Decisions, Decisions

As of tonight, or tomorrow at the latest, I will have all of the character guides up to date. I didn’t think that would happen for a while since I was so far behind, but I have been on a roll and managed to get everything done.

Almost.

Well, there is the issue of the Black Dagger Brotherhood guide, which is several books behind. Like six or seven books behind. But since I didn’t make the guide, I am weird about messing with it. I am thinking that maybe I will just redo it, since I think it is beyond time for a re-read of the whole series, anyways. But on the other hand, the next series on the list to be done is the Night Huntress World from Jeanine Frost. I have promised a couple of people here that I would be starting that one soon, and they have patiently been waiting for me to get off of my butt and get to it.

So, my question is, which do you want more? Do you want the Black Dagger Brotherhood series updated, which I could probably get done before The Savior comes out, or are you more interested in having a guide for the Night Huntress World since Ian’s book is coming out soon? They both need to be done, and both will be done, it is just a matter of which one first.

 

Pick of the Week

I have to admit, I wasn’t particularly stoked to get my hands on Lionheart. I’m not sure why – maybe it was the long wait time for it? But for whatever reason, I knew I would be picking it up, but it wasn’t a countdown the days situation. Fortunately, I am over the half-way point and really enjoying it. I do like this spin-off Thea Harrison created, and while I would love to get more stories set in the Moonshadow world, I am also antsy to get back to the Sentinels in New York. Hopefully, we can get both. So, my surprised by how much I am liking it pick of the week is Lionheart.

LionheartSynopsis…

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…

How about you? Which would you prefer – more Moonshadow or more New York Wyr? I like both about the same at this point, but if we can get the rumored New York trilogy I would be very happy for Thea to concentrate on the Moonshadow world after that. Or maybe one of each a year?

 

The Next Psy-Changeling Book…

I was doing my rather pathetic daily hunt through Amazon when I spied the listing for the next Psy-Changeling book from Nalini Singh. She had said a couple of weeks ago that the changeling family started with a w, so I had immediately started hoping that it might be a return to one of the Sentinels of SnowDancer. Still not sure on who, but the what is Wolf Rain, and the when is June 4th. Non-spoilery blurb ahead…

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series…

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems–if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters–and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons.

Seasons of Sorcery

Back in the day, I used to look forward to a good anthology. I haven’t picked one up in a while, but I will be checking out Seasons of Sorcery when it comes out. Featuring stories from Jeffe Kennedy, Jennifer Estep, Grace Draven and Amanda Bouchet, it has a release date of November 13th.

41960984Synopsis…

WINTER’S WEB BY JENNIFER ESTEP
An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re Gin Blanco. This Spider is trapped in someone else’s icy web—and it seems like they don’t want her to leave the faire alive . . .

A CURSE FOR SPRING BY AMANDA BOUCHET

A malevolent spell strangles the kingdom of Leathen in catastrophic drought. Prince Daric must break the curse before his people starve. A once-mighty goddess trapped in a human body might be the key—but saving his kingdom could mean losing all that he loves.

THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER BY JEFFE KENNEDY

As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women.

A WILDERNESS OF GLASS BY GRACE DRAVEN

The stretch of sea known as The Gray rules the lives of those in the village of Ancilar, including widow Brida Gazi. In the aftermath of an autumn storm, Brida discovers one of the sea’s secrets cast onto the shore—a discovery that will change her world, mend her soul, and put her in the greatest danger she’s ever faced.

Are you a fan of a good anthology? The last one I picked up was Amid the Winter Snow, which was a winner, so hopefully this one will follow suit.

New Series Alerts

Happy Monday, everyone. It’s time to take a look at what new series are starting up this week, beginning with one from Carina Wilder. She will be releasing Southern Alpha in serial form, with the first part being available today.

41840392Synopsis…

After finding a mysterious flyer summoning her to a midnight party in one of New Orleans’ most secret locales, Sierra can’t help but satisfy her curiosity. But little does she expect to discover that one of the party’s guests will turn out to be the most attractive, intriguing man she’s ever met.

When a fortune teller issues her a warning to stay away, she starts to wonder if there’s more to the man and this strange place than meets the eye.

Trick is vying for alpha of the Southern Pack in a few days, and his competition is looking fierce. The last thing he needs is for a beautiful woman to walk into his life and distract him.

But maybe, after all, she’s the only thing he needs.

Next up is Stone Heart from Ariel Marie. It is the first book of The Gargoyle Protectors series.

40817447Synopsis…

An unknown entity, an unexplained power source… Earth was in danger.

Gargoyles, a winged humanoid race of warriors, had spent thousands of years ensuring the survival of the planet. Rhodack Gahnoth, leader of Clan Gahnoth, demanded his gargoyles defend the realm against a new threat. Sending his most trusted warrior to investigate the unexplainable, he was left speechless when the warrior returned with a little wisp of a female with golden hair by the name of Rina Smith.

Her powers were the strongest of any being, and something was hunting her down. To make matters worse, she was under a powerful spell, believed herself to be human, and she was Rhodack’s mate.

Once the spell was removed, Rina’s true identity was revealed, and no one was more shocked than her. She would need a crash course in the world of paranormal to bring her up to speed. One thing she didn’t need help with was her attraction to the tall, brooding gargoyle. He didn’t hide the fact he wanted her. Her hesitance was met with his persistence.

What Rhodack wanted, he claimed.

Because of who she was, a war that had no place on Earth would spill into the realm. It would be up to Rhodack and his gargoyles to meet this new enemy head-on. Rhodack vowed to protect Rina, but as fate would have it, she wouldn’t need his protection after all—he would need hers.

And finally, on October 10th, Jenn Stark will release The Red King. It is the first book of the Wilde Justice series.

41914853Synopsis…

New world order, new job, new mission.

As the first Justice of the Arcana Council in two hundred years, Tarot-reading Sara Wilde is tasked with taking out the most dangerous magic-wielding criminals on the planet. Her first assignment? A killer known only as the Red King, who’s systematically picking off the world’s most gifted magicians in the rollicking streets and storied canals of Venice, Italy, on the eve of Carnevale.

Amidst the festival’s music, masks, and brightly colored costumes, Sara must unravel the truth about a brutal murderer from Venice’s own murky past, navigate the twisting political currents of magicians who seek to rival her own Council, and keep one costume change ahead of a conjurer whose lethal spells could end Justice–permanently. Good thing the diabolically sexy and deeply powerful Magician of the Arcana Council has Sara’s back…if only he didn’t hold so much of her heart as well.

The canals of Venice will run with blood when you deal in The Red King.

There you have it. Will you be picking any of these new series up?

Shadow and Ice Review

Welp, here goes. I was kindly provided an ARC from Netgalley for Shadow and Ice.

This is a review that I don’t even know if I am qualified to write, simply because I had to DNF the book at the 40% mark. And let me add that I hardly ever DNF. Like maybe half a dozen times in the last few years – and those I made myself read until the half-way point before I gave up. I tried. I mean, I really tried. If it wasn’t a Gena Showalter story I honestly would’ve pulled the plug after the first couple of chapters. I kept thinking that maybe I just wasn’t in a reading mood, so I would put the book down and start again a little later. Then again. Then again. I think I started and re-started half a dozen times before I made it through the second chapter.

I was intrigued by the idea of this new world. I thought that ancient warriors coming out of a sort of stasis into a modern world had tons of potential, and I liked the idea of something a little different from my usual witches, weres and vamps. And I still think that the world had definite potential, but I couldn’t get past the way the story was written to enjoy it. Bluntly put, I found it a bit silly. Vale finds a cavern of all of these warriors frozen in ice, and all she can think is “boy, he’s hot!”. No wondering what’s going on. No shock or horror or questions. Just “boy, he’s hot!” She ends up in the middle of a brutal, bloody battle a couple of minutes later, but what she thinks is “boy, he’s hot!”. Captured and held against her will? “Boy, he’s hot!” Nope.

But what drove me to quit the book was that I just couldn’t take one more quip. Not one. I love a good quip or snarky comment or sarcastic aside as much or more as the next gal, but when every second comment someone makes is a flip, hip, trying way too hard to be cool quip it just started to rub me wrong. When you are a normal human who has been kidnapped, held hostage and thrust into the middle of an immortal war, I doubt your first instinct is going to be to fluff your hair, mention how awesome you are, and throw out a series of one liners. Nope again.

So, in summary, I don’t like writing this review at all. I just don’t have anything positive to share. Maybe things picked up in the second half, but I couldn’t make myself go any further to find out. I can’t remember a book that just flat-out bugged me so much in a long, long time.

10 Second Update

No idea where that post title came from, but it works. I am having so, so much trouble trying to get into my ARC for Gena Showalter‘s upcoming Shadow and Ice. So much. I keep putting it down and heading over to Amazon to order other books. I don’t know if it is the formatting of the ARC (which is awkward), or the random attempts at smack-talking (which don’t quite fit), but I am actively trying to avoid reading it. I am hoping that changes, though. Soon.

New Series Alerts

First off, just a quick note to say that I have gotten The Breeds character guide updated to include the info from the latest release, Cross Breed. I still have a few more to get caught up on, but it is chugging along.

Now onto the new series starting up this week. Jennifer Estep debuts Kill the Queen this week, which is the first book of the Crown of Shards series.

kill the queenSynopsis…

Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

Charlaine Harris also has a newbie this week. An Easy Death is the first book of the Gunny Rose series.

an easy deathSynopsis…

From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and the inspiration behind HBO’s True Blood, comes an electrifying new thriller centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma, this is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, gunslinger Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards.

She may be young, but Gunnie Rose has acquired a fearsome reputation and the wizards are at a desperate crossroads, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching frantically to locate the only man whose blood they believe can save their tsar’s life.

As the trio journey through an altered America, they’re set upon by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

The Dark Tower meets True Blood in this gritty and wildly entertaining tale of Gunnie Rose. A woman fighting unimaginable odds to keep her people alive after the disintegration of America, this is a surefire hit for fans of The Walking Dead or Westworld.

And on October 4th, L.E. Wilson will release Fire of the Dreki, which is the first book of The Sergones Coven series.

40869973Synopsis…

The beast is awake, and it burns for its mate.

Kohl Sergones knows there’s no place for a woman around a creature like him—half vampire, half dragon, and the only one of his kind. Taken in by a coven of vampires who make their home in the underground caverns of central Texas, he stays alive by keeping his head down while he fights to keep his volatile shifter side at bay. But that all goes to hell the night Kohl sees Devon dancing alone at The Caves. Her tawny skin begs for his touch, and her sweet scent ignites a blood lust he can’t control.

Devon Young never thought she would find herself on the witness stand of a notorious court case concerning her employer, Parasupe—a company created by the government to regulate supernatural creatures. Her testimony puts her boss in jail and makes Devon the target of malicious internet bullying. Forced to put that life behind her, she gives up her high paying job and relocates, determined to stay under the radar. Until the night she meets a sexy bartender whose tattooed appearance is in direct contrast to the sweet warmth of his brown eyes. The attraction is immediate and intense, and his hungry touch kindles a fire in her she thought was long dead.

Bringing Devon into his world will expose his coven, and put Devon in even more danger. If the beast inside of him doesn’t kill her, the coven master will.

But that isn’t enough to keep him away.

I am going to keep an eye on Fire of the Dreki and see how the reviews are. I have been having some really good luck with my unplanned purchases lately, and this might be the next one. How about you?

This and That

blah-quote-300x300Well, a this or that post. Or it is probably better labeled the one where I ramble. First off, I did manage to get two guides up to date – the one for the Elder Races series, and the one for the Fever World. I was only behind one novella for the Elder Races one, so that wasn’t too much drama, but I did really enjoy my re-read of High Voltage for the Fever series. Part of it felt like an ending, but then there were so many things left that shouted more to come that I was a bit confused. I haven’t heard anything about upcoming stories, though, have any of you? And come to think of it, I haven’t heard much about more Elder Races, either. Sigh.

Will any of you be picking up Consumed from J.R. Ward? I did read the two free prequel novellas – and I liked them, such as they were. But for some reason I can’t work up much excitement for the book itself. Maybe because it is non-PNR and I am pretty much firmly entrenched? I only really follow Kelley Armstrong‘s Rockton books for a non woo-woo series, but maybe it is time to branch out?

Speaking of branching out, I went on a bit of a book-buying binge over the last couple of weeks. I took a tour through the Kindle freebies and new release pages and Netgalley and grabbed a bunch of stuff…

Yeah, I blew my buy-it-and-read-it technique out of the water, but whatever. Those were on top of my regularly scheduled pre-orders like Lora Leigh‘s Cross Breed, too. Hopefully I got that out of my system for a while, though, because I refuse to let the TBR take over. Again. I did already have Silver Shark, but I deleted it and re-bought it along with Silent Blade so I would have the new covers for both. And when I downloaded it? I got the old cover. I grumbled a bit, but it isn’t a big deal to fix it and send it as a document, but still. I grumbled. Have you been branching out any lately into the great unknown?

I have really been trying to watch some tv shows and movies lately. People always look at me funny when I say I don’t watch tv, but I honestly don’t. I will find a show that sounds interesting and pick up the first couple to try from itunes, and if I like it I will continue picking up an episode here and there. I have Netflix but I can go a month without even turning it on. If I watch 2 hours of programming a week, that would be about it. I did manage to drag myself through the whole first season of Westworld, but I kept trying to make myself like it more than I did so I gave up. Ditto for The Gifted. Iron Fist I only made maybe three or four episodes before it got annoying. I dropped The Walking Dead after Glen and Abraham, but I might go back again. Some day. The Punisher is going pretty well, I guess, but I still don’t feel the need to marathon. But the show I am binge watching? Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I kid you not. I can’t get enough. It is so weird, but I have a strange addiction. I might need help –  but not until I am caught up.

So, that’s me. What about you? Anything exciting going on (or, like me, not)?

Pick of the Week

Let’s start with the confession, first. I am a fan of the Breeds. I have been for a long time, since way back in the days of the horrible Elora’s Cave covers – remember those computer generated monstrosities? They are now slowly being re-released with new covers for the digital downloads, thank God, but I digress. Even through the bad covers, the horrible editing and total character 180s from book to book, I have been a fan. But for some reason, I was never one who was all gung-ho on getting a Cassie story. I didn’t not want it, but there were just other Lora Leigh characters that interested me more. But as the release date has gotten closer, I have found myself more intrigued by Cross Breed, making it my pick of the week.

cross breedSynopsis…

The Breeds are humans altered before conception with the DNA of the predators of Earth. But although they all carry the genetic material of beasts within them, Cassandra Sinclair stands apart. A unique mix of wolf, coyote and human, she is revered by many—but preyed upon by others. She is fiercely protected by her community…but no one manages to stop her when she slips away one day to offer her body in exchange for her sister’s safety.

The man she succumbs to surprises her by unleashing her inner animal in ways she never dreamed possible—and provokes her deep, furious rage. To Cassie’s shock, he is the mate she has long awaited. She may never be able to forgive his deception. Still, as dangerous enemies track her, and as the threat of all-out war between Breeds and the humans who despise them hovers in the air, they must join forces and hold fast to each other.

But the passionate union between them holds a potential that could change the world—and some will do anything to stop it…

Going into this, I was convinced I knew who the hero would be. Rhyzan Brannigan. I mean, I would’ve seriously bet money on it. Not saying if I was right or wrong since that would be a spoiler, but…yeah. More on that later.