This and That…Covers, Release Dates, and Other Stuff

Yep, I have been snooping around and come across a little new info…

  • One thing I do NOT like is when a series I like shows an upcoming release with “End” in the title. Nope. Alexandra Ivy‘s next Guardians of Eternity book will be called When Darkness Ends, and it has a release date of May 26th.
  • The Chicagoland Vampires novella from Chloe Neill featuring Merit and Ethan now has a title. Lucky Break is due out on February 3rd.
  • Rumor has it that there will indeed be another Charley Davidson book from Darynda Jones, and it will be called Eighth Grave After Dark, and it is tentatively scheduled for next May.
  • I have to admit, I had my doubts it would ever come our way, but it looks like The Return from Jennifer L. Armentrout is a go. I thought (wrongly) that it was from Entangled Publishing, which meant I had pretty much decided that it would never see the light of day. I love being wrong sometimes. This Seth-centric spin-off from the Covenant series will be out on February 17th.
  • I had also (wrongly) gotten it into my head that Shannon K. Butcher‘s Sentinel Wars series must’ve ended, mostly because there hasn’t been any word on new titles for a while. Wrong again, since Binding Ties is due out on March 3rd – and there is both a cover and blurb available…

binding tiesThey are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect his onetime enemy—without succumbing to his darkest desires.

Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. Yet she has a secret—and it could make her a slave to their power. But when a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. So she strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai—one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever.

Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful, hot-blooded Lyka. One misstep could send their races straight back to war. But now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely—otherwise she will never truly be his.

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon has co-authored the previous four Belador books, but it looks like number five will be a solo effort for Dianna Love. Demon Storm is due out this October, but here’s a quick peek at the cover…

demon storm

  • Devon Monk is starting up a new series soon called House Immortal, but word is already coming about the second book. Infinity Bell will be released on March 3rd, and yep, it’s cover time…

infinity bellSo, that about wraps things up for now. Are any of these tidbits something you are looking forward to?

Pick of the Week…

It is always hard to say goodbye to a series from a favorite author, but on the other hand it does free them up to start something new. Such is the case with Jennifer L. Armentrout, who wraps up her Lux series this week with the release of the fifth book, Opposition. There were a lot of great books coming out this week, but my sentimental vote is going to this one.

oppositionSynopsis…

In the stunning climax to the bestselling Lux series, Daemon and Katy join forces with an unlikely enemy to ensure the survival of not only their love for each other, but the future of all mankind. Opposition will bring forth a new dawn to the Lux universe, where man must stand with alien to survive, and the future, no matter the outcome, will never be the same.

Purchase at Amazon.com

I still have to read the last book of her Covenant series, too, so it looks like I will be doing a goodbye marathon soon. Ugh.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Cover time again. Let’s get started with the cover for Otherworld Nights, a collection of novellas from Kelley Armstrong‘s Otherworld series. It will be released on October 28th.

otherworld nightsNext up is the final book from Kim Harrison‘s Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series. The Witch With No Name will be released on September 9th.

the witch with no nameLove the series…the new cover style not so much. The fifth and final book from Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series, Opposition, will be released on August 5th.

oppositionMarissa Clark starts her new Underveil series with the release of Love Me To Death on October 28th.

love me to deathNot much has been known about the upcoming series from author Ally Condie until now. It looks like the first book of the Rio series will be called Atlantia, and it is due out on November 4th.

atlantiaMeh, not feeling the Opposition cover. Can’t wait for the book in a way, even though it is the end of the series, but the new cover design gives me more of a magazine vibe than a book cover. Not sure that that is the best angle to shoot cover-dude from, either, since he looks a little on the bloated-and-scruffy side. Just saying…

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

It looks like it is time for another cover post. There are seven in this batch, but nothing that really jumps out at me and says “you must read me!”. This first one is from the upcoming Hellhound series from Caitlin Kittredge, Black Dog. It is due out on October 28th.

black dogUp next is the cover for Low Midnight, which is the next book in Carrie Vaughn‘s Kitty Norville series. It is due out next January.

low midnightKeri Arthur‘s re-releasing of back titles continues with Penumbra, the third book of her Spook Squad series. Look for this one on October 28th.

penumbraMelissa F. Olsen‘s Hunter’s Trail is up next. It is the third book from her Scarlett Bernard series, and it will be available on September 2nd.

hunter's trailThese next two are young adult novella covers. Outcast is a novella from C.J. Redwine‘s Defiance series, and it will be out on July 1st.

outcastAnd Stardawn is a prequel from Phoebe North‘s Starglass series, which will be released on June 3rd.

stardawnAnd finally, we have the cover redesign for upcoming Lux series bind-ups. The first four titles in Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series will be re-released into two volumes called Lux: Beginnings and Lux: Consequences, on June 3rd. This is the cover for Consequences. I have to say, I liked the original ones better. These look like magazine covers to me, for some reason.

lux consequencesSo, there you have it for today. Anything stand out for you? What is your take on the new Lux design?

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

 

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

So, the unexpected treat of finding the Archangel’s Shadows cover also lead to a few more covers turning up. This is sort of a mix of adult, young adult,  the whole works.

This first one is from the MoonBound Clan Vampires series from Larissa Ione. Chained by Night is due out on August 1st.

chained by nightNext up is Summer Moon, the second book from Jan DeLima‘s Celtic Wolves series. It is due out on September 30th.

summer moonHm, not quite sure I can put my finger on why, but I am not feeling these covers from the new Kristen Painter series. Anyways, City of Eternal Night is due out on December 2nd.

city of eternal nightI am reading the first book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s new Dark Elements series now, and I am quite enjoying it. Book two will be called Stone Cold Touch, and it has a release date of October 28th.

stone cold touchAre you looking forward to the Divergent novellas from Veronica Roth? Four: A Divergent Collection is due out in print on July 8th.

four divergent collectionThere is a new series starting soon from author Lindsay Cummings that caught my eye called The Murder Complex, and The Fear Trials is the prequel novella. Look for it on May27th.

the fear trialsAnd this last one is from author Amy Rose Capetta. Unmade is the second and final book in her Entangled series, and it is due out next January.

unmadeSo, good, bad…or ugly? Any stand-outs for you, or nothing catch your eye in this batch?

Pick of the Week…

I have already done a new series post for Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s White Hot Kiss, which is my most anticipated book, so that means my second choice is actually from a series I haven’t read. Yet. Kim Harrison‘s 12th Rachel Morgan/The Hollows book, The Undead Pool, comes out this week. I haven’t heard anything bad about this series at all, and that is something you can’t say often.

the undead poolSynopsis…

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

–Rachel Morgan reading list HERE

Anything in particular you are looking forward to this week? What is your take on the Rachel Morgan books?

New Series Alerts…

Both of the new series coming this week are young adult releases, and the first one comes from a favorite of mine, Jennifer L. Armentrout. White Hot Kiss is the first book of The Dark Elements series, but there was a prequel novella released a while back called Bitter Sweet Love.

white hot kissSynopsis…

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

And the second newbie is from Victoria Scott. Fire & Flood is the first book of the Fire & Flood series.

fire and floodSynopsis…

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Are either of these on your must-read list? I have already ordered White Hot Kiss, but Fire & Flood is calling to me, too.

From the Author Pages…

Just a couple of quick little bits I found while updating the author pages and new release pages the last couple of days…

  • The fifth and final Jennifer L. Armentrout Lux book, Opposition, will be coming our way this August, and it looks like there will be a bit of a change in cover design. Gone are the two trademark models who have been on all of the covers so far – they are popping up on more and more covers of late, and so the Armentrout team has decided to go in a new direction. They will also be re-releasing the first four Lux books (with the new cover design) in two duologies. Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx) and Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin) will be out on June 3rd.
  • After a couple of years of suffering some health issues, Christine Feehan seems to be back up to speed (and then some). She is gearing back up to a four book a year schedule, and maybe even five. Right now, she has Dark Wolf on January 7th, then the third Sisters of the Heart book, Air Bound, on May 27th. Dark Blood will be out in September, and she has already written the next two (!) Sisters of the Heart books, Earth Bound and Fire Bound. Right now, she is working on a Ghostwalker book (and it sounds like it is Wyatt Fontenot’s story).
  • Good news from Darynda Jones, too. There will be another Charley Davidson book released on October 21st, called Seventh Grave and No Body.
  • I don’t know why, but I sort of had it in my head that Reaver was the end of the line for Larissa Ione‘s Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. Nope. Revenant (featuring Revenant and Blaspheme) will be out late next winter.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s next Belador book will be called Demon Storm, and it will be released sometime in 2014.
  • A while back, I had re-rumored that the next Thea Harrison Elder Races book was to be Graydon’s. That is what I like to call…WRONG. In a surprise twist, the hero of the upcoming Night’s Honor will be Xavier del Torro (Nightkind king Julian’s right hand man). Look for it sometime next year, as well.
  • And finally, next December, Eileen Wilks will release World of the Lupi #11, which will be called Unbinding.

So, that about wraps that up. Any of them on your must buy list?

From the Author Pages…

Updating time again. While going through the author pages, I found a couple of new tidbits to share.

  • I had high hopes that the next Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity book, Hunt the Darkness, would be Roke and Sally’s story. Well, the synopsis confirms it…

The vampire, Roke, is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he’s allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how. . .

Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that’s what Sally keeps telling herself. She’s on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won’t be easy with Roke shadowing Sally’s every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn’t sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke—or with him. . .

  • The first Phoenix Fire book from Cynthia Eden isn’t released until next month, but the pre-order links are already up on Amazon for the third one. Playing with Fire will be released on August 26th.
  • This next one is huge…at least for me. Jennifer L. Armentrout recently wrapped up her Covenant series, but it looks like a New Adult spin-off is in the works. And it features Seth. SETH! The series will be called Titans, and book one is called The Return. It is scheduled for an early 2015 release, and the author has upped a bit of info on her blog…

1. The Return will be in dual POV (Seth and our main protagonist)
2. You have NOT met the female lead yet.
3. The female lead has absolutely no knowledge of gods and any of that
4. Since it’s a Titan novel, you can expect… the Titans.
5. Apollo will be all up in the book, because well, it’s Apollo and I sort of like him.
6. Deacon and Luke will make appearances, but other main characters will not be featured in this series. (Not giving details to avoid as much spoilers as possible)
7. The biggest difference is that the Titan series will be New Adult paranormal. And here’s the reason why. I never gave Seth’s birthday, but he’s always been well over the age of 18 years old, and I really have no real reason bringing him into a high school environment without making him look like a creeper. And he already has enough creeper tendencies as is, so he really is too old for YA. Does that mean the book will be inappropriate for younger readers? Absolutely not.  Will it have more adult content? Probably. I mean, Seth was always borderline inappropriate, but my YA books have that, so….
8. And it will be releasing in early 2015, tentatively February 2015 in both print and digital.

Ok. Anyone else excited thrilled we haven’t seen the last of Seth? This made my day.