Cover Lover – Wild Hunger

I wasn’t sad when Chloe Neill wrapped up her Chicagoland Vampires series. I liked it, enjoyed it when I read it, but for whatever reason it never made it to my favorites list. I guess I just didn’t connect with it like I do some others. But I am very excited for the spin-off Heirs of Chicagoland, and Wild Hunger is one of my most anticipated books of next year.

wild hungerSynopsis…

In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill’s spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run.

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

How excited are you for the Heirs of Chicagoland? Are you like me and usually love the spin-off more than the original? What is your favorite spin-off series? Mine would probably have to be the Soulwood books from Faith Hunter, which I ended up liking so much that I even went back and got into the Jane Yellowrock series after giving up on it a few books in.

 

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Duh of the Day

gray wolf mateSometimes (well, more often than sometimes), I mess up. This one really made me snicker and shake my head at the same time. Dianna Love has a new book coming out this month called Gray Wolf Mate. Sounds easy, right? Yep. And it is the first book of the League of Gallize Shifters series. Except I thought it was the League of Gazelle Shifters series. Gazelle? Seriously? Where did that even come from? And I had turned my nose up at it because I didn’t want to read about Gazelle shifters. That it has GRAY WOLF in the title didn’t even clue me in. It was about Gazelles, dammit, and I wasn’t interested.

The best part is that I have double checked the release pages, edited the listings, and read over the blurb probably close to a dozen times and never caught it. And now it sounds interesting, so I will be picking it up on its release day of October 23rd. That was my duh of the day (well, probably 2 months, but who’s counting), what was yours?

Cover Lover – 14 New Titles

I can’t believe how long it has been since I have done up a cover lover post featuring more than just one book. I have been holding onto some of these for a while, so might as well take a quick peek. Let’s start with a new one from Eve Langlais. Jilted Prince is the second book of her Hell’s Son series, and it will be released on March 29th.

jilted princeShe left him at the altar, but the Devil is making him keep his promise.

Destiny is calling Chris, yet someone forgot to give him an instruction manual on conquering the world. Being the Antichrist is all well and good, but how is he supposed to know how to bring about Armageddon? He’s still waiting for his army of minions, the glory, the riches. And where is the respect?

You’d think any woman would be ecstatic at the thought of marrying the future ruler of the world.

Not Isobel.

She keeps spouting things like “forced to get married,” “love me for myself, not because Daddy made you.”

It doesn’t help that his psychotic mother with a penchant for playing with dead things has taken an interest. However, having her henchman of the apocalypse attempt to kidnap him isn’t the way to get in his good graces.

Things are starting to get complicated on Earth. Dark forces are rising, Chris’s powers are still developing—and he’s pretty sure his dad, Lucifer, wants him dead. What’s the destroyer of the world to do?

Point him to the nearest bar. This calls for more beer.

This second one is from Ashlyn Chase. Hooked on a Phoenix is due out next March 6th.

hooked on a phoenixMisty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter―and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

Terry Spear keeps cranking them out. Flight of the White Wolf is the 24th book of the Heart of the Wolf series, and it will be released on March 6th.

flight of the white wolfGavin Summerfield―an arctic wolf shifter with a fear of flying―has to fly into the vast lakeland wilderness of northern Minnesota to track down his suspect―where his ability to shift will come in very handy. Imagine his chagrin when his pilot turns out to be the woman who tasered him last time they saw each other. Things are off to a rocky start…again.

Arctic wolf shifter Amelia White isn’t entirely displeased to see Gavin again, but priorities shift when their plane is sabotaged and goes down in the middle of nowhere. As their attraction grows, Amelia hopes Gavin doesn’t discover the secret she’s been keeping…she knows he could never forgive her…

Storm Crossed is up next. It is the 4th book of the Grim series from Dani Harper, and it will be released on January 9th.

storm crossedHeir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

I have always been a big Jennifer L. Armentrout fan, but for some reason I never did get into this series. Brave is the 3rd book of A Wicked Saga, and it will be out on December 11th.

braveIvy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

Not long to wait for this next one. Fury of Denial from Coreene Callihan is the 7th book of the Dragonfury series, and it will be released on October 30th.

fury of denialHe’s an antisocial dragon shifter with a serious sweet tooth. She’s a pastry chef who won’t give him any sugar.

Blinded in an ambush, dragon warrior Wallaig has spent half a century in the dark with one thing on his mind—vengeance. When the rogue faction responsible returns to Scotland and targets a human female, he saves her life, determined to exact his revenge—even if it means using her as bait.

Smart-mouthed Amantha Leblanc is pastry chef with dreams of opening her own shop. The money is in the bank. Her mission is clear. The plan goes to hell the second Wallaig breaks into her apartment and she defends herself with a rolling pin. With a rogue pack of dragons circling, she is forced to rely on a man she doesn’t like—but isn’t able to resist.

Bec McMaster has a new one coming out on October 24th. Soulbound is the 3rd book of the Dark Arts series.

soulboundA dark force is rising in London…

Sebastian Montcalm knows freedom for the first time in his life, but it has come at the cost of his father’s soul. If he can learn to harness his uncontrollable sorcery then he might be able to save his father from a demon’s grip, but every move he makes leads to failure. The only thing that gives him hope is the innocent touch of Cleo Sinclair, the woman he was forced to marry. But will his darkness drown out her light?

He could be her destruction…

Cleo knew her father only ever loved her for the power of her visions, but when he bartered her away in marriage to a man she’d never met, she realized how little value she truly had. Her husband, Sebastian, was nothing more than a dark warmth in her bed, a stranger who refused to touch her. But together, the two tortured souls found friendship. And now, when he needs her the most, he won’t even look at her.

…Or she could be his salvation…

When Cleo receives a powerful vision of a darkness that threatens London, she knows she is the key to defeating it. Only by working together can she and Sebastian prevail. But is Sebastian the one who can end this prophetic doom, or the one bound to begin it?

The 20th Sisters of the Moon book from Yasmine Galenorn will be called Harvest Song, and it has a release date of May 8th.

harvest songWe’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is the Queen of Dusk & Twilight and married to three hunky men. Menolly is a vampire married to a gorgeous werepuma and a vampire prince. And me? I’m Delilah, a Death Maiden werecat, and I’m about to marry the love of my life. But in the midst of joy, we are facing the escalating war with Shadow Wing. About to attempt one of the most dangerous acts we’ve ever considered, can we keep the demon armies at bay while luring the demon lord into one final, coordinated attack?

My wedding day to Shade arrives, and somebody invited Murphy’s Law along to the ceremony. But the chaos only extends from there. Camille and her Keraastar Knights are finally united and ready. Menolly and Roman are aligning the vampires. And the dragons have pledged their help as the final battle with Shadow Wing draws near. But best laid plans go awry. As our plans fall apart, we must align ourselves with Trytian and the daemons. Will they be able to help us corner Shadow Wing when several of the portals fail and demons begin pouring into Seattle? Or are we too late and will Shadow Wing manage to break through, even without the help of the spirit seals?

This anthology seems like it could be interesting. Amid the Winter Snow will feature stories from Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter and Jeffe Kennedy, and it will available on December 12th.

amid the winter snow

December 5th is the release date for the 3rd Outcast book from Keri Arthur, The Black Tide.

the black tideThough Winter Halo – the pharmaceutical company behind the evil experimentation on both children and adults – has been destroyed, the danger is far from over. Not only do seven children remain unaccounted for, but some of the vampires are now able walk in light.

The key to stopping the unthinkable lies in finding Ciara Dream, the last member of the trio behind the plot to give full light immunity to both the vampires and the Others. But Ciara, like Tiger herself, is a shapeshifter, able to take on any human form she desires.

To find her, Tiger will need to use every skill in her formidable arsenal, and even that might not be enough to save the city and the people she has started to care about.

Because the vampires are coming, and this time, the lights won’t stop them.

Donna Grant has a new release coming, too. Torched is part of the Dark Kings series, and it will be out on May 29th.

torched.jpgThe King of Silvers. Cunning, perceptive, resourceful. Determined. Banished from Dreagan eons ago because of a betrayal that shattered his entire existence, his sole focus in life is to exact revenge against the Dragon Kings. A formidable fighter with centuries of rage on his side, Ulrik will stop at nothing to take down those who exiled him.

He has been alone, trusting no one for thousands of years. Until she walks into his life. He should not yearn for her, but there is no stopping the fiercely burning attraction. When he’s with her, he isn’t thinking of war or revenge. He only thinks of her, craves her. Burns for her. But soon he will be forced to choose: Will he continue on his course of destruction or will he be able to set aside his vengeance to save the woman who risked everything for him.

This next one is an anthology that will feature Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter. The Big Alpha in Town will be released on May 15th.

the big alpha in townThree hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today’s hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

Bearing His Name
Meeting his mate should have been cause for celebration. There’s just one teeny tiny problem. Jade thinks Ark might have impregnated her sister. He didn’t, but convincing Jade is going to take a bit of honey.

Owned by the Lion
Keir’s been told to stop playing the field and settle down—difficult advice for a hard and hot man with a lion’s heart to follow. But his sights have always been set on Ally. She’s his mate, plain and simple. With her sweet and delicious curves, she’s nothing but sugar and trouble all rolled into one. But he’s known her and sparred with her for years. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and it’s going to take a whole new level of convincing that he’s the mate for her.

No Need Fur Love
Moving with his pack to the tiny town of Stanley, Idaho has Owen Courtney a little on edge. With literally no women in sight, Owen will be lucky to find a date, let alone his true mate. But you know the saying about a werewolf walking into a bar…

Gorgeous wood nymph Mia Oliver is on a mission: Find a suitable male to get her good ‘n pregnant and provide her with an heir. But when Mia decides to pick up a gorgeous and oh-so willing werewolf at the bar, she realizes she might be in over her head.

Almost done. Shadow Hunt is the 3rd book from Melissa F. Olson‘s Disrupted Magic series, and it will be out next February 13th.

shadow huntFor years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett’s world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen—and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault.

It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge…and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning. As Scarlett races home to find the bargest and rescue her friends, she is dragged deeper into a terrifying legend that has somehow found its way to present-day Los Angeles.

Now she will have to recruit every possible ally for a battle that will test her null ability to the limit. Scarlett has been in over her head before, but now she risks losing everything—and she’s never had more to lose.

And this final one is the one I am most looking forward to. Caught in Time is the 3rd book of the time-travel/police procedural/mystery Kendra Donovan series from Julie McElwain, and it will be out on July 3rd.

caught in timeOctober 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.

When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn’t just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office.

The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone’s rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects.

As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she’d encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they’re dealing with a stone-cold killer—one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.

Ok, that was way longer than I thought it was going to be. Anything catch your eye? There are a couple I will be picking up for sure, and a couple more that I might get to one day, if I am lucky.

Name that Series

question-markA reader here, Saria, sent over an email asking if I could help her figure out the name of a series she had forgotten. It isn’t PNR or UF so I was pretty much useless, but I thought you might be able to help a gal out.

From what Saria said, the series is based around a protection agency or something like that. Maybe private investigators or such, but mostly security. One book had the female lead as an artist and the male as maybe part of a crime family. He tried to stay away from her to keep her safe, but they ended up together, living in hiding on an island where he bought all of the airports and marinas so he could control who came in.

Another story had a male lead whose sister had been nearly killed by their father, or step father (mother’s boyfriend?) by being slammed into a wall and having all of her bones broken. He thought his sister had been killed when in fact she had lived and had been adopted by another family. The sister tracks him down at the end of his book, and then she gets her story told in the next one. She is still weak or disabled or something, but the fella she ends up helps her rebuild her strength somehow.

Can any of you help Saria out? She said she has been trying to remember the author and the series for months now but is drawing a blank. Thanks in advance!

Last Minute and Late Additions

This would usually be the point where I would whine about trying to keep track of last-minute new releases, but I am going to let that one go for now. My latest run-through of Amazon and Goodreads did lead to a few titles that I had let slip through the cracks (and a few new-to-me ones, too)…

  • Alexandra Ivy – Dragons of Eternity Collection (Dragons of Eternity #1-3) – October 3rd
  • Thea Harrison – A Dragon’s Family Album II – October 6th
  • Elizabeth Cole – Keep Me Close (The Brothers Salem #1) – October 24th
  • Bec McMaster – Soulbound (Dark Arts #3) – October 24th
  • Coreene Callahan – Fury of Denial (Dragonfury #7) – October 30th
  • D.B. Reynolds – Relentless (Vampires in America #11.5) – October 30th
  • Elizabeth Hunter – Midnight Labyrinth (Elemental Legacy #4) – November 7th
  • Lisa Shearin – The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files #5) – November 7th
  • Izzy Shows – Blood Exile (Ruled by Blood #3) – November 14th
  • Devon Monk – Paper Stars (Ordinary Magic #3.6) – November 27th

Official High Voltage Cover Blurb

Hey everyone. I stumbled across the official blurb for the next Fever book from Karen Marie Moning, High Voltage (not a huge fan of the title, honestly, but what can you do?) I have been on the lookout for this one for a while, and even though it doesn’t really give that much in the way of plot details I am glad to see that Ryodan at least seems to play a decent sized part. I guess we will find out when it is released – along with just about every other hardcover I am anticipating – on March 6th.

high voltageSynopsis…

There is no action without consequence…

Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, she’s tough, hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day, she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give those she cares for the peace she has never known.

There is no power without price…

When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences–and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of hell on Earth.

There is no future without sacrifice…

With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race and no one—not even Ryodan who’d move the very stars for her—can save her this time…

I have said it over and over, but I do hope Mac and Barrons’ story is officially put to rest now. They can, and should, play a role, but it is time for them to step aside and give everyone else some page time. At least for me, the side characters became way more interesting in the last few books, and a new direction can’t hurt.

Reading Wrap Up

blood tradeMy reading wrap up is pretty easy to keep track of, since I have been exclusively reading the Jane Yellowrock series from Faith Hunter. I have worked my way up to number 6, Blood Trade, including all of the sundry novellas involved. This is my second-go-round with this series – I tapped out the first time around the third book since I just couldn’t get into it. But after reading the Soulwood books I got a renewed interest in Jane and Co, and this second read has been going much, much better. Actually, I am finding them hard to put down.

The novellas do help quite a bit, too. I didn’t bother with the first four – the historical ones – but everything after those I have very much enjoyed. I was toying with the idea of skipping Easy Pickings, the crossover story with C.E. Murphy, but I was so glad I didn’t. It was fun, and there are little references in the following books that I would’ve missed. I might even try out The Walker Papers somewhere down the line, too.

I really like Jane, tough and no-nonsense but not invincible. Bruiser is developing into a really decent character, too. Eli and Alex are relative newbies, but they are already favorites. Molly and her family are great, but Evan can get run over by a bus – pronto. Judgmental tool. I do have a couple of sticking points, though. One would be Leo. I can’t quite decide how I am supposed to feel about him. Good guy? Bad guy? Just when I start to like him, he gets all skeevy and weird and throws me off. The other is Rick. I get that he has a lot of hate for his character – I haven’t gotten there myself, as yet – but I don’t get Jane’s continuing attraction to him, either. I do hope she turns the corner soon and gives him the boot out of her life for good. I think at this point, pretty much anyone else is a better choice for her. Eli. Bruiser. Hell, even Leo.

So, my second go round on Jane Yellowrock is a complete success so far. I am pulling a marathon and I have no signs of burn out as yet. My goal was to be caught up with everything by the time Flame in the Dark is released in December, and it looks like that won’t be a problem at all.

What are your favorite Jane Yellowrock characters? Where do you stand on Rick? And Leo? Where does the series stand among your favorites?

October’s Book of the Month…Probably?

the-trouble-with-twelfth-graveOk, let me confess that I pretty epically bungled the book of the month poll. Seriously, I didn’t even notice that The Trouble With Twelfth Grave was coming out. I was in a hurry and just went through the release summary at the top of the month to pick the books rather than look at the full release schedule. In my case, I guess pictures=good. So I am making an executive decision and picking the new Darynda Jones book for the top spot. I am 99% sure it is what would’ve won had it been there anyways. Duh.

Sadly, even with all of that, I can’t say I am so so excited to grab this one. My interest in Charley herself has waned a bit since the whole God angle thingie has been introduced, and I don’t always find myself loving her and Reyes’s interactions anymore. What does keep me more than interested is the rest of the gang – Amber, Quentin, Cookie, Garrett, and especially Osh. I am already thinking ahead to a potential Beep/Osh series, which could be all kinds of great, yes?

In summary, I messed up. Then I took over. Then I whined a bit, then asked for more. Oh, and for the win, I am two days late posting this. That about covers it, I think. Go me.

Book of the Month

October is one of those months where I don’t have a monster release to look forward to, but it seems like there is a crap-ton of really decent books coming out. Almost too many, honestly. Take a look through and pick your most anticipated book of the month. I have chosen 10 titles that looked interesting, but if you have another pick, just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. A complete list of October’s releases can be found HERE.

 

It was actually hard to limit it to just 10 for this poll. There are quite a few that I thought looked interesting, but I think I am going to have to throw my vote to The White Lily. Thanks to my recent e-book love, a whole new world of reading has been opened up to me, and Juliette Cross was one of my first new discoveries that I never would’ve found had I stayed strictly a print-book lover.

*EDIT – It was pointed out to me that I had missed Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones, which I totally didn’t even notice. Not sure how that happened, but duh.

Nadia Novella News

Usually, I stick pretty firmly to my rules of only spotlighting releases that have a paranormal or supernatural romance angle, mostly because if you start branching out it is hard to know where to start. But once in a while, a favorite author will do something a little different. Kelley Armstrong has several great series that I have very much enjoyed, and it looks like she has a novella in the works that will tie two of them together. Nadia Stafford #3.6 will be called Perfect Victim, and it will also feature a character from her Rockton books. Yay to crossovers – especially ones that make perfect story-line sense. And there isn’t much of a wait for it, either, since it will be released on November 1st.

perfect victimSynopsis…

Fifteen years ago, hit man Tyrone Cypher disappeared into the wilderness. Now he’s back with a job for his old “friend” Jack. While Jack doesn’t consider Cypher much of a friend, the job is ideal for Nadia.

There’s a killer in Honolulu, targeting those involved in the family court system. When no one else would take one victim’s cases, lawyer Angela Kamaka did, putting herself squarely in the killer’s cross-sights.

For Nadia, Angela is the perfect victim—an innocent person in danger for doing the right thing. So Nadia and Jack get an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii courtesy of Tyrone Cypher, who has his own reasons for wanting to keep Angela safe.

Do you have any favorite cross-overs? I liked seeing some of the BDB gang show up in J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series. And right now I am reading Easy Pickings from Faith Hunter and C.E. Murphy – which would probably be great if I had read C.E. Murphy before, but since I haven’t it isn’t a big deal for me. Are there any series that you would like to see get the cross-over treatment?