New Series Alerts…and Pick of the Week

Because I am a total dufus who can’t remember what day of the week it is, I forgot to do the New Series Alerts post yesterday. So, I figured I would just combine it with today’s pick of the week post and call it done. There are actually four new series to look at, starting with Deborah Blake‘s Baba Yaga. The first book is called Wickedly Dangerous, but there was a recently released prequel novella called Wickedly Magical, too, if you want to check that out first.

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 of them….

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned by a woman desperate to find her missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart.

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Up next is Birthright, a prequel novella from Jean Johnson‘s new Flame Seas series. My history with Jean Johnson is spotty, but it does sound interesting.

birthrightSynopsis…

Who is entitled to the Flame Sea throne? For twin beauties Arasa and Kalasa, the question of their royal birthright has driven them both to find the answer by any means necessary. But to determine the rightful heir means that they must discover who was born first. So begins a legendary pilgrimage for the twins, each accompanied by a man of their most sensual dreams. For Kalasa it’s her devoted fiancé; for Arasa, it’s the handsome sorcerer Elrik.

But the legendary odyssey is not without its dangers—for one of them is not at all whom they appear to be, and their true motives are in question. Now, as treachery and desire become one, the truth of the birthright could be as perilous as the very future of the Flame Sea itself.

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Also new this week is Devon Monk‘s House Immortal, which is from the series of the same name.

House Immortal.inddSynopsis…

One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized….

Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.

Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity

The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.…

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And for something a little different, Cherie Priest‘s The Borden Dispatches starts this week with the release of Maplecroft.

maplecroftSynopsis…

Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one….

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

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This week’s only young adult newbie comes from Josephine Angelini. Trial by Fire is the first book of the Worldwalker Duology.

trial by fireSynopsis…

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

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And since I am at it, I thought I would add my pick of the week. The choice this week is particularly hard, since there were tons of great books coming our way. In the end, I kept coming back to Thea Harrison‘s Night’s Honor, so I am going with that.

night's honorSynopsis…

In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison’s latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…

On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…

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So, that is how things are shaping up. What was your pick of the week? there are so many great ones I am hoping that they don’t all get delivered at once because I just won’t know where to start. Since I have zero self control, I usually end up reading a few pages of one, then another one, then off to a third. Makes me nuts, but I want to do everything at once.

This and That…Covers, Release Dates, and Other Stuff

Yep, I have been snooping around and come across a little new info…

  • One thing I do NOT like is when a series I like shows an upcoming release with “End” in the title. Nope. Alexandra Ivy‘s next Guardians of Eternity book will be called When Darkness Ends, and it has a release date of May 26th.
  • The Chicagoland Vampires novella from Chloe Neill featuring Merit and Ethan now has a title. Lucky Break is due out on February 3rd.
  • Rumor has it that there will indeed be another Charley Davidson book from Darynda Jones, and it will be called Eighth Grave After Dark, and it is tentatively scheduled for next May.
  • I have to admit, I had my doubts it would ever come our way, but it looks like The Return from Jennifer L. Armentrout is a go. I thought (wrongly) that it was from Entangled Publishing, which meant I had pretty much decided that it would never see the light of day. I love being wrong sometimes. This Seth-centric spin-off from the Covenant series will be out on February 17th.
  • I had also (wrongly) gotten it into my head that Shannon K. Butcher‘s Sentinel Wars series must’ve ended, mostly because there hasn’t been any word on new titles for a while. Wrong again, since Binding Ties is due out on March 3rd – and there is both a cover and blurb available…

binding tiesThey are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect his onetime enemy—without succumbing to his darkest desires.

Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. Yet she has a secret—and it could make her a slave to their power. But when a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. So she strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai—one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever.

Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful, hot-blooded Lyka. One misstep could send their races straight back to war. But now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely—otherwise she will never truly be his.

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon has co-authored the previous four Belador books, but it looks like number five will be a solo effort for Dianna Love. Demon Storm is due out this October, but here’s a quick peek at the cover…

demon storm

  • Devon Monk is starting up a new series soon called House Immortal, but word is already coming about the second book. Infinity Bell will be released on March 3rd, and yep, it’s cover time…

infinity bellSo, that about wraps things up for now. Are any of these tidbits something you are looking forward to?

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

I am a bit surprised to have come across so many new covers just a couple of days after my last cover post, but I guess you take what you can get, right? There are a couple of interesting ones in this pile, too, like Gena Showalter‘s The Queen of Zombie Hearts. The third and final book of her White Rabbit Chronicles will be out on September 30th.

the queen of zombie heartsI thought this next one was pretty, but then all of the covers from Yasmine Galenorn‘s Otherworld series have been. Priestess Dreaming is due out this October.

9780515154757_PriestessDreaming.inddNot quite sure about this next one, especially since the first cover in the Twixt series was quite eye catching and this one…isn’t. Anyways, Invisible from Dawn Metcalf is due out on September 30th.

invisibleIt looks like Meljean Brook is splitting up her next Iron Seas book into an 8-part serial, and the first installment of will be called The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster. Look for it on April 15th in e-book format.

the kraken king part 1I usually consider myself decently informed about books and authors (I spend enough time hunting down covers and info and the like), but somehow I had totally missed that there is a new series in the works from Devon Monk. I saw the cover for House Immortal over on All Things Urban Fantasy, and it looks like it will be out this September.

House Immortal.inddOne thing that triggers my OCD is when there is a change in cover design after the first book of a series is already released. That happened with Gennifer Albin‘s Crewel World, among others. Unraveled is the the third book in the series, and it will be out on October 7th.

unraveledNext up is the second book from C.C. Hunter‘s Shadow Falls: After Dark series, Eternal. This one has a release date of November 18th.

eternalAnd this final one is from Amanda Sun‘s Paper Dolls series. Rain is due out on June 24th.

rainWhat do you think of this batch? Anything stand out for you, or anything you are dying to get your hands on?

New Series Alerts…

This first newbie is from author Delphine Dryden. Gossamer Wing is the first title from her Steam and Seduction series.

gossamer wingSynopsis…

A Spy. An Airship. And a Broken Heart.

After losing her husband to a rogue French agent, Charlotte Moncrieffe wants to make her mark in international espionage. And what could be better for recovering secret long-lost documents from the Palais Garnier than her stealth dirigible, Gossamer Wing? Her spymaster father has one condition: He won’t send her to Paris without an ironclad cover.

Dexter Hardison prefers inventing to politics, but his title as Makesmith Baron and his formidable skills make him an ideal husband-imposter for Charlotte. And the unorthodox undercover arrangement would help him in his own field of discovery.

But from Charlotte and Dexter’s marriage of convenience comes a distraction—a passion that complicates an increasingly dangerous mission. For Charlotte, however, the thought of losing Dexter also opens her heart to a thrilling new future of love and adventure.

The second one is Hell Bent, the first book of Devon Monk‘s spin-off of her Allie Beckstrom series, Broken Magic.

hellbentSynopsis…

Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.

When the government discovers the breakers’ secret—and its potential as a weapon—Shame and Terric suddenly become wanted men, the only ones who can stop the deadly gift from landing in the wrong hands. If only a pair of those wrong hands didn’t belong to a drop-dead-gorgeous assassin Shame is falling for as if it were the end of the world. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be….

I am not a steampunk fan, even though to be fair I really haven’t given it a chance, but I am very interested in Hell Bent. I am thinking I should probably do the Allie books first, but reading this one could be a good way to get me into the world. Are either of these heading to your TBR?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Well, I am still adding the great recommendations you all made to the “101 Series to Read Before You Die” page – and we are at about 50. There are quite a few left to go, so thanks again to all who took the time to respond.

On the new cover side of things, Goodreads provided a few new ones in the last couple of days. This first one is author Jenn Bennett and her Arcadia Bell series. Banishing the Dark will be released on April 29th.

banishing the darkThis second cover is from Dianne Sylvan‘s Shadow World series. Shadowbound will be released on March 25th.

shadowboundStone Cold, the second book from Devon Monk‘s Allie Beckstrom spin-off series called Broken Magic, will be released on April 1st.

stone coldThe cover is out for the second book in A.A. Aguirre‘s Apparatus Infernum series, Silver Mirrors. It will be released next year.

silver mirrorsAnd the final one for today is from Margaret Stohl‘s YA Icons series, this one called Idols. It will be released next July 8th.

idols

On My Radar…

I hate to admit it, but I have never read Devon Monk. Heard good things, but she is another one on the “one day” pile (which is a monster, by the way). But her upcoming Allie Beckstrom two book spin-off series, Broken Magic, has caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, I don’t remember actually reading anything UF lately where the main character is male, and the change would be interesting. There has been lots of PNR where the focus is on the hero, but for UF I am drawing a blank. Second, since I am mid-Ilona Andrews Magic Rises, I am in the mood for a magic-centric story. The first book is called Hell Bent, and it is due out on November 5th.

hellbentSynopsis…

Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.

When the government discovers the breakers’ secret—and its potential as a weapon—Shame and Terric suddenly become wanted men, the only ones who can stop the deadly gift from landing in the wrong hands. If only a pair of those wrong hands didn’t belong to a drop-dead-gorgeous assassin Shame is falling for as if it were the end of the world. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be….

So, all you Allie Beckstrom readers, what is your take on this? Is it one you are looking forward to – or, for that matter, what are your feelings on the Allie series itself? Should it be moved to the top of the “one day” list? How does it rank with the other great UF series like Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, or Night Huntress?

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

In doing my usual cover hunt, I came across 6 more to post. Oh, and for any that haven’t heard, the big cover reveal for Veronica Roth‘s third Divergent book, Allegiant, will be done on May 9th – on the Today Show. With Ryan Seacrest. Huh.

This first cover is from Christina Henry and her Black Wings series. Black Heart will be released on October 29th.

black heart

I am not sure about this one. I enjoy Dani Harper‘s Wolf Shifter series, and I am looking forward to trying both of the new series she is starting up this fall. But this cover for the first book in the Grim series is a bit different. Not sure about the giant Mastiff or the funky tattoo, but I will be grabbing Storm Warrior when it is released on August 6th.

storm warrior

The third and final book in Marie Lu‘s very popular Legend series, Champion, will be released on November 5th.

champion

Sophie Jordan starts a new series next March called Uninvited. The first book, also called Uninvited, features a heroine who loses everything when she is found to carry the gene that will one day make her a killer.

uninvited

The credit for finding these next two goes to Aurora B., who emailed them to me today. Hell Bent is the much anticipated first book of Devon Monk‘s Allie Beckstrom spin-off series, Broken Magic, which will be released on November 5th.

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And finally for today is Lauren Dane‘s Wild Darkness, the Bound by Magick book which is due out on November 5th.

Wild Darkness

 

This and That…

newsAs always, in the process of updating the new release pages, I found a few more books that are on the horizon.

  • The second book of Coreene Callahan‘s new Knight Avenged series has been pushed way back to April 8th of next year.
  • November 5th will see the next Bound by Magick book from Lauren Dane, called Burning Wild.
  • November 5th is also the date for a Thea Harrison Elder Races book, a Meljean Brook Iron Seas book, and Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book (featuring Raphael and Elena).  All have titles TBA.
  • Author Lauren Kate‘s Fallen series (supposedly being optioned for a movie) is finished, so it looks like she is turning her attention to a new series, called Teardrop.  The first book, also called Teardrop, will be hitting the shelves on October 22nd.
  • October 1st is the release date for Caris Roane‘s next Ascension novel, Born in Chains.
  • Rather than info, this is more like lack of info.  Christine Feehan was recently asked what she would be working on next, and she said that after the long delayed Leopard’s Prey she was in fact without a contract.  She was not sure what would be coming, or when we would get it.  If I remember correctly, this same situation came up last year with Ms. Feehan, which just seems so strange to me.
  • The next H&W Investigations book from Jess Haines, Forsaken by the Others, will be released on July 30th.
  • Hannah Jayne‘s next Underworld Detection Agency novel, Under a Spell, will be out on August 13th.
  • To Kiss a Dragon is the title of the next G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin book, and it is scheduled for release on October 1st.  No clue who this one is about, and if ever there was a series that needed a character guide, this is it.
  • The pre-order links are up for Keri Arthur‘s 6th Dark Angels book, Darkness Splintered.  It will be out on November 5th.
  • A couple of weeks ago, word came out that Devon Monk was starting an Allie Beckstrom spin-off series called Broken Magic.  Well, the pre-order links for the first book, Hell Bent, are up now.  It is due out on November 5th.
  • October 1st is the release date for the next Cassie Palmer book from author Karen Chance, called Tempt the Stars.

Anything there you are looking forward to, or are you giving most of them a pass?  It looks like there is a ton coming out on November 5th, for some odd reason, so might have to save up for that weeks’ order.

Devon Monk Spin-off News…

newsI was doing my usual cruise around looking for new info when I stumbled across this tidbit over on Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks.  The Allie Beckstrom series from Devon Monk recently came to a close, but news is starting to come out about a spin off series set in the same world.  The Broken Magic books will feature Shame and Terric and be told from Shame’s point of view, and will be set three years after the end of Magic for a PriceBook one will be called Hell Bent, and will tentatively be released this November, and it will be followed by Stone Cold next April.

If you would like a sneak peek, and un-edited excerpt can be found HERE on Devon Monk’s blog.

So, what do you think?  Are you looking forward to a return to this world, or do you think everything that needed to be done has already been taken care of?  How excited are you to get your hands on some Broken Magic?

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?