Pick of the Week…

Even though I couldn’t wait for my copy of Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews‘ new release, Night Shift, so I actually decided to order a copy through Kindle (and waited up until 4:00 am so I could read it), I am going with something different for my pick of the week. Getting Jim and Dali and Bastien stories in the same anthology is a real treat, but I think getting Torin’s Lords of the Underworld series is going to just edge it out for this post. Strangely enough, Gena Showalter hasn’t upped any info about upcoming Lords stories, which makes me wonder if she is going to concentrate on her two new series she is starting up rather than finish up what she already has going. Anyways, my pick is going to be The Darkest Touch

the darkest touchSynopsis…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

So, there it is. What did you think of the great books that came out this week? I loved Night Shift, and both Nalini and Ilona delivered. Next up for me is The Darkest Touch…has anyone else given it a shot yet? What did you think of the long-awaited story of Torin?

Kate Daniels Swag and Night Shift Giveaway…

giveaway bannerThis one is actually a joint giveaway, with 99% of the credit going to Danielle Pless. She very kindly offered to donate some of her great Kate Daniels’ swag to Wicked Scribes for a giveaway, and I thought I would add another copy of the upcoming Night Shift anthology to top it off. Danielle has a shop over on the Etsy site called Altered Expressions, where she offers charm bracelets, key chains, book marks and pendants, among other things. Take a peek…she has some great things for the Kate fan.

Danielle is offering up all of the following bag charms, zipper pulls, and keychains…

1il_570xN.622424731_f6upil_570xN.622434745_5em7il_570xN.665010938_orjnPlus, the next Kate world story…

night shiftSynopsis…

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

If you would like to enter this giveaway, just leave a comment in the comment section below. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random. Let’s wrap this one up on Wednesday at Midnight, Atlantic time. Good luck…and thanks again to Danielle.

Hidden Legacy Character Guide

Just a quick note to say that I have started a Character Guide for the new Ilona Andrews‘ series, Hidden Legacy (it is easier to start when the series is new than to go back later and try and do 6 or 7 books). I also removed the guide for the Mythos Academy series from Jennifer Estep, because I really just didn’t think anyone, me included, ever actually used it.

Oh, and does anyone think they want a guide for Nalini Singh‘s new Rock Kiss series? I have done her two previous series, so I wouldn’t mind keeping up and adding another, but I am not sure it is something many would actually use. Let me know if you think I should add it, since it wouldn’t take long.

Nalini Singh’s Rock Hard…

When word came down earlier this year that Nalini Singh had somehow, secretly, started writing a third series, I was completely shocked. Happy, but shocked. I almost passed it up, however, because stories where one or both of the characters are famous are never my favorite thing (as I said before, I find them too far fetched. Vampires? Sure. Celebrities? Not “real”). But, because it was Nalini, I read Rock Addiction and ended up really enjoying it.

Now, I know some people loved Rock Addiction, and some…not so much. But no matter what side of the fence you fell on, I think pretty much everyone can agree that Charlie and T-Rex pretty much stole the show. I was a bit bummed when I thought that maybe Charlie and T-Rex would have to wait until the rest of the band had their books, but not only are they up next, but Nalini has released the official blurb for their book, Rock Hard (Heh, nice).

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Now, it just looks like we will have to wait until next March to get it. Or, if you are like me and must torture yourself, there is a small excerpt over on Nalini’s blog

October Wrap Up…

Well October was a big, big month for some great books, both existing and new series. I thought since we probably all managed to tear through them, we could maybe give our impressions.

Archangel’s Shadows: Nalini Singh‘s latest Guild Hunter novel featured Ashwini and Janvier, with a big helping of Elena and Raphael. I actually was lucky enough to have Nalini send me an ARC, which was awesome, but I still loved the book. Ash and Janvier were long-time favorites, so to finally get their story was a real treat. But not only did I like their arc, but the developments for several other characters, as well. Just when I think I have a favorite of the seven a new one pops up and steals the show, and this time around it was the mysterious Naasir. I can honestly say that at this point, I just can’t choose who I like more. Another great installment of a favorite series.

Seventh Grave and No Body: Darynda Jones‘ latest was a bit different for me. I liked it, but can’t say I loved it. There was a lot going on, a lot of development for the characters, and a ton of action, but there were times Charley just didn’t do it for me. I think it is like Doug said in his review – she skimmed the border of TSTL in a few cases. As always, her heart was in the right place, but she still needed to calm down a bit in a few cases. I do have to say that it is a pivotal book, and definitely not one to miss if you are a fan of the series, but it isn’t one I will grab for a re-read.

Burn For Me: What can I say? This new series from Ilona Andrews‘ was one I have been anticipating for months and months, and I was starting to worry that maybe I had built it up too much in my head and it couldn’t live up to my expectations. Totally wrong – I really, truly loved it. Great characters, lots of action, very cool world-building that wasn’t bogged down like I found the first Kate Daniels book. It hit the ground running, and didn’t need a ton of set up to make you understand what was going on. I am notoriously hard on female characters, but Nevada became an instant favorite. Ditto Mad Rogan. I know I sound gushy, but it was one of my top reads of the year, and I am stoked for the next one (whenever it may be). I have already read it twice, actually, and it was just as good the second time around.

What did you think of your big reads this month? Anything stand out for you, good or bad? Did October’s releases live up to the hype, or leave you wanting more?

A New Slave to Sensation…

So Nalini Singh has upped the cover for the soon to be republished Slave to Sensation, which is the very first novel of the Psy/Changeling series. According to Nalini, it is set to hit the shelves sometime next summer, which immediately made me hope and dream it will be out in hardcover (you know, the shelving issues and all). I don’t know what format it will be in as yet, but what do you think?

New cover…

slave to sensationAnd just to compare, let’s take a gander at the original cover from back in the day…

slave to sensation originalI love reprints, actually. I have to say, the original cover almost turned me away from reading what would become one of my favorite series of all time, so I am all in favor of a new take on it. I know I will be picking this up for sure, no matter if it is paperback or the dreamed about hardcover. How about you?

 

November BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerYep, even though October’s book (or books, in my case) was just released, it is time to get ready for November’s. Last month, for me, was all about Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews. And November? Er, still all about Nalini and Ilona. My own personal choice also ended up being voted as November’s pick, and that was Night Shift, an anthology featuring a Jim and Dali story, a Psy/Changeling novella about Bastien, and stories from Milla Vane (Meljean Brook and Lisa Shearin.

If you would like to win a paperback copy of Night Shift when it is released on November 25th, just leave a comment in the comment section below, and maybe say which story has you most excited. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through Random.org. Good luck!

night shiftSynopsis…

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

Cover Lover – Shards of Hope

So, yesterday I had my annual run-away-from-home, based around going to get my copies of Archangel’s Shadows and Burn For Me. Unfortunately, Burn For Me was not available…which sucked big time. Thank god for the i-pad, because I wasn’t long downloading that sucker. Anyways, I stumble home only to find that the cover for the next Nalini Singh Psy/Changeling book Shards of Hope, had been released. That is a nice treat, for sure. Now we just have to wait until June 2nd for Aden’s story.

shards of hope

November’s Book of the Month…

After the big, big month for great releases that was October, November is shaping up to not be too bad, either. My own personal favorite is Night Shift, the anthology featuring both Ilona Andrews and Nalini Singh. A Jim and Dali AND Bastien story in the same book? Sold. Or, my favorite Lord of the Underworld, Torin? Yep, a close second.

Anyways, it is time again to vote for your most anticipated book for November. The title with the most votes will then be the next giveaway book. I have listed 10 upcoming releases, but as always if your choice isn’t there just select “Other” and leave your pick in the comments section. A complete list of November’s releases can be found HERE.