Cover Lover – Ever After Edition

There are three new covers for this go round (probably more than that out new, but I haven’t started today’s hunting expedition yet), and two of them are versions of Ever After.  This first one is called, well, Ever After.  It is from Kim Harrison‘s The Hollows series, due out in hardcover on January 22nd.

And this second one is called…Enchanted Ever After.  It is part of Robin D. Owens‘ Mystic Circle series, and it is scheduled for release on December 18th.

This third one has nothing to do with ever or after, but I thought I might as well toss it into the mix.  The second book from Michelle Rowen‘s Nightwatchers series sort of misses the fun, funky feel of the first book for me.  That one had a whole Elvis vibe going on that I liked, but here I think if her face was less pink, it would have worked better.   Wicked Kiss will be released on February 26th.

New Series Alerts…

This week is huge, huge, huge for new releases, and there are a couple of new series firing up, too.  This first one is from author Vivian Arend and her Takhini Wolves series, called Black Gold.

Synopsis…

Lone wolf Shaun Stevens’s automatic response to the words “happily ever after”? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he’s begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

One thing’s for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin.

When Gemmita Jacobs steps off the plane in Whitehorse, Yukon, it’s about more than her caribou research project. It’s her declaration of independence from an overprotected upbringing. Except there’s something in the air she can’t quite define—something that unexpectedly rouses her mating instincts.

Moments after their eyes lock, the deed is done—and done thoroughly. When the pheromone dust settles, though, all the reasons they don’t belong together become painfully clear.

It’s enough to make a wolf learn a whole new set of cuss words…

Takhini Wolves reading list can be found HERE.

Another new one (or first time in print, if I am not mistaken), is Heaven and Hellsbane.  It is from Paige Cuccaro‘s Hellsbane series.

Synopsis…

Emma Jane Hellsbane just unwittingly triggered a whole bunch of nephilim to come into their powers—and this new army has teamed up with Bariel, demon straight from Hell, who’s made it his mission to kill all the magisters on Earth. When they come after Eli, Emma and Officer Dan must work together to save him, but this makes Eli all the more tempted to Fall for Emma. And his fighting his feelings for her means Heaven has taken notice.

Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim and Fallen angels, she’s defending her womanhood to the judgmental Seraphim angels, too, who want to separate Eli from Emma Jane. Can she protect Eli, Officer Dan, and find her rogue father? For Emma Jane, it’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.

Hellsbane reading list can be found HERE.

Michelle Rowen returns to her Sarah Dearly world with a spin off series, called fittingly enough Sarah Dearly.  Book one is called Blood, Bath and Beyond.

Synopsis…

Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life as a fledgling vampire, satisfying her cravings at vampire-friendly blood banks. But when her fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…

Being engaged to a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a job with the Ring. Thierry’s in for fifty years of nonstop travel and deadly risk. It’s enough to make any woman reconsider the wedding…any woman except Sarah, that is!

Traveling with him to Las Vegas for his first assignment, they encounter a child beauty pageant contestant from hell, as well as a vampire serial killer leaving victims drained of blood, potentially exposing the existence of vampires to the whole world. But when Thierry’s truly ancient history comes back to haunt him, and he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it’s up to Sarah to clear his name before their immortal lives come to an end.

The Sarah Dearly reading list can be found HERE.

Bannon and Clare is the name of the new series from Lilith Saintcrow.  This first book is called The Iron Wyrm Affair.

Synopsis…

Emma Bannon, Prime sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t much help that they dislike each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The Bannon & Clare reading list can be found HERE.

From the young adult side of things comes Glitch.  It is the first book from the Glitch series from Heather Anastasiu.

Synopsis…

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

Glitch reading list can be found HERE.

The popular Nighshade series from Andrea Cremer gets the prequel treatment with the release of Rift.

Synopsis…

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer’s internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

The Nightshade Prequel reading list can be found HERE.

Amanda Hocking kicks off a new series called Watersong with the release of the first book, Wake.

Synopsis…

Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone’s attention, including the eye of practical Harper. But it’s her sister, Gemma, they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all – carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. She craves late night swims under the stars, where she can be alone yet belong to the sea. Lately she’s had company. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove–and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.

Watersong reading list is HERE.

I have been seeing this one all over the place for the last couple of months.  The series started off with a series of e-novellas, but the first full book of Sarah J. Mass‘ Throne of Glass series is also called Throne of Glass.

Synopsis…

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

The Throne of Glass reading list can be found HERE.

New Series Alert…

I spent a good 5 minutes drooling over next week’s Tangle of Need, but I managed to tear myself away long enough to check and see what new series are getting started this week.  First up is a new one from Cassie Alexander, called Nightshifted.  It is the first book in the Nightshifted series, featuring Edie Spence.

Synopsis…

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words — Save Anna — and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul.

Gray’s Anatomy was never like this…

The Nightshifted reading list can be found HERE.

This one is new…sorta.  Donna Grant‘s Dark Warriors series is a spin off from her Dark Sword series, and the first book is Midnight’s Master.  I admit, I am so far behind on this series I have no clue what is going on or how the two series are connected.

Synopsis…

Gwynn Austin has no idea why her father has disappeared on a mysterious trip to Scotland. When she goes on a desperate mission to search for him she finds more than she bargains for in a ruggedly handsome, wickedly exciting Highlander who exudes danger and mystery. And when she discovers her own link to Scotland, she’ll have to trust her heart to help lead her…

Propelled through time by powerful Druid Magic, Logan Hamilton uses his immortality and powers of the god inside him to help prevent the awakening of an ancient evil in the modern world. He never expects to find help in the form of a beautiful, alluring, and all too tempting woman whose passion and strength matches his own. Together, Logan and Gywnn must fight for their love—before a demon from the past destroys them both…

The Dark Warriors reading list can be found HERE.

Alyson Noel‘s Soul Seekers series also makes its debut this week with the release of the first book, Fated.

Synopsis…

So here’s the deal . . .

Strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, glowing people appear from nowhere. Worried that Daire’s having a breakdown, her mother sends her to stay with the grandmother she’s never met, who lives on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico. There Daire crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes.

Her grandmother recognizes Daire’s episodes for what they are – a call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, a person who can navigate between the living and the dead. Guided by her grandmother, Daire must be quick to learn how to harness her powers because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter, out to steal them.

Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and discover if Dace is the guy she’s meant to be with . . . or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

The Soul Seekers reading list can be found HERE.

I have had my eye on this one for a while now.  Michelle Rowen‘s Dark Kiss is the first book from her new Nightwatchers series, and the funky cover really caught my attention.

Synopsis…

I don’t do dangerous.

Smart, uber-careful, ordinary Samantha, that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me – something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing,and I don’t know if I can get it back.

Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.

The Nightwatchers reading list can be found HERE.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Well, I have been a good girl and gotten all of the monthly releases updated and formatted, and all under the correct release dates (as of yesterday).  There are quite a few that switched around, so take a peek if there was a book you had your heart set on getting on a certain day.  Tonight I will get the yearly summary matched up, so all will be well by tomorrow.  While updating, I came across a few new covers to share, as well.

The first one is from the third book author Joy Preble‘s Dreaming Anastasia series, called Anastasia Forever.  It is due out on August 2st.

The second one is from the upcoming rebooted Sarah Dearly series from Michelle RowenBlood Bath and Beyond is due out on August 7th.

I was sure I had upped this one a while back, but I can’t seem to find it.  Enslaved is the next book from Elisabeth Naughton‘s Eternal Guardians series, which should be out on November 1st.

Next up is Eternal Beast, the next book in Laura Wright‘s Mark of the Vampire series.  Look for it on August 7th.

Barb Hendee‘s Vampire Memories series continues this October with the release of Ghosts of Memories.

Sophie Littlefield‘s next release is called Hanging by a Thread, and it is scheduled for release on September 11th.

The second book in Gina Damico‘s new Croak series, called Scorch, now has a cover.  It will be out on September 25th.

The final one is from Caitlin Kittredge and her Black London series.  Soul Trade is due out on August 28th.

New Additions

I have found a couple of more titles to add to the new release pages, a lot in the Young Adult side of things.

  • Cynthia Eden will be contributing to a new anthology next September called Howl For It.  Not sure yet on the other authors involved.
  • The fourth book of J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series is rumored to be called Rapture.  It will be out at the beginning of next September.
  • Desire the Night is a new one coming from Amanda Ashley.  It should be available on September 4th.
  • Melissa de la Cruz will start her Blue Bloods spin-off series called Wolf Pact next September with the release of book one, also called Wolf Pact.
  • Author Kira Brady will be starting her Deadglass Trilogy next August with the release of the first book, Hearts of Darkness.  This one sounds interesting.
  • Book #11 of the Celta’s Heartmates series from Robin D. Owens will be coming out next August 7th.  It will be called Heart Secret.
  • This one is a bit different.  Michelle Rowen will be returning to her Immortality Bites world with a new series.  The Sarah Dearly books will start up again next October with the release of Blood Bath and Beyond.
  • Lilith Saintcrow will start an adult oriented series next fall called Bannon & Clare.  Book one will be called The Iron Wyrm Affair.
  • The second book of the Anna series from Kendare Blake will be called Girl of Nightmares (great cover, too).  Look for it next August.
  • Even though Andrea Cremer‘s Nightshade trilogy wraps up early next year, there will be at least two more books from that world.  Billed as a prequel series, the Nightshade Companion books will include next August’s Rift, and will be followed by Rise in 2013.
  • And finally the third book of the Halo series from Alexandra Adornetto will be called Heaven, and is scheduled for release on August 21st.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

Looks like the angel invasion continues.  Michelle Rowen will be starting up a new YA series next year called The Nightwatchers.  The cover for the first book, Dark Kiss, is out now.  Dude has a serious Chris Isaak vibe going on here, but I like it.

Cynthia Eden has upped the cover for the second book in her Fallen series, called Angel Betrayed.  This one is due out on June 26th.

Random Updates…

Well, this blog still looks like a bomb went off, but there are signs of progress.  All of the monthly new release pages are done for 2011 – and I finished right around the time I realized that 2011 is almost done and I should have just started for 2012.  Huh.  Soooo, in the process of adding new info to the reading lists, I found a few new listings for upcoming books.

  • Michelle Rowen will debut a new series of at least two books next June called Nightwatchers.  The first book will be called Dark Kiss, and will be followed by Wicked Kiss in 2013.
  • July 24th is the release date for the 13th Women of the Otherworld book from Kelley Armstrong, aptly titled Thirteen.
  • The sixth book from Nancy Gideon‘s Moonlight series will be called Seeker of Shadows.  It should be available next June.
  • Juliana Stone will have a new series coming out starting next February.  An e-book prequel called Shades of Gray will be released first, and that will be followed by Wicked Road to Hell in April, and King of the Damned later next year.
  • Good news – there will be at least two more Charlie Davidson books.  No release dates have been stated, but Darynda Jones does have tentative titles for the next two.  They will be called Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, and Fifth Grave off the Beaten Path.
  • The Eternal Guardians series from Elisabeth Naughton will continue into late next year with the release of Enslaved next November.  It will be the fifth book of the series.
  • The in-progress House of Comarre trilogy from author Kristen Painter will now be at least five books.  Out for Blood will release next August, and Last Blood will follow in 2013.
  • Kathy Love‘s upcoming Devilishly Hot will be followed next May by Devilishly Sexy.
  • In a different move, the third book of Carolyn Crane‘s Disillusionists series (called Head Rush) will be released in audio and e-book format this coming December, but will only follow in print format sometime next year.
  • May 1st will be the release date for the third book from Sidney Ayers‘ Demons Unleashed series, called Demon to Die For.
  • and on June 5th, the second book from Tami Dane‘s Sloan Skye series will be hitting the shelves, this one called Blood of Innocence.

I just found quite a few new listings, so don’t be surprised if I do up another Random Updates page tomorrow.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

A few new ones have been popping up…

Now, I know that this one follows very closely the look of the previous five books in Jacquelyn Frank‘s Nightwalker series, but the cover for Adam (due out on November 1st) left me a bit underwhelmed.  Plus, I know this is Jasmine’s story, but for the life of me I can’t remember who Adam is…

Next up is Eye of the Tempest, from Nicole Peeler.  This fourth book in her Jane True series is due out on July 26th.

And finally, Michelle Rowen has released the cover for her next Living In Eden book, called That Old Black Magic.  This one should be out on December 6th.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Well, a bit of a mash up on this one.

I have found myself a big fan of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.  Smart, well written, and completely addictive, it is one of my favorite young adult series.  Looks like although the official series is done (with a spin-off on the way), it looks like there is an official companion book to look forward to.  Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide is written by Michelle Rowen and Richelle Mead, and will be available on November 15th.

 

Next up is the cover for a new one from author Thea DevineThe Darkest Heart has a release date of June 21st.

 

And finally, the cover for Claimed has been upped at author Rebecca Zanetti‘s site.  It is the second book in her Dark Protectors series, due out on October 25th.

New Series Alerts

There are quite a few authors dropping new series this week.  First up is Regan Hastings, (a.k.a. Maureen Child) and her new Awakenings series.  Book one is called Visions of Magic, and I am looking forward to getting my hands on this one…

Synopsis…

In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire. When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate.

No info yet as to book two.

 

Next up is a UF series from Katharine Kerr, featuring Nola O’Grady.  Book one is called License to Ensorcell.

Synopsis…

Psychic Agent Nola O’Grady isn’t sure returning to San Francisco, and living near her unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure even the CIA doesn’t know it exists, can be perilous, and she’s afraid of the relatives getting involved.

Then the Agency saddles her with Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, and she has a bigger problem on her hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari’s strong points. Their mission is to track down a serial killer obsessed with werewolves. He sees them everywhere and shoots whenever he thinks he has one in his sights. Ari assumes the man’s psychotic, but in truth he’s murdering actual werewolves. Nola should know. Her younger brother Pat, a lycanthrope, was the first victim.

Can Nola’s psychic talents and Ari’s skill with guns keep them alive long enough to unravel the greater mystery behind the killings? Can they save the werewolves and the world while stopping Nola’s family from running headlong into danger?

Book two will be called Water to Burn, with a release date of August 2nd.

 

From Sarah McCarty comes Reaper’s Justice, the first book in her Reaper series.

Synopsis…

When the War Between the States came to its end, the battle inside Isaiah Jones raged on. Neither fully human nor fully wolf, he found his peace-and the passion his inner wolf craved-with Adelaide Cameron.

Though their union was forbidden by the werewolf soldiers, Isaiah satisfied his urges by guarding her from afar. But when Adelaide is abducted, Isaiah must not only expose his dark nature, but invite her into the shadows with him.

Book two will be called Reaper’s Vow.  No info on release date as of yet.

 

And finally, Michelle Rowen‘s Nightshade series debuts with the book of the same name.

Synopsis…

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires. But she’s just become a living, breathing weapon against them. Attacked by a desperate scientist, she is injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to vampires. And when the scientist is gunned down in front of her, his secrets die with him.

Declan Reyes was only half-vampire, but he hates them with all his heart. He knows that the poison in Jillian’s veins could finally destroy the undead kingdom. Also, the serum has had an unintended effect, making her blood irresistible to all vampires—including Declan, whose bloodthirsty traits are driven into a frenzy by her.

Driven by duty to protect her and by instinct to crave her, Declan takes Jillian into his shadowy world of blood and battle. But he soon realizes his increasing need for her may be a different kind of hunger…

July 5th is the release date for book two, this one called Bloodlust.