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Spotlight Wednesday – Debra Dunbar

This week’s spotlight author is Debra Dunbar, and she is a recommended read from Abra. Dunbar’s series focuses on Sam, a 1000 year old demon, and her slow-build romance with an ancient archangel. The series kicked off in 2012, and already has not only 7 books in the main series, but a couple of other series set in the same world. Let’s take a look at the first book, A Demon Bound.

a demon boundSynopsis…

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It’s a relaxing break from her infernal home, as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won’t hesitate to execute her on sight.

But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels. And with angels, there is no second chance.

As a bonus, A Demon Bound is now a free read. You can get it for Kindle HERE, for Nook HERE, for Kobo HERE, and on Smashwords HERE, all for free. A nice way to give it a try.

Some other books in the series:

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Do you have any new authors that have caught your eye recently, or anyone that has been around for a while but doesn’t get the attention you think they deserve? If so, just hit the “Contact Me” me button on the menu bar above and let me know. Maybe we can do our part to help out a great author.

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Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Time for a little cover lover post, starting with this one from Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Chronicles of Nick series. Intensity will be released on April 24th.

intensityIt’s a demon-eat-demon world for Nick Gautier. Just when he thinks he’s finally gotten a handle on how not to take over the world and destroy it, Death returns with an all-star cast that is determined to end the Malachai reign and lineage forever. Worse? Death and War have found the one, true enemy Nick can’t find, and even if he did, it’s one he could never bring himself to banish or kill.

Now framed for murders he hasn’t committed, and surrounded by new friends who might be turncoats, Nick is learning fast how his father went down in flames.

The heat in New Orleans is rising fast, and Nick’s threat-level has gone into a whole new level of intensity. He’s learning fast that when War and Death decide to battle, they don’t take prisoners. The don’t negotiate. And they’re both immune to his biting sarcasm and Cajun charm. To win this, he will have to embrace a new set of powers, but one wrong step, and he will belong to the side of Darkness, forever.

Lilith Saintcrow‘s Wastland King is up next. It is part of her Gallow and Ragged series, and it is due out on June 28th.

wasteland kingThe thrilling conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow’s dark fantasy series where the faery world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

The plague has broken loose, the Wild Hunt is riding, and the balance of power in the sidhe realms is still shifting. The Unseelie King has a grudge against Jeremiah Gallow, but it will have to wait. For he needs Gallow’s services for a very delicate mission — and the prize for success is survival itself.

In order to save both Robin Ragged and himself, Gallow will have to do the unspeakable…

Dragon Spawn is up next. It is part of the World of the Lupi series from Eileen Wilks, and it has a release date of December 6th.

dragon spawnLily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that’s not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt.

Meanwhile, Lily’s husband Rule is facing a Challenge to the death. Then there’s the possible reappearance of another sorcerer. But none of that matters when their enemy strikes out of nowhere in the worst way possible. Lily must face a nightmare and return to a place she never wanted to see again. The place where she died…

A novella set in Seanan McGuire‘s October Daye world will be released on August 2nd, and it is called Full of Briars.

full of briarsFull of Briars is a novelette set between Chimes at Midnight and The Winter Long, narrated by Quentin as he faces that most terrifying moment in a young squire’s life: the meeting between his parents and his knight.

The second book of the Viking Warriors series from Asa Marie Bradley, Viking Warrior Rebel, will be released on October 4th.

viking warrior rebelImmortal Valkyrie Astrid Idrisdotter almost killed an innocent bystander during her last mission. The only way to redeem herself is to escort the Viking queen’s brother back home for the royal wedding. But when she arrives at the exclusive clinic where the brother has convalesced, she discovers that he’s been kidnapped by Loki’s genetically manipulated monsters. Finding their lair requires resources Astrid does not have. Desperate, she turns to an ex-lover for help. A man whose piercing eyes notices too much, including the secrets and insecurities she works so hard to hide. The one man immune to her looks and charm, her two greatest weapons.

Undercover FBI agent Luke Holden poses as a nightclub owner while investigating rogue government operations that genetically manipulate people in order to create super soldiers. Suspecting a connection between the Viking queen and these labs, he’s had his eye on the Norse warriors for a while. Especially on irresistible Astrid who he can’t stop thinking about even though her jade-green eyes takes the color of Nordic fjords when she sees him. Perhaps because he handled their one night of passion badly, but he can’t reveal that real reason he ran out on her the next morning was to pursue an informant’s tip.

These two combatants must find a way to work together in order to defeat their common enemy–without killing each other first. And when the war with Loki’s creatures escalate, they both have to make a hard choice between duty and love.

Nora Roberts will wrap up her Guardian’s Trilogy on December 6th with the release of the third book, Island of Glass.

island of glassAs the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…

And this final one for today is a young adult release from Bree Despain. The Immortal Throne is the third book from the Into the Dark trilogy, and it will be released on October 1st.

the immortal throneIn the final installment of the Into the Dark trilogy, Haden and Daphne are stuck in separate realms, racing time to save each other and fulfill their destinies before the monstrous Keres destroys everything they know.

Both the Chronicles of Nick and World of the Lupi books are on my TBR pile, and both of them are ones that I have high hopes to start soonish. Are any of these on your must read list?

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Sooo, a Bit of a Delicate Subject

As the title of the post says, I have to address a bit of a delicate subject. I have let it slide for a bit, but unfortunately a few little recent events have cropped up and I figured it might be easier to head them off if I just spit it out.

Quite often, I get private emails from you guys, and that is great. Sometimes you send over links to things I might’ve missed, or cover or release info, or just ask questions. All of that is good, and I really appreciate it. But on the flip side of that, for the past few months I have been getting a few emails (and post comments, but more on that later) that have been asking me where someone can download a certain book, or series, for free. I always try to answer emails, so at first, I either linked to Amazon or the Book Depository and said that is where I get my books, or links to The Book Outlet for discounted titles. Most of the time, I didn’t hear back (which is fine), but if I got back the “NO. I mean where can I download for FREE?” replies, I simply say I have no clue. That usually wraps things up pretty quickly.

But, for some reason, a certain former subscriber here at Wicked Scribes felt I was lying. Perhaps holding out the holy grail of free book download sites, I guess? Anyways, an exchange of emails ended with this person saying that they were done with “supporting” Wicked Scribes since I was a bitch (eh, true), and it must be nice to be rich enough to afford all of those books (eh, whatever). There were also several comments in posts where people asked for links where they could download a particular book for free, and I deleted them as spam.

So, here goes. I am no angel. I have downloaded my share of music in my time, but I deleted it all and am slowly building my songlist back up through iTunes. I have downloaded movies in my day, too, but I got rid of them all and now I buy blu-rays when they are on sale. I did, one time, pirate a copy of Murder Game from Christine Feehan. I had my copy on order, but it was delayed in a postal strike and I was totally desperate. I read about 3 chapters, then felt so damn guilty that I deleted it. Then I bought 2 more copies – one for a friend and one to donate to the library. Never did it again. I buy my books. I don’t know where to download them or get them for free. Sorry. Don’t know, don’t need to know. Any further emails asking will get the standard “No clue” response, and any comments in posts will be deleted as spam. Sorry for the long rant, but I thought I might be able to head off further awkwardness if I just said it upfront.

New Series Alerts

New Series Alert

There is just one new series starting up this week, and it is a young adult release from Amy Tintera called Ruined. It is the first book of the series of the same name.

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A revenge that will consume her.

A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

I am still on my anti-YA kick, but the cover of this could’ve tempted me a little bit. Are you checking this one out?

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May’s Book of the Month

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Well, May promises to be a bit of a lack-luster month, or at least for me it is shaping up to be a bit of a dud. I did figure that Gena Showalter‘s The Darkest Torment would be the pick of the month, but I was surprised that it lost out to A Court of Mist and Fury from Sarah J. Maas.

a court of mist and furySynopsis…

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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Cover Lover – Wild Embrace

Yay! I am (like most of you) looking very forward to Nalini Singh‘s next anthology collection, Wild Embrace, which will feature 4 all new novellas set in the Psy/Changeling world. This one has a release date of august 23rd.

wild embraceEcho of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander…

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play…

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries…

Which story are you most looking forward to? I have always wondered about Stefan, the Arrow who isn’t, since he first was introduced. And Kenji and Jem have been building for while. But I think I am most looking forward to Partners in Persuasion. It will be an interesting change to see the dynamic of a submissive male and a dominant female, not to mentioned another inter-pack mating.

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My OMG-WTF-LOL Moment of the Week

Minor spoilers ahead for Fire Bound.

I have mentioned in a few comments that I really enjoyed the latest Christine Feehan book, Fire Bound, which was my pick of the week. It is the second-to-last book of the Sisters of the Heart part of the Sea Haven books, but Christine recently announced that she had plans to write more books set in this world, and that they would focus on a group of Russian bikers that move to town. Great. Logic told me that they would somehow be connected to the last Prakenskii brother, Viktor, who has been MIA for the last 5 years. All good so far.

So, it turns out that yes, indeed, the next books set in Sea Haven will focus on the “brothers” Viktor made in the school he was trained in, the most brutal of all the facilities. When they finish their last assignment, he and his crew will head to Sea Haven. I liked the set up, and I figured that it was an interesting direction to take this world. I figured it would ideally be a group of 5, maybe 6 of Viktor’s nearest and dearest. Maybe 8 if Christine Feehan reaaaallllly wanted to milk it. But here is where my OMG-WTF-LOL comes in. Is it going to be 6? Or 8? Nope…wait for it…wait for it…

Seventeen. Seven. Teen.

Yes, you read that right. Seventeen psychically gifted Russian assassins are heading for Sea Haven. Seventeen highly trained, completely Alpha bikers. I read that, then stopped. Stared. Read again. Then I started to laugh hysterically. That is so randomly over the top I can’t even deal. Seriously? Is it just me, or do you find that completely crazy? At one book per series per year – well, do the math. I like the idea – truly, I do, but SEVENTEEN of them? There is milking it for all it is worth, and there is milking it, then beating it into the ground, then setting it on fire to finish it off. It is like a Russian version of the Ghostwalkers, where more and more characters are added until there is no hope of ever getting all of the stories told (by the way, there are still 27 Ghostwalker men over the four teams who need to get their stories, not to mention the females). Oy. But I did have a good laugh.

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Spotlight Wednesday – Toni McGee Causey

Time for another spotlight post, where we check out new, up-and-coming authors, or those who have been around for a while but we don’t hear about much. This week’s author is Toni McGee Causey, who was recommended by Cheryl. Cheryl says that the books are hilarious, and just from reading the blurbs I have to say that they gave me a real Charley Davidson vibe (which is never a bad thing).

charmed and dangerousBook one is called Charmed and Dangerous, and also called Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day.

When Bobbie Faye wakes up on the morning of the Lake Charles Contraband Days Festival, she’s looking forward to balloons, booze, and babies in pirate costumes. Instead, she discovers that her trailer’s flooded, her no-good brother’s been kidnapped, and the criminals are demanding her mom’s tiara as ransom.

Soon Bobbie Faye is committing (unintentional) bank robbery and (fully intentional) car jacking to retrieve her family heirloom. The one bright spot comes in the hard-muscled, impossibly sexy form of Trevor, the guy whose truck she just took hostage. Luckily, Bobbie Faye knows how to outsmart angry bears, drive a speedboat, and handle a gun. As for handling Trevor? No gun-shyness there. Now, if only that pesky state police detective, who also happens to be a pissed-off ex-boyfriend, would stay out of her way.

girls just want to have gunsBook two is Girls Just Wanna Have Guns – aka Bobbie Faye’s (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels.

It had been a whole freaking month since Bobbie Faye Sumrall had blown up anything or been shot at, and that was almost a new record. Then her diva cousin Francesca waltzed up to where she manned the gun counter in Ce Ce’s Cajun Outfitter and Feng Shui Emporium and everything just went to hell. Fast.

Francesca’s mom has disappeared with exceptionally valuable diamonds swiped from Francesca’s dad (difficult marriage) so of course Francesca broadcast to every insane psycho that Bobbie Faye could recover the ersatz family jewels.

Accused of one man’s murder, Bobbie Faye’s on the run as an unintentional Pied Piper to a rabid band of thieves. She has to find the diamonds, figure out the motives of the dead sexy FBI agent who’s pressing her for more than just the jewels, all while racing to side-step her steamy (and steamed) detective ex-boyfriend before the deadline arrives and the diamonds disappear.

when a man loves a weaponAnd wrapping up the trilogy is When a Man Loves a Weapon.

Living single in her trailer was great for a time. But now Bobbie Faye’s officially engaged to, and has purchased a home with, the hottest FBI agent on the beat: Trevor Cormier. Even though she still has no idea what he really does on the job, Bobbie Faye has never been happier…until Trevor gets called away on an urgent assignment and leaves her in the care of body-guard slash babysitter Riley.

As it turns out, Bobbie Faye could use a little extra security. The man she helped put in behind bars, the murderous Sean MacGreggor, has escaped from prison…and is dead-set on revenge. With still no word from Trevor—who was only supposed to be gone for three days—Bobbie Faye finds herself reluctantly turning to her detective ex-boyfriend Cam for help. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Bobbie Faye…so long as Trevor stays out of the picture. For good.

Has anyone else tried this series, or do you think it sounds like something that might be up your alley? Do you have any new authors that have caught your eye recently, or anyone that has been around for a while but doesn’t get the attention you think they deserve? If so, just hit the “Contact Me” me button on the menu bar above and let me know. Maybe we can do our part to help out a great author.

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Pick of Week

Today was the nicest day ever. Every day, I do a list of everything that I want to get done – either blog or book related, cover design related (my other hobby), running around or house cleaning related. And I do a monster one that covers the different things I need to accomplish on my days off. Today? I threw the list away. Then I bought the Kindle version of my pick of the week (even though the paperback version is in the mail as we speak), and I proceeded to throw myself back in bed and read. And sleep. Then wake up and read some more. Best. Day. Ever.

Ok, bored you enough. Time to get to my laziness-inducing pick of the week, which comes to us from Christine Feehan. Her recent books have changed in tone so much (at least for me), that they haven’t really felt like Feehan books – and that covers the last couple of Ghostwalker and Leopard books (douchey heroes and way too much sex), and the last Carpathian book (which I didn’t even pick up because I got a weird vibe and didn’t like the first chapter excerpt). But the Sea Haven books? They haven’t let me down yet. So my pick of the week is Fire Bound.

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Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.

Lissa’s role in the last book was one of my favorite parts of the story, and while I am only about half way through I am really liking it so far. Lissa is absolutely no doormat, and Casimir is not the abusive Alpha-hole we have seen in recent books. Lots of action, a strong storyline, and great characters. So far, unless things go to hell in the back half of the book and everyone gets a personality makeover, this is the best Feehan book in a long time.

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May’s Book of the Month

Hard to believe, but it is time to take a look ahead to see what is the most anticipated book for May. There isn’t actually a ton for me this month, so at least it will be a easy month on the wallet. I have chosen 10 books from May’s new release page, but if there is something else you are looking forward to, just click the “Other” option and leave your selection in the comments section.

Part of me wants to pick The Darkest Torment, but I am torn about picking it up in hardcover. I usually like a switch to hardcover, but this far into a series it seems a little odd. I might just hold off and pick it up in paperback. Or maybe not. Who knows?