Night Prince 3 News…

Jeanine Frost has upped some info over on her blog about her upcoming third and final Vlad book. Night Prince 3 is due out next January 26th, and the title will be…

Bound by Flames

And just because she is a tease, she also added a small piece of the step back for our enjoyment. Stay tuned for the official cover reveal, which should follow shortly.

Cover-teaser

 

J.R. Ward Spoiler Zone…

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I wasn’t sure about the etiquette of posting this, but I figure as long as I link back to the original Facebook source it should be ok? J.R. Ward did a signing in Cincinnati recently, and she dropped some spoilers about the BDB, Fallen Angels…and maybe something new on the horizon. Consider yourself warned….

Spoilers be ahead! Final Warning!

This is a transcript of what seems to be a Q&A session…and it sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Cincinnati Q&A April 5, 2014

Q: So what’s the next book?
A: The Shadows….and it’s about Trez and iAm…but, even better, guess who’s coming home???? MURHDER!!!!

Q: What’s going on with Selena?? What’s wrong with her joints???
A: She has a disease of the Chosen.

Q: Can they fix it?? What’s the disease???
A: Why would you read the book if I told you about it? (It’s genetic, but you’ll find out more in the book!)

Q: The Queen of the Shadows is pregnant. Who’s the father?
A: The father is s’Ex.

Q: Are Rhage and Mary going to have a baby?
A: I know the answer but…Keep reading!!! Can’t say but wouldn’t surprise me if it came soon!

Q: Could you provide pronunciations of the words.
A: Ok, you ready? F-*-C-K is F*ck…

Q: Is there anything you’d like to know from us??
A: Yeah, is Kentucky going to lose in the final four?

Q: Can you include a family tree?
A: Yeah that would be a good project…Wrath…son of Wrath…baby daddy Wrath….baby daddy Wrath…

Q: What’s going on with the Scribe Virgin?
A: She needs something to re-engage her. It wouldn’t be a surprise if she just came back to only to date Des…(laughter..nudge, nudge Desmond Hall…)

Q: Will we get another Insider’s Guide.
A: Right now, I’m so hot-to-trot to get the next three books…and I know who they are about, they’re so clear…But I would definitely like to do another one, it’s just the timing.

Q: Can the boss lady leave (JR’s publisher was here and put the gag on certain Qs)
A: Laugh…sorry, Kara…

Q: I love Xcor!!!
A: Xcor is wrapped around Layla’s finger.

Q: Will JM ever know he’s Darius.
A: No, it would de-stabilize the world. I get asked that a lot. But I don’t think so…

Q: One of the next three books, would it be Payne’s story??
A: Honey, that’s been done. I think it was called…Lover Unleashed?? (Laughter)

Q: I think I’m the only one that cares, but…are you going to write a novella about the symphaths in that little camp?
A: Oh, no the symphaths are going to be trouble in the future.

Q: When’s my boy (John Matthew) going to become a Brother?
A: The timeline is a funny thing…it’s hard to show things that happen at the same time. The timelines get wonky sometimes. Tohr’s book was an entire year. Some books only take like…ten days. I think there needs to be something extraordinary that happens to get more Brothers in…that’s what she said…

Q: What about the lie with Vishous???
A: Oh, God…that again… and my editor said, if you put that in the book, you’ll be asked about that over and over…and she’s right…but I’m not answering…

Q: I have a shoe covered in parts of V’s book…
A: Oh my God that’s so cool…

Q: You killed off my favorite character. (Wellsie)
A: I don’t kill people off. I really don’t have control over the stories or the characters. I knew from day one that she was going to die.
Oh..sh!t…you’re not talking about Wellsie???(laughter) (Reader suggests a Darius prequel.) Hey..that’d be a good idea.

Q: Darius merchandise?
A: Lucy Campbell…you’re fired…(and Lu begged for her job and promised merch by Tuesday) LOL

Q: Also…prequels for all Brothers (AND FRITZ!!!)
A: That might be a good idea!

Q: Fan brought a Kentucky Wildcat pillow pet because JR lost the bet when UK beat Louisville.
A: JR had a pic taken holding the blue-and-white pillow.

Q: Is Doc Jane rooting for the UK Wildcats?
A: Yes.

Q: Is Boo bonded to iAm???
A: (and JR does a selfie of the crowd before answering…) Absolutely. One of my favorite lines in the books was, “Goddamn cat”. And Fritz saying, we don’t have seafood in this house. And I know where you’re going with this…no, iAm is NOT banging the cat…geez…The reason the next book is called The Shadows is because iAm gets his HEA, too. iAm gets banged. (Lots of inappropriate comments related to cats…er…edited for good taste lol)

Q: Is the Lassiter part of the FA world.
A: Lassiter was awesome was he not? He’s firmly in the BDB world.

Q: Last year you said Boo was not exactly a cat. What is he exactly?
A: You’ll find out…maybe

Q: Is Immortal the last FA book.
A: Yes. There is something after but what we might find is how the FA and BDB intersect.

Q: What was the most emotional part of the book for you?
A: When Beth went into labor… (there were some tears and curse words for making JR teary) And there are some things that are hard, like going back to Z’s story. I want there to be more for him, but I don’t know what there is…

Q: In the Insiders’ Guide there’s the scene about Phury and Aghony, will we get to see Aghony? (Phury’s child not father.)
A: Oh yeah, we will see Aghony. He’s adorable. I don’t do well writing girls. Dudes are my strength. So, here’s the thing, I’m not as interested in writing women…one of the challenges I have is writing about the Chosen when someone ends up with one of them, because they were raised in a cult environment. A lot of these women are, because of years of a specific role, they’re penned it. So, one of my challenges is to show that there’s more to them. Like, Selena has a distinct path from Layla, who has a distinct path from Cormia. So, I’d like to show that Cormia has her own path and has things of value. I’d like to show Cormia, and Phury and Aghony. But I feel like showing the women’s strengths is hard for me.

Q: When you were here last year, you told us a little secret about Tohr and Xcor…
A: I did? What did I say? (That they’re brothers…) I did??? I forgot that…. (Laughter from crowd at JR’s forgetting she’d spilled those beans…) That will be coming out soon. The way Xcor and Layla’s situation is maturing, that’ll come to a head. (Q: What is it?) I know, but I’m not telling. But yes, Murhder is coming back in the next book.

Q: Is Michael from The Story of Son going to come into the BDB world?
A: I could see how but it wouldn’t be any time soon.

Q: What’s your favorite sex scene?
A: I don’t really have one. It’s very voyeuristic. I don’t wanna see it but I do…

Q: In the King, does iAm end up with Abalone’s daughter?
A: She’s lovely. Nice try, but no. (Laughter)

Q: What happens when someone dates a Brother’s daughter?
A: I’d love to see that.

Q: What about Saxton? Does he have an HEA?
A: Yes, you’ve met him. And no, it’s not iAm. iAm ends up with a chick, and Saxton ends up with a guy.

Q: Does Lash come back.
A: Yes…and he gets a girlfriend…and it’s Devina. (Room goes crazy)

Q: Will you go back and do snippets for each Brother.
A: I was just talking to my editor about wanting to do more slices of life. The series needs to move or it dies. But it is something I’d like to do, to show small pieces of the Brothers’ lives.

JR introduced another writer, Laura Kay, and talked about her book.

Q: About your writing method…do you have dreams about the stories?
A: I’m blonde, I’m not very smart….it comes through me, I write it down, I give it to my editor…(someone behind the questioner said… “I do”…laughter from room) (JR spoke about being in the zone while running, and using that time to write in her head, and see the stories from different perspectives.) So it becomes like a sense memory, and it’s not really a dream. It’s kind of like that, but with a rewind function. “Wrath is naked…Wrath is naked…Wrath is naked…I love my job…I love my job…” So, it’s like a dream, but it downloads more like movies.

Q: So was the lie because you saw something different than V saw?
A: The reason he hates my a$$ is because I didn’t tell everything I saw.

Q: What about the foremen and his family?
A: Wasn’t he lovely? His family and he were just lovely.

Q: Did Tohrment get his HEA?
A: Tohrment did get his HEA that was he was supposed to. He was meant to be with Autumn.

Q: Will we see more of Qhuinn’s brother Lucas? What’s the deal with him?
A: We will see more of him. Yes, he will get better, but he has a long road.

Q: If Wrath were to die, would Butch be the next in line (to the throne)?
A: Yes, Butch would be the next in line under the old ways. But that’s not the way we do it anymore.

Q: Blay and Qhuinn: do they have endearments for each other, like the other Brothers?
A: I would say, “Bend over” and “Drive.”

Q: Why did they notify V about Payne’s fighting Wrath, rather than Manny?
A: I would say it’s like someone from a foreign country. Manny is not from this context, so, it was V who would take it harder and take it personally, as an insult.

Q: Where are the Hos…er…Chosen????
A: The Chosen go between the Great Camp and the Sanctuary. (Why??) Because they can. (Laughter)
There are number of areas that are floating out there: The Chosen are one, the future of the training program is another. In the next few books, I’m hoping we’ll find out.

Q: What is Assail?
A: He is one hot mother*cker. (Hoots.) He’s a drug dealer. He’s a full-fledged vampire.

Q: Besides Laura Kay, are there other authors you’d like to read?
A: I have a hard time reading fiction now, but I do love Darynda Jones. I’m a big Suz Brockmann fan, for forever. Karen Marie Moning is tremendous. Christine Feehan is another one. Charlaine Harris is another one I love. Though, when I met Charlaine H Harris, and she looks like this kindly grandmother, and I was like…OMG, you write this s!it???

Q: Xcor and Throe, will there be a knockdown, drag out, fight between them?
A: When I met Throe, I thought he was such a good guy, but the more I get to know him…I think he has some bad juju. He’s beginning to make my skin crawl. At the end of the King, Xcor was softening. But Throe is ramping up.

Q: Is there a reason the Bloodletter doesn’t have a bloodline written?
A: It’s because they’re all such assholes…Well, okay, there’s always a reason for everything. The coffins in the garage, Boo…there’s always a reason, I just don’t know what it is.

Q: After you wrap up the Angels, will we get two books a year?
A: Nope…they’re exhausting….the issue is they’re exhausting to write. They’re really complex. I used to write two a year, but I was burning through the world so fast…but there will be another series instead of The Fallen Angels. (Will it be a spinoff?) Nope, because I think that would deconstruct the Brotherhood world. I don’t think I could cleave off parts and compartmentalize that.

Q: So, you have Qhuinn and Blay…will they do the traditional ceremony and get each other’s names on their backs.
A: Or Qhuinn has had Blay…but I think they will, it’s just not important to them.

Q: About JM…how will Wrath give him his scar, since he’s blind?
A: It will work out. JM will definitely have one.

Q: Will Lucas end up with Abalone’s daughter?
A: I don’t know. I know Abalone will hook up with someone, I just don’t know who.

Q: Have we met iAm’s woman?
A: You have not.

Q: Payne was so depleted at the end of Lover Unleashed.
A: She probably has to go to the Otherside to replenish. She’s like a get-out-of-jail free card, but it wouldn’t surprise me that she eventually has to stop.

Q: Is anything going to happen to Havers, cause I wanted to chuck the hell out of him.
A: I wanted to throw my computer after that scene when he treated Layla like a vessel. One of the criticisms of the series is that it’s misogynistic, but I think it’s changed and grown.

Q: My girl Xhex…will we see more of her?
A: I love her. Remember when she rejects JM, and he comes out of the bathroom stall? I love her and would to see more of her, and to see her fight. (How is she going to handle Murhder coming back.) She’s not but JM might skin him.

Q: Is Autumn Throe’s sister?
A: No, but his sister is the lynchpin around which two of your favorite characters spin.

Q: Will we see of Rehvenge and Ehlena?
A: I would love you to see more of Rehvenge and Ehlena.

Q: Is wrath 6’6” or 6”9”
A: He’s 6’9” and I’m dyslexic. (Laughter)

Q: Will there be a movie?
A: I write books not screen plays. If the right deal came along, I would consider it. But my job is to write the books. When you’re lucky like I am, you have to work and focus and do what makes you people like these books. I’m a writer, I’m not very interesting. So, I have to keep my focus on what keeps you liking the books.

Q: Are we going to hear from the glymera?
A: Yes, but they’ve really had their c*ck and b*lls cut, but they really have great ideas (eyerolls) and I’m looking forward to see what they are.

Q: Why didn’t we see that scene between Wrath and Tohr, at the pool house?
A: I know as a writer it’s my job to write but that scene was too personal which I know sounds weird, but I really think that sometimes there are things I can’t show…

Q: What’s the difference between the S’Hisbe, the Moors, and the Shadows?
A: The S’Hisbe, the Moors and the Shadows are all the same. It’s different traditions referring to the same people.

Q: Will the fact that Xcor carved up the lesser have anything to do with José and Butch crossing paths again.
A: Jose and Butch will have closure. So, the one thing that hasn’t happened in the new world is that humans haven’t figured out that vampires exist. There’s a trajectory there that will tie it all together.

Q: Will Manny become a vampire?
A: Manny will never be turned. Payne can keep him young and perma-preserve him, and keep him alive. And the risk of turning is too high.

Q: Can vampires convert a human? If not, how did Butch become a vampire?
A: Butch’s father was a vampire, so it wasn’t turning or converting, it was more like jumpstarting. We don’t know how close a relation to Butch that Manny is…he might be a cousin, or nephew…

Q: Will we ever find out who Manny’s father is?
A: I don’t know, but I hope so.

Q: Can you tell us about Lassiter? Will he fall in love?
A: He will fall in love. We will find out his purpose. It’s in the last scene in Immortal.

Q: I was like hoping that Lassiter would end up with the SV (Scribe Virgin) so V had to call him “Daddy.”
A: (Laughter.) That would almost be worth it.

Q: Are you a WWE (wrestling fan)?
A: Nope.

Q: What about the Brothers’ and a graphic novel.
A: That’s not up to me, but my publisher.

Q: Jane is a ghost. How does she have sex?
A: She remains corporal when she’s touched. (And that’s the clean version, folks…we’re still blushing from that one!)

Q: Who the f*ck was that chick with Wrath…in the beginning of the book?
A: It was his mom, Anha….

Q: What’s in the lockbox?
A: I can’t tell you. I’m not sure if it’s a KR or an “I don’t know.”

Q: Is Wrath’s eyes from inbreeding or because of the poison when his mother was pregnant?
A: I don’t have an answer. The inbreeding makes sense. But I can’t say for sure. When I saw his mother get poisoned, that made sense, too, and I wondered. But Little Wrath doesn’t have that. It’s ironic that Beth being half-breed is what threatened his throne, but is what strengthened the gene pool. (Can Payne heal him?) I’ve never seen Payne anywhere near his eyes, so I don’t think so.

Q: Are you going to tie in the Lessers and the FA series?
A: The Creator in the FA series is the Father of the SV and the Omega.

Q: What happens if the mansion gets raided?
A: The mhis covers the mountain but isn’t as thick at the bottom, and that’s one of the questions I’ve had. And, I think that’s where we’re going.

Q: How did you come up with the barbs on the male symphaths?
A: I didn’t think that sh!t up! That’s just what happened. That’s what he has in his pants! (Were you drunk?) I don’t drink…aren’t you glad? Maybe medication would be a good idea. (Laughter)

Q: Will see more of the O’Banyon brothers?
A: I would love to, but it’s whether I can carve out time for those.

Q: I loved the scene when Wrath’s mother comes to him in the dream. Will he ever get a glimpse of Little Wrath?
A: That was one of my favorite scenes. It was really cool, but really weird. I thought it was so great when he saw his mother. I was wondering if he was going to be preoccupied by whether his offspring would have the eye problems, but that wasn’t the issue at all. I think it would be wonderful for him to see Little Wrath, but I thought there would be an emotional issue if Little Wrath had his eyesight. And he was okay with it, he was all, I’m fine, so I don’t think it’s that important to him.

Q: Does Lassiter end up with a male or a female? And if it’s a male is it Saxton.
A: No, Lassiter likes girls.

Q: Assail is selling drugs to the enemy and contributing to the Lessers. Does that make him the BDB enemy?
A: It’s a difficult situation. He sees it as using the Lessening society for his own purposes. But if sh!t goes down, he’s screwed.

Q: On your website, there are interviews with the Brothers. Would we ever see interviews with the BoB?
A: That would be cool.

Q: Can Xcor get his face fixed?
A: He absolutely can. He feels like, I’m ugly, and I don’t give a f*ck. So I don’t know that it’s his priority.

Q: Authors will have contests where you can auction off the right to have your name in a book.
A: The problem is that’s not how it works for me. The world comes to me as is, so I can’t f*ck with it.

Q: Could we have video of the Q& A.
A: I don’t think that would work because I roam, and they’d have to have multiple cameras following me.

Q: Do the BDB & FA intersect?
A: Yes! The Creator in the FA series is the Father of the SV and the Omega.

Q: What about the twins?
A: I love the twins. I went somewhere very bad. I LOVED Sola’s grandmother. Are you familiar with ghost peppers? Have you seen those Youtube videos about a$$holes who think it’s a great idea to eat them? And their faces go red? One of my favorite scenes is when the twins start eating these things and they have no reaction. And that’s Vovó’s first clue that there’s something weird there. Yeah, I think they’ll have HEAs…but NO! Not the same one!

Q: How far do you see the series extending?
A: The series is open-ended so as long as you want to read and the Brothers’ speak to me, I’ll keep writing!

Q: Will you be back in Cincinnati?
A: As long as my boss doesn’t fire me, and the Millennium will have us back…yes!!!

Q: How do you write the books?
A: I take some verbs, some adjectives, a set of fangs, some chains…a Kleenex box…

Q: Have you ever downloaded a scene that went too far and that you couldn’t write?
A: The Lie, about Vishous, that’s the only one I can think of.

Q: Will we ever find out the relationship between Rehvenge and the Shadows.
A: Yes, absolutely.

Q: Will Lassiter save Eddie.
A: No! (Does Eddie get saved?) You’re going to have to read the book!

Q: Has Layla had her baby yet?
A: You’ll have to read the next book!

This and That…

There has been a bit of info coming out on some upcoming releases lately, so I thought I would do a little post showing some of the tidbits going around…

  • For some reason, I had thought that Christina Henry‘s Black Wings series was wrapping up, but it looks like a new book will be out on October 28th. This one is called Black Spring.
  • Thanks to everyone who sent me the links to J.R. Ward‘s appearance in Cincinnati, where she shared some major spoilers. One of them was that the next BDB book will be called The Shadows, and it will feature both Trez and iAm.
  • Laura Resnick‘s next Esther Diamond book, Abracadaver, will be released on November 4th.
  • Also on November 4th is the second book from Chris Marie Green‘s new Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series. This one is called Another One Bites the Dust.
  • Well, Kim Harrison‘s final Rachel Morgan book is coming soon. The Witch With No Name is due out on September 9th.
  • The long delayed Walker Papers book by C.E. Murphy, Shaman Rises, will finally be released on June 24th.
  • November 25th is the release date for the Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane (Meljean Brooks) novella, Night Shift. Nalini’s story is about Mercy’s brother Bastien, and Ilona’s is about Jim and Dali.
  • The next Sandra Hill Deadly Angels book will be called Vampire in Paradise, and it is due out on November 25th.
  • A new Deadtown novel from Nancy Holzner is also coming this year. Firestorm is due out on November 25th, as well.
  • Aimee Carter‘s second YA Blackcoat Rebellion book, Captive, will be out on November 25th.
  • It doesn’t have a title yet, but the 16th Love at Stake book from Kerrelyn Sparks will hit the shelves on December 31st.
  • Fans of J.D. Tyler‘s Alpha Pack will be glad to know that book 6, called Wolf’s Fall, will be out on December 2nd.
  • December 2nd is also the release date for Darkness Falls from Keri Arthur. It is the final book in her Dark Angels series.
  • Universal Alien from Gini Koch will also be out on December 2nd.
  • Kate Elliott starts a new series next February called The Black Wolves Trilogy. The first book is called The Black Wolves.
  • Book one of Kelley Armstrong‘s new Age of Legends series just comes out this week, but it looks like the second book will be called Empire of Night. It is due out sometime next year.
  • I have been keeping an eye out for info about Anne Bishop‘s The Others, and I finally scored. It looks like book three will be called Vision in Silver…bad news is it is due out next year. Sometime.
  • Also coming sometime in 2015 is the 4th Alpha and Omega book from Patricia Briggs. It looks like this one will be called Dead Heat.
  • The third and final book from Alexandra Bracken‘s The Darkest Minds trilogy will be called In the Afterlight, and it is due out on September 16th. She will follow it up with a new YA time travel duology, with book one being called Passenger, and book two being called Wayfarer.
  • Way off next February is Chaos Choreography, the fifth book from Seanan McGuire‘s InCryptid series.
  • Kerstin Gier will have another of her series translated into English next year with the release of Silver: The First Book of Dreams. It is due out on January 6th.
  • And the UK version of Amazon has a new Christine Feehan listing. It shows the next (and very, very long awaited) Ghostwalker book, Viper Game, as a January 25th release. I am starting the countdown as we speak.

Anything interesting? Which ones are you most excited for?

From the Author Pages…

Yep, updating time yet again. What with some new cover art out and all, I thought I would actually get some updating done on the author pages, and I came across a few new tidbits along the way…

  • The second book from Alexandra Ivy‘s new Sentinels series will be called Blood Assassin, and it will be out next January 6th.
  • Alyssa Day‘s long delayed Alejandro’s Sorceress, a novella from her Warriors of Poseidon series, will be released in an anthology called Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance. Amazon doesn’t have a pre-order listing for it yet, but Goodreads shows it as an April 14th release. Other authors include Jennifer Ashley, Laurie London and Caris Roane, among others.
  • Wow. It looks like 2015 will see a new series from Chloe Neill. Details are sketchy as yet, but there is a brief teaser synopsis…

After humans overcome a shocking attack by supernaturals centered in the Crescent City—the Second Battle of New Orleans—supernaturals are forced into a walled community known as the District. It’s not good—or safe—to have magic, so Claire Connolly risks everything when she uses her secret magic to protect a friend. Claire quickly learns the world is more complicated than she ever knew . . . and allies are hard to come by.

  • I have said this before, but Christine Feehan is getting back into a break-neck writing pace…which is great. There have been a few updates about each of her four ongoing series, some of which I have already mentioned (but here goes again). She already has the next two Sisters of the Heart books done after Air Bound, which are called Earth Bound and Fire Bound. Cat’s Lair is the next Leopard book, and it will see a return to Texas. The hero is the shifter who donated to Drake to allow him to be able to shift again after his leg was badly injured. The next Ghostwalker book (Wyatt’s story) will be Viper Game, and she will be starting the one after that shortly. Spider Game will also be back in the Bayou, and both stories will focus on the mysterious team four. And finally, the next Dark book is also in the works, and it looks like it will be called Dark Ghost. Whew.
  • And finally, it looks like Thea Harrison will continue to add to her Elder Races series with frequent e-novellas. Coming in at #6.6 is Pia Saves the Day, which is listed as a June release…

pia saves the dame

In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…

Ok, that wraps up this update. Have you heard anything new to share?

Random Stuff and Cover Lover

Well, sometimes timing just works out perfectly. Last night I finished up the quick little character guide for the first book of The Innkeeper Chronicles, and today the first chapter of book two was upped on Ilona Andrews‘ site. This one is called Sweep in Peace, and as before, there will be a chapter upped roughly every week with hopefully another print version to follow at the end.

Also, for those who are impatiently awaiting the next Guild Hunter book Archangel’s Shadows, Nalini Singh upped a small excerpt featuring Janvier and Ashwini. Since this is of course one of my most anticipated releases for this year, I was pretty happy to see a little something to tide me over.

On the cover side of things, there are five new ones for today. This first one is the cover for the upcoming Sookie Stackhouse anthology featuring short stories from authors like Seanan McGuire, Rachel Caine and MaryJanice Davidson. Dead But Not Forgotten is due out on November 25th.

dead but not forgottenCover #2 comes from Lexi Blake‘s Thieves series. Steal the Night is due out on June 3rd in e-format, with a print version to follow at a later date.

steal the nightThere are three young adult titles, too. Collide is the long delayed third book from Melissa West‘s The Taking series, and it is now set for a December 2nd release.

collideI must admit, I am digging this next cover. The Girl Who Never Was, from author Skylar Dorset, will be out on June 1st.

the girl who never wasAnd finally, Josephine Angelini starts up her new Worldwalker Trilogy on September 2nd with the release of the first book, Trial by Fire.

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This and That…

Just some random info and new release dates from out and about…

  • Shelly Laurenston will be going back to her Hunting Season world, in a manner of speaking, with a new three-book series. The new Crows book will be set in Los Angeles, with new characters and a new storyline.
  • Robin D. Owens will release her 13th Celta’s Heartmates book, Heart Fire, on November 4th.
  • It looks like the Queen Betsy series from MaryJanice Davidson just keeps chugging along. Undead & Unwary will be out on October 7th.
  • Looking for more Sookie? Dead But Not Forgotten is a collection of stories set in Bon Temps, written by authors such as Seanan McGuire, Rachel Caine, and MaryJanice Davidson. It will be out on October 7th.
  • The second book from Samantha Shannon‘s The Bone Season book, The Mime Order, will be out on October 21st.
  • Alexandra Adornetto starts up her new Ghost House Saga on August 26th with the release of Ghost House.
  • I didn’t even know the first book was part of a series, but Erin Quinn‘s second Beyond book, The Three Fates of Ryan Love, will be out on September 30th.
  • Fans of Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles series will have a little extra wait for the third book, Dead of Winter. It has been pushed back to January 6th.
  • October 7th is the release date for the next Jane Yellowrock book from Faith Hunter, and it will be called Broken Soul.
  • It is a bit of a wait for Suzanne Johnson‘s next Sentinels of New Orleans book, Pirates Alley. It is due out next April.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s sixth Chronicles of Nick book will be called Defiant, and it won’t be out until April of next year.
  • Moon Shifter #5 from Katie Reus will be called Hunter Reborn, and it is due out next February.
  • The next Kitty Norville book from Carrie Vaughn, Low Midnight, will be out at the end of this year.
  • Fans of Jaye Wells‘ Prospero’s War series will have to wait until next March for the third book, Deadly Spells.
  • Christine Feehan continues her return to super-productivity. She has finished up the next couple Sisters of the Heart books already, and the long-awaited Ghostwalker book, Viper Game. And after that, there will be a new Leopard book due called Cat’s Lair.
  • Jennifer Estep‘s Black Widow will be released November 25th. Hard to believe the Elemental Assassin series is already up to book #12. The blurb is out already…

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

  • Sometimes my best guesses just don’t work out. I had assumed that the hero from the Ilona Andrews‘ upcoming Burn for Me would be the fire Prime, Adam Pierce. The blurb proved me wrong, though…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more
dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

So, that is about that for this week. Any gossip or juicy news to share?

Arcana Chronicles Makeover…

I must be behind the times, because I was surprised when Amber sent over some news about Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles series. First off, it looks like book #3, Dead of Winter, won’t be released until next January 6th. It is a little later than I had heard originally, but not too major a pushback. Also, it looks like the first two books in the series are getting a bit of a facelift. Poison Princess will be re-released in paperback format on August 19th, and Endless Knight will make its paperback debut on September 2nd.

How do you feel about changes in cover design in the middle of a series? I can’t even count how many have gone this route lately – especially in YA trilogies. The hardcover version of the first book will have one design, and then the paperback re-release and books two and three will be totally different. I am not a fan for the mid-stream switch, even when the design changes for the better. My shelves, dammit! Must. Look. Matchy!

Here’s a side by side comparison…

poison princesspoison princess

endless knightendless knight

What do you think of the new design? I wasn’t a huge fan of the Photoshop jobs in the originals, but I didn’t hate them, either. Will you be picking up the new versions, or sticking with what you have? I would imagine that book three will follow the new design, just to toy with my emotions, so no more awkward Photoshopping to point and laugh at.

This and That…

After a great few days for finding new cover art, I thought I would do just a random post about some info I also came across. This is a bit of a mixed bag, but hopefully you will find something interesting…

  • many thanks to Darchelle M., who let me know that Christine Feehan has announced that there is another Ghostwalker book on the horizon. Viper Game, from all indication, will be Wyatt Fontenot’s book (Raoul’s brother and member of the mysterious team four). If the schedule holds, then we could have our hands on this in her usual December/January release spot.
  • I am not sure how many of you followed the recently wrapped up e-serial Bane Chronicles from Cassandra Clare, but the pre-order links are now up for the hardcover release as well. It will be out on November 11th.
  • I had seen a couple of references around to Gena Showalter‘s next Lords of the Underworld book (The Darkest Touch, due out November 25th), and someone called “the Red Queen”. I had no clue what that was about until I found the cover blurb earlier today…

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet….

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

  • also from blurb-landia comes the one for Night’s Honor, which is the next Elder Races book from Thea Harrison that is due out on September 2nd…

In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison’s latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…

On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…

  • fans of Robin D. Owens will be glad to know that the second book of her new Ghost Seer series, Ghost Layer, will be out on September 2nd. But, really? Ghost Layer?

That is about it. What about you, have you heard or seen anything interesting about upcoming releases?

This and That…

newsOn the blog side of things, I did get off my butt and get the author pages updated (“Coming Soon” meant January 15th), and all of the Series List pages have been updated to show which series are complete. I did list some that are soon to be completed as complete, as well, as long as the purchase links were available.

While updating things, I did come across a couple of tidbits…

  • Alyssa Day has had some personal issues that have caused a bit of a delay in her release schedule. There is no word on the next Warriors of Poseidon book, but the second book from the League of the Black Swan has been pushed back from its May release, new date to be determined. You can read about it on Alyssa’s blog HERE
  • The first two-chapter excerpt for the next Ilona Andrews‘ Kate Daniels book, Magic Breaks, has been upped to the author’s blog, found HERE. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!
  • Sigh. This is me, sighing. It looks like there has been yet another long push-back for Karen Marie Moning‘s next Fever book, Burned. Originally scheduled for early this year, it was pushed back to July. But nope, now it will be a January 2015 release.
  • Not sure if I mentioned this before, but the title of the third Arcana Chronicles book from Kresley Cole will be Dead of Winter, and it has a tentative release set for October.
  • There are only a few days left until Rule Breaker comes out, and Lora Leigh has upped an excerpt over on her Facebook page. A decently sized, seemingly grammatically correct excerpt. You can find it HERE.
  • We are also chugging down to the release of the first Vampire Academy movie, Blood Sisters. Author Richelle Mead had a Twitter chat that addressed some concerns people seem to have about the tone of the movie, since the trailers and posters seem to have a more slap-stick vibe than the books did. You can find the chat transcript HERE.
  • C.L. Wilson has given a bit of an update about her upcoming projects. The previously delayed Winter King is still on schedule for a July release, and while it was originally to be a stand alone book it now looks like it will be a trilogy. Two other characters stood out and sort of demanded they have their stories told, as well. Also, the rumored book for Bel and Galen from the Tairen Souls series are still a go, as well, and she is actually writing Bel’s story now.

There are a ton of titles to add to the new release pages over the coming days, and I should be finished with a quick little character guide for Clean Sweep, too. Back to work!

From the Author Pages…

Just a couple of quick little bits I found while updating the author pages and new release pages the last couple of days…

  • The fifth and final Jennifer L. Armentrout Lux book, Opposition, will be coming our way this August, and it looks like there will be a bit of a change in cover design. Gone are the two trademark models who have been on all of the covers so far – they are popping up on more and more covers of late, and so the Armentrout team has decided to go in a new direction. They will also be re-releasing the first four Lux books (with the new cover design) in two duologies. Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx) and Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin) will be out on June 3rd.
  • After a couple of years of suffering some health issues, Christine Feehan seems to be back up to speed (and then some). She is gearing back up to a four book a year schedule, and maybe even five. Right now, she has Dark Wolf on January 7th, then the third Sisters of the Heart book, Air Bound, on May 27th. Dark Blood will be out in September, and she has already written the next two (!) Sisters of the Heart books, Earth Bound and Fire Bound. Right now, she is working on a Ghostwalker book (and it sounds like it is Wyatt Fontenot’s story).
  • Good news from Darynda Jones, too. There will be another Charley Davidson book released on October 21st, called Seventh Grave and No Body.
  • I don’t know why, but I sort of had it in my head that Reaver was the end of the line for Larissa Ione‘s Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. Nope. Revenant (featuring Revenant and Blaspheme) will be out late next winter.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s next Belador book will be called Demon Storm, and it will be released sometime in 2014.
  • A while back, I had re-rumored that the next Thea Harrison Elder Races book was to be Graydon’s. That is what I like to call…WRONG. In a surprise twist, the hero of the upcoming Night’s Honor will be Xavier del Torro (Nightkind king Julian’s right hand man). Look for it sometime next year, as well.
  • And finally, next December, Eileen Wilks will release World of the Lupi #11, which will be called Unbinding.

So, that about wraps that up. Any of them on your must buy list?