Just a quick note to say that I have upped a Character Guide for Anne Bishop‘s The Others series. Of course, since there is only one book out as yet it wasn’t like I worked a miracle, but it was good to do a review before the release of book two on March 4th, Written in Red.
The Others Character guide can be found HERE
As I was doing my bi-weekly author page updates, I found a treat from Darynda Jones. I don’t know how I missed it, but she has upped two short stories from her Charley Davidson series – or one story from two points of view, rather. A rather spicy Christmas scene from both Charley’s and Reyes’ POVs. As usual, they are both fun and hot…but there is a spoiler if you haven’t yet read Fifth Grave Past the Light.
Charley’s side of things is called Shimmer…HERE
Aaand Reyes’ is called Glow…HERE
Well, the holidays are over, and after a quiet stretch hopefully things will get back to normal now. While I haven’t been posting much, I have been doing a bit behind the scenes (honest!). The 101+ Series section will be up-to-date with the newest recommendations by tomorrow, and I have updated the 2014 New Release section with a bunch more titles, too.
I just wanted to let you know that for some reason, WordPress is being a pain in my ass and not updating correctly sometimes. That means that there might be a discrepancy between the yearly summary and the monthly breakdowns (I add the info to both, but it will only show up on one). I will be going through and making sure both are correct tonight, as well.
And finally, I will have all of the Character Guides up to date by the middle of the week, too. I was behind on the Arcana Chronicles and Elder Races, but I have finished the notes and now just have to add them.
That’s about it. Back to work…
Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season! Many thanks to all who have taken the time to comment and take part in Wicked Scribes.
It seems like only a couple of months ago that I was excited to find out what new books would be heading our way in 2013. Well, after a year that absolutely flew by, I am now starting to look ahead to 2014. There are quite a few that I am anxious to get my hands on, that is for sure. So, in no particular order, my top 14 for 2014 are…
- Magic Breaks – Ilona Andrews
- Burned – Karen Marie Moning
- Shield of Winter – Nalini Singh
- Dark Skye – Kresley Cole
- Visions – Kelley Armstrong
- Night Broken – Patricia Briggs
- Murder of Crows – Anne Bishop
- Rule Breaker – Lora Leigh
- Up From the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
- The Darkest Touch – Gena Showalter
- City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare
- Cress – Marissa Meyer
- Dark Wolf – Christine Feehan
- Hunt the Darkness – Alexandra Ivy
This list will probably change subtly as new releases are announced (like the Avon series from Ilona Andrews is a biggie for me, when details become available). What does your list shape up like? What are you most excited for heading into the new year?
Wow, I didn’t realize how big of an undertaking the 101 Series to Read Before You Die page was going to be, or I might’ve chickened out. It did make me realize that I totally blow at trying to summarize a whole series into a single paragraph (er, especially for the series I haven’t read yet).
There are five sections – Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Epic Fantasy, and Young Adult. Series are categorized by these five genres, and ordered alphabetically by series title.
Thanks to all of you and your recommendations, we actually have 125 series on the list…and that will continue to grow. Feel free to keep adding anything you feel deserves to be recognized…I already have a couple that I might add to the YA section.
On a side note, I have started to pick up a few of them myself that I might otherwise have given a pass. Not sure my wallet or my bookshelves will approve, but it is fun.
Thanks again, everyone. Your help was much appreciated.
I can’t actually tell you how I came across it, but I found what seems to be a really good site for bargain books. The Book Outlet (formerly BookCloseOuts) ships to Canada, the US, and International. The International shipping is based on weight and destination, but Canada and the US are pretty straight forward.
For Canada…$3.99 for shipping and $0.75 cents per item (CDN dollars)
$4.74 for a one item order
$5.49 for a two item order
$6.24 for a three item order
$6.99 for a four item order
For the US…$3.99 for the first two books and $0.50 cents per item (US dollars).
$3.99 for a one or two item order
$4.49 for a three item order
$4.99 for a four item order
$5.49 for a five item order
I waited until a couple of orders had come in to check the quality before I said anything, but so far the three orders I have placed have been perfect. I wouldn’t try the “scratch and dent” stuff, but I have bought hardcovers and no issues at all.
The savings are great. I placed an order for Hidden by Sophie Jordan ($4.79), Endlessly by Kiersten White ($4.79), Tempest by Julie Cross ($4.79), and Crewel by Gennifer Albin ($3.99), all hardcover. Shipping and tax and everything the four books came to $26.61. The only downside is that when a title is sold out, it is gone for good. It is a great fun to browse, though.
The only difference between these books and those bought through Amazon and company is that there is a small marker dot on the bottom. Here is my copy of Spellcaster, for example..
And the bottom mark…
Has anyone else tried The Book Outlet? Anything there you might be interested in?
Another week, another book I am looking forward to. I have read the first three Dragonfury books from Coreene Callahan, and as I have said before they have a very strong early Black Dagger Brotherhood vibe (which is not a bad thing, at all). I would say that if you were a fan of the first books in J.R. Ward‘s mega-series, you would probably enjoy Fury of Desire, too.
Of all of the warriors in the Nightfury pack, none is more complicated or more damaged than Wick. Emotionally scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick can barely stand the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets newcomer J.J. Solares. When J.J. is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and return her to the family fold. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, even among his beloved brothers in arms. Venturing into the world to seek justice for J.J. may be more than he can bear.
Meanwhile J.J. fights for her life at the hands of brutal prison guard Griggs. When she winds up in the hospital she sees no hope for things getting better. But events take a dramatic turn when she and Wick encounter each other. The connection they share is unlike anything either has felt before. J.J. believes she is hallucinating when she sees the majestic dark-haired god sweep in to save her, and Wick is shaken to his core by the attraction he feels for J.J. For the first time in his life, he finds himself wanting to get close to a woman.
After J.J.’s rescue, the two retire to Wick’s mountain home, where J.J. recovers from physical injury while attempting to help Wick recover from his emotional ones. But neither is out of harm’s way yet. And when they find themselves in the center of a Dragonkind war, they are forced to make the ultimate choice between surrendering to their fears or each other’s love.
Any other fans of the Dragonfury books? Did you get the Ward vibe like I did, and what did you think of it?
Just another quick little post to let you know what is going on. One more day to enter to win a copy of Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Legion (draw ends Friday night). I wanted to say that I try and make a point of answering anyone who leaves a comment on the blog, but I don’t usually on the giveaway posts since it makes it easier to keep track of how many entered. Hope no one gets offended.
Still working on the “101 Series” page. You have been leaving some great recommendations, and it is much appreciated. I had to take a couple of days off from adding them, since I had gotten behind on the regular site updating and crap, but I hope to add a couple of new titles per night.
On the subject of the “101 Series” section, feel free to keep adding any recommendations you like. And some of these series are books I haven’t read myself so if you see some oddly worded, totally vague summary feel free to correct me. I am searching through author comments, summaries and reviews and trying to mash them together for a description, and sometimes it is a bit…awkward.
Oh, there was quite a large batch of new books added to the New Release sections over the last week or so, so you might want to check that out. The monthly sections have also been updated with recent covers and blurbs, but the yearly summary is still wonky. I will be updating that hopefully by early next week.
That’s about it. Back to work.
Another week, another cover-lover post, but just 6 of them this time around. The first one is actually a re-release from Keri Arthur. This new version of Circle of Desire will be out on April 1st.
The next one is from Hanna Martine. Drowning in Fire is part of her Elementals series, and it is due out on April 1st.
Gini Koch‘s next Kitty Katt book, Alien Research, will be released on December 3rd.
Book three of Suzanne Lazear‘s Aether Chronicles, Fragile Destiny, will be released early next year.
I have heard good things about Moira Young‘s Dust Lands series, and it looks like the final book, Raging Star, will hit the shelves on April 15th.
And this last one is Phoebe North‘s Starbreak. It will be out early next summer.
I have ordered the first two books in the Dustlands series, which should be delivered shortly. But I am pretty much unfamiliar with the rest of the titles. Any fans of any of these.