Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

After yesterday’s seven covers, I figured that was it for a couple of days. Of course, I found 6 more today just to prove me wrong…and this batch is a bit more interesting than the last one. First up is the collection of stories from Patricia Briggs‘ Mercyverse, Shifting Shadows, which will be released on September 2nd.

shifting shadowsThis next one is for Undead and Unwary, the next book from the Queen Betsy series from MaryJanice Davidson. It is due out on October 7th.

undead and unwarySamantha Shannon‘s second book, The Mime Order, is up next. It is due out on October 21st.

the mime orderThe re-release of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark Hunter series in hardcover continues with Night Play on September 30th.

night playNumber five is from J.D. Robb and her In Death series. Festive in Death is due out on September 9th.

festive in deathAnd finally, this next one is from Jacqueline Carey. Poison Fruit is the third book in her Agents of Hel series, and it is due out on October 7th.

poisoned fruitWhat do you think of this batch? The Mercy book is pretty as always, but the rest are pretty, too. Any favorites?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

It looks like it is time for another cover post. There are seven in this batch, but nothing that really jumps out at me and says “you must read me!”. This first one is from the upcoming Hellhound series from Caitlin Kittredge, Black Dog. It is due out on October 28th.

black dogUp next is the cover for Low Midnight, which is the next book in Carrie Vaughn‘s Kitty Norville series. It is due out next January.

low midnightKeri Arthur‘s re-releasing of back titles continues with Penumbra, the third book of her Spook Squad series. Look for this one on October 28th.

penumbraMelissa F. Olsen‘s Hunter’s Trail is up next. It is the third book from her Scarlett Bernard series, and it will be available on September 2nd.

hunter's trailThese next two are young adult novella covers. Outcast is a novella from C.J. Redwine‘s Defiance series, and it will be out on July 1st.

outcastAnd Stardawn is a prequel from Phoebe North‘s Starglass series, which will be released on June 3rd.

stardawnAnd finally, we have the cover redesign for upcoming Lux series bind-ups. The first four titles in Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series will be re-released into two volumes called Lux: Beginnings and Lux: Consequences, on June 3rd. This is the cover for Consequences. I have to say, I liked the original ones better. These look like magazine covers to me, for some reason.

lux consequencesSo, there you have it for today. Anything stand out for you? What is your take on the new Lux design?

Pick of the Week…

Last night I finally read Jennifer Ashley‘s latest Shifters Unbound novella, Feral Heat. For some reason, I always thought that Jace Warden was, well, one of the youngsters, so I was surprised it was his story (and that he was in his mid 40′s). Anyways, that was to get me ready for this book, my pick of the week, which is Wild Wolf. Graham and Missy’s story has been building for a couple of stories now, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

wild wolfSynopsis…

In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward pack stability. After losing his first mate long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. Besides, even if he was inclined to choose a new mate, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned pack.

But Misty is going through a crisis of her own, one that brings danger and death to the pack. With the wolves doubly convinced that there needs to be a shake-up, Graham must now defend his leadership and save the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Any other fans of this series? I know early reviews have been a bit mixed on this one, but I am hoping that I fall on the positive side of things.

Cover Lover – Burn for Me

I have made absolutely no secret that I cannot wait for the new Ilona Andrews series, Hidden Legacy. Subtle is not my middle name. So, you can imagine my happy-happy when I did my daily cover browse…and saw Burn For Me. A book isn’t a real book until I get the cover art, so this makes it all official. This is one of my most anticipated reads this year, and October 28th cannot come fast enough.

burn for me

April BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerBy what can only be described as a monster margin, you chose J.R. Ward‘s The King as April’s book of the month. I know a lot of people are not fans of the hardcovers, so lets work it like this. If you would like to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment in the comment section. Mention if you would like the hardcover version, or the Kindle edition. I am not quite sure how “gifting” works through Amazon, so if you can hold my hand through the procedure and tell me what to do I will give the e-book format thing a shot (scary). We can see how that goes. If you wish to chose one of the OTHER books from the book of the month poll, that is ok, too.

Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through random.org. Let’s shut this puppy down, say, Wednesday at midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

the kingSynopsis…

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

–Black Dagger Brotherhood reading list HERE

Happy April Fools Day!

New Series Alerts…

That time again…and it looks like there is a trio of new series starting up this week to look at. This first one is from Virna DePaul. Turned is the title of the first book in the Belladonna Agency series.

turnedSynopsis…

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

–The Belladonna Agency reading list is HERE

This second one is from Cynthia Garner. Vampire’s Hunger is the first book in her new Awakening series.

vampire's hungerSynopsis…

Kimberly Treat is one of the best necromancers Akron, Ohio has ever seen. Normally her necromancy sessions go off without a hitch. She raises the dead, takes up to half an hour to get questions answered, and then lets the dead go back to their eternal rest. Except…the last dead person she raised refuses to rest and bites the medical examiner. Two days later the ME becomes ill with fever. Soon, there’s a worldwide pandemic and civilization has spiraled out of control.

Everyone blames Kimber. Hell, Kimber blames Kimber. And she’s still trying to figure out what went wrong. The only thing she knows is that the power she normally taps into in order to raise the dead-something called the Unseen-feels dark. And now it reaches for her instead of allowing her to draw its energy as needed.

It doesn’t help that sexy vampire Duncan MacDonnough appoints himself her protector. Not that she doesn’t need one-anyone who hears her name instantly hates her, and there are plenty of folks out there who are more than willing, even eager, to act on that hatred. But she doesn’t need a vampire protecting her, especially since he won’t tell her why he’s protecting her. She has to wonder what his hidden agenda is.

Besides, who’s going to protect her when hunger flares in his eyes?

–Awakening reading list is HERE

And finally, we have Ghost Seer from Robin D. Owens. It is the first book of the Ghost Seer series.

the ghost seerSynopsis…

There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts…

When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. And when she locks eyes with sexy—and living—Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either.

A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. Not that she minds. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing Zach more and more—and not just for help.

–Ghost Seer reading list is HERE

I think I am going to check out Ghost Seer. I haven’t gotten into the ghost thing much, and it would be a nice change. Also, it would be a good introduction to Robin D. Owens, since I haven’t tried anything else by her as yet. Are any of these on your weekly wish list?

Show Heart of Obsidian Some Love…

voteThe yearly dabwaha event is down to the elite eight, and one of the finalists is one of last year’s best books,  Nalini Singh‘s Heart of Obsidian. It is up against a book I haven’t actually heard of before, Captive Prince by CS Pacat. Captive Prince has a slight lead, but it is still anyone’s game at this point.

Voting wraps up soon, so if you haven’t made your choices yet, maybe stop by and show Nalini some love.

*Edit…well, looks like by the time I finally got around to posting this, the poll was closing. That will teach me to hit “publish” before work, not after.

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?

Will you be checking out The Magisterium?

question markAuthors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare are teaming up for a 5-book series called The Magisterium, which will focus on reluctant but magically gifted Callum Hunt. At first glance, one can’t help but draw comparisons to the other magical boy sent to a magic school. You know the one I mean. So, the question is, will you be giving The Magisterium series a try when the first book, The Iron Trial, is released on September 9th, or is this just too Young Adult?

the iron trial

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will — is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It’s a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

Sometimes I struggle a bit with what actually to include here on the blog. The Adult fiction is easy enough to classify, but the whole Young Adult/New Adult thing can get a bit tricky, and now I wonder what YA is just too young to bother with. Personally, while I haven’t read Harry Potter, I did very much enjoy the Percy Jackson books which are aimed at this same demographic. Will the fact that is it by two very well known authors sway you to try it, or will you be giving it a pass?