Top 12 Paranormal Books of 2013

Ah, January… The time of year when every blogger reviews their favourite things from the year before…

Not one to buck a sound trend, I sat down this morning and had a look at all of the paranormal books that released in 2013 and made a list of my favourites reads of the past year. One of the things that I realized while doing this review is that while I did manage to add a select few contemporary and historical fiction writers to my reading repertoire (see Book Shelf for names), I only added one new paranormal author – Darynda Jones. Darynda has quickly become one of my favourite authors and I highly encourage my readers to pick up her Charley Davidson series if you haven’t done so already. The main characters of Charley Davidson (grim reaper) and Reyes Farrow (son of Satan) are sexy, funny as hell, and a delightful change from the usual vampires and lycans that seem to dominate the field of paranormal fiction. I read the first five books in the series this past year and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Sixth Grave on the Edge, when it releases this May.

So who else did I love in 2013?

 

Top 12 Paranormal Books of 2013

(Listed in reverse order of release date)

 

Larissa Ione, Reaver, Demonica Book 6, Paperback, December 17, 2013

J.R. Ward, Possession, Fallen Angels Book 5, Hardcover, October 1, 2013

Kresley Cole, Endless Knight, Arcana Chronicles Book 2, Hardcover, October 1, 2013

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Styxx, Dark-Hunter Book 17, Hardcover, September 3, 2013

Kelley Armstrong, Omens, Cainsville Book 1, Hardcover, August 20, 2013

Gena Showalter, The Darkest Craving, Lords of the Underworld Book 10, Paperback, July 30, 2013

Darynda Jones, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Charley Davidson Book 5, Hardcover, July 9, 2013

Kresley Cole, MacRieve, Immortals After Dark Book 13, Hardcover, July 2, 2013

Laurell K. Hamilton, Affliction, Anita Blake Book 22, Hardcover, July 2, 2013

JR Ward, Lover at Last, Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 11, Hardcover, March 26, 2013

Lara Adrian, Edge of Dawn, Midnight Breed, Hardcover, February 26, 2013

Kim Harrison, Ever After, Hollows Book 11, Hardcover, January 22, 2013

 

Larissa Ione, Reaver, DemonicaJ.R. Ward, Possession, Fallen AngelsKresley Cole, Endless Knight, Arcana ChroniclesSherrilyn Kenyon, Styxx, Dark-HunterKelley Armstrong, Omens, CainsvilleGena Showalter, The Darkest Craving, Lords of the Underworld

Darynda Jones, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Charley DavidsonKresley Cole, MacRieve, Immortals After DarkLaurell K. Hamilton, Affliction, Anita BlakeJR Ward, Lover at Last, Black Dagger BrotherhoodLara Adrian, Edge of Dawn, Midnight BreedKim Harrison, Ever After, Hollows

 

Now tell me, which books of 2013 made your personal list? I’d like to add a few more paranormal authors to my roster this year so please share!

 

January 10th, 2014  at 2:25pm

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New Releases: December 2013 – Part Three

Happy REAVER Day! Happy REAVER Day! Happy REAVER Day! Larissa Ione’s Reaver released today, Peeps. Can you tell that I’m excited? Just a little bit… Oh, and a few other books hit the bookstore shelves as well…

 

Amanda J. Greene, A Bewitching Christmas, Under Realm Assassins Book 1, eBook, December 16, 2013

Jaime Rush, Dragon Awakened, Hidden Book 1, Paperback, December 17, 2013

Jessica McBrayer, Suckers Go to Hell, San Francisco Vampires Book 4, eBook, December 17, 2013

Kristen Callihan, Shadowdance, Darkest London Book 4, Paperback, December 17, 2013

Larissa Ione, Reaver, Demonica Book 6, Paperback, December 17, 2013

Leia Shaw, Slaves of Destiny, Shadows of Destiny Book 6, eBook, December 17, 2013

 

Amanda J. Greene, A Bewitching Christmas, Under Realm Assassins     Jaime Rush, Dragon Awakened, Hidden     Larissa Ione, Reaver, Demonica     Kristen Callihan, Shadowdance, Darkest London     Leia Shaw, Slaves of Destiny, Shadows of Destiny     Jessica McBrayer, Suckers Go to Hell, San Francisco Vampires

 

December 17th, 2013  at 11:29 pm

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New Releases: December 2013 – Part Two

Wow – talk about a quiet day for new releases… I was only able to find two paranormal titles releasing today! Don’t worry though, Peeps, we’re getting Larissa Ione’s Reaver next week to make up for it :)

 

Andrea Cremer, Snakeroot, Nightshade Book 6, Hardcover, December 10, 2013

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kiss of the Night (Special Ed), Dark-Hunter Book 5, Hardcover, December 10, 2013

Andrea Cremer, Snakeroot, Nightshade       Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kiss of the Night, Dark-Hunter

December 10th, 2013  at 2:45 pm

 

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The Reaper is Coming, the Reaper is Coming!

No, not Charley Davidson (though I can’t wait for book 6 in Darynda Jones’ amazing series) – the other Reaper – a.k.a. Azagoth!

I have been waiting for an Azagoth story every since he first appeared in Larissa Ione’s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance novels and now we’re finally going to get one in the new “The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights” series!

In Larissa’s latest newsletter (Dec 7th) she writes –

I’m participating in an ambitious new project with 11 other New York Times bestsellers called 1001 Dark Nights, and is inspired by The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights.

In the original, Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with nightly stories so that he will postpone her execution.

We’re taking a unique spin on the premise and creating new stories that a new Scheherazade might tell. Novellas that are sexy and  romantic. Some paranormal, some erotic. All compelling and page turning.

One of these novellas will be published each month starting January 2014. Mine will release in June as Demonica/LOD book #10.5, and I hope you’ll check it out. Readers have been wanting this story since Ecstasy Unveiled released, and I’m excited to give them what they want.

Get ready for AZAGOTH!

 

Larissa Ione, Azagoth, 1001 Dark Nights
 

Even in the fathomless depths of the underworld and the bleak chambers of a damaged heart, the bonds of love can heal…or destroy.

He holds the ability to annihilate souls in the palm of his hand. He commands the respect of the most dangerous of demons and the most powerful of angels. He can seduce and dominate any female he wants with a mere look. But for all Azagoth’s power, he’s bound by shackles of his own making, and only an angel with a secret holds the key to his release.

She’s an angel with the extraordinary ability to travel through time and space. An angel with a tormented past she can’t escape. And when Lilliana is sent to Azagoth’s underworld realm, she finds that her past isn’t all she can’t escape. For the irresistibly sexy fallen angel known as Azagoth is also known as the Grim Reaper, and when he claims a soul, it’s forever…

 

December 9th, 2013  at 1:58 am

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2013 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards Nominees Announced – Pt 2

The nominees for the 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards have been posted. There are far too many nominees to list them all here but I will list some of the authors that I know will be of particular interest to Paranormal Bites readers. Please note that these are only some of the amazing authors up for an award. Several others were listed here last week as well.

Congratulations to the following nominees:

 

Paranormal Worldbuilding

 Lindsey Piper, Blood Warrior

Meljean Brook, Guardian Demon

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Styxx

Heather Graham, The Night is Forever

Larissa Ione, Reaver

 

Futuristic Romance

Richelle Mead, Gameboard of the Gods

 

Urban Fantasy Novel

Anne Bishop, Written in Red

Ilona Andrews, Magic Rises

 

Urban Fantasy Protagonist

Patricia Briggs, Frost Burned

Jenn Bennett, Binding the Shadows

Nicole Peeler, Tempest Reborn

Jeanne C. Stein, Blood Bond

 

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding

Diana Rowland, Touch of the Demon

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Blood Winter

Kristen Painter, Last Blood

Jennifer Estep, Heart of Venom

Eileen Wilks, Ritual Magic

 

Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Cherry Adair, Rentless

Shiloh Walker, The Protected

Maggie Shayne, Sleep With the Lights On

Harlequin Nocturne

Heather Graham, Keeper of the Night

Michele Hauf, This Wicked Magic

 

Young Adult Protagonist

Richelle Mead, The Fiery Heart

 

Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Kami Garcia, Unbreakable

Veronica Roth, Allegiant

 

December 3rd, 2013  at 11:00 am

 

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New Releases: September 2013 – Part Three

It’s a great week for new releases, Peeps! So many big names – Showalter, Ione, Sands, Harris, Shayne, and King, just to name a few! I’ve got quite a shopping list to take to the bookstore with me between this week and next. Happy Release Day to the following authors:

 

Adrian Phoenix, On Midnight Wings, Maker’s Song Book 5, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Anton Strout, Stonecast, Spellmason Chronicles Book 2, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Charlaine Harris, Amanda Stevens, Dead of Night, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Gina Showalter, Through the Zombie Glass, White Rabbit Chronicles Book 2, Hardcover, September 24, 2013

Heather Graham, The Night is Forever, Krewe of Hunters, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Jan DeLima, Celtic Moon, Celtic Wolves Book 1, Paperback, September 24, 2013

J.D. Robb et al., Mirror Mirror, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Keri Arthur, Chasing the Shadows, Nikki & Michael Book 3, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Larissa Ione, Bound by Night, Moonbound Clan Vampires Book 1, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Lynsay Sands, One Lucky Vampire, Argeneau Vampires Book 19, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Maggie Shayne, Sleep With the Lights On, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Stephen King, Doctor Sleep, Hardcover, September 24, 2013

Tamora Pierce, Battle Magic, Hardcover, September 24, 2013

Terry Spear, SEAL Wolf Christmas, Paperback, September 24, 2013

T.J. Michaels, Seeker’s Solace, Vampire Council of Ethics Book 4, eBook, September 24, 2013

Yasmine Galenorn, Autumn Whispers, Otherworld Book 14, Paperback, September 24, 2013

Adrian Phoenix, On Midnight Wings, Maker's Song Tamora Pierce, Battle MagicLynsay Sands, One Lucky Vampire, Argeneau Vampires Keri Arthur, Chasing the Shadows, Nikki & Michael Gina Showalter, Through the Zombie Glass, White Rabbit Chronicles Yasmine Galenorn, Autumn Whispers, Otherworld Larissa Ione, Bound by Night, Moonbound Clan Vampires

September 24th, 2013  at 11:25 pm

 

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BOUND BY NIGHT Cover Reveal

With so many of my favourite authors posting new covers lately it’s difficult to stay on top of them all. Here is the cover of the first book in Larissa Ione’s new Moonbound Clan Vampires series, Bound by Night, which will be coming out in September.

 

Larissa Ione, Bound by Night, Moonbound Clan Vampires

 

Nicole Martin was only eight years old when she narrowly survived a massacre: her family’s vampire slaves rebelled and killed everyone in her household. Twenty years later, Nicole now dedicates herself to finding a vaccine against vampirism…and eradicating the gruesome memories that give her nightmares.

Riker, a member of the wild vampire Moon Clan, is haunted by his own demons—his wife Lorraine had been captured and enslaved by the Martin family. It was during a botched escape attempt that she was killed, along with their unborn child. Still wracked with grief and anger, Riker is now fueled solely by the desire to rescue vampire slaves…and slaughter their owners.

When Riker stumbles upon Nicole in a chance meeting, he immediately recognizes her as a member of the Martin family that once enslaved his wife—and she recognizes him as the wild vampire she saw kissing a pregnant slave in the moments before her violent death—an image that has haunted her dreams for years.

When Riker kidnaps Nicole and they spend a night together in a cave on the way back to his clan, suddenly they begin to realize that they aren’t as different from one another as they may have thought—and they’re finding themselves drawn to one another…

 

April 12th, 2013 at 8:35 am

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2013 RITA & Golden Heart Finalists Announced

Today is the day that the 2013 RITA and Golden Heart finalists are announced. I post this list every year but for those who are unfamiliar with the contest, the competition is held by the Romance Writers of America trade association. The RITA is “the highest award of distinction in romance fiction”, awarded to recognize excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart, on the other hand, recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

The winners will be announced on July 20 at the 2013 RWA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

I won’t post the entire list here as it is quite extensive and only a small portion of the nominees are paranormal authors. The nominees that you may be interested in are as follows:

 

RITA

Best First Book Finalists

Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Penguin Group USA, New American Library

Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Tom Doherty Associates, Tor Books

 

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Penguin Group USA, New American Library

 

Paranormal Romance Finalists

Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden
Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava

Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
St. Martin’s Press

Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
Harlequin, MIRA

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever

Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
Grand Central Publishing, Forever

Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books

Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance

 

Romance Novella Finalists

Breathless by Sophie Jordan
HarperCollins, HarperTeen Impulse

 

Young Adult Romance Finalists

Bound by Erica O’Rourke
Kensington Publishing Corp., KTeen

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Houghton Mifflin

 

 

Golden Heart

 

Paranormal Romance Finalists

“Dark Secret” by Mariah Ankenman

“Demon’s Bane” by India Powers

“Guardian” by Tara Sheets

“Jinn & Tonic” by Kay Hudson

“Mind Sweeper” by Amy Jones

“Sea Panther” by Dawn Wolzein

“Shadows in the Deep” by Lark Howard

“Unbroken” by Ella Sheridan

 

**Please note that this list is subject to additions as the nominees are not posted online until they have been notified of their Finalist status.  I will update this post if new names of interest are added. If you’d like to see all of the nominees in every catagory you can view the list here. **

March 26th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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Lethal Rider Surprise

As my readers probably know, I am a huge fan of author Larissa Ione’s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series. Her particular demons, vampires, angels, and horsemen of the apocalypse are some of the sexiest supernatural creatures in print today.

I happened to pick up a copy of the third book in the Lords of Deliverance series this weekend, LETHAL RIDER, and was pleasantly surprised to find that her publishers included a quote from the review that I wrote for SIN UNDONE, the fifth book of the Demonica series. I had no idea that the quote had been included and it was such a thrill to see ParanormalBites.com listed along with reviewers such as Publishers Weekly, USA Today.com , GoodReads.com, and RT Book Reviews among others.

Writing Paranormal Bites is such a wonderful escape from my everyday life for me and supporting my favourite authors  is a true labour of love. The blog was conceived towards the end of my marriage and it has seen me through the turbulent time surrounding my divorce, a couple of moves, my return to school not once but twice in the past couple of years, and the adjustment involved in being a now single parent. It has suffered a few periods of sporadic posting as a result but I like to think of it as “the little blog that could”, much like it’s author.

Seeing my quote in LETHAL RIDER might seem like a small thing to most people but to me it was like receiving an unexpected act of kindness and it really made my day. Thank you so much Larissa and Hachette Books/Grand Central Publishing for the recognition! You’ve inspired me even more.

 

Larissa Ione, Lethal Rider, Lords of Deliverance

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Matthews, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse – he’s about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Matthews never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he’s ever wanted – a family.

 

February 18th, 2013 at 12:47 am

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Thank You!

Re-posted from our Facebook page –

 

We’re knee deep in the holiday season, Peeps, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful authors who take the time to send me review copies,  signed books, and swag for giveaways on ParanormalBites.com. Being a full time student & single mom has really cut into my blogging time this past year and I’m grateful that so many authors and readers have stuck with me during this challenging time.

Hugs and kisses to Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole, and Kelley Armstrong for the advanced reading copies this past year and to all of the wonderful authors who generously sponsored the Bites Fights back in the spring – Lara, Kresley, Kelley, Darynda Jones, Adrian Phoenix, Cynthia Eden,  Laura Wright,  Jennifer Estep,  Gena Showalter, Rachel Caine, Brenna Yovanoff,  Deborah Harkness, D.B. Reynolds, Lynsay Sands, Shannon K. Butcher, Jim Butcher, Jacquelyn Frank, Larissa Ione, Kendare Blake, Melissa Marr, Lori Handeland, Anya Bast, Joey W. Hill, Seanan McGuire, Alexandra Ivy, Pamela Palmer, Jeaniene Frost, Michelle Rowen, and Sylvia Day.

I sure hope that I didn’t miss anyone!

Hugs and thanks to you, my readers, as well, for joining me in my madness as I attempt to pay tribute to the authors that we love. The authors make it possible and you make it worth while.

Happy Holidays to you and yours,

Warmly,

Laurie
a.k.a. LadyJayne

 

December 20th, 2012 at 8:30 am

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New Releases: November 2012

Okay Peeps, it`s time to catch up on the rest of the November new releases so that you can update your “Dear Santa” letters!

 

Alyson Noël, Echo, Soul Seekers Book 2, Hardcover, November 13, 2012

Coreene Callahan, Fury of Seduction, Dragonfury Book 3, Paperback, November 13, 2012

Elizabeth Richards, Black City, Hardcover, November 13, 2012

Jeaniene Frost, Night’s Darkest Embrace, Nocturna, eBook, November 13, 2012

Maggie Shayne, Daughter of the Spellcaster, Portal Book 2, Paperback, November 13, 2012

Suzanne Johnson, River Road, Royal Street Book 2, Hardcover, November 13, 2012

 

Maggie Shayne, Daughter of the Spellcaster, Portal Coreene Callahan, Fury of Seduction, Dragonfury Elizabeth Richards, Black CityAlyson Noël, Echo, Soul Seekers Suzanne Johnson, River Road, Royal Street Jeaniene Frost, Night's Darkest Embrace, Nocturna

 

Larissa Ione, Rogue Rider, Lords of Deliverance 4, Paperback, November 20, 2012

Michele Vail, Undeadly, Reaper Diaries Book 1, Paperback, November 20, 2012

 

Larissa Ione, Rogue Rider, Lords of Deliverance Michele Vail, Undeadly, Reaper Diaries

 
Alexandra Ivy, My Lord Eternity, Immortal Rogues Book 2, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Amanda Hocking, Lullaby, Watersong Book 2, Hardcover, November 27, 2012

Cassie Alexander, Moonshifted, Edie Spence, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Christine Feehan, After the Music, eBook, November 27, 2012

Christine Warren, Drive Me Wild, The Others, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Cynthia Eden, Angel in Chains, The Fallen, Paperback, November 27, 2012

DD Barant, Undead to the World, Bloodhound Files, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Donna Grant, Midnight’s Warrior, Dark Warriors Book 4, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Ellie James, Fragile Darkness, Midnight Dragonfly Book 3, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Ilona Andrews, Steel’s Edge, Edge Book 4, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Jeri Smith-Ready, Lust for Life, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Jim Butcher, Cold Days, Dresden Files Book 14, Hardcover, November 27, 2012

Joseph Nassise, King of the Dead, Hardcover, November 27, 2012

Juliana Stone, King of the Damned, League of Guardians, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Kerrelyn Sparks, Wild About You, Love at Stake Book 13, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Kevin Hearne, Trapped, Iron Druid Chronicles Book 5, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Kresley Cole, Shadow’s Claim, The Dacians Book 1, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Lara Adrian, Darker After Midnight, Midnight Breed, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Sandra Hill, Kiss of Surrender, Deadly Angels, Paperback, November 27, 2012

Shawntelle Madison, Kept, Coveted, Paperback, November 27, 2012

 

Kresley Cole, Shadow's Claim, The Dacians Juliana Stone, King of the Damned, League of GuardiansCynthia Eden, Angel in Chains, The FallenLara Adrian, Darker After Midnight, Midnight BreedChristine Warren, Drive Me Wild, The OthersSandra Hill, Kiss of Surrender, Deadly AngelsDonna Grant, Midnight's Warrior, Dark Warriors

December 2nd, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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News Briefs

I apologize for the lengthy delay between posts, Peeps. I’ve been very busy with school (in fact I have an exam tomorrow that I should be studying for at this very moment) and I lost my dad 10 days ago so I’ve also been tied up with family matters. I’m determined to get Paranormal Bites back on track just as soon as I can but in the mean time here are some news briefs to help catch us up…

 

Great news for fans of Melissa de la Cruz’s Witches of East End! The series is currently in pilot production with the Lifetime TV Network. If the network likes the pilot, it will be picked up as a regular series!

Larissa Ione is working on a new vampire series set in a brand new world that will release from Pocket Books next summer and she will post more information as it becomes available.

Nalini Singh’s Kiss of Snow just won a Gold award for it’s German edition “Lockruf Des Verlangens” in the Fantasy section of the Leserpreis-Die besten Bucher 2012.

Shayla Black (a.k.a. Shelley Bradley) will be chatting live online at Writerspace tonight at 8pm Eastern. Just click here to join! http://www.writerspace.com/chat/

RT Book Reviews reports that Ron Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame has been signed to write the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

The virtual signing for the hardcover release of Lara Adrian’s Edge of Dawn, Book 11 in the Midnight Breed series, is now open for orders at at www.LaraAdrian.com!

November 27th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

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