For over three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror listeners crave. Now, with the eighth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Encompassed in the audio of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as: Neil Gaiman; Kelley Armstrong; Stephen King; Linda Nagata; Laird Barron; Margo Lanagan; and many others.
"One scary story out of a dozen"
Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, knows all about difficult assignments, but his current mission is one for the record books. Not only must he find a wife - and get her pregnant - or forfeit the ranch his family has prized for generations, he must also convince his three brothers to marry, too - before the year is up. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?
"Cora Seton's Chance Creek series delivers again!"
Gabriella Starr has silk suits, champagne tastes, and a great new career. She also has a strange man following her around Boston. Two of them, actually. When she tries to chase down the first, she encounters the second - ex-cop and new D.A. Cam Yaeger. He's sure she's in trouble, but Gabriella bristles when he offers to help. She's way too attracted to him, and it's not like her to go for law-enforcement types anyway. She's far too independent, too naturally defiant. And she's spent too many nights in jail....
Beloved columnist and best-selling author Regina Brett offers her special brand of uplifting yet practical advice to help readers find fulfillment in their work...and to deal with unexpected challenges.
Temple Gordon is beautiful and proud, a Southern belle raised on her father's luxurious plantation. She is also a Cherokee. "The Blade" Stuart, an impulsive nearby landowner, is Cherokee as well. He and Temple share a passion for each other and a concern for their people. But while Temple wishes to protect the Cherokee way of life, The Blade seeks to save his people from death.
It begins with a single gunshot, and Bishop Lynn Peterson watches in horror as a good friend, who is a member of the New Orleans Saints, collapses on the street. When a medal the player wore - a medal Lynn had promised to return to the man's family - disappears, Lynn is thrust into a suspenseful and fast-moving journey through four assassinations, an attempt on her life, conflicts with a mysterious and ancient society, and a behind-the-scenes conspiracy that reaches all the way to the White House.
When Debra Prentice discovers she's pregnant, she knows two things are true: that she can't wait to become a mother...and that she can never reveal the father's identity to anyone. Because not only is Trey Winston her boss' son, he's also got his eye on the North Carolina senator's seat - and he doesn't need a scandal. But when Debra must work with Trey in organizing his fund-raising dinner, the sparks from their one night of passion still sizzle.
Zuri finds herself in the hands of a Zargonnii warrior after she and her shipmates are extracted from a strange world. Hunted by the heinous Tonan and sought after by the deadly Gorgano, Zuri is mortified when she realizes humans, especially female humans, are considered a rare, exotic novelty. She has no intention of being put on display for massive warriors to gawk at. She plans her escape.
"An ok human-alien romance"
Bay went from tortured human captive to exotic alien pet in a heartbeat. Zargonnii warrior mercenaries are like nothing she has ever seen before. What do they want from her? The unearthly world Bay is taken to is fascinating, frightening, and a lot different from Earth. Zargonnii males have never seen a small, vulnerable female. Their females are huge, aggressive, dominant, and the two sexes live apart for safety reasons.
"Good and Funny Book in Ongoing Series"
Once a decorated army officer, Rafe Tyler was convicted as a thief and a traitor, and spent 10 years in prison. Now he's ready to exact his long-awaited revenge. His thirst for blood takes him to Colorado to destroy the man who framed him. Sheltered Boston beauty Shea Randall arrives in the rough-and-ready western town to reunite with the father she believed long dead. Instead, she is abducted by a darkly handsome outlaw.
Amidst the snow and icy wasteland, Earth has become a watery grave to many. Zargonnii warriors Finn and Blu search for any remaining human females. Luck abounds and six females are found struggling to survive. The moment his blazing red eyes settle onto Bethany Finn feels in his heart she is the one he wants to end his loneliness.
Crime investigator Thadius "Thad" Winston must protect his high-ranking political mother after she is shot and nearly killed. He is prepared for risks. What he isn't prepared for is Lucy Sinclair. Hired as his mother's nurse, Lucy is capable, compassionate, and entirely inconvenient for Thad. He doesn't envision a life of shared love or commitment, yet he can't deny the intense attraction growing between them. And when a stalker sets his sights on Lucy - possibly the same man who tried to kill his mother - Thad realizes just how much he has to lose.
Annie Payne realizes her dream when she moves to San Francisco and opens an art gallery. But when she accepts a secret commission to bid for a painting going on the auction block, she finds herself thrown into a haunting swirl of events linked to a five-year-old unsolved murder. Who is this secret client?
Hurricane Andrew rages through Southern Florida with the force of God's wrath. In the blink of an eye, Katie Wells' Miami home is destroyed, her former life gone. All she wants now is to make sure her young son stays safe. Rescue arrives in the form of Andrew Cunningham, the architect who built her house.
As The Adair Legacy continues, a beautiful P.I. and a damaged warrior race to prevent an assassination He can't remember what they did to him while he'd been held captive. But the blackouts and memory loss Sam Winston suffers since returning home scare the decorated soldier more than combat. Most of all, he fears placing those he cares about in danger... especially Olivia Owens. Despite the risks, the gorgeous investigator is determined to help Sam remember the terrible secrets locked inside his head.
From Roger Zelansky's delightful tale of Death's disobedient godson to Peter Straub's blood-chilling examination of a gargantuan Cinderella and her terrible twisted "art," here are stories strange and miraculous - remarkable modern storytelling that remold our most cherished childhood fables into things sexier, more sinister - and more appealing to grown-up tastes and sensibilities.
Hallie Pruitt has a habit of taking in strays - both unwanted animals and captivating cowboys. When handsome Cade McAllister seeks shelter in her home while his broken leg heals, it's her homemade candies that keep him sober, but it's the piping hot fantasies she describes in her diary that provides the secret ingredient to Cade's heart.
Kathy O'Hara and Brent McQueen were wild kids whose high school romance segued into the perfect marriage - until sudden tragedy drove them apart, leaving Kathy a single mom raising their daughter, Shanna, on her own. But when Brent is rumored to have been aboard a yacht that exploded in fire, leaving no survivors, Kathy grieves for the celebrated rock musician she still loves. Except Brent isn't dead. And now his family is in mortal jeopardy.