Not only are there a couple of new series getting their start this week, but there are also a couple coming to an end, from what I understand.
The first new one is from the Arcadia Bell series from author Jenn Bennett, called Kindling the Moon.
Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.
But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sex magick and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.
This one will be followed by Summoning the Night in February of next year.
Next up is one I am looking forward to. After reading Kendra Leigh Castle‘s Highland Werewolves trilogy, I have high hopes for Dark Awakening. It is the first book in her Dark Dynasties series.
Tynan MacGillivray is Cait Sith, a casteless hunter whose kind stalks the fringes of a vampire society dominated by the four pureblood dynasties. Only his prowess as a ruthless killer has set him apart, elevating him to the inner circle of Arsinöe, queen of the ancient vampire house of Ptolemy. But all he has gained over the centuries of his life is threatened as an invisible evil is unleashed upon the noble house he serves, fracturing fragile alliances and sparking talk of all-out war between the vampire clans.
It falls to Ty, most favored hunter of the queen, to find the one mortal who may be able to save the Ptolemy: a Seer. But finding one of that ancient bloodline is far more difficult than anyone anticipated, and time is running out…until Ty meets Lily Quinn, the only woman he has ever struggled to resist, and the one woman he is forbidden to have.
Lily may be exactly what Ty needs, a mortal Seer whose visions will allow the dynasty to root out the source of all its troubles, and take revenge. But as Ty carelessly turns Lily’s well-ordered world upside down, he soon discovers that the beautiful professor is much more than she seems. For Lily bears the mark of a dynasty long dead, and her secrets threaten to rock the very foundations of the vampire underworld. Together, Lily and Ty will discover whether loyalty is more important than truth, whether love can flourish in the shadows of betrayal, and whether blood really is destiny.
Midnight Reckoning will be the second book, due out on January 1st.
There are also two series saying goodbye this week. Stephanie Tyler and Larissa Ione bring to a close their ACRO series with their release of Taken by Fire (written under the name Sydney Croft), and the Dark Days series from Jocelynn Drake also comes to an end with the release of Burn the Night.