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BLOOD HEAT by Maria Lima

Blood Heat

"Full of more interesting surprises than a candy store." --Charlaine Harris

"Keira Kelly kicks butt...Maria Lima writes hot action and spicy romance with a biting sense of humor, all deep in the heart of Texas. You'll be sucked in." --Dana Cameron, author of More Better Than Death

"Funny, sexy, mysterious, and lots of fun to read." --Nancy Pickard, author of The Virgin of Small Plains

November 2010
Mass Market Paperback
368 pages | $7.99
ISBN: 978-1439167779

On Simon&Schuster.com

Texas is heating up...

The summer heat wave that's hit Rio Seco, Texas, has even the vampires complaining, but now that Keira--the Kelly Heir--is home from Vancouver, the weather isn't the only thing too hot to handle. Keira should be setting up her court and planning the big reception at which she and her consort, vampire ruler Adam Walker, will receive the magical leaders from the local area, but pomp and circumstance just aren't Keira's thing, especially not with trouble smoldering in her domain. A werewolf couple has mysteriously gone missing from a local pack, and when Keira is asked by their leader to investigate, she finds that some dissatisfied neighbors may have been taking, well, strong action against the wer community--action that could be repeated and could involve Keira and those she loves. With the reception looming and danger fast blazing out of control, the pressure is on Keira to keep Texas safe for supernaturals. Sometimes, it's just not that great to be Heir....

Fourth of the Blood Lines Series!

Don't miss these Blood Lines books:
Matters of the Blood (#1), Blood Bargain (#2),
and Blood Kin (#3)!

Reviews of Blood Kin:

"Maria Lima has penned another top-notch paranormal thriller... A complex plot, superb world building and phenomenal characters spin BLOOD KIN into a dark and sexy urban fantasy."--Romance Junkies

"With each book the world gets richer in texture and detail."--SFRevu

"Ms. Lima has redesigned her roller-coaster storytelling to make it bigger and more exciting...I haven't enjoyed a series this much a quite some time."--Preternatural Reviews

"Book three reveals many twists, surprises, and strengthens the foundation on which the heir plot will grow in future stories."--Huntress Reviews

Reviews of Blood Bargain:

"This second book in Ms. Lima's Keira Kelly series is a real pager-turner...Both books are delightfully fresh and quite different from the dark, graphic paranormals flooding the market; but these are not light, fluffy reads, either. Ms. Lima has created a wonderful blend of paranormal, mystery and romance." (5 of 5 Stars)--Bitten By Books

"Blood Bargain is a great sequel in the new Blood Lines fantasy book series by Maria Lima....The storyline is wonderfully unpredictable and Maria Lima introduces several different types of supernatural beings which kept me intrigued and entertained."--Best Fantasy Stories

"...an interesting tale full of twists and turns.... Marie Lima takes readers on a ride that they soon won't forget. Full of magic and action this book keeps you interested until the end." Fresh Fiction

"[A] fabulous read."Flamingnet Reviews

"Urban fantasy fans are going to love this romantic fantasy...The mysteries and the town enhance Blood Bargain, a strong tale that fans of Kelly Armstrong and Kim Harrison will want to read." --Genre-Go-Round

"...I couldn't put it down. Maria Lima's second Blood Lines novel is even better than the first, a fun and sometimes poignant paranormal treat...."-- FantasyLiterature.net

"Maria Lima captures the essence of urban fantasy, mystery and romantic elements in Blood Bargain." -- SFSite

"...Lima has served up a braided tale of several plot lines that converge and twist about each other enough that a reader is kept solidly invested in finding the clues and hoping to reach the conclusion before Keira."--SFRevu

"Ms. Lima spins a suspenseful tale and packs it with paranormal elements that will hold the reader's attention to the end." Darque Reviews

"[A] wonderful supernatural filled sequel to the first book Matters of the Blood. With vampires, shifters and faeries all making an appearance, this series definitely covers the main paranormal genre favourites. Mystery, suspense and things that go bump in the night are all packed into this second part..."(A PNR Reviewer Recommended Read) -- Paranormalromance.org

Reviews of Matters of the Blood:

"Authors take note: Matters of the Blood is everything a paranormal novel should be. It has a deep (and baffling) mystery, plenty of action, tantalizing romance, a plot thick with twists and turns, and a unique locale as the story's backdrop...."--BookFetish

"Lima's Matters of the Blood is a seductive gem, with a soul of darkness that's as soft and sensuous as black velvet." -- Accent

"Another kick-ass heroine enters the paranormal arena in Lima's bloodthirsty whodunit. Feisty Keira narrates with a biting sense of humor...."(4 stars) -- Romantic Times

"Maria Lima rings some refreshing changes on the urban-fantasy formula in Matters of the Blood... [it] is quirky, sexy, sometimes quite funny, and worth reading if you're a fan of urban fantasies with a substantial helping of romance. (4 stars) -- Fantasy Literature

"A superb paranormal whodunit with a touch of romance and with plenty of interwoven subplots that will elate fans of various sub-genres, but the center holding this superb tale together is the likable Keira who makes the abnormal seem so normal." -- Alternative Worlds

"FIVE STARS!...Part mystery, part paranormal romance, and all suspense, I fully expect this author to gain a large fan base. Very well done!"--Huntress Reviews

"This is certainly a page turner! Expect to be left a little breathless, either through being seduced or horrified, it's all action, all the way!"-- Fangtastic Fiction

"Matters of the Blood is a new twist on the paranormal genre. Rich in paranormal activity, passionate and romantic moments, and a murder to solve is just the icing on the cake."--Romance Junkies

"All in all Maria Lima makes me break two of my longest standing rules since I've started this blog: I never give a first time author nor do I give the first in a series 4 stars. Matters of the Blood joyfully reminded me that rules are meant to be broken...Matters of the Blood receives a Classic rating of 4 out of 4 stars."--Preternaural Reviews

"A dark, seductive, and bitingly humorous debut novel...a must-read for fans of campy/creepy paranormal fiction....This is one paranormal super-thriller you should 'bump' to the top of your to-be-read pile." -- Heartstrings

"A great page-turner...." -- The Bookshelf Reviews

About the Author

MARIA LIMA is the author of the Blood Lines series from Juno Books: Matters of the Blood, Blood Bargain, Blood Kin, and Blood Heat. She was born in Matanzas, Cuba before the Revolution to a family of voracious readers and would-be writers. After her family emigrated to the United States, Maria discovered the magic of books. She started writing her own stories and has been at it ever since. Her writing turned corporate as she used her journalism degree to crank out marketing copy, feature stories, and book reviews. The fiction muse kept calling and, in the spring of 2005, was finally fed as Maria's first published short story, "The Butler Didn't Do It" was published in Chesapeake Crimes I and garnered an Agatha Award nomination for Best Short Story. Maria spends most of her days working at a Web agency in the D.C. area. Her evenings and weekends are spent writing.

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