Pick of the Week…

There were a few books that were in the running for my pick of the week. Magic Breaks is the obvious one, but since it has already been pick of the month I figured I would let that one slide (although it is terrific, if you haven’t gotten it yet you are in for a hell of a ride). It is also the week that C.L. Wilson‘s The Winter King comes out, which I have been looking forward to, as well. But I think I am going to have to go with Richelle Mead‘s Silver Shadows, which is the fifth book in her Bloodlines series. I also got that one a week early (along with Magic Breaks), but I haven’t been able to start it yet.

silver shadowsSynopsis…

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Purchase at Amazon.com

What was your big one for this week? Did you get your hands on Magic Breaks yet, or are you still waiting?

This and That…

newsOn the blog side of things, I did get off my butt and get the author pages updated (“Coming Soon” meant January 15th), and all of the Series List pages have been updated to show which series are complete. I did list some that are soon to be completed as complete, as well, as long as the purchase links were available.

While updating things, I did come across a couple of tidbits…

  • Alyssa Day has had some personal issues that have caused a bit of a delay in her release schedule. There is no word on the next Warriors of Poseidon book, but the second book from the League of the Black Swan has been pushed back from its May release, new date to be determined. You can read about it on Alyssa’s blog HERE
  • The first two-chapter excerpt for the next Ilona Andrews‘ Kate Daniels book, Magic Breaks, has been upped to the author’s blog, found HERE. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!
  • Sigh. This is me, sighing. It looks like there has been yet another long push-back for Karen Marie Moning‘s next Fever book, Burned. Originally scheduled for early this year, it was pushed back to July. But nope, now it will be a January 2015 release.
  • Not sure if I mentioned this before, but the title of the third Arcana Chronicles book from Kresley Cole will be Dead of Winter, and it has a tentative release set for October.
  • There are only a few days left until Rule Breaker comes out, and Lora Leigh has upped an excerpt over on her Facebook page. A decently sized, seemingly grammatically correct excerpt. You can find it HERE.
  • We are also chugging down to the release of the first Vampire Academy movie, Blood Sisters. Author Richelle Mead had a Twitter chat that addressed some concerns people seem to have about the tone of the movie, since the trailers and posters seem to have a more slap-stick vibe than the books did. You can find the chat transcript HERE.
  • C.L. Wilson has given a bit of an update about her upcoming projects. The previously delayed Winter King is still on schedule for a July release, and while it was originally to be a stand alone book it now looks like it will be a trilogy. Two other characters stood out and sort of demanded they have their stories told, as well. Also, the rumored book for Bel and Galen from the Tairen Souls series are still a go, as well, and she is actually writing Bel’s story now.

There are a ton of titles to add to the new release pages over the coming days, and I should be finished with a quick little character guide for Clean Sweep, too. Back to work!

Pick of the Week…

My pick for this week is from a series that I really enjoy. Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines, the Vampire Academy spin off, has come into its own in the book, and I can’t wait to see what direction The Fiery Heart takes things.

the fiery heartSynopsis…

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Are you a fan of this series? How do you like it compared to the Vampire Academy series?

 

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Cover Lover time again. I found a couple of these late last week, but thought I would hold off until I found a few more. These first two are from Terry Spear, who is really great about keeping her readers updated (unlike some other authors who make me crazed). Hero of a Highland Wolf, from her Wolf series, will be released on August 5th.

hero of a highland wolfAnd it will be followed by Highland Wolf Christmas later in the year.

a highland wolf christmasI actually wasn’t real sure what was going on with Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s next League novel, Born of Fury. It was pushed back a couple of times, and then just sort of disappeared. Now it is being listed again on Amazon as a July 1st release, complete with a new cover and everything.

born of furyMolly Harper‘s next one will be called Better Homes and Hauntings, and it is looking like it will be out next June 24th.

better homes and hauntingsThe next two are YA. Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines is a favorite of mine, but this cover is a little…empty, I guess. Silver Shadows is the fifth of six books, and it is due out on July 29th.

silver shadowsAnd the last one for today comes from Jessica Shirvington. Empower is (I believe) the fifth book in her Violet Eden Chronicles series, and it will be out on May 6th.

empowerSo, any of this batch catch your eye? I like the design change for Born of Fury away from the yellowish cover of before, but Silver Shadows still looks like it is unfinished, somehow. And Empower reminds me I have the first book of the series sitting on Mount TBR. Of course.

 

November BotM and Winner’s Choice Giveaway…

giveaway bannerWell, it looks like Thea Harrison‘s Kinked, the Elder Races story of Aryal and Quentin, is your book of the month for November. I was surprised by how wide of a margin it won by, and I was really happy to see Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Sentinel and Richelle Mead‘s The Fiery Heart come in second and third, respectively.

Now on to the Giveaway. I am going to do things differently this time,. Since I am looking forward to all of the top three voted on books, I am going to let the winner choose for the giveaway. Drop a line in the comments section below for a chance to win a copy of either Kinked, Sentinel or The Fiery Heart (The Book Depository seems to be only offering The Fiery Heart in trade paperback format, so that would be what was won).  Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random on Sunday night at Midnight (Atlantic time).

Good luck!

kinkedKinked…

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

sentinelSentinel…

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant Series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

the fiery heartor The Fiery Heart…

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Just a few new ones for this post, but I actually like all three which is a bonus. This first one is The Immortal Crown from Richelle Mead‘s Age of X series, which is due out on May 29th.

the immortal crownComing in at number two is one I am really looking forward to. Visions is the second book in Kelley Armstrong‘s Cainesville series, and it won’t be out until next August.

visionsThe final one is Fire Kin, which is the 4th book in M.J. Scott‘s Half-Light City series. It will be released on May 6th.

fire kin

New Release Dates…

I have been pretty steadily adding titles to the New Release pages lately, rather than making one monster update every month or so, but this week there were quite a few notable pre-order links that whoed up on Amazon.

  • Sparrow Hill Road, which is the first book of Seanan McGuire‘s upcoming Ghost Stories series, will be released on May 6th.
  • Charlaine Harris will start a new series next year that is a little less supernatural in flavor than Sookie Stackhouse, but still veers towards the paranormal. The new series will be called Midnight, Texas, and the first book will be called Midnight Crossroad. Look for it on May 6th.
  • The 4th book of M.J. Scott‘s Half Light City series, Fire Kin, will be released on May 6th.
  • The next rumored Meredith Gentry book from Laurell K. Hamilton, A Shiver of Light, now has a release date. It is due out on June 3rd.
  • It looks like Jess Haines will be releasing another H&W Investigations book. Enslaved by the Others is due out on July 1st.
  • Ilona Andrews revealed that the cover for Magic Breaks will be made public on October 31st, and now Amazon has the preorder up with the date listed as July 29th.
  • Kat Richardson‘s next Greywalker book, Revenant, will be released on August 5th.
  • Black Ice is the title of the second Mist book from Susan Krinard. It is due out on August 12th.
  • Shield of Winter from Nalini Singh, which will feature Vasic, will be released on June 3rd.
  • August 5th is the release date for Chloe Neill‘s next Chicagoland Vampires book, Blood Games.
  • Fans of Victoria Scott‘s Dante Walker series will be glad to know that book three is in the works. The Warrior is due out on May 6th.
  • The fifth and final book from Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series, Opposition, will be out on August 5th.
  • The Immortal Crown is the title of Richelle Mead‘s second Age of X book, and it will be released on May 29th.

Which of these are you most excited by? Shield of Winter is at the top of my list, along with Blood Games and Opposition (even though I hate to see the Lux series end). Magic Breaks in hardcover is a huge one for me, and I might even try out Charlaine Harris’ new one, too.

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.

From the Author Pages…

I just got back from seeing City of Bones. Now, I must admit that I started to hunt for reviews a few days back, and things seemed up in the air. Some thought it was great, some loathed it on principle alone. Rotten Tomatoes has is as a 13% as of me writing this (and Beautiful Creatures had a 46%!). Turns out that once again, I didn’t agree with the critics. Was it a masterpiece that copied the book verbatim? No. Can’t happen. But I thought it was a decent movie, it made me smile more than once, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

I updated the author pages yesterday, and there are a couple of little things that I found that caught my attention.

  • for those of you who are fans of the Bayou Heat e-series Alexandra Ivy co-writes with Laura Wright, there will be at least three more full books and a Christmas story. It looks like the series will continue pretty regularly through 2014.
  • Updated to say that Bloodlines #5 from Richelle Mead now has a title – Silver Shadows. It is due out early next summer.
  • Chloe Neill will have a Luc and Lindsey novella in the upcoming Kicking It anthology (due out on December 3rd), and an e-novella that features Jeff and Fallon called Howling for You which will be available on January 7th. I know the series was contracted for 10 books, and it looks like the 10th will be released next August. I am not sure at this point if Blood Games will indeed be the final book, or perhaps just start a new arc?
  • I am warily circling Gena Showalter after her last few books, but I have to admit that I was more than a little happy to find out that Torin’s story is up next. The Darkest Touch will be released sometime in 2014. Now if only we could find out when the next Alien Huntress book will be out (featuring Dallas, of course).
  • Booo! Karen Marie Moning‘s next Fever World book, Burned, has been pushed back yet again to a July 22nd release. There has been talk from the author herself that she might change from the two more Dani and two more Mac books into just two more books total, so here’s hoping that this isn’t an indicator of that.
  • And it looks like Kresley Cole has a super secret project in the works. She has said that she will be making an announcement soon, but when I did a quick search over on Amazon I saw that she has listings for three as-yet untitled e-books. Whatever they are, they are going to be released on December 9th, December 16th, and January 6th respectively. Hmm, makes me wonder.
  • Oh, and the summary for Crave the Night from Lara Adrian has been upped. This one is Nathan’s story, and it will be out on February 25th. You can find the synopsis HERE.
  • Likewise, the summary for the next Sentinel Wars book, Willing Sacrifice, has been added to the Shannon K. Butcher page. I had hoped it was Torr and Grace, and I was right. You can find the summary HERE.
  • Well, there used to be an author section for C.L. Wilson, so I guess that counts. It turns out that she has finished the long, long awaited The Winter King, and it is now in the hands of her editor. It has a scheduled publication date of…August. 2014. Or a year from now. Yep.

So, did you catch City of Bones? What did you think? Have you heard anything about Kresley Cole’s upcoming project? And what do you think the odds are of the Winter King ever actually getting released? And at this point, do you really care?

New Series Alerts…

It looks like this week is the grand debut for three new series. This first new series from Zoe Archer is called Nemesis Unlimited, and the first book is called Sweet Revenge.

sweet revengeSynopsis…

     When Jack Dalton escapes from Dunmoor Prison, he has only one thing in mind—finding the nobleman who murdered his sister and making him pay. But when he reaches the inn where the Lord Rockley is rumored to be staying, three well-dressed strangers are there to meet him instead. And the pretty blonde is aiming a pistol right at his head …

     Joining Nemesis, Unlimited has made Eva Warrick much more than the well-mannered lady she appears to be—one who can shoot, fight, and outsmart any man in the quest to right the injustices so often suffered by the innocent. She’s not afraid of the burly escaped convict, but she is startled by their shared attraction. She and her partners need Jack’s help to get to Rockley, but Eva finds she wants Jack for scandalous reasons all her own…

New series number two is from Cat Devon. The Entity series gets its start with Sleeping With the Entity. It sounds like fun.

sleeping with the entitySynopsis…

She has a sweet tooth and a dream.

     Meet Daniella Delaney. She’s all ready to open her shop, Heavenly Cupcakes, in one of Chicago’s sleepier districts. But she’s having a hard time convincing the local business association—namely Nick St. George—that she’s a good addition to the neighborhood. Daniella hopes that her famous red velvet cupcakes will be enough to melt any man’s heart. But Nick is no ordinary man. He’s got fangs.

He has a constant craving…

     As leader of the Vamptown clan, Nick has no intention of letting Daniella breathe new life into his old haunts. But something about her leaves Nick hungry…for more. He can’t control her mind like other humans, a trait that makes Daniella irresistible. Could it be that, for the first time in centuries, Nick has met his match? Love is always a force to be reckoned with. But can this vampire have his cake and eat it too?

And Richelle Mead‘s new Gameboard of the Gods is the first book of her Age of X series. Known for her YA Vampire Academy series, this one sees her dive back into an adult set of books.

gameboard of the godsSynopsis…

     In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

     When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

      Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

What are you interested in? I pre-ordered Sleeping With the Entity a while back, since I thought it sounded like fun. I had also pre-ordered Gameboard of the Gods, but actually ended up cancelling it when I read some less than stellar reviews. I think I will wait a while to see how reaction to this one is before I buy. I wasn’t particularly drawn in by the blurb, but I was buying it based on it being a Richelle Mead book. I figure if you have to talk yourself into buying it, you should hold off.