New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

January 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Better dead

January 16, 2018
Kopfler, Pamela McConathy, author.
©2018
vii, 375 pages ; 17 cm.
Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected--before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for generations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but three months later she's feeling a lot more relief than grief-- until Burl's ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly's human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he'll make a show of haunting the B&B to draw in visitors. But when Holly's former love, Jack McCann, mysteriously resurfaces in town and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the ghost of her husband and the very real physical presence of her old flame-- from Amazon.com.

Blood of elves

January 11, 2018
Sapkowski, Andrzej, author.
©2008
409 pages ; 18 cm.
"Originally published in hardcover by Gollancz in the UK, 2008"--tp verso.
Into a tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witches of the world have been waiting. Ciri, the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, the Lioness of Cintra, has strange powers and a strange destiny, for prophecy names her the Flame, one with the power to change the world: for good, or for evil.

Scars and songs : a novel

January 11, 2018
Zolendz, Christine, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2013]
459 pages ; 23 cm.
"Shane's point of view."
"Shane Maxton is front man for New York City's popular rock band, Mad World. But he has secrets; he's not what everybody thinks he is. He comes from an ancient world, from a different time, when angels walked among men. Read the story, through Shane's eyes, of his forbidden love, his fall from grace and his inner turmoil from living with the irrational emotions of being human"--Back cover.

The wicked vampire

January 9, 2018
Baxter, Kate (Paranormal fiction writer), author.
©2017
373 pages ; 17 cm
"Sasha Ivanov was born to be wild. A vampire party girl, she stalks the L.A. clubs at night. Dancing. Drinking. Indulging her darkest appetites. Never sated, she's always looking for more: more danger, more excitement, more blood. But when she enters a supernatural fight club--and is tethered to her mortal enemy--Sasha realizes she's playing the most dangerous game of all... Ewan Brún was born to kill vampires. A powerful berserker and unbeaten champion, he doesn't need a weapon to be deadly. He is the weapon. But when his soul becomes captive to the most beautiful vampire he's ever seen, he is all but powerless. He cannot resist Sasha--and cannot fight his desires. Is their love strong enough to defeat the gathering forces of darkness that threatens to destroy them both?"--Back cover.

Flame in the dark

January 5, 2018
Hunter, Faith, author.
©2017
356 pages ; 18 cm.
"Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she's been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED--the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet. A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead--and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell's team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more--or less--than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond"--Provided by publisher.

Heart sight

January 4, 2018
Owens, Robin D., author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
xi, 401 pages ; 21 cm.
"Journey back to the planet Celta with award-winning author Robin D. Owens in this novel about shadowed enemies and unimaginable psi power. Muin "Vinni" T'Vine has been the prophet of Celta since he was six years old. A unique and lonely child, his strong psi power made most people wary of him. But now that he's older, he's ready to marry and protect the girl he's known was his HeartMate for years. Avellana isn't as fragile as Vinni believes ... nor as compliant. She fights to be considered Vinni's equal and a strong member of her Family and community. Both of them have kept Avellana's main power secret for over a decade. But rumors of her strange psi talent are spreading, and Vinni is experiencing premonitions of danger to Avellana--even from the highest people of the land. When the whispers become threats, Vinni and Avellana must discover and defeat their secret enemies before they can finally claim happiness together"-- Provided by publisher.

Wolf hunger

January 4, 2018
Tyler, Paige, author.
©2017
310 pages ; 18 cm.
When SWAT Officer Max Lowry meets Lana Mason, he falls fast and hard. He's positive she's The One. And Max's favorite part? Lana's a wolf shifter too, so they can skip the awkward reveal and head straight to the happily ever after. There's just one problem: Lana doesn't know that she's a werewolf. To make matters worse, hunters with intent to kill have tracked Lana to Dallas. Max has to figure out how to keep Lana safe, show her who and what she really is-- and just how much she means to him.

The goblins of Bellwater

January 4, 2018
Ringle, Molly, author.
©2017
266 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit's end trying to understand what's wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn't talk of such things: he's the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract. Unaware of what's happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever. It's a midwinter night's enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own."--Back cover.

Ramses the damned : the passion of Cleopatra

January 3, 2018
Rice, Anne, 1941- author.
New York : Anchor Books, 2017.
400 pages ; 21 cm
Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality--and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.

The complete Sookie Stackhouse stories

January 3, 2018
Harris, Charlaine, author.
New York : Ace, 2017.
xii, 368 pages ; 22 cm
Fairy dust -- One word answer -- Dracula night -- Lucky -- Gift wrap -- Two blondes -- If I had a hammer -- Small-town wedding -- Playing possum -- In the blue hereafter.
"For the first time together in one volume, here is the complete short story collection starring Louisiana's favorite telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse...From investigating the murder of a local fairy to learning that her cousin was a vampire, from remodeling her best friend's house to attending a wedding with her shapeshifting boss, Sam, Sookie navigates the perils and pitfalls of the paranormal world. Belly up to the bar at Bon Temps's favorite watering hole and hear stories that will make you wish Sookie never left..."-- Provided by publisher.

Mississippi roll

January 3, 2018
New York : Tor Books, 2017.
332 pages : map; 24 cm
In the shadow of tall stacks / by Stephen Leigh -- Wingless angel / by John Jos. Miller -- A big break in the small time / Carrie Vaughn -- Death on the water / Cherie Priest -- Find the lady / Kevin Andrew Murphy -- Under the arch / David D. Levine.
After the suspicious death of a crew member on the historical steamboat Natchez, retired NY police detective Leo Storgman seeks to discover the ship's secrets, including the truth behind ghostly sightings of its first captain.

Star touched

January 2, 2018
Kaplan, A. L., author.
©2017
265 pages ; 21 cm
Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends...and herself. -- Amazon.com

The brightest embers

January 2, 2018
Frost, Jeaniene, author.
©2017
343 pages ; 17 cm.
Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she's determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave--there's probably no coming back from this one. Adrian's dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their undeniable bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they've endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they'll face...

Intensity

December 29, 2017
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
©2017
vii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes "Fear the darkness" exerpt and Seize the night interview.
Just when Nick thinks he's finally gotten a handle on how not to take over the world and destroy it, Death returns with an all-star cast that is determined to end the Malachai reign and lineage forever. Worse? Death and War have found the one, true enemy Nick can't find, and even if he did, it's one he could never bring himself to banish or kill. Now framed for murders he hasn't committed, and surrounded by new friends who might be turncoats, Nick is learning fast how his father went down in flames. The heat in New Orleans is rising fast, and Nick's threat-level has gone into a whole new level of intensity. He's learning fast that when War and Death decide to battle, they don't take prisoners. They don't negotiate. And they're both immune to his biting sarcasm and Cajun charm. To win this, he will have to embrace a new set of powers, but one wrong step, and he will belong to the side of Darkness, forever.

Seriously hexed

December 28, 2017
Connolly, Tina, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
303 pages ; 22 cm.
Teen witch Cam has resigned herself to being a witch. Sort of. She's willing to do small things, like magically help her boyfriend Devon get over his ongoing stage fright. But tangling with other witches is not on her wishlist. Joining her mother's wicked witch coven is right out.

Creatures of will and temper

December 26, 2017
Tanzer, Molly, author.
©2017
viii, 358 pages ; 21 cm
"A John Joseph Adams book."
"A Victorian urban fantasy featuring duelists, demons, and the dark arts, inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray. Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siecle wonders. and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she's sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina. Unfortunately for Evadne, she soon learns too much about all of it when Dorina meets their uncle's friend, Lady Henrietta "Henry" Wotton. A semi-respectable aristocrat in public, in private she is secretly in the thrall of a demon obsessed with beauty and pleasure.When Lady Henry and Dorina immediately hit it off, Evadne abandons her chaperone duties and enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets the fencing master she's always dreamed of. But soon, George reveals he is more than just a teacher. He has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and their servants, and he needs Evadne's help. As Evadne gets pulled further into this hidden world, she begins to suspect that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist. Even worse, she believes Dorina may have joined her. Combining swordplay, demons, and high society, Creatures of Will and Temper shows a timeless world and adventure readers won't soon forget"-- Provided by publisher.

Beasts of extraordinary circumstance

December 21, 2017
Lang, Ruth Emmie, author.
©2017
346 pages ; 22 cm
Raised by wolves after being orphaned in childhood, Weylyn Grey, a man with astonishing powers, is evaluated by the people who care or wonder about him, including a woman who falls in love with him after he saves her from an angry wolf.

Muse

December 21, 2017
Lim, Rebecca, author.
©2011
354 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in hardback in Australia by HarperCollins Publishers Australia in 2011.
An angel searching for answers, for her destiny...In the third MERCY paranormal romance, Mercy wakes in a new unknown host, her love for Ryan and Luc burning stronger than ever. But who will she make the ultimate sacrifice for? There's something very wrong with me. When I wake up, I could be anyone...Mercy is thrust into the excessive world of fashion when she awakes in the body of a troubled Russian supermodel, Irina: bitchy, hot-tempered and known to be dabbling in things she shouldn't, Irina is on the verge of a very public breakdown. Against the glamorous background of opulent Milan, Mercy continues her increasingly desperate search for Ryan to lead her back to her immortal lover, Luc. But this time Mercy is aware that her memories and powers are growing ever stronger - and she begins to doubt Luc as The Eight reveal more of her mysterious past. Ages 13+

Mind games

December 18, 2017
Oliver, Jana G., author.
©2015
261 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel: Foretold.
Sequel to: Soul thief.
Riley Blackthorne's life as a Demon Trapper is about to hit the wall. Knowing she will always be a target for those who want to exploit her "connections" with Hell, she's learning defensive magic. It seems the only way to ensure she and her fiancé, Denver Beck, have a future together. But not everyone in Atlanta, or at the Vatican, is pleased by this news. In fact, some want to ban the use of all magic, and Riley would make the perfect scapegoat. As a new demonic enemy stalks her, Guild politics roil the city, throwing the trappers into chaos. To protect herself and the man she loves, Riley will be forced to choose: continue in her legendary father's footsteps, or carve her own path. A path that may well lead to her losing everything she so desperately seeks to protect.

Valiant light

December 18, 2017
Oliver, Jana G., author.
Porto, Portugal : Nevermore Books/MageSpell LLC, [2017]
333 pages ; 22 cm
"The Demon Trappers"--Cover.
"With her wedding fast approaching, as well as her fiancé's investiture as grand master, Master Demon Trapper Riley Blackthorne is just trying to keep Atlanta safe from Hellspawn. When she meets a high-level fiend who claims to be free of Lucifer's control, and allows him to remain at large, she knows there will be consequences. Denver Beck is facing two major events: taking his vows as a grand master and then as a husband. He's as nervous about committing his life to the fight against Darkness as he's excited to say "I do". All his worries about the future are confirmed when a city is buried in brimstone, killing every single inhabitant. Was this Hell's doing, or is some other entity at work? It's Beck's job to find out. After more cities are destroyed, Riley is summoned to Rome to answer for her actions. If they want a future as man and wife, she and Beck will have to take a stand. But will they be strong enough to stop this new threat, a killer that even the angels fear?"--Back cover.

Wolf hunt

December 14, 2017
Tyler, Paige, author.
©2017
345 pages ; 17 cm.
Remy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He's there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy's senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy--his beautiful high school crush. After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close--very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner--and first love--was killed on the job, he's kept women at a distance. But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy's protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self ... and hope Triana accepts him.

Deja new

December 13, 2017
Davidson, MaryJanice, author.
©2017
xiii, 299 pages ; 21 cm.
"The New York Times bestselling author of the Undead Novels takes on reincarnation in this unforgettable Insighter Novel about the pitfalls in past--and love--lives ... You couldn't arrest for murder someone who had killed in his last life. You couldn't bring a civil suit against such people, either. They could only be legally penalized for what they did this time around--and what a dark circus the legal system had been before that legislation passed! (It was still a dark circus, but perhaps not as dark.) But you could spot them, and watch them. You could set traps for them. Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients' pasts are a mess, Leah's is nothing short of tragedy. She's been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it'll happen again. Leah wants to know who's been following her through time, and who's been stalking her in the present ... P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah's mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again. Now going full-on "rewind," Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she's grown fond of this life--and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone"-- Provided by publisher.

Cracked

December 13, 2017
Crewe, Eliza.
©2013
360 pages ; 20 cm.
"Book one of the Soul Eaters series."
Meet Meda. She eats people. Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she can't help being a bad guy. She knows she's different and the only other person who could have told her about other "soul-eaters" is now dead. That is, until the three men in suits show up. They can do what she can do. They're like her. Meda might finally be able to figure out what she is and why the Hunger with her for souls is growing. The problem? They want to kill her.

Crossed

December 13, 2017
Crewe, Eliza, author.
San Bernadino, CA : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
336 pages ; 20 cm.
"Book three of the Soul Eaters series."
War is here. Full-scale war has erupted between the Crusaders and demons and even Chi has to admit isn't going well. Like any sensible rat, Meda's eager to abandon the sinking ship but, unfortunately, her friends aren't nearly as pragmatic. Instead, Meda's forced to try to keep them all alive until the dust settles. As the Crusaders take more and more drastic measures, the tables turn and Meda suddenly finds herself in the role of voice of sanity. No one is more horrified than she is. When old enemies reappear as new allies and old friends become new enemies Meda has to decide -again- whose side she's really on. And then the Crusaders decide that Meda should go to Hell. Literally. Can't a monster ever catch a break?

Anew

December 13, 2017
Fine, Chelsea, 1982-
Phoenix, Ariz. : Firefall Publishing., ©2011.
323 pages ; 22 cm.
Scarlet remembers nothing of her life before she awoke in the forest two years ago, alone and afraid. But when she meets Gabriel Archer, she's drawn by the familiarity of his voice. Then she meets his brother Tristan, and experiences an inescapable attraction. What secrets are the Archer brothers keeping from her--and why are they convinced that Scarlet is cursed?

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