Do You Like Suspense with Your Paranormal Reads?

You probably know that Harlequin publishes all kinds of romantic suspense books — and obviously paranormal ones, too! Did you know that you can also find books that combine both paranormal elements AND suspense plots?

This month on Harlequin.com, we’re highlighting all kinds of romantic suspense and mystery books for any mood, from pulse-pounding, sexy rom suspense to cozy mysteries…and yes, paranormals! Here are three books, clipped from our romantic suspense theme chart, that will satisfy your craving for otherworldly romantic suspense. To see the complete chart with more categories and book recommendations, click here.

Romantic Suspense - paranormalAbout Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne (A Brown and De Luca Novel):

Rachel de Luca’s uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people’s most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she’d like to admit.

After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance—until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain.

As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she’s a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her—or save them both and stop a killer?

About Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham:

An Object of Desire? Or of Fear? 

It was stolen from a New Orleans grave—the centuries-old bust of an evil man, a demonic man. It’s an object desired by collectors and by those with wickedness in their hearts.

One day, its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty’s antiques shop on Royal Street, the shop she inherited from her father. But before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears and the owner is found dead….

Michael Quinn, former cop and now private investigator, is determined to find and destroy this object with its long history of evil and even longer trail of death. He and Danni are drawn together in their search for the missing statue, following it through sultry New Orleans nights to hidden places in the French Quarter and secret ceremonies on abandoned plantations.

But Cafferty and Quinn know that their story won’t end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again.

About Bridal Jeopardy by Rebecca York (part of the Mindbenders series):

P.I. Craig Branson finds himself falling for a woman he should be staying far away from 

Love at first sight can’t begin to describe the attraction detective Craig Branson feels when he locks eyes with gorgeous Stephanie Swift. It’s more powerful, passionate and deeply emotional than anything he’s ever felt. But the P.I. is in New Orleans to track down a killer…not to have a fling.

Still, he can’t resist the intense sexual pull he feels the first time he kisses Stephanie. He’ll risk everything to rescue her from her rich, possessive fiancé. Taking her on the run, Craig faces danger from two relentless pursuers—one who would expose the secret of their bond…and one who would keep him from his soul mate forever.

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Giveaway: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series comes to its dramatic conclusion April 15 with the release of the final book in the trilogy, The Forever Song. Need a catch-up on the series first? We’re giving away one hardcover copy of the lead-in to The Forever Song, book 2 The Eternity Cure:

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

What is your favorite vampire book or character? Leave your response in a comment below to enter to win The Eternity Cure!

Giveaway closes March 18 at 11:59pm. One winner will be randomly drawn from the eligible comments and announced on March 19. Open to US/Canada residents. For full contest rules, click here.

Update: The giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments to see who won!

For more about the Blood of Eden series, visit www.bloodofeden.com.

 

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Link Round Up! Cover Reveals, Giveaways & More

1) Jennifer L. Armentrout and Harlequin TEEN have revealed the cover for Stone Cold Touch, book 2 of the Dark Elements series and sequel to the New York Times bestseller White Hot Kiss! Check it out on Jennifer’s Facebook page. Stone Cold Touch will be released Oct 28, 2014.

2) Are you a fan of Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles? Want to read a scene from Alice in Zombieland or Through the Zombie Glass written in Cole’s point of view? There will be a bonus scene at the end of Queen of Zombie Hearts, the final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles series, from Cole’s perspective and YOU can help pick which scene Gena will write! Cast your vote in a poll of Gena’s Facebook page.

3) Cross your fingers and enter these Goodreads giveaways to win books! You may even get lucky and win an advance reading copy of certain titles before they hit shelves…

4) Calling all Iron Fey fans! Author Julie Kagawa is participating in the #TwitterFiction festival on Sunday, March 16 and will write an Iron Fey/Blood of Eden mashup story starring everyone’s favorite troublemaker, Puck! Visit the #TwitterFiction site for time and details.

Thanks to a rogue trod in the NeverNever, Puck finds himself many years in the future in a destroyed world. When he meets a stranger, Jackal, a vampire with an attitude to match his own, a brief fight leaves both of them in the present day, stuck using some strange social media called “Twitter” to try to find a way back to their own worlds. These characters from The Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series will tweet back and forth to each other on the obnoxiousness of the two love interests in their own books (i.e Meghan and Ash, Zeke and Allie).  Puck and Jackal will try to one up each other on the insufferableness of their friend’s relationships, and then Grimalkin, the popular cat from the Nevernever, will chime in occasionally to one up them both.

 

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Read an Excerpt from Shadowmaster

Susan Krinard’s Nightsiders series from Harlequin Nocturne continues this month with Shadowmaster. Read on to learn more the book and read an excerpt…

About the Book

Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war in this gripping series by New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard

In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains—and blood—to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people—and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance….

Excerpt

“We don’t know who he is,” the director said. “We know it’s a he, and we believe he goes by the name ‘Drakon.’ There are certain unconfirmed reports that he has connections in the Fringe, here in the city. We don’t know where he’s hiding, if he’s working alone or if he has contacts within this very agency.”

Aegis Director of Operatives Julia Chan swept the table with her gaze, pausing to search each pair of eyes locked on hers. Phoenix was only one of many, but she felt as if Director Chan were looking into her soul. Weighing strengths and weaknesses. Going over a mental checklist of successes and failures in Phoenix’s relatively brief and undemanding career—mentally studying her psych eval, deciding if the agent’s abilities and qualifications were up to the task.

No doubt the director was wondering if an agent who was only half-dhampir like herself—only a quarter Opir and three-quarters human—and had never had a major mission in the field, could possibly be capable enough for a job that could mean life or death for the largest Enclave of humans on the West Coast of the former United States of America.

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The Thing About Angels, by Denise Tompkins

by Denise Tompkins, author of Pure Desire (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, March 2014)

afd92cef-2ac4-4b67-b9f2-622cb2b7bf05There’s this thing about angels—I love them. Adore them. Want to play in their sandbox and learn all the gossipy stuff about the other angels and what it’s like to fly…and how it feels to fall. I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to angels, but it’s the fallen angels that really grab my attention. Why? Well, I suppose it’s that they were made to be these divine, beautiful, unbelievably powerful creatures and they experience the same types of temptations we do. So when I was asked to write for Cravings, I immediately knew I had to incorporate at least one fallen angel. I mean, c’mon! It was a chance to feed my addiction. I could take a fallen angel, twist him up and play with his emotions by using an angel on the edge, one who hadn’t fallen but might. What would he do? How would he feel about coaxing her to fall? Would he be able to do it? Would he want to do it? And just how far would he go before he was completely, undeniably, irrevocably in love with the very angel he thought to bring down?

Enter Dominic, head of security at Desire, Atlanta’s most happening club. He’s funny, irreverent, loyal and very, very seductive. He has been one of my favorite characters to write. Ever. Such a good bad boy. He spoke to me in such a sexy voice, teasing me and tossing out humorous dialogue like candy at a parade. I was snatching it up as fast as I could. Trust me.

But what about his heroine? Rhyan is an angel on the edge. She hasn’t fallen, but she’s on the cusp of making the one choice that will cost her her wings. I’m talking bare toes curled over the ledge. That choice involves Dominic. If she follows the rules, she’ll keep her wings. If she doesn’t, if she gives in to temptation, she’ll lose them forever. And Dominic is the culmination of every temptation she’s ever faced.

These two make such a great couple. She’s nearly as funny and sharp-witted as Dominic. One of my favorite exchanges in the book occurs in the parking garage when they step out of the elevator. If you read the book, you’ll be able to pick it out immediately. It involves baseball euphemisms for, well…yeah. It made me literally laugh out loud when Dominic whispered it in my ear as I wrote.

Thanks for your interest in Dominic and Rhyan. They might be a short read, but they pack a heck of a punch on every page.

Here’s my question for you: if you were an angel on the edge, what would be a great enough temptation for you to take the plunge?

About Pure Desire:

Rhyan is an angel on the edge. Sent earthside to serve penance for her carnal lusts, she has been charged with gathering information on a fallen angel—while resisting the temptation to fall into his arms herself.

Working as a bouncer at Desire, the hottest nightclub in Atlanta, nephilim Dominic has no trouble hooking up with a new partner every night. Until he sets his sights on Rhyan, and suddenly, one night will never be enough.

But with Dominic’s heavenly face and body made for sin, Rhyan can no longer deny her passions. And now she will be forced to choose: a lifetime of love or an eternity alone….

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Welcome to The Colony, by Cynthia Cooke

by Cynthia Cooke, author of Running with Wolves (Harlequin Nocturne, March 2014)

Welcome to The Colony! I am so excited to be here today to talk about one of my favorite stories–Running With Wolves. This world of wolf shifters is set in the Cascade Mountains where all is not what it seems. In this beautiful and isolated place, shifters, wolf shifters to be exact, have been living, building their lives and hiding from humans and demons alike for as long as any of them can remember. Only now, times are changing. Humans are encroaching and the demons are more blood thirsty than ever before.

Join Shay, who has lived all her life as a human, as she goes through the Change and realizes she’s not human at all. She’s a wolf. And because of her true lineage, next in line to rule the Colony. When Jason shows up on her doorstep, he helps her to understand the changes she’s been going through, and what’s still to come. And though she doesn’t want to believe him, she has no choice when demons arrive hot on his trail. They must make it to the safety of the Colony’s borders, only there will they be safe.

What she didn’t know was Jason wasn’t just sent to help her through her change. He was there to ensure her delivery to the Colony. As soon as she arrives, she quickly becomes a pawn to the elder’s political machinations. Their scheming turns deadly as faction leaders fight for who will rule the Colony and Shay isn’t sure who she can trust. Through it all, she finds her strength, reunites with her family, and discovers her heart.

And falls in love with the most handsome wolf she has ever seen.

Running with Wolves, the first installment in the Colony series has been an absolute joy to write. If you like nature, love wolves, and most of all, love falling in love then this is the story for you. What better place would you expect to find a wolf than under a moonlit sky perched on the towering cliffs of the Cascade Mountains.

Welcome to the Colony where the Wolves run free.

Thank you for joining me today. If you could be a shifter, any shifter, what would you be?

About the Book:

She is the descendant of a powerful bloodline, destined to wed another.

He is a loyal pack member, fated to serve…

Shay Mallory knows nothing of her shifter heritage. The strange auras and voices were only scary stories whispered by her father before he disappeared. What she does know is that something has always been missing in her life.

So when Jason Stratton, a compelling stranger, comes to town, offering her protection and something more, Shay leaps at the chance to know him better. But despite their immediate bond, it is Jason’s duty to deliver Shay untouched to The Colony—and into another man’s bed. Now, with demonic forces circling, the very future of their kind depends on Jason and Shay resisting their growing passion. For Jason possesses something that no other Alpha can ever claim…Shay’s heart.

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Just Add Dragons, by Sharon Ashwood

by Sharon Ashwood, author of Lord Dragon’s Conquest (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, March 2014)

Sooner or later, I always end up with a case of dragons. No, I don’t mean like hives, but in a packing crate. I keep them on hand. They are endlessly versatile, reliably dramatic, and handy at the office barbeque. After all, nothing cuts through boring chitchat like a forty-foot, firebreathing reptile (and they get a good sear on the Bratwurst, too).

 But when offered the chance to write for Cravings, I was enchanted by the dragonish potential for speaking characters. What hero potential! What alpha cred! Dragon shifters were just the thing to blow away the winter blahs and this winter I think we’ve had a few.

And so it was my hero, Larkan, came to life. Like most of my characters, he sauntered into my mind full-blown and began telling me his story almost before I could grab a pen and start making notes. And he didn’t just tell me his life story, he brought an entire society, history, and mythology along for good measure. The dragons turned out to be far more than I expected—and intriguingly so. I began thinking in terms of a hero, and ended up with an entire fairy tale stuffed with vengeful queens, hidden worlds, and ancient prophecies.

This discovery is something I have in common with my heroine, Keltie. She’s an archaeologist who starts out looking for signs of an old settlement and ends up with the adventure of a lifetime, and she’s the kind of girl who deserved it. She’s no princess but a hard worker and a supervisor who really needs to be roasted.

I got the germ of the idea for this story when I was walking on Gabriola Island and came across some ancient petroglyphs. They look like nothing more than extra-permanent graffiti to my untutored eyes, but obviously they’re more—or so we think.  Scholars do their best to interpret these messages handed down through time, but do we really know what they mean?  Could they be the key to something entirely unexpected? What do we really know about the people who created them? The truth might be more magnificent than anything we ever dreamed and, as a writer, my imagination is off and running in seconds.

I hope you will be as intrigued by Keltie’s discoveries as I was. After all, Larkan is top of the list and how could a literally hot hero be anything but good news?

If you had a dragon, what would you do with it?

 About the Book

When archaeologist Keltie Clarke comes across a stunningly strange cave painting during a dig in the Rocky Mountains, she realizes that it’s a find that could make her career. But she doesn’t know what to make of the man who surprises her as she considers her find….

Larkan is surprised, too. He’s a shapeshifter, trained to protect his dragon kin from the outside world. But Keltie is…different. She’s a warrior, just like him. And even though it’s his role to mate with the dragon queen, Lacan’s desire for Keltie provokes a battle between his love and his sovereign lady. What none of them knows is that Keltie is the only one who can see a new future for the dragon tribe.

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Excerpt & Other Goodies for WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

The wait is over! White Hot Kiss, the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new Dark Elements series, is now available! We’ve told you about this highly-anticipated book before, but here are some things you might not know about White Hot Kiss:

  • Jennifer told us her 5 Top Reasons to Read The Dark Elements. Reason #1? Smexy Gargoyles! Read the rest at Harlequin.com.
  • The Dark Elements prequel e-novella Bitter Sweet Love is currently FREE! Download it today wherever ebooks are sold until February 28.
  • White Hot Kiss is only $3.99 in ebook format
  • The print version includes a special snippet Roth’s POV
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout has just launched a new site for The Dark Elements! Visit thedarkelementsseries.com to learn more about the Wardens and demons, take a quiz to find out which character you’d be, and more.
  • Jennifer is also celebrating the release of White Hot Kiss with an awesome giveaway on her website

That’s a lot of goodies, isn’t it! Now that we’ve whet your appetite for White Hot Kiss, keep reading for an excerpt from the book and don’t forget to pick up your copy today :) Will you be reading White Hot Kiss this week?

About the Book

One kiss could be the last 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Excerpt
There was a demon in McDonald’s.

And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs.

Most days, I loved my after-school job. Tagging the soulless and the damned usually gave me a mad case of the warm fuzzies. I’d even given myself a quota out of boredom, but tonight was different.

I had a paper to outline for AP English.

“Are you gonna eat those fries?” Sam asked as he grabbed a handful off my tray. His curly brown hair fell over his wireframe glasses. “Thanks.”

“Just don’t take her sweet tea.” Stacey slapped Sam’s arm and several fries fell to the floor. “You’ll lose your entire arm.”

I stopped tapping my foot, but kept my eye on the interloper. I don’t know what it was with demons and the Golden Arches, but man, they loved the place. “Ha-ha.”

“Who do you keep staring at, Layla?” Stacey twisted in the booth, looking around the crowded fast-food joint. “Is it a hot guy? If so, you better— Oh. Wow. Who goes out in public dressed like that?”
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March 2014 New Releases

by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin Digital

March is an exciting month for new releases from Harlequin! Not only do we have our usual great selections from Harlequin Nocturne and Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, you won’t want to miss White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the first novel in the new Dark Elements series, on sale tomorrow! And on March 3, you can download a set of 4 books in Harlequin E’s first Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Box Set. Keep reading to learn more about these and other new titles!

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Book 1 of the Dark Elements series, Harlequin TEEN)

One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Shadowmaster by Susan Krinard (Part of the Nightsiders series, Harlequin Nocturne)

Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war in this gripping series by New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard

In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains—and blood—to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people—and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance….

Running with Wolves by Cynthia Cooke (Harlequin Nocturne)

She is the descendant of a powerful bloodline, destined to wed another.

He is a loyal pack member, fated to serve…

Shay Mallory knows nothing of her shifter heritage. The strange auras and voices were only scary stories whispered by her father before he disappeared. What she does know is that something has always been missing in her life.

So when Jason Stratton, a compelling stranger, comes to town, offering her protection and something more, Shay leaps at the chance to know him better. But despite their immediate bond, it is Jason’s duty to deliver Shay untouched to The Colony—and into another man’s bed. Now, with demonic forces circling, the very future of their kind depends on Jason and Shay resisting their growing passion. For Jason possesses something that no other Alpha can ever claim…Shay’s heart.
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GRIM Book Trailer

On Monday we kicked off the blog tour for Grim, Harlequin TEEN’s anthology of fairy-tale inspired stories by some of YA’s hottest authors — and today we’re showing the freshly-revealed book trailer! Check it out….

Psst, there is still time to enter our Grim giveaway! Head over to Christine Johnson’s post about what inspired Grim and enter the contest…

About the Book

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins
Amanda Hocking
Julie Kagawa
Claudia Gray
Rachel Hawkins
Kimberly Derting
Myra McEntire
Malinda Lo
Sarah Rees-Brennan
Jackson Pearce
Christine Johnson
Jeri Smith-Ready
Shaun David Hutchinson
Saundra Mitchell
Sonia Gensler
Tessa Gratton
Jon Skrovron

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