Those Things I Forgot

So, duh. I remembered what I was going to add to the post below. The only way I function is to write everything down, and when I don’t? Scatterbrain.

  • The blurb is also out for the next J.R. Ward book, The Savior. Murhder intrigues me, but I didn’t see the story going in this direction, honestly…

In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers… or resume his lonely existence forevermore?

  • And also speaking of J.R. Ward, the fourth Black Dagger Legacy book, which will be Boone’s story, now has a title. It will be called Blood Truth, and it is due out next August.

This and That…and a Couple of Other Things

Once again, it seems I am doing a post that covers a bit of this and a bit of that. Where to begin?

  • Oh, yeah. The official blurb is out for Sapphire Flames from Ilona Andrews. I am not ashamed to admit that I have checked every single day for the blurb and the cover since I first saw the book listing. Every one. It is going to be a long, long wait until it is released on August 27th.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrew comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…

In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.

  • Nora Roberts‘ third Chronicles of the One book will be called The Rise of Magicks, and it will be out next November 26th.
  • Oh, and G.A. Aiken is starting up another new series. The Blacksmith Queen is the first book of The Scarred Earth Saga, and it will be released on August 27th. Here’s the blurb…

When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken. 

The Old King Is Dead
 
With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals.

Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned …

  • And, there has been a bit of a push-back on the next Mercy Thompson book from Patricia Briggs. Storm Cursed was originally scheduled for a March 5th release, but the new date is May 7th. I’m not actually mad about that, since there are already a crap-ton of great March books and I like to spread out the happy-happy.

I feel like I am forgetting something, but I am sure it will come to me the moment I publish this post. That is pretty much how things roll. I am of course drooling for Sapphire Flames, but I’m a bit iffy on the new Aiken series. Not that I’m not looking forward to it, but I was hoping for another Dragon Kin book and with a new series, I don’t know when (or if) that will happen. But it does sound interesting, though.

New Design Alerts

Welp, Monday is usually new series alert post day, but there weren’t any to spotlight. Instead, I came across the cover for the Black Dagger Brotherhood novella heading our way in January, which will be called Prisoner of Night. It starts a new cover design that will be continued on with the release of The Savior next April. And as much as I loathe a design change most of the time (and especially with the books that I still continue to collect in hardcover, like the BDB series), I have to admit that I like the new style. Really like it.

prisoner of night

the savior

How about you? Are you a fan of the new design, or are you old-school J.R. Ward covers (which I liked, too, honestly)? To refresh your memory, let’s go way back to the beginning…

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lover eternal

The only small issue I have with Prisoner of Night is more a me problem than a cover problem – I really thought that his left ear was her tongue. That seemed a) a little gross, and b) a little deformed, but a good squint confirmed that it was, indeed, part of his head and not hers. Problem solved.

Random Ramblings

Howdy, everyone. How are things going? I thought I would just ramble through a couple of things and see what everyone is up to. Late November/December isn’t a great new release month for me – in fact, I don’t have anything at all ordered for new books until JR Ward‘s Prisoner of Night on January 7th. But my time won’t go to waste, since I will be using it to power through more of the In Death series.

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Honestly, I figured at this point I would be getting bored with the In Death books – or at the very least not still excited to get my hands on the next one. But I am on Indulgence in Death – number 31 – and still going strong. I look forward to each new story, to getting back with favorite characters and a favorite world, and it still hasn’t gotten old. I like them enough to pick up not only the e-book versions, but the pretty, pretty UK paperback versions, as well. They look so nice on the shelf. Well, shelves, but who’s counting?

Oh, and I am also using my time to work on the character guide for the Night Huntress Universe. And weirdly enough, I am liking it way more than I did the first time around. I did enjoy the series on my first read through as the books were published, but I am getting way more involved in the world during my marathoning of them. I still have a ways to go – I am only on Destined For an Early Grave – but it has been great rediscovering them so far.

And today, Nalini Singh‘s newsletter came out with a tiny snippet from her upcoming Psy-Changeling book, Wolf Rain, which announced the main couple. The female lead is a new character named Memory, but the male lead? Alexei. Alexei! If you have been around this blog any length of time, you might remember that his story has been on my most-wished for for a long, long time. He and Remi are my top two, so I am a happy, happy gal.

So, what have you been reading? Are you anticipating any new books in the rest of 2018, or are you like me and using the time to play catch-up? Have you rediscovered any old series that have become new favorites?

New Series Alerts

Happy Monday, folks. Not much going on right now, but at least we have one new series starting up this week to take a look at. The Last Vampire is the first book of the series of the same name, written by RA Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf. The physical print of the book came out last week, and the e-format version will be released on November 30th.

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There’s a smokin’ hot dead guy locked in my garden shed.
That part’s bad enough. But now, he’s trying to get out.

Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of shit when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my ‘bad end’ to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world. Something none of us are supposed to know about.

So far, finding out I was right hasn’t been nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped. I guess the trick will be staying alive long enough to shout ‘I told you so’ from the rooftops.

But before I can do that, I really need to figure out if the vampire who just bit me is one of the good guys or not.

Ward’s Prisoner of Night

Let me start by saying that WordPress has some sort of new editor going on, and it is pissing me off. There are a couple of decent new additions, but once again they have to completely change everything around and take away features that I liked. For example, I can’t figure out how to align the posts to square up, and now they look messy to me. And switching between editors seems to not be that smooth. Sigh.

This past March, J.R. Ward released a terrific Black Dagger Brotherhood novella called Dearest Ivie, and at the time she mentioned that she would like to write more of them. I really liked Dearest Ivie – even though it featured all new characters, it grabbed me right from the start. And the cameo’s from previously known characters was a bonus. 

Well, turns out that there is another novella in the works. Prisoner of Night will again feature two all-new characters, and it has a release date of January 2nd. I was going to wait and see if I could find a cover for this one, but I only came up with the blurb.

When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.

Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.

Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.

In other BDB news, a while back I had read that the Black Dagger Legacy books might be absorbed into the Black Dagger Brotherhood series since J.R. Ward was concerned about making people buy two hardcover books a year. It seemed weird, honestly, since we already had the whole “only going to be published in paperback”…which only lasted for one book. So to go from paperback to hardcover to merging the series was a bit meh for me. But Goodreads does list an as-yet unnamed BDL release for next August, which means that things might be on as usual. Maybe? Have you heard anything?

Reading Wrap Up

It’s been a while since I was around, so I thought I might do up a reading wrap up post to see what you thought on some recent releases from the last month or so.

LionheartI picked up Lionheart from Thea Harrison, and it feels like it has been forever since there was anything new from the Elder Races world. I liked this one way more than I thought I would, which is always a plus. It wasn’t a book I was particularly excited for, for whatever reason, but it was another good, solid story that had a few decent cameos from the original Wyr gang back in New York. I just wish that we knew what was coming next.

shadow and iceAnd then there was Shadow and Ice from Gena Showalter. I mentioned this one before, and sadly things didn’t change. I had to DNF this one, which is something that I might do to a book maybe twice a year. The whole tone of the book rubbed me wrong. Quip quip quip. More quips. Hair flip. Growl. Quip. It was just a big no. What did surprise me when I looked on Goodreads to see if I was just being bitchy about is was how divided people were in their reactions. It seems like it is all either 5 star reviews…or DNF’s. And there are a lot of DNF’s for it, which I haven’t really noticed for a Gena Showalter book before. The sad thing is is that I really wanted to like it, but I guess you can’t win them all.

Shades of Wicked CR: Avon

So, Shades of Wicked from Jeaniene Frost. To say I was excited for Ian’s story would be a bit of an understatement, and I wasn’t disappointed. Sometimes, for me, when a side character I really like gets their own story it can become too much of a good thing, and some of the charm can wear off. Or their character gets watered down. Thankfully, that didn’t happen here at all – Ian was Ian, and it was great. Loved Veritas, too, which is a bonus. Now starting the countdown to Wicked Bite.

USA_Archangels_Prophecy_Cover_-_CopyArchangel’s Prophecy was a bit tricky. I know some were a bit miffed by the cliffhanger ending – that didn’t bother me. And I can’t say that I didn’t like it – but I didn’t love it, either. I can’t put my finger on why, but it felt like there were things going on that I just couldn’t get interested in. Like the Favashi and Harrison arcs – they weren’t bad, but I just wasn’t invested in them. Which meant that I big portion of the book didn’t really grab me. I didn’t skim, but there were times I was tempted. Still a solid book, but just not my favorite from Nalini Singh.

36188722_10157537628422598_9214164022109143040_nI also read the latest Leopard People book from Christine Feehan, Leopard’s Run. Not much to say about this one. It was ok. Maybe I was just in a mood, but there wasn’t much in way of story going on, just lots of mating issues. I did LOL at the cats having names – well, not the cats. Ashe’s cat – Godiva. Godiva? Seriously. I did a serious eye-roll every single time someone referenced Godiva. Lord. It was good for a cringe-laugh, though.

39320167And finally, there is my hands-down winner, Diamond Fire. This is only a novella, but it works so well as a transition from Nevada to Catalina’s story. Ilona Andrews‘ Hidden Legacy series is probably my favorite series going, which is saying something, but even so this was a great story. If this little story is any indication, I might even like Catalina’s character more than Nevada’s…and her powers are awesome. During the first three books, I kind of thought she got the dud magic, but that is a big no. Not at all. My most anticipated book by a long, long way for next year? Catalina’s first full book, Sapphire Flames.

Your turn. What did you think of some of the recent releases? Did anything stand out to you – good or bad?

Site Updates

Hey everyone. Just a quick note to say that the Character Guide for the Guild Hunter series has been updated, current up to Archangel’s Prophecy. I will have the info for Diamond Fire added to the Hidden Legacy guide either tonight or tomorrow, and by my count that means that I will be up-to-date. Well, except for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but that is a whole other ballgame.

Oh, and I will be doing a release-date check and update of all of the new release pages today or tomorrow, too. And things should be all caught up at that point.

The Savior Cover Reveal and Excerpt

Even though we haven’t seen more than a glimpse “in person” of Murhder, he was one character that intrigued me from the start. Needless to say, I am looking forward to getting my hands on his story, The Savior, when it is released on April 2nd. I have been stalking my regular sources looking for any JR Ward info, and today I finally hit pay dirt. You can find the official cover reveal and an excerpt over on the Entertainment Weekly website, found HERE.

Pick of the Week

As usual, I have to start a post like this with a disclaimer. I love the Hidden Legacy series. Right from the first book, I had a weird, slightly over-the-top love for it. At this point, I would even go so far as to say that it is my favorite series. Period. All of what Ilona Andrews writes is a favorite, which is amazing in its own right, but Hidden Legacy tops them all. So, I might be (so totally am) biased, but my pick of the week is the Hidden Legacy novella, Diamond Fire.

39320167Synopsis…

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

This novella, honestly, was awesome. It was a sweet “end” for Nevada and Rogan, and it served as a great introduction for what is to come. Catalina has a different voice, different personality and different set of challenges to face than her sister did, and we get a little taste of that here. And guess what? Hidden Legacy #4 is my most anticipated book for next year, bar none. Let my stalking begin.