In Rachel Caine's Weather Warden novel, Mother Earth is having a nightmare about an unstoppable plague spreading across her vastness: humanity.
Slowly awakening from an eons-long slumber, the matronly planetary spirit is reacting to her horrific visions and trying to heal herself by inflicting her surface with weather-related catastrophes including hurricanes, earthquakes, and out-of-control wildfires. To complicate matters for humanity, the only faction that has any chance of battling Earth's barrage of deadly disasters, the Weather Wardens, are involved in its own apocalyptic conflict. The Djinn, mystical creatures who have been subjugated by the Wardens for centuries, are now free, and some have vowed bloody retribution. The role of planetary savior falls to Joanne Baldwin, a former Weather Warden whose magical abilities and past experience with the Djinn (one was -- and still is -- her lover) makes her the perfect person to try and somehow communicate with the planetary mind. Her quest to avoid the bloodthirsty Djinn and get a message to Mother Earth (or one of her Oracles) becomes more difficult when a madman abducts her sister, her supernatural lover disappears, and she discovers that she is the proud mother of a beautiful and precocious half-bred Djinn daughter!
This highly palatable blend of contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance should appeal to fans of authors like Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Julie Kenner -- as well as to aspiring meteorologists everywhere. Laurell K. Hamilton meets the Weather Channel! Paul Goat Allen