Cover Lover – The Beautiful Ashes

From the last post about wrapping up her old series, to the cover for the first book of her new series. I have been keeping an eye out for this one for a while, and today Jeaniene Frost upped the cover for The Beautiful Ashes, which is the first book in her new adult Broken Destiny series. It has a release date of August 26th.

the beautiful ashesWhat do you think? I like the colors on this one, but for some strange reason it gives me a hardcover vibe rather than a trade paperback look. Looking forward to trying a non Night Huntress world from Jeaniene, I must say.

Reader Reaction – Up From the Grave

up from the graveOk, it has been a couple of weeks since the Night Huntress series from Jeaniene Frost wrapped up with the release of Up From the Grave. I personally just finished it last night, since I have a hard time making myself read the last book in a series (like I always say, if I haven’t read the last book, the series isn’t over). While it is always sad to see one wrap up, it is good to go out when the time is right rather than drag things on and produce filler books that cheapen the series as a whole. My question is…

What did you think of the end of Cat and Bones? Were you satisfied with their send off, or did developments leave you thinking there was still more story to tell?

Personally, I enjoyed the book, but it didn’t have a “THE END” feel to me. I was happy with the story, liked the action and seeing almost all of the old gang again, and thought the pacing was great. Maybe I was so amused by Ian that he stole the show for me (as he usually does), or maybe because I was waiting for big deaths or big losses, but it didn’t feel like a goodbye. It did, however, make me more excited than ever for an Ian book. There must be one. There simply must.

I have kept things spoiler free in the post, but feel free to leave spoilers in the comments. What is your take on the end of Night Huntress?

New Series Alerts…

I imagine most of us are thinking more about the end of a couple of popular series, what with this being the release week of the final Night Huntress book from Jeaniene Frost and the final Blud book from Delilah S. Dawson, but there are a few new ones heading our way to make up for it. Anna Richland starts a new e-book series today called Immortal Vikings, and the first book is called First to Burn.

first to burnSynopsis…

A soldier with secrets

Immortal Viking Wulf Wardsen once battled alongside Beowulf, and now serves in Afghanistan. He’s trusted the mortal men on his elite special operations team to protect his secret, until an explosion lands Wulf in a place more dangerous to him than a battlefield: a medevac helicopter.

A doctor with questions

Army captain Theresa Chiesa follows the rules and expects the same from others, even special forces hotshots like Sergeant Wardsen. She’s determined to discover the secret behind his supernaturally fast healing, and she won’t allow his sexy smile to distract her.

An enemy with nothing to lose

Even as Theresa’s investigation threatens to expose him, Wulf is stirred by her passion. Dreaming of love and a normal life, he wants nothing more than to build a future with her. But the lost Viking relic needed to reverse his immortality is being hunted by another—an ancient enemy who won’t hesitate to hurt Theresa to strike back at Wulf.

The re-release of Keri Arthur‘s older series continues this week, and this time the restart is for her Damask Circle trilogy. The first book is Circle of Fire.

circle of fireSynopsis…

VISIONS OF TERROR

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

Next up is Cynthia Eden‘s Burn for Me, which is the first book of the Phoenix Fire series.

burn for meSynopsis…

Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .

Cain O’Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she’s a threat–in a way no one has been for him in years. She’s safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there’s no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts–and their hearts. . .

The under-rated Lynn Viehl‘s serialized steampunk story is now available in print format, and the first volume is called Disenchanted & Co.

disenchanted and coSynopsis…

In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

Previously released in e-format, this week is the print debut of Rebecca Zanetti‘s Sins Brothers series. Book one is called Forgotten Sins.

forgotten sinsSynopsis…

Josie and Shane’s marriage only lasted a few months before he disappeared on a mysterious military assignment, leaving her heart in shreds. Josie’s tough, though, and she picked up the pieces, building a new life around her high-powered number-crunching job.

When Shane turns up at the local hospital two years later with a concussion and amnesia, Josie agrees to take him home but only long enough for him to sign divorce papers. But they’re barely in the door when their old passion explodes.

Shane can’t remember why he left the beautiful blue-eyed angel glaring at him, but he knows it was to protect her. Every one of his strangely powerful senses tells him she is in danger. Shane knows he can’t be normal. Hearing the heartbeat of people in the next room isn’t normal. The only question is–is he the good guy or the bad?

The sole young adult entry of the bunch is from Sophie Jordan. Uninvited is the first book of the Uninvited series.

uninvitedSynopsis…

You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

I am being good and only have the Cynthia Eden title on order, but of course that can change at any time. Are any of these on your must-buy list for the week?

Up From the Grave Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerIt is hard to believe that the final book in Jeanine Frost‘s Night Huntress series, Up From the Grave, will be out in a matter of a few days, but all good things must come to an end (and make room for Ian’s story. Hint hint).

There were 28 entrants for the giveaway, and the winner as chosen through Random.org was #19…

Shelly Meadows

Congratulations, Shelly. I will contact you shortly for your info.

January BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerI hope everyone had a great New Year’s holiday. To I am sure no one’s surprise, the very first book of the month for 2014 is the final book in Jeaniene Frost‘s epic Night Huntress series, Up From the Grave. While I am sorry to see it go, I am glad for it to end on a high note, and I still have major hopes for Ian’s story (not to mention the third Night Prince book, which should be out sometime this year. I hope).

If you would like to win a print copy of Up From the Grave, just drop a line in the comments section below. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random. Let’s have this one end on Friday night, Midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

up from the graveSynopsis…

The Grave Ends Here.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones.  They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights.  Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.  And if they fail, their lives–and those of everyone they hold dear– will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Cover Blurb – The Beautiful Ashes

With the wrap-up of Jeaniene Frost‘s epic Night Huntress series right around the corner, a little bit of info on her next venture is coming out. Jeaniene will be starting a New Adult series called Broken Destiny this August (originally, it was to be called the Realmwalker series). Book one is The Beautiful Ashes, and the pre-order link and blurb recently made an appearance on Amazon…

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

Are you looking forward to this one, or is the thought of no more Cat and Bones getting in the way of your excitement for the new series?

Cover Lover, Book News…and a Debate

Nothing like combining a bunch of little stuff into one post (might be laziness, just saying). Goodreads and Amazon coughed up a couple of more covers for today, so let’s start with that.

On the YA side, Kiera Cass‘s third book in her The Selection trilogy, called The One, now has a pretty cover to go with the first two. The One will be released on May 6th.

the oneAnd cover number two is from Kerrelyn Sparks. How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) is due out on April 29th.

how to seduce a vampireOn the book news front, it looks like Maggie Stiefvater is returning to her Mercy Falls world. I made no secret at the time that I thought the ending of Forever was, uh, distressing for me. Or rather, not an ending at all. I don’t do well with open-endedness, so to not get a final resolution to Sam and Grace’s story was frustrating. Now, Maggie has confirmed that she is writing one more companion book, so here’s hoping everything gets wrapped up this time. Sinner is a stand alone hardcover featuring Cole and Isabel that will be released next July. One source has said “this isn’t so much a re-visitation as it is a reinvention”.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

According to the author herself, this was not part of the original Mercy Falls plan (I thought that maybe it was, hence the open ended wrap up of the third book).

Author Maggie Stiefvater says, “For me, finishing the Shiver trilogy was a bittersweet moment — I knew that I wouldn’t be returning to Mercy Falls once Sam and Grace’s story was over. But Cole and Isabel still lurked in the back of my mind. Both of them were only half-fixed at the end of the trilogy, and I wanted to know if they could be fixed the rest of the way.”

Will you be checking Sinner out, or is this one a miss for you? I know I will be, since a) I have to know if their is a REAL ending and b) cover OCD won’t let me not get it.

A while back, Jeaniene Frost announced a change in her publishing schedule, saying that she had wrapped up the Cat and Bones series a book earlier than planned. That was a bummer, but it has been a great run for the Night Huntress books, and finishing it when it needs to end rather than dragging things out is the right decision. Now Jeaniene turns her attention to her new venture, the Realmwalker series. For those who don’t remember the details (er, like I didn’t), the new three-book series sounds very interesting…

In Jeaniene Frost’s Realmwalker, a young woman discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny; and that her only ally, a mysterious young man is destined to betray her… and doom the world.

It turns out that the first book will be called The Beautiful Ashes, and it will be released September 2014. But somewhere along the line, I totally missed that it is NA (New Adult). As a reader of both Adult and Young Adult, I don’t have a problem with that at all. Any Frost story is a good thing. But that leads to my conundrum…

How the heck do I classify it?

I have tried to divide the Adult and Young Adult stuff as much as possible for those of you who read only one or the other, but where do you put one that falls in the middle?

I don’t like to mislead the blog readers and place a title like this where it doesn’t belong, but the amount of NA I have come across doesn’t warrant its own section (as yet). Do you think that since Jeaniene has, until this point, been a UF author that I should just let Realmwalker fall under the same flag and leave things as they are, or has the time come for me to split Wicked Scribes into two blogs (one PNR and UF and one YA and NA)? It wouldn’t be hard to actually split them, just a bit time consuming, or do you still like having everything listed together (new release dates, that sort of thing)? I have already decided that if a split is called for, the adult side will stay blue and green, and the young adult will look the same but be red and pink. Planning ahead, y’all.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

I just took a quick peek over at Amazon to check out the release date push back situation (just a few, but enough to be annoying), and while there I picked up a couple of new covers. This first one is from Jennifer Estep‘s Mythos Academy series. Killer Frost will be released on February 25th. On a side note, I do believe this one gets my vote for most awkward pose of the year.

killer frostThis second one is from Kira Brady. Hearts of Chaos is part of her Deadglass series, and it should be hitting the shelves on March 4th.

hearts of chaosAnd this final one comes from Jeanine Frost. Home for the Holidays, her novella that was originally released in The Bite Before Christmas anthology, will be released in e-format on November 5th.

home for the holidays

 

A Grave Goodbye…

up from the graveI am pretty sure most of you have already heard this, but Jeaniene Frost has announced that the upcoming January Cat and Bones book, Up From the Grave, will be the last. According to the original schedule, there was to be one more book, but as Jeaniene has explained the storyline was wrapping up, and she had to chose between adding a bunch of filler to extend the story, or wrapping it up early. She chose to go out with a solid, complete story.

That had to be a tough decision, and Jeaniene goes into some detail at her blog (you can read the entire thing HERE) about the whole process of saying goodbye to something that has been a huge part of her life for over 10 years. As hard has it is for readers to hear “The End”, it has to be even more difficult for the author. I can’t imagine letting go.

On a personal note, I quite respect the decision. Will I miss the books? Yep. Do I want to see a great series drag on longer than it should (where so many others do)? No. I would love to see the world continue, though, since I won’t feel like things are wrapped up until Ian gets his story told. After Vlad and Leila’s third book their arc will be done, Mencheres and Spade had their turn, but Ian is still the missing piece. He needs his HEA, and the Night Huntress World won’t be complete for me without it.

What do you think? Do you respect the decision to end it early, or were you counting on one more? Are you holding on for Ian’s story, or can you consider it done after the third Vlad book?

Up From the Grave Cover and Step Back…

Over on Jeaniene Frost‘s website, the cover, step-back and blurb have been posted for her upcoming Cat and Bones book, Up From the Grave. Always looking forward to one of these, and it looks like it will be available on January 28th.

up from the grave

upfromthegravestepback

Cover Blurb…

            There’s always one more grave to dig.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones.  They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights.  Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.  And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.