Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

I don’t have a pick of the week to post this time, so instead it looks like cover lover time instead. There are five this go round, starting with a couple of novella covers. First up is Double Hexed, a Stormwalker story from Jennifer Ashley. Look for it on May 20th.

double hexedThe next novella is also from Jennifer Ashley, but it is from her Shifters Unbound series. Perfect Mate is also due out on May 20th.

perfect mate

The Girl Who Kissed a Lie is a prequel novella from Skylar Dorset and her Otherworld series. This one is due out on May 6th.

a girl who kissed a lie

Caris Roane‘s next Men in Chains book is called Unchained, and it is due out on November 25th.

unchained

Um, wow. This next one is…interesting. I am getting a jazz-dancer vibe, and the spandex legging things are not helping. Lord. Anyways, Lolita Lopez‘s next Dragon Heat story will be called Renegade Dragon, and it has a release date of August 5th.

renegade dragon

 

Pick of the Week…

Last night I finally read Jennifer Ashley‘s latest Shifters Unbound novella, Feral Heat. For some reason, I always thought that Jace Warden was, well, one of the youngsters, so I was surprised it was his story (and that he was in his mid 40’s). Anyways, that was to get me ready for this book, my pick of the week, which is Wild Wolf. Graham and Missy’s story has been building for a couple of stories now, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

wild wolfSynopsis…

In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward pack stability. After losing his first mate long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. Besides, even if he was inclined to choose a new mate, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned pack.

But Misty is going through a crisis of her own, one that brings danger and death to the pack. With the wolves doubly convinced that there needs to be a shake-up, Graham must now defend his leadership and save the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Any other fans of this series? I know early reviews have been a bit mixed on this one, but I am hoping that I fall on the positive side of things.

From the Author Pages…

Yep, updating time yet again. What with some new cover art out and all, I thought I would actually get some updating done on the author pages, and I came across a few new tidbits along the way…

  • The second book from Alexandra Ivy‘s new Sentinels series will be called Blood Assassin, and it will be out next January 6th.
  • Alyssa Day‘s long delayed Alejandro’s Sorceress, a novella from her Warriors of Poseidon series, will be released in an anthology called Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance. Amazon doesn’t have a pre-order listing for it yet, but Goodreads shows it as an April 14th release. Other authors include Jennifer Ashley, Laurie London and Caris Roane, among others.
  • Wow. It looks like 2015 will see a new series from Chloe Neill. Details are sketchy as yet, but there is a brief teaser synopsis…

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.

  • I have said this before, but Christine Feehan is getting back into a break-neck writing pace…which is great. There have been a few updates about each of her four ongoing series, some of which I have already mentioned (but here goes again). She already has the next two Sisters of the Heart books done after Air Bound, which are called Earth Bound and Fire Bound. Cat’s Lair is the next Leopard book, and it will see a return to Texas. The hero is the shifter who donated to Drake to allow him to be able to shift again after his leg was badly injured. The next Ghostwalker book (Wyatt’s story) will be Viper Game, and she will be starting the one after that shortly. Spider Game will also be back in the Bayou, and both stories will focus on the mysterious team four. And finally, the next Dark book is also in the works, and it looks like it will be called Dark Ghost. Whew.
  • And finally, it looks like Thea Harrison will continue to add to her Elder Races series with frequent e-novellas. Coming in at #6.6 is Pia Saves the Day, which is listed as a June release…

pia saves the dame

In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…

Ok, that wraps up this update. Have you heard anything new to share?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

It looks like it is time again for another release-date update. I don’t know why they feel the need to shift book dates around like they do, but there have been quite a few moved back over the last few weeks. I am also working on the recommendation section, and I add one or two every night as they come to me. I will be opening that one up for you to add your own favorites, too. Hopefully that will be done next week.

On the cover side of things, there are five new ones for today. I am a big fan of Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifers Unbound series, and the Feral Heat novella will be released on March 18th.

feral heatThe third book of Lilith Saintcrow‘s Bannon and Clare series will be called The Ripper Affair. Goodreads lists it as an August 2014 release.

the ripper affairSeanan McGuire‘s next InCryptid novel, Half-off Ragnarok, will be released on March 4th.

half off ragnarokThis next one is from Jaye Wells. Cursed Moon is the second book of her Prospero’s War series.

cursed moonAnd this last one is from a series I have recently dove into (mostly because I loved the covers). Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the third book of Laini Taylor‘s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, and it will be released on April 1st.

dreams of gods and monstersI was a bit let down with the Gods and Monsters cover. It isn’t bad, but the first two were real stand outs and I thought they would go all out for the last one. Hopefully it is a “looks better in person” cover.

The OTHER Pick of the Week…

Because everyone, and I do mean everyone, already knows that this is the week for Nalini Singh‘s next Psy/Changeling book Heart of Obsidian, I have decided to do a different pick of the week. My second pick is Jennifer Ashley‘s Tiger Magic, which is part of her Shifters Unbound series. The last novella called Lone Wolf didn’t do much for me, but this is still a great series.

tiger magicSynopsis…

He was once a captive, but his urges were never caged. Now he’ll release them on a beautiful stranger whose own secret desires are longing to be sated…

He doesn’t have a name. He doesn’t have a clan. The humans who held him prisoner for forty years have taken them away. He knew nothing but captivity until nearly a year ago, when he was released into the light. Now Tiger lives in the Austin Shiftertown, where he struggles to belong and searches for an identity.

Carly Randal thinks her fabulous life is complete—until her car breaks down on the side of the road, and a wild-looking Shifter is the only one to help her. Tiger takes one look at Carly and knows instantly—she will be his mate. As Carly is drawn into his Shifter world, she risks everything she has for that forbidden something she still wants: passionate love.

What has you excited for this week? Heart of Obsidian pretty much is dominating new release news, but what else have you been waiting to get your hands on?

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Goodreads gave up a couple more covers for this week’s post. This first one is from the new Darker Agency series from Jus Accardo that will be starting later this year with the release of Darker Days.

darker daysAnd up next is from Sandy Williams and her Shadow Reader series. The Sharpest Blade will be released on December 31st.

the sharpest bladeWarrior Untamed, the next one from Melissa Mayhue, will be released on November 26th.

warrior untamedComing in at number 4 is Jennifer Ashley‘s next Shifters Unbound book, Wild Wolf. It will be released on January 7th. For those who follow the series, it will be Graham’s story.

wild wolfI am looking forward to trying the new Entity series from Cat Devon that will be starting up in a few days, and this is the cover for the third title, Love Your Entity, which will be released on December 31st.

love your entityAnd finally, we have the December 31st release from Christine Warren. Heart of Stone doesn’t sound like it belongs to her The Others series, but details are a bit sketchy at this point.

heart of stoneAny of this batch catch your eye? I am looking forward to the Jennifer Ashley, and as much as I have been hit or miss with Christine Warren for the last half-dozen books, (and as bland as the cover is), I am hoping it is good.

Reading Roundup…

booksI thought there had only been a couple of books since my last Reading Roundup post, but it looks like I was busier than I thought since it looks like I read 14 books/stories since then. I won’t go over them all here, but just some of the highlights.

Heart of AtlantisAlyssa Day‘s Warriors of Poseidon series falls into a strange category for me. I read them, then promptly forget them. Details just don’t stick, I don’t remember who most of the couples are, I can’t remember character names or storylines or anything. Now I am not saying that I don’t enjoy them because while I am reading them I actually do – they are not my favorites but they aren’t bad, either – but they just don’t stick with me. I have had Heart of Atlantis on Mount TBR for what seems like forever, but I was in no rush to read it even though it was the long awaited story of Alaric and Quinn. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Alaric is the one character throughout the whole series that stood out for me, so I was hoping he would finally get his chance at a happy life. Characters were great, lots of action to the story, and while it felt like the perfect way to end the series on a high-note, it also seems like the beginning of a new Atlantis storyline. And as a bonus, it has been a couple of weeks and I still remember what happened.

Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter – I was pleasantly surprised by the first book of Jessica Sims‘ Midnight Liaisons series, enough so that I immediately ordered the novella and the second book, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter. The novella wasn’t bad, and I quite enjoyed this second book, too. A bit of a different storyline from others that I have read, since it revolves around a dating service for the supernatural. A light, fun read, but not goofy or dumb. These books are a great break from the usual dark and gritty stuff I usually read, and I find myself looking forward to book three when it comes out later this year. I will save it for when I need a break from the drama and just want something fun to read.

House Rules – Last year, one of my reading goals was to get up-to-date on the Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill. I did, and quite liked it. It is never going to rank up there with my favorite UF series, but it is still a very good series. I did find myself a bit underwhelmed by this one – not a bad book, but not something that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, either. I had no problem putting it down several times to drift off to something else, but I was still interested enough to want to find out how it all ended. Not a favorite, but still not all that bad, either.

ApollyonJennifer L. Armentrout is a YA favorite, so I was very happy to get my hands on the second last Sentinels book (crap, almost done). There is a lot of action in Apollyon, very fast paced. I have seen where many say that this one was a bit of a “filler” book, building up to the finale, but I didn’t find it to be so. It does set the stage for the big showdown, but there was enough happening to keep me interested. And thanks to reading the novella Elixir, I finally have a new appreciation for Aiden, and I even have some hope for Seth. I liked this one, but still sad to see the ending is only one book away.

Lone Wolf – I broke down and actually read a couple of e-novellas, too. One of them was Jennifer Ashley‘s Lone Wolf, only since it was part of the Shifters Unbound series which I read faithfully. I was meh about Lone Wolf, though. Not sure why, but I found it hard to get into and I even caught myself skimming though several parts (even though it is short enough as it is). I could’ve skipped this one and not missed a thing.

What did you read recently that you were surprised by, good or bad? Any disappointments or pleasant surprises?

This Week in E-Reading Goodness…

I have been trying to be good and keep up with the constant stream of e-books released, but I still haven’t figured out a way to stay on top of the game. Some of them aren’t bad, but then others just sort of…appear. Like Cynthia Eden’s new one. And Alexandra Ivy’s, too. I have been keeping an eye out for both of them, and then they are just here. Makes it hard to keep track of the suckers. But enough for the whining. This is what I have found for this week in e-books and novellas.

Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifters Unbound is a series I really enjoy, and this week’s Lone Wolf is story #4.6.

lone wolfSynopsis…

Ellison Rowe, a Lupine Shifter, makes it his goal to protect Maria, once held captive by ferals, from male Shifters looking for mates. He likes Maria’s resilience and fire, but she’s been broken, and Ellison wants more than anything to heal her.

When a new danger threatens Shiftertown’s cubs, Maria partners with Ellison to stop a cold-blooded criminal.

Shifters Unbound reading list HERE.

Werewolves Be Damned is the title of the first book in Stacey Kennedy‘s new Magic and Mayhem series. From what I understand, this one is supposed to be released in print format sometime in June, as well.

werewolves be damnedSynopsis…

Nexi Jones—part witch, part guardian, and wannabe kick-ass warrior—can’t throw a punch or conjure the simplest magic. But that doesn’t stop her from hunting the werewolves who slaughtered her human family. She’ll have her revenge, but only if Kyden, the elite guardian, would get the hell out of her way.

Kyden can’t decide if Nexi wants to get herself killed or if she just has no clue what she’s doing. But her father made it clear: keep Nexi safe…or else. Of course, the more Nexi runs toward revenge, the more she needs Kyden’s aid, and as she grows into her power and confidence, so does his desire to protect her. The only problem? She’d rather he dropped dead.

But when a vampire paints a bull’s-eye on Nexi’s back, she’s hard-pressed to deny Kyden and the help he’s offering. Even if it means getting her revenge will be a little bit harder. At least it will still be as sweet.

These next few were actually released earlier in the month, but since I missed them I will give a belated shout-out here. April 2nd was the release date for the second book in Elizabeth Hunter‘s Elemental World series, Blood and Sand. This one is also heading for a print release I believe sometime in May.

blood and sandSynopsis…

Dead women are showing up in the desert east of San Diego, and no one understands why. When the story comes to the attention of reporter Natalie Ellis, she can’t help but make comparisons to the tragic deaths she’d investigated years ago. Are these women the victims of a serial killer, or something even more insidious?

Bodies may be piling up in his sire’s territory, but water vampire and feared enforcer, Baojia, is stuck entertaining the rich and clueless at a club in San Diego. He’s taken his exile with all the grace he could muster, but his patience is starting to thin.

Sparks fly when mortal and immortal are thrown together, and Natalie comes face to face with a reality that was lurking in the corners of her life. Pursuing the truth could cost Baojia everything, including the mortal woman who has earned his grudging respect.

Cynthia Eden‘s Bound series is one that I make a point of reading even though there is no print versions available, and on April 11th she released the latest title, Bound in Death. Great short story.

bound in deathSynopsis…

She can’t remember him…

He can never forget her.

For over two hundred years, alpha werewolf Alerac O’Neill has been searching for his mate, Keira McDonough, a woman who was taken from him and imprisoned by a dark vampire master. He’s hunted for her, endlessly, using vampire blood to extend his life. He has become a vicious predator, feared by all the supernaturals. His hold on reality seems to slip more each day because he is consumed by her.

Only…the woman he discovers in a small Miami bar isn’t the Keira that he remembers. In fact, this woman doesn’t remember anything. She calls herself Jane Smith, and she has no memory at all of Alerac—or of her own past.

Now that she’s been found, Alerac knows that his enemies are going to start closing in on her. Jane may try to act human, but she’s not. She’s a pureblood vampire princess, incredibly powerful and incredibly valuable. His enemies want to use her, her enemies want to destroy her, and Alerac—he just wants her.

If he can’t make her remember him, then Alerac has to seduce Jane into loving him once again. Because now that he’s found her, he’ll fight hell—and every sadistic vampire that stalks the night—in order to keep her safe at his side.

Some bonds go deeper than the flesh. Some go beyond life. Beyond death.

Jane will soon learn that a werewolf’s claiming…is forever.

Also on April 11th, Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright released the second book in their Bayou Heat series, Bayon/Jean-Baptiste.

bayonSynopsis…

The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.

BAYON
Charming, drop-dead gorgeous Hunter Bayon is thirsting for revenge on the enemies who slipped into the Wildlands and attacked Ashe and her vulnerable child. Pledging to track down the cowards, Bayon goes on the hunt, pursuing the humans to a nearby town. But searching their shabby hideaway, he makes a discovery that shocks him to his very soul and might very well destroy the heart of the Pantera.

JEAN-BAPTISTE
Tattooed and pierced, sexy Nurturer Jean-Baptiste has been living in utter isolation. His cat is out of control, and the only thing that soothes the beast is a rare mineral he keeps inking into his skin. Until he meets her: Genevieve Burel. The beautiful and buttoned-up female puma is unlike anyone he’s ever met. She makes his cat purr, and he knows he must possess her, mate with her. But the secret she’s keeping might threaten not only their unbridled passion for one another, but the very future of the Pantera race.

I know there are probably a ton that I missed, but what did you find new in the world of e-reading this week? I am really determined to try and be more up on e-releases, hopefully I can get into the swing of keeping track of them and have a weekly feature post. That is the goal, anyways, so if there are any you can think of feel free to let me know.

Shifters Unbound Winner…

This was a quick little giveaway, ending last night at midnight Atlantic time, for the four print books in Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifters Unbound series.  The randomly chosen winner (using Random.org) was entrant #2…

Marcia Hubay

Congratulations, Marcia.  I will contact you for your address and information shortly.

Pick of the Week and Giveaway

If you had told me a year ago that there was a Christine Feehan book coming out and it wasn’t my automatic pick of the week, I would’ve laughed at you.  Well, there is…and it isn’t.  Not sure if I am still a little bitter over the last Dark book, or the reduced schedule that means we go from one book per series a year to a book every year and a half, or because of the five month push back on the next book, but I am not thrilled.  And kind of sad that I am not that excited, actually.  My pick of the week is instead the fourth book from Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifter’s Unbound series, Mate Claimed.

Synopsis…

Eric Warden knows that half-Shifter wildcat Iona is passing for human, living without a Collar in the human world. He also knows that if she does not acknowledge her Shifter nature and her mating hunger, it could kill her.

Iona finds the mysterious and dangerous Eric, a wildcat and leader of his Shiftertown, haunting her dreams, but she vows never to “come out” and take the Collar, fearing backlash against her mother and sister for hiding the fact that she’s Shifter. But Eric is a compelling Shifter male, and Iona’s hunger calls to him.

Shifters Unbound reading list can be found HERE.

I like this series.  I don’t do the epic countdown to get my hands on the next book like for some series, but I they have been good, solid, enjoyable reads for me so far.  So, in that spirit, I am going to have a giveaway…for all four books in the series (there are a couple of e-novellas, as well, but not sure how to give those away, so it is print books only).  If you are interested in winning Pride Mates, Primal Bonds, Wild Cat and the above Mate Claimed, leave a note here.

Pride Mates…

To most, they are animals even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair.

It s her job to defend those in need. But there s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed.

Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She ll let him claim her for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds.

Primal Bonds…

When half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray flees an abusive would-be mate, the only way she is allowed to relocate to the Austin Shiftertown is if a Shifter there claims her as mate.

Sean Morrissey, the Guardian of his clan and all of Shiftertown, is mateless, lonely, and has a tough job–to send the souls of deceased Shifters into the afterworld. He volunteers to claim her, sight unseen, but doesn’t realize that one look at the gray-eyed, dark-haired Andrea will stir the mating frenzy in him. Even though the mate-claim isn’t finalized, official, or yet blessed, Sean will do anything to get Andrea into his life and keep her there, forever.

Wild Cat…

When Feline Shifter Cassidy Warden saves detective Diego Escobar from plunging to his death, the naked Shifter woman takes his breath away. But she’d been breaking all kinds of human laws, and Diego, to save her from termination, has to promise his department he’ll watch over her.

Diego finds the task harder than he thinks–Cassidy is trying to find out what kind of mysterious hunter killed her mate two years ago, a hunter that could bring danger to all Shifters. Plus Cassidy has scent-marked Diego–essentially telling all other Shifter females, “Hands off.”

Diego risks his personal and professional life getting involved with Cassidy, but he realizes he’ll do anything, even confront the deadliest of assassins and his own inner demons, to keep her safe.

Contest open to everyone, winner must have made at least one previous comment on this site.  Winner to be chosen at random, giveaway closing…hm, tomorrow at midnight Atlantic time.  Good luck!