Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Crap, I hate allergies. I do believe I am one small step above a zombie the last couple of days. I did manage to rouse myself long enough to find a couple of new covers floating around, though.

This first one is a stand-alone (I think?) from Elizabeth Fama called Plus One. It is due out on April 8th.

plus oneThis second one is young adult, too. Julie Kagawa‘s The Forever Song is the third and final book in her Blood of Eden series, and it will be released on April 15th.

the forever songOne of the most annoying things for an OCD book-lover is when there is a cover design change mid series. Stacey Kade‘s first Project Paper Doll book, The Rules, will be out in paperback (with a new design that lines up with the hardcover version of book 2) will be out on April 1st.

the rules

The second book of Kami Garcia‘s Legion series, Unmarked, will be out later this year.

unmarkedThere has been a change of design for the first book of the upcoming Bree Despain Into the Dark series, The Shadow Prince. It will be out on March 11th.

the shadow princeThe second book from Christine Warren‘s new Gargoyle series, Stone Cold Lover, will be out on August 26th.

stone cold lover

New Series Alerts…

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

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

born in bloodSynopsis…

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

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

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

the grendel affairSynopsis…

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

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

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

heart of stoneSynopsis…

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

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

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

ruinedSynopsis…

Hell is looking for a way to break loose…

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

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

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

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

New Series Giveaway Winner…

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

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

Larissa {Larissa’s Bookish Life}

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

Giveaway…December’s New Series

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

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

dragon awakenedDragon Awakened…

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

Playing With Fire

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

Burned By Love

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

born in bloodBorn in Blood…

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

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

the grendel affairThe Grendel Affair…

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

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

heart of stoneHeart of Stone…

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

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

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

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Goodreads gave up a couple more covers for this week’s post. This first one is from the new Darker Agency series from Jus Accardo that will be starting later this year with the release of Darker Days.

darker daysAnd up next is from Sandy Williams and her Shadow Reader series. The Sharpest Blade will be released on December 31st.

the sharpest bladeWarrior Untamed, the next one from Melissa Mayhue, will be released on November 26th.

warrior untamedComing in at number 4 is Jennifer Ashley‘s next Shifters Unbound book, Wild Wolf. It will be released on January 7th. For those who follow the series, it will be Graham’s story.

wild wolfI am looking forward to trying the new Entity series from Cat Devon that will be starting up in a few days, and this is the cover for the third title, Love Your Entity, which will be released on December 31st.

love your entityAnd finally, we have the December 31st release from Christine Warren. Heart of Stone doesn’t sound like it belongs to her The Others series, but details are a bit sketchy at this point.

heart of stoneAny of this batch catch your eye? I am looking forward to the Jennifer Ashley, and as much as I have been hit or miss with Christine Warren for the last half-dozen books, (and as bland as the cover is), I am hoping it is good.

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

I have been a bit slack on the cover department lately, and I nabbed these first five from All Things Urban Fantasy‘s Cover Post.  The cover for Kady Cross‘s third Steampunk Chronicles book, The Girl with the Iron Touch, just came out.  The book will be available on May 21st.

the girl with the iron touch

This next one is the first book from the Hex Hall Spin-off series from Rachel HawkinsSchool Spirits will be released on May 14th.

school spirits

Still from ATUF comes this third cover.  Star Cursed is the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles from Jessica Spotswood, and it will be released on June 18th.

star cursed

Kendare Blake will be starting a new series next September with the release of the first book, Antigoddess.

anitgoddess

Good Lord…holy crap-awful photoshopping!  This one is from Jaime Rush and her Offspring series, called The End of Darkness.  It is scheduled for release in January, according to Goodreads.  This is not the cover you want to wrap up your series with, that is for sure.

the end of darkness

This next one is from my favorite hit-or-miss author, Christine WarrenHungry Like a Wolf will be the last of her re-written Others books, bringing the series up to date.  Look for this one on June 25th.

hungry like a wilf

This next one from Amanda Ashley reminds me of the old historical romances I used to read years ago.  As Twilight Falls will be released on May 7th.

as twilight falls

Rising Darkness is the tile of the first book in a new series from Thea Harrison.  It will be available on April 2nd.

rising darkness

And this final one is from Shannon K. Butcher‘s Sentinel Wars series.  Falling Blind will be released next April 2nd.

falling blind

My favorite from this batch is Falling Blind.  I was hoping that this would be Grace and…damn, can’t remember his name.  Tor?  Something like that.  Anyways, I was hoping that this was their story, but Shannon is good about building up a story over the course of a couple of books.  Which one are you most looking forward to?

Pick of the Week…

A couple of years back, Christine Warren was a big, big favorite of mine.  I tore through her Others series one after another until I caught up, and then I began the countdown for the next book.  Then the next.  And then something odd happened.  I excitedly started that next book…but didn’t like it.  If I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn someone else wrote it.  It fell flat, didn’t seem to fit the series, and didn’t interest me at all.  Oh, well, that happens.  But then it happened with the next book…and then the next one, and I got really discouraged.  Either she had lost her mojo, or I had, because a favorite series was becoming one that I just didn’t have any interest in reading.  So, imagine my surprise when I read the last book, On The Prowl, and loved it.  That one book gives me hope that the slump is a thing of the past, and leads me to my cautiously optimistic pick of the week, Drive Me Wild.

Synopsis…

In Manhattan, witches and werefolk have been giving each other the silent treatment for nearly 400 years, but now someone wants to renew diplomatic relations. When she’s picked for the job, Tess can’t believe it. She might be a witch, but she’s hardly a miracle worker. In the end, tracking down Rafael De Santos, the head of the Council of Others, turns out to be the easy part. The hard part is falling in love with him. And the really hard part is convincing this werecat to stop tomcatting around.

Luckily for Tess, some things are just meant to be.

Now, the Others series is one of the trickier ones to keep track of.  There was an original five book series, which then lead to The Others.  Then Christine went back and started re-writing the original five and alternated publishing new and re-written titles.  So, what that means is that the publishing order and the storyline order are very, very different.  To make things easier, I will copy the READING ORDER here…

Hungry Like a Wolf is due out on June 25th, and that will complete the re-publishing titles, and should mean that everything after that will be new material.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

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.

This and That…

Not a lot going on, but a few new things have come up this past few days…

  • Looks like there is a push back for the first book of Gena Showalter‘s upcoming Otherworld Assassin series.  Last Kiss Goodnight was scheduled for November 27th, but it is now looking like a February 1st release.
  • The next book of the Chicagoland Vampire series from Chloe Neill will be called House Rules.  Look for it next February.
  • A Love Untamed is the title of the upcoming seventh Feral Warriors book from Pamela Palmer.  It will be out on December 26th.
  • There will be a novella from the Moon Shifter’s series by Katie Reus coming this August, called Lover’s Instinct.
  • Cassie Alexander‘s second Nightshifted book, Moonshifted, will be released late November.  It will be followed by Deadshifted next year.
  • And finally, some info is available about the next couple of Christine Warren The Others books.  November 27′s Drive Me Wild is a re-write of Fur For All, which featured Tess and Rafael.  April 3013 will see the release of Hungry Like a Wolf, which is a re-write of Fur Play.  This one is Logan and Honor’s story.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

There are still a couple that I am faithfully looking for (all new Lover Reborn, I hope) but I have to thank Lea for this one.  Virna DePaul released the cover for the third book in her Para Ops series, this one called Chosen by Sin.  This is Dex’s story, I believe, but there is no official release date as of yet.

The second one is from a former favorite series of mine that has lost steam the last few books.  Christine Warren returns to her world of The Others with the April 24th release of On The Prowl.  Even though I have not enjoyed the last four books or so, I still go into a new one with high hopes.  I do wonder if this one is Tess and Raphael’s story…