Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

It looks like the covers are starting to come out again heading into the new year, which is great. Scary that this year is almost a wrap, though. Let’s start this batch with some art from upcoming new series. Katie MacAlister‘s Dragon Fall will be the first book of the Dragon Fall series, and it is due for release on July 28th.

dragon fallYOU FLIRT WITH FIRE…

For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she’s seen some extraordinary things. It’s too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that’s both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon’s fire burns.

WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON

Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .

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This next one is from Lilith Saintcrow. Trailer Park Fae is the first book of her upcoming Gallow and Ragged series, and it is due out on June 23rd.

trailer park faeNew York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae – by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

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The second book from Lori Handeland‘s upcoming The Summer of Witches series will be called Heat of the Moment, and it is due out on June 30th.

heat of the momentA spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift—and reignite a love long thought lost…

Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth—that she alone can hear the creatures’ voices. She’s always trusted her sixth sense… until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center.

Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she’ll have to fight for her life… and the man she will always love.

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Jennifer Estep‘s next Elemental Assassin book will be called Spider’s Trap, and it will be out on July 28th.

spider's trapKeep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

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For some reason, I had thought I had heard that Jessica Sims had wrapped up her Midnight Liaisons series, but Goodreads is listing Between a Vamp and a Hard Place as a new one. The blurb doesn’t read like it is part of the series, but what do I know? Either way, it will be released on August 25th.

between a vamp and a hard placeIn the wickedly funny spirit of bestselling authors Kerrelyn Sparks and Molly Harper, this sexy paranormal romance features an estate broker and a 600-year-old vampire out for revenge.

Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn’t be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself.

Lindsey travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, and soon discovers more than she (never) bargained for. While digging through the hoarder’s trove that fills every floor, she finds a secret staircase behind a wall that leads to a strange coffin…with an even stranger inhabitant.

Vampire Rand FitzWulf has been in his coffin for 600 years. But now that he’s awake, he’s ravenous, and there’s a delicious-smelling woman with a rare blood type in his basement. Luckily, Lindsey has more to offer than blood: she agrees to travel throughout Europe with Rand to help him get revenge on the one who turned him. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, will the billionaire vampire be overtaken by his thirst for blood—or his thirst for love?

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It has been a while since there was any Dianne Duvall stuff to share, but it looks like her next Immortal Guardians book, Shadows Strike, will be released on August 25th.

shadows strikeThe Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out…

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…

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Donna Grant continues her Dark Kings series with Soul Scorched, which is due for release on June 30th.

soul scorchedDarcy was floating on a cloud of pure passion. Everywhere he touched, Warrick was leaving a mark on her, forever changing her. She could feel it through her skin and muscle, through bone and into her soul. It was as if he was changing her. And she welcomed it…Her power is a blessing.

Born on the Isle of Skye, Darcy is a beautiful woman of many gifts. Fortune-telling is her forte, and she remains the only Druid who could unlock the secrets—and desires—of a Dragon King. His name is Warrick. And now that Darcy’s seen into his dragon heart, nothing will ever be the same…

His passion is a curse.
Warrick never intended to put Darcy in harm’s way. But ever since she revealed a shocking truth, Darcy has been hunted by the Dark Fae, who want to use her powers for their own evil purposes. Now it’s up to Warrick to do whatever it takes to keep the woman who sets his soul on fire safe. But protecting Darcy means putting himself—and his entire race—in jeopardy. Is his desperate longing for one woman worth the risk of losing everything…for eternity?

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Kitty Saves the World, which is the 14th title in the Kitty Norville series from author Carrie Vaughn, will be released on August 4th. And from what I am seeing, it looks like it will be the final book in the series, too.

kitty saves the worldIt’s all come down to this, following the discoveries made by Cormac in Low Midnight, Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But, when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike.

Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well.

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And wrapping things up for today is Night of the Highland Dragon, which is the 3rd book in the Highland Dragon series from Isabel Cooper. Look for it on June 2nd.

night of the highland dragonAcclaimed author Isabel Cooper’s thrilling paranormal romance series continues with a sexy Highland dragon shapeshifter and an inquisitive hero…

William Arundell is a detective working for a secret branch of the English government. When a young man is found dead, William’s investigation leads him to a remote Highland village and the intoxicatingly beautiful lady who rules MacAlasdair Castle.

The charismatic Judith MacAlasdair is not what William expected. The only daughter in a long line of shape-changing dragons, Judith is wary of William and his unrelenting questions. However, when William’s investigation takes an interesting turn, they must put aside years of bad blood and a mutual distrust of outsiders to band together to save the British Islands from its deadliest foe…

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Do you have any favorites from this batch? What is your take on the new MacAlister, Saintcrow and Handeland series? Do they sound like something that might interest you? I am going to try the Handeland books, I figure, and maybe the MacAlister one, too. They would both be new-to-me authors, and a new series is a good place to jump in.

From the Author Pages…

I am trying to be good and keep up with the author pages, and this recent updating brought a few new bits of info…

  • Alexandra Ivy might be winding down her Guardians of Eternity series (or at least through traditional publishing), but she will still be busy. There is a new shifters series in the works, co-written with Carrie Ann Ryan, which starts up next year. Stories 1 and 2 are book one, called Stolen and Forgiven, which is due out on July 14th. It will be followed by Abandoned and Unseen on September 15th. You can find the series overview and cover art HERE.
  • After a couple of year wait, Christine Feehan is returning to the world of the Ghostwalkers (thank God – love those books). Viper Game comes out in just over a month, and Christine has upped a first-chapter preview over on her website member’s section. The great thing about the preview is that it begins to answer a few questions I have had since way back in Gator’s book…like when exactly did Wyatt become a Ghostwalker, and how did he end up not being with Joy after she was rescued? There is also a new book trailer available, as well…
  • Fans of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep will be happy to know that the 13th book will be called Spider’s Trap, and it will be out on July 28th.  I don’t know when it was released, but I did find the blurb today (Potential spoilers…maybe?)

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

Hidden Legacy Character Guide

Just a quick note to say that I have started a Character Guide for the new Ilona Andrews‘ series, Hidden Legacy (it is easier to start when the series is new than to go back later and try and do 6 or 7 books). I also removed the guide for the Mythos Academy series from Jennifer Estep, because I really just didn’t think anyone, me included, ever actually used it.

Oh, and does anyone think they want a guide for Nalini Singh‘s new Rock Kiss series? I have done her two previous series, so I wouldn’t mind keeping up and adding another, but I am not sure it is something many would actually use. Let me know if you think I should add it, since it wouldn’t take long.

Cover Lover – Cold Burn of Magic

On a quick side note, I had grand plans to add image galleries and blurbs to all of the listings in the Series Reading List section, but unfortunately that didn’t work out. I was chugging along a little at a time, and I had almost finished all of the “A” authors, when things went wonky. It seems that it was just too much for the blog to handle, and it was resulting in both really, really slow loading times and difficulty updating. It is too bad, too, since I liked the idea of it, but at least I am going to update and reformat everything. I am really sorry it didn’t work out, but at least it was worth a shot.

Back to business. Jennifer Estep recently wrapped up her Mythos Academy series, but we won’t have long to wait for another YA series from her. Cold Burn of Magic is the first book of her upcoming Black Blade series, and it is due out on April 28th.

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On the Horizon…A New Jennifer Estep Series

A while back, I did a little post that mentioned that author Chloe Neill will be starting a new series in 2015 called Devil’s Isle, where Supernatural beings have been forced into a walled community after an uprising. Now, it looks like Jennifer Estep is also firing up a new series next year.

The first book of the Black Blade series will be called Cold Burn of Magic, and it has a release date of April 28th. There will be at least two more books, as well. There is a bit of a breakdown on the author’s official site…

The Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series focuses on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Tourists come from around the world to tour all the magic-themed shops and attractions, as well as see monsters like tree trolls, copper crushers, and more in their natural habitats.

Lila has a Talent for sight, along with transference magic — in other words, magic makes her stronger. To survive, she does odd jobs for her pawnbroker friend. Lila also does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families — or mobs — who control much of the town. But when she saves a member of the powerful Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the most powerful Family in town.

I have read the Mythos Academy series, but the Elemental Assassin books are still languishing on Mount TBR. Does this sound like something you will be looking forward to?

Doug’s Review…Poison Promise

review iconDoug Meeks is getting back into the swing of things, and he sent over a second review to tide us over for this week. This time around, he tackles Poison Promise, the 11th book of Jennifer Estep‘s very popular Elemental Assassin series. Doug got his hands on this one a bit early, but the rest of us have to wait until July 22nd. On a truly shallow note, I do love the covers on this series – they have stayed consistently great from the first book right on through, and not a lot of series can make that claim.

poison promiseWhat Doug said…

Poison Promise

Jennifer Estep

Well this is the 11th book in the Elemental Assassin series and they show no signs of getting stale.  This installment is more of a warm-up for the next one I fear though since we actually get to meet MM Monroe for a few pages but that is not the villain for this novel but it does give you an idea of what Gin is going to be up against.

Let us get back to what THIS book is about, Gin through a series of somewhat seemingly random events runs afoul of a local drug lord named Benson and while he is a vampire and commands a large criminal army it is a special power of his that make him a dangerous foe for Gin.

This book we see a bit of family strife between Bria and Gin, a new friend and what looks to be a new permanent addition to Gin’s entourage.  I can’t say too much more than that without being spoilerish and I stay away from spoilers.

There is a new drug on the streets called Burn and it is making Benson a lot of money, Gin and Bria are both looking to put an end to him and his business.  The job is easier said than done, trust me, it is not going to be neither easy nor painless.

This may be the first novel in awhile that her love life seem to be actually approaching something normal and steady which I think is long overdue since her love life has been in shambles in most of the novels in this series.

Bottom Line:  It is the Elemental Assassin, bad guy shows up, threatens somebody she cares for; little blood on both sides and bad guy has a really, really bad day.  This novel is saved from reading like a formula from other books by some interesting side interests and the addition of a couple of interesting new characters.  The manner of the culminating conflict is a bit new also, I liked it; hope to see more of it.  I have to give it 4.5 Stars and almost want to lower it to 4 because I suspect the next one is going to be really great and I am running out of stars but that would not really be fair to this book.

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What is your take on the Elemental Assassin series? STill holding strong, or are you ready to see things wrap up for Gin and company?

May’s TBR Challenge…

Important-Books-on-Cloud-ComputingI think I have bored everyone already with my love/hate relationship with Mount TBR. To make things less overwhelming, and to finally make myself pick up some of the books that I tend to skip over time and again, I have set myself TBR reading challenges. As I find myself getting into the swing of it…it seems to be working. And, it is kind of fun.

Just in case anyone wants to play along, my goal for this month is to see how many series I can get caught up on. Because I have six (full) bookcases, my goal is to try and catch up on one series from each, or six series. For example…

Case 1 – Larissa Ione’s Reaver

Case 2 – Cecy Robson’s Cursed by Destiny

Case 3 – Jessica Sims’ Must Love Fangs

Case 4 – Amanda Carlson’s Hot Blooded and Cold Blooded

Case 5 – Jennifer Estep’s Killer Frost

Case 6 – Chloe Neill’s Biting Bad and Wild Things

What series would you most like to get caught up on soon-ish? Anything that you can see yourself getting into in May?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Just a few covers for this post, starting with Jennifer Estep‘s Black Widow. This installment of the Elemental Assassin series is due out on November 25th.

black widowLolita Lopez‘s next Dragon Heat book, Wicked Dark Dragon, will be out on July 1st.

wicked dark dragonThis final one is the redo cover from Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series. Lux: Beginnings is a bind up of the first two stories, Obsidian and Onyx. It will be released on June 3rd.

lux beginnings

 

This and That…

Just some random info and new release dates from out and about…

  • Shelly Laurenston will be going back to her Hunting Season world, in a manner of speaking, with a new three-book series. The new Crows book will be set in Los Angeles, with new characters and a new storyline.
  • Robin D. Owens will release her 13th Celta’s Heartmates book, Heart Fire, on November 4th.
  • It looks like the Queen Betsy series from MaryJanice Davidson just keeps chugging along. Undead & Unwary will be out on October 7th.
  • Looking for more Sookie? Dead But Not Forgotten is a collection of stories set in Bon Temps, written by authors such as Seanan McGuire, Rachel Caine, and MaryJanice Davidson. It will be out on October 7th.
  • The second book from Samantha Shannon‘s The Bone Season book, The Mime Order, will be out on October 21st.
  • Alexandra Adornetto starts up her new Ghost House Saga on August 26th with the release of Ghost House.
  • I didn’t even know the first book was part of a series, but Erin Quinn‘s second Beyond book, The Three Fates of Ryan Love, will be out on September 30th.
  • Fans of Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles series will have a little extra wait for the third book, Dead of Winter. It has been pushed back to January 6th.
  • October 7th is the release date for the next Jane Yellowrock book from Faith Hunter, and it will be called Broken Soul.
  • It is a bit of a wait for Suzanne Johnson‘s next Sentinels of New Orleans book, Pirates Alley. It is due out next April.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s sixth Chronicles of Nick book will be called Defiant, and it won’t be out until April of next year.
  • Moon Shifter #5 from Katie Reus will be called Hunter Reborn, and it is due out next February.
  • The next Kitty Norville book from Carrie Vaughn, Low Midnight, will be out at the end of this year.
  • Fans of Jaye Wells‘ Prospero’s War series will have to wait until next March for the third book, Deadly Spells.
  • Christine Feehan continues her return to super-productivity. She has finished up the next couple Sisters of the Heart books already, and the long-awaited Ghostwalker book, Viper Game. And after that, there will be a new Leopard book due called Cat’s Lair.
  • Jennifer Estep‘s Black Widow will be released November 25th. Hard to believe the Elemental Assassin series is already up to book #12. The blurb is out already…

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

  • Sometimes my best guesses just don’t work out. I had assumed that the hero from the Ilona Andrews‘ upcoming Burn for Me would be the fire Prime, Adam Pierce. The blurb proved me wrong, though…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more
dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

So, that is about that for this week. Any gossip or juicy news to share?

Guest Review – The Spider

Thanks again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his review for the Jennifer Estep Elemental Assassin prequel novella, The Spider. It will be released on December 24th.

the spiderWhat Doug said…

Well I got my ARC of The Spider today and I am hoping to be amazed and enthralled but as a prequel it will have to be awesome to keep those 5 Stars.
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Well I wrote that back in Oct 2013 and was not to excited about a prequel in one of my favorite series. It is mid December and I read it all day yesterday because I could hardly put it down, looks like I get to eat some comments I have made about how I hated prequels. It did indeed earn those 5 Stars.

This story starts and ends in the present with Gin and Owen sitting at the counter and a box of roses arrives and triggers an old memory and a story from when she was still a young assassin.

Gin has to do a “job” and things start to fall apart, it is a riveting story of love, betrayal, loyalty and painful lessons learned.

This is one of my favorite series because I am a self-confessed “revenge junkie” and nobody does revenge better than Gin. The thought that this series may be ending make me sad, I hope it does not.

The story here is very detailed and give us a look into the mind of a much younger Gin and a much more emotionally strong Gin. If I had any problems with this addicting story it was that it was written in a manner that “you can see it ending badly” manner. The thing is you have no idea how badly it would end but it has a great heart warming ending that all fans will enjoy. Gin does go into revenge mode and I of course loved that but those painful lessons I spoke of will make her stronger but you can’t help but feel sympathy for her.

This is a book that can be read as a stand alone for a new reader but I would suggest you read them in order since you get a much deeper appreciation for Gin and what she has been through and what she will become. I read late into the night to finish this novel because I could not put it down once I got to the horrible betrayal and knew the much needed revenge would be forthcoming. I love this series and this is one of the best installments which means I won’t be complaining about prequels for a long time. Highly recommended.