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.
The second book of Alyssa Day‘s League of the Black Swan series, The Unforgiven, will be released on May 6th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Kittredge. Dark Days is due out on April 30th.
Book cover number two is from Lauren Dane. Going 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 Resnick. Polterheist is part of her Esther Diamond series, due out on November 6th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am thinking that there should be quite a bit of new info coming out soon, since the first quarter of the year is nearly done, but to tide us over I have four new covers to up. After a false alarm last week, it looks like there is now an official cover for Ann Aguirre‘s Outpost. This one is due out on September 4th.
Next up is Fury’s Kiss, the next book in the Midnight’s Daughter series from Karin Chance featuring Dorina Barasab. This one is scheduled for release on October 2nd.
Now, I was surprised by this one. The cover for Rogue Rider just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the Lords of Deliverance series, but this is what Amazon is listing as the cover (at least for the Kindle edition). This Larissa Ione story will feature Reseph, and will be out on November 20th.
I saved my favorite one for last. Now, I am not sure about yet another spin-off for Jacquelyn Frank‘s original Nightwalkers series, but it looks like yet another one is in the works. This series will feature the Bodywalkers, and the first book is called Forbidden. Look for it on October 30th.
Half way through the month already. God, time is zipping along. This first cover is from the second book from the new Cassie Alexander Nightshifted series. Moonshifted is due out on November 27th.
Next up is Death’s Rival, the next Jane Yellowrock novel from Faith Hunter. This one is due out on October 2nd.
Ann Aguirre recently upped the cover for her next Sirantha Jax novel, Endgame, which is an August 28th release.
The fourth book from Donna Grant‘s upcoming Dark Warrior series will be called Midnight’s Warrior. This one will be out on November 27th.
I have to admit, my one time love for Christine Warren‘s The Others series has taken a beating the last few books, but I have been waiting to get my hands on Tess and Raphael’s story, and this is it. November 27th is the release date for Drive Me Wild.
Last one this go round is from D.D. Barant and the Bloodhound Files. Undead to the World will be out on November 27th.