Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

It seems I haven’t been finding that many covers that catch my eye lately – or maybe things are just slow this time of year. Either way, I grabbed this first one from All Things Urban Fantasy, so many thanks. It is from the White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland. White Trash Zombie Apocalypse will be released on July 2nd.

white trash zombie apocalypse

This next one was a surprise. For some reason, there will be a re-release of Gena Showalter‘s The Darkest Angel (Lysander and Bianka’s story), along with the story Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger. This duology will be called After Dark, and it will be released on June 25th.

after dark

Lucy Monroe continues her Children of the Moon series with the release of Warrior’s Moon on July 2nd.

warrior's moon

This fourth cover is from Vicki Lewis Thompson. Werewolf in Alaska will be released on July 2nd.

werewolf in alaska

Tes Hilaire‘s third Paladin Warrior’s series, Prince of Shadows, will be released on December 1st.

prince of shadows

Lauren Kate starts her new young adult Teardrop Trilogy this October 22nd with the release of the first book, also called Teardrop.

teardrop

And the final one for today is from Maggie Stiefvater. The second Raven Boys book, The Dream Thieves, will be released on September 17th.

the dream thieves

Which one of these is your favorite? Any you are looking forward to?

Guest Review – Deliver Me From Temptation

Douglas C. Meeks must have become a mind reader.  For some reason, I remembered that I hadn’t ordered the second book in Tes Hilaire‘s Paladin Warriors series, Deliver Me From Temptation.  I read the first one and enjoyed it, so I immediately ordered this one.  Then today, Doug sent over his review.  Mind reader, I tell you.  Anyways, Doug has kindly gave another great review of a great series.

What Doug said…

Deliver Me From Temptation (Paladin Warriors #2) 
by
Tes Hilaire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For details/info on this series go here:
Tes Hilaire Paladin novels

The first novel in this series is
Deliver Me From Darkness (5 Star reading also)

Summary:
Logan Calhoun is the last full-blooded Paladin, the future leader of a race of immortal warrior angels. The heavy responsibility of continuing the Paladin line falls to him, and the last thing he should do is get involved with a human.

Then fate throws Jessica Waters, a homicide detective who doesn’t believe in fate or divine intervention, into his path. Her devotion lies in her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. Like Logan, she’s a warrior for her people, and she awakens within him something he’d never thought he’d feel. But she’s also as human as they come and the last Paladin to mate a full human female went insane when she died ………

Review:
Logan is the heir apparent to lead the Paladins in the future and the very thought of being mated to a human was not only something to be avoided at all costs but an insult to his heritage …… and all that was etched in stone until he met Jessica.

This second novel in the Paladin Warriors series picks up flawlessly from the first book and as good as Deliver Me From Darkness (Paladin Warriors #1) was this book is just as good or in some ways possibly even better. This installment is a bit more character driven and while quite a bit of action takes place it is not the epic battle type action we saw in book 1 but more of a battle fought in the minds of the main couple and to a lesser extent through their friends.

Let me say that I think I enjoyed the romance angle of this one a bit more than the first book although they has some similarities (impossible love/romance) but the action is downplayed in favor of a bit more intrigue and a bit of a thriller. My problem with this book has nothing to do with the main plot as much as the fact that the author draws us into a couple of subplots that go nowhere and that left me frustrated a bit. I am guessing that we will see most if not all of them resolved in a future book but it leaves the reader with too many questions in my opinion.

The author taunts us with snippets of what I assume will be future storylines and then just leaves us nowhere, if I had any really serious complaints with this book it would have to be it needed at least another chapter to smooth over a few of what would have been very entertaining interaction with both of their friends and associates. Let me take a moment to acknowledge I am selfish as a reader, I don’t like being left in the dark on hardly anything until the author decides to write another book when they have already drawn me into a story.

Rating:
I will have to give this a 4.5 Star rating since the main plot and the transition from the first book was excellent. The characters were all interesting even if several of them were no more than brief introductions that I am sure the author will use in future plots.

So to sum it up, get both of these books and read them back to back and you will have many enjoyable hours of reading. Even though the ending left some secondary questions unresolved you are gonna LOVE the ending for the main plot, trust me ….

I enjoyed the first book, and Logan was by far the most interesting character so I am glad to see him get his story.  Hopefully I will be hitting this one next week.  Any other Paladin fans?

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Well, I was surprised to get my hands on some of these, since a lot of them aren’t due out until next year.  One example is For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk, which is due out on January 1st.  It is the third book in her Shadowlands series.

This second one is also due out on January 1st.  Prince of Power is the second book in Elisabeth Staab‘s Chronicles of Yavn series.

The cover has also been released for the third book of Judi Fennell‘s Bottled Magic series, Magic Gone Wild.  This one is due out on August 1st.

Deliver Me From Temptation is the second book from Tes Hilaire‘s Paladin Warriors series, which will be released on December 1st.

February 1st is the release date for the next Cat Star Chronicles book from Cheryl Brooks, called Wildcat.

And this final one is from Molly CochranPoison is the second book in her Legacy series, which is due out on December 4th.

Love it or Leave it…

Every once in a while you come across a book that you should like.  It has everything you usually go for, but for some reason you can’t quite put your finger on, it just doesn’t grab you.  My recent example of this was the first book from Tes Hilaire‘s new Paladin Warriors series, Deliver Me From Darkness.  Like I said, it has everything that I usually go for in a book – alpha males, competent female leads, some action, some drama, some romance…but I just couldn’t get into it.  Instead of the couple of days a book this length would usually take me to read, I spent two weeks trying to get through it.

Now, it wasn’t bad, but for me something was missing.  I don’t know if it was that I didn’t connect to the characters, or if it was just a case of “same old, same old”, but there was nothing that made me have to find out what happened.  I didn’t get invested in either the story or the main characters, and even the supporting characters didn’t grab me like they usually do.  It almost felt a bit formulaic, like it was going through the “normal motions”.  This could just be a case of the first book in the series being a bit slow, as most are, so I will still be giving Deliver Me From Temptation a shot when it comes out on December 1st.  I just hope that with the second book, the series can hit its stride.

Synopsis…

As a powerful vampire, Roland is one of the most feared creatures of the night.  He is also a direct descendent of the original twelve Paladins, men gifted with special powers to protect the children of earth. For two hundred years Roland fought alongside his kinsmen to hold back Ganelon’s (the betrayer) army of underworld fiends. Then one of the Paladin sanctuaries is attacked. Dozens of Paladins, including the last female Paladin, are slaughtered, and Roland is turned into a vampire.

Forsaken by his brothers save one, and fighting new instincts for blood and sex, Roland believes his soul lost. His only goal is to hold on to enough humanity to sleep at night. But when his best friend delivers on his doorstep a woman who could be both an undiscovered Paladin and Roland’s bond-mate, all his self-proclaimed codes of decency are challenged.

Karissa Donovan knows the difference between good and evil, and the sexy-as-hell vampire holding her prisoner is certainly not good. Sure, he might not have sucked her dry—yet, sure his best friend is a Paladin who trusts the vampire, but that doesn’t mean she trusts him. Karissa just needs to wait for the opportunity to escape. But when all her attempts are easily thwarted, and her body betrays her by responding to Roland’s advances, Karissa knows she’s in trouble.

Then circumstances force Karissa to put her life in Roland’s hands. With each new danger they face, and each subsequent sacrifice he makes for her, she realizes that the question was never a matter of her trusting him, but of convincing him to trust in the integrity of a soul that he’d never truly lost.

The Paladin Warriors reading list can be found HERE

Random stuff…

Meh, not much going on.  No new series this week, so didn’t do that post.   Nothing that catches my eye being released, so no pick of the week, either.  I spent two weeks getting though Tes Hilaire‘s Deliver Me From Darkness, not sure if that was because I was in a slump, or because I had three books staring at me that I wanted to read more, but for some reason I just couldn’t get engaged in this one.  It had everything I like, but I just couldn’t get involved enough in the story to enjoy it, and had a hard time making myself finish it.  I did dive immediately into Patricia Brigg‘s Fair Game afterward, and read almost half the book in one sitting.  I feel so sad for Charles, but I do love seeing Anna come into her own.

There has been another change of plans for Kresley Cole‘s Dacian’s spin off, Shadow’s Claim.  It’s September release date was pushed back to mid-December, but has been moved once again to November 27th.  Also, looks like Kresley is firing up to start another IAD book, but she is being coy about who it will feature (can I hope Thronos and Lanthe?).  The cover for her upcoming Poison Princess will be released soon, so keep an eye out.

Cynthia Eden is writing another Bound book (her e-book novellas series, which are great reads).  Most of those particular stories have been inspired by fairytales, and looks like this time around it is Sleeping Beauty meets vampires and werewolves.  I do love these stories, and I have high hopes that they will head to print format one day.

Richelle Mead is hard at work on next year’s third Bloodlines novel, but no title has been announced yet.  From the sounds of things, though, Adrian is getting himself into all sorts of trouble.

Alyssa Day‘s much, much pushed back novella from the Warriors of Poseidon series, Alejandro’s Sorceress,  is supposed to be finally released this week – but I still can’t seem to track down any links.  For those of you who are interested, there is an excerpt available on her site HERE.

Still working on an update for the look of the site, but let’s just say that there is a nasty steep learning curve for CSS.  And since I am barely computer literate, it is…interesting.  On the plus side, I do love a challenge.

This and That

Things have been a bit on the quiet side around here for a few days.  Between working extra and just a info lull, I didn’t have much to post.  The downside is that things are not as up to date as I would like.  So, tomorrow is updating day.   Yep.  I plan on one whole day of nothing but blogging.  Not everyone’s idea of fun, but I can’t wait.  Love it.  The plan is to add the almost 100 new book release dates I have found, update the covers and blurbs, and add something like 20 new authors to the the Series Reading Lists pages.  And, if there is time, I have to update the Mythos Academy Character Guide to include the info from the last book, Kiss of Frost.

I did find a couple of little tidbits on my hunt for new info, however.

  • Shea Berkley will have two more Keepers of Life books coming out.  The Lost Prince will be released this coming August, and The Bastard King will follow in August of 2013.
  • March 2013 will see the release of the third Kristen Callihan Darkest London book, this one called Winterblaze.
  • Megan Crewe‘s second Fallen World book will be called The Lives We Lost, and should be available next January.
  • For the followers of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s Caster Chronicles, the title of the fourth book has now been revealed.  Beautiful Redemption will be released on October 23rd.
  • The fourth (and supposedly final) The Edge book from Ilona Andrews will be called Steel’s Edge.  Look for it on November 27th.
  • Tes Hilaire‘s second Paladin Warriors book will be called Deliver Me From Temptation.  It is due out on December 4th.
  • A Savage Hunger is the title of the first book in a new jaguar shifter series from Terry Spear, and it should be available on October 1st.

New Series Alert

This is one busy week in terms of new series hitting the shelves.  On the Adult side of things, Coreene Callahan‘s Dragonfire series starts up with the release of Fury of Fire.

Synopsis…

Commander of the Nightfury dragons, BASTIAN leads by example and expects his warriors to follow Dragonkind’s code. Honor is everything, duty no option, but when both dictate he be the first to take a mate and sire a son, Bastian falters. For the woman given into his care is most the extraordinary he’s ever met and even as she steals his heart, he knows birthing his child will take her life.

Nurse practitioner, MYST MUNROE puts herself on the line everyday, pushing past the limits of endurance to bring medical expertise to her patients when they cannot come to her. When a late night home visit turns deadly, she lands in the middle of a battle between two warring factions, dragon-shifters living in secret among humankind. Taken to the Nightfury’s lair, she must decide: return to the life she loves or risk everything to stay with the dragon-shifter who holds her heart.

IVAR, leader of the Razorbacks, hates humankind and the band of warrior dragons who protect them. To break the spell that ties Dragonkind’s fate to that of the humans, every Nightfury must die. When the last one falls, he will have what he needs to wipe the planet clean of an inferior race, and once again be free to roam the earth in dragon form.

It will be followed by Fury of Ice on June 5th, and Fury of Seduction on July 24th.

Another newbie is Kylie Griffin‘s Vengeance Born, the first book in the Light Blade series.

Synopsis…

Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na’Reish King, longs for more than her tormented life among her father’s people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she’s gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy.

With the Na’Reish vastly outnumbering them, Kalan, a Light Blade warrior, knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. Incursions into human territory and raids for blood-slaves by the Na’Reish Horde have increased. As Chosen-leader, he faces the task of stopping the demons — and convincing the Council of aging Light Blade warriors that change is necessary for survival.

When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father’s dungeon, her dream of escape seems within reach. She agrees to free him in exchange for his protection once they reach human territory. Now, marked for death for helping him, Annika must learn to trust Kalan as they face not only the perilous journey to the border but enemies within the Council — and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into civil war…

Alliance Forged will follow on July 3rd.

I have been looking forward to this one.  Tes Hilaire‘s Deliver Me From Darkness is the first book of the Paladin Warriors series.

Synopsis…

As a powerful vampire, Roland is one of the most feared creatures of the night.  He is also a direct descendent of the original twelve Paladins, men gifted with special powers to protect the children of earth. For two hundred years Roland fought alongside his kinsmen to hold back Ganelon’s (the betrayer) army of underworld fiends. Then one of the Paladin sanctuaries is attacked. Dozens of Paladins, including the last female Paladin, are slaughtered, and Roland is turned into a vampire.

Forsaken by his brothers save one, and fighting new instincts for blood and sex, Roland believes his soul lost. His only goal is to hold on to enough humanity to sleep at night. But when his best friend delivers on his doorstep a woman who could be both an undiscovered Paladin and Roland’s bond-mate, all his self-proclaimed codes of decency are challenged.

Karissa Donovan knows the difference between good and evil, and the sexy-as-hell vampire holding her prisoner is certainly not good. Sure, he might not have sucked her dry—yet, sure his best friend is a Paladin who trusts the vampire, but that doesn’t mean she trusts him. Karissa just needs to wait for the opportunity to escape. But when all her attempts are easily thwarted, and her body betrays her by responding to Roland’s advances, Karissa knows she’s in trouble.

Then circumstances force Karissa to put her life in Roland’s hands. With each new danger they face, and each subsequent sacrifice he makes for her, she realizes that the question was never a matter of her trusting him, but of convincing him to trust in the integrity of a soul that he’d never truly lost.

Joey W. Hill moves on from her Vampire Queen series and heads into witch territory with the release of the first Arcane Shot book, Something About Witches.

Synopsis…

Ruby Night Divine is a witch who runs a gun shop. Magic can fail – she knows that first hand, having experienced it with full-blown tragic consequences, far beyond what Dr. Phil can fix. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing’s as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.

A powerful sorcerer, Derek is determined to get to the bottom of why she pushed him away and ran three years before. He also wants her help. A coven needs training to face a demon and his army of minions. Oh sure. It’s amazing what sweet things a guy will offer to get back into a woman’s heart, and into her bed.  Only in this case, she knows he never left her heart, and in her bed is exactly where she wants him to be. Unfortunately, her bed’s already made, and she’s close to losing her soul. And not even Smith & Wesson or Derek Stormwind can fix that.

In the Company of Witches will follow on May 1st.

Aaaaand, Katie Reus is starting up her Moon Shifter series this week with the release of Alpha Instinct.

Synopsis…

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almostenough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.  But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…

Book two will be called Primal Possession, and should be available on September 4th.

Also new this week is Elisabeth Staab‘s King of Darkness, the starter book of her Chronicles of Yavn series.

Synopsis…

With no time to grieve the loss of his parents, Thad Morgan struggles to take on the role of vampire king while  battling evil Wizards and seeking out his destined mate as foretold by a century-old prophecy. But when he meets a sultry party-girl in an after-hours nightclub, he figures fate must have gotten it wrong. They are from entirely different worlds, and he is as infuriated by her stubborn nature as he is drawn to her beauty.

Isabel Anthony is an orphaned vampire who has been estranged from her own kind, masquerading among humans and taking advantage of all their nightlife – and their blood – have to offer. Having found a home in the carefree anonymity of the Florida rave scene, she is forced to flee when Thad’s sudden appearance brings mortal danger to her doorstep. As if that weren’t enough she must also master a newfound ability to freeze things, and help Thad help battle an enemy that threatens to destroy her entire race…a race she never wanted to belong to anyway.

The title of book two will be Prince of Power.

And Jory Strong‘s Inked Magic series begins with the book of the same name.

Synopsis…

Skin didn’t lie to her. It was her gift, sometimes her curse. To feel what others felt. To see the things held in their memories…With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI brother, magic and gift have put her on the path of two compelling men. 

Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín’s help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.  Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover. Now as she approaches the transition to fully Elven, her survival depends on keeping two. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn’t—until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly—and only by paying magic’s price will there be any future at all.

For the Young Adult side of things, there are only two new series getting their start.  First up is Born Wicked from Jessica Spotswood, from her Cahill Witch Chronicles.

Synopsis…

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

The final new release is from Julianna BaggottPure is the first book of the series, also called Pure.

Synopsis…

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Pure will be followed first by Fuse, and then The New After.

One Book…Two Covers

Ever wish you got a vote on what a book cover should be?  If so, author Tes Hilaire is giving you just that chance.  Her debut novel, Deliver Me From Darkness, will be hitting the shelves on February 1st, and voting is open to chose between the two potential covers.  This one sounds interesting, and I will definitely be checking it out when it is released.  It is the first book of the Paladin Warriors series.  Voting is open here – http://twtpoll.com/loafmt

Cover 1…

and cover 2…