Upcoming E-Anthologies…

It seems like there is a growing trend lately to publish a collection of e-novellas put together for one bargain price. Doug Meeks did his review of one such collection called Darkly Dreaming, and September and October have several collections to choose from (that I still have to add to the new release pages, as well. Ugh). I am linking to the Amazon.com listings, since Goodreads doesn’t have all of these as yet.

For September, we start things off with Tall, Dark and Paranormal. Authors include Stephanie Julian, Lori Handeland, and Opal Carew. It was released on September 16th.

tall, dark and paranormalSynopsis…

CRESCENT MOON – From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lori Handeland

FOREVER FREED by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Laura Kaye

SPELLBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Opal Carew, writing as Amber Carew

SINS OF THE FLESH by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Caridad Pineiro

SPELL BOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Julian

HAUNTING A COWBOY – A Brand New Story from USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander

HUNTRESS FOR HIRE by USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Spear

DEAD SEXY by USA Today Bestselling Author Paige Tyler

ASMODEUS: DEMON OF LUST by Bestselling Author Sara Humphreys

BEAUTY AND THE BEST by Bestselling Author, Judi Fennell

Next up is Thirst: Tales of Vampire Romance, which was also released on September 16th. It features authors Shirl Anders, Yvonne Anthony, and Anita Dobs, and it has a limited-time-only release. Get it before its gone.

thirstSynopsis…

Vampire Berserker by Carl East: A vampire that needs to feed on other vampires in order to survive.

The Vampire and the Rose by Yvonne Anthony: Rose’s mother has often warned her to stay away from dark places—especially at night, but curious Rose will ignore the warnings, jumping headlong into danger with startling consequences.

Dark Velvet by Lisa Carlisle: Savannah is thrilled for her residency at an art colony where she meets the sculptor Antoine. She discovers his dark secret, putting her life in jeopardy.

Vampire Lords of Blacknall by Shirl Anders: Only a creature of the night can save her. Lady Beth never stays home in the evenings. She fears her evil stepbrother. Then a monster stalks her in the dark and she cannot tell beast from savior.

The Vixen Torn by J.E. & M. Keep: Anjasa has been through the worst parts of hell and come back from it wounded but stronger. A trained assassin and courtesan, she’s seen the worst in others… and herself.

When Comes the Night by Anita Dobs: Trying to leave a troubled past far behind, Stacy escapes to England, but gets more than she bargained for when she meets Rafe Hawkins, the mysterious C.E.O at the renowned Sirius Advertising Agency.

Ash: Before Dawn by Skye Eagleday: Ash drank deeply of the blood of his enemies at Custer’s Last Stand. Now the beautiful Native American Vampire hunts in the gay bars of Seattle, where he will face an ancient Vampire far more deadly than the troops at Little Big Horn. Will he and his new human lover be able to use his powers of seduction and warrior skills to survive until dawn?

Love Blind by Claudia D. Christian: 1978. Rio de Janeiro. Josephine made a desperate bargain with a vampire named Julio Alberto. Her life for another. Kept in a gilded cage, will she ever allow herself to truly love her charming captor?

Another September release is Highland Shifters, featuring Michelle Fox and Red Phoenix.

highland shiftersSynopsis…

Her Scottish Alpha by Tabitha Conall: In the midst of trying to figure out their mating, Alpha werewolf Lachlan and dragon slayer Keira have to find Keira’s missing sister, fight a war and save Lachlan’s life.

Liulf by Victoria Danann: For two thousand years the Scotia werewolves have enjoyed the protection of the Fae Monarchy, but the world is changing and the tribe must adapt or face extinction. Or move.

Highland Wolf Pact by Selena Kitt: Englishwoman Sibyl Blackthorne escapes her arranged marriage to a cruel Scot only to find herself in the arms of something even more dangerous – and discovers only one wild heart can claim another.

Kiss the Dragon by Michelle Fox: A cursed dragon finds his maiden is already claimed by the future. If he can’t save her, she can’t save him.

By the Light of the Scottish Moon by Red Phoenix: Bryn, the pack leader, is so lost in his own pain he can’t see beyond it. Freya is dying & has come home to Scotland.to say goodbye. Her fate lies in his hands – but to save her he must kill her.

The Highlander’s Mate by Liliana Rhodes: Centuries after an ancient curse on his clan tore werewolf Bran MacCulloch away from his mate Ainsley Drummond, he catches her scent on the breeze. But how can it be her?

Highland Moon Rising by Sarah Makela: When wereleopard Caitlyn returns home to see her werewolf half-brother after he’s rescued from scientists, she’s imprisoned by the Pack. Will the Alpha who hungers for her be the protector she needs?

Knights of Stone by Lisa Carlisle: Gargoyles, tree witches, and shifters have divided their Scottish isle. When a witch breaches into another territory, she’s tempted by a forbidden attraction that may affect the future for all.

The Zrakon’s Curse by Linda Barlow: Sea dragon shifter Colin Malloch’s need for a mate draws a woman from another world into grave danger. How can he keep her safe when his own brother demands her life?

To Tame a Highlander by Adriana Hunter: Curvy nurse Aspyn Montgomery’s night takes a sudden turn when a patient she watched die suddenly turns up at her apartment desperately needing help. Can fated love triumph over the threat of war?

Roots and Fang by Skye Eagleday & Ripley Sage: When McKay takes a male Fae lover it triggers the deadly jealousy of the powerful Pooka shape-shifter the Fae abandoned. Can love conquer all when only one of you is human?

Midnight Hunt by Arial Burnz: As Broderick unravels the mystery of why Monika reminds him of his late wife, his quest for answers causes a chain of events, starting a witch hunt, dooming them both to the fiery stake of judgment.

October 28th is the date for Twelve Shades of Midnight, featuring authors Liliana Hart, Darynda Jones, Shea Berkley, and Dakota Cassidy, among others.

twelve shades of midnightSynopsis…

12 authors…12 unforgettable stories

The stroke of midnight ushers in many things. From hijinks and mischief to danger and evil, romance is the magic that binds these paranormal novellas together. Join 12 best-selling and award-winning authors as they explore the different shades of midnight in exclusive, never-before-released stories.

Liliana Hart: The Witch Next Door

Darynda Jones: A Lovely Drop

Shea Berkley: Dark Secrets: Stone Cold Dead

Dakota Cassidy: Witched at Birth

Claire Cavanaugh: Midnight Renegade

Rachel Grant: Midnight Sun

Trish McCallan: Spirit Woods

Angi Morgan: Bodyguards in Heels: Hit and Run Hallie

Robin Perini: Night of the Jaguar

Robyn Peterman: Switching Hour

Ann Voss Peterson: The School

Jenn Stark: Getting Wilde

October 7th is the date for Enchanted Lover: Tales of Everlasting Love. It will feature authors Margaret Ethridge, Maddie James, and J.C. Warden, plus a few others.

enchanted loveSynopsis…

PARAMOUR by Margaret Ethridge (ghost)
Two men: one living, one dead, and both vying for her love. Camellia Stafford has never been alone in her room. For twenty years, she’s been engaged in a fierce power struggle with her bedroom’s previous tenant, Frank DeLuca, the ghost trapped in the light fixture above her bed.

ENTRANCED by Maddie James (time travel, reincarnation)
Jack and Claire set out on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness–the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.

MYSTIC THUNDER by JC Wardon (witch, mystic)
Millennia of tempestuous ancestral history forewarn Rayne Cavanaugh to hide her ability to communicate with ghosts. But– When the nephew of the man she just can’t resist goes missing in the mountains of Mystic Waters, West Virginia, she must decide between self-preservation and love.

RUNNING OUT OF TIME by Cheryl Norman (time travel)
When Stacy Webber travels to Germany for her best friend’s wedding, she loses more than her luggage and purse. She lands in a different time, fifty years ago, with no idea how to return to her world.

TIMELESS by Jan Scarbrough (psychic, ghost, reincarnation)
When Beth Abbott receives a surprise inheritance from her birth mother, she travels to the family’s nineteenth century mansion in Old Louisville, KY, now a bed and breakfast. There she meets the resident ghost, a little girl whose crying not only scares, but also intrigues guests.

MAN OF HER DREAMS by Cat Shaffer (dreams, parallel times)
Jessi Flint has a perfectly good life with a successful business and the perfect man. So, he’s only in her dreams…until her flaky assistant goes to a New Age fair and Jessi suddenly begins receiving gifts with love notes signed by a mysterious Damian.

ALMOST MAGIC by J.M. Kelley (magic, witch, gifts)
When it came to Vivian Burroughs’ unique connection with nature, her grandmother always said, ‘Mediocrity may not burn as bright as a firecracker, but it seldom blows up in your face.’ But the old woman never advised her on what to do when a sexy new neighbor stokes the flames of attraction.

October 7th is also the release date for Wicked Hot Reads, featuring Shoshanna Evers, Cathryn Fox, and Sarah Makela.

wicked hot readsSynopsis…

Beauty and the Beast (an erotic re-imagining) by NYT & USA Today bestseller Shoshanna Evers: The Beast can’t let his little Beauty go free, not while there’s still hope that she might be the one to end his decade-long curse…

Knocking on Demon’s Door by NYT & USA Today bestseller Cathryn Fox: When Michelle discovers what’s really going on at the resort, will her trust in a demon turn her in to one of the missing, or will he save her from the real monsters?

The Wolf Who Played With Fire by NYT & USA Today bestseller Sarah Mäkelä: Mia’s mistakes have forever changed the lives of those close to her, but when her soldier boyfriend, Ethan, goes missing on duty, she harness every magic power she possesses to get him safely back…

Fallen Ever After by NYT & USA Today bestseller A.C. James: Arie wanted Holly from the very first moment he met her, but the long-standing feud between the faeries that run the Chicago Crew puts Holly and other fledgling vampires in danger. Can they stop a vampire-fae war that’s been brewing for nearly a century?

Bared to Him by NYT & USA Today bestseller Jan Springer: Human by day, and a tentacle shapeshifter by night, sexy Gray Wagner, is the last male that Miranda Bolton dreams of falling in love with, until she begins to fantasize about all the naughty things he can do to her…

A Mate’s Bite by USA Today bestseller Milly Taiden: After an explosive night of passion, Karla is sure she’s a one-night stand for the man she’s wanted for years, but Nate has marked Karla. Only true love and a wolf’s promise can hold together a relationship created with a bite and a hope for tomorrow.

Archangel Rafe by Lisa Hughey: Angelina’s only respite from her overwhelming life is in her dreams with a stunningly hot angel, but when an unexpected threat puts both the Angelic Realm and Earth in jeopardy, Angelina will need to accept her destiny before it’s too late…

Blaze of Secrets by Jessie Donovan: Rescued from a prison for magic users, Kiarra is now a wanted criminal and must rely on a mysterious Brit to help her evade capture. Before long, her handsome rescuer becomes much more than just her trainer…

Mark of the Serapath by Titania Ladley: After a catastrophe unleashes Josie’s Serapathian witch magic, she suspects her sexy, mysterious lover is a Kynthian vampire ordered to kill all Serapaths. Despite the risks, passion explodes between them, threatening the future of the entire world.

Dragon’s Honor by Mina Carter: Bodyguard duty. Undercover. As human. Simple. Until shadow-dragon Baron realizes the woman they’re protecting is his mate. Add in a crazy warlock…and Baron might have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her.

And yet another October 7th release is Alpha Immortals, featuring Kate Perry, Michelle Rowen, and Stella Cameron.

alpha immortalsSynopsis…

They’re strong, seductive, and supernaturally sexy badboys. Now, in this special box set of seven sizzling novels, meet the hottest immortal beings in this world-or any other . . .

TEMPTED BY FATE by Kate Perry: Pursued by a relentless evil, Willow seeks help from San Francisco’s most dangerous detective.

FANGED & FABULOUS by Michelle Rowen: Made into a vampire by the worst blind date ever, Sarah now finds her sizzling-hot, fanged friend Quinn trying to turn her self-defense lessons into make-out sessions.

DARKNESS BOUND by Stella Cameron: A werewolf who fights his animal nature, Niles prowls the woods to stop an ancient evil-and to find the woman who stirs his primeval lust.

DARK AWAKENING by Kendra Leigh Castle: Shapeshifting vampire Tynan is ordered to find a human Seer with the power to secure victory for his clan. But when he has Lily in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he’s never known.

RENEGADE by Nancy Northcott: Top sheriff Valeria must hunt down Griffin, a traitor trained in dark magic. But when the fugitive mage suddenly risks his life to save the beautiful cop, both will find themselves running for their lives.

THE LOST by Caridad Piñeiro: When paranormal enemies hunt Adam for his lethal gifts, he must escape with Bobbie, a sexy woman who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined.

SEX & THE IMMORTAL BAD BOY by Stephanie Rowe: Cursed by Satan, Paige will lose her soul unless she can convince shadow warrior Jed to sneak her past the pearly gates.

Which of these will you be trying out? I can’t believe how popular these collections are becoming, and I am really going to have to try and keep an eye out for more of these listings.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just after I made my last cover lover post, I of course came across a couple of more that I had missed. Story of my life, so I thought I would do another quick cover post for this little batch. I know there is quite a bit of excitement for the next Merry Gentry book from Laurell K. Hamilton, and A Shiver of Light is due out on June 3rd.

a shiver of lightChristine Feehan is one of my guilty pleasures, and it has been a long wait for the next book in her Sisters of the Heart series. Air Bound will be released on May 27th.

air boundJean Johnson‘s Guardians of Destiny series continues with the release of The Guild on May 6th.

the guildAnd this final one is from Dakota Cassidy. The Accidental Dragon, from her Accidentally Paranormal series, will be out on August 5th.

the accidental dragon

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.

Guest Review – The Accidental Genie

starUnfortunately, there are times that you grab a new book with great expectations, but end up less than thrilled.  Sometimes it feels like a waste of both money and time, especially when there are so many books out there to get caught up on.  Doug Meeks had one such disappointing read recently, The Accidental Genie from Dakota Cassidy.  This is part of her Accidental Friends series, and was released on December 4th.

the accidental genieWhat Doug said…

The Accidental Genie (An Accidental Series)
by
DAKOTA CASSIDY

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

She’s all bottled up.

Jeannie Carlyle is a caterer extraordinaire, more than ready to handle any challenge thrown at her. But when her client asks her to open up a rare bottle of gin for a party, Jeannie is shocked when a guy in poofy pants pops out and she gets sucked inside. Trapped in the bottle, Jeannie does the only thing she can think of and uses her cell phone to search the term “paranormal” and finds the number for OOPS—Out in the Open Paranormal Support.

Until he sets her free.

Werewolf Sloan Flaherty isn’t keen on dealing with distraught women, especially since his sister-in-law Marty basically forced him to man the OOPS phones. But when Jeannie calls in a panic, Sloan is the only one available to find Jeannie’s bottle. After giving it a good rub, Jeannie emerges dressed like a character from Arabian Nights and starts calling Sloan “Master.” Now, they need to figure out how to break their unwanted bond, before the wishes Jeannie can’t stop granting get them into more trouble than even the OOPS girls can handle…

Review:
I have to say it is the least favorite of the series and it was plain bad for like the first 1/3 of the book. It picked up finally around 50% and ended well but my overall impression was that this book is forgettable.

The first 3 were the best books of this series with no doubt. I have read this series since book #1 came out and have enjoyed them all but the first 3 books were so much better and the next few were decent and enjoyable but this one was almost unbearable for about the first 1/3 of the book and the plot device that was so poor (a problem with a very obvious solution) that I could not even believe she expected readers to buy into it, it was more like the 3 Stooges .

The romance took so long to get moving that by the time it got going I was already bored. I finished the book and that was saying something since it had long left me behind. All this book managed to do was possibly create another character for inclusion in future books but you could probably skip this book in the series and miss VERY little that could not be replaced with about 2 pages of info.

It DOES however add a bit to the HEA of one of the other main characters (long overdue) and that helped but that was thrown into the last few pages.

Rating:
Bottom Line: This installment was phoned it until about the 50% mark and then it became close to an actual installment in the series. Die hard fans of this series (which I thought I was) are the only ones that are going to actually enjoy this whole book, the rest of us had to be dragged through it. Not horrible but average at best.

Thanks again to Doug…I do appreciate him spending his time doing these reviews.  How did this one rate for everyone else?  Did you feel let down like Doug, or was it what you were expecting?

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

So, last night I decided to take the plunge and buy the new theme for Wicked Scribes I was looking at.  Yeah, didn’t go so well.  The place was a total mess for a while, so that plan went bust.  I will still be keeping my eyes open for something a bit different, but try number one was not a big success…ick.

Anyhow, a few more to add to the cover collection.  There is only one that I am really looking forward to – and the cover is a big spoiler.  I figured that book three of Karin Tabke‘s Blood Moon trilogy, Blood Vow, was going the way of having both brothers as mates to Fallon, and that is the vibe I am getting from this one.  It should be released on December 4th.

Next up is Still Life With Shapeshifter, the November 6th release from Sharon Shinn.  It is part of her Shifting Circle series.

Dakota Cassidy will release the next book in her Accidental Friends series, The Accidental Genie, on December 4th.

The cover for the next Mari Mancusi book, Blood Forever, was just upped in the publisher’s catalogue.  It is part of her Blood Coven series, and will be released on September 4th.

Reaper’s Vow, the October 2nd release from Sarah McCarty, is the third book in her Reapers series.

Not feeling this one, at all.  The Fangover, an anthology from Erin McCarthy and Kathy Love, will be released on November 6th.

Nina Bangs continues her Castle of Dark Dreams series with the October 2nd release of Wicked Whispers.

And finally, I do wish I liked Steampunk, cause they seem to get some really good covers.  Riveted, the next book from Meljean Brooks‘ Iron Seas series, is an example.  This one is due out on September 4th.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Hm, not really sure what the big thing is with all of the new covers coming out the last few days, but I found a few more to throw on the pile.  The next Queen Betsy book from MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Unstable, has a fun, funky cover.  This one is due out in hardcover on June 5th.

There is a second MaryJanice Davidson cover out, as well.  This one is called Dying for You, and it appears to be a collection of four short stories.  It is an August 7th release.

I didn’t realize that Kelley Armstrong was ending her Women of the Otherworld series.  Looks like number 13, titled Thirteen, will be the final story.  It will be released on July 24th.

I am not a big fan of Jean Johnson (I wanted to go through the page and kill the “heroine” of her Sons of Destiny series, Kelly), but the cover for The Shifter is not bad.  Not sure if this is connected to any previous books, but it is due out on May 1st.

Number five is from author Dakota Cassidy.  She returns to her Accidental series with the June 5th release of Accidentally Dead, Again.

Charlaine Harris‘ Sookie Stackhouse covers are…different.  I don’t actually like them, but they do stand out, and Deadlocked is no exception.  This one is coming out on May 1st.

The second book from Kylie Griffin‘s Light Blade series now has a cover.  Alliance Forged is due out next fall.

The last one is from Robin D. Owens.  She continues her Celta’s Heartmates series next fall with the release of Heart Secret.  I didn’t even hear about this one before, which means I am way behind.

Book News…

I get so excited when I get that first little tidbit of info about a series I love, and I found a biggie today (of course, I will leave it for last).

  • Dakota Cassidy will be adding to her Accidental Friends series with the release of book number six.  Accidentally Dead, Again is due out June 5th.
  • The Blood Moon Trilogy from Karin Tabke kicked off earlier this year with the release of Blood Law, and that book had what has to be one of the biggest, most shocking cliff-hanger endings I had seen in a long, long time.  But now Amazon is listing a book called Blood Vow as a June 5th release.  That was not originally one of the titles of the three books, so I don’t know if it is a re-name of the second or third books, or something new from the series altogether.  I just know I will be grabbing it, no matter what.  There has been no updating on the author’s site or blog, but I will update when I have more info.
  • Darkness Devours, the third book in Keri Arthur‘s new Dark Angels series, will be released on June 5th, as well.
  • The Lost Angels is a new series soon to start from author Heather Killough-Walden, and info is already starting to emerge about the second book.  Messenger’s Angel will also be released on June 5th.
  • There is also a bit of news about Regan Hastings‘ Awakening series.  Book three will be called Visions of Chains, and is due out next June.
  • Vicki Lewis Thompson‘s third Wild About You novel will be called Werewolf in Seattle, and is also scheduled for release next June 5th.

and…

  • the preorder links are up at Amazon for the next Nalini Singh Psy/Changeling book.  Riaz and Adria’s story will be called Tangle of Need, and will be available on May 29th.  Or,  you know, 288 days from today.  Not that I counted.  Really.