1. Any creature whose existence has been suggested but not proven scientifically. Term officially coined by cryptozoologist John E. Wall in 1983.
2. That thing that’s getting ready to eat your head.
3. See also: « monster. »
The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity–and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and when her work with the cryptid community took her to Manhattan, she thought she would finally be free to pursue competition-level dance in earnest. It didn’t quite work out that way…
But now, with the snake cult that was killing virgins all over Manhattan finally taken care of, Verity is ready to settle down for some serious ballroom dancing—until her on-again, off-again, semi-boyfriend Dominic De Luca, a member of the monster-hunting Covenant of St. George, informs her that the Covenant is on their way to assess the city’s readiness for a cryptid purge. With everything and everyone she loves on the line, there’s no way Verity can take that lying down.
Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ–assuming there’s anyone left standing when all is said and done. It’s a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit…and carnage.
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, 7) – Patricia Briggs
Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.
Redemption (The Seven Signs, 2) – Erica Hayes
Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. But meeting her face-to-face might disarm his warrior spirit—and spark an unquenchable passion with apocalyptic consequences.
As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. But Japheth is after one vampire in particular—the one they call the Angel Slayer.
Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. Feeling abandoned by God, she stalks the West Village taking revenge on his angels—until she meets her match.
When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy—the Prince of Thirst himself—they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell.
The sweetest Temptation (Sexy Shifters Short, 2) – Amanda Bonilla
Andrew Paige wakes up in a motel room with no memory of what happened to him the night before. He has no idea how he got here…or why the state police believe he’s responsible for kidnapping a woman he’s never met!
Erica Ware is bound and determined to find her sister’s kidnapper and bring him to justice. As a wood nymph, she has special powers over men…and a unique way of extracting the truth.
But when the sparks start to fly and her wood nymph nature compels her to seek something other than revenge from the unbearably hot Andrew Paige, Erica can’t help but wonder if she’ll succumb to the sweet temptation of this sexy shifter before she can unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance…
The Sweetest Mercy (Sexy Shifters Short, 3) – Amanda Bonilla
Kidnapped and locked in a dark cave, Kiera Ware has resigned herself to madness. A wood nymph in the grip of a full-moon is guaranteed to lose her mind, literally, without sexual release. And since she’s been held captive and alone for three days, she knows that she could break at any moment…
Carter Hayes has been tracking the rouge shifter who kidnapped an innocent woman for no other reason than to hurt his alpha, Logan. After the loss of his mate nearly a century ago, Carter has stuck to what he knows best – excelling at his job and serving his pride – lonely, but honorable work.
When Carter shows up, Kiera thinks the too-sexy-to-be-true man must be a figment of her imagination…while Carter can’t deny the stirrings of his heart around this strange magical woman.
Running for their lives, Carter and Kiera might just find that sweet mercy they both so desperately need…if they can manage to stay alive!
Le Marquis mis à Nu (Noblesse Oblige, 3) – Sally Mackenzie
À la mort de son frère, Charles Draysmith devient le marquis de Knightsdale et, avec ce titre, hérite de la garde de ses jeunes nièces désormais orphelines. Incapable de s’en occuper seul et soucieux de fuir les assiduités des coureuses de dot, il propose un marché fort pratique à Emma Peterson, la gouvernante des demoiselles. Pour toute réponse, cette dernière lui lance un chien en porcelaine à la tête… Le nouveau marquis devra davantage user de sentiments que de raison s’il veut convaincre la belle rebelle de l’épouser.
Ce qui nous lie de Samantha Bailly
« J’ai longtemps voulu être unique.
Mais qu’y a-t-il de plus rassurant que le semblable ? »
Alice a un don. Elle a la capacité de voir les liens entre les individus. Les attaches lui apparaissent sous forme de fils lumineux, qui tissent une cartographie des relations affectives. Impossible d’expliquer l’origine de ce phénomène. Manifestation surnaturelle ? Hallucination ? La jeune femme a appris à vivre avec dans le plus grand secret. C’est alors qu’elle rencontre Raphaêl, son nouveau manager. La voilà qui s’éprend du seul homme dont elle ne peut voir les liens…