A New Take on an Old Favorite…

For something a little different, if you wander over to Jeaniene Frost‘s blog, you can read an alternate version of the middle of Destined For an Early Grave. It seems that there was originally a very different direction planned for the middle section of the book, covering about 30,000  words, and Jeaniene will be posting it over the course of four weeks.

I really enjoyed this first part…it was a nice look back at characters we haven’t seen for a while (or at least it feels like it has been forever), and I liked the different storyline. Warning, though…it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. You can read the first part HERE.

Cover Blurby Goodness…

I have been doing some updating, and I thought I would share a couple of the blurbs that I came across from some much anticipated upcoming books.

the shadowsSince the last post was the cover reveal for J.R. Ward‘s The Shadows, let’s start with that blurb. PhoenixFyre was kind enough to send a copy of it over from where she found it on Ward’s Facebook page…

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

vision in silverUp next is another blurb from a newly released cover – Anne Bishop‘s Vision in Silver…

The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

bound by flamesThe final book of Jeaniene Frost‘s Night Prince series, Bound by Flames, sounds like it is going to be intense…

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

And wrapping up this little batch is Christine Feehan‘s long (LOOOONG) awaited Ghostwalker book, Viper Game. I had wondered if Wyatt would end up with the girl he helped rescue in Gator’s book, Joy, but it doesn’t sound that way…

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead – or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined-where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

As nerdy as it sounds, I love to get the official blurb. Even though you have a good idea what direction the story might go in, reading that little synopsis always gets me more excited for the book.

 

Happy Endings and New Beginnings…

Pheonix was kind enough to send me over her notes from the RT book convention about some PNR/UF series that are coming to a close soon, and that got me thinking about who is wrapping up one world, and starting on a new one. It is hard to let go of a favorite series, but when you have something new to look forward to it takes some of the sting out of it.

  • Kim Harrison‘s popular Hollows series is calling it quits with the release of the 13th book, The Witch With No Name, on September 9th. She went on to give a little bit of info on her new project, which will be about a slightly older female heroine, written from the third person point of view. “It’s a twist on what I usually write, and I’m so excited about it,” she added.
  • Larissa Ione is also wrapping up the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. She said “I didn’t want to keep adding new characters and I didn’t want to keep adding new sequel bait.” I haven’t seen anything listed after Revenant‘s book, so I wonder if that is the finale? Interestingly, she and Stephanie Tyler are returning to their Sydney Croft ACRO series with a couple of new novellas in the works.
  • P.C. Cast‘s House of Night series is finished this October with the release of Redeemed. No word yet on what is in store after that.
  • Not one but two series from Gena Showalter are wrapping up soon, with both The White Rabbit Chronicles and Otherworld Assassin stories finishing at a trilogy. And she is replacing them with two new series. She has a new four book YA series in the works, and a New Adult Contemporary trilogy + novella called The Original Heartbreakers. The novella will be called The One You Want, and the first full book called The Closer You Are will follow next March. It will be followed by The Hotter You Burn and then The Harder You Fall.
  • Apparently, the publisher has chosen not to go ahead with Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence series, so she has turned to a new series called Sleeping With Monsters. This one seems to be a bit more on the steamy side of things. Book one is called The Haunted, and it will be followed by The Hunted in August.
  • We have talked before about J.R. Ward finishing up her Fallen Angels books with the sixth title, Immortal, which is due out this October. Aaand I am still on the hunt for info about the rumored two new series heading our way. More to come on that one.
  • Chloe Neill still has at least three more full books and a novella in her Chicagoland Vampire series, but she is already looking ahead and planning a new series for 2015. No title is available as yet, but a bit of a teaser is out. “After humans overcome a shocking attack by supernaturals centered in the Crescent City—the Second Battle of New Orleans—supernaturals are forced into a walled community known as the District. It’s not good—or safe—to have magic, so Claire Connolly risks everything when she uses her secret magic to protect a friend. Claire quickly learns the world is more complicated than she ever knew . . . and allies are hard to come by.” Interesting…
  • Night Huntress has been done for a few months now, and the end is in sight for Night Prince, but we have Jeaniene Frost‘s New Adult Broken Destiny series to look forward to. The Beautiful Ashes heads our way at the end of August.
  • And Delilah S. Dawson ended her popular Blud series this past January, but has since turned her attention to more stand-alone (and varied) stories. Her YA paranormal Servants of the Storm comes out this August, and a very interesting book called Hit will come out next April. It is an alternate future/romantic suspense mash up where the United States was bought out by a Bank, and those in debt become the hunted. Or the hunters. Hm, like I said, interesting…
  • Oh, and on a positive note, both Kresley Cole and Nalini Singh have confirmed that their IAD and Psy/Changeling series have no end in sight. Nalini has said that the next book, featuring Aden, is the end of the second arc, but a new arc shall begin. Very, very good new indeed.

So, any you can add to the list? Anything new on the horizon from an old favorite?

Cover Lover – Bound By Flames

Jeaniene Frost upped the cover for her upcoming third Night Prince book featuring Vlad and Leila, Bound By Flames. This one isn’t due out until January 27th, but Jeaniene also upped an excerpt to tide us all over, which can be found HERE.

bound by flamesPurchase at Amazon.com

What do you think? Are you looking forward to finishing up Vlad and Leila’s story (and starting Ian’s story. This must be so)?

New Release Dates…

For some reason (er, laziness? old age?) I had missed a few new releases for May. None of them were “biggies”, but there were some e-books that I added yesterday that might interest you. As for the other months…

  • the preorder links are up now for Jeaniene Frost‘s third Night Prince book, Bound by Flames. Look for it on January 27th.
  • March 1st is the release date for Bec McMaster‘s Of Silk and Steam.
  • March 1st is also the date for Vampires Never Cry Wolf from Sarah Humphreys. It is part of her Dead in the City series.
  • There will be an as-yet unnamed Lynsay Sands book coming our way on February 24th.
  • Originally, the next Chronicles of Nick from Sherrilyn Kenyon was listed as having the title Defiant, which totally broke with the “I” precedent. The new listing shows it as being called Instinct, still for release on March 31st.
  • Kristen Simmons‘ next book, The Glass Arrow, will be out on February 10th.
  • The third and final book from Jessica Brody‘s Unremembered series, Unchanged, is due out on February 24th.
  • Rosamund Hodge will follow-up her recent Cruel Beauty with another fairy tale retelling, this time focusing on Little Red Riding Hood. Crimson Bound is due out next year.

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.