New Release Info…

Once again, I am doing a bit of updating, and I came across a couple of tidbits you might find interesting There wasn’t a lot new, since I just did an update a couple of weeks ago, but…

  • The second book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s upcoming The Dark Elements series will be called Stone Cold Touch, and it will be released mid-2014, from what I understand.
  • Patricia Briggs will release a compilation of short stories set in the Mercyverse, including all the stories from previous anthologies as well as several new ones. Shifting Shadows will be released in hardcover next October.
  • For whatever reason, Meljean Brooks‘ next Iron Seas book seems to have been shifted all over in terms of release date, but now it looks like The Kraken King is finally set for next August.
  • Fans of Amanda Carlson‘s Jessica McClain series will be happy to know that there is a fourth book on the horizon. Red Blooded will be released sometime next year.
  • Book number seven from Karen Chance‘s Cassandra Palmer series will be released in 2014 as well, and it will be called Reap the Wind.
  • And finally, it looks like the Underworld Detection Agency series from Hannah Jayne is drawing to a close. Under the Final Moon will be released on August 5th.

Reading Roundup…

Once again, time has slipped away from me, and it has been over two months since I have done a reading roundup post. I guess I will do a random selection of what best sticks out in my mind about what I have read.

Everneath_coverEverneathBrodi Ashton‘s debut book had sat on the TBR pile for quite a while. I was suckered in by the pretty cover, but didn’t expect much from the book after I had been through a string of sub-par YA debut novels. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I liked that it was a little different than the usual vamps/weres/dystopian YA fare, since it is somewhat of a retelling of the Greek myth about Hades and Persephone. It was something I hadn’t come across before, so for me it seemed like a fresh idea (but in fact there were a few other retellings done last year by other authors). This didn’t move to the top of my favorites pile or anything, but I definitely liked it enough to order the second book.

predatoryPredatory – This anthology featured stories from Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne, but I only read the Alexandra Ivy novella. This short story, called Out of Control, serves as the introduction to her new The Sentinels series. Stepping away from her Guardians of Eternity stories, The Sentinels are warriors who guard – and sometimes hunt – those beings of great power. This was fast paced and interesting, and made me look even more forward to the upcoming first book, Born in Blood, which will be released on December 31st. I do actually plan on going back to read the other novellas in this anthology, since all of them sounded interesting. Speaking of Born in Blood, I will be doing a spotlight post on that upcoming book as my next post, since both the cover and blurb have recently been made public.

edge of dawnEdge of Dawn – I have bored everyone before with my unique relationship with Lara Adrian‘s books. I pretty much always enjoy them when I am reading them, but for some reason they don’t stick with me (with the exception of Darker After Midnight, which definitely stayed with me). I was pretty hyped to get into Edge of Dawn and see the “new” Midnight Breed world…but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it was me, but I kept putting the book down and reading something else shiny that caught my eye. I know it was Lara Adrian’s usual well written and well thought out story, but my attention just kept drifting away. I think all told it took me over two weeks to finish, which doesn’t happen often. The good thing is that some of the new characters did get my notice, and I am still looking forward to their stories.

the sweetest darkThe Sweetest Dark – Talk about a surprise. I actually fought with myself to buy this one. My experience with Shana Abe is at the extreme end of the hit-or-miss spectrum. I go from loving one book, to being bored by the next, to disliking the next and enjoying the next. I figured that since my history was so spotty with her Drakon series, I would maybe just cut my losses and not bother with her YA spin-off series featuring new character Lora Jones. But…but…then my series would not be complete?!? That cannot be allowed – ever. Grudgingly, I ordered The Sweetest Dark…and I was hooked. Completely original, great story, great setting, beautifully written with characters I really enjoyed – and an ending that totally surprised me. I mean, I just didn’t see that coming, at all. This is in my top three favorite YA book so far this year, and I cannot wait to get my grubby hands on The Deepest Night when it is released on August 13th.

I am going to do up a reading round-up post next week to cover a few more of what I read this past couple of months. How about you? What did you read and love recently (or not love so much, for that matter)? Anything stand out for you?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

After spending the last couple of days setting up my laptop to temporarily handle my computer needs (and was there ever a lot to set up), I stumbled across a few new covers. I just finished The Indigo Spell last night, and that made me even more excited to find the cover for Richelle Mead‘s fourth Bloodlines book, The Fiery Heart. I wonder if there will be any tattoos added (even though Sydney’s has been on the cheek we can’t see on the previous covers)? The Fiery Heart is scheduled for release on November 19th.

the fiery heart

This next one is from Cynthia Eden‘s e-format Bound series. Bound in Death is tentatively scheduled for an April release.

bound in death

Hannah Jayne‘s Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles will continue with the August 6th release of Under a Spell.

under a spell

I actually haven’t seen too much info around about this next one yet. Melissa Marr will be releasing what I believe is an adult title, The Arrivals, on July 2nd.

the arrivals

And finally, this last one is more of a redo than a debut. Jennifer L. Armentrout (writing as J. Lynn) will release an adult title, Unchained, on September 24th. This is actually the second cover for this title, which was pushed back several months from its original release date.

unchained

 

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.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have been a good girl and doing the updating, and on my quest I have found a couple of new covers over at Goodreads and Amazon.  J.A. London‘s third Darkness Before Dawn book, After Daybreak, will be released on June 25th.

Another one from the young adult isle is Shutdown from Heather Anastasiu.  This is the third book of the Glitch series, due out on July 2nd.

The hardcover re-releasing of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series from J.R. Ward continues on.  This time around it is book four, Lover Revealed.  Look for it on July 2nd.  I like the fact that they kept the same feel for the re-releases, the same art and colors.  I would not have been impressed if there had been a redo, since I do love everything to line up.

The Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill have great covers, and this next one is no exception.  Biting Bad, book number eight in the series, is due out on August 6th.

Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, and Hannah Jayne will release an anthology, Predatory, next May 7th.  I do know that in this one Alexandra starts her new Sentinels series, and Dianne continues her Immortal Guardians stories.  Sounds good.

Now, I was not kind about the cover of the first book in the Seven Signs series from Erica Hayes.  Dude had some sort of belly shirt…chain mail…thing…going on, and it was not a good look.  I can handle the Redemption cover a bit better, even though I can’t quite tell what he is wearing.  Except that it looks like it is made of human skin.  Aaand it is still better than the first book.  Look for Redemption on March 5th.

And the final one for today is from Kat Richardson‘s Greywalker series.  Possession is due out on August 6th.

Random Updates…

I have been updating the new release pages over the last week or so, and there were a few things that popped up worth noting…

  • Kate Daniels 6 now officially has a name, and any info on an upcoming Ilona Andrews‘ book is a good thing.  Magic Rises will be released next July.
  • It looks like the next Morganville Vampire book from Rachel Caine will be called Fall of Night, and it will be released in hardcover on May 7th.
  • Jean Johnson will be writing what appears to be a spin-off of her Sons of Destiny series.  This one is called Guardians of Destiny, and the first book is The Tower, which should be released on June 4th.
  • Kady Cross will release the third book of her Steampunk Chronicles series, The Girl With The Iron Touch, on June 1st.
  • Looks like the Zombies are back.  White Trash Zombie Apocalypse, the third book of Diana Rowland‘s White Trash Zombies series, will be released early next year.
  • Book number 22 (if I remember correctly) of Laurell K. Hamilton‘s Anita Blake series will be called Affliction.  Look for it in hardcover on June 4th.
  • The next Yasmine Galenorn Indigo Court book, Night Vision, will be coming out on July 2nd.
  • Book two of Kris DeLake‘s Assassin’s Guild series, Killer Rivals, will be released on July 1st.
  • Donna Grant will have at least four more titles in her Dark Warriors series.  Midnight’s Kiss will be out on June 4th, and Midnight’s Captive will be out June 25th, with two more to follow later in the year.
  • Alexandra Ivy‘s new series, called The Sentinels, will start off with a novella in the anthology Predatory.  It also features Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne, and it is due out on May 7th.
  • The third book of Jessica Shirvington‘s The Violet Eden Chronicles, Emblaze, will be out on March 1st.
  • Cold Copper is the title of the next Age of Steam novel from Devon Monk, and it will be on the shelves on July 2nd.

I finished my third read of the second Darynda Jones Charley Davidson book, Second Grave on the Left, and I will update the character guide for it by tomorrow night.  I had read both books two and three once for enjoyment, and then once for the guides.  Then I deleted all of the notes I had made, so this is actually round three.  I want to have them updated by the time Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet hits the shelves on October 30th.  Also, the Thea Harrison novella Hunter’s Season (I hate e-books) slipped by me, and that will be added to the Elder Races guide within the next couple of days, as well.  WordPress has been bitchy and not updating properly, so I had to take a bit of a break.  That will hopefully get back to normal tomorrow.

Cover Lover – 7 new Titles

I am pretty sure a few of these have been around for a while, but hey, they are new to me.  So here goes.  This first one was just released today – The Special Edition of Magic Bites from Ilona Andrews, which is due out on December 31st.

Hannah Jayne‘s Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles continues next February with the release of the fourth book, Under the Gun.

Anne Bishop starts up a new series, The Others, with the release of Written in Red next March 5th.  This one gives me a young adult vibe, even though it is definitely on the adult side of things.

Coming next April is the third book from Kylie Griffin‘s Light Blade series, this one called Allegiance Sworn.

Hm, I find this next one…awkward.  Not sure why, but it just seems odd to me.  Cleopatra Ascending is from the Shadow’s Edge series from Maureen Lipinski, due out on January 8th.

This next one is from Heather Burch and her Halflings series.  The third and final book, Avenger, is due out on March 19th.

And this final one is The Impossibility of Tomorrow, the second book from Avery William‘s Incarnation series.  Look for it on March 1st.

Random Updates…

A little bit of this…a little bit of that.

  • There will be a fourth book in the Dark Dynasties series from Kendra Leigh CastleImmortal Craving will be released on January 29th.
  • The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles series from Hannah Jayne will also have a fourth book released.  Under the Gun is due out on February 5th.
  • March 26th is the release date for Jennifer Estep‘s Deadly Sting, part of her Elemental Assassin series.
  • The third book from Sandra Hill‘s Deadly Angels series will be called Kiss of Temptation, and it is also due out on March 26th.
  • Jenna Black‘s third Nikki Black book, Rogue Descendant, will be released on April 30th.
  • April 30th is also the release date for Delilah S. Dawson‘s second Blud novel, Wicked as She Wants.
  • Sinner’s Heart from Zoe Archer will be hitting the shelves on April 2nd.
  • The second book from Julie Kagawa‘s Blood of Eden series, The Eternity Cure, is due out next May.
  • August 2013 will see the start up of a new series from Angela Knight called Familiar.  No other details available as yet.
  • The oft-delayed Warriors of Poseidon novella, Alejandro’s Sorceress, is now completely MIA.  Seems like Alyssa Day decided to do a total re-write and start basically from scratch, so new release details are sketchy.
  • Also, there has been a change in the scheduled Beginnings of Magic by Ilona Andrews.  Instead of being compilation of the first two Kate Daniels books, it will now be a special edition re-print of Magic Bites.  The cover copy says “This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate’s Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don’t miss the prequel story “A Questionable Client,” as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran’s point of view.”  It is now called Magic Bites: A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

Only two new ones this go-round, one from the world of YA and one from PNR.  First up is the third book from The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles by Hannah Jayne, called Under Suspicion.  This one is due out on May 1st.

And the second is from a new series coming up from Alyson NoelFated is the first book in the Soul Seekers series, due out on May 22nd in hardcover.

New Release Info…

In the process of updating the current release dates, I came across a bit more info to be added to the site.

  • Allison Pang will release her second Abby Sinclair book, A Sliver of Shadow, on February 28th.
  • The fourth book in the Immortals of Annwyn series from Sophie Renwick will be called Bound in Velvet.  Look for it on June 5th of next year.
  • Deadly Descendant will be the second book in the Descendants series from Jenna Black, due out on April 24th.
  • The Paranormal Scene Investigations series from Laura Anne Gilman will continue this November with the release of the third book, Tricks of the Trade.
  • Black Dawn is the title of the 12th Rachel Caine Morganville Vampires book, and it should be out on May 1st.
  • This is a long one to list.  Hannah Jayne will release the third book in her Underworld Detective Agency series next May 1st, called Under Suspicion.
  • Next up from C.E. Murphy is Raven Calls, part of her Walker Papers series.  It should be out on February 21st.
  • From the Phantom Corps series from Lauren Dane comes Captivated.  It is a May 1st release.
  • Number four from Lyn Benedict‘s Shadows & Inquiries series will be called Lies & Omens, out on April 24th.
  • Charlaine Harris‘ monster hit Sookie Stackhouse series continues next May with the release of the 12th book, Deadlocked.
  • The new Devil’s Bargain series from Terri Garey will continue with the release of book two, A Devil Named Desire, next January 31st.
  • Angela Knight‘s next Mageverse book will be called Master of Darkness, and is scheduled for next August.
  • Reaper’s Revenge, the second book in Sarah McCarty‘s Shadow Reapers series, will be released next July.
  • And Alexis Morgan seems to be trying something a bit different.  Next July, she will be releasing My Lady Mage, what appears to be the first book in a new series called The River of the Damned.
  • A Hunger So Wild is the title for the second book in Sylvia Day‘s new Renegade Angels series.  It is a late July release.
  • Also next July will be the release of Night Forbidden, the 5th book in the Envy Chronicles from author Joss Ware.
  • WVMP Radio, the series from Jeri Smith-Ready, continues next October with the release of the 4th book called Lust for Life.
  • Karen Chance will also be releasing a new one next October.  Fury’s Kiss is part of her Midnight’s Daughter series, featuring heroine Dorina Basarab.
  • Jacquelyn Frank‘s next Three Worlds novel has been pushed back to a late September release.  Official title is TBA.
  • The third Alex Craft book from Kalayna Price will be called Grave Memory, and it should be on the shelves sometime next July.
  • Next up for Amanda Bonilla‘s Shaede Assassin series is Blood Before Sunrise, scheduled for next July.
  • and finally, there is a bit of info coming out for the next Age of Steam book from Devon Monk.  It will be called The Swift, and should be out next July.