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?

February BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerI have to say, I was surprised by the choice for February’s book of the month. I figured that it would be pretty close, but that Lora Leigh‘s Rule Breaker would squeak by with a victory.

Nope.

It looks like the book of the month instead comes from Chloe Neill and her Chicagoland Vampires world. Wild Things is book number nine of the series, and it has a release date of February 4th.

If you would like to win a print copy of Wild Things, just drop a line in the comments section below. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random. Let’s have this one end on Sunday night, Midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

wild thingsSynopsis…

Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

Reading Roundup…

bookWell, while I didn’t manage to keep my three-books-a-week pace up for this week, I still consider it a major, major win. That is because I finally made it through a monster book that has been uneasily sitting on the top of the TBR mountain…Lover at Last. Potential Spoilers ahead…

Lover at Last – Good lord, I have a complicated relationship with this latest one from J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood. The thing is, as much as I have been invested in the series over the years, a male/male story has never really interested me, and that is pretty much why it took me almost a year to get to it. Once I started, though, I dove back into the world pretty quickly and found myself quite involved with the story.

The thing is, though, that the long-awaited Qhuinn and Blay story ends up playing such a small role in the book overall that sometimes it was hard to remember that it was actually their book. I have always been a Qhuinn fan, and he did steal every scene he was in, but there were so, so many other threads and storylines going on that it almost got hard to keep track of. I actually had to write them down to keep track of what was going on. There was Blay and Saxton, Qhuinn and Layla and her pregnancy, Layla and Xcor, Xcor and the Bastards, Assail and the Lessers, Assail and Sola, Trez and his destined mate, Trez and Selena, and the return of Luchas. Add onto that the starting of Wrath and Beth’s next storyline, and it was a very full book. It wasn’t one that you breezed through, for sure, and I found myself liking some parts more than others.

I enjoyed Qhuinn coming to terms with who he is, but I found Blay a bit of a non-entity. Layla was more of a nuisance (until her last scene with Xcor), and Xcor and the Bastards just slowed things down. The whole drug-angle with Xcor/Lessers/Assail seemed a bit pointless, too. I did really enjoy Assail and Sola’s story – I think for me it was one of the highlights of the book. Trez’s angle definitely has potential, and I found myself very much liking the Shadows. Another highlight for me was the Brotherhood itself. The original gang played a large part in the story, and I realized I had missed V, Butch and the gang. I was especially happy to see Phury back as not only as the Primale, but as a full part of the Brotherhood. I thought he got a raw deal being shuffled off to deal with the Chosen, but he was very much a full Brother again in Lover at Last, and that made me happy.

After having read this one, I do have questions about featuring Wrath and Beth again in the next book. At where it stands now, to me it would make more sense to go either the Xcor/Layla, Assail/Sola, or Trez/Selena route. Wrath and Beth feels like a step back rather than ahead. Although, if The King follows the path of Lover at Last, all of the other storylines will get more than their share of time. In summary, after wimping out for months, I was glad I finally got around to Lover at Last. It was a bit of a roller-coaster, with both highs and lows, but things were never, ever boring.

Howling for You (novella) – This Chicagoland Vampires e-novella featured Jeff Christopher and Fallon Keene, and the shifter side of things. I enjoyed this fast little read, and I would love to see more from the shifter world. Jeff has always been a favorite, and I was glad to get to know him a bit better. He has always been the sweet, geeky nerd, but here we also get to see the strong, lethal predator he is. I was expecting to see at least a cameo from Merit and company, but this story was vampire-free. You don’t miss anything vital to the series if you don’t pick this one up, but it is a fun addition to Chloe Neill‘s world.

So, what did you read this week? Anything exciting? What did you think of Lover at Last and Howling for You?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have been in the process of updating the new release dates, and I was surprised to find a few new covers I missed over the last couple of days. Must’ve been off my game or something. Anyways, this first one is from Chloe Neill and her Chicagoland Vampires series. Blood Games will be released on August 5th.

blood gamesThis second cover is from Caris Roane. Chains of Darkness is due out of July 1st.

chains of darknessCharlaine Harris is starting up a new trilogy next year called Midnight, Texas. The first book is called Midnight Crossroad, and it is due out on May 6th.

midnight crossroad_front mech2.inddGrim Shadows, the second book from Jenn Bennett‘s Roaring Twenties series, will be released on June 3rd.

grim shadowsRevenant, the next book in Kat Richardon‘s Greywalker series, will be released on August 5th.

revenantThese last two are young adult. The P.C. Cast House of Night novella compilation, Kalona’s Fall, will be released on July 29th.

kalona's fallAnd finally, the print edition of the Throne of Glass novellas from Sarah J. Maas, called The Assassin’s Blade, will be released on March 13th.

the assassin's bladeWhich of these are you most looking forward to? I am a book behind in the Chicagoland Vampires series, and while I haven’t read anything from Charlaine Harris I find myself interested in her new trilogy.

 

New Release Dates…

I have been pretty steadily adding titles to the New Release pages lately, rather than making one monster update every month or so, but this week there were quite a few notable pre-order links that whoed up on Amazon.

  • Sparrow Hill Road, which is the first book of Seanan McGuire‘s upcoming Ghost Stories series, will be released on May 6th.
  • Charlaine Harris will start a new series next year that is a little less supernatural in flavor than Sookie Stackhouse, but still veers towards the paranormal. The new series will be called Midnight, Texas, and the first book will be called Midnight Crossroad. Look for it on May 6th.
  • The 4th book of M.J. Scott‘s Half Light City series, Fire Kin, will be released on May 6th.
  • The next rumored Meredith Gentry book from Laurell K. Hamilton, A Shiver of Light, now has a release date. It is due out on June 3rd.
  • It looks like Jess Haines will be releasing another H&W Investigations book. Enslaved by the Others is due out on July 1st.
  • Ilona Andrews revealed that the cover for Magic Breaks will be made public on October 31st, and now Amazon has the preorder up with the date listed as July 29th.
  • Kat Richardson‘s next Greywalker book, Revenant, will be released on August 5th.
  • Black Ice is the title of the second Mist book from Susan Krinard. It is due out on August 12th.
  • Shield of Winter from Nalini Singh, which will feature Vasic, will be released on June 3rd.
  • August 5th is the release date for Chloe Neill‘s next Chicagoland Vampires book, Blood Games.
  • Fans of Victoria Scott‘s Dante Walker series will be glad to know that book three is in the works. The Warrior is due out on May 6th.
  • The fifth and final book from Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series, Opposition, will be out on August 5th.
  • The Immortal Crown is the title of Richelle Mead‘s second Age of X book, and it will be released on May 29th.

Which of these are you most excited by? Shield of Winter is at the top of my list, along with Blood Games and Opposition (even though I hate to see the Lux series end). Magic Breaks in hardcover is a huge one for me, and I might even try out Charlaine Harris’ new one, too.

Cover Lover – 13 New Titles

It looks like there was a decent crop of covers released in the last few days, or at least my peek over at Goodreads turned up some I hadn’t seen before. First up is Forged, the fourth book in Jacquelyn Frank‘s World of Nightwalkers series. It is due out on April 29th.

forgedThis next one is the cover for the upcoming Chicagoland Vampires novella by Chloe Neill. Howling For You features Jeff Christopher, and it will be out on January 7th.

howling for y ouDarkest Flame, the next book in Donna Grant‘s Dark Kings series, will be released on April 29th.

darkest flameAlexa Egan‘s next Imnada Brotherhood book, Warrior’s Curse, will be released on April 29th.

warrior's curseVirna DePaul fires up her new Belladonna Agency series early next year with the release of Turned. It is due out on April 1st.

turnedThe third book in Amy Raby‘s Hearts and Thrones series now has a pretty cover, too. Prince’s Fire will be released on April 1st.

prince's heartNext up is Fury of the Demon, which is part of Diana Rowland‘s Kara Gillian series. It will be out on January 7th.

fury of the demonThere is a new anthology heading our way featuring several favorite authors like Charlaine Harris and Seanan McGuire. Games Creatures Play will be out on April 1st.

games creatures playLisa Kessler‘s second book from her Moon series, Hunter’s Moon, will be released in e-format in a couple of weeks.

hunter's moonNow on to a few young adult titles. I have been hearing a lot about author Libba Bray recently, but I still haven’t tried any of her books. Her next Diviners novel, called Lair of Dreams, will be out on April 22nd.

lair of dreamsThe third and final book of Jessica Spotswood‘s Cahill Witch Chronicles series, Sisters’ Fate, will be out next spring.

sisters' fateAmy Plum is starting a new series next year called After the End. The first book is also called After the End, and it will be released on May 6th.

13601681And the final one for today is the cover from Kiera Cass‘s upcoming print anthology of her novellas from The Selection. Featuring the stories The Prince and The Guard, The Selection Stories will be released on February 4th.

selection stories

New Release Dates…

I have been pretty up to date on the new release pages lately (there were times that I was behind by well over 150), and there will be a few more added over this coming week. There are a few that I have been looking forward to…

  • The next Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity book, Hunt the Darkness, will be released on June 3rd.
  • The next Angels of Darkness book from Gena Showalter will be called Burning Dawn, and it will be Thane’s story. It is due out on April 29th. On a side note, it looks like there will just one more book each in the Alien Huntress series and its spin-off Otherworld Assassin series. No word yet on release dates, however.
  • The final book in Cassandra Clare‘s the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, will be released on May 27th.
  • There are a couple of new Dark Kings books from Donna Grant coming out in 2014. Darkest Flame will be out on April 29th, and Fire Rising will follow on June 3rd.
  • There won’t be much time to wait between Belladonna Agency books from Virna De Paul. Turned will be released on April 1st, Awakened on April 29th, and Revealed sill hit the shelves on May 27th.
  • There is a new series coming from Kristen Painter. The Crescent City series, which will be set in the same world as her House of Comarre books, will start on May 13th with the release House of the Rising Sun.
  • Charley Davidson #6, written by Darynda Jones, will be called Sixth Grave on the Edge. It is due out on May 20th.
  • The third Julie Kagawa Blood of Eden book, The Forever Song, will be released on April 29th.
  • Bloodshifted, the next book in Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence series, is due out on July 1st.
  • Caris Roane‘s next Men in Chains book, Chains of Darkness, will also be released on July 1st.
  • There is a bit of a wait for the next Bloodlines book from Richelle Mead. Silver Shadows is due out next August.
  • August is also when the next Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill is due out. It is called Blood Games.
  • Apparently there is another Laurell K. Hamilton Meredith Gentry book coming your way. A Shiver of Light is due out next June.
  • Born of Fury from Sherrilyn Kenyon was due out earlier this year, but things got a bit wonky and it was pushed back indefinitely. Turns out the new release date is July 1st of next year.
  • Rebel is the title of the next book from Cheryl Brooks‘ Cat Star Chronicles series, and it will be available on July 1st.
  • Vampire Trouble is the next title in Sara Humphreys‘ Dead in the City series, and it is due out on July 1st.
  • Elizabeth Staab‘s next chronicles of Yavn book, Hunter by Night, will be released on June 1st.
  • It looks like Terry Spears‘ next Jaguar Shifter book will be called Jaguar Hunt, and it is due out on June 3rd.
  • The third book in the Celestial Blues series from Vicki Pettersson, The Given, will be released on May 27th.
  • A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that there is a Beautiful Creatures spin-off series from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl due out next year. It looks like the first book, Dangerous Creatures, is showing as a May 27th release on Amazon.
  • and Kerrelyn Sparks will release a new book on April 29th called How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying).

Are any of these on your must-buy list? I know there are a few that will be heading my way.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Time for another cover lover post. I got most of these from Amazon, but I am still hunting for Night Broken and a decent version of Rule Breaker. No luck yet.

This first cover is one I have been waiting for. White Hot Kiss is the first book of a new series called The Dark Elements from personal favorite Jennifer L. Armentrout, and it is due out on December 31st. It will be preceded by a novella called Bitter Sweet Love on December 1st.

white hot kissNext up is Feral Curse by Cynthia Leitich Smith. It is the second book in the Feral series, and it is due out on February 11th.

feral curseThe third YA cover is from author Jennifer Rush‘s Erased. It is the second book in her Altered series, and it will be out on January 7th.

erasedIt looks like the Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill is heading into a mass market reprint, complete with new covers. Some Girls Bite will be re-released on March 4th.

some girls biteAnd the final one for today is from the Esther Diamond series from Laura Resnick. The Misfortune Cookie will be released on November 5th.

the misfortune cookieThere you have it for today. Any of these make your must-buy list? Mine is of course White Hot Kiss, but if I was going to blind-buy one of the others The Misfortune Cookie catches my eye, too.

From the Author Pages…

I just got back from seeing City of Bones. Now, I must admit that I started to hunt for reviews a few days back, and things seemed up in the air. Some thought it was great, some loathed it on principle alone. Rotten Tomatoes has is as a 13% as of me writing this (and Beautiful Creatures had a 46%!). Turns out that once again, I didn’t agree with the critics. Was it a masterpiece that copied the book verbatim? No. Can’t happen. But I thought it was a decent movie, it made me smile more than once, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

I updated the author pages yesterday, and there are a couple of little things that I found that caught my attention.

  • for those of you who are fans of the Bayou Heat e-series Alexandra Ivy co-writes with Laura Wright, there will be at least three more full books and a Christmas story. It looks like the series will continue pretty regularly through 2014.
  • Updated to say that Bloodlines #5 from Richelle Mead now has a title – Silver Shadows. It is due out early next summer.
  • Chloe Neill will have a Luc and Lindsey novella in the upcoming Kicking It anthology (due out on December 3rd), and an e-novella that features Jeff and Fallon called Howling for You which will be available on January 7th. I know the series was contracted for 10 books, and it looks like the 10th will be released next August. I am not sure at this point if Blood Games will indeed be the final book, or perhaps just start a new arc?
  • I am warily circling Gena Showalter after her last few books, but I have to admit that I was more than a little happy to find out that Torin’s story is up next. The Darkest Touch will be released sometime in 2014. Now if only we could find out when the next Alien Huntress book will be out (featuring Dallas, of course).
  • Booo! Karen Marie Moning‘s next Fever World book, Burned, has been pushed back yet again to a July 22nd release. There has been talk from the author herself that she might change from the two more Dani and two more Mac books into just two more books total, so here’s hoping that this isn’t an indicator of that.
  • And it looks like Kresley Cole has a super secret project in the works. She has said that she will be making an announcement soon, but when I did a quick search over on Amazon I saw that she has listings for three as-yet untitled e-books. Whatever they are, they are going to be released on December 9th, December 16th, and January 6th respectively. Hmm, makes me wonder.
  • Oh, and the summary for Crave the Night from Lara Adrian has been upped. This one is Nathan’s story, and it will be out on February 25th. You can find the synopsis HERE.
  • Likewise, the summary for the next Sentinel Wars book, Willing Sacrifice, has been added to the Shannon K. Butcher page. I had hoped it was Torr and Grace, and I was right. You can find the summary HERE.
  • Well, there used to be an author section for C.L. Wilson, so I guess that counts. It turns out that she has finished the long, long awaited The Winter King, and it is now in the hands of her editor. It has a scheduled publication date of…August. 2014. Or a year from now. Yep.

So, did you catch City of Bones? What did you think? Have you heard anything about Kresley Cole’s upcoming project? And what do you think the odds are of the Winter King ever actually getting released? And at this point, do you really care?