New Series Alerts…

Time again to take a couple of minutes and see what is starting up this week. Let’s start off with the Baba Yaga e-novella from Deborah Blake called Wickedly Magical.

wickedly magicalSynopsis…

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Barbara Yager loves being one of the most powerful witches in the world, but sometimes she’d rather kick back in her enchanted Airstream with a beer in her hand than work out how to grant the requests of the worthy few who seek her out.

But when a man appears with the token of a family debt of honor, Barbara must drop everything to satisfy the promise owed by her predecessor—and she isn’t above being a little wicked to make sure the debt is paid in full…

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Serena Gilley also starts her Forbidden Realm series this week with the release of Kissed by the Wave.

kissed by the waveSynopsis…

Beyond the limits of sight, magical beings live in the Forbidden Realm. The two worlds were once connected, but the desires of man forced their separation. Now, desire may bring them back together . . .

Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can’t seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Her body and soul have never been drawn to anyone like this before. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water.

Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created-until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya’s mortal form is only temporary. If they don’t have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever . . .

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There is just one young adult series to highlight this week, and it comes from Ann Aguirre. Mortal Danger is the first book of the Immortal Game series, and it will be followed by two more books.

mortal dangerSynopsis…

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

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So, there we have it for another week. Which ones of these will you be checking out?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Just a quick post to show a trio of new covers – two of whom have the same vibe going on. It appears that there has been a bit of a title change on the upcoming series from Gail Carriger. Originally, Prudence was to be the first book of the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series, but now it will be called the Custard Protocol series. Either way, it will be released sometime next year.

prudenceThis second one is from Amanda Carlson and her Jessica McClain series. Red Blooded is due out on September 2nd.

red bloodedThis third one is Mortal Danger (originally to be titled Mortal Beauty) from Ann Aguirre. It is due out on August 5th.

mortal dangerI wasn’t expecting two purple/pink covers for this post, but they are eye-catching. Are any of these on your TBR list?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have been updating the monthly New Release listings over the last couple of days, and they should have the most current dates available (The yearly summary will be updated tonight). One thing I discovered is that Entangled Publishing is doing its…thing…again, and either pushing back a lot of their scheduled releases, or seemingly cancelling the print version of quite a few titles in favor of e-releases, only. If there was anything by them in particular you were looking forward to, you might want to take a peek and see if things are still on schedule.

On the cover side of things, there are seven for today’s post. From the adult selections, there will be a new Parallel Parks book from Bailey Cunningham called Path of Smoke, and it will be released on July 29th.

path of smokeNext up is Spirited from Mary Behre. It is the first book from her new Tidewater series, and it is due out on March 4th.

spiritedAnd Spirited will be followed by Guarded, book two of Mary Behre‘s Tidewater series, on August 5th.

guardedNext up is Havoc from Ann Aguirre. It is the second book of her Dred Chronicles, and it will be out in September.

havocNow, by the title of this one, I figure it is the last book from Hanna Jayne‘s Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles, but I might be mistaken. Under the Final Moon is due out on August 5th.

under the final moonThese next few are all young adult titles. Zoe Marriott‘s second The Name of the Blade book, Darkness Hidden, will be released on July 3rd.

darkness hiddenCara Lynn Shultz‘s first Dark World book, also called The Dark World, will be released on May 27th.

the dark worldThat is about it for today. There will be quite a few new additions to the New Release sections over the coming days, so keep an eye out to see if there is anything you have been waiting for.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Just a quick post today before work, since I was too lazy to do it after work last night (a sign of getting old). I didn’t follow the free serial that Ilona Andrews posted on their site, hoping instead it would be released as a full book somewhere down the line. It looks like Clean Sweep is slated for e-format release this December, instead.

clean sweepThe second book of Alyssa Day‘s League of the Black Swan series, The Unforgiven, will be released on May 6th.

the unforgivenThis next one is from author Brooklyn Ann. One Bite Per Night is due out on April 1st.

one bite per nightSilver Mirrors, the second book from A.A. Aguirre‘s Apparatus Infernum series, will be released on April 29th.

silver mirrorsNow on to the YA. Strange and Ever After from Susan Dennard, which is the third book of her Something Strange and Deadly series, will be released on July 22nd.

strange and ever afterThis next one is for Sweet Reckoning, which is the third and final book in Wendy Higgins‘ Sweet trilogy. It will be released on April 29th.

sweet reckoningAnd May 13th is the release date for Of Neptune, which is the third book in Anna Banks‘ Syrena Legacy trilogy.

of neptuneAre you looking forward to any of these? I am going to check out Clean Sweep, of course, and I am reading the second book of the Syrena Legacy series now so I will be getting Of Neptune, as well.

New Series Alerts…

Time again to see what new series are starting up this week. Coming from Ann Aguirre is Perdition, the first book in her Dred Chronicles series.

perditionSynopsis…

WELCOME TO HELL.

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.

Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first. Unfortunately, that’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…

And the second one starting this week is Kait Ballenger‘s new Execution Underground series. The first book is called Twilight Hunter.

twilight hunterSynopsis…

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind–or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

I think the Execution Underground sounds interesting…there was a short prequel novella that came out in the After Dark anthology with Gena Showalter.

New Series Alert…

I was surprised that there was only three new series getting their start this week, since usually the last week of every month is chock full. Ann Aguirre‘s new Apparatus Infernum gets its start with the release of the first book, Bronze Gods.

bronze godsSynopsis…

Before the Architect closed the door, there were regular crossings, and a great war decimated both humans and Ferishers. The native fae who refused to treat with the invaders faded; their bodies withered and died, stranding them as hungry, angry spirits that haunt the countryside.

That means there’s always trouble brewing in Dorstaad.

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. He’s a hardboiled cynic with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s determined to justify her promotion as the first female detective in her division. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city.

But when the second body surfaces, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood… and only Mikani and Ritsuko can unravel the intricate, lethal conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan, unleashing old, forbidden magic on an unsuspecting populace. If the maniac succeeds, it could mean the end of everything…

And on the more erotic PNR side, Kate Douglas fires up her new Spirit Wild series this week. The first book is titled Dark Wolf.

dark wolfSynopsis..

Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes.

Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel.Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?

And Suzanne Young‘s new Program series starts this week with the release of the first book, also called The Program.

the programSynopsis…

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone.

With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

Cover Lover – Mega Edition

Wow, there has been a ton of book covers released in the last few days, most of which I got from either Goodreads or Amazon.  This first one is Black City from Christina Henry, the fifth book in the Madeline Black series, which is due out on February 26th.

I forgot to up this one last cover lover post.  Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar is the third book in Lexi George‘s Demon series, due out next February.

This first young adult cover is from the popular Morganville Vampires series.  Rachel Caine will release Fall of Night on May 7th.

Devon Monk may be wrapping up her Allie Beckstrom series, but the Age of Steam series is still going strong.  Cold Copper will be out on July 2nd.

The third book of Lynn Viehl‘s Lords of the Darkyn series, Nightbound, will be released on May 7th.

M.J. Scott‘s Half Light City series continues on April 2nd with the release of the third book, Iron Kin.

Emerald Green is the title of the third and final book in Kerstin Gier‘s Edelstein Trilogy, which is due out sometime next year.

The next Arcadia Bell novel from Jenn Bennett is called Binding the Shadows, and it will be available on May 28th.

It looks like the upcoming anthology, Enthralled, will feature a story from Lora Leigh‘s Breeds series.  There are also stories from Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, and Lucy Monroe.  Look for it on July 2nd.

The first book from Ann Aguirre‘s (writing as A.A. Aguirre) upcoming Apparatus Infernum series, Bronze Gods, now has a cover.  It will be released on April 30th.

It looks like there was a novella from the Sharie Kohler Moon Chasers series that I totally missed.  Darkest Temptation was released on October 30th.

Still going…Darkness Bred is the second book from Stella Cameron‘s Chimney Rock series, which should be available on May 28th.

Robin D. Owens will release the next book in her Celta Heartmates series, Heart Fortune, on August 6th.

This one is…pink.  Very pink.  Hearts of Shadow is the second book from Kira Brady‘s Deadglass series, which is due out on May 7th.

And finally, the cover has been released for the second book in Bec McMaster‘s London Steampunk series.  Heart of Iron will be out on May 7th.

There were a few more, but they haven’t really been put “out there” yet, so I am holding back a bit.  Which one or ones did you like from this batch?  Any that you can’t wait to get your hands on?

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

This is sort of a grab-all post, since some of these covers seemed to have slipped under my radar.  A grabbed a lot of these from All Things Urban Fantasy, so thanks again.  This first one is from the Black London series from Caitlin KittredgeDark Days is due out on April 30th.

Book cover number two is from Lauren DaneGoing Under is a Bound by Magick title, due out on February 5th.

This one is new to me.  Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duvall are teaming up for the anthology ‘Til The World Ends, which is due out on January 29th.

Amy Plum‘s If I Should Die, the final book in her Revenants series, is due out next May.

Book one of J.T. Geissinger‘s Night Prowler is sitting on Mount TBR, and the book is heading our way.  Edge of Oblivion is due out next month.

Time Thief is the first book in a new Katie MacAlister series, also called Time Thief.  It is due out next May 7th.

A while back, there was a cover making the rounds for Larissa Ione‘s Rogue Rider.  It was…ok.  Looks like there has been a redo, and it is looking way, way better.  Rogue Rider is due out on November 20th.

And this final one is from Laura ResnickPolterheist is part of her Esther Diamond series, due out on November 6th.

Zombies, the Apocalypse…and High School?

Jennifer Estep did it.  Sherrilyn Kenyon did, too.  So did Ann Aguirre and Sophie Jordan.  All of them are successful authors of adult PNR or UF who made the jump to the ever-growing Young Adult market, with either spin-off series from their existing worlds, or entirely new series.  Jennifer is heading into book four of the Mythos Academy series, and Sherrilyn Kenyon recently released her third Chronicles of Nick book.  This got me thinking about some of the other authors taking the plunge into Young Adult in the coming months, and got me wondering…

Will you follow a favorite author when they change genres?  Which ones are you most excited for, or will you bother at all?

To be fair, Gena Showalter has in fact had previous experience with young adult (she has had a few stand alone titles, and the Intertwined series), but she is mostly known for her Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress books.  Her young adult series White Rabbit Chronicles kicks off this September with the release of Alice in Zombieland.

Synopsis…

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

Now, Showalter best buddy Kresley Cole also has her own “Chronicles” starting up this year.  The Arcana Chronicles, based on the Tarot deck, will start with the release of The Poison Princess on October 2nd.

Synopsis…

Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future.

Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…

Now, this next one is a bit tricky.  Karen Marie Moning has said that the Dani O’Malley books (set in the same world as her super-popular Fever series) “uneasily straddles the line between adult and young adult”.  Iced is the first of three books, due out on October 30th.

Synopsis…

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

Darynda Jones only started her popular Charley Davidson series last year, but already her fun and quirky style has translated into a great read.  However, she is turning some of her attention to the young adult market with upcoming Darklight series.  Death and the Girl Next Door is due out on October 2nd of this year.

Synopsis…

Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?

I had almost forgotten about this one.  Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series, keeps her Steampunk world alive with a four book spin-off series called The Finishing School.  Book one, Etiquette & Espionage, hits the shelves on February 13th of next year.

Synopsis…

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries.  Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

So, which side of the coin do you fall on?


 

Random Updates…

I was just taking a look around the site, and things look a little…bland.  Might be time to play around.  Again.  Lord help us all.  A few new tidbits came up that I thought I would share.

  • 2013 will see the release of the second Unraveling book from Elizabeth Norris, this one called Unbreakable.
  • Starting in 2014, Ann Aguirre will be writing a new trilogy called Mortal Beauty.  It is “Doctor Faustus meets Mean Girls in this edgy paranormal revenge trilogy set in a dark world of secret societies, twisted bargains, and forbidden love.”  Mortal Beauty, Dire Charm and Dead Lovely will be published through 2015.
  • The second book from Brodi Ashton‘s Everneath series, Everbound, will be coming out in hardcover in January 2013.
  • The preorder links at Amazon are up for the second Pure book from Julianna Baggott, called Fuse.  It will be released on February 19th.
  • Nightbound, the third book from Lynn Viehl‘s Lords of the Darkyn series, will be out on May 7th, 2013.
  • Wicked as She Wants is the title for the second book from the new Blud series by Delilah S. Dawson.  Look for it early next year.
  • The third book of Sylvia Day‘s Renegade Angels trilogy will be called A Taste of Seduction, and it is scheduled for release next February.
  • And finally, the third book of Lauren DeStefano‘s Chemical Garden series now has a title and a release date.  Sever will be out on April 1st, 2013.