What do a 3000 year old Chinese god, werewolf housewives, psychic bloggers, and a psychic geneticist have in common? They’re all featured in my favorite books this week. The Extinction Agenda book sounds like it was tailor-made for the big screen, and The Real Housewives of Vampire County blends erotic fiction with humor. John Ringo is back with a sequel to Troy Rising and the week is rounded out by a new anthology from Solaris Books.

Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield (Oct 27, 2011)

Hardcover: 370 pages Publisher: WestSide Books

Caitlyn is a 15 year old Paranormal on the run with her mom from the ParaTroopers who are hellbent on enslaving everyone with psychic abilities. While in high school she decides to fight back by blogging about equal rights for all Paras. Her brother was kidnapped long ago and is now a Para-slave, controlled by the government. Tensions between Paras and Normals escalate as Para Cleansing Day nears.  When a gang of Paras rob a bank, it’s Caitlyn’s blogging alter-ego that begins to take the blame. Now there is a killer known as the Para-Reaper on the loose. Should she do what her mom says and bolt for yet another high-school or stay and take a chance on being turned into a Para-slave?

The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy) by N. K. Jemisin (Oct 27, 2011)

Paperback: 624 pages Publisher: Orbit

The Arameri family has ruled the world for millennia by enslaving the very gods that created the world. Now the gods have been freed and the Arameri’s ruthless rule is the only thing preventing world-spanning war. Shahar,the last Arameri scion, must choose between her love for a young godling and her family. Someone has summoned the Maelstrom, a force so powerful even the gods fear it. This is the conclusion of the Inheritance Trilogy.

The Wars of Light and Shadow (9) – Initiate’s Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon: 1 (The Wars of Light and Shadow series) by Janny Wurts (Oct 27, 2011)

File Size: 1933 KB Publisher: Harper Voyager

Half-brothers Arithon and Lysaer defeated the Mistwraith and freed the world, now they are cursed. Arithon has been imprisoned and had his memory wiped, and forced to fight vicious wraiths for 150 years. His daughter is being raised and trained by the Koriana enchantresses, his mortal enemies. His brother will do whatever it takes to find and destroy him. Can Arithon recover in time before Lysaer’s minions find him?/td>

The Thunderblade by Kevin L. Perkins (Oct 26, 2011)

Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Vantage Press

Eric’s migraines are so intense they are killing him. He decides to drive his GTO over a cliff to end his pain when he is transported into the future where he is asked by the good wizard Oberon to help defeat evil. This future is filled with dragons, shapeshifters, wizards and rangers, and the massive armies of the evil wizards Reksor and Magnus. Eric is taught how to use the Thunderblade, a mystical sword that is the only hope in this war. Teamed with a faithful red dragon known as Coranth, Eric attempts to unleash the colossal energies that could save the kingdom.

Blue Dragon: Dark Heavens Book Three (Angry Robot) by Kylie Chan (Oct 25, 2011)

Print Length: 592 pages Publisher: Harper Voyager

When Emma’s relatives come to visit her, they are totally freaked out by what they learn. Emma’s beloved, John Chen, is an ancient Chinese god but he is becoming weaker by the day. Demons pursue him relentlessly, hoping to use Emma and his child, Simone, as bargaining tools against him. Emma battles to defend Simone as John’s energy is drained by the effort of both living in the mortal world and protecting them. While Emma is nagged by doubts about her own nature, she must find the courage to go on.

Citadel: Troy Rising II by John Ringo (Oct 25, 2011)

Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition

When the orbital gates first materialized in the outer solar system, things were good. Interstellar traders made first contact and things were good. For a while.  Now humans have battled back from a Trojan-horse-like conquest by an oppressive alien race to become a force to reckon with in the galaxy. We’ve built an indestructible battle station to prove it. But the enemy is relentless and to survive we must take the fight to our attackers and prevail.  Unfortunately, the bones and burnt hulks of those who have tried litter the galaxy. But these interstellar imperialists have never contended with humans.

Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti (Oct 25, 2011)

Print Length: 330 pages Publisher: Kensington Books

Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science, who also happens to be a psychic. When a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”.  As the King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her even if it means turning his back on his own kind.

Extinction Agenda (Skinners) by Marcus Pelegrimas (Oct 25, 2011)

Print Length: 416 pages Publisher: Harper Voyager

The human race is under siege while shapeshifters, vampires, and half-blooded werewolves freely prowl the streets . Now Full- Bloods are about to descend en masse from out of the dark wilderness. The police and the military are helpless, and only the Skinners can forestall the tactical nuke strikes the Army has planned as a last resort. Paige Strobel and Cole Warnecki know Armageddon is at hand, and hope to join with the mysterious European blood hunters, the Gypsy Amriany, as a final, desperate means to preventing the apocalypse. But power-mad traitors from the ranks of their own kind could doom humanity’s efforts to survive. And the only possible outcome at the end of the ultimate war is total extinction.

The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox and Tami Dane (Oct 25, 2011)

Print Length: 304 pages Publisher: Kensington Books

Drama, scandal, secrets, and a whole lot of supernatural goings-on in this collection of stories.

Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction by Ian Whates, Peter F. Hamilton and Laurie Tom (Oct 25, 2011)Mass Market

Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Solaris

This anthology features original short stories from many best-selling authors such as Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Paul di Filippo, Adam Roberts, Lavie Tidhar, Ian Watson, Ken MacLeod, Mike Resnick, Tricia Sullivan, Eric Brown, Steve Rasnic Tem along with other top name authors; stories guaranteed to surprise, thrill and delight, demonstrating why science fiction remains the most innovative, satisfying, and downright exciting genre of all.