Cover Lover – 13 New Titles

While doing my recent updating of the New Release pages, I came across a few covers I hadn’t gotten my hands on before. They might have been floating around for a while and I just missed them, but they are new to me, anyways. We start this batch with Lisa Shearin‘s The Grendel Affair. It is the first book of her SPI Files series, which will be released on December 31st.

the grendel affairLolita Lopez has a new s-book series starting soon called Dragon Heat. The second book will be called Red Hot Dragon, and it has been pushed back a few months and now has a release date of February 4th.

red hot dragon

I gave up the Feral Warriors series by Pamela Palmer a while back, but it looks like things keep rolling on. Wulfe Untamed will be released January 28th.

wulfe untamedYasmine Galenorn will re-release her Otherworld novella The Shadow of Mist on September 3rd. It was originally published in the Never After anthology.

th shadow of mistJaime Rush‘s third book from her new The Hidden series, Angel Seduced, will be released on February 25th.

angel seducedShawntelle Madison continues her Coveted series with the release of Compelled early next year.

compelledThis next batch is all YA. Rachel Caine looks to the classics for Prince of Shadows, which focuses on the character of Benvolio from Romeo and Juliet. It will be released on February 4th.

prince of shadowsFor some reason, I was surprised to see that Kelley Armstrong is starting up a new YA series. Sea of Shadows is the first book of the Age of Legends series, and it will be available on April 8th.

sea of shadowsStill on the YA track, Promise Bound from Anne Greenwood Brown will be released on January 7th.

promise boundBook two in Shannon Messenger‘s Sky Fall series, Let the Storms Break, will be released on March 4th.

let the storms breakSophie Jordan is also firing up a new series in the near future. Uninvited is the first book of the series of the same name, and it is due out on February 25th.

uninvitedAlmost done. I do know this one has been making the rounds for a while, but this is the first version of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Illusion that I found without a watermark. The Chronicles of Nick book will be released on April 1st.

illusionAnd this one is less of a debut and more of a redo. The original cover for Sherry Thomas‘s Burning Sky came out a while back, and was a real beauty. For some reason, however, there was a new version done which is just as great. The first book of a trilogy, Burning Sky will be released on September 17th.

the burning skyWhat do you think of this batch? Anything that stands out for you? I know The Burning Sky cover (both of them, actually) really grabbed me, and I spent a good while trying to figure out what sort of dance move Nick is trying to pull off on the Illusion cover. No way that looks comfortable. I am not a big fan of the Grendel Affair cover for some reason, and the embossing on the Compelled cover just doesn’t work for me, but other than that I have to say this is a decent pile of covers.

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.

February’s E-novellas…and Used E-books?

lost to the graySo, after bugging everyone about how they keep track of the ever growing e-book releases, I think I have my technique down (down-ish, maybe). I am not even going to attempt to list all of the PNR, UF and YA digital books being released, but I do hope to get a handle on the novellas that are coming for the popular print series (and some of the better known authors). I ended up using a couple of different sources and searches (thanks for the ideas, everone). This is what I came up for in February…

February 5th

February 12th

  • Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, Kim FalconerVampires Gone Wild (Love at Stake #13.5, Vamp City #1.5)

February 18th

February 25th

February 26th

So, what did I miss? If you can think of any novellas that I skipped, feel free to list them here.

And, on a related note, I saw a little article over on Publisher’s Weekly that had me scratching my head. It looks like Amazon has plans…to sell used e-books. Huh?

         Amazon’s business model has long been dependent on resellers of used books and other merchandise. But a U.S. patent that Amazon Technologies in Reno, Nev., received last week indicates that the mega-retailer has its sights on digital resale, including used e-books and audio downloads. According to the abstract, Amazon will be able to create a secondary market for used digital objects purchased from an original vendor by a user and stored in a user’s personalized data store.

Boston-based ReDigi opened the first marketplace for pre-owned digital music, which it launched in late 2011, redigi.com. Once a lawsuit that Capitol Records filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan over the way it handles music downloads is behind it, ReDigi plans to expand into e-books and other digital items. In a press release issued yesterday, ReDigi commented that “the Amazon patent is further proof that the secondary market is the future of the digital space and that there is no turning back.”

I must admit, this seems strange to me. I guess there is a market for everything, though (and Amazon pretty much covers it all).

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Looks like this is just a quick, drive-by post for today since I only have three new covers to up.  On the plus side, I actually like all three covers, so that is a good thing.  This first one is from the Vamp City series from Pamela PalmerA Kiss of Blood is due out on June 25th.

a kiss of blood

This second one is from the always prolific Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I didn’t even know there was a fourth book in her Belador series coming out until I saw this cover over at Goodreads.  Rise of the Gryphon is due out on July 30th.

rise of the gryphon

And this final one for today is from Stephanie Tyler and her Eternal Wolf Clan series.  Dire Desires is the final book of the trilogy, due out on July 2nd.

dire desires

That’s it for this post, but on a side note in Nalini Singh‘s newsletter she gave the heads up that info about the mysterious Psy/Changeling #12 will be revealed on January 31st – time to be determined.  Wow, I am looking forward to that one, for sure.

Random Updates…

As I am going through the Series Reading list pages and updating, I am coming across a bit of new info on some upcoming releases.  As you can probably tell, I am only through the first three pages (so A-F), but it still amazes me how much info I can miss.

  • The second book of Jocelynn Drake‘s new Asylum Tales series will be called Dead Man’s Deal, and it will be out next May 7th.
  • This coming January, Lenore Appelhans will release her debut young adult book, Level 2.  Well, Amazon is now listing the second book in the Memory Chronicles series for January 2014, and it will be called…Level 3.  Huh.
  • The second book of Jill Archer‘s new Noon Onyx series, Fiery Edge of Steel, will be released on May 28th.
  • From what I can tell, there will be an e-book only anthology released February 12th called Vampires Gone Wild.  It will feature novellas from Kerrelyn Sparks, Amanda Arista, Pamela Palmer and Kim Falconer, with the Sparks story being from her Love at Stake series.
  • I enjoyed Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, and now the preorder links for book two of the series, Of Triton, are showing a release date of May 28th.  Looking forward to this one.
  • From what I am seeing around, Jennifer Lynn Barnes is starting a new young adult series in January with the release of Nobody.  It is about young people no one ever notices, which makes them the perfect assassins.
  • Some are saying this is stand alone, others are saying it is the first of a series, but Rachel Caine will release a book next July called Prince of Shadows.  It is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet from the point of view of Benvolio and Rosaline.
  • There will be a second book of the Chimney Rock series from Stella CameronDarkness Bred will be out next May 28th.
  • Karina Cooper will have a new Dark Mission novella out next March 5th called Wicked Lies.  It will be followed by another full length book, One for the Wicked, on April 30th.
  • Sarah Crossan‘s second Breathe novel, Resist, will be out October 13th.
  • Fans of Coreene Callahan‘s Dragonfury series will be happy.  Looks like there will be at least three more books in the series.  Fury of Desire, Fury of Obsession, and Fury of Surrender will be released starting next spring.
  • A fourth book from Lauren Dane‘s Bound By Magick series will be out next November.  No word on the title, as yet.
  • Also unnamed is the fourth book from Dianne Duvall‘s Immortal Guardians series, but it has a release date of October 1st.
  • Lexi George will release another Demon Hunting book next February 1st called Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar.  I completely forgot to post the cover, too.  Duh.
  • This one seems to have been on the back-burner for quite a while, but the final book in Kate Elliott‘s Spiritwalker trilogy, Cold Steel, is now showing a release date of June 25th.
  • There will be an anthology featuring Jennifer Estep, Rob Thurman, and Rachel Caine coming out next July 30th called Carniepunk.  I have no clue what series the stories will be coming from, though.
  • And finally, it looks like the ninth book in Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series will be called Heart of Venom.  Look for it on August 27th.

This and That…

It is time again for me to post the random stuff that came my way over the last few days.  There have been a few updates, and a couple of little site changes point out.

  • Originally, Ilona Andrews‘ next Kate book, now titled Magic Rises, had been scheduled for end of February.  There has been quite a push-back, however, and it is now showing up as a July release.  That sucks, but it is guaranteed to be worth the wait.
  • For my fellow Jennifer L. Armentrout fans, there is a bit of good news.  Really good news.  There will be a stand-alone (at least stand alone for now) Lux spin-off book titled Obsession.  The hero will be…wait for it…an Arum.  Didn’t see that one coming.  Goodreads shows it as a March 2013 release.
  • Somehow I missed it, but the next In Death book from J.D. Robb will be released next February.  Calculated in Death is the title, and I have no clue how I will ever, ever get this series read.  Seriously, it makes the Dark-Hunter mountain look tiny in comparison.
  • The second book from Pamela Palmer‘s new Vamp City series has a title and a release date.  A Kiss of Blood will be hitting the shelves on June 25th.
  • Darynda Jones‘ Charley Davidson #5, Fifth Grave Past the Light, is now available for preorder.  It will be released next July.
  • Oooh, almost forgot.  I found the blurb for the next Pride book from Shelly Laurenston, Wolf with Benefits.  Looks like it is Ricky Lee’s turn (I was so hoping)…

          Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?

Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…

On the “business” side of things, I have been playing around with a couple of things on site…

  • I have changed the monthly new release pages just a bit, so that the headings are…less ugly, I guess…and the adult releases are headed in blue, young adult in green.  Made it a bit easier to keep track of, I guess.
  • Keep an eye on the new release pages, since there is a crap-load to add over the coming days (er, weeks.  Who am I kidding?).
  • Also, the monthly new release pages have been updated to reflect the latest available covers and blurbs available as of a couple of days ago.  And I noticed that there have been a lot of release dates changed, so that will be addressed shortly as well.
  • I am still way, way behind on Character Guides, but I do have a plan.  I am aiming to have the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning finished before the release of Iced, but not sure I can make it.  Charley Davidson #3 still has to be redone, hopefully by the end of the month, too.  Archangel’s Storm hasn’t been forgotten, but I am trying to get the series done that have new releases coming up soon done first.
  • I have a guide done for Gena Showalter‘s Alice in Zombieland, and I am starting Kresley Cole‘s Poison Princess as we speak.  They should both be upped by next week.  It is so much easier to start a guide from the beginning of a series, rather than going back and having to redo 10 books to get caught up.

I think that is about it.  Looks like right now I am going to focus on updating the Guides and the new releases, then correcting the wonky release dates, then the series reading list section and completed series pages, roughly in that order.  And then the author pages.  And then the site background and giveaway banners…well, you get the idea.  As always, if you can think of any suggestions or improvements, give a shout through the Contact Me page.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

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.

New Series Alert

Well, I didn’t croak or anything, I just didn’t find much to post for the last couple of days.  On the plus side, I am working on changing the look around here – again – so it gave me time to snoop online and see what I liked, and what I can blatantly copy.  Hope people like lime green and turquoise…

Anyhow, there are three new series heading our way this week.  From Pamela Palmer comes the first book in her Vamp City series, A Blood Seduction.

Synopsis…

Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her.

What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself.

But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City…

The Vamp City reading list can be found HERE.

Both of the next ones are young adult.  Tomorrow is the release of Angel Eyes, the first book of Shannon Dittemore‘s Angel Eyes series.  Looks like they have had a cover re-design since I first upped it in the New Release pages, too.

Synopsis…

Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

Angel Eyes reading list HERE.

This last one is from author J.A. LondonDarkness Before Dawn is the first book of the Dawn Trilogy.

Synopsis…

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters….

Dawn reading list HERE.

This and That…

Not a lot going on, but a few new things have come up this past few days…

  • Looks like there is a push back for the first book of Gena Showalter‘s upcoming Otherworld Assassin series.  Last Kiss Goodnight was scheduled for November 27th, but it is now looking like a February 1st release.
  • The next book of the Chicagoland Vampire series from Chloe Neill will be called House Rules.  Look for it next February.
  • A Love Untamed is the title of the upcoming seventh Feral Warriors book from Pamela Palmer.  It will be out on December 26th.
  • There will be a novella from the Moon Shifter’s series by Katie Reus coming this August, called Lover’s Instinct.
  • Cassie Alexander‘s second Nightshifted book, Moonshifted, will be released late November.  It will be followed by Deadshifted next year.
  • And finally, some info is available about the next couple of Christine Warren The Others books.  November 27′s Drive Me Wild is a re-write of Fur For All, which featured Tess and Rafael.  April 3013 will see the release of Hungry Like a Wolf, which is a re-write of Fur Play.  This one is Logan and Honor’s story.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Three more to add to the collection.  First up is the next one from Joey W. Hill, called In the Company of Witches.  This one is due out on May 1st.

Blood Kin, the second book from M.J. Scott‘s Half Light City series, is due out on June 5th.

And the third one is from the new series starting up from Pamela PalmerA Blood Seduction, due out on May 29th, is the first book in the Vamp City series.