August’s Book of the Month Giveaway…

giveaway bannerThere was another landslide victory this month, even though there were some great books to choose from. Jeaniene Frost‘s The Beautiful Ashes, Kelley Armstrong‘s Visions, and Lara Adrian‘s last traditionally published Midnight Breed book are all heading our way, but August belongs to Kresley Cole and Dark Skye.

If you are interested in winning a hardcover copy when it is released on August 5th, just leave a comment in the section below.

Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through random.org. Let’s end this Sunday night at midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

dark skyeSynopsis…

Eternal Obsession

As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

 

That Sneaky Nalini Singh…

So, totally out of left field, Nalini Singh announced a bonus book today – that is due out in SIX WEEKS. Yep, only six weeks to wait. And, it is a contemporary romance with a rock-star hero. Niiice. Rock Addiction will be out in both print and e-book format in September, and there will be at least two more books and two novellas in the series (which is called The Schoolboy Choir). The cover release will be done shortly.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance…

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

So, yesterday word broke about a contemporary from J.R. Ward, and today it is Nalini’s turn. And the best part? These new books have absolutely no impact on the release schedule for the Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series. It is really a total bonus.

Pick of the Week…

There were a few books that were in the running for my pick of the week. Magic Breaks is the obvious one, but since it has already been pick of the month I figured I would let that one slide (although it is terrific, if you haven’t gotten it yet you are in for a hell of a ride). It is also the week that C.L. Wilson‘s The Winter King comes out, which I have been looking forward to, as well. But I think I am going to have to go with Richelle Mead‘s Silver Shadows, which is the fifth book in her Bloodlines series. I also got that one a week early (along with Magic Breaks), but I haven’t been able to start it yet.

silver shadowsSynopsis…

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

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What was your big one for this week? Did you get your hands on Magic Breaks yet, or are you still waiting?

The Scoop on J.R. Ward…

All credit for this info goes to Amber, who found some info on one of J.R. Ward‘s new series on Twitter…

NAL Inks Ward to New Series

Bestselling author J.R. Ward has signed a three-book, world rights deal with New American Library to do a contemporary series. Called the Bourbon Kings, the series will, as NAL explained, “follow the intertwined fortunes of several ultrawealthy Kentucky families who have made their fortunes from bourbon.” The first Bourbon Kings book is set for late 2015. The deal was brokered by NAL’s Kara Welsh and Steven Axelrod at the Axelrod Agency. Ward, the pen name for Jessica Bird, writes paranormal romance (and romances under her given name); as J.R. Ward, her series include the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Fallen Angels. Lucy Stille at Agency for the Performing Arts is handling film/television rights for the series.”

Like I said to Amber, I wasn’t expecting a non-paranormal for one of the new series, for some reason. It is nice to see an author branch out and try something different. Stay tuned for more info.

New Series Alerts…

It is time again to take a peek at what new series are starting up this week, and it  looks like we are wrapping up the month with some good ones. Angela Addams will release the first book of her new e-series, The Order of the Wolf, tomorrow, and it is called Cursed.

cursedSynopsis…

Wherever there’s a lying, cheating scumbag who’s broken a woman’s heart, Vengeance Dealer Darcy Wells is there. So what if she isn’t the most skilled witch around? She’s only using one spell, which leaves the hapless male suffering tormenting lust for one woman. Her.

The beautiful part? This curse comes equipped with a blinding agent, allowing her a clean getaway. Unrequited lust, coming right up! As far as Darcy is concerned, it’s justice served. Her next target: Raven Glock, rock band bassist and drop-dead-gorgeous sex god.

When Raven lays eyes on the luscious Darcy, he gives her what he promises all the starry-eyed groupies who toss their panties at him—one unforgettable night in his bed. Sex with Darcy is so epic that he forgets his cardinal rule: to get her out before morning.

At the crack of sunrise, Darcy serves Raven a face full of cursed ash. But something goes horribly wrong…and she finds herself magically tethered to one pissed-off werewolf.

Worse, breaking the spell could cost her everything…maybe even her life.

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Free Agent, the first book from J.C. Nelson‘s new Grimm Agency series, also drops tomorrow.

free agentSynopsis…

When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…

Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don’t have many career options. To pay off her parents’ debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she’s called on to deal with.

Setting up a second-rate princess with a first-class prince is just another day at the office. But when the matchmaking goes wrong, Marissa and Grimm find themselves in a bigger magical muddle than ever before. Not only has the prince gone missing, but the Fae are gearing up to attack Kingdom, and a new Fairy Godmother is sniffing around Grimm’s turf, threatening Marissa with the one thing she can’t resist: her heart’s wishes.

Now Marissa will have to take on Fairies, Fae, dragons, and princesses to save the realm—or give up any hope of ever getting her happy ending…

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Also new this week is the long awaited first book from C.L. Wilson‘s new Weathermages of Mystral series. I have been hearing good things about The Winter King, and I am looking forward to it.

the winter kingSynopsis…

Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of which he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

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And the sole young adult newbie this week comes from Chris Weitz. The Young World is the first book of the trilogy of the same name.

the young worldSynopsis…

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park…and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

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So, which ones are you most looking forward to? We have been hearing about The Winter King for quite a while now, I have high hopes for it. Is anyone else checking it out this week?

Mockingjay Teaser Trailer

It looks like the footage first shown this weekend at Comic-Con has now been made public, and we can check out the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Mockinjay movie.

How high up on your must-watch list is this one? My memory on the details are a bit fuzzy, which is great heading into the movie. I might even get surprised a bit.

A New Take on an Old Favorite…

For something a little different, if you wander over to Jeaniene Frost‘s blog, you can read an alternate version of the middle of Destined For an Early Grave. It seems that there was originally a very different direction planned for the middle section of the book, covering about 30,000  words, and Jeaniene will be posting it over the course of four weeks.

I really enjoyed this first part…it was a nice look back at characters we haven’t seen for a while (or at least it feels like it has been forever), and I liked the different storyline. Warning, though…it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. You can read the first part HERE.

August’s Book of the Month…

book of the monthI am actually a day late doing this poll up, and I blame the fact that I didn’t realize it was already the end of the month. Stupid as it sounds, I was actually a week behind. So, it might be a day late, but it is time to vote for your most anticipated book for August. And for a change, I don’t have a clear-cut front runner this month…it could be between a couple of big ones, so it is anyone’s guess.

Whatever book wins will then be offered in a giveaway at the first of the month. I have chosen 10 that seem to be among the most popular, but as always if your choice isn’t there just select “Other” and leave your pick in the comments section. A complete list of August’s releases can be found HERE.

If you had told me a year ago that I wouldn’t automatically choose a Kresley Cole book, I would’ve laughed at you. And pointed. And laughed some more. But as much as I have wanted Thronos and Lanthe’s story for years, my buzz meter just isn’t revved up for this one. I am hoping that once it is in my hands I will have a change of attitude, but for now I am more excited for Kelley Armstrong‘s Visions. Who knew?

So, The 50 Shades Thingy Has a Trailer Now…

Yeah. Huh. I have watched this a couple of times, and I still don’t quite know what to think. Check it out…

 

What in the holy hell is she wearing?

 

I admit, I did skim through the books, but I found myself rolling my eyes and snickering quite a bit. It left me with a hazy recollection of the story, enough to know that dude is all Mr. Controlling, and that Anastasia (I think that was her name?) is supposed to be innocent and submissive. So, to show how sweet and innocent she is they dress her in clothes her grandmother wouldn’t be caught dead in? Good lord. The trailer made me laugh more than the book did.

On the Horizon…A New Jennifer Estep Series

A while back, I did a little post that mentioned that author Chloe Neill will be starting a new series in 2015 called Devil’s Isle, where Supernatural beings have been forced into a walled community after an uprising. Now, it looks like Jennifer Estep is also firing up a new series next year.

The first book of the Black Blade series will be called Cold Burn of Magic, and it has a release date of April 28th. There will be at least two more books, as well. There is a bit of a breakdown on the author’s official site…

The Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series focuses on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Tourists come from around the world to tour all the magic-themed shops and attractions, as well as see monsters like tree trolls, copper crushers, and more in their natural habitats.

Lila has a Talent for sight, along with transference magic — in other words, magic makes her stronger. To survive, she does odd jobs for her pawnbroker friend. Lila also does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families — or mobs — who control much of the town. But when she saves a member of the powerful Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the most powerful Family in town.

I have read the Mythos Academy series, but the Elemental Assassin books are still languishing on Mount TBR. Does this sound like something you will be looking forward to?