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 Series Alerts…and a Finale

Hard to believe that it is time yet again for another new series post, and there is quite a few to choose from. For this week, M.L. Brennan is starting her new American Vampire series with the release of Generation V.

generation vSynopsis…

Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

American Vampire reading list HERE

Another newbie is Alyssa Day‘s League of the Black Swan. The first book is called The Cursed.

the cursedSynopsis…

Bordertown private investigator Luke Oliver’s beat is the dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and supernatural realms. But now a secret from his past—the League of the Black Swan—has surfaced. Because Luke isn’t any ordinary P.I. He’s the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, and he never backs down from a fight.

But this time the fight threatens his life and his heart. Rio Jones, the only woman he loved, needs his help against a deadly menace. Luke pushed her away once before, so she’d never fall prey to the curse that threatens to destroy him. He swore he’d never let her go again.

Luke and Rio, with the help of the newly reformed League, must keep evil forces from taking over Bordertown—all the while battling a passion on the razor’s edge between danger and desire. And going to take everything they have just to stay alive.

League of the Black Swan reading list HERE

The Mist-Torn Witches from Barb Hendee is the first book of her new series, also called The Mist-Torn Witches.

the mist torn witchesSynopsis…

In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their “skills” to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

The Mist Torn Witches reading list HERE

Jean Johnson‘s Guardians of Destiny series starts with the release of The Tower. I am not quite sure how this one ties into her Sons of Destiny series.

the towerSynopsis…

In a fertile valley undisrupted by the aether-shattering death of the old Aian Empire, the Tower and its Guardians have entertained generations of wealthy mirror-scrying mages while adventurers from around the world risk their lives for fortune and fame. But on the one day the Tower stood unguarded, an intruder tried to seize the magic powering the vast structure. Now, locked out of the Tower’s innermost chambers, Kerric Vo Mos must brave the deadly traps keeping trespassers at bay in order to reclaim control.

Unfortunately, Kerric wields a pen far better than a sword, and the way into the Tower’s sanctum is treacherous. Only the help of an experienced player like Myal the Mendhite can get him to where he must go. But mutual respect will not be enough. Passion must also be employed, along with armor and weapons, as they embark on a perilous quest past monsters, riddles, and other dangers that even the Tower’s most dedicated viewers have never seen before.

Guardians of Destiny reading list HERE

Still on the adult side of things, Katie MacAlister‘s new Time Thief series makes its debut with the release of The Time Thief tomorrow.

time thiefSynopsis…

Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is anything but easy.

Peter Faa is a member of the Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, all clues seem to point toward his own estranged family of Travellers. Any of his cousins could be guilty, but which one? They’re all experts in the art of stealing time…

After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson is determined to get just one thing in her life right. And if that means taking a job as nanny to five pugs on a campsite in the Oregon wilderness, then so be it. It doesn’t hurt that the job comes with some spectacular male eye candy, including her new boss’s gorgeous grandson. If only she didn’t keep having this strange sense of deja vu…

When Peter discovers his own family is stealing time from Kiya, all bets are off. While she may drive him crazy at times, it’s clear that it’s not just lightning that’s creating some serious sparks between them. And he’s not going to let secrets, lies, or a devious murderer keep Kiya from where she belongs: at his side.

Time Thief reading list HERE

This weeks lone Young Adult debut comes from Margaret Stohl. Icons is the first book of the new Icons series. I have been seeing this one all over the place the last few days.

iconsSynopsis…

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.

She’s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.

Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.

Icons reading list HERE

And finally, this is the week of the final Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Ever After. There is anther supplemental book to follow from Charlaine Harris later in the year called After Dead, but for the most part this is the end for Sookie and the gang.

dead ever afterSynopsis…

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

Sookie Stackhouse reading list HERE

So, what are you looking forward to this week? I read the excerpt for The Cursed that was released a while back and it didn’t grab my attention, and Jean Johnson is definitely not a favorite of mine, but I do find myself wondering how Icons will be. Are you going to miss Sookie books, or do you think the time has come to call it quits in Bon Temps?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Looks like there is a few new covers making the rounds, and I raided Goodreads and came up with four. This first one is from the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlaine Harris, which I thought was ending with Dead Ever After. It turns out that After Dead is actually a supplemental add-on that gives you a character-by-character breakdown of what happened in Bon Temps. After Dead will be released on October 29th.

after dead

Jean Johnson‘s second Guardians of Destiny book, The Grove, will be released on December 3rd.

the grove

This one is from the new series from Paula Altenburg. Black Widow Demon is the second book of the Demon Outlaws series, and it will be released on November 26th.

black widow demon

And this final one is actually a novella cover. A Desire so Deadly is #2.5 in Suzanne Young‘s A Need So Beautiful series. Look for it in e-book format on July 2nd.

a desire so deadly

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.

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.

She Drives Me Crazy

We all talk about the books, characters, and authors we love (I am particularly annoying when I start to gush and have my fangirl moments).  So, not meaning to offend anyone, I decided to do a post about the other side of the coin…what drives me crazy, annoys the face off of me, or generally makes an impression in all the wrong ways.

  • least favorite series I forced myself to read through to the bitter end – Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson.  As I am badly known for, I tend to buy all of the books in a series before I start reading the first one, assuming I will of course feel the love.  Nope.  I liked precisely one character in the entire series, Morg, and I read the books solely to follow his development until his story came along…in the last book.  I decided part way in that Jean Johnson’s writing style just didn’t fit my reading needs, since more often than not I was angry at the books, the characters, and myself for buying them.  I did some sort of odd fist-pumping happy dance when I was finished, yelling that “they didn’t beat me!”  And they still sit on my shelves, because I am too stubborn to throw $100worth of books away.
  • least favorite character.  EVER. – Kelly from Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson.  This is perhaps the easiest question I could ever answer, since my loathing was so absolute.  Random normal chick gets sucked through a portal to another dimension, of course with the specific skill-set (sewing, butter churning, etc) to not only survive but thrive on this somewhat rustic island, and proclaims herself Queen and supreme ruler.  Now you must remember her only superpower is to channel her inner domestic goddess and turn some curtain fabric or something into a cover for her throne – and a matching “court” outfit.  And everyone else on the island is a mage with actual special powers.  Oh, and she is featured prominently in all eight books.  Since she is queen and all.  I so wanted her to die.
  • character I should love but didn’t – Ethan Sullivan from Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill.  I liked the books.  Liked the characters and the storyline and the world.  Wasn’t that fond of Ethan.  Heroes usually can do no wrong for me, but he hand-rung and back-tracked more than a victorian maiden, and was the king of mixed signals “want you…need you…can’t have you..can’t stay away from you…want you more than ever…but wait…”.  He did redeem himself in the last couple of books, but I am still not on the bandwagon.  Yet.
  • least favorite storyline – Intrepid Female Reporter.  Ever since back in the days of Lois Lane, I have not liked this storyline, but paranormal romance has taken my distaste for this to a whole new level.  Usually the story goes like this – sassy female reporter starts digging into a series of mysterious events.  Hot alpha hero tries stop intrepid female reporter from finding out the truth about whatever he is, and exposing his secrets to the world.  Sassy female being, well, intrepid, finds herself in approximately 312 dangerous supernatural situations that said hot alpha hero must rescue her from (of course after warning her that BAD THINGS would happen).  Intrepid must find “the truth” no matter what the cost , and after a long state of disbelief comes to accept that  vamps/weres/gargoyles/angels really do exist.  And in the case of Shayla Black‘s Doomsday Brethren series, firecracker reporter Sydney Blair becomes the voice of the supernaturals, doing live news broadcasts through a magic mirror.  Complete with her own slogan.
  • most eye-rolling author – Christine Feehan.  Now, I have every book from every series that Christine Feehan has written.  They are my guilty pleasure (along with the Breeds), but she can make my eyes roll like no other.  What absolutely kills me every time is the info dump we get on characters.  For example, in the latest Ghostwalkers book Samurai Game, Sam Johnson is a former army ranger, trainer, hand to hand combat expert war hero linguistics expert with degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, astrophysics and nuclear physics.   His teammate Jonas Harper is an expert pickpocket master of disguise cat burglar who grew up throwing knives in the circus.  I roll my eyes so hard I am surprised I don’t give myself a headache.  Oh, and the main characters, in the middle of their supposed first sexual encounter, stop to have a four page discussion on nanite technology and micro-biology.

So, what makes you cringe, cry, or turn your books into a wallbanger?  Any series you just can’t hack anymore, or any plot device that makes you crazed?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Wow, what a totally crap last few days to find anything new to post.  Seems like just a bad time of year for covers and release info, but hopefully that will turn around next month.  There are just four little covers to show this time…

This first one is from Alexandra Ivy and her re-released Immortal Rogues series.  My Lord Immortality is the third and final book, due out on December 31st.

Not sure I am feeling this one.  Tracy Deebs has released the cover for Doomed, a high-tech Pandora’s box tale, which is due out on January 8th.

Over on her blog, Angie Fox has released the cover for the second book in her Monster M*A*S*H series (which I had never heard of before).  Immortally Embraced will be released on February 26th.

And finally, this is the cover for Unbound.  It is the Angela Knight, Jennifer Ashley, Jean Johnson and Hanna Martine anthology due out on March 5th (there is also another anthology of the same name that came out in 2009 that featured Jeaniene Frost and Kim Harrison, but this is an all new release).

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.

Cover Lover – Finding Destiny

A while back, I read Jean Johnson‘s Sons of Destiny series.  They were by no stretch my favorites, and they featured what is my most hated “heroine” of all time, Kelly.  I loathed her with a burning passion, but I happened to love the youngest of the eight brothers, Morg.  So I suffered through the other seven Kelly-filled books to get to his story.  This time around, Finding Destiny is four short stories from the same world as the brothers, but I am not sure how closely they are connected.  Pretty cover, even though the dude looks oddly lumpy.  This one will be released on January 4th, 2011.

Random Updates

Seems to be a lot of new details coming out about future releases…

  • Jean Johnson is returning to the world of the Sons of Destiny in a new book, Finding Destiny.  No details available as yet, other than the release date of January 4th, 2011.
  • There is a new Vampire book coming from Heather Graham, called Night of the Vampires.  It should be available on November 23rd.
  • The next Mercy Thompson book from Patricia Briggs, River Marked, will be out on January 25th.
  • Book three of Rachel Caine‘s Outcast Season series, Unseen, is scheduled for February 1st.
  • The February anthology featuring Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, and Jessica Andersen finally has both a title and a release date.  On The Hunt will be out in February 2011.