New Series Alerts…

That time of the week again, when we spotlight the new series coming our way, and there is just one to look forward to. Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade series, starts her new Inventor’s Secret world with the release of The Inventor’s Secret.

the inventor's secretSynopsis…

New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.

Are you checking out this newbie? I have the Nightshade books on Mount TBR, so I think I will try that out before I get into the new one.

New Series Alerts…

I am still working on adding series to the “101 Series to Read Before You Die” page, and it looks like Amazon has a few new pre-order titles that I will be adding to the new release pages tonight (like Shield of Winter).

On the new series front, there is only two to mention. Andrea Cremer, writing under the name A.D. Robertson, gives the adult treatment to her Nightshade series with the release of Captive. It is the first book of the Forbidden Side of Nightshade series.

captiveSynopsis…

The first adult novel set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Nightshade series, Captive delivers a steamy, forbidden romance between sworn enemies drawn together by an irrepressible desire.

Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers—witches who have embraced dark magic—he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle.

But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan’s infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together—only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.

Captive explores the darker side of the richly imagined Nightshade universe, a fantasy world of powerful dark witches, shape-shifting wolf warriors, and fascinating history. The first of three erotic novels, Captive delves deeply into the fiery, illicit romance of two young lovers whose very desires invite their doom.

The next one is young adult. Lauren Kate, author of the Fallen books, starts her new Teardrop series this week with the release of the first book, also called Teardrop.

teardropSynopsis…

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

I think I preordered Teardrop, but since I haven’t even touched the Nightshade series which is still sitting on my TBR, I doubt I will be picking up Captive for a while. Are you trying either of these new series out?

This Week in E-books…

Most of this week’s e-book offerings come from the YA side of things. The lone adult title is the start of a new e-series from author Lisa Kessler. Story one from the Moon series is called Moonlight.

moonlightSynopsis…

Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

These next ones are all YA. I recently read the first book in Alexandra Bracken‘s The Darkest Minds series, and I quite liked it. In Time is story #1.5.

in timeSynopsis…

Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skip tracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.

The Bane Chronicles from Cassandra Clare continues with the release of the 4th story, called The Midnight Heir.

the midnight heirSynopsis…

Magnus thought he would never return to London, but he is lured by a handsome offer from Tatiana Blackthorn, whose plans—involving her beautiful young ward—are far more sinister than Magnus even suspects. In London at the turn of the century, Magnus finds old friends, and meets a very surprising young man…the sixteen-year-old James Herondale.

And finally for this week, Andrea Cremer‘s Nightshade Prequel series continues with the release of Stolen Souls.

stolen soulsSynopsis…

Bosque Mar, the source of dark magic in Andrea Cremer’s New York Times bestselling Nightshade series, enters our world for the first time in Rift. This short story chronicles what happens when he–and his wraiths–arrive in the village of Dorusduain, a village that disappears in Rift.

What are you planning on reading this week? I will probably be getting the Darkest Minds book to keep up with the series, but I will be holding off on the Nightshade novella until I finally get the books off of the TBR pile.

New Release Info…

newsIt is time again for a double-check on all of the authors listed in the Series Reading List pages. I have finished A-D, and between that and a random search there were a couple of interesting things I came across…

  • The second book in Jean Johnson‘s Guardians of Destiny series will be called The Grove, and it will be released on December 3rd.
  • The October 29th Black Wings book from Christina Henry now has a title. It looks like this one will be called Black Heart.
  • Kate Locke‘s third Immortal Empire book will be called Long Live the Queen, and it will also be released on October 29th.
  • Cold Blooded, the third book from Amanda Carlson‘s Jessica McClain series, will be released on October 8th.
  • It looks like Caris Roane‘s Ascension series is indeed ending. Born in Chains, her October 1st release, is part of a new series called Men in Chains.
  • August 27th is the release date for the next Kerrelyn Sparks book, this one called The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • If you are a fan of Cat Adams‘ Blood Singer series, the sixth book will be called To Dance With the Devil and it will be out on November 5th.
  • The release date is TBA, but it looks like Midnight Breed #12 from Lara Adrian will be called Crave the Night.
  • November 5th is also the release date for a G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin novella. No other info available as yet.
  • The second book of Alyssa Day‘s new League of the Black Swan series will be called The Unforgiven.
  • There will be another Morganville Vampires book from Rachel Caine. This next one will be called Daylighters, and it will be released on November 5th.
  • This October, Jacqueline Carey will release the second book of her new Agent of Hel series, Autumn Bones.
  • The second book from Gail Carriger‘s spin off from her popular Parasol Protectorate series, Curtsies and Conspiracies, will be released on November 5th.
  • Dakota Cassidy‘s 8th Accidental Friends book, The Accidental Werewolf: Something About Harry, will be coming out on December 3rd.
  • This December, Andrea Cremer returns to her Nightshade world with the release of book 4, Snakeroot.
  • There is some Kresley Cole news that I was happy to hear. Book two of her YA Arcana Chronicles series, Endless Night, will be coming out on October 1st, and the second Dacians book (title TBA) will be released on December 3rd.

Here is the blurb for Endless Night, and by the sounds of it things are about to get very interesting…

          In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Cover Lover – Snakeroot

Well, this was a surprise. Over on Bookish, I saw a cover for Andrea Cremer‘s upcoming Snakeroot, which will be the fourth book of her Nightshade series. The only thing is, I thought that the Nightshade series stopped at a trilogy. It appears that Cremer is “pulling a Moning” (totally trademarking that one), and returning to her most popular work, but switching point of view to a secondary character. Instead of Calla Tor, Snakeroot will focus on Adne and her struggle to adjust to post-Witches War world of the Searchers.

snakeroot

I do love these covers – of course, the first three are waving from the TBR mountain as I type. Snakeroot will be hitting the shelves in December.

The Fifty Shades Effect…

So, do you remember the “old days” when it was shocking that successful authors decided to jump on the bandwagon and write paranormal romance?  And then there was another wave we are pretty deep into where everyone was going young adult?  Well, now it looks like the Fifty Shades effect has fully kicked in, and everyone is going erotic trilogy (and some of it is also from Twilight fan-fiction.  Go figure).

  • Sylvia Day has seemingly dropped her Renegade Angels series (for now) in favor of her super successful Crossfire erotic trilogy.  She has had a lot of success from these books, so I can’t really blame her.
  • Maya Banks just signed a seven figure deal from Penguin’s Berkley books for an erotic trilogy called Breathless.  Book one is called Rush, and will be out next February.  Fever will follow in April, and Burn will finish it off in August.
  • From the world of Twilight fan fiction which actually spawned Fifty Shades comes another erotica series, this one from author Sylvain Reynard.  He scored a “substantial seven figure deal” with Penguin’s Berkley for two books, Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, due out in print next year.  Both are already available in e-format.
  • In one of the stranger deals I saw, Nightshade author Andrea Cremer will be writing an erotic trilogy for adults…set in her Nightshade world.  I think that is the first time I have heard of YA and erotica in the same world, but I might be wrong.
  • A 1980’s series from Anne Rice, written under the pen-name A.N. Roquelaure, has been re-released.  The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release are apparently on the shelves now.

So, what do you think?  Flash in the pan, or the next big thing?  It seems to be where the money is, by the size of some of those book deals, but it isn’t really a trend I find myself getting behind.  I think maybe for me, it is just that they all read the same (and this is from the chick who has a hundred versions of vampire books.  Heh).

New Series Alerts…

This week is huge, huge, huge for new releases, and there are a couple of new series firing up, too.  This first one is from author Vivian Arend and her Takhini Wolves series, called Black Gold.

Synopsis…

Lone wolf Shaun Stevens’s automatic response to the words “happily ever after”? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he’s begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

One thing’s for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin.

When Gemmita Jacobs steps off the plane in Whitehorse, Yukon, it’s about more than her caribou research project. It’s her declaration of independence from an overprotected upbringing. Except there’s something in the air she can’t quite define—something that unexpectedly rouses her mating instincts.

Moments after their eyes lock, the deed is done—and done thoroughly. When the pheromone dust settles, though, all the reasons they don’t belong together become painfully clear.

It’s enough to make a wolf learn a whole new set of cuss words…

Takhini Wolves reading list can be found HERE.

Another new one (or first time in print, if I am not mistaken), is Heaven and Hellsbane.  It is from Paige Cuccaro‘s Hellsbane series.

Synopsis…

Emma Jane Hellsbane just unwittingly triggered a whole bunch of nephilim to come into their powers—and this new army has teamed up with Bariel, demon straight from Hell, who’s made it his mission to kill all the magisters on Earth. When they come after Eli, Emma and Officer Dan must work together to save him, but this makes Eli all the more tempted to Fall for Emma. And his fighting his feelings for her means Heaven has taken notice.

Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim and Fallen angels, she’s defending her womanhood to the judgmental Seraphim angels, too, who want to separate Eli from Emma Jane. Can she protect Eli, Officer Dan, and find her rogue father? For Emma Jane, it’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.

Hellsbane reading list can be found HERE.

Michelle Rowen returns to her Sarah Dearly world with a spin off series, called fittingly enough Sarah Dearly.  Book one is called Blood, Bath and Beyond.

Synopsis…

Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life as a fledgling vampire, satisfying her cravings at vampire-friendly blood banks. But when her fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…

Being engaged to a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a job with the Ring. Thierry’s in for fifty years of nonstop travel and deadly risk. It’s enough to make any woman reconsider the wedding…any woman except Sarah, that is!

Traveling with him to Las Vegas for his first assignment, they encounter a child beauty pageant contestant from hell, as well as a vampire serial killer leaving victims drained of blood, potentially exposing the existence of vampires to the whole world. But when Thierry’s truly ancient history comes back to haunt him, and he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it’s up to Sarah to clear his name before their immortal lives come to an end.

The Sarah Dearly reading list can be found HERE.

Bannon and Clare is the name of the new series from Lilith Saintcrow.  This first book is called The Iron Wyrm Affair.

Synopsis…

Emma Bannon, Prime sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t much help that they dislike each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The Bannon & Clare reading list can be found HERE.

From the young adult side of things comes Glitch.  It is the first book from the Glitch series from Heather Anastasiu.

Synopsis…

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

Glitch reading list can be found HERE.

The popular Nighshade series from Andrea Cremer gets the prequel treatment with the release of Rift.

Synopsis…

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer’s internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

The Nightshade Prequel reading list can be found HERE.

Amanda Hocking kicks off a new series called Watersong with the release of the first book, Wake.

Synopsis…

Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone’s attention, including the eye of practical Harper. But it’s her sister, Gemma, they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all – carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. She craves late night swims under the stars, where she can be alone yet belong to the sea. Lately she’s had company. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove–and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.

Watersong reading list is HERE.

I have been seeing this one all over the place for the last couple of months.  The series started off with a series of e-novellas, but the first full book of Sarah J. Mass‘ Throne of Glass series is also called Throne of Glass.

Synopsis…

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

The Throne of Glass reading list can be found HERE.

Cover Lover – 14 New Titles

There are quite a few to show this time around, and many of them came from Goodreads.  Some came from authors blogs and websites, as well.  This first one is from J.D. Tyler‘s Alpha Pack series.  Black Moon is due out on December 4th.

Through the Ever Night is the second book from Veronica Rossi‘s Under the Never Sky series, and it is due out on January 8th.

This next one is from a new series starting at the end of this year by Coreene CallahanKnight Awakened is the first book of the Circle of Seven series.

The Program, from author Suzanne Young, is due out on April 30th of next year.  It is the first book of the series also called The Program.

I thought this one was pretty.  Rise is the second book from Andrea Cremer‘s Nightshade spin-off series, due out on January 8th.

I still have the last two of these to read.  I am so, so far behind.  Born of Fury is the next book in Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s The League series, due out next year.

Lilith Saintcrow (as Lili St. Crow) will release Nameless on April 4th of next year.  It is the first book of the Tales of Madness and Beauty series.  And I want that chick’s hair.

I didn’t even realize that there was a fourth book due out for Kimberly Derting‘s Bodyfinder series until I saw it posted on Goodreads.  This one is called Dead Silence, and it will be released on April 16th.

Yasmine Galenorn is really good about upping her new coverart early.  This one is the cover for her upcoming Otherworld novel, Haunted Moon.  Look for it on January 29th.

Kate Cross‘s second Clockwork Agents book, Touch of Steel, will be out on December 4th.

This next one…frightens me.  Badly.  A Touch Menacing is the third book of the Touch Mortal series from Leah Clifford, due out on March 5th.

Lauren Oliver‘s third and final Delirium book, Requiem, will be released on March 5th.

Almost done.  The first book of Claudia Gray‘s upcoming Spellcaster series, also called Spellcaster, will be released on March 5th.

And this last one is from Rebecca MaizelStolen Nights is the follow-up to Infinite Days, and it should be hitting the shelves on February 5th.

Which one is your favorite?  Mine is Andrea Cremer’s Rise, while A Touch Menacing is still scaring me.  Good lord, the eyes!

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

The new covers seem to be trickling out at a pretty steady pace recently, which is nice (I am still looking for the next Kresley Cole, and I found Ilona Andrew’s Gunmetal Magic, but only in black and white).  This time around we are looking at five newbies, the first of which is from Rachel Caine and her Morganville Vampires series.  Bitter Blood will be released in hardcover on November 6th.

Another one from the Young Adult is Rift, the first book in the Nightshade prequel series from Andrea Cremer.  This one is due out on August 7th.

Jacqueline Carey will be starting up a new series called Agent of Hel, and the first book will be called Dark Currents.  It is due out on October 2nd.

Well, last year J.R. Ward‘s first Black Dagger Brotherhood book, Dark Lover, was re-released in hardcover.  Now it looks like it is Lover Eternal‘s turn.  Not much change from the original mass market coverart, but I am still enjoying them.  This one will be out on November 6th.

And finally, another one from J.R. Ward.  This September will bring the release of the fourth Fallen Angel book, Rapture.  It will mark the first book in the series to be released in hardcover, as well.  There has been a bit of a look change for this one, but I guess that was to be expected.

New Additions

I have found a couple of more titles to add to the new release pages, a lot in the Young Adult side of things.

  • Cynthia Eden will be contributing to a new anthology next September called Howl For It.  Not sure yet on the other authors involved.
  • The fourth book of J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series is rumored to be called Rapture.  It will be out at the beginning of next September.
  • Desire the Night is a new one coming from Amanda Ashley.  It should be available on September 4th.
  • Melissa de la Cruz will start her Blue Bloods spin-off series called Wolf Pact next September with the release of book one, also called Wolf Pact.
  • Author Kira Brady will be starting her Deadglass Trilogy next August with the release of the first book, Hearts of Darkness.  This one sounds interesting.
  • Book #11 of the Celta’s Heartmates series from Robin D. Owens will be coming out next August 7th.  It will be called Heart Secret.
  • This one is a bit different.  Michelle Rowen will be returning to her Immortality Bites world with a new series.  The Sarah Dearly books will start up again next October with the release of Blood Bath and Beyond.
  • Lilith Saintcrow will start an adult oriented series next fall called Bannon & Clare.  Book one will be called The Iron Wyrm Affair.
  • The second book of the Anna series from Kendare Blake will be called Girl of Nightmares (great cover, too).  Look for it next August.
  • Even though Andrea Cremer‘s Nightshade trilogy wraps up early next year, there will be at least two more books from that world.  Billed as a prequel series, the Nightshade Companion books will include next August’s Rift, and will be followed by Rise in 2013.
  • And finally the third book of the Halo series from Alexandra Adornetto will be called Heaven, and is scheduled for release on August 21st.