I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone who has been thinking of adding to their paperback collections that The Book Outlet has in quite a few titles from Lynsay Sands, Kerrelyn Sparks, and Karina Cooper on sale for around $2.49 (give or take). There are a lot of other authors, too, but I noticed a big influx of titles from these three. It is a great way to pick up a few books that you might be missing.
I wasn’t expecting much in the way of e-releases this week. Not sure why – maybe because it has seemed like the last couple of weeks have been quiet on that score. Looks like they made up for it this time, though.
This first one is Taken by the Vampire King from Laura Kaye. It is a Nocturne Cravings release.
Henrik Magnusson is supposed to be immortal, but a mysterious ailment leaves the vampire king near death, and not even the blood of the Proffered, human virgins trained to serve the elite, can sustain him. Then he rescues a beautiful young woman from his enemies, and is filled with blood lust and desire he hasn’t felt for centuries.
Photographer Kaira Sorenson’s life takes a nightmare turn when she’s attacked by blood-thirsty creatures—and saved by a vampire. She should be afraid of Henrik, but she can’t deny her intense attraction to this regal, enigmatic being—nor the fact that her blood may be his only salvation. Now she must decide if she’s willing to be his forever…
Also from Nocturne Cravings is The Demon’s Forbidden Passion by Zoey Williams.
A battle rages within Ethan Phillips. By day, he’s a sexy firefighter saving lives in his community. At night, he’s a half-demon enraptured by carnal desire. And on this night, after a harrowing rescue dredges up memories of his tragic past, Ethan’s hunger is stronger than ever.
After turning to Tina Driscoll for one night of passionate release, he tries to keep his distance. He knows the curse that followed him into adulthood will mean dire consequences for the gentle, compassionate nurse. But each time he tries to tear himself away, the flames erupting between them only intensify….
This one is a novella from the St. Croix Chronicles by Karina Cooper, called The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway.
Although I have only been part of Society for two years, I am already desperate to escape its confines and eager for adventure. The world my deceased parents have left me is nothing more than a gilded prison, and I will do anything to escape the boredom, even become a collector of bounties.
My name is Cherry St. Croix, and I may be young, but I am old enough to know when I am in over my head. My first collection seemed easy: Mr. Strangeway’s debts have come due, and the purse for his capture is hefty. Yet the wastrel remains one step ahead of me, and my efforts are hampered by another collector after the same coin. What’s more, a simple hunt becomes the forefront of a conspiracy that leads me on a chase through London’s low-class streets.
Not only does my pride demand success, but the well-being of many rest upon the choices I make—failure is not an outcome I can live with.
And also heading our way this week is Zoe Archer‘s Skies of Gold, which is part of her Ether Chronicles series.
Two Lonely Hearts…
Kalindi MacNeil survived the devastating enemy airship attack that obliterated Liverpool, but even her engineering skills can’t seem to repair her broken heart. Seeking to put her life back together, Kali retreats to a desolate, deserted island—only to discover she’s not alone. Captain Fletcher Adams, an elite man/machine hybrid, a Man O’ War, crashed his battle-damaged airship into this deserted island after Liverpool, never expecting to survive the wreck. But survive he did.
Believing he is nothing but a living weapon, Fletcher is wary of his new-found companion—a pretty, damaged, but determined young woman. Together they are stranded on the deserted island, and it is only a matter of time until desire gets the best of both of them. Soon Kali and Fletcher find they may be just what the other needed. But a danger from beyond the island puts them to the test. Will it rip them apart or bond their hearts forever?
I haven’t seen much about this Katie MacAlister series for some reason. Time Crossed is a novella from her Time Thief series.
Stealing time. Cheating death. Breaking hearts. Gregory Faa is an Otherworldly man on a mission in the new Time Thief short story from New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister.
Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens is a Wiccan on the edge—of the law. With two mothers who excel on breaking the rules of the Otherworld’s Watch, Gwen is used to dealing with their troublesome situations. But when she’s snatched from the jaws of death itself, it’s not her moms who give her grief, it’s the drop-dead gorgeous man who saved her life.
Traveller Gregory Faa may be many things—time stealer, outlier, troublemaker—but there’s one thing he isn’t: hip to the fact that death has very little patience with people who don’t die when they’re supposed to.
And finally for this week we have Lolita Lopez‘s Dead Sexy Dragon , which is the first title from her new e-book series called Dragon Heat.
The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep. He’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.
But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is just a bonus.
Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she’s plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And just what the hell is going on down in the basement at night?
Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He’s found his mate and she’s not going anywhere…
Anything you just have to have from this batch? How has the Time Thief series been, since like I say I haven’t heard much about it at all. I am thinking about breaking the e-ban and getting Dead Sexy Dragon – hopefully when my I-pad comes.
New day, a few new covers. It looks like there are quite a few making the rounds, but I only found four that caught my eye. This first one is for the upcoming St. Croix Chronicles novella by Karina Cooper called The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway. It is due out on August 5th.
Dark Heat is a print compilation of the three Dark Kings e-novellas from Donna Grant, which is due out on December 31st.
This next one looks like fun. Bitter Spirits is the first book in the new Roaring Twenties series from Jenn Bennett, which will be released on January 7th.
And last but not least is the cover for the next Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill, Wild Things. Love the consistency in these covers…and wolfie in the background, too. Look for it next February.
Just a quick little cover post for today. This first one has been making the rounds lately, but I of course missed it for yesterday’s post. Immortal Ever After is the next book in Lynsay Sands‘ Argeneau series, due out on February 26th. I am not feeling the top black shadow section – seems like another bad photoshop jobbie.
Karina Cooper continues her Dark Mission series with the released of One for the Wicked on April 30th.
Eternal Demon is the title of the next book from Laura Wright‘s Mark of the Vampire series, due out on May 7th.
Now, I am a bit sketchy on the details for this next one. I do believe that The Deepest Night is the follow-up to Shana Abe‘s upcoming Young Adult Drakon spin-off book, The Sweetest Dark. The covers and titles seem to have a theme going, but info has been a bit hard to find on this newish series.
Hmm, I have been hoping for a really, really good cover to post for the last month or so, since this last while has been a bit iffy. Some have been ok, some cheesy, and some downright ass-ugly. Pretty much what I have found this go round, actually.
I actually don’t mind this first one…pretty, but sort of a flashback to the old historical romance bodice-rippers of yore (Lord, did I just yore in a sentence?!?). Er, yeah, so this is Winterblaze from Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, which is due out on February 26th.
I am not quite sure about this one. I don’t hate it, but it seems to be going for the same vibe as Winterblaze (above), but doesn’t quite pull it off. I am not sure if it is the grainy effect, or the bad font for the title, but Gilded, the second book from Karina Cooper‘s St. Croix Chronicles, isn’t a great cover. It will be hitting the shelves on December 26th.
This one is Jaguar Fever, the second book from Terry Spear‘s new Jaguar series. I actually don’t mind this one, since the photoshopping is well done and everything is clear and easy to read. Pretty much standard, with intense shirtless dude, smoke and animal in the background, but it works unlike the next one…
Yep, saved this one for last. Good lord, this is so very, very wrong. I think that Pamela Palmer‘s A Love Untamed holds the distinction being the only book whose cover model scares me. There’s intense, and then there’s serial killer mug shot scary. I stopped reading this series a while back, and this one won’t make me want to pick it up again. This Feral Warriors novel will be released on December 26th.
This is a dead release week, so while yesterday had no New Series post, today also doesn’t have a pick of the week. Meh, messing with my schedule like that. So, I thought I would do a random update, instead.
- Looks like the second book of Karina Cooper‘s new St. Croix Chronicles series, Gilded, will be released on December 26th.
- The 4th book from Kristina Douglas‘ The Fallen series, called The Rebel, will be released next June.
- Kresley Cole‘s publisher, Simon and Schuster, released the title of the next IAD book. I would have sworn that it would have been Lanthe’s turn, but looks like the Lykae jumped the gun. Uillieam’s book will be called MacRieve, and it will be released in hardcover on May 14th.
- Nalini Singh‘s newsletter gave up the goods on the upcoming Psy/Changeling compilation book coming March 5th. Wild Invitation will have to previously released novellas featuring Zach and Annie and Nate and Tamsyn, and two new stories. The new ones will be about Cooper and Grace (Yes!) and…Walker and Lara. Nice. I was hoping to get more about Walker and Lara. Can’t wait.
- Forever, the second book from the World of the Nightwalkers series by Jacquelyn Frank, will be released on March 26th.
- The title of the next Pride book from Shelly Laurenston will be Wolf with Benefits, and it is listed as a march 26th release.
- Terry Spear will have at least two new releases next year – Highland Wolf Wedding will be out on May 7th, and Jaguar Fever will be out on August 6th.
- I am still looking for info on the February release listed for Gena Showalter, Magic at Midnight. I suspect, however, that it is something like the recent trade-paperback listings for Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs – a bundling of a couple of previously released books. Just a hunch, though.
After having absolutely nothing going on for last week, this week at least has a few new series making their debuts. And a couple of those are biggies. This first one is from Karina Cooper, and it is called the St. Croix Chronicles. The first book is Tarnished.
In Victorian London, where science skirts the line between magic and mechanics, one stubborn miss will face shadows from her past, demons from her desires, and choices that will forever shape who she is.
A brand-new, sexy series from Karina Cooper featuring fearless heroine Cherry St. Croix-debutante by day, bounty hunter by night-set in an alternate London where proper Victorian society sits above a seedy steampunk underworld teeming with dubious loyalties, advanced technology, and incredible magic.
The St. Croix Chronicles reading list can be found HERE.
Kate Douglas‘ Dream Bound is released tomorrow, as well. It is the first book from the Dream series.
They are creatures of light in search of an energy source to help them survive. So when the Nyrians discover amazing power in the extreme passion and sexual pleasure of humans, they come to Earth to satisfy their needs…
For years, Mac Dugan has been trying to find the mysterious being he once loved and then lost. Now he has gathered a group of six highly intuitive and extremely sexual men and women at a secret mountain hideaway. Here he hopes to focus their potent sensuality into highly erotic fantasies that will summon his lover, Zianne. What he doesn’t anticipate is each team member making extraordinary sexual discoveries of their own…
The Dream Series reading list can be found HERE.
The next two are from much, much anticipated spin-off series. Once Burned, by Jeaniene Frost, is the first book of Vlad’s Night Prince series. I broke down and read the first 20%, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest.
She’s a mortal with dark powers…
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude… until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…
He’s the Prince of Night…
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
The Night Prince page can be found HERE.
Having just finished The Darkest Seduction this past weekend, I can say that I am really ready to get my hands on Wicked Nights. It is the first book from Gena Showalter‘s LotU spin-off series, Angels of the Dark.
Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed too dangerous, too ruthless, and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred . . . until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never before known.
Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?
The Angels of the Dark page can be found HERE.
The only young adult offering this week is from Sarah Zettel. Dust Girl is the first book from her American Fairy series.
This new trilogy will capture the hearts of readers who adore Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyleseries. Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she’s never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone, when her mother goes missing in a dust storm.
Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in “the golden hills of the west” (California). Along the way she meets Jack a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company—there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there’s also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.
The American Fairy reading list can be found HERE.
The first cover this week is from Jillian Stone. The Moonstone and Miss Jones is the second book in the Paranormal Investigator series, due out on September 25th.
Keri Arthur is in the process of re-releasing some of her older titles, and Beneath a Darkening Moon is one of them. Part of the Ripple Creek Werewolf series, it should be available on October 30th.
And this final one, Sacrifice the Wicked, is the 4th book from Karina Cooper‘s City of Glass series. Look for it on September 25th.
Wow, there is still a ton of info coming out about upcoming releases. I sort of wish they would spread the love out a bit, but I shouldn’t complain. So, this is what has been /will be added to the new release pages…
- Marjorie M. Liu will be going the steampunk way with the release of A Furious Darkness on November 27th.
- The second book in Juliana Stone‘s League of Guardians series, King of the Damned, will be out on November 27th.
- The preorder links are now up at Amazon for the Karen Marie Moning novel, Iced, due out on October 30th.
- Keri Arthur‘s second re-released Ripple Creek Werewolf book, Beneath a Darkening Moon, will be out on October 30th.
- I am not quite sure about this one, but September 25th is the release date for a Jacquelyn Frank book. Originally it was to be the third Three Worlds novel, but now it is listed as Forbidden: The World of Nightwalkers. I must investigate further, since this is the first I have heard of another Nightwalkers spin off.
- Sacrifice the Wicked, part of Karina Cooper‘s Dark Mission world, will be released on September 25th.
- Caine and Cassandra’s Guardians of Eternity story now has a title and a release date. The Alexandra Ivy book will be called Fear the Darkness, and it will be available on September 1st.
- Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden will once again pair up in the Howl For It anthology on August 28th. No clue what series Laurenston will be writing about, but all of their anthologies have been great so far.
- The fourth book of Keri Arthur‘s Dark Angels series, Darkness Hunts, will be available on November 6th.
- and finally, Kerrelyn Sparks will release Wild About You, part of her Love at Stake series, on September 25th.
Yeah, the title says it all on this one. Starting with the good, the cover is up for the second book in Kerstin Gier‘s Ruby Red trilogy, this one called Sapphire Blue. It is due out on October 30th.
Now, the bad is…really bad. Like, really bad. I had seen this one in black and white a while back, and I though that maybe it would look better in color. Nope. Where the holy hell is his head?!? I do like the cut off body shot covers, but Stygian’s head is just…erased. Huh. Stygian’s Honor, the oft delayed Breed book from Lora Leigh, is now due out on August 7th. I wonder if Stygian will have found a head by then?
And the ugly. Well, ugly is too harsh, but this one is not a favorite of mine. Karina Cooper will start up a new series called The St. Croix Chronicles this June 26th with the release of Tarnished.