Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Hey everyone. I have been holding onto these covers for a few days now, so I thought I might as well do up a little cover lover post. Let’s start with Shelly Laurenston and her new series. Hot and Badgered is the first book of her Honey Badgers series, and it will be released on March 27th.

hot and badgered.jpgIt’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up.

Seanan McGuire‘s next InCryptid book will be called Tricks for Free, and it will be released on March 6th.

tricks for free.jpgAntimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her—including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course.

Some people would call Lowryland the amusement park. It’s one of the largest in Florida, the keystone of the Lowry entertainment empire…but for Annie, it’s a place to hide. She’s just trying to keep her head down long enough to come up with a plan that will get her home without getting anyone killed. No small order when she’s rooming with gorgons and sylphs, trying to placate frustrated ghosts, and rushing to get to work on time.

Then the accidents begin. The discovery of a dead man brings Annie to the attention of the secret cabal of magic users running Lowryland from behind the scenes. They want the fire that sleeps in her fingers. They want her on their side. They want to help her—although their help, like everything else, comes with a price.

No plan. Minimal backup. No way out. Annie’s about to get a crash course in the reality behind the pretty facade. If she’s lucky, she’ll survive the experience.

The third book of the new Nava Katz series from Deborah Wilde will be called The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need, and it will be out this August 18th.

needNava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin’s refusal to believe there’s corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond.

Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head… Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes.

Still, she’s got work to do:
Brotherhood: unmask.
Demons: slaughter.
Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice.

Blade of Darkness is the next Immortal Guardians book from Dianne Duvall, and it will be out on September 19th.

blade of darknessDana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?

And the final one for today is Thanks Fur Last Night. It is an anthology from Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter, and it will be out on January 30th.

thanks fur last nightBearing His Sin

Cole should have killed Anja the moment he realized she was his mate. Instead, he let her live and now they’re on the hunt, chasing the morons who think they can force her to marry another man. Like hell. And while this shapeshifting bear might have his share of sins, he’s not going to let little things like murder and mayhem prevent him from having the woman meant to be the keeper of his heart.

Bought by the Bear
Josilyn Martinez just needed the money to help raise her nephew. That’s it. There’s no other reason she would take a job posing as a shifter’s mate so he can assure his grandmother he’s settled down. There’s no reason to stay at his place so they learn “more about each other.” And there’s definitely no good reason she should get involved with the hard, hot, and handsome shifter that’s hired her.

Xander just needs a fake mate for a week to get his grandmother off his back. But what’s a bear shifter to do when the impostor mate he hired turns out to be his actual mate? All sweet, luscious curves and a heart of gold, Xander’s not going to let his mate get away. Now all he has to do is show her that they belong together, one kiss and touch at a time…

The Alpha and I
Devon Kincaid is happy with her new life in Lowman, Idaho. Her little bar on the outskirts of the tiny, isolated town is doing well, and she’s not even interested in finding a man. But when she finds a bleeding man―a hot, hard, handsome, naked bleeding man―in the snow one night, Devon brings him home to care for him. He’s definitely not like any man she’s ever met before, but what she doesn’t realize is that he’s not just a man…

Spellbinder Review

For some reason, I had completely forgotten that Thea Harrison‘s latest Moonshadow book was out soon. Granted, I am working so much that I literally don’t remember what day of the week it is, but still. Anyways, Larissa was kind enough to send over her review of Spellbinder, which is due out…yep, tomorrow.

spellbinderWhat Larissa said…

I love Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series, but the last couple of books weren’t as great. So when I heard she would starting a spin-off series across the pond I was apprehensive but intrigued…

Moonshadow caught  me by surprise and I loved it. I am happy to say that Spellbinder is also quite fantastic!

I loved that Thea used the villain from Moonshadow as the hero and showed us that things weren’t quite as obvious as they appeared.

Morgan is such a perfect anti-hero, I really don’t want to spoil anything but be prepared for his awesomeness 🙂

Sid is one my favorite PNR heroines ever! She goes through so many horrific things and is still able to be such an amazingly strong character… Smart, resourceful, sweet, strong and so many more… I adored her and Morgan together!

All in all this Elder Races spin-off is just getting better and better and I for one cannot wait for Lionheart!

How are you liking the idea of the spin-off books? I think it was a great idea to branch out, especially just after going self-pubbed, but I would like to go back to the original Elder Races gang, too. Maybe run them as two parallel series, alternating releases, rather than focusing on just one or the other? There are more than enough stories to keep both Elder Races and Moonshadow going for quite some time.

Cover Lover – High Voltage

I have a few covers stockpiled to upload, but honestly? I am way too lazy for all of that tonight. Sad but true. But I did have to make an exception when I saw the cover for the next Fever book from Karen Marie Moning, High Voltage, was out. It is…not what I expected. Not a monster fan of the title, either, but now I am just being picky. So can’t wait for Dani’s story, and I sincerely hope Mac is way back in the background for this one. She has already had her turn, and then some. This one has a release date of March 6th.

high voltage

So, yay or nay on the design of this one? It is a new direction from the previous books, but that might not be a bad thing. There were some awesome covers early on in the Fever series, but then it went sort of young adult looking and lost me a bit. Are you excited to finally get an adult Dani story, or are you more on the Mac and Barrons side of things?

Pick of the Week

It seems like forever since Coreene Callahan released a Dragonfire book, but that wait ended today. Fury of Surrender is the 6th story in the series, and it is my pick of the week.

fury of surrenderSynopsis…

Dragon warrior Forge has been sentenced to death by the Dragonkind elite. Recalling the memories of his family’s murders could drive him to the edge of insanity, but it’s the only way to remove the target on his back. Fiercely determined to protect his pack and his newborn son, Forge agrees to undergo harrowing treatments to help him remember the trauma buried deep inside his heart and mind. When nothing works, a woman of unprecedented power is brought in to help.

Young, bright, and haunted by her own demons, hypnotherapist Hope Cunningham helps patients recover from their darkest memories. But each time she liberates a wayward soul, Hope’s personal pain digs deeper—until one patient ignites an unforgettable passion.

Forge’s healing journey is not without risk. Unwittingly, he has put Hope in the middle of a dangerous war, one that could shatter their eternal bond. Will the curative power of love be enough to save them?

Will you be checking this one out? It has been a while since I have gotten my hands on a good dragon shifter story, so that will be nice for a change.

New Series Alerts

Happy Monday, everyone. It is time to see what new series are starting up this week, and it looks like we have one to look forward to. Shannon Mayer‘s Fury of a Phoenix is the first book of the Nix series.

fury of a phoenixSynopsis…

“I knew the sins of my past would call to collect what was left of my soul. If I’d known the price I’d pay, I would’ve sacrificed more to stay hidden from the magic.”

In the middle of Wyoming–away from the abnormals of the world–I thought I was free and clear. I started a new life. Found a love I’d never known in a husband, and a son who was my everything.

And in a blinding instant, that life was stolen from me.

The rage of a grieving mother is an ugly beast. More so when she has the skills and killer instinct to back up the wrath and the knowledge that an accident was anything but.

Once more, I will pick up my guns. This time to hunt those who took my husband’s and son’s lives.

Let them see the assassin, trained to kill abnormals, stalk the shadows again.

Let them see the Phoenix rise from the fragments of a broken life as she burns with a fury that cannot be contained.

Let the killing games begin.

The second book will be called Blood of a Phoenix, and it will be released on September 2nd.

Site Updates

Speaking of Hidden Legacy (uh, below and stuff), I have added the White Hot info to the Character Guide – but beware. It is not edited, and it looks like hell. There is lots of rambling to be pared down, some contradictory info that I noticed, and quite a few things that need to be clarified. I guess what I am saying is that I have some work to do before Wildfire comes out, but things should be at least legible by early next week. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Wildfire Review

I am very grateful to Larissa, a fellow Hidden Legacy fan, who sent over her review for the upcoming third book, Wildfire. Not to panic, because there are officially “only” three books announced so far, but Ilona Andrews has said that the series will continue in one form or another. Trust me, when you get to the end of Wildfire, you will still be wanting more. Anyways, mark your calendars, since Wildfire will be released on July 25th.

wildfireWhat Larissa said…

Have you ever read a book or a series that made you feel like you could just read stories in that world, with those characters, forever?

That’s how the incredible writing duo that goes by Ilona Andrews, made me feel. The pages were running out and I felt my heart breaking, hoping for just one more so that I would not have to say goodbye to these people. However, that inevitable end arrived and I am having difficulty expressing what it meant to me to be part of that world, even if it was for just a few hours.

I was about to start “Wildfire” when I decided to refresh my memory regarding the events of “Burn for me” and “White Hot”. I just wanted to take a pick at the last chapters of both books when an overwhelming feeling came over me and I had to re-read them. Which was an absolute joy, even though I am not really a fan of re-reads and only a few special series have been worthy of it for me.

When I finally got to “Wildfire”, I told myself I was ready for whatever Ilona would through at me, but was I wrong. If “White Hot” felt like a roller coaster, “Wildfire” is like getting sucked into a tornado, being out of control and loving every single minute of it.

Andrews writes both families and children so well, that you feel like these people are real and you want them to part of your life. Nevada and Connor are marvelous protagonists, but I feel Ilona really shines in writing  the people around them. Those relationships are what help define the main characters without just telling us who they are supposed to be.

A lot happens is “Wildfire” and I really don’t want to ruin this extraordinary experience with spoilers. I will just say that if you enjoyed “Burn for me” and “White Hot”, you will absolutely love this new installment in the Hidden Legacies series. There is romance, non-stop action, twists and turns, laugh out loud moments, family conflict and so much more.

If you enjoy Urban fantasy with incredible world building and amazing characters, you have to check out this series! I just hope we see more books in it, because I already miss this world with a passion!

Let me just put it out there that I loved all three of the books. I haven’t had a series grab me right from the start like this one did since…ever. It shot to the very, very top of my favorites right from the first book. Like top three, right up there with Kate Daniels and the Psy Changelings. Now the stalking begins as I hunt for info on what is to come.

The Furball Has Returned…Almost

cat pawYou were all very kind when I vented last week and whined about having one cat put to sleep and having the other one go missing the next day, and I wanted to say thank you. I have never, ever lost or gotten rid of a pet – it is a commitment I make to have them for the duration of their lives, no matter what, so to have one choose to run away from me was hard. Not knowing if he was dead, or trapped somewhere, or lost is something I hope to never have to experience again. Plus the disbelief that he actually ran away FROM ME didn’t help. I have spent the last week either at work or out hunting for him, or staring out the window and hoping to see him…and last night I did. He was on our back porch, but when I went to let him in he ran away again. The same thing happened tonight, too – he was sitting on the porch looking up at the door like he wanted to come in, but when the door opened he took off. Sigh.

And then the guilt hit. Maybe he has been trying to get in for days and I didn’t see him? Maybe he is upset because the door is shut (not logical, but again, guilt). I can’t leave the door open, because when I open the connecting door he will just take off again. So now we have a live-catch animal trap set up on the porch loaded with a can of tuna, so hopefully he shows up and this ends tonight. Sitting outside in the bugs and the rain until six this morning calling for him was the pits. If the trap doesn’t work, I am seriously thinking of propping the door open and hiding in the car (for hours). When he goes in, I will sneak up behind him from the outside and close it. That is plan B. Please let the trap work, ’cause I really don’t want to sit in the car all night.

*Edit…the little turd will sit beside the trap, but not go in. Damn.

Updating and New Releases

Over the next few days, I hope to get the new release pages updated with quite a lot of upcoming titles. I thought I might highlight a few here…

  • The fifth book of Julie Kagawa‘s Talan series, Inferno, will be released on April 24th.
  • The next Lords of the Underworld book from Gena Showalter will be called The Darkest Warrior, and it will be released on June 26th.
  • J.C. Daniels‘ 6th Colbana Files book will be called Haunted Blade, and it is due out on September 30th.
  • Next March 6th is the release date for Tricks For Free from Seanan McGuire. It is the seventh book of the InCryptid series.
  • March 6th is also the release date for Restore Me from Tahereh Mafi, the 4th book of her young adult Shatter Me series.
  • March will also see the release of the 4th book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Titan series, The Prophecy.
  • Shelly Laurenston starts a new series next March 27th. Hot and Badgered is the first book of her Honey Badgers series, which sounds like a spin-off of The Pride.
  • March is going to be a busy month. The 27th is the release date for Twice Bitten from Lynsay Sands, the next book of her Argeneau series.
  • And the 27th is also the release date for Cross Breed from Lora Leigh, which is Cassie’s Breed story.
  • And finally, there is only a title and release date for the next Ghostwalker book from Christine Feehan. It looks like Covert Game will be out on March 20th.

There are also a lot of e-format re-releases coming our way. Thea Harrison‘s first five Elder Races novellas will be coming out again, as will Laura Anne Gilman‘s Paranormal Scene Investigations books. Which of these are on your must-read list?

 

Reading Wrap Up

envyIt has been a while since one of these posts, and I have a few decent books to talk about. I am up to the third book in J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series, Envy. I find myself liking these books more as I go on, and I am trying my best to avoid spoilers even though I have heard things here or there. I wasn’t really planning on liking Envy for some reason, but I found this one hard to put down. Let me say straight off the bat that Davina is one creepy but oddly entertaining piece of work, and if the rumors I hear are true about her making an appearance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, things will be getting interesting.

Oh, I also did re-re (meh, probably re again) reads of both White Hot and Wildfire from Ilona Andrews. Honestly, I think they get better the more you read them. I can’t say much I haven’t already gushed about before, but there is a reason that they were both the books of their respective months by such a huge margin.

imitation in deathNo matter how many In Death books from J.D. Robb I read, I don’t get bored. Those suckers are like crack – you can’t put them down. Even though I am nearing 20 books in, I am still excited to get back into the world, see what the characters are up to, and just get involved in the mystery. This go round I tackled Imitation in Death, number 17, which not only had a good solid storyline, but lots of development for some of the secondary characters. I do try and pace myself, but it is sometimes hard to not just pull a monster marathon and blow through a bunch of them. I like having them to look forward to.

the red lilyAnd I ended up liking the “blind buy” purchase I made last week, which was The Black Lily from Juliette Cross. In fact, once I finished that one, I dove straight into the second book, . I have been hit or miss with fairytale retellings, but so far so good. The first one is loosely based on Cinderella, and the second one on Little Red Riding Hood. It does make me wonder what’s next, though. Maybe Sleeping Beauty (or Rapunzel) based on Mina, or maybe Beauty and the Beast for Riker? Who knows, but I will be keeping an eye out for it.

That wraps things up for me. How about you? What have you been reading lately? Any big hits or misses? Any books from favorite series you have treated yourself to?