New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

February 5, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Brimstone deception : a SPI files novel

February 4, 2016
Shearin, Lisa, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2016.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
"Ace fantasy."
"The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigation (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug hits the streets. It's called Brimstone. After the first few hits, you'll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you'll start seeing the really scary stuff. I'm Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. And the collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I'd like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts--and souls. Because your local pusher doesn't stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. Plus, since the drug can only be produced with magic and molten brimstone fresh from Hell, a rift to the underworld must be open somewhere in the city."--Back cover.

Darkness raging

February 4, 2016
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961- author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
306 pages ; 18 cm.
"We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch. Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. And me? I'm Menolly, a vampire married to a gorgeous werepuma. As the war in Otherworld arrives, Blood Wyne, Queen of the Vampires, summons me. Apparently, my position as Roman's consort entails more than I imagined. As the Demon Lord Shadow Wing creates his own sinister version of the Keraastar Knights the guardians of the spirit seals to destroy the portals and free himself from the Sub Realms, his ally, the necromancer Telazhar, leads an assault from Otherworld into the streets of Seattle. And my sisters and I are caught dead center. Then, on the eve of war, my wife, Nerissa, is captured. The enemy demands we surrender the rest of the spirit seals, or they are going to kill her. I will do anything to save her. Even if it means leading an army of vampires into the very depths of the Subterranean Realms."--Provided by publisher.

Spider game

February 3, 2016
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2016.
445 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt fro Dark Promises ©2016 by Christine Feehan.
The Cajun dive in the middle of the godforsaken swamps wasn't exactly Trap Dawkins' idea of fun. But the GhostWalker wasn't there for a good time. He was looking for her. Cayenne. It's where she found her victims. Poor suckers. Then again, who wouldn't want to leave a place like this with a woman like her? It's not Cayenne's fault. Locked up, experimented on and never knowing kindness, she was bred this way--with a heart of pure venom. Trap understands her. He survived his own dark past and he shares her desire for getting even. But now Trap's greatest danger is Cayenne herself. Because what's inside her is hard to control--especially when it's aroused by a lover as reckless as Trap.

The shadow

February 3, 2016
Reynard, Sylvain.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
325 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The raven.
"Raven Wood's vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision--allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven's heart ... A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven's connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres' mortal enemy. As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness.."-- Provided by publisher.

Blood in her veins : nineteen stories from the world of Jane Yellowrock

February 3, 2016
Hunter, Faith, author.
New York : Roc, published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
xiv, 542 pages ; 21 cm.
"A ROC book."
Wesa and the Lumber King -- The early years -- Snafu -- Cat tats -- Kits -- Haint(s) -- Signatures of the dead -- First sight -- Blood, fangs, and going furry -- Dance master -- Golden delicious -- Cajun with fangs -- The devil's left boot -- Beneath a bloody moon -- Black water -- Off the grid -- Not all is as it seems -- Cat fight -- Bound no more.
"In this collection of stories, experience nineteen adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal in 'The Early Years,' and the last thing a werewolf will ever see as Jane delivers justice in 'Beneath a Bloody Moon.' Get a searing look into the pasts of some of the series' best-loved characters: Beast in 'WeSa and the Lumber King,' Rick LaFleur in 'Cat Tats,' and Molly Everhart Trueblood in 'Haints.' In the brand-new 'Cat Fight,' the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman--and Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published 'Bound No More,' Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she's the most powerful witch in Everhart history. From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire's lair--with Jane Yellowrock, it's always a given: have stakes, will travel. "-- Provided by publisher.

Between a vamp and a hard place

February 3, 2016
Sims, Jessica, author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2016.
374 pages ; 18 cm
"This sexy paranormal romance features an estate broker and a 600-year-old vampire out for revenge. Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn't be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself. Lindsey travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, and soon discovers more than she (never) bargained for. While digging through the hoarder's trove that fills every floor, she finds a secret staircase behind a wall that leads to a strange coffin...with an even stranger inhabitant." -- Provided by publisher.

The source : a Witching Savannah novel

February 3, 2016
Horn, J. D.
Seattle, WA : 47North, ©2014.
339 pages ; 21 cm.
Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South's most powerful family of witches, but she's struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings. But when Mercy's long-presumed-dead mother suddenly returns, begging Mercy to keep her presence under wraps, the witch wonders how many secrets her family is hiding and who she can really trust. And when the danger around her intensifies to deadly levels, Mercy knows she must discover the truth behind her family's magic before it destroys her.

SEAL wolf in too deep

February 2, 2016
Spear, Terry. author.
©2016
342 pages ; 18 cm.
As a Navy SEAL and police diver, alpha wolf shifter Allan Rappaport knows how to handle tough situations, but the arrival of a human diving partner-especially one as attractive as Debbie Renaud-is a whole new challenge. Getting involved is dangerous, but Debbie's offers are hard to resist. As the heat between them rises and a murder plot thickens, Allan is on the brink of exposing his biggest secret. For Debbie, working with another top-notch diver like Allan is too good to be true, and their mutual attraction is hotter than she could have dreamed. Debbie suspects he's hiding something, though, and she's set on figuring it out-one off-duty rendezvous at a time. But when Debbie gets between a werewolf hunter and his intended victim, suddenly she is plunged straight into the heart of Allan's world-a world she never knew existed.

Staked

January 29, 2016
Hearne, Kevin, author.
©2016
xvii, 310 pages ; 25 cm.
"The next book in this urban fantasy series, set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, and starring a smart-mouthed, butt kicking magician, Atticus O'Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Staked, Atticus has his final confrontation with the clan of vampires who have been bent on destroying him--including Leif, his former best friend and now enemy"-- Provided by publisher.

Medusa's web : [a novel]

January 27, 2016
Powers, Tim, 1952- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
358 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"From the award-winning author of Hide Me Among the Graves, Last Call, Declare, and Three Days to Never, a phantasmagoric, thrilling, mind-bending tale of speculative fiction in which one man must uncover occult secrets of 1920s Hollywood to save his family.In the wake of their Aunt Amity's suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and his sister, Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline's return to the childhood home they once shared. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their shabby South-of-Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this haunted "House of Usher in the Hollywood Hills" that is a conduit for the supernatural.Decorated by bits salvaged from old hotels and movie sets, Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film stars. A collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time--to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are both puzzling and terrifying. Though their cousins know little about these ancient "spiders" which provoke unpredictable temporal dislocations, Ariel and Claimayne have been using for years--an addiction that has brought Claimayne to the brink of selfish destruction.As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat's spell, Scott discovers that to protect her, he must use the perilous spiders himself. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family's past and finally free them. or be pulled deeper into their deadly web?"-- Provided by publisher.

The covenant : a Jackie Lyons mystery

January 26, 2016
Crook, Jeff.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
386 pages ; 22 cm.
"Jackie Lyons investigates a father's mysterious death, in the second installment of her ghostly mystery series. When photographer and former Memphis police detective Jackie Lyons finds Sam Loftin's lifeless body in the same location where his daughter died five years earlier, there's no reason to think he didn't kill himself, too. No reason, except Jackie has just seen Sam's ghost act out the last violent moments of his life. In investigating his murder, Jackie is drawn into a tumultuous battle between wealthy and powerful suburbanites and a charismatic preacher trying to serve the poor and homeless. But a deeper mystery lurks beneath the petty rivalries and jealousies of a gated community, one that stretches back into the distant past and reaches out to snare the youngest of this generation. A secret so dark, it can only be protected by "The Covenant.""-- Provided by publisher.

The killing jar

January 22, 2016
Bosworth, Jennifer, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
346 pages ; 22 cm
When she was ten years old Kenna discovered that she had the ability to drain the life from another human being, and ever since she has been afraid to touch anyone--but when she uses that power to save her mother and twin sister from an attacker, her mother finally reveals the secret origin of her power, and she is forced to choose between the Kalyptra and a human life.

The dirt on ninth grave

January 22, 2016
Jones, Darynda, author.
©2015
viii, 326 pages ; 25 cm
"In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding."-- Provided by publisher.

Hawthorn

January 22, 2016
Goodman, Carol, author.
New York : Viking, 2015
406 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Ravencliffe.
"During her senior year at Blythewood Academy, Avaline Hall and her friends must stop the evil Shadowmaster, Judicus van Drood, as he rallies nations into a war that could destroy both the human world and Faerie"-- Provided by publisher.

Feverborn

January 19, 2016
Moning, Karen Marie, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
496 pages ; 25 cm.
When the immortal Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged, and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making--a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of life itself--can save the planet. But those who seek the mythic song must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: the Keltar at war with nine immortals who've secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among--and within--themselves. Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And on those war-torn streets, Mac will come face-to-face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

Written in fire

January 14, 2016
Sakey, Marcus, author.
©2016
334 pages ; 21 cm.
Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy -- a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity's future to achieve them.

Atlantis rising

January 13, 2016
Craw, Gloria, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, 2015.
295 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Alison McKye isn't normal--in fact, she isn't even human. She's a Dewing, the offspring of descendants of Atlantis, left to grow up in the care of humans. She also has mental abilities that she doesn't understand. After a chance encounter with another Dewing who warns her that her abilities make her dangerous to her adoptive family, Alison tries to make herself as invisible as possible, drab and friendless. That is until she meets Ian and Brandy, and her life is turned upside down overnight.

Truthwitch

January 12, 2016
Dennard, Susan.
New York : Tor Teen, 2016.
415 pages : map ; 25 cm
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a 'witchery,' a magical skill that sets them apart from others. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. Iseult is a Threadwitch, seeing the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her-- but not those that touch her own heart. With the help of Prince Merik, a Windwitch-- and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge-- the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

The good, the bad, and the vampire

January 11, 2016
Humphreys, Sara, 1969- author.
©2016
308 pages ; 17 cm.
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he's still a Texas good ol' boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way. Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it'll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota's courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry's not dead after all.

City of light

January 7, 2016
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York, New York : A Signet Select Book, [2016]
362 pages ; 17 cm.

Untamed : a novel

December 29, 2015
Howard, A. G. (Anita G.)
New York : Amulet Books, 2015.
273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The boy in the web -- The moth in the mirror -- Six impossible things.
"Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland"-- Provided by publisher.

Moon Flower

December 16, 2015
Tyra, author.
© 2015.
255 pages ; 18 cm

For love or magic

December 14, 2015
March, Lucy, author.
©2015
296 pages ; 18 cm
Eliot Parker's good-for-nothing deceased husband has left her a new lease on life: a house in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York. But his offer comes with a cost: his ghost. Eliot swore off using her own powers sixteen years ago, thanks to one catastrophic day when she lost the only people who ever mattered to her, and ran away from her spellbinding father and his reckless enchantments. Now, when a chance encounter with quiet, handsome Desmond Lamb results in a magical explosion that rocks Eliot to the core, she can't help but wonder: Has her heart fallen under some sort of spell? Or is this what true love really feels like? The real question, of course, is whether her husband will stop haunting her, and let Desmond give her a chance at happily ever after?

Shadow's end

December 10, 2015
Harrison, Thea, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel's stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together-and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore...

The curse of Jacob Tracy

December 10, 2015
Messinger, Holly, author.
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
308 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts, and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since he nearly died on the battlefield at Antietam, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless dead. The curse cost him his family, his calling to the church, and damn near his sanity. He stays out of ghost-populated areas as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains West from St. Louis, with his pragmatic and skeptical partner, Boz. During the spring work lull, Trace gets an unusual job offer. Miss Fairweather, a wealthy English bluestocking, needs someone to retrieve a dead friend's legacy from a nearby town, and she specifically wants Trace to do it. However, the errand proves to be far more sinister than advertised. When confronted, Miss Fairweather admits to knowing about Trace's curse, and suggests she might help him learn to control it--in exchange for a few more odd jobs. Trace has no interest in being her pet psychic, but he's been looking twenty years for a way to control his power, and Miss Fairweather's knowledge of the spirit world is too valuable to ignore. As she steers him into one macabre situation after another, his powers flourish, and Trace begins to realize some good might be done with this curse of his. But Miss Fairweather is harboring some dark secrets of her own, and her meddling has brought Trace to the attention of something much older and more dangerous than any ghost in this electrifying and inventive debut"-- Provided by publisher.

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