Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

This is a bit of a different Cover Lover post. All three of the covers from the upcoming The Baskerville Affair from Emma Jane Holloway have been made public. Book one will be called A Study in Silks, and it will be released on September 24th.

a study in silks

It will be followed bybook two, called A Study in Darkness, on October 29th.

a study in darkness

And will wrap up on November 26th with the release of A Study in Ashes.

a study in ashesAnd Lynn Viehl also has a double-header posting today. The first two covers from her upcoming Disenchanted & Co. e-book series have been released. Her Ladyship’s Curse will be released on August 12th.

her ladyship's curse

And it will be followed by His Lordship Possessed on October 14th.

his lordship possessedRebecca Zanetti starts a new e-series this July with the release of Forgotten Sins. This one gives me a Ghostwalkers vibe, with soldiers enhanced with special abilities.

forgotten sinsThe fourth book from Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, Shadowdance, will be released on December 17th.

shadowdanceAnd the final cover for today’s post comes from Tessa Adams and her Lone Star Witch series. Flamebound will be released on December 3rd.

flamebound

Guest Review – Soulbound

Reviews are tricky, and I suck at them. So, that makes me extra grateful when someone else lets me post theirs. Kim Shelt very kindly sent over her review for the brand new Tessa Adams book Soulbound, which is the first book of her Lone Star Witch series. This one only came out last week, so I haven’t seen much around about it. Kim, however, ended up being a fan.

soulboundWhat Kim said…

Xandra Morgan just wants to be a normal woman with a normal life. Unfortunately, things don’t always go the way you want them to. Xandra is the seventh daughter of the Ipswitch royal witch family and since the day she was born she was expected to have great power. To her mothers dismay Xandra is without magic and tries constantly to “fix” her latent powers. When Xandra heads home for a family gathering she feels a pull that leads her to discover a woman’s dead body that she dreamed of the night before. Leaving her very confused as to what is going on. As the bodies start piling up, in comes Declan Chumomisto, a 200 year old warlock that she met one night when she was nineteen. Xandra and Declan are bound in a deep way and even though Declan is much older than her, I like that they are trying to figure out their romance despite their connection.

This book is a supernatural, suspenseful, mystery and it kept me engrossed from page one. It was a little confusing in the beginning being in Xandra’s head but after that it was smooth sailing to the end. I give it 4.5 stars only because there are a few things I would have liked explained a little bit more and I do hope they get touched on in the next book. Besides that though, the uniqueness of the story and the characters kept me captivated until the very end.

Keep in mind that this book does have some dark content to it including sexual violence and torture of a serial killer for those of you who do not like that, but in my opinion; it is not as bad as some other books I have read. I very much enjoyed the first book in the Lone Star Witch series and will be beating down my mailman… (Uh… Kindle downloads) in December for Vengeance Bound, the second book in the series.

I was wondering how Soulbound was, since I was a fan of the Dragon’s Heat series (I wonder if there are anymore Dragon books. I sent an email, but never got an answer back). Sounds like this one paid off – and looks like another to add to the Mountain. Thanks again to Kim, much appreciated.

New Series Alerts…

It looks like there are only two new series coming our way this week – one adult and one young adult. But there is also a “new again” title I have been long hoping for.

From the adult side of things, this is the week for Tessa Adams‘ Lone Star Witch to make its debut with the release of the first book, Soulbound.

soulboundSynopsis…

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter—and a member of Ipswitch’s Royal family—Xandra Morgan should be a witch of incredible power. But things don’t always turn out like you expect…

While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop where she makes potions of a non-magical nature. While things aren’t perfect, Xandra is happy—until she runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto.

Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years, and though she’s still overwhelmed by his power, she doesn’t trust him. And when her own powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods bearing the symbol of Isis—the same one that has marked Xandra since the day she met Declan—she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the woman is connected to him.

Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts…

Lone Star Witch reading list HERE

For the young adult release, Gail Carriger starts her new Finishing School series with the release of Etiquette and Espionage. This one is set in the same world as her popular Parasol Protectorate series, but 25 years earlier in the timeline.

etiquette and espionageSynopsis…

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.

Finishing School reading list HERE

And now for the one I have been hoping for for quite a while. Ever since Patricia Briggs‘ Alpha and Omega series switched over to hardcover, I had been hoping that the first couple of books would be re-issued like the early Mercy Thompson books had been. And, as a bonus, the hardcover version of Cry Wolf will also include the absolutely necessary novella that started it all, Alpha and Omega.

cry wolfSynopsis…

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself.

After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

Alpha and Omega reading list HERE

What are you grabbing this week? I am so glad they went ahead with the Cry Wolf re-issue, so now I can hopefully have all of Patricia Briggs’ books on the one hardcover shelf (OCD rears its ugly head once again).

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Seven noobies for this post (well, a couple have been around for a few days, but I waited until I had more to post).  Most of these came from Goodreads, and a couple from All Things Urban Fantasy – many thanks.  This first one is from Seanan McGuire and her InCryptid series.  Midnight Blue-Light Special is due out on March 5th.

This next one comes from Amanda Bonilla‘s Shaede Assassin series.  Crave the Darkness also has a release date of March 5th.

I have never gotten into the Queen Betsy series, but the covers are fun, at least.  MaryJanice Davidson‘s Undead and Unsure will be out the middle of next year.

Tessa Adams starts up a new series, Lone Star Witch, with the release of Soulbound on February 5th.

This one is a bit…disappointing, I guess.  It has potential, but looks like someone just sort of gave up and never finished it.  Betrayed by Shadows is showing as an e-book only release for Nancy Gideon, and it will be released on December 18th.

From the young adult isle, there are a couple of new ones, too.  Jessica Therrien‘s Uprising, part of her Children of the Gods series, will be released next spring.

And this final one is from Cynthia Hand.  It is the Australian cover for Boundless, part of the Unearthly series, and it is due out this coming January.  I usually wouldn’t include this one, but it was so pretty I just had to.  It is actually my favorite cover I have seen in a while, and I am having total cover envy for this one.

Penguin e-Specials

This is me, sighing.  I am so behind the times.  Turns out that Penguin Publishing has something called e-Specials, and several popular paranormal series have entries in it.  I had no clue.  Not sure if everyone else is ahead of me (er, probably), but I decided to list a few that might appeal…

  • Katie MacAlister has a story called Unleashed, and it is part of her Dark Ones series.
  • Red Blooded is a Gods of Midnight e-novella from Deidre Knight.
  • Never actually heard much about these, but Sunny has a story called Mona Lisa Three, and it is part of her Monere series.
  • This one may also be available in a print version anthology, (if I am not completely nuts), but Magic Mourns from Ilona Andrews is also available in the e-special format.
  • From Virginia Kantra comes a Children of the Earth story, called Midsummer Night’s Magic.
  • Wild About You is a new series from Vicki Lewis Thompson, and it features a short called Werewolf in Greenwich Village.
  • I have been looking forward to the new Heather Killough-Walden Lost Angels series, and I believe Always, Angel is a prequel story.
  • Moon Dance is the name of the Mageverse novella from Angela Knight.
  • From the world of Deborah Cooke‘s Dragonfire series comes Harmonia’s Kiss.
  • Eternal Embers is set in the Dragon’s Heat world, written by Tessa Adams.

There were a couple that were unrelated to the Penguin published ones above…

  • Charley Davidson returns in the short For I Have Sinned, written by Darynda Jones.
  • Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf is a story by Michele Bardsley, part of her Broken Heart series.
  • Alyssa Day will have a Warriors of Poseidon novella coming out in October called Alejandro’s Sorceress, but I can’t seem to find any info about it other than on her official site.
  • and the upcoming Eternal Wolf Clan trilogy from Stephanie Tyler will get a prequel in the form of Dire Warning.  Again, no links available as yet.

I am not quite sure how adding the e-books to the new release pages will go, since there are just so darn many of them, and the suckers are proving slippery to track down with any sort of finesse.  It is sort of hit and miss, actually, unless I just haven’t managed to perfect my technique as yet.  What I will be doing is adding the e-books to the reading lists for any of the series already featured here, like the ones listed above.  Might take a while to get them all added, but should be straight forward enough to find.  It is a start, anyways.

Pick of the Week

Looks like there are a couple of really decent books out this week…Lora Leigh has a new Breeds release, Navarro’s Promise, which I always look forward too.  And, Deidre Knight finishes up her Gods of Midnight series with Red Mortal.  But this week, my pick is Hidden Embers.  This is the second book in Tessa Adams‘ Dragon’s Heat series, following a clan of Dragon shape-shifters.  I enjoyed the first one, even with the usual world-building,  and have been looking forward to this one ever since.

Cover Blurb…

In her ten year career with the CDC, noted hematologist Jasmine Kane has been in many of the world’s hotspots. Fiercely dedicated to her job and filled with a wanderlust that can’t be denied, she’s spent most of her life with her bags packed and one foot out the door. So when an injury puts her on extended medical leave, keeping her out of the field and locked in her Atlanta apartment, she nearly goes stir-crazy—until a call comes in from an old friend, asking her to visit a lab in New Mexico and help isolate hemorrhagic properties in a strange, engineered disease. Before Phoebe can so much as say dragon, Jasmine’s out the door and on her way to Las Cruces.

Quinn Maguire is an ancient dragon shapeshifter—and healer for his clan. For hundreds of years he’s worked to keep his people safe, sacrificing any kind of personal life in his quest to keep the Dragonstar clan from dying out. And for centuries it’s worked. He’s lost friends and lovers because of his obsession, but at least the Dragonstars have not perished as so many of the dragon clans have in the last three hundred years. But now he’s faced with something he can’t solve, a disease engineered by his clan’s mortal enemies and one that may do what war, difficulty in childbirth and an encroaching human population hasn’t—wipe out his people for good. Desperate to stop the disease, he’s willing to try anything—even working with a human hematologist, one whose very presence sets him on fire…

Book three is Forbidden Embers, due out on October 4th.

Cover Lover – 17 New Titles

It is that Christmas come early time for me again, since I scored quite a few new covers today.  I love finding a load of covers, and my inner book-nerd is in Heaven.  I also found Archangel’s Blade and Envy from J.R. Ward, but the watermarks made me feel too guilty to post them so I removed both.  Sorry about the length of the post, but I am too greedy to split them up…

 

The first book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series,  also from J.R. Ward, is heading into a special collector’s edition hardcover printing, due out this October 4th.  Hm, the version of Dark Lover looks pretty much the same as the original, but I am not complaining.

 

I am a big Christine Feehan fan, so I was very happy to find not one, but two upcoming covers from her Dark series.  The first one is my much anticipated (God, yes) cover for Dark Predator, again a September 6th release.  I am going to be torn between Dmitri and Zacarius and who to read first, I can just tell.

 

And the second cover from Christine Feehan is for the special re-release of two previous Dark titles into one trade paperback book, this one called Darkest at Dawn.  If I am not mistaken, the two are Dark Secret and Dark Hunger.  Look for it on November 1st.

 

Body Thief is the second book from C.J. Barry‘s Body series.  It is scheduled for release on November 1st.

 

Still going…Next up is the third book in Tessa Adam‘s Dragon’s Heat series (I just got the second one in the mail today).  Forbidden Embers is an October 4th release.

 

I have the previous books sitting on the TBR mountain, but looks like there is another one to add to the list.  Haunting Embrace is the next Mists of Ireland book from Erin Quinn, due out on October 4th.

 

I know there are a lot of Steampunk fans out there, and that Meljean Brook‘s Iron Seas series is a biggie.  This one is the cover for Heart of Steel, due out on November 1st.

 

Robin D. Owens is putting out a collection of four short stories set in her Celta’s Heartmates world.  Hearts and Swords is a December 6th release.

 

Halfways done.   Anyhow, next up is the second book in Cherie Priest‘s Cheshire Red Reports series.  Hellbent (I like these covers) is due out on August 30th.

 

The Order of the Sicari is a series from Monica Burns, and Inferno’s Kiss is the third book.  It is an October 4th release.

 

I am looking forward to this new series from J.D. Tyler (aka Jo Davis).  Primal Law is the first book in her Alpha Pack series, and should be available on August 2nd.

 

And for something a bit different, Slade is the next book up for Sarah McCarty in her Shadow Wranglers series.  It should be out on September 6th.

 

Actually, I haven’t heard anything about this one before, but author Jo Carlisle will have Temptation at Twilight out on November 1st.  It is a Lords of Pleasure book.

 

I do love me a good paranormal Christmas anthology, so Tied With a Bow is right up my alley (especially featuring a Lora Leigh Breeds story).  It will be available on November 1st.

 

Velvet Moon is the third book in Sophie Renwick‘s The Immortals of Annwyn series, due out in early December.

 

C.E. Murphy finishes up her Worldwalker Duology with Wayfinder, due out on September 6th.

 

And finally, MaryJanice Davidson will release Wolf at the Door on October 4th.  I am not sure if this is a stand alone title, or part of a larger series, but I will keep an eye out for more details.

Dragon’s Heat Update

A while back, I posted the cover and synopsis for first book in the new Tessa Adams (a.k.a, Tracy Wolff) series, called Dragon’s Heat.  The first book is called Dark Embers, coming out this July.  Well, book two will be coming out in January of 2011, and the summary for Hidden Embers is up on the author’s site…

In her ten year career with the CDC, noted hematologist Jasmine Kane has been in many of the world’s hotspots. Fiercely dedicated to her job and filled with a wanderlust that can’t be denied, she’s spent most of her life with her bags packed and one foot out the door. So when an injury puts her on extended medical leave, keeping her out of the field and locked in her Atlanta apartment, she nearly goes stir-crazy—until a call comes in from an old friend, asking her to visit a lab in New Mexico and help isolate hemorrhagic properties in a strange, engineered disease. Before Phoebe can so much as say dragon, Jasmine’s out the door and on her way to Las Cruces.

Quinn Maguire is an ancient dragon shapeshifter—and healer for his clan. For hundreds of years he’s worked to keep his people safe, sacrificing any kind of personal life in his quest to keep the Dragonstar clan from dying out. And for centuries it’s worked. He’s lost friends and lovers because of his obsession, but at least the Dragonstars have not perished as so many of the dragon clans have in the last three hundred years. But now he’s faced with something he can’t solve, a disease engineered by his clan’s mortal enemies and one that may do what war, difficulty in childbirth and an encroaching human population hasn’t—wipe out his people for good. Desperate to stop the disease, he’s willing to try anything—even working with a human hematologist, one whose very presence sets him on fire…

I will be keeping an eye out for the cover, since I really loved the look of the first one.

Spotlight on…Tessa Adams

This one, for some reason, intrigues me.   Tracy Wolff, writing her first novel as Tessa Adams (as I understand it), debuts a new series this July called Dragon’s Heat.  Book one of the series is called Dark Embers, and looks like a bit of a twist on the standard Dragon shifter offerings.   And my, what a very large…belt buckle…he has.

King Dylan MacLeod is one of the last pure-bred dragon shapeshifters in existence—and ruler of a dying race, the Dragonstar clan. It falls to him to protect his people—and their ancient magic. He has one more duty: to provide an heir.

Like all dragons, Dylan can only procreate with his destined mate—for whom he’s searched for five hundred years. His dark, rampant sexual appetite has earned him quite the reputation, all in the pursuit of his one true match.

But his search is delayed when a deadly disease sweeps through the Dragonstars, and Dylan must venture to the human world to find a cure. He tracks down renowned biochemist Phoebe Quillum, never imagining the beautiful scientist will be the mate he’s been seeking for centuries. But no sooner do they meet then Phoebe and Dylan are besieged by an obsessive, overpowering sexual desire.

Their passion turns to something truer—and they know in their souls and bodies that they’re in too deep to get out. And when Phoebe is kidnapped by Dylan’s oldest enemy, he must risk everything to reclaim the only woman he’s ever loved, or his clan will be wiped out forever.

Definitely sounds like it has potential.  And really, who can resist a tormented dragon shifter?  This one is scheduled for release on July 6th, 2010.