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 – 6 New Titles

After yesterday’s seven covers, I figured that was it for a couple of days. Of course, I found 6 more today just to prove me wrong…and this batch is a bit more interesting than the last one. First up is the collection of stories from Patricia Briggs‘ Mercyverse, Shifting Shadows, which will be released on September 2nd.

shifting shadowsThis next one is for Undead and Unwary, the next book from the Queen Betsy series from MaryJanice Davidson. It is due out on October 7th.

undead and unwarySamantha Shannon‘s second book, The Mime Order, is up next. It is due out on October 21st.

the mime orderThe re-release of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark Hunter series in hardcover continues with Night Play on September 30th.

night playNumber five is from J.D. Robb and her In Death series. Festive in Death is due out on September 9th.

festive in deathAnd finally, this next one is from Jacqueline Carey. Poison Fruit is the third book in her Agents of Hel series, and it is due out on October 7th.

poisoned fruitWhat do you think of this batch? The Mercy book is pretty as always, but the rest are pretty, too. Any favorites?

Reader Reaction…Murder of Crows and Night Broken

There were a few big titles that came out in the last couple of days, including Anne Bishop‘s book of the month, Murder of Crows, and the new Mercy Thompson book from Patricia Briggs, Night Broken.

I am starting Night Broken next, but I did manage to devour Murder of Crows in a couple of days. I was very, very happy that it managed to live up to the high expectations I had after reading last year’s Written in Red. I think I enjoyed the second book even more because I went into it after pulling a recent re-read of the first book, so all of the details were fresh.

The world-building for this series is both unique and complex. I like the different take on the Others – there’s not a tortured but misunderstood shifter or vampire to be found. I like the dark, violent, unpredictable edge that these characters have…and I also very much enjoyed seeing these predators become just a little bit more human through interactions with their growing “human pack”. Simon’s confusion over his changing relationship with Meg provided some unexpected lighter moments in what could be a dark story.Murder of Crows was an excellent read, and I can’t wait to see where the next book will take us.

What was your take on Murder of Crows or Night broken? Did they prove to be all you hoped for? Where do you see the stories going next?

Pick of the Week…

On a side note, I just wanted to mention that I have updated the monthly new release pages with the most current covers, blurbs…and release dates (not the yearly summary, as yet. Maybe tomorrow). Yep, time to double check to see if your anticipated books didn’t get the old push-back (and there were a few).

I am pretty sure my pick of the week is a surprise to precisely no one at all, since it is a Mercy week. Patricia Briggs‘ 8th Mercy Thompson book, Night Broken, hit the shelves today. The reviews I have seen so far for it have been very, very good, too. I should have time to finish up Murder of Crows before it arrives, too.

night brokenSynopsis…

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

So, we meet the ex-wife. Meh. I already hope she dies. Anyone not anticipating this one this week? Personally, I am most looking forward to Ben, for some reason. Hope he plays a decent sized role in this one.

New Release Info…

Once again, I am doing a bit of updating, and I came across a couple of tidbits you might find interesting There wasn’t a lot new, since I just did an update a couple of weeks ago, but…

  • The second book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s upcoming The Dark Elements series will be called Stone Cold Touch, and it will be released mid-2014, from what I understand.
  • Patricia Briggs will release a compilation of short stories set in the Mercyverse, including all the stories from previous anthologies as well as several new ones. Shifting Shadows will be released in hardcover next October.
  • For whatever reason, Meljean Brooks‘ next Iron Seas book seems to have been shifted all over in terms of release date, but now it looks like The Kraken King is finally set for next August.
  • Fans of Amanda Carlson‘s Jessica McClain series will be happy to know that there is a fourth book on the horizon. Red Blooded will be released sometime next year.
  • Book number seven from Karen Chance‘s Cassandra Palmer series will be released in 2014 as well, and it will be called Reap the Wind.
  • And finally, it looks like the Underworld Detection Agency series from Hannah Jayne is drawing to a close. Under the Final Moon will be released on August 5th.

Cover Lover – Night Broken

This is one of the two big ones I have been hunting for for a while now (the other being Lora Leigh‘s Rule Breaker), but I was really excited to find this one over on Goodreads. Night Broken is the next book in Patricia Briggs‘ Mercy Thompson series, and it is due out on March 4th.

night brokenOn a side note…it did bring the pretty, but I am strangely disturbed by both the off-center placement of the cover model and, er, the rather impressive rack on display. Still excited to get my hands on it, still think it is very eye-catching, but I might’ve tweaked things a bit.

This and That…

1346218864_cleanSooo, the Series Reading Lists section (HERE) has been updated, and I am almost finished adding the 100 or so new releases I found while working on it. After that, it will be a month-by-month check of Amazon to see what they have added to their pre-order lists, so over the next week or so the New Release Dates should be completely up to date.

Oh, and a quick question. Does anyone actually use the Completed Series list section (HERE)? I find it a bit of a pain, actually, since just when you think a series is done, a new novella or e-book is in the works. If it isn’t something people use, I will probably delete it.

While I was checking to see if there was any information about the new series coming from Ilona Andrews, I saw where Ilona and Gordon announced that next year’s Magic Breaks will be released in hardcover. They go into a bit of detail about the decision (which they are of mixed feelings about), but things were taken out of their hands. Personally, I am thrilled since I love me the hardcovers, but I do hope that there will be a re-release of the earlier titles in hardcover, as well. I wonder how long until Jeanine Frost makes the jump?

On the topic of hardcovers, the second Alpha and Omega book from Patricia Briggs, Hunting Ground, will be re-released on January 7th. That is the last one I needed to have everything switched over, so good news.

There have been quite a few titles added to the New Release Pages in the last few days (and more to come), so here is a few worth noting…

  • Stephanie Tyler will release a new e-book series starting this September. Book one will be called Redemption, and it will be out on the 16th.
  • Nalini Singh will release both of her new Psy/Changeling novella stories from the Wild Invitation compilation in e-format on November 5th. Declaration of Courtship is Cooper and Grace’s story, and Texture of Intimacy features Walker and Lara.
  • Angelfall author Susan Ee will release her second book from the Penryn and the End of Days series this November, and it will be called World After.
  • It looks like J.T. Geissinger‘s next book, Edge of Darkness, will be released on December 10th.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s new YA series with Harlequin teen called The Dark Elements, which features a half gargoyle/half demon heroine, should be good. The first full book will be called White Hot Kiss, and it is due out on December 31st.
  • Rachel Morgan #12, from author Kim Harrison, will be called The Undead Pool. Look for it on February 25th of next year.
  • Veronica Roth will release a collection of four short stories from her Divergent world called Four: A Divergent Story Collection, on February 11th.
  • There isn’t an official title as yet, but the next Argeneau Rogue Hunter book from Lynsay Sands will be hitting the shelves on March 25th.

So, that is about it. Anything to get excited about for you? I am most looking forward to Jennifer Armentrout’s new series with Harlequin Teen. She is an auto-buy for me, and I hope that this non-Entangled Publishing released series does well for her.

Reading Roundup…

booksIt looks like since there are no new series starting up this week, I will be doing a reading roundup post instead. I thought that I had just done one, but it looks like it was quite a few books ago. I covered a bit of everything this time, it seems, since I am trying to switch around formats and genres so I get a bit of everything.

Beauty Dates the Beast – after finishing the epic Fever series, I wanted to grab something a little lighter. Loved Fever, but there was a lot going on. I hit Mount TBR, and came up with a new-to-me author that had been sitting on the shelf for quite a while – Jessica Sims. Cover was a bit cheesy, but it sounded like fun. Well, I was surprised by how much I got into this one. It was a fast, fun read, exactly what I needed, and when I finished I promptly ordered the rest of the series. I was very glad I finally broke down and read this one, and now looking very forward to seeing how the rest of this series goes.

Wolf With BenefitsShelly Laurenston‘s Pride series is wild and crazy and fun. This one was a little different for me since I found myself getting more wrapped up in the story than I usually do. There was less slapstick comedy (although there was some, of course) and more plot than I usually find, and I liked it. Probably one of my favorites for this series so far. I do wonder who’s story is next, though…

Frost Burned – not much to say about this one. Patricia Briggs can always be counted on for a terrific story, and this one is no exception. I was surprised by two things, though – one was how much time Adam and Mercy spent apart, and two was how much I found myself gravitating towards Ben. Ben had been interesting in the previous books, but I have to say he grabbed my attention (and respect) in Frost Burned. Now I think he ranks up there with Samuel in characters that I really want to have get their own stories. The only thing I wish is that Bran had made an appearance, since things usually get very interesting when he shows up. You know those authors that you wish would write faster but the wait is worth it in the end? Patricia Briggs is one of those.

Clockwork Princess – Crap. Holy crap. Cassandra Clare‘s final Infernal Devices book was good. This series stands apart for me because it is the best written love triangle I have ever come across. I know some have the Team Will/Team Jem thing going on, but I went back and forth. Book one I was convinced it was Will that Tessa belonged with. Book two Jem stole both my heart and the spotlight. Book three was anyone’s game. There was no one more deserving, more likeable, or more worthy. I think what made the difference is that all three characters loved each other (of course, in different ways, but love is love). All three respected each other, and all three would sacrifice anything for the other two. I went into this one with a bit of dread, actually, since I couldn’t figure out how all three characters could be happy. Good thing Cassandra Clare could, because after some true tragedy the book gave me a better ending than I ever could have hoped for. But I dare anyone to not shed a tear when they read the epilogue. Dare you.

Twice Tempted – Ah, Vlad. I’ve been waiting for you. Book two of the three Jeaniene Frost plans to write about Vlad, Twice Tempted was a one evening read for me since I couldn’t put it down. Love the characters, the world, the whole works. And Leila stands out as a particular favorite of mine, and that is saying something since I usually don’t pay much attention to the heroines at all. She is gutsy, brave, and holds her own against Dracula. How many characters can say that. Finding out Vlad’s true feelings was even more dramatic than I had expected, and there is no way that I can wait for the as-yet unknown third book. No way.

Wild InvitationNalini Singh can do no wrong with me, as I have always said. This is no exception, since I loved a book I had already read half of. The two new novellas are great additions to the series, in different ways. I loved heading into the San Gabriel den for Declaration of Courtship, and this story introduced a ton of new SnowDancers. Cooper’s den was a nice change of pace, and got me hoping we get more into the other SnowDancer areas in the near future. What I enjoyed most about their story was the dramatic difference in Cooper and Grace’s dominance, and the inherent problems it caused. It was a great glimpse into something that has been touched on before (Indigo and Drew’s story, for example), and I found it very interesting. The other new story was Texture of Intimacy featuring Lara and Walker, and I enjoyed this one in a very different way. Walker was the one character that I never really got a feeling for before – but you definitely see the man behind the Silence in this one. He is more like Judd than I ever realized, and carried much more of a burden than I suspected. And as a bonus, there is a subtle focus on Aden and Alice, which got me hoping for a pairing for those two sometime in the near future. The Psy/Changeling world is my absolute favorite, and both of these stories added to that.

So, what about you? Did you read any of these? I have been on a run of great books lately which I am truly grateful for, so here’s hoping that continues. What have you read and loved lately?

Pick of the Week…

To say that there is a lot of great stuff coming out this week is an epic understatement. Anything by Nalini Singh is a given, even if it is “just” a novella collection for the Psy/Changeling series like Wild Invitation is. But then…then I saw it. Somehow I had totally forgotten that this is the week for Mercy Thompson #7 from Patricia Briggs. That is just wrong on so many levels I can’t even say. So, surprisingly to me, my pick this week is Frost Burned (forgive me Nalini).

frost burnedSynopsis…

Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain.

With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.

–Mercy Thompson reading list HERE

I still have high hopes that we will get our hands on a full book of Samuel’s POV, but who knows. If the schedule holds, it will be another year before we get the next book, which should be an Alpha and Omega story. Read slooowly and make it last.

Spotlight on…Patricia Briggs

frost burnedPatricia Briggs is down to pretty much a one-new-book-a-year schedule (but it is pretty much guaranteed to be one hell of a book, so I can’t complain). I figured since it is almost time for Frost Burned to be released, I would check out what she has in store for us next. This is from her website…

We’ve had a lot of questions lately about what books Patty’s working on, and where she’s going with things. Of course, the problem is always that our long-term plans always seem to be on a collision-course with reality. So, with the understanding that nothing is set in stone, here’s where we’re at.

Frost Burned will be released in a few weeks, and early reviews are already trickling out. Patty’s decided to do a book of short stories next. I don’t think she’s chosen a title yet, but the plan is to publish several of the “Mercy’s World” stories from previous anthologies along with a number of new stories in a single volume. She’s finished a story featuring our favorite British werewolf, Ben, and a story featuring Samuel. She’s working on another couple of stories, and hopes to have the initial work on this book done by the end of this month.

March, of course, is largely filled with travel and signings. When she catches her breath, she’s start work on another Mercy Thompson novel. In a perfect world, she’d finish that by Christmas. If I were a bookie, I’d lay odds against that, but Patty seems pretty confident!

The next book is a head-scratcher. Her contract is for another book in Mercy’s world, but not a Mercy book. She could write another Alpha and Omega, or she might decide to explore some other corner of the world. She hasn’t decided, yet, just what she’s going to do. It’s a mystery project!

After that, well who knows? She still has one more Mercy Book under contract, and I know she wants to write another Alpha and Omega. My crystal ball isn’t good enough to look that far in the future!

I don’t like the ONE MORE MERCY BOOK part, but that is what new contracts are for. I do like a collection of short stories, especially about Ben and Samuel. As much as I would love to get my hot little hands on another Alpha and Omega book, I would kill to get a full Samuel book (those weeks before he ended up mated are a big, big mystery). What would your ideal release be from Patricia?