Site Updates…and I Feel Dirty

So, today is the day for my pick of the week, except I don’t actually have one. So scratch that. Then I thought I could post some newsy stuff, except I haven’t found anything that grabbed me. Instead, looks like I will do a little site update post instead.

  • I have gotten a few emails asking when certain character guides will be updated to include the most recent book in whichever series. I got really, really behind when I was doing the Kate Daniels guide, because I set a deadline and had to work on it for a long time to get it done by that date. I am going through the list and updating them in order so I don’t miss any, so best I can say is that they are in progress. Promise.
  • Quite a while back, I started changing the links on the Series Reading List pages from Amazon.com to Goodreads, and that is still chugging along. I am about half way through, so it might be odd if one link takes you one place, and the next link takes you to the other. I also took the opportunity to do a little tweaking here and there, and to be honest I deleted some authors. I got rid of the ones that either you never hear about, or have some obscure series from way back when and never did anything else. Hopefully I didn’t get rid of anyone’s favorites, but it did need a clean up.
  • Oh, and I am still in the process of updating the author pages to include all works by that author, whether paranormal or not. And that leads me to the whole feeling dirty part. I just finished the Lora Leigh page, and I have to admit that I felt like a perv for a good part of it. Some of those covers made me cringe to upload to my blog, honestly. I would only add the covers late at night, in case my father wandered by and wondered what kind of kink I was into. I seriously considered skipping her section. So, if you check it out, be warned – some seriously hideous cover art awaits.
  • On a personal note, I finished watching the first season of Bitten…and I liked it. There were a few changes, but that didn’t bother me. I can only say I had three issues. One – Elena was a bitch to Clayton for longer than I thought she needed to be. Two – Logan’s girlfriend was too damn stupid to live. Everytime she was told to stay somewhere, she left and was promptly kidnapped. Every. Damn. Time. What part of STAY was hard to grasp? And Three – what was Nick wearing? Seriously, I got a seventies porn star vibe from his whole wardrobe. Skin tight red pants and his mom’s green polka dot shirt? This was actually preferable…

NickOk, what are you up to this week? Anything exciting?

 

New Series Alerts…

Wow, there is a whole lot of not much going on this week in terms of new series – or new releases in general, this week. Meh, good week to hit mount TBR. The only new series this week is from Donna Grant, and it is the e-book LaRue series. The first book is called Moon Kissed.

moon kissedSynopsis…

BROUGHT TOGETHER BY CHANCE

For years, Addison Moore worked herself ragged to achieve her goals. Close to earning her degree, the contents of a shocking letter rip her world to shreds. In an attempt to forget, she wanders into a bar, unknowingly changing her life forever. Suddenly she’s surrounded by the supernatural she thought only myth and stalked by an evil priestess intent on her death. Her only chance is with an enigmatic man who makes her want to forget everything just to be in his arms.

BOUND TOGETHER BY CIRCUMSTANCE

Myles LaRue was content owning a bar and hunting evil in the French Quarter. He wasn’t looking for love, especially after the tragedy his family already experienced. But when the exquisite Addison Moore walks into his life, he can’t help but be charmed. Despite the dangers surrounding them, Myles comes to one conclusion – against the odds they found each other, and now that they have, he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

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Hm, this is an honorable mention, I guess. It isn’t a new series, but rather a bind up of previously released short stories available for the first time in print. Cassandra Clare‘s The Bane Chronicles features 10 short stories featuring warlock Magnus Bane.

the bane chroniclesSynopsis…

Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I’ve teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.

Look for short stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotel Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway). Each story will be available as an ebook on a monthly basis starting April 16 with the tale of What Happened In Peru.

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What are you picking up this week? I will be getting The Bane Chronicles, although I didn’t bother to pre-order them, but that looks like it for me this week. Time to go back and order a few new books from older series – probably Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld.

Chloe Neill’s The Veil…

Romantic Times today debuted the cover for the first book in the upcoming Devil’s Isle series from Chloe Neill. The Veil has a release date of August 4th.

the veilSeven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

I am looking forward to this one. The Chicagoland Vampires is a good, solid read for me – not at the top of my list, but I enjoy them when I read them – and so that gives me high hopes for this one, too. Anyone else planning on checking out Devil’s Isle?

Nalini Singh’s Rock Hard…

When word came down earlier this year that Nalini Singh had somehow, secretly, started writing a third series, I was completely shocked. Happy, but shocked. I almost passed it up, however, because stories where one or both of the characters are famous are never my favorite thing (as I said before, I find them too far fetched. Vampires? Sure. Celebrities? Not “real”). But, because it was Nalini, I read Rock Addiction and ended up really enjoying it.

Now, I know some people loved Rock Addiction, and some…not so much. But no matter what side of the fence you fell on, I think pretty much everyone can agree that Charlie and T-Rex pretty much stole the show. I was a bit bummed when I thought that maybe Charlie and T-Rex would have to wait until the rest of the band had their books, but not only are they up next, but Nalini has released the official blurb for their book, Rock Hard (Heh, nice).

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Now, it just looks like we will have to wait until next March to get it. Or, if you are like me and must torture yourself, there is a small excerpt over on Nalini’s blog

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

After a quiet couple of days, there are a few new covers to spotlight. Let’s start off with the next Leopard series book, Cat’s Lair, from Christine Feehan. It is due out on April 28th.

cat's lairPurchase at Amazon.com

This next one is from Jenn Bennett and her Roaring Twenties series. Grave Phantoms is out on May 5th.

grave phantomsPurchase at Amazon.com

Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne‘s On the Hunt anthology is due out on August 25th.

on the huntPurchase at Amazon.com

Heading into the young adult covers, this first one is from Victoria Scott. Salt and Stone is due out on February 24th.

salt and stonePurchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Torn from Avery Hastings, which is due out on June 23rd. It is the second book in the Feuds series.

tornPurchase at Amazon.com

This one is Deviate, from author Tracy Clark. It is the second book of the Key Light Trilogy, and it is due out on March 3rd.

deviatePurchase at Amazon.com

And these final two are from Amanda Hocking. Ice Kissed is the second book in the Kanin Chronicles series, due out on May 5th.

ice kissedPurchase at Amazon.com

The third book of the Kanin Chronicles series is called Crystal Kingdom, and it will be out on August 4th.

crystal kingdomPurchase at Amazon.com

Which of these are you looking forward to? Any covers making you want to break down and pick up the book when it is released?

October Wrap Up…

Well October was a big, big month for some great books, both existing and new series. I thought since we probably all managed to tear through them, we could maybe give our impressions.

Archangel’s Shadows: Nalini Singh‘s latest Guild Hunter novel featured Ashwini and Janvier, with a big helping of Elena and Raphael. I actually was lucky enough to have Nalini send me an ARC, which was awesome, but I still loved the book. Ash and Janvier were long-time favorites, so to finally get their story was a real treat. But not only did I like their arc, but the developments for several other characters, as well. Just when I think I have a favorite of the seven a new one pops up and steals the show, and this time around it was the mysterious Naasir. I can honestly say that at this point, I just can’t choose who I like more. Another great installment of a favorite series.

Seventh Grave and No Body: Darynda Jones‘ latest was a bit different for me. I liked it, but can’t say I loved it. There was a lot going on, a lot of development for the characters, and a ton of action, but there were times Charley just didn’t do it for me. I think it is like Doug said in his review – she skimmed the border of TSTL in a few cases. As always, her heart was in the right place, but she still needed to calm down a bit in a few cases. I do have to say that it is a pivotal book, and definitely not one to miss if you are a fan of the series, but it isn’t one I will grab for a re-read.

Burn For Me: What can I say? This new series from Ilona Andrews‘ was one I have been anticipating for months and months, and I was starting to worry that maybe I had built it up too much in my head and it couldn’t live up to my expectations. Totally wrong – I really, truly loved it. Great characters, lots of action, very cool world-building that wasn’t bogged down like I found the first Kate Daniels book. It hit the ground running, and didn’t need a ton of set up to make you understand what was going on. I am notoriously hard on female characters, but Nevada became an instant favorite. Ditto Mad Rogan. I know I sound gushy, but it was one of my top reads of the year, and I am stoked for the next one (whenever it may be). I have already read it twice, actually, and it was just as good the second time around.

What did you think of your big reads this month? Anything stand out for you, good or bad? Did October’s releases live up to the hype, or leave you wanting more?

A New Slave to Sensation…

So Nalini Singh has upped the cover for the soon to be republished Slave to Sensation, which is the very first novel of the Psy/Changeling series. According to Nalini, it is set to hit the shelves sometime next summer, which immediately made me hope and dream it will be out in hardcover (you know, the shelving issues and all). I don’t know what format it will be in as yet, but what do you think?

New cover…

slave to sensationAnd just to compare, let’s take a gander at the original cover from back in the day…

slave to sensation originalI love reprints, actually. I have to say, the original cover almost turned me away from reading what would become one of my favorite series of all time, so I am all in favor of a new take on it. I know I will be picking this up for sure, no matter if it is paperback or the dreamed about hardcover. How about you?

 

New Series Alerts…

For some reason, I had it in my tiny brain that this week was full of new adult series starting up. Not sure why, since in fact there isn’t any at all. But, there are three new young adult series to look forward to, so it isn’t a total loss. Claudia Gray‘s first Firebird book comes out this week, and it is called A Thousand Pieces of You.

a thousand pieces of youSynopsis…

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

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Now, this next one is the most annoying one to type out, mainly because I can never remember either the series name or how to spell it. Tonya Kuper‘s Anomaly is the first book of the Schrodinger’s Consortium series. Try spelling that one fast.

anomalySynopsis…

The world is not what it seems. What the general population thinks is reality, is an illusion. The forefathers of quantum physics, Shrodinger & Heisenberg, were on to something. A small percentage of people can create reality simply through the act of observation.

Josie Harper doesn’t believe it at first either. But then weird things happen – events she can’t explain or ignore.

When Reid Wentworth rides into town with his sexy smile and smart-ass attitude, talking of Anomalies and Pushing, Josie wants to push him right out of her life. But Reid’s training stints show Josie how right he is – and how much she needs him…in so many ways.

And now, their secret race in on the verge of civil war. Josie has to make some tough choices. Some of them could cost her life, some could cost all of humanity’s.

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And the final one for this week comes from Juliet Marillier. Dreamer’s Pool is the first book of her new Blackthorn and Grim series.

dreamer's poolSynopsis…

In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she’ll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.

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I might pick up A Thousand Pieces of You, but other than that it looks like I am getting off easy this week. Anything new (or new to you) for this week?

November BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerYep, even though October’s book (or books, in my case) was just released, it is time to get ready for November’s. Last month, for me, was all about Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews. And November? Er, still all about Nalini and Ilona. My own personal choice also ended up being voted as November’s pick, and that was Night Shift, an anthology featuring a Jim and Dali story, a Psy/Changeling novella about Bastien, and stories from Milla Vane (Meljean Brook and Lisa Shearin.

If you would like to win a paperback copy of Night Shift when it is released on November 25th, just leave a comment in the comment section below, and maybe say which story has you most excited. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through Random.org. Good luck!

night shiftSynopsis…

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.