Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just a small cover lover post for today. Let’s start with Wickedly Magical, the second book from the Baba Yaga series from Deborah Blake which will be coming out on December 2nd.

wickedly wonderfulPurchase at Amazon.com

Up next is Her Lone Wolf, the second book from Paige Tyler‘s X-Ops series. It is due out on November 4th.

her lone wolfPurchase at Amazon.com

Also due out on November 4th is Waistcoats and Weaponry from Gail Carriger. It is the third book in her Finishing School series.

waistcoats and weaponryPurchase at Amazon.com

And then we have…this…fella. The second book from Alexandra Ivy‘s new Sentinels series is called Blood Assassin, and it is due out on January 6th. I do have to say, dude is not your traditional cover model. Convicted felon? Sure. Model? He may frighten me a little.

blood assassinPurchase at Amazon.com

What is your take on this mini batch of covers? Any standouts, good or bad for you?

Pick of the Week…

This week’s pick of the week took more than a bit of thought, actually. I am always happy when Christine Feehan has a new release, so that put Air Bound in the running. And I have been anticipating Roke and Sally’s story, Hunt the Darkness, ever since they were introduced in Alexandra Ivy‘s last Guardians book. But my vote has to go to Cassandra Clare‘s final Mortal Instruments book, City of Heavenly Fire. Yep, this one is going to be a whirlwind.

city of hevenly fireSynopsis…

ERCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

What is your pick of the week? Are you looking forward to seeing how the Mortal Instruments series ends, or are you excited for something else this week?

May’s Book of the Month…

book of the monthMay is shaping up to be an interesting month…a few adult books I am looking forward to, and a few young adult.  A nice balance, which is good. As always, the title chosen as May’s book of the month will also be the next giveaway, and I have chosen 10 that caught my eye. If none of these are your big pick, just check “Other”, and leave your selection in the comments section. A complete list of May’s upcoming releases can be found HERE.

Personally, this is a bit tricky to pick. I am looking forward to Sixth Grave, for sure, but Hunt the Darkness from Alexandra Ivy is one I have been waiting for since the last Guardians book. Air Bound is a biggie, since it has been forever since we have had a Sisters of the Heart book. But I think I will have to pick City of Heavenly Fire, the last book in the Mortal Instruments series. All in all, a good, solid month.

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?

New Series Alerts…

How is the holiday season treating everyone so far? Hard to believe there is only a couple of days left in 2013 – where does the time go? On the other hand, it seems like forever since I did a new series post, for some strange reason.

Three of this week’s new series were part of a giveaway I did for December, so they have already been mentioned before, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to give them another shout out. Add in a NA (New Adult) title, and we have a few newbies to look forward to. I love Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity series, and I have high hopes for her new Sentinels books, too. Book one is called Born in Blood.

born in bloodSynopsis…

Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.

This next one is from Lisa Shearin. The Grendel Affair is the first book of the SPI series.

the grendel affairSynopsis…

When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process.

Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.

Christine Warren‘s new series featuring Gargoyles starts up this week, too. Book one is Heart of Stone.

heart of stoneSynopsis…

Kees is a gargoyle, one of a group of supernatural guardians created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. In an earlier age, he and his brother warriors defeated creatures and banished them. With their duty done, the guardians settled in to sleep until a new threat arose. So why on earth would he awaken to nothing more than a small female woman?

Gargoyles are the strike force of demons, but Kees cannot see the threat. It certainly isn’t coming from Ella, but something about her must have woken him from his sleep. She must be the key to uncovering his new mission. With her by his side, he begins to unravel of trail of clues that leads to only one conclusion: somehow, the portals he and his brothers had thought were sealed have begun to open.

This last one is a New Adult e-book series from Jus Accardo. Ruined is the title of the first book in The Eternal Balance series.

ruinedSynopsis…

Hell is looking for a way to break loose…

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world’s first murderer, he’s plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it’s killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can’t outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she’s thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she’s been trying to forget.

Sam strains Jax’s control over his darkness, but running isn’t an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.

So, which of these will be heading home with you? I have Born in Blood and Heart of Stone in the mail now, and looking forward to both of them. I haven’t read anything other than their main series from either author (The Guardians and The Others, respectively), so it will be interesting to see something totally different from them.

Spotlight on…Lara Adrian

crave the nightLara Adrian‘s newsletter went out in the last few hours, and it seems like there are some big changes coming from the Midnight Breed author. Big changes…

  • We all know that Crave the Night had some major pushbacks. Originally scheduled for a February 2014 release, it now will not be out until August 5th. She goes into a bit of detail as to why, siting health and life issues rather than difficulties with the book or publishers as I usually assume when there is a significant delay in publication.
  • In some huge news, Lara also states that while Crave the Night will NOT be the last of the Midnight Breed, it will be the last traditionally published books for the series. Yep, she is going indie. She has nothing but kind words for her former publisher, Random House, but she says she believes it is the right move for her professionally. I have to admit, I have seen other authors make the decision to self publish, but usually it has been a case them carrying on on their own after their publisher pulled the plug on a series that hasn’t lived up to sales expectations. I haven’t heard of a series of this success level going that direction, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
  • Lara also goes on to say that there will be six more full Midnight Breed books, and several novellas. It sounds like there won’t be more hardcovers heading our way (with the self publishing), but they will be available in trade paperback, e-book and audio book format. Also sometime in 2014, you will be able to purchase books directly from Lara’s website, laraadrian.com.
  • She goes on to talk a bit about the 1001 Nights e-book series I mentioned a couple of posts ago (HERE). It turns out there are going to be 11 novellas in all, they are inspired by The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights.
  • While all of that would keep anyone busy, Lara also will be teaming up with Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright and Donna Grant on the Masters of Seduction series. The four novellas will focus on four succubus heroes, and should be available next summer.

Wow, so what do you think about the turn to self publishing? Lara says that she wants to have more of a say in the behind-the-scenes business of putting out a book, and that authors have little to no say in things like cover art, release dates, formats, that sort of thing. The only thing that annoys me, I admit it, is purely aesthetic. Once a series makes the jump to hardcover, I buy in hardcover. Now it will mean the early books are mass market, the middle books are hardcover, and the latter books will be trade paperback. Add into that a probable change in cover design, and it makes my OCD twitch. I can only imagine how much work it would be to be responsible for every aspect of putting a book out, but if she feels it is the right move for her career, I wish her the best.

From the Author Pages…

Updating time again. While going through the author pages, I found a couple of new tidbits to share.

  • I had high hopes that the next Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity book, Hunt the Darkness, would be Roke and Sally’s story. Well, the synopsis confirms it…

The vampire, Roke, is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he’s allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how. . .

Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that’s what Sally keeps telling herself. She’s on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won’t be easy with Roke shadowing Sally’s every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn’t sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke—or with him. . .

  • The first Phoenix Fire book from Cynthia Eden isn’t released until next month, but the pre-order links are already up on Amazon for the third one. Playing with Fire will be released on August 26th.
  • This next one is huge…at least for me. Jennifer L. Armentrout recently wrapped up her Covenant series, but it looks like a New Adult spin-off is in the works. And it features Seth. SETH! The series will be called Titans, and book one is called The Return. It is scheduled for an early 2015 release, and the author has upped a bit of info on her blog…

1. The Return will be in dual POV (Seth and our main protagonist)
2. You have NOT met the female lead yet.
3. The female lead has absolutely no knowledge of gods and any of that
4. Since it’s a Titan novel, you can expect… the Titans.
5. Apollo will be all up in the book, because well, it’s Apollo and I sort of like him.
6. Deacon and Luke will make appearances, but other main characters will not be featured in this series. (Not giving details to avoid as much spoilers as possible)
7. The biggest difference is that the Titan series will be New Adult paranormal. And here’s the reason why. I never gave Seth’s birthday, but he’s always been well over the age of 18 years old, and I really have no real reason bringing him into a high school environment without making him look like a creeper. And he already has enough creeper tendencies as is, so he really is too old for YA. Does that mean the book will be inappropriate for younger readers? Absolutely not.  Will it have more adult content? Probably. I mean, Seth was always borderline inappropriate, but my YA books have that, so….
8. And it will be releasing in early 2015, tentatively February 2015 in both print and digital.

Ok. Anyone else excited thrilled we haven’t seen the last of Seth? This made my day.

New Series Giveaway Winner…

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First off, I just wanted to say thanks to all who left comments in the New Series Giveaway post…I don’t usually respond in the giveaway threads, so it is easier to keep track of entrants. But Happy Thanksgiving to you all, as well.

There were 40 entrants for the giveaway of December’s Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush, Born in Blood from Alexandra Ivy, The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin, and Heart of Stone from Christine Warren. The randomly chosen winner was #10…

Larissa {Larissa’s Bookish Life}

Congratulations, Larissa. I will be contacting you shortly for your details. Tomorrow there will be another giveaway going up, for December’s Book of the Month.

Giveaway…December’s New Series

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Well, after a couple of days of completely ripping my house apart (strange how buying a couple of new things makes you want to replace everything), I am in the mood to shop. In that vein, I thought I would do a decent-sized giveaway in time for Christmas…which is very, very rapidly heading our way.

On to the details…this giveaway will be for ALL FOUR of the new PNR/UF series that are starting up in December. If you are interested in winning copies of Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush, Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy, Lisa Shearin‘s The Grendel Affair, and Christine Warren‘s first Gargoyle book, Heart of Stone, just enter your name in the comments section below. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random. Good luck!

dragon awakenedDragon Awakened…

They are the Hidden.
Not quite human. Far from normal.
And never, ever safe…

Playing With Fire

Ruby Salazaar wants answers…and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath—Cyntag—leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself.

Burned By Love

Ruby changed Cyn’s life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn’t foresee the danger—and desires—Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control…

born in bloodBorn in Blood…

Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.

the grendel affairThe Grendel Affair…

When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process.

Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.

heart of stoneHeart of Stone…

Kees is a gargoyle, one of a group of supernatural guardians created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. In an earlier age, he and his brother warriors defeated creatures and banished them. With their duty done, the guardians settled in to sleep until a new threat arose. So why on earth would he awaken to nothing more than a small female woman?

Gargoyles are the strike force of demons, but Kees cannot see the threat. It certainly isn’t coming from Ella, but something about her must have woken him from his sleep. She must be the key to uncovering his new mission. With her by his side, he begins to unravel of trail of clues that leads to only one conclusion: somehow, the portals he and his brothers had thought were sealed have begun to open.

I will order all of the books for the winner at the same time, but since the books are released throughout the month of December, they will be shipped as they become available. Which one of these are you most looking forward to?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

It seems like I am getting covers in groups of four lately, and today is no exception. This first one is from Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity series. Hunt the Darkness will be released on June 3rd.

hunt the darknessNext up is Cassie Alexander‘s Bloodshifted, from her Edie Spence series. It is due out on July 1st.

bloodshiftedThere is a new series coming from Seanan McGuire next year called Ghost Stories. Book one, Sparrow Hill Road, will be released on May 6th.

sparrow hill roadAnd this final one is from author Christine D’Abo. Quicksilver Soul is from her Shadow Guild series, and it will be out on April 1st.

quicksilver soulI am really looking forward to Hunt the Darkness…I can’t remember the characters names, but in the last book I found the beginning of their story more interesting than the main characters’ was. Any of these looking like something you will be checking out?