A compelling novella, "Armor of Roses," and a bonus never-before-published original short story, "The Silver Voice," both set in the world of New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu's stunning Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series.<P> "Armor of Roses" (previously published in INKED): When New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu's demon slayer Maxine Kiss investigates a grisly murder, she finds herself involved in a conspiracy dating back to World War II--and a secret mission that her grandmother may have carried out for the US government, one that involves the mysterious armor of roses.<P> "The Silver Voice": On their honeymoon, Maxine helps Grant explore his heritage through memories locked inside a mysterious seed ring, leading him to the silver voice and secrets his mother kept hidden from him--until now.
She's known him since she was fifteen. Every night, he is with her: his face, his voice. Tonight, Sara Marten will meet the man who is both angel and demon, salvation and temptation: Falcon - the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate.
View our feature on Marjorie Liu's Darkness Calls. Demon hunter Maxine Kiss, inked with living tattoos, is on a mission to rescue the man she loves from a bloodthirsty army. To save him, Maxine has only one choice: to lose control--and release her own powers of darkness.
Previously published in the print anthology Dark Dreamers. There are those who do terrible things in this world, and others who simply watch. As a gargoyle, sworn to protect the weak, Charlie can do neither. He has been imprisoned by a witch, and his only release will come at his own destruction-or through the help of clairvoyant Aggie Durand. Sweet as a kiss, she is the one dream he does not dare desire-and yet, she might be his soul's salvation.
Like every member of the Dirk & Steele Agency, Blue Perrineau is far from "normal"-and he believes in the organization's creed: Protect the innocent in secrecy. Now an obligation to the family that rejected him is leading Blue into the light and shadow of Sin City . . . and to a remarkable woman, beautiful, desirable, and untamed. Iris is a headliner in Vegas, dazzling crowds with her feral sensuality and her uncanny affinity for dangerous beasts. But there is a darkness in her world that she never knew existed, and a champion has appeared to protect her-a man charged with electricity, who guards a secret as strange and powerful as her own. And every secret is a liability when darkest evil exists that follows no rule under heaven. Yet with passion and love sustaining them, together Blue and Iris might yet live to see the dawn.
Long ago, shape-shifters reigned as gods. But even gods have laws that they break at their own peril . . . Each member of Dirk & Steele has a unique ability. Soria's is the gift of communication-which is why she's been chosen to learn the language of a tormented warrior resurrected after thousands of years of icy sleep. He is Karr, and once he was a king. Strong as a lion, quick and deadly as a serpent, he saw everything he loved consumed in flames. Death was to be his salvation, but thousands of years later he has been awakened against his will. Now a breathtaking human moves him in ways he neither understands nor desires. But Soria can see beyond his rage . . . and only she can speak the words that will cool the destructive fury in his soul. Words of love.
This holiday, spend quality time with family and loved ones-living and dead . . . There's no place like home for the horrordays-unless you'd prefer a romantic midnight walk through a ghost-infested graveyard . . . or a haunted house candlelight dinner with the sexy vampire of your dreams. The (black) magical season is here-and whether it's a solstice sÉance gone demonically wrong with the incomparable Kim Harrison, a grossly misshapen Christmas with the remarkable Lynsay Sands, a blood-chilling-and-spilling New Year's with the wonderful Marjorie M. Liu, or a super-powered Thanksgiving with the phenomenal Vicki Pettersson, one thing is for certain: in the able hands of these exceptional dark side explorers, the holidays are going to be deliciously hellish!
In this eSpecial, New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu provides a companion novella to The Iron Hunt and Darkness Calls, the first two books in her gripping new urban fantasy series. Meet Maxine Kiss, the Earth's last protector: I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss. By day, my tattoos are my armor. By night, they unwind from my body to take on forms of their own. Demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. My only allies. Until one moment--and one man--changes everything...
Four all-new stories featuring demon huntresses by four "New York Times"-bestselling authors--Christine Warren, Marjorie M. Liu, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jenna Maclaine--are collected for this sizzling new anthology.
She could never forget the boy with the ice blue eyes . . . She was only twelve when she saw the silver boy on the beach, but Jenny has never stopped dreaming about him. Now she is grown, a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business-a corporation that covertly crosses the boundaries of science into realms of the unknown . . . and the incredible. And now he has found her again, her boy grown into a man: Perrin, powerful and masculine, and so much more than human, leaving Jenny weak with desire and aching for his touch. But with their reunion comes danger. For Perrin and Jenny-and all living creatures-their only hope for preventing the unthinkable lies in a mysterious empire far beneath the sea . . . and in the power of their dreams.
Four of today's hottest urban fantasy writers together for the first time! From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems--in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark. This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's war mage Lia de Croissets, Marjorie M. Liu's demon-hunter Maxine Kiss, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Intelligence Agency operative Camille D'Artigo, and Eileen Wilk's Lupi world. From the Back Cover: New York Times bestselling author Karen Chance's "Skin Deep" tells the tale of a war mage in Las Vegas who stumbles across an ominous magical ward that appears as a dragon on her skin--and has a mind of its own... When New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu's demon hunter Maxine Kiss investigates a grisly murder, she finds herself involved in a conspiracy dating back to World War II--and a secret mission that her grandmother may have carried out for the U.S. government, one that involves the mysterious "Armor of Roses." In New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn's "Etched in Silver," a supernatural agent is on the trail of a sadistic serial killer when an unexpected--and dangerously seductive--ally comes to her aid, setting in motion a magical ritual that may end up binding them together, body and soul. When the magically tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town, FBI Agent Lily Yu is drawn into the case. Trouble is, the victim wasn't human-and the killer isn't finished in USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks's "Human Nature."
Four of today's hottest urban fantasy writers together for the first time! From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems-in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark. This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's war mage Lia de Croissets, Marjorie M. Liu's demon-hunter Maxine Kiss, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Intelligence Agency operative Camille D'Artigo, and Eileen Wilk's Lupi world.
First in a stunning new urban fantasy series from an author who "NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE." (BOOKLIST, STARRED REVIEW)Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment--and one man-- changes everything.
Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night--demons made flesh. After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine's unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine's husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil--the devil that lives inside her--risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human. But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world.
Duty called Dr. Rikki Kinn to the Congo. One of the world's top virus hunters working for the CDC, she is on a mission to investigate a deadly new plague. But there are those determined to stop her-at any price. Shape-shifter Amiri was born in this land of untamed splendor. Here he woke with the sun and raced as the cheetah . . . until he was kidnapped and subjected to terrible experiments by the evil Consortium. Now his colleagues and brothers in Dirk & Steele want him to return to Africa to face his nightmares. For a good woman has been targeted for death-a beautiful healer who holds the fate of millions in her hands, whose destiny is intertwined with his-and whose need leaves Amiri vulnerable, threatening his heart, his passion . . . and his soul.
When the bond Maxine Kiss shares with the demons tattooed on her skin is deliberately severed, the demon hunter is left vulnerable and unprotected. For the first time in ten thousand years, the demons have a taste of freedom. And as the little demons grow more violent and unpredictable, Maxine starts to fear they will lose their minds without her. Reuniting won't be easy, since a greater temptation waits for these hellions: a chance to return to their lives as Reaper Kings, and unleash hell on Earth.
The bonds of love... The bonds of matrimony... The bonds between husband and wife... Let's face it-some bonds are made to be broken. Here, for the first time ever, are four stories from today's most provocative authors that take the classic idea of the "faerie tale wedding" and give it a swift kick in the bustle.
Beneath passion and purifying fire is . . . The Red Heart of Jade Dean Campbell can see and sense things that others cannot-an extraordinary ability that drew the ex-cop to the Dirk & Steele Detective Agency, a global association of more-than-human men and women. Dean and his peers-shapeshifters, psychics, and other paranormals-are dedicated to protecting life. But there are those who live for destruction. Now Dean's investigation into a series of unthinkable killings is calling him to Taipei, where a pattern is emerging that is more deadly than anything he could have foreseen. At the center is a power that could change the world . . . and the woman who can truly complete him: Mirabelle Lee, the girl Dean loved in his youth, the childhood sweetheart he once believed dead. Now that his heart has been reawakened, he will not lose her again-even as the forces of an immortal evil gather to destroy them and everything they love.
Elena Baxter can work miracles with her fingers. She can coax bones to knit, flesh to heal. She can mend the mind and spirit. That is why she is taken. Artur Loginov joined Dirk & Steele, an international detective agency that specializes in the impossible, to help extraordinary souls in need-and to keep their secrets safe. For Artur himself is not like ordinary men-handsome, powerful, and tormented, he is able to do wondrous things with nothing but a thought and a touch. That is why he, too, is taken . . . Drawn together into the darkness, Elena and Artur find themselves caged and cornered, joined in a desperate fight for their lives. But they will find strength where they never expected it: in a passionate look, in a tender kiss, in a heart-soaring, breathtaking . . . Shadow Touch
Against her will, Kitala Bell can foresee the future. But only darkness and violence . . . and death. And now it is her own future that is in peril. Her fate is in the hands of a prince of the sea. More than a man-impossibly beautiful and dangerous, with a voice that can seduce and hypnotize- M'cal's song manipulates lives the way Kitala coaxes sweet music from the strings of her violin. Yet he is a prisoner, the captive of a malevolent mistress intent on using his powers to evil ends, and stretched to the very limits of his endurance. For Kitala, he is light and hope and fantasy, and survival for them both requires a bond more intimate and passionate than either has ever known. But it comes at a pr ice, for their love threatens not only the lives they've always known . . . but the very essence of their souls.
Los Angeles is no longer the City of Angels; dark things haunt its streets-dark, restless things. Bodies have been found, and the tentative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves teeters on the brink of collapse. Keeli Maddox needs to know why. If she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man as different from her as night from day, as tooth from claw. He's a slayer, a betrayer, an enemy. But nobility lurks in dark places, and Keeli herself is no stranger to shadow. As sure as the moon will rise, Michael was meant for her. Life is about to change. Only three things will remain: the color of blood, the hot joy of skin on skin, and the danger in . . . A Taste of Crimson.
Long ago they roamed the earth -- dragons, tigers...shapeshifters -- men who wore the forms of beasts. Their world was magic. Now it is gone. But some remain... He looks out of place in Dela Reese's Beijing hotel room -- exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he's like nothing from her world,. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul, and knows this warrior will obey her every command. Hari has been used and abused for millennia. But he sees, upon his release from the riddle box, that this new mistress is different. There is a hidden power in Dela's eyes -- and with her, he may regain all that was lost to him. Where once he savaged, now he must protect; where before he knew only hatred, now he must embrace love. Dela is the key. For Dela, he will risk all.
View our feature on Marjorie Liu's A Wild Light. For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness inside her-a force she channels into hunting the demons bent on destroying the human race. But when she finds herself covered in blood and crouched beside her grandfather's dead body with no memory of what happened, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally consumed her.
Those who look upon Lannes Hannelore see only an exceptionally handsome man. But his beauty is a prison, locking the dark truth inside his tormented soul. For Lannes is one of a dying race of remarkable creatures, hiding in plain sight among earth's human masters. His existence is solitary and sad-until the night he encounters a young woman on a deserted street, desperate, frightened, with no memory . . . and covered in blood. She has no recollection of who she is or what she's done-and now she must trust a mysterious stranger whose imposing presence masks a gentle heart. Her need draws Lannes into a mystery that will cause him to confront his worst fears and question everything he believes-and compel him to risk his secrets for the one woman who might well be the love of his life . . . or the destruction of it.
Fans will get swept away by the passions in the unfathomable depths of Atlantis; they'll follow the shadows that stalk both the living and the undead in a world of vampires and guardian angels; they'll enter the forbidden world of the demon horde and their willing victims; and they'll be privy to the secrets of a beautiful animal-whisperer who's drawn closer to the most suspect of all male animals-man.