Vision in Silver Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerSorry this is a few hours later than I had planned, but work called. Yay. Anyways, it is time to chose the winner of Anne Bishop‘s Vision in Silver, the great third book in The Others series. There were 39 entrants, and the randomly chosen winner (through Random.org), is #22…

Leila

randomCongratulations, Leila. I will be contacting you shortly for your info.

Oh, and fans of the series will be happy to learn that the fourth book, Marked in Flesh, will be out next March.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Time for another cover post, starting with the next Dark series book from Christine Feehan. Dark Ghost is due out on September 8th.

feehan dark ghostHe wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood. In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

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About a Vampire, the next book in the Argeneau series from Lynsay Sands, is due out on September 29th.

about a vampireIn New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him…

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can’t win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly’s already married.

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker’s help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate—maybe even his life—and he’ll break every rule to do it.

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Cover number three is from Heather Graham and her Krewe of Hunters series. The Hidden will be released on September 29th.

the hiddenCan the same killer strike again—a hundred and fifty years later?

Estes Park, Colorado, is a place of serenity. But it wasn’t always so serene. Shortly after the Civil War, Nathan Kendall and his wife were murdered there, leaving behind a young son. The crime was never solved.

Now…historian Scarlet Barlow is working at a small museum attached to a B and B, the same building where that murder occurred. She recently came to Colorado, reeling after her divorce from FBI agent Diego McCullough. Diego—who’s just been asked to join the Krewe of Hunters, a unit dealing with “unusual” situations…

When Scarlet unwittingly takes pictures of people who’ve been murdered—just like the Kendalls a hundred and fifty years before—the police look at her with suspicion. Then the museum’s statues of historic people, including Nathan Kendall, begin to talk to her, and she knows it’s time to call her ex-husband. Diego heads to Estes Park, determined to solve the bizarre case that threatens Scarlet’s life—and to reunite with the woman he never stopped loving.

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Jim Butcher starts his new Cinder Spires series on September 29th with the release of The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

the aeronaut's windlassSince 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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On the young adult side of things, Richelle Mead will publish her first stand alone fantasy on November 17th, called Soundless.

dcdd19c9aa748046d72395b950fa4082For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever…

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This one is from Josephine Angelini. Firewalker is the second book in the Worldwalker Trilogy, and it will be released on September 1st.

fire walkerYou think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.

Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to relax with Rowan. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and must hide her magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make her come back.

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And the final one for today is from Debra Driza. The third book of the Mila  2.0 series is called Redemption, and it will be out on October 27th.

mila 2.0 redemptionMila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she’s an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her.

That’s why Mila has gone into hiding with her friend, tech expert Lucas. She can’t take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she’ll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she’s done.

But then Mila discovers that General Holland has plans that are an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she’s got…or turn her back on the world forever.

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Pick of the Week…

Once in a while, there is an epic week for new releases, one where there are just too many great books to chose from. And this is one of those weeks. With all of the great books hitting the shelves today, I had to debate which book to chose as my pick of the week. Since Vision in Silver is the book of the month, and Doug already did a review of Dead Heat and that had its own post, I figured I would pick the other biggie this week, Dark Debt by Chloe Neill.

dark debtSynopsis…

Between standing Sentinel of Cadogan house and making society appearances with House Master Ethan Sullivan, a new member of the American Association of Vampires, Merit has her hands full. The last thing she needs is trouble, especially of the deadly kind.

But when an old friend shows up in need, Merit can’t refuse. Morgan Greer, Master of House Navarre, has gotten himself into serious debt with a dangerous Chicago crime syndicate known as the Triad. And they’re willing to exact more than a pound of flesh for payback—unless Merit can find a way to stop them.

Only the Triad’s connections go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last…

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Ok, your turn. I actually picked my third most anticipated book as the pick of the week so I wouldn’t repeat posts already done, but it is still up there. And I think we have all already said what we were looking forward to most, so instead, I will ask how your reading week is shaping up? I already finished Vision in Silver, which was great, and I am just starting Dead Heat (and can’t wait), so mine is so far, so good.

New Series Alert…

Only one new series to mention this week, and it is from author Terri Brisbin. Rising Fire is the first book of the Stone Circle series.

rising fireSynopsis…

What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if some opened into another world? What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one?

Lovely and innocent, Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes.

Handsome, fearless, and commanding, William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers linked to the fabled fire goddess. When he chances upon Brienne, his desire for her is immediate. But as his mystical quest unfolds, William realizes that she is at the center of it — for Brienne possesses the very power he has been sent to vanquish….

As their attraction deepens, William attempts to free Brienne from the dark force beginning to control her — even when his duty demands that he treat her as an enemy. With emotions flaring, fire rising, and evil threatening at every turn, can the two lovers survive the coming battle and save all of humanity?

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Dead Heat Review…

review iconThanks once again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his review for the new Alpha and Omega release, Dead Heat. Patricia Briggs is a solid, consistent favorite, and getting a Mercyverse release is always something to look forward to. The official release date for this one is tomorrow, so not long now to wait. Another great book in a week of great books.

Dead HeatWhat Doug said…

This series revolves around Charles and Anna (the Alpha & Omega of the series name) and they have all been done exceptionally IMHO. This one was no exception to this parade of 5 Star reading in this series.

The premise is basically that the Fae are beginning to turn loose some of the most vile creatures in their world upon the human world (due partly to events in previous novels) and one of the most vile is a creature that preys upon children. Obviously, this is something that our fearless couple must deal with regardless of any other loyalties.

The interaction between characters takes up a good bit of this novel which I many times find boring but not in this case, the rest is a combination of police procedural, mystery and of course an epic ending. The point that is subtly dropped on us is that this may just be the opening move in a war with the Fey.

There is also the usual pages devoted to Charles & Anna moving their relationship to a bit deeper level. I commend Ms Briggs for not taking the road that I see in many authors in filling pages with meaningless sex. I have no problem with sex in my novels but when it is used to do nothing more than add pages to a novel I tend to skip over those parts and wonder how many useless pages a reader paid for in such novels. Patricia Briggs always seems to know the perfect balance of such things.

While I will be rounding off this novel to 5 Stars I actually rated it 4.5 because in the last 25% of the book I did have to resort to some scanning due to:

A: Nothing was really happening
B: You KNEW something big was going to happen and you wanted to get to it.

Bottom Line: Amazing story, amazing characters (love the way the secondary characters have actual personalities and not cardboard cutouts) and of course the epic ending. 4.5 Stars only because of the scanning I did in the last 25%, highly recommended BUT I am not sure this is a series you can pick up in the middle, you really need to start from Alpha & Omega and proceed from there to Cry Wolf.

I already got my copy, and choosing whether to read Vision in Silver or Dead Heat first was hard. Vision in Silver just edged it out, but I am getting antsy to get into Dead Heat.

March’s BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerSurprising probably no one, March’s book of the month as chosen by you was Anne Bishop‘s Vision in Silver. Aaand, as a result, it is going to be up for my next giveaway. There were still a couple of surprises for me, though, since I thought that Chloe Neill’s Dark Debt would get a few more votes – but to be fair, there were so many great books to chose from this month was brutal.

If you would like to win a hardcover copy of Vision in Silver, just leave a comment in the comment section below. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random through Random.org. Let’s end this Wednesday night at Midnight, Atlantic time. Good luck!

vision in silverSynopsis…

The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

The Other Side of the Fairy Tale…

This is a bit of a different post than what I usually do, but hopefully it will be useful. In the cover lover post below this one, I put up the cover for the next Jean Johnson book, Dawn of the Flame Seas. In the comments section, Stephanie copied a post that had been upped to Jean Johnson’s Facebook page about her writing status, and asked if I would do up a post…

I am going to lose my house.

For some reason, my taxes are almost 50% higher than my roommates’ combined income, when my income is at most 75% of what their total is. Unless there was some mistake in all the accounting, I owe an additional 6.5k from what I’ve already paid in quarterlies. That completely wipes out my cushion. That wipes out most of my grocery bills. That wipes out ANY funds for an emergency. That wipes out GOING to a doctor even for a standard health checkup because I can no longer afford the copay.

I am going to lose my house.

At this point, I WANT to say, “Please go support my Patreon, please!” But there are only 14 people doing that…and I can’t even get feedback from them on whose biography to post next. I thank them all for the patronage, but I don’t know what to do to get anyone to notice me.

I am going to lose my house.

Maybe, MAYBE I can get money out of my parents. But the greatest likelihood is that I am going to lose my house. That is all I can see right now. My house. My independence. I worked for YEARS to get my writing up to a skill level that could be deemed worthy of publication, struggled hard to gain my independence…and I am going to lose my house.

Pieces of shhh writing are making millions out there. I can’t even get anyone to make me a Wikipedia page. Not that it would cure my finances, but at least it would prove that I exist. I’ve asked. Nobody has done anything.

I am crying, I am sick to my stomach, and I will owe an additional 3.4k in health insurance money this year that I don’t have. Because somehow I’m just not good enough. My writing isn’t good enough.

I am going to lose my house.

I am going to run out of time to write in even a semi-timely manner all the contracts I was too ill to fulfill, because I will have to try to get a job, and I am going to lose my house. The roof over my head. The roof I still owe money to my parents for. And I have been out of the employment sector for DECADES, which means my prospects of getting a job above the shit that is minimum wage are virtually nil…and minimum wage won’t pay the bills.

(Don’t point to the “living wage” increase everyone talks about in reference to my home state; that was for specific service jobs in the Seattle/Seatac area, and that’s entirely the wrong side of Seattle from me by an hour’s drive…and I cannot afford the bus fare, never mind the gasoline.)

I am going to lose my house.

Unless a miracle happens, my roommates (who have been slammed by financial problems of their own) won’t be able to stay here for relatively cheap rent. I can’t charge them anything more because they cannot afford it.

They are going to lose my house.

I have enough money right now to make house payments to June. IF no expenses crop up. Unless a frikkin miracle happens with my April royalty cheque, I probably won’t I’ll make it to the end of the year, because the only thing between me and bankruptcy is the October cheque, and the only way that could possibly overcome everything falling down around me is if my writing DOES go viral between now and JUNE, because the pay-period ends June 30th for the October royalties…and I write better–I KNOW I WRITE BETTER–than those pieces of shhh out there that have movie deals. And I. Am Going. To Lose. My House.

I am going to lose my beautiful home, my independence, my everything. My dreams of making a living as a writer are gone.

Now, so I don’t come off as a complete hypocrite, I have to mention as I have before that I am not personally a huge fan of Jean Johnson’s writing. Nothing bad about it, but her style just doesn’t work for me (same as Pamela Palmer and Alexandra Adornetto, among others), so I am not out trying to drum up business for a favorite author. I guess I just found it…sad. I don’t claim to understand the ins and outs of the publishing world, but I figured that a quite recognizable name author would not have those kinds of difficulties (but hey, I have totally supported myself working as a waitress for over 20 years and have always rented the homes I live in, plus I am debt-free, so what do I know?).

On a side note, I don’t know if loss of income from book piracy is a factor (and book piracy really, really bugs me), but I saw a post by another author breaking down just how much income they lost due to illegally downloaded books and it was staggering. Literally thousands of dollars. I get sent questions here on my blog sometimes about where someone could find a free copy of whatever book they are asking about to download, and I don’t answer them at all. But what I do know is that the more piracy there is, the less authors make, and the less they make the harder it is for them to put out the books I love. A lose-lose situation.

Jean Johnson has started a gofundme campaign to try and raise enough money to pay off her mortgage (aaand yes, I had no clue that was even a thing). She goes into a bit more detail about her goals and what got her to the point she is at there, and if you are interested you can read more HERE.

*LATE EDITION

I went back and tracked down the post I mentioned above that broke down exactly what piracy cost a writer. The author in question was Jennifer L. Armentrout, and the post can be found HERE. To break it down quickly, she listed off a few of her titles she had found available for illegal download, plus the number of times they had been downloaded, and what she would’ve made had they been bought through proper channels…

Disclaimer: The time frame is from when the link has been available on various sites and from systems that monitor the books.

Daimon: 395 (DUDE, THIS BOOK IS FREE. LE SIGH)
Half-Blood ($3.99)  1, 109  downloads. What would I have made off that? $1327
Pure ($5.99) 1,585 downloads. What would I have made off that?  $2848
Obsidian ($5.99) 2,267 downloads. What would I have made off it? $5431
Tempting the Best Man ($2.99) 978 downloads. What would I have made off it?  $1169

I didn’t look at Shadows, because at that point I wanted to punch someone.
So the grand total there is $10, 775.
So let’s say only 25% of them were actual sale since 75% doesn’t buy anyway.
That’s $2693 dollars. Hey, that’s not pocket change.

Also keep in mind, agents are paid out of that. And this was just what I could find today. This does not include the hundreds of times the books have been taken down (download counters restart each time its removed).

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Just a quick cover post for today. Let’s start with Devoted in Death, the 41st book of the In Death series by J.D. Robb, which is due out on September 8th.

devoted in deathWhen Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .

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This next one is Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks. It is the 12th book in the World of the Lupi series, and it is due out on November 3rd.

mind magicThanks to the mindspeech lessons she’s receiving from the black dragon, Lily is temporarily benched from Unit Twelve—until her brain acclimates and the risk of total burnout passes. At least she has her new husband, lupi Rule Turner, to keep her occupied.

But when her mentor calls in a favor and sends Lily to a murder scene, she’s suddenly back on active status—despite the hallucinations she can’t keep at bay. With one touch, Lily knows the man was killed by magic, but her senses don’t warn her how far the conspiracy goes…

A shadowy force within the government wants to take Unit Twelve down, and they don’t mind killing to achieve their goal. With none of her usual resources, Lily is up against impossible odds–because with her mind in disarray, she can’t trust anything she sees.

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I was wondering when we were going to get some info for Dawn of the Flame Seas, which is the first book in the new e-format series from Jean Johnson. It will be released on June 16th.

Dawnofthe_FlameSea.inddThey call themselves the Fae Rii, or Fair Traders. Elfin-like beings capable of wielding sophisticated forms of magic, they travel between universes exploring new worlds and establishing settlements for their people to live peacefully among the locals.

The humans of the White Sands tribe, refugees fleeing from powerful enemies, see the Fae as potential invaders stealing their newfound natural resources. Jintaya, the leader of the Fae travelers, manages to forge an alliance, promising to trade skills and knowledge—magical and otherwise—to build a lasting community.

But the Circle Fire Tribe has no desire to share those rich valleys and ravines with the people they’ve hunted to near extinction—or the supposed deities they worship…

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Number four is Chapelwood, the second book in The Borden Dispatches from Cherie Priest, which is due for release on September 1st.

chapelwoodBirmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens.

This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life.

Unless she stops it…

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As I said in a previous post, you can spot a Gail Carriger cover a mile away, and Manners and Mutiny is no exception. It is the fourth book in the Finishing School series, and it is due out on November 3rd.

manners and mutinyAnd wrapping things up for today is Evolution, the third book in the Extraction series by Stephanie Diaz. Look for it on September 8th.

evolutionPurchase at Amazon.com

So, what do you think? Any stand-outs for you? I have never been a Jean Johnson fan, so that is a definite no for me. I one day plan on both the Lupi books and the In Death monster, but both of those will be a ways down the line.

Final Insurgent Trailer…

The final Insurgent trailer came out today, and I find it a bit better than the totally CGI-driven first one. For some reason, as much as I am usually totally excited for adaptation movies, I can’t seem to keep this one in my head. Maybe a re-watch of Divergent will perk me up to get ready for when Insurgent comes out on March 20th.

How much are you looking forward to Insurgent? Do you think the trailer matches up with the feeling of the book?

March’s Book of the Month…

After a decidedly lack-luster February, March is going to be a beast for great new books. The choice this time around is going to be a tough one, for sure.

The title with the most votes will then be the next giveaway book. I have listed 10 upcoming releases, but as always if your choice isn’t there just select “Other” and leave your pick in the comments section. A complete list of March’s releases can be found HERE.

I have to admit, I am going to have to put some thought into this one. I think I can narrow it down to either Dead Heat or Vision in Silver, but it is going to be a toss up.