From the Author Pages…

Yep, updating time yet again. What with some new cover art out and all, I thought I would actually get some updating done on the author pages, and I came across a few new tidbits along the way…

  • The second book from Alexandra Ivy‘s new Sentinels series will be called Blood Assassin, and it will be out next January 6th.
  • Alyssa Day‘s long delayed Alejandro’s Sorceress, a novella from her Warriors of Poseidon series, will be released in an anthology called Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance. Amazon doesn’t have a pre-order listing for it yet, but Goodreads shows it as an April 14th release. Other authors include Jennifer Ashley, Laurie London and Caris Roane, among others.
  • Wow. It looks like 2015 will see a new series from Chloe Neill. Details are sketchy as yet, but there is a brief teaser synopsis…

After humans overcome a shocking attack by supernaturals centered in the Crescent City—the Second Battle of New Orleans—supernaturals are forced into a walled community known as the District. It’s not good—or safe—to have magic, so Claire Connolly risks everything when she uses her secret magic to protect a friend. Claire quickly learns the world is more complicated than she ever knew . . . and allies are hard to come by.

  • I have said this before, but Christine Feehan is getting back into a break-neck writing pace…which is great. There have been a few updates about each of her four ongoing series, some of which I have already mentioned (but here goes again). She already has the next two Sisters of the Heart books done after Air Bound, which are called Earth Bound and Fire Bound. Cat’s Lair is the next Leopard book, and it will see a return to Texas. The hero is the shifter who donated to Drake to allow him to be able to shift again after his leg was badly injured. The next Ghostwalker book (Wyatt’s story) will be Viper Game, and she will be starting the one after that shortly. Spider Game will also be back in the Bayou, and both stories will focus on the mysterious team four. And finally, the next Dark book is also in the works, and it looks like it will be called Dark Ghost. Whew.
  • And finally, it looks like Thea Harrison will continue to add to her Elder Races series with frequent e-novellas. Coming in at #6.6 is Pia Saves the Day, which is listed as a June release…

pia saves the dame

In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…

Ok, that wraps up this update. Have you heard anything new to share?

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

I had seen this cover for Night’s Honor from Thea Harrison a while back, but I was waiting for the “official” release before upping it. It was originally thought to be Graydon’s story, but it will actually feature the vampire Xavier, and it has a release date of September 2nd.

night's honorI have the first book of Sherry Thomas‘s young adult The Elemental Trilogy on Mount TBR, but of course I haven’t gotten there yet. Book two is called The Perilous Sea, and it is due out on September 16th.

the perilous seaThe Perilous Sea cover is a beauty – I love the colors. I will have to grab it to add to the shelf, for sure. And I am really looking forward to more from the Nightkind of The Elder Races, too. A win/win.

This and That…

After a great few days for finding new cover art, I thought I would do just a random post about some info I also came across. This is a bit of a mixed bag, but hopefully you will find something interesting…

  • many thanks to Darchelle M., who let me know that Christine Feehan has announced that there is another Ghostwalker book on the horizon. Viper Game, from all indication, will be Wyatt Fontenot’s book (Raoul’s brother and member of the mysterious team four). If the schedule holds, then we could have our hands on this in her usual December/January release spot.
  • I am not sure how many of you followed the recently wrapped up e-serial Bane Chronicles from Cassandra Clare, but the pre-order links are now up for the hardcover release as well. It will be out on November 11th.
  • I had seen a couple of references around to Gena Showalter‘s next Lords of the Underworld book (The Darkest Touch, due out November 25th), and someone called “the Red Queen”. I had no clue what that was about until I found the cover blurb earlier today…

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet….

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

  • also from blurb-landia comes the one for Night’s Honor, which is the next Elder Races book from Thea Harrison that is due out on September 2nd…

In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison’s latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…

On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…

  • fans of Robin D. Owens will be glad to know that the second book of her new Ghost Seer series, Ghost Layer, will be out on September 2nd. But, really? Ghost Layer?

That is about it. What about you, have you heard or seen anything interesting about upcoming releases?

From the Author Pages…

Just a couple of quick little bits I found while updating the author pages and new release pages the last couple of days…

  • The fifth and final Jennifer L. Armentrout Lux book, Opposition, will be coming our way this August, and it looks like there will be a bit of a change in cover design. Gone are the two trademark models who have been on all of the covers so far – they are popping up on more and more covers of late, and so the Armentrout team has decided to go in a new direction. They will also be re-releasing the first four Lux books (with the new cover design) in two duologies. Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx) and Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin) will be out on June 3rd.
  • After a couple of years of suffering some health issues, Christine Feehan seems to be back up to speed (and then some). She is gearing back up to a four book a year schedule, and maybe even five. Right now, she has Dark Wolf on January 7th, then the third Sisters of the Heart book, Air Bound, on May 27th. Dark Blood will be out in September, and she has already written the next two (!) Sisters of the Heart books, Earth Bound and Fire Bound. Right now, she is working on a Ghostwalker book (and it sounds like it is Wyatt Fontenot’s story).
  • Good news from Darynda Jones, too. There will be another Charley Davidson book released on October 21st, called Seventh Grave and No Body.
  • I don’t know why, but I sort of had it in my head that Reaver was the end of the line for Larissa Ione‘s Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. Nope. Revenant (featuring Revenant and Blaspheme) will be out late next winter.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s next Belador book will be called Demon Storm, and it will be released sometime in 2014.
  • A while back, I had re-rumored that the next Thea Harrison Elder Races book was to be Graydon’s. That is what I like to call…WRONG. In a surprise twist, the hero of the upcoming Night’s Honor will be Xavier del Torro (Nightkind king Julian’s right hand man). Look for it sometime next year, as well.
  • And finally, next December, Eileen Wilks will release World of the Lupi #11, which will be called Unbinding.

So, that about wraps that up. Any of them on your must buy list?

BotM Giveaway Winner…

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Thanks to all who took the time to enter, and for the nice comments you made. This giveaway was reader’s choice, and the randomly chosen winner (through Random.org) was…number 20.

Lesley

Congratulations, Lesley! Your choice was for a copy of Thea Harrison‘s Kinked, and I will be contacting you shortly for your shipping info.

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 – 7 New Titles

I have to say, I like this batch of covers. I grabbed most of them at Goodreads, and a couple at Amazon, too. Let’s start with the YA titles first, for a change. The first book of Aimee Carter‘s upcoming Blackcoat Rebellion series, called Pawn, will be released on November 26th.

pawnThis second one is from Alivia Anders. A Shard of Ice is the first book in the Black Symphony series, and it is due out next April.

a shard of iceThere is a novella coming from Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series on November 5th called Entwined.

entwinedThe re-releasing of some of Keri Arthur‘s early work continues. The first book of her Damask Circle series, Circle of Fire, will be hitting the shelves again on January 28th.

circle of fireThe Problem With Promises, the third book of Leigh Evans‘ Mystwalker series, will be released on February 25th.

the problem with promisesI still have to tackle the first book, but the cover for the second book in Thea Harrison‘s second Game of Shadows series, Falling Light, is out. It will be released on February 4th.

falling lightAnd the final one today is my favorite. Bite Me, the next book in Shelly Laurenston‘s Pride series, will be released on March 25th.

bite meWhich one of these are you most looking forward to? I am going to start the Mystwalker series soon, and The Pride series is always a favorite. I find myself interested in Pawn, probably because I love the funky cover, but I will wait and see on that one.

Cover Lover – 11 New Titles

I was pretty much feeling like a big shot, since I thought I was all caught up. On everything. That smug attitude lasted about half an hour, when I took a quick peek on Amazon and discovered another 70 or so titles to add to the new release pages, and I realized that I am behind on three character guides. Meh. While I was looking around, I did find a few new-to-me covers, so I thought that warranted a Cover Lover post.

So, let’s start with some novella covers. This first one is from Thea Harrison and her Elder Races series, and it is called Dragos Takes a Holiday. Huh. It is due out in late November.

dragos takes a holidayI have some confusion about this one, since I remember Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken saying specifically that she was not putting out a novella, but Amazon has A Tale of Two Dragons listed for a November 1st release. I discounted it until I came across the cover, so I am not really sure what is going on.

a tale of two dragonsThis next one is the cover for the mass market re-release of Cynthia Eden‘s first Night Watch book, Eternal Hunter, which will be out on January 7th.

eternal hunterJoan Swan adds to her Phoenix Rising series with the release of Shatter on December 31st.

shatterAt first, I didn’t even realize that this was the second book in a series, but Lucy March will release her second Nodaway Falls book on January 28th. It is called That Touch of Magic.

that touch of magicThese next six are all from the world of YA. Erin Bowman will release the second book from her Taken series, Frozen, on April 15th.

frozenI think this next one sounds like it might be fun. Rachel Hawkins will release Rebel Belle on April 8th.

rebel belleI love this next one, and I might totally nab the design for my next Blu-ray cover project. Promise of Shadows is by Justina Ireland will be out on March 11th.

61bO+OjzmNL._AA1500_This next one is from Nina Berry and her Otherkin series. I read the first book, but I found I didn’t have any interest in continuing on with the rest of them. It looks like Othersphere, book three, will be out on December 31st.

othersphereWayfarer, the second book in Lili St. Crow‘s Tales of Beauty and Madness series, will be released on March 6th.

wayfarerAnd finally for today we have the cover for In Dreams by Erica Orloff, which is described as Inception meets Unearthly. It will be out on January 9th.

in dreamsI saw the cover for Lora Leigh‘s Rule Breaker, and if we were hoping for a sweeping change in design to mark the first hardcover Breeds book, we are going to be disappointed. It is better than that atrocity Stygian’s Honor where Stygian’s head was simply erased, but not much. The official cover release should be soon-ish.

This Week in E-Books…

Well, looks like there are five new e-books coming sometime this week, both adult and young adult. July 1st is the release date for the two Nocturn Cravings titles, the first of which is Threshold of Pleasure from author Vivi Anna.

threshold of pleasureSynopsis…

Since her short career came to a dramatic end, former cop Eden Swain has been haunted by guilt and disturbing dreams. When she gets a call from a woman she knows is dead, it nearly sends her over the edge.

Eden’s search for answers leads her to a portal—and she steps through to the world between the worlds. A decadent world where anything and everything is possible. There, she is torn between her desire for two men—one a darkly sexy vampire who promises to take away her pain forever. The other, a gorgeous wolf shifter determined to save her soul…

The second Nocture Craving title is Mated by Moonlight from Jessa Slade.

mated by moonlightSynopsis…

As the latest in a long line of female Alphas, Merrilee Delemont lives by the code be strong always. While she will never forsake her duty to her pack, she sometimes longs for a mate to share her life with. At least she’s found someone to share her bed: Beck Villanova, leader of the neighboring wolf pack.

Their red-hot attraction and struggle for dominance leads to wild sex, but any chance of a real relationship goes up in smoke. Until phae invaders threaten the peace of their remote valley, forcing Merrille and Beck to finally decide which is more important: vying for power, or a passionate partnership that could change their lives forever.

I was surprised to see that Thea Harrison is putting out another Elder Races novella, since I thought that her set of four about the Tarot deck that wrapped up earlier this year was the last of them, but it looks like July 2nd is the release date for The Wicked.

the wickedSynopsis…

For a librarian with a focus on rare magic books, Olivia’s new job is a dream come true. She has been hired as part of a team to help manage the safe transportation of the collection of books owned by the Vampyre sorceress Carling Severan. The fact that the library is located on a mysterious island in an Other land only heightens the adventure.

Head of security for the expedition, Sebastian Hale is tired of his rootless life of adventure and finds himself attracted to the calm, beautiful librarian. But he is living a personal nightmare. He has been hit with a curse that is slowly taking away his sight, and he doesn’t know if he will survive the results.

But the powerful feelings growing between them, along with Sebastian’s inner turmoil, take a backseat when they learn there is a traitor lurking among their expedition team. With Elder Races politics and a priceless library on the line, they’ll have to rely on each other to survive the experience.

This one will be re-released this coming January in print format, but you can pick up Forgotten Sins from Rebecca Zanetti on Tuesday in e-format.

forgotten sinsSynopsis…

Josie and Shane’s marriage only lasted a few months before he disappeared on a mysterious military assignment, leaving her heart in shreds. Josie’s tough, though, and she picked up the pieces, building a new life around her high-powered number-crunching job.

When Shane turns up at the local hospital two years later with a concussion and amnesia, Josie agrees to take him home but only long enough for him to sign divorce papers. But they’re barely in the door when their old passion explodes.

Shane can’t remember why he left the beautiful blue-eyed angel glaring at him, but he knows it was to protect her. Every one of his strangely powerful senses tells him she is in danger. Shane knows he can’t be normal. Hearing the heartbeat of people in the next room isn’t normal. The only question is–is he the good guy or the bad?

And this final one is a YA release. The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy is part of Kady Cross‘s Steampunk Chronicles, and it is due out on the 1st.

the dark discovery of jack dandySynopsis…

Jack Dandy didn’t become prince of the London underworld at barely twenty-one by being softhearted, even if a certain girl in a steel corset has wormed her way into his affections of late. He knows how to manipulate, charm and rob people blind. And if his criminal activities embarrass his aristocratic father, so much the better.

So when a friend of Jack’s father hires him for an underhanded job, Jack is happy to oblige—for an outrageous fee, of course. Delivering a mysterious crate seems like an easy task—until Jack realizes just what is inside…

I will probably be checking out Thea Harrison’s novella since I need to add it to the Elder Races Character Guide. Anything here you are planning on grabbing this week?

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

First, I should apologize ahead of time. I am in the middle of a string of deadly long shifts at work, so I am not sure I will be posting much between now and Monday. I will keep an eye out to see if anything exciting happens, but I will probably just be doing the work/home/sleep/work thing for the next few days.

On the plus side, there are a few new covers floating around. This first one is a biggie – Reaver is the finale of both the Demonica and the Lords of Deliverance series from Larissa Ione, and it is due out on December 17th.

reaverI thought, incorrectly it seems, that Thea Harrison was done with the e-novellas for the Elder Races series for a while, so I was surprised when Goodreads showed this cover for The Wicked. It will be released on July 2nd.

the wickedThese next two are from Jaime Rush‘s upcoming Dragon series called The Hidden.  Book one is called Dragon Awakened, and it has a release date of December 17th.

dragon awakenedAnd book number two is called Magic Possessed. Look for it on January 28th of next year.

magic posessedOn the young adult side of things, there are a couple of new covers as well. Waterfell is the first book of a new series by Amalia Howard called The Aquarathi. It is due out on October 29th.

waterfellAnd this final one is from Jodi Meadows. Infinite is the third and final book in her Incarnate series, which is due out in early 2014.

infiniteReaver wasn’t what I was expecting, for some reason. Maybe the pink? I find myself very interested in the Jaime Rush Dragon books, and while I have seen her work around for a while it will be my first try. Which ones caught your eye?