A strong heroine with unusual talents kicks off the entertaining new Jane Yellowrock series. It's a blend of genres, mixing alternate reality, fantasy and romance against the backdrop of New Orleans. The first-person narration puts you in the middle of the conflict, and well-written action scenes get your blood pumping.
Katherine Fonteneau, an old and powerful vamp and the madam of Katie's Ladies, hires Jane to track and dispatch a rogue vampire. Jane tries to focus on the mission, but a hot Cajun biker catches her eye. Now she's put herself in real danger -- and all her preconceptions about vampires will be challenged. (ROC, Jul., 336 pp., $7.99)