New Series Alerts…

Wow, this is a big, big week on the new release front, both os the adult and young adult sides. Let’s start with the biggie…Ilona AndrewsBurn For Me. It is the first book of at least three in the Hidden Legacy series.

burn for meSynopsis…

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.

Purchase at Amazon.com

Also coming out this week is Love Me to Death by Marissa Clark. It is the first book of the Underveil series.

love me to deathSynopsis…

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.

Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.

Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her. As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them–an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong.

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

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Also starting up this week is the Hellhound Chronicles from Caitlin Kittredge. The first book is called Black Dog.

black dogSynopsis…

The first installment in a fabulous dark urban fantasy series—think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts—from the award-winning author of the Iron Codex trilogy and Vertigo comic Coffin Hill.

Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger . . . or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava.

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Ally Condie also starts up a new young adult series this week. Atlantia is the first book of the new Rio series.

atlantiaSynopsis…

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Purchase at Amazon.com

Also new this week is Earth and Sky from Megan Crewe. It is the first book of the Earth and Sky series.

earth and skySynopsis…

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has always been haunted by fleeting yet powerful feelings that something around her has gone wrong. Those impressions have never seemed to reflect anything real, and have only earned her stares and whispers behind her back. But after she meets a mysterious boy named Win, she learns an unsettling truth: we are not alone on Earth. In fact, visitors from beyond the stars are manipulating our planet and the essential fabric of our world; life as we know it is starting to unravel. And Skylar—and her heightened awareness—just may be the key to our salvation.

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And finally, we have Talon from Julie Kagawa. It is the first book of the young adult Talon series.

9780373211395.inddSynopsis…

In Julie Kagawa’s groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret St. James has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey—and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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Well, there is a lot to choose from this week. Which ones are you most excited for?

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

Usually, when I do a cover lover post, I hope to find at least one that is a stand-out. I didn’t have much luck this time around. There isn’t anything that makes me gag, but then there isn’t much that would make me grab the book off of the shelf to read, either.

First up, we have the second book from the new Chris Marie Green Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series. Another One Bites the Dust will be released on November 4th.

another one bites the dustShona Husk is up next with To Love a King, which is from her Annywn series. It is due out on October 22nd.

to love a kingGena Showalter is re-releasing Tempt Me Eternally in e-format on June 2nd. It is #4.5 of her Alien Huntress series, and it was originally released in the Deep Kiss of Winter duology with Kresley Cole.

tempt me eternallyThe Winter Long, from Seanan McGuire, will be released on September 2nd. It is from her October Daye series.

the winter longThe third book from Sharon Shinn‘s Shifting Circle series, The Turning Season, will be released on November 4th.

the turning seasonJuliette Marillier starts her new Blackthorn and Grim series with Dreamer’s Pool. It is due out on November 4th.

dreamer's poolMolly Cochran revisits her Legacy series with a novella called Wishes. The e-book will be released on April 29th.

wishesJulie Kagawa‘s new YA Talon series gets its start on October 28th with the release of the first book, also called Talon.

talonAnd finally, we have Marie Lu‘s new The Young Elites. It is the first book of the series of the same name, and it is due out on October 7th.

the young elitesWhat do you think? I think that both Talon and The Young Elites are pretty, but they gave me more of a novella cover vibe rather than the first books of much anticipated new series from two successful authors.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Crap, I hate allergies. I do believe I am one small step above a zombie the last couple of days. I did manage to rouse myself long enough to find a couple of new covers floating around, though.

This first one is a stand-alone (I think?) from Elizabeth Fama called Plus One. It is due out on April 8th.

plus oneThis second one is young adult, too. Julie Kagawa‘s The Forever Song is the third and final book in her Blood of Eden series, and it will be released on April 15th.

the forever songOne of the most annoying things for an OCD book-lover is when there is a cover design change mid series. Stacey Kade‘s first Project Paper Doll book, The Rules, will be out in paperback (with a new design that lines up with the hardcover version of book 2) will be out on April 1st.

the rules

The second book of Kami Garcia‘s Legion series, Unmarked, will be out later this year.

unmarkedThere has been a change of design for the first book of the upcoming Bree Despain Into the Dark series, The Shadow Prince. It will be out on March 11th.

the shadow princeThe second book from Christine Warren‘s new Gargoyle series, Stone Cold Lover, will be out on August 26th.

stone cold lover

New Release Dates…

I have been pretty up to date on the new release pages lately (there were times that I was behind by well over 150), and there will be a few more added over this coming week. There are a few that I have been looking forward to…

  • The next Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity book, Hunt the Darkness, will be released on June 3rd.
  • The next Angels of Darkness book from Gena Showalter will be called Burning Dawn, and it will be Thane’s story. It is due out on April 29th. On a side note, it looks like there will just one more book each in the Alien Huntress series and its spin-off Otherworld Assassin series. No word yet on release dates, however.
  • The final book in Cassandra Clare‘s the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, will be released on May 27th.
  • There are a couple of new Dark Kings books from Donna Grant coming out in 2014. Darkest Flame will be out on April 29th, and Fire Rising will follow on June 3rd.
  • There won’t be much time to wait between Belladonna Agency books from Virna De Paul. Turned will be released on April 1st, Awakened on April 29th, and Revealed sill hit the shelves on May 27th.
  • There is a new series coming from Kristen Painter. The Crescent City series, which will be set in the same world as her House of Comarre books, will start on May 13th with the release House of the Rising Sun.
  • Charley Davidson #6, written by Darynda Jones, will be called Sixth Grave on the Edge. It is due out on May 20th.
  • The third Julie Kagawa Blood of Eden book, The Forever Song, will be released on April 29th.
  • Bloodshifted, the next book in Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence series, is due out on July 1st.
  • Caris Roane‘s next Men in Chains book, Chains of Darkness, will also be released on July 1st.
  • There is a bit of a wait for the next Bloodlines book from Richelle Mead. Silver Shadows is due out next August.
  • August is also when the next Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill is due out. It is called Blood Games.
  • Apparently there is another Laurell K. Hamilton Meredith Gentry book coming your way. A Shiver of Light is due out next June.
  • Born of Fury from Sherrilyn Kenyon was due out earlier this year, but things got a bit wonky and it was pushed back indefinitely. Turns out the new release date is July 1st of next year.
  • Rebel is the title of the next book from Cheryl Brooks‘ Cat Star Chronicles series, and it will be available on July 1st.
  • Vampire Trouble is the next title in Sara Humphreys‘ Dead in the City series, and it is due out on July 1st.
  • Elizabeth Staab‘s next chronicles of Yavn book, Hunter by Night, will be released on June 1st.
  • It looks like Terry Spears‘ next Jaguar Shifter book will be called Jaguar Hunt, and it is due out on June 3rd.
  • The third book in the Celestial Blues series from Vicki Pettersson, The Given, will be released on May 27th.
  • A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that there is a Beautiful Creatures spin-off series from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl due out next year. It looks like the first book, Dangerous Creatures, is showing as a May 27th release on Amazon.
  • and Kerrelyn Sparks will release a new book on April 29th called How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying).

Are any of these on your must-buy list? I know there are a few that will be heading my way.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

It didn’t look there was much to post today, but then Amber pointed out that the cover for our mutually loved Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s next Covenant novel, Sentinel, was out. Aaaand that led to finding 7 more between Amazon and Goodreads. Sentinel is due out on December 10th. Not a great cover, but a really great series.

sentinel

Kalayna Price‘s next Alex Craft book, Grave Visions, is due out on August 6th.

grave visions

Next up is Breath of Iron from Kate Cross. It is part of her Clockwork Agents series, and it is due out on August 6th.

breath of iron

There has been a lot of talk over the last couple of years about another Outlander book from Diana Gabaldon, but now it looks like Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is confirmed for a December 10th release.

written in my own heart's blood

Midnight’s Promise from Donna Grant, the 8th book of her Dark Warriors series, is due out on October 29th.

midnight's promise

These next two are both from the recently announced “Dark trilogy” from Christine Feehan. Dark Lycan, Dark series number 24, will be released on September 3rd.

dark lycan

And it will be followed by Dark Wolf will follow in January 2014. This one is the long-awaited story of Skylar and Dimitri.

dark wolf

And this final one is the lone YA title. Julie Kagawa‘s second Iron Fey spin-off book, The Iron Traitor, is due out on October 29th.

the iron traitor

A Deal, a Pilot…and the Future of B&N

So, this is just a random grab-all post that covers what my net nosiness turned up today.

  • Harlequin Teen has signed one of its bestselling authors to a seven-figure deal. Julie Kagawa, who writes the Blood Eden and Iron Fey series for the imprint, has inked a multibook contract for a new series. Harlequin said the new books will offer a contemporary story featuring “mythical creatures.” Agent Laurie McLean at Larsen Pomada Literary sold world rights to Natashya Wilson. The first book is the seriesis set for 2015. Iron Fey unfolds over five books and three novellas and has, Harlequin said, been published in over 20 countries; film rights to Blood Eden, the second book of which is coming in May 2013, have been optioned by Palomar Pictures.
  • The Fox Network has ordered a pilot based on Lauren Oliver’s popular Delirium trilogy, just ahead of the March 5 release of book three, Requiem (Harper). Writer/executive producer Karyn Usher (Prison Break) wrote the pilot that was approved, and The Mazur Kaplan Company (as in Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books) is executive producing along with Chernin Entertainment and Twentieth Television.In addition to soon being able to watch Delirium on the small screen, fans of Oliver’s work will get a bonus short story, “Alex,” if they buy a copy ofthe first printing of Requiem.Delirium Stories, originally published as digital novellas, will also be released in paperback on March 5, as will an e-book that focuses on the leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven. An original digital story about Lena’s best friend, Hana, came out last February.
  • Barnes & Noble has reacted to an article in the Wall Street Journal that quotes B&N retail group CEO Mitchell Klipper as saying the bookstore chain will have 450 to 500 stores in 10 years by stressing that the company’s management “is fully committed to the retail concept for the long term.” A spokesperson noted that B&N has been closing about 15 stores annually for 10 years, a figure that includes a number of unprofitable stores as well as some relocations.

    “The numbers reported today by the Wall Street Journal are consistent with analysts’ expectations,” the spokesperson said. B&N has cut back on store openings in part because developers are opening fewer malls as well as the impact of the sale of digital books .In the last 12 months, B&N closed or announced closing of such high profile outlets as New York City’s Greenwich Village on 8th Street, two outside of Dallas, and ones in Austin, Chicago, and Seattle. The closing of the B&N at Union Station in Washington, D.C., was much lamented. Then came a reprieve, which fell through; it will close at the end of next month.

Sometimes I wonder if the next generation will even know what a bookstore is at all. If huge American cities cannot support a brick and mortar store, what chance is there for the smaller markets to keep theirs?

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

I have gotten all of the monthly new release pages updated and dates double checked right through to the end of 2013.  There have been a couple that shifted around (like Larissa Ione‘s new vampire series book Bound by Night, which will now be released on October 1st rather than July).  In the process of updating, I came across a couple of new covers.

This one reminds me of Lindsay Lohan, which is never a good thing.  Only Lycans Need Apply from Michele Bardsley‘s Broken Heart Vampires series, and it will be released on April 2nd.

only lycans need apply

Now, this next one doesn’t really look like the finished cover to me, but I can’t find anything that says any different.  The Eternity Cure from Julie Kagawa is due out in hardcover on April 30th.

the eternity cure

I was very much surprised by how much I enjoyed Anna Bank‘s Of Poseidon, so I have high hopes for the sequel, Of Triton.  It is due out on May 28th.

of triton

The cover is out for the next Indigo Court book from Yasmine Galenorn, Night Vision.  Look for it on July 2nd.

night vision

Inked Destiny is the title of the next Jory Strong Inked series book, which should also be released on July 2nd.

inked destiny

And the final one for today is from the Wolf series from Terry SpearSilence of the Wolf is a pretty one, and will unbelievably be #13 in the series.

silence of the wolf

New Series Alerts…

Looks like all the action this week is happening on the young adult side of things.  There are two new series getting started…and two new series winding up.  This first new one is Dark Star from Bethany Frenette, from the Dark Star series.

Synopsis…

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey notto feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape.  And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.

The Dark Star reading list is HERE.

Also getting a start this week is Julie Kagawa‘s Iron Fey spin off series, Call of the Forgotten.  The first book is called The Lost Prince.

Synopsis…

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten reading list is HERE.

And there are two series also winding down this week.  Finale is the fourth and final book of the Hush, Hush series from Becca Fitzpatrick.

Synopsis…

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn – but which sides are they on?

The Hush, Hush reading list can be found HERE.

And then we have Beautiful Redemption from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  While this is the final book in the series, it is not the last we will be seeing from this world, since the movie adaptation will be hitting the theatres next February 13th.

Synopsis…

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

The Caster Chronicles reading list can be found HERE.

So, what have you been waiting for this week?  Both the Hush, Hush and the Caster Chronicles series are waving from Mount TBR.  Story of my life…

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

This is sort of a grab-all post, since some of these covers seemed to have slipped under my radar.  A grabbed a lot of these from All Things Urban Fantasy, so thanks again.  This first one is from the Black London series from Caitlin KittredgeDark Days is due out on April 30th.

Book cover number two is from Lauren DaneGoing Under is a Bound by Magick title, due out on February 5th.

This one is new to me.  Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duvall are teaming up for the anthology ‘Til The World Ends, which is due out on January 29th.

Amy Plum‘s If I Should Die, the final book in her Revenants series, is due out next May.

Book one of J.T. Geissinger‘s Night Prowler is sitting on Mount TBR, and the book is heading our way.  Edge of Oblivion is due out next month.

Time Thief is the first book in a new Katie MacAlister series, also called Time Thief.  It is due out next May 7th.

A while back, there was a cover making the rounds for Larissa Ione‘s Rogue Rider.  It was…ok.  Looks like there has been a redo, and it is looking way, way better.  Rogue Rider is due out on November 20th.

And this final one is from Laura ResnickPolterheist is part of her Esther Diamond series, due out on November 6th.

Random Updates…

A little bit of this…a little bit of that.

  • There will be a fourth book in the Dark Dynasties series from Kendra Leigh CastleImmortal Craving will be released on January 29th.
  • The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles series from Hannah Jayne will also have a fourth book released.  Under the Gun is due out on February 5th.
  • March 26th is the release date for Jennifer Estep‘s Deadly Sting, part of her Elemental Assassin series.
  • The third book from Sandra Hill‘s Deadly Angels series will be called Kiss of Temptation, and it is also due out on March 26th.
  • Jenna Black‘s third Nikki Black book, Rogue Descendant, will be released on April 30th.
  • April 30th is also the release date for Delilah S. Dawson‘s second Blud novel, Wicked as She Wants.
  • Sinner’s Heart from Zoe Archer will be hitting the shelves on April 2nd.
  • The second book from Julie Kagawa‘s Blood of Eden series, The Eternity Cure, is due out next May.
  • August 2013 will see the start up of a new series from Angela Knight called Familiar.  No other details available as yet.
  • The oft-delayed Warriors of Poseidon novella, Alejandro’s Sorceress, is now completely MIA.  Seems like Alyssa Day decided to do a total re-write and start basically from scratch, so new release details are sketchy.
  • Also, there has been a change in the scheduled Beginnings of Magic by Ilona Andrews.  Instead of being compilation of the first two Kate Daniels books, it will now be a special edition re-print of Magic Bites.  The cover copy says “This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate’s Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don’t miss the prequel story “A Questionable Client,” as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran’s point of view.”  It is now called Magic Bites: A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel.