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.
And it will be followed by Highland Wolf Christmas later in the year.
I 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.
The 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.
And 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.
So, 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.
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.
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.
It looks like September’s book of the month title belongs to Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s next Dark-Hunter book, Styx. I was surprised by both which book won and by how much. If I had had to predict, I would’ve said the winner was going to be the new one from Larissa Ione.
If you would like a chance to win a hardcover copy of Styx, just leave a comment in this post. Contest open to all, and winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday at midnight (Atlantic Time). Good luck!
Just when you thought doomsday was over…
Centuries ago Acheron protected the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.
As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life for Acheron’s.
Bethany was born to set right the wrong that left her family imprisoned for eternity. Now that she’s out, nothing will stop her from fulfilling the bargain that freed them. She must take the life of the last remaining Atlantean and she will not fail. But things are never what they seem and Acheron is no longer the last of his line.
Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.
Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it’s your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?
So, the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of doing a recommendation section. It might take a while to work out, but it could be fun. I am going to get started on it maybe tonight, and then I will open it up for your favorites. I am thinking maybe a cover pic, a brief write up about what it is that makes the book great, and then a list of the rest of the books in the series. Or something like that.
On the cover front, there are a few new ones starting to make their way around. This first one is a Dark-Hunter short story collection from Sherrilyn Kenyon called Dark Bites. It is due out on January 21st.
I had thought that the Shadowfae Chronicles series from Erica Hayes was complete, but it looks like there will be at least one more story. Demon Chained will be released in e-format on September 18th.
And another series that seems to be getting a second life is the Gregori Legacy from Linda Poitevin. Sins of the Lost is due out on October 15th, also in e-format.
Labyrinth of Stars from Marjorie M. Liu was due out last year, but this latest Hunter Kiss book is now due out on February 25th.
Jacquelyn Frank also writes under the name Jax, and it is under that name that she will re-release Hunter (previously an e-book release) on February 4th.
I was starting wonder on the state of Shannon K. Butcher‘s Sentinel Wars series, since there hasn’t been much news for the last few months. But it looks like the next title will be Willing Sacrifice, and it will be released on March 4th. By the title, it really should be Torh and Grace. Hopefully.
There is another Argeneau Rogue Hunter book by Lynsay Sands coming out on February 28th, and it is called Vampire Most Wanted.
Almost there. I love the pinky-purple colors on Cole’s Redemption, which is the next book in J.D. Tyler‘s Alpha Pack series. It is due out on March 4th.
And this final one is the cover for the mass market paperback release of the special edition of J.R. Ward‘s first Black Dagger Brotherhood book, Dark Lover. It is due out on February 25th.
What is your take on these? I like the Dark Lover cover – it would’ve been great if this had been the hardcover design. I am most excited for Willing Sacrifice, and even though I am a couple of books behind in this series it is one that I always enjoy.
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.
Lolita 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.
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.
Yasmine Galenorn will re-release her Otherworld novella The Shadow of Mist on September 3rd. It was originally published in the Never After anthology.
Jaime Rush‘s third book from her new The Hidden series, Angel Seduced, will be released on February 25th.
Shawntelle Madison continues her Coveted series with the release of Compelled early next year.
This 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.
For 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.
Still on the YA track, Promise Bound from Anne Greenwood Brown will be released on January 7th.
Book two in Shannon Messenger‘s Sky Fall series, Let the Storms Break, will be released on March 4th.
Sophie 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.
Almost 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.
And 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.
What 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.
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 Palmer. A Kiss of Blood is due out on June 25th.
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.
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.
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.
Kim recently dropped me a line to see what I had heard about the multiple deals Sherrilyn Kenyon had inked to bring her many, many series to life on the screen. I started doing some digging…and only came up with a little post from May saying that things were progressing on The Chronicles of Nick being made into a movie, and the Dark-Hunters being adapted for television. More info to come, apparently. Has anyone else heard anything in the way of updates? In the process of searching that out, however, I did find some other info. I do get excited when I hear a book from “my” type is in some stage of hitting the silver screen (or the tv screen). I did a post a while back that listed some of what was in store for us book/movie lovers, and there are a few new tidbits to share.
It looks like the planned Incarceron adaptation has been dropped…for now. It had gotten as far as casting Taylor Lautner in the lead role, but looks like Fox has decided not to go ahead with it. Author Catherine Fisher is still going ahead with writing a screenplay, and hopes to find a new studio for it.
Also seemingly in limbo is the adaptation of Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series. The rights were bought by Dreamworks, but I haven’t heard any news at all since last year. Am I just behind, or has anyone else heard anything about this one?
Speaking of Dreamworks, it looks like it has gotten the rights to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. It is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, and interest for it could be found way back last year before it was even published when Paramount was in the running for the rights.
It does seem like Veronica Roth‘s Divergent is one step closer to coming to a theater near you. Neil Burger has signed on to direct, and actress Shailene Woodley will be playing Tris.
Actress Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in Forgotten, based on the book by Cat Patrick. I haven’t read this one, but it does sound interesting.
David Slade is set to direct Matched, adapted from the book by Ally Condie. He previously worked on Twilight: Eclipse.
It looks like Maggie Stiefvater‘s Shiver and Lauren Kate‘s Fallen are caught somewhere in limbo. There has been no word in a year on either franchise after the initial rights were grabbed.
Kiera Cass‘ The Selection has been in the works as a tv show for the CW for quite some time. It turns out that after the initial pilot was not picked up by the network, it is going to be re-shot and given another chance. There is no guarantee that it will make it this time, but the odds are better.
Also heading for tv is the MTV produced Unraveling from author Elizabeth Norris. This one only recently hit the bookshelves, and there are two more books left to go.
Oh, and see if this one doesn’t just give you the shivers (and not the good kind). Looks like Lionsgate is planning on milking extending the Twilight world just a little bit more. According to reports, they are looking into ways to continue in that same world, without Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, or Taylor Lautner. Ideas range from a direct remake (Jesus, seriously?), a spin-off featuring the wolf pack, or a tv show. Really, let it go people. LET. IT. GO.
That is about all the updates I could find. Do you have any info that I missed? Anything that you think will be “the next Hunger Games” (which was “the next Twilight”, and so forth)?
Jennifer Estep did it. Sherrilyn Kenyon did, too. So did Ann Aguirre and Sophie Jordan. All of them are successful authors of adult PNR or UF who made the jump to the ever-growing Young Adult market, with either spin-off series from their existing worlds, or entirely new series. Jennifer is heading into book four of the Mythos Academy series, and Sherrilyn Kenyon recently released her third Chronicles of Nick book. This got me thinking about some of the other authors taking the plunge into Young Adult in the coming months, and got me wondering…
Will you follow a favorite author when they change genres? Which ones are you most excited for, or will you bother at all?
To be fair, Gena Showalter has in fact had previous experience with young adult (she has had a few stand alone titles, and the Intertwined series), but she is mostly known for her Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress books. Her young adult series White Rabbit Chronicles kicks off this September with the release of Alice in Zombieland.
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
Now, Showalter best buddy Kresley Cole also has her own “Chronicles” starting up this year. The Arcana Chronicles, based on the Tarot deck, will start with the release of The Poison Princess on October 2nd.
Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future.
Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…
Now, this next one is a bit tricky. Karen Marie Moning has said that the Dani O’Malley books (set in the same world as her super-popular Fever series) “uneasily straddles the line between adult and young adult”. Iced is the first of three books, due out on October 30th.
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
Darynda Jones only started her popular Charley Davidson series last year, but already her fun and quirky style has translated into a great read. However, she is turning some of her attention to the young adult market with upcoming Darklight series. Death and the Girl Next Door is due out on October 2nd of this year.
Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.
High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?
I had almost forgotten about this one. Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series, keeps her Steampunk world alive with a four book spin-off series called The Finishing School. Book one, Etiquette & Espionage, hits the shelves on February 13th of next year.
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.