Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Finds! (3)

Credit goes to MizB from Should Be Reading

Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
Urban Fantasy debut novel
Publisher: Zebra
Release date: May 4, 2010
352 pages

They are the Others—the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they’re stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again…

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm—if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend—a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing—and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil—whether she likes it or not…
(Find out more at the the publisher's website)

Rhinehoth by Brian E. Niskala
Gothic Horror
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pub. Date: December 2009
178 pages

Centuries ago a great castle was built in the mountains of Germany’s Black Forest. It’s ancient guardians still thrive in its walls forever protecting it’s dark secrets, holding captive an enemy that threatens their very existence. Foretold is a story of an ancient warrior that is to return to the castle to free the captive Vampire Prince.
Simon Roberts was a petty thief who fled England to escape Scotland Yard after a series of unsuccessful jewelry store heists. He was recruited to do a job in Germany where he was to simply drive the get away car while providing a look out. He thought this was going to be an easy job and a way to break into the German crime scene. But things go terribly wrong and he ended up being the only survivor of the botched heist. Simon is quickly sentenced to a prison called Rhinehoth. This is where Germany sent the worst of the worst, surely not a place for a petty thief such as himself.
Rhinehoth is a great German castle that was converted in the late 1930’s to a Stalag for war criminals of World War II. The converted prison’s modern day inhabitants are relentlessly tortured, starved and sleep deprived. This contributes to the prisoners’ delusional visions that help hide the truth and keeps Rhinehoth’s secrets. Their captors are the army of Werewolves who have survived the centuries off the very flesh and blood of Germany’s worst forgotten criminals.
Simon, imprisoned becomes plagued with visions from his subconscious ancient past with confusion of his modern day consciousness. He discovers through his visions that he is the ancient warrior, Guthrie who has come to free the Vampire Prince and all the captives while saving the world from a dark plan of biblical proportions that has been orchestrated over the centuries!
(From Amazon)

Possessed by Kate Cann
Aka. Possessing Rayne
Young Adult
Publisher: Point
Pub. Date: February 1, 2010 (US)
336 pages

Rayne wants a complete break from her old life, from her possessive boyfriend and the claustrophobia of the inner-city estate she lives on. She lands a live-in job in the wildness of the country, at an ancient manor house called Morton’s Keep, where life is exhilarating, but terrifying too. There’s something sinister going on at the Keep – something to do with its history – but no one will talk to her about it. No one except her new group of friends, that is. They’re alluring and seductive …especially the group leader, the elegant St John.

Who can she trust to tell her the truth? She can sense something evil growing – but from where, from who? And how can she keep herself safe from it?

To me, the most frightening arena is inside the mind. I wanted to explore that, and the fear of the not-known, in this book. I wanted to look at what would happen when a town-girl is transplanted to a remote place where nights are pitch black and nature dominates. Rayne is deeply drawn to the woods, but she hears strange stories about them, and the mysterious fire people. She must fight to find out the truth, and be brave in facing up to who she really is ....
(From Kate Cann's website.)

Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams
Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: May 25, 2010
304 pages

Can an oracle change the future she sees?

Tara Sheridan swore off criminal profiling years ago. By combining Tarot card divination with her own intuition, she narrowly escaped the grasp of a serial killer who left her scarred for life. She put down her cards and withdrew from work and society. Now, Sophia, a member of an ancient secret society connected to the mythic Delphic Oracle, asks Tara to find a missing scientist who has unlocked the destructive secrets of dark energy. Tara resists— she fears reawakening her long-buried talents and blames Sophia’s Daughters of Delphi for the death of her mother. But, grudgingly, she agrees to search for the missing scientist, Lowell Magnusson.

Tara travels to Las Alamos National Laboratory, the location of Magnusson’s disappearance. She meets the serious, impatient, and highly attractive Agent Harry Li— and re-encounters her old partner, Richard Corvus. Corvus is now chief of the Special Projects Division, a position Tera might have held, had she not dropped out of investigative work. Corvus considers Tara mentally imbalanced and not to be trusted— but it may be Corvus who is untrustworthy.

Tara’s investigation and Tarot cards tell her Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, may hold the key to her father’s plans, and that they both are in grave danger. Meanwhile, Corvus and the Daughters of Delphi have their own plans…and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
(From Juno Books blog.)

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I got this from Zombie Games. They have several zombie games online for free including this I Am Legend one!


Alayne said...

Great picks! Thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.

Aleksandra said...

Wow, these books sound great! More books to add on my neverending list ;)

Eleni said...

You found some great stuff too!

Darlene said...

You found some great books. Rhinehoth and Possessed sound awesome!

vvb32 reads said...

i like the dark oracle cover. ooo, thanks for the zombie tips.

dela said...

looks great! i hope i have chance for reading one of it.

and, i have a little blog for reviewing books too. if you have spare time, feel free to visit Buku Buku Dela

Alayna Williams said...

Thanks for blogging about DARK ORACLE. It was a blast to write, and I hope readers enjoy! :-)

-Alayna Williams

Stephanie said...

These look like terrific reads! :-)

Amanda Leigh said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Wow, thanks Alayna Williams for dropping in too!

Jess Haines said...

Hey, thanks very much for the shout-out! Hope you enjoy HUNTED BY THE OTHERS!