Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I didn’t think I had this many covers built up to post – a nice surprise. Let’s start with one from Larissa Ione‘s Demonica series. She will release another novella through the 101 Dark Nights series, this one called Z. Look for it next April 26th.

zZhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…

As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?

Up next is the second book in the new Dragons of Eternity series from Alexandra Ivy. Scorched by Darkness will be released early next year.

scorched by darknessTo be honest, I haven’t heard much about this next one. Thinning the Herd from Adrian Phoenix is an e-format release due out on January 4th.

thinning the herdFrom the New York Times bestselling author of A Rush of Wings and The Maker’s Song series, a humorous, action-packed urban fantasy about a werewolf pack and an animal control officer in way over his head!

Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal…werewolves.

Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long purple tresses and black-glossed lips captured his heart the moment he first saw her standing behind the register at Hot Topic. Desdemona may have nicknamed Hal “Creep,” but he’s determined to win her heart. And, you know, save everyone else, too.

Alien in Chief is the 13th book in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series from Gini Koch, and it is due out on December 1st.

alien in chiefThese last three are all young adult. Ann Aguirre‘s Infinite Risk, which is the third and final book of the Immortal Game trilogy, has a release date of August 2nd.

infinite riskI expected something darker and more edgy for this next one, maybe something black. Or with diamonds. Seven Black Diamonds is from what I understand a stand-alone release from Melissa Marr, and it will be out on March 1st.

seven black diamondsThis riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them…and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

And this final one is from Rachel Caine and her Great Library series. Paper and Fire is due out on July 5th.

paper and fireWith an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

So, there you have it for this batch. Anything catch your eye?

Nola StoryCon…

This sounds like a hell of a lot of fun.

A while back, Jeaniene Frost mentioned a “Super Secret Project” she has been working on (I immediately went to Ian’s book. Of course). Well, today details of that project have come out, and it is a biggie. Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, and Jennifer L. Armentrout will be hosting an event called Nola StoryCon Friday, September 30th- Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Jeaniene described it as “A Mardi Gras for readers featuring book lovers and the Big Easy.” Now, even if the five authors mentioned above were the only ones there, it would be worth going. But it looks like they signed up a few friends, too. The guest authors include:

Lara Adrian, Jeanette Battista, Jenna Black, Rachel Caine, Kresley Cole, Zoraida Cordova, Cora Carmack, Jay Crownover, Kimberly Derting, Sonali Dev, Kami Garcia,   Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Wendy Higgins, Beverly Jenkins, Sophie Jordan, Laura Kaye, Katie McGarry, Chloe Neill, Jana Oliver, Pamela Palmer, Aprilynne Pike, Kristen Proby, Gena Showalter, Rachel Vincent, Jaye Wells, Sarah Wendell, Samantha Young, and Charlaine Harris.

This event will be taking place at the Wyndham Garden Baronne Plaza, and will include everything from book signings, panels, a dessert social, dinner, dancing, the whole shebang. Ticket prices range from $3.00 for the book signing to $125.00 for a full-access pass to the two day event. The full schedule includes:

Friday, September 30th, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm: “Sweet Mardi Gras.” For the first hour, enjoy a panel featuring the host authors, with special giveaways and prizes. Afterward, mix and mingle with the host authors and most of the guest authors while enjoying complimentary coffee, tea, and custom-made desserts with a bananas foster station and a strawberry shortcake station. Cash bar also available. Sweet Mardi Gras ticket holders will also receive a complimentary goody bag filled with books and swag, plus a “one hour early access” pass to the signing Saturday afternoon before it is open to the public. Host authors: Melissa Marr, Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Kelley Armstrong.

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 9:00am – 10:00am: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Getting Published But Were Afraid To Ask. Special industry guests: agents Nancy Yost with NYLA and Merrilee Heifetz with Writers House. Special prizes for this panel only: agent “pitch” sessions for 20 winners with either Nancy Yost or Merrilee Heifetz, plus 10 winners will get the first five pages of their manuscript professionally critiqued by an agent from Writers House or NYLA.

Saturday, Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 9:00am – 12:00pm: Multiple reader panels encompassing YA, NA, UF, PNR and more. Panelists, topics, prizes and more to come.

Saturday, Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Special one-hour early access to book signing for Sweet Mardi Gras, Nola VIP, Big Easy and Nola High Roller ticket holders only.

Saturday, Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Public signing, all levels of ticket holders welcome, plus open to the public for free. No more than 10 “books from home” allowed per person.

Saturday, Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm: “Big Easy” event. From 7:00pm – 8:00pm, experience the Big Easy with a full buffet dinner which includes dessert, coffee and tea plus a cash bar. 8pm – 10pm: Let the good times roll at the After Party, where the host authors and most of the guest authors will keep the fun going with readers by leading games such as “Truth Or Dare”, “Marry, Date, Kill”, “Liar’s Game”, “Never Have I Ever” and more. Wear your favorite costume for a chance to win our Best Costume contest. Or, hit the dance floor. Make sure you stay until the end to see if you will be the grand prize winner of a $100.00 Murder By The Book gift card.

Man, that does sound like fun. Seriously, though? That line-up of authors? I think my mind would be blown. Of course, fate conspires against me and there is no way I can go (between it being three measly days away from my time off to being just too darn far away, and the Canadian dollar blows right now and the exchange would kill me). A girl can still dream, right? And maybe win the lotto. If you are interested in checking this out a bit more, the official site can be found at

October’s Book of the Month and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerDarn it, I just realized now that I forgot to add my own personal pick of the month to the list, and that Rick Riordan‘s The Sword of Summer, the first book in the new Magnus Chase series. Oh, well, maybe I will do a separate giveaway later on to make up for it.

Anyways, back to business. Surprisingly, the book of the month this month is Jennifer Estep‘s second Black Blade book, Dark Heart of Magic. I didn’t know what would be chosen, but I didn’t see that one. It is a pretty crap month, for me at least, but at least I can maybe do some more damage to the TBR pile that way. If you would like to win a copy of Dark Heart of Magic, just leave a line in the comments section. Since this is the second book in a series, let me know if you haven’t read the first one and we can substitute that one, instead.

dark heart of magicSynopsis…

Something Wicked This Way Comes…

As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there’s no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.

Even though he’s my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what’s supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious “accidents,” it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.

As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone’s going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing’s for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else…

I liked the first one. I did find the tiny little faerie servants threw me off a bit, but once I got used to them I got back into the story. I think I need a refresher on it before I get this one, too.

Rock Redemption Review…

Anytime that Nalini Singh has a new book coming out, things get exciting. Her next release is from her Rock Kiss series, and it is the story of Noah and Kit, Rock Redemption. While we have to wait until October 6th for the official release, Monica kindly sent over her early review.

rock redemptionWhat Monica said…

This is the 4th installment in Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss series. It’s Noah and Kit’s story. Although some readers have claimed that Charlotte and T-Rex’s story is their favorite, I have to say that I might have liked Rock Redemption even more than Rock Addiction (Molly and Fox’s story).

Throughout the previous books there have been hints of painful past between Noah St. John, the rock group’s guitarist and Kathleen „Kit“ Devigny (is it only me or does Kit make you think of Cara Delevingne?). Ever since she started out as a struggling actress in Hollywood Kit has been friends with the members of Rock Kiss, though she has been particularly close to Noah, with whom she has been secretly in love. In the prologue we learn what happened to cause the rift between the two of them and it is bad and all Noah’s fault. He behaved like a complete heel, but this wouldn’t be a novel by Nalini Singh if she did not manage to make us understand Noah’s actions and make us fall in love with him a iittle by revealing the secret of his childhood trauma (be warned: it is bad).

Kit is still deeply hurt by Noah’s betrayal, but when he needs her she doesn’t hesitate and rushes to help him. While they try to repair their relationship and become friends again the press makes them out to be the hot new it couple. In order not to jeopardize a potential movie-deal for Kit Thea advises them to keep up the charade. Noah will do everything to help Kit and to redeem himself in her eyes, even though being so close to her again is pure torture for him. Things are further complicated by a stalker that has been bothering Kit for some time by sending her psychotic messages and leaving creepy presents. Kit is still deeply in love with Noah, but she is also afraid that he will betray her again. Their love will only have chance when Noah is ready to trust her completely.

What I didn’t like: in my opinion the subplot with the stalker was kind of unnecessary. In the end it helped to bring about the conclusion but the story would have worked just fine without it. Although a red herring was thrown in, the true culprit was a bit predictable.

What I loved: once again Nalini Singh delivers a highly emotional love story with lovable characters, full of flaws and insecurties that make them believable. Their journey together is at times heartwrenching, but also sweet and sometimes even funny. I also liked that in this novel the two protagonists are on a more equal footing: Kit is an actress who has gained recognition in Hollywood, thus putting her famewise on the same level as Noah. My feminist sensibilities were a bit bothered by Molly, the librarian, who falls for the famour rock star and gives up her life to be with him and also by Charlotte, the administrative assistant falling for her new boss.

Rock Redemption is a wonderful addition to the Rock Kiss saga and an intense reading experience, so I give it 5 stars. As a bonus we also get glimpses of Abe and Sarah who still have feelings for each other after a messy divorce and whose story is going to come next.

New Series Alerts…

After a pretty dry couple of weeks, there are a few new series starting up. Let’s start with the new one from Rachel Vincent. Menagerie is the first book of the Menagerie series, which I for some reason had thought was young adult, but which is actually an adult release.


Like the rest of the world, Delilah Marlow knows all about living myths. Preternatural creatures. Monsters. Whatever you want to call them, she knows that they are sometimes beautiful, often lethal, and that they are not allowed to roam free in the U.S. Since long before she was born, living myths have only been allowed to exist in controlled environments, like official preserves, government labs…and in traveling carnivals, where, for a very steep fee, private citizens can get an up-close look at the dangerous and bizarre, like watching animals through fences at the zoo.

What Delilah does not know about living myths is that she is one of them.

When a visit to a traveling carnival exposes Delilah as a “monster,” she finds herself sold into the menagerie as an exhibit, stripped of all civil liberties, staring out through the bars of her cage at a world that now sees her as less than human. Locked up, denied even the most basic of rights and privileges, Delilah must call on her own inner strength and the bonds forged with her fellow captives to reclaim her future—and possibly spark a change in perceptions the world over.

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Jim Butcher‘s new one is called The Aeronaut’s Windlass, and it is the first book of The Cinder Spires series.

the aeronaut's windlassSynopsis…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

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This last one is a young adult book. Leigh Bardugo starts her Dregs series with the release of Six of Crows.

six of crowsSynopsis…

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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October’s Book of the Month…

Ok gang, time to pick what your most anticipated read for October is. AS always, whichever book has the most votes will then be offered for October’s giveaway. I have chosen 10 titles that I thought might have a chance, but if you have another book you are interested in, just click “Other” leave a comment in the comments section. A complete list of October’s new releases can be found HERE.

It was really hard to come up with 10 books, since I can’t gift e-books. Pretty much everything that looks interesting is e-book only, or in print format only in the US. Meh. I figure the new novella Brighter Than the Sun would be the winner for this month, if e-books were included. It sucks to only include a portion, but what can you do?

Site Updates…

question-markIt has been a while since I have done any housekeeping around here (er, around my house, either, but that is another story). I did manage to get one target reached recently, though. Originally I had done a guide for the Sisters of the Heart series, but since it felt like that was half the story I went back and added all of the info for the Drake Sisters books as well. Since Christine Feehan plans to continue to write books set in Sea Haven, I figured it would make sense. So, the Sisters of the Heart guide will now be changed to the Sea Haven guide, and cover all series set there. One goal down.

I have gotten a few emails recently from people asking when I will get a guide updated, and pretty much everyone got the same answer – soonish. I am going to be working on them for the next few weeks, in no particular order, and I hope to get in the range of caught up by the end of October.

Oh, and I am changing around a few of the author pages. There are some authors that I don’t follow anymore, so I might be dropping a few of them from the featured authors sections. I am pretty sure I will be dropping Lara Adrian, since I stopped reading her a while back, but I am not sure who else.

So, this is your chance. Anything around here you can think of that needs to be changed, updated, or dropped? What sections do you use, what don’t you need, or what would you find helpful?

Cover Lover – Alexandra, Darynda and Jeaniene Edition

As I was updating the author pages today, I came across three new covers for upcoming releases. Let’s start things off with Alexandra Ivy and her Sentinels series. Book number 3 will be called Blood Lust, and it is due out on May 31st.

blood lustNext up is The Sweetest Burn from Jeaniene Frost. It is the second book in her Broken Destiny series, and it has a release date of March 29th.

the sweetest burnAnd wrapping up this batch is The Curse of Tenth Grave from Darynda Jones. This one will be out on June 28th.

the curse of tenth graveI am half looking forward and half scared to get my hands on the blurb for Tenth Grave. The one for Ninth Grave was spoiler-filled from the first line, and you just can’t unsee that sucker when you stumble across it. Here’s hoping the next one is a bit less bombshell filled.

New Series Alerts…

September hasn’t been a big month for new series starting up, and this week is no exception. There is only one to mention, and that comes from author Rae Carson. Walk on Earth a Stranger is the first book of The Goldscryer Saga, a young adult series.

walk on earth a strangerSynopsis…

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

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Spotlight on…Thea Harrison

thea harrisonI owe a big thanks to Phyllis Mayes, who sent over some Thea Harrison news.  It looks like Shadow’s End, which is due out December 1st, will be the last traditionally published Elder Races book. The series, however, will continue with a new story arc and at least three more books. Thea is one of a growing list of authors that seem to be leaving big publishing and striking out on their own. According to her Facebook page…

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve committed to writing another three full-length novels in the Elder Races. I’ve developed a new story arc that I’m really excited about, and I can’t wait to share it with readers!

Unfortunately, I was unable to make a contractual match with my publisher Berkley. After deliberating long and hard, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to strike out and self-publish the upcoming new stories.

For the time being, what this means is:

The books will continue to be available through multiple e-book venues.

There will be both print and audiobook versions.

I have a continued commitment to getting my books into as many foreign translations as possible, either on my own or via a publisher.

They’ll continue to be available in libraries. I’ve worked out an agreement with the Nelson Literary Agency to achieve distribution to libraries. (Yay!)

For now, they will NOT be on the shelves in bookstores. Readers will need to buy them online. (While this may certainly change, it is the current reality.)

The really good news is:

I’ll be able to move much more quickly and put out stories in a much more flexible manner than a traditional publisher can. This means I can release more often and tell stories that didn’t fit well within contractual word limits. I’ll also be more involved in creating cover art, which is a personal favorite of mine.

I have to say, this one was even more of a surprise than when Lara Adrian made pretty much the same jump. In Lara’s case, it seems that there hasn’t been much activity on the Midnight Breed front (or at least, not yet), but Thea seems to have a plan for the Elder Races…

I’ll be releasing more information on the upcoming Elder Races stories in the near future, but for now I’ll let you know that I’ll be taking the new story arc across the big puddle to England. The set up for the new direction is in book #9, SHADOW’S END, which releases on December 1st.

Readers will get to fall in love with new characters, keep in touch with old ones, and discover just how much more there is to the Elder Races universe with a much wider story canvass. There will be more world-building, history, magic, and adversaries.

I’m also excited to explore more novellas in the Elder Races, for those story lines that are too delicious not to write yet don’t warrant their own full-length book.

It also looks like there is a new contemporary romantic suspense series on the horizon, as well. Sounds like she will be a busy gal.

Well, what is your take on this? Personally, I am not really a fan. Maybe I just don’t like change, but being in Canada means that most of the time books published this way are way more expensive and harder to get. Plus there is often a switch to a more trade-paperback size which buggers up my shelves (again). Ugh. I wish her well, but I liked things the way they were.