is, until Nashoba Bowman comes back to town. The Native American kid whose innocent first kiss Lily remembers fondly is now all grown-up, hot as an Alabama summer—and immune to Lily’s charms. What self-respecting mermaid could resist finding out more?

But Nash has a dark history that puts any woman he loves in grave danger, and a heritage of power he isn’t ready to accept. And Lily has a secret that no mortal man can ever know. When a mysterious enemy starts menacing Lily, they will both have to risk everything—and embrace their deepest destinies—if they want to survive.

Herbert, Debbie, Bayou Shadow Hunter

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Herbert, Debbie, Bayou Shadow Hunter (Dark Seas, Book 4), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Bayou Shadow Hunter (Dark Seas, Book 4)

Author:  Debbie Herbert

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Interracial Relationship; POC; Revenge; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Hot, sultry, deadly…  These are the secrets that lurk in the bayou.

Bent on revenge, Native American Shadow Hunter Tombi Silver could turn to only one woman, the “witch” Annie Matthews, for help. Her ability to hear auras had allowed her to discover Tombi’s friend mystically trapped by forces that could destroy them all. The accompanying message of a traitor in their midst meant Tombi could trust no one.

Dare he bring Annie along on his quest to fight shadow spirits? Putting his faith in someone outside his tribe, especially one who pulled at his tightly controlled desires, could prove just as dangerous as his mission…

Hauf, Michele, Moonlight and Diamonds

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Hauf, Michele, Moonlight and Diamonds (The Saint-Pierres, Book 7), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Moonlight and Diamonds (The Saint-Pierres, Book 7)

Author:  Michele Hauf

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Drugs; Self Esteem

Blurb:

The most precious prize…

Werewolf Stryke Saint-Pierre knows Paris socialite Blyss Sauveterre must be handled carefully. She once used their sizzling attraction to steal an infamous diamond – and he won’t risk her manipulating him again!

Blyss cannot let the brooding werewolf know that these heists pay for an elixir to keep her wolf at bay… and they’ve kept her safe until now. When her latest raid puts a pack of deadly demons on her trail, Blyss knows Stryke is her only hope. On the run and in danger, dare Blyss let her inner wolf run wild with the one man who’s ever got close to her heart?

Dear Reader,

Another brave and fearless hero.  Another smart heroine who falls hopelessly in love.  Another paranormal romance story that I couldn’t resist writing because I love to write stories I love to read.  And in doing so, I hope you, the reader, will fall in love too.  Stryke Saint-Pierre is one of Blu and Creed’s grandchildren (their story was Her Vampire Husband), and I’ve paired him with a woman so completely opposite his down-to-earth, practical werewolf self I wasn’t even sure I could find a way to make them fall in love.  Fortunately, magic sometimes happens on the page, and I promise you a happily-ever-after.

And guess what?  This story marks my fiftieth story for Harlequin!  How cool is that?  I’ve been writing for this publisher since my first fantasy that I wrote for Luna, then I tried out a few Bombshells before landing in the Harlequin Nocturne line, of which I hope to write another fifty books or more.  And it wouldn’t be possible without you, the reader, who devours all things vampire, werewolf, faery and witch.  You read the weird stuff, and I love you for that.

Happy reading!

Michele Hauf

Hauf, Michele, Her Vampire Husband

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Hauf, Michele, Her Vampire Husband (Wicked Games, Book 3), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  Her Vampire Husband (Wicked Games, Book 3)

Author:  Michele Hauf

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Arranged Marriage; Domestic Abuse; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

An arranged marriage between a werewolf and a vampire.

There will be blood.

She may resist his bite, but she can’t resist his charms…

Werewolf princess Blu Masterson won’t allow her seductive vampire husband to consummate their marriage with his bite, marking her forever. Alone in a secluded estate with her sworn enemy, Blu curses the marriage arranged to bring their rival nations together, especially since Creed Saint-Pierre calls out to her most feral desires.

When Blu uncovers her pack’s secret plot to destroy the vampire nation—and Creed—she is forced to confront her growing feelings for her sexy undead husband. Will she choose the only life she’s ever known or accept his vampire bite?

Godman, Jane, Otherworld Renegade

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Godman, Jane, Otherworld Renegade (Otherworld, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Otherworld Renegade (Otherworld, Book 2)

Author:  Jane Godman

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Arranged Marriage; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

Claiming her felt like his destiny…but could prove to be his ultimate undoing.

Desperate to flee a horrific arranged marriage, Princess Tanzi turned to the only man who could help. Lorcan Malone, infamous necromancer, had vowed to come to her aid whenever she needed him. And even as they traveled from the mortal world into the fantastical Otherworld, Tanzi knew her true need ran deeper than just a rescue.

She was his enemy’s daughter. A renegade like Lorcan had no business craving a Fae princess, one intended for a greater calling. Yet he was powerless to resist the pull to do more than protect Tanzi…

Godman, Jane, Otherworld Protector

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Godman, Jane, Otherworld Protector (Otherworld, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Otherworld Protector (Otherworld, Book 1)

Author:  Jane Godman

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Violence

Blurb:

When Stella Fallon journeys to Spain for a dream job, she never suspects that a cataclysmic confrontation is looming. Or that she is the last in an ancient line of dark sorcerers. For her new employer–an electronics billionaire–is actually a Faerie King desperate to harness Stella’s powers so he can rule the Otherworld.

The only one who can protect Stella is a man she once thought her guardian angel. Cal becomes human, but his centuries-old secret could destroy her trust. Still, the pair cannot deny their white-hot attraction as they seek refuge in a cave to prepare for a battle of epic magnitude…

Cooke, Cynthia, Lying with Wolves

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Cooke, Cynthia, Lying with Wolves (The Colony, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Lying with Wolves (The Colony, Book 2)

Author:  Cynthia Cooke

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Bereavement; Grief; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Only her powerful magic can save the Colony and the man she loves…

In the wake of a betrayal, Celia Lawson, the last of a preeminent magical bloodline, is building a new life for herself outside the security of the Colony. Meanwhile, demon raiders have breached the protective barriers of the compound and are threatening everyone she loves. When she learns of the tragedy, Celia races home to help mount a magical offensive–and finds comfort back in the arms of the shifter who broke her heart….

Risking exposure for all that he’s done, Malcolm Daniels wants only to redeem himself with the pack and win back Celia’s trust. But as demon forces invade, Celia’s magic–and her own conflicted feelings for Malcolm–will be tested in ways neither of them ever would have imagined.

Dear Reader,

Abomination.

Abomination.

Abomination.

The insidious whispers floating in the night air sent chills through Celia’s blood.  The demons were coming, and soon they’d break the barriers into the Colony, and none of the wolf shifters would be safe.

Only Celia, keeper of the crystals, can stop them now.  But she can’t do it alone.

Her mother could have helped her, but she is no longer there.  She was killed in the shifter’s war for power.  Now Celia wants justice, and she wants to protect her people; what she doesn’t want is to forgive Malcolm, who brought devastation and danger upon their heads.

But more than anything, she doesn’t want to accept that he is worth saving and, perhaps, worthy of her love.

Welcome to the Colony.  Hope you enjoy the world of the shifters hidden in the Cascade Mountains where nothing, and no one, is as it seems.

To stay in touch with Cynthia, you can visit her on her website, at www.cynthiacooke.com, on www.facebook.com/cynthiacooke.authorpage and on Twitter, @cynthiacooke5.

Embrace the seduction!

Cynthia Cooke