Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

There has been a bit of a cover lull for a few days, and I only have five for today’s post. Let’s start with one from Kerrelyn Sparks. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire will be released on December 31st.

crouching tigerUp next is Flight From Hell, an Otherworld novella from Yasmine Galenorn which is due out on August 19th.

flight from hellThe prequel novella from Deborah Blake‘s upcoming Baba Yaga series, Wickedly Magical, will be released on August 5th.

wickedly magicalAnd these final two are from Kelly Meade. Gray Bishop is the second title, due out on October 21st….

gray bishop…and it will wrap up with White Knight on January 1st.

white nightSo, that’s it for today. Anything special catch your eye? Anything you are planning on grabbing when it is released?

Sparks, Sands and Cooper on Sale…

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.

This and That…

There has been a bit of info coming out on some upcoming releases lately, so I thought I would do a little post showing some of the tidbits going around…

  • For some reason, I had thought that Christina Henry‘s Black Wings series was wrapping up, but it looks like a new book will be out on October 28th. This one is called Black Spring.
  • Thanks to everyone who sent me the links to J.R. Ward‘s appearance in Cincinnati, where she shared some major spoilers. One of them was that the next BDB book will be called The Shadows, and it will feature both Trez and iAm.
  • Laura Resnick‘s next Esther Diamond book, Abracadaver, will be released on November 4th.
  • Also on November 4th is the second book from Chris Marie Green‘s new Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series. This one is called Another One Bites the Dust.
  • Well, Kim Harrison‘s final Rachel Morgan book is coming soon. The Witch With No Name is due out on September 9th.
  • The long delayed Walker Papers book by C.E. Murphy, Shaman Rises, will finally be released on June 24th.
  • November 25th is the release date for the Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane (Meljean Brooks) novella, Night Shift. Nalini’s story is about Mercy’s brother Bastien, and Ilona’s is about Jim and Dali.
  • The next Sandra Hill Deadly Angels book will be called Vampire in Paradise, and it is due out on November 25th.
  • A new Deadtown novel from Nancy Holzner is also coming this year. Firestorm is due out on November 25th, as well.
  • Aimee Carter‘s second YA Blackcoat Rebellion book, Captive, will be out on November 25th.
  • It doesn’t have a title yet, but the 16th Love at Stake book from Kerrelyn Sparks will hit the shelves on December 31st.
  • Fans of J.D. Tyler‘s Alpha Pack will be glad to know that book 6, called Wolf’s Fall, will be out on December 2nd.
  • December 2nd is also the release date for Darkness Falls from Keri Arthur. It is the final book in her Dark Angels series.
  • Universal Alien from Gini Koch will also be out on December 2nd.
  • Kate Elliott starts a new series next February called The Black Wolves Trilogy. The first book is called The Black Wolves.
  • Book one of Kelley Armstrong‘s new Age of Legends series just comes out this week, but it looks like the second book will be called Empire of Night. It is due out sometime next year.
  • I have been keeping an eye out for info about Anne Bishop‘s The Others, and I finally scored. It looks like book three will be called Vision in Silver…bad news is it is due out next year. Sometime.
  • Also coming sometime in 2015 is the 4th Alpha and Omega book from Patricia Briggs. It looks like this one will be called Dead Heat.
  • The third and final book from Alexandra Bracken‘s The Darkest Minds trilogy will be called In the Afterlight, and it is due out on September 16th. She will follow it up with a new YA time travel duology, with book one being called Passenger, and book two being called Wayfarer.
  • Way off next February is Chaos Choreography, the fifth book from Seanan McGuire‘s InCryptid series.
  • Kerstin Gier will have another of her series translated into English next year with the release of Silver: The First Book of Dreams. It is due out on January 6th.
  • And the UK version of Amazon has a new Christine Feehan listing. It shows the next (and very, very long awaited) Ghostwalker book, Viper Game, as a January 25th release. I am starting the countdown as we speak.

Anything interesting? Which ones are you most excited for?

Cover Lover, Book News…and a Debate

Nothing like combining a bunch of little stuff into one post (might be laziness, just saying). Goodreads and Amazon coughed up a couple of more covers for today, so let’s start with that.

On the YA side, Kiera Cass‘s third book in her The Selection trilogy, called The One, now has a pretty cover to go with the first two. The One will be released on May 6th.

the oneAnd cover number two is from Kerrelyn Sparks. How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) is due out on April 29th.

how to seduce a vampireOn the book news front, it looks like Maggie Stiefvater is returning to her Mercy Falls world. I made no secret at the time that I thought the ending of Forever was, uh, distressing for me. Or rather, not an ending at all. I don’t do well with open-endedness, so to not get a final resolution to Sam and Grace’s story was frustrating. Now, Maggie has confirmed that she is writing one more companion book, so here’s hoping everything gets wrapped up this time. Sinner is a stand alone hardcover featuring Cole and Isabel that will be released next July. One source has said “this isn’t so much a re-visitation as it is a reinvention”.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

According to the author herself, this was not part of the original Mercy Falls plan (I thought that maybe it was, hence the open ended wrap up of the third book).

Author Maggie Stiefvater says, “For me, finishing the Shiver trilogy was a bittersweet moment — I knew that I wouldn’t be returning to Mercy Falls once Sam and Grace’s story was over. But Cole and Isabel still lurked in the back of my mind. Both of them were only half-fixed at the end of the trilogy, and I wanted to know if they could be fixed the rest of the way.”

Will you be checking Sinner out, or is this one a miss for you? I know I will be, since a) I have to know if their is a REAL ending and b) cover OCD won’t let me not get it.

A while back, Jeaniene Frost announced a change in her publishing schedule, saying that she had wrapped up the Cat and Bones series a book earlier than planned. That was a bummer, but it has been a great run for the Night Huntress books, and finishing it when it needs to end rather than dragging things out is the right decision. Now Jeaniene turns her attention to her new venture, the Realmwalker series. For those who don’t remember the details (er, like I didn’t), the new three-book series sounds very interesting…

In Jeaniene Frost’s Realmwalker, a young woman discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny; and that her only ally, a mysterious young man is destined to betray her… and doom the world.

It turns out that the first book will be called The Beautiful Ashes, and it will be released September 2014. But somewhere along the line, I totally missed that it is NA (New Adult). As a reader of both Adult and Young Adult, I don’t have a problem with that at all. Any Frost story is a good thing. But that leads to my conundrum…

How the heck do I classify it?

I have tried to divide the Adult and Young Adult stuff as much as possible for those of you who read only one or the other, but where do you put one that falls in the middle?

I don’t like to mislead the blog readers and place a title like this where it doesn’t belong, but the amount of NA I have come across doesn’t warrant its own section (as yet). Do you think that since Jeaniene has, until this point, been a UF author that I should just let Realmwalker fall under the same flag and leave things as they are, or has the time come for me to split Wicked Scribes into two blogs (one PNR and UF and one YA and NA)? It wouldn’t be hard to actually split them, just a bit time consuming, or do you still like having everything listed together (new release dates, that sort of thing)? I have already decided that if a split is called for, the adult side will stay blue and green, and the young adult will look the same but be red and pink. Planning ahead, y’all.

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.

The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo Review…

Just when I was looking around for something new to post, Doug came through again with another review. This time around it is Kerrelyn Spark‘s The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo, which is the 14th book in her Love at Stake series. It will be released on August 27th.

the dragon with the vampire tattooWhat Doug said…

Summary: Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he’s ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.

Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There’s even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal’s gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?

Review:   If you have read the Love At Stake series you already have an inkling as to what the story will be like to a certain extent.

Dougal is one of the few remaining early members of the group that has not found a mate and then along comes Leah who not only brings out the MINE effect in him but reminds him of a love he lost 300 years ago.

Leah is not only beautiful, she is wicked smart and that is why she is there to help with some genetic research that needs to be done to fight off their latest adversary (a demon no less).

This is an off/on romance that in some places is a bit frustrating but still entertaining and the urban fantasy part of the plot keeps it from being too dopey or sugary sweet.

The injection of angels into this series in a subtle way that does not feel copied in any way adds much to this story and I really enjoyed that part and wonder what she plans for the future in that area since we are running out of characters to find mates for in this series.

Bottom Line:  I like it but I can only give it 4 Stars because it is written almost to a formula in the romantic plots (the overarching UF plots are still excellent) and while you never really tire of seeing the guy get the girl this series needs some intangible things added to get it to 5 Star level in my opinion.  Am I going to keep buying these books, of course, they are part of my addiction and I love seeing the old characters which unlike many series don’t disappear or become cardboard cutouts but this series needs a injection of something because the best books in the series were written much earlier in the series.

Any other Love at Stake fans? I still, after all this time, get Kerrelyn Sparks and Lynsay Sands books mixed up. I don’t think I will ever get them straight in my head.

August BOTM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerWell, looks like the votes are in for the Book of the Month for August. After pulling ahead early, the upcoming Cainsville book Omens from Kelley Armstrong finished up fourth. The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo from Kerrelyn Sparks was third, Heart of Venom from Jennifer Estep was second, and coming in first was Biting Bad from Chloe Neill. This was my own personal choice, too.

I was surprised to see Meljean Brook and Rachel Caine down at the bottom of the list, since they actually came in after the “Other” option. And speaking of the “others”, there were some really good suggestions under that one, as well. As always, thanks to those who took the time to vote.

As for the giveaway, if you would like to win a copy of Chloe Neill‘s Biting Bad, just drop a line here under the comments section. Contest closes on Sunday at Midnight (Atlantic time), and is open to everyone. Winner will be chosen at random.

biting badSynopsis…

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

Good luck!

Guest Review – Vampires Gone Wild

You know, I really do owe Doug Meeks quite the thanks. Not to sound whiny, but on the weekends I work long shifts and sometimes I can’t quite find something good to post. Doug has been kind enough to send over great reviews, and it can be quite the blogging lifesaver when 99% of the work is already done for you. Looks like tonight is one of those nights, since this is his review for the e-book anthology Vampires Gone Wild, featuring Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista and Kim Falconer. The e-book version was released on February 12th, and the print version will follow on March 26th.

vampires gone wildWhat Doug said…

Summary:

Vampires Gone Wild brings together four paranormal romance novellas by Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, and Kim Falconer, authors and bloggers at Supernatural Underground.

Kerrelyn Sparks’s demure Pamela and sexy vampire sidekick battle the Malcontents in “V is for Vampwoman.” Kim Falconer’s aqueous San Francisco vampires in “Blood and Water” want nothing from “landers” — unless it’s dinner, but that’s until Stellan meets Angelina. Pamela Palmer carries readers to Vamp City in “A Forever Love” where trapped Lukas pines for his lost love. When she appears, Lukas will fight to keep her alive. It’s been a hundred years since Valiance has dated; all is great until they’re attacked, but quiet Esme will shock Valiance in Amanda Arista’s “First Dates Are from Hell.”

Vampires Gone Wild is a good collection of stories that have to be addressed separately:

“V is for VampWoman” is a typical silly but entertaining story in the Kerrelyn Sparks style of her Love At Stake series, fluffy, light, funny, and entertaining. Pamela has been somewhat of a coward all of her long life and Mikhail has never run from anything in his life. They make the perfect mismatched couple, great story. 4/5 Stars

“A Forever Love” has the potential to be one of the best stories in the book, from a romantic sense anyway BUT the author decided to leave us with a unresolved love story and when I wrote her to ask if it would be completed in the next Vamp City book she basically said she did not know if it would ever be revisited???? WTF? So if you like a great love stories that has no real ending other than what you can dream up on your own, this is your book. In my opinion I was frustrated with the lack of a resolution so 2/5 maybe a bit more since it was a good story.

“First Dates Are Hell” is possibly the most entertaining story in the book since it had a lot more humor and some very interesting characters and read like a complete story. Valiance is a loner by choice, he has gotten used to being alone but for some reason Esme has some pull on him that he can’t let go. Great story and was so good I am going to have to find out more about this author and it turns out I have the first 2 books of the Urban Panther series which this story takes place in my unending TBR stack. 4.5/5

“Blood and Water” – This was a great story but it takes place in San Francisco of the early 1900s, which is not my favorite but has little effect on the quality of this story. Stellan meets Angelina quite by accident and it is one of those ‘love at first sight” stories with a lot of twists, not the least of which is that the Mer people in this story are also vampires when on land. I liked the new twist and the story was very well done, the ending was a typical never ending romance ending which was short but satisfying. 4/5 and I might have to see about this series.

Bottom Line: This is a good buy for an anthology, many of which are waste of money, the stories are captivating for the most part and if you desire to read more you can check out the authors other works and the best thing was I did not feel like I had missed a ton of background like many short stories/novellas leave me. 4/5 overall for this collection and would have been higher if “A Forever Love” had a better ending.

I didn’t realize until just now that this one was being released in print. I thought it was e-format exclusive, so that is great. Anthologies can be so hit or miss, but this does sound like a good one.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

I don’t actually have a pick of the week for today, so instead it looks like a cover lover post will have to do instead. Not sure what rock I have been under, but this first one slipped totally under my radar.  Amy Raby will release Assassin’s Gambit, the first book of her Hearts and Thrones series, on April 2nd. From the blurb, I got a Throne of Glass vibe from this one, which sounds interesting.

assassin's gambit

This second one is from Kerrelyn Sparks (who I am still getting mixed up with Lynsay Sands. Lord). Anyways, The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo will be released on August 27th.

the dragon with the vampire tattoo

I like the look of both of these. I must admit, I hadn’t heard of Amy Raby’s new series at all – not sure how I missed it, either.

New Release Info…

newsIt is time again for a double-check on all of the authors listed in the Series Reading List pages. I have finished A-D, and between that and a random search there were a couple of interesting things I came across…

  • The second book in Jean Johnson‘s Guardians of Destiny series will be called The Grove, and it will be released on December 3rd.
  • The October 29th Black Wings book from Christina Henry now has a title. It looks like this one will be called Black Heart.
  • Kate Locke‘s third Immortal Empire book will be called Long Live the Queen, and it will also be released on October 29th.
  • Cold Blooded, the third book from Amanda Carlson‘s Jessica McClain series, will be released on October 8th.
  • It looks like Caris Roane‘s Ascension series is indeed ending. Born in Chains, her October 1st release, is part of a new series called Men in Chains.
  • August 27th is the release date for the next Kerrelyn Sparks book, this one called The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • If you are a fan of Cat Adams‘ Blood Singer series, the sixth book will be called To Dance With the Devil and it will be out on November 5th.
  • The release date is TBA, but it looks like Midnight Breed #12 from Lara Adrian will be called Crave the Night.
  • November 5th is also the release date for a G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin novella. No other info available as yet.
  • The second book of Alyssa Day‘s new League of the Black Swan series will be called The Unforgiven.
  • There will be another Morganville Vampires book from Rachel Caine. This next one will be called Daylighters, and it will be released on November 5th.
  • This October, Jacqueline Carey will release the second book of her new Agent of Hel series, Autumn Bones.
  • The second book from Gail Carriger‘s spin off from her popular Parasol Protectorate series, Curtsies and Conspiracies, will be released on November 5th.
  • Dakota Cassidy‘s 8th Accidental Friends book, The Accidental Werewolf: Something About Harry, will be coming out on December 3rd.
  • This December, Andrea Cremer returns to her Nightshade world with the release of book 4, Snakeroot.
  • There is some Kresley Cole news that I was happy to hear. Book two of her YA Arcana Chronicles series, Endless Night, will be coming out on October 1st, and the second Dacians book (title TBA) will be released on December 3rd.

Here is the blurb for Endless Night, and by the sounds of it things are about to get very interesting…

          In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.