Pick of the Week

My pick of the week is really only my pick because of the name-brand of J.R. Ward, if I am being completely honest. For some reason, as much as I usually look forward to most things Black Dagger related, Blood Truth is a bit of a outlier for me. I never thought about this book, I have read the blurb a couple of times and have no clue who either of the main characters are, and I didn’t even realize it was coming out today until I got my shipping notice from Amazon. Maybe I got hit in the head or something, but I just can’t seem to get into the groove for this release. That will probably change as soon as I start reading…or I hope so. Not the most glowing recommendation for pick of the week, is it?

blood truthSynopsis…

As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female…who changes his life forever.

Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery…before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?

So, have you ever completely spazzed on a book like I have for Blood Truth? I think, as of right now, I might just hold off reading this one until I manage a big BDB/BDL series re-read, because at this point I hardly know what is going on anymore. Sigh. The joys of getting old, I guess…and reading way, way too many books.

 

Cover Lover – Feehan Double Header

Christine Feehan has released a couple of covers for some upcoming releases, so I thought I would do a quick little cover lover post. Let’s start with the January 28th release, Vendetta Road. It is the 3rd book of the Torpedo Ink series.

9781984803566_VendettaRoad_FCO_mech.inddSynopsis…

Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.

High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman.…

And the second cover is for Lethal Game. This one is the 16th book of the Ghostwalkers series, and it will be released on March 3rd.

9780593099766_LethalGame_FCO_mech.inddSynopsis…

When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force–a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless…until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.

Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker–albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running.

When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too…

I am a long time Ghostwalkers lover, even through the rough patch a few years back, but I am a bit torn on Torpedo Ink. I just don’t think that biker-based books are my thing, since I find the whole “old lady” thing kind of disrespectful, honestly. But the biggest issue I have had with this series is the abuse and human trafficking angle. I don’t mean every single adult character’s horrific past, since that is a given, but the present-day rape-and-torture of kids scenes. I don’t mind some social awareness in a book, but that is just getting way too heavy for me. I guess I don’t want to end up depressed while reading, if that makes sense? Anyways, will you be picking up either or both of these?

 

This and That

sharpest stingI am still working my way through Patricia Briggs‘ Mercy Thompson world, and I find myself getting way behind on all of the other character guides because I am on a roll with Mercy and I don’t want to take a break. So, please ignore that everything looks unfinished – I will get there at some point. Most likely.

Anyways, as I am doing a quick update of things, I thought I might as well list a few of the things I found here.

  • Alyssa Day‘s next Tiger’s Eye Mystery, Eye of Danger, has been pushed back. Originally, it was due out in March, I think, then early July, then end of July, and now it is listed as an August 29th release.
  • Chloe Neill has sold the next two books of her Heirs of Chicagoland series, which is great news. If you are interested, she has posted the first chapter of the next book, Wicked Hour. You can find it HERE.
  • Not trying to sound bitchy, but I have been hunting for info on upcoming Kresley Cole releases with no luck. Has anyone else heard anything about Munro? Her last Facebook post was in February, and her website doesn’t have any new info, either. Goodreads still lists it as just 2019.
  • Jeaniene Frost has made available the prologue and first three chapters of her next Ian and Veritas book, Wicked Bite. You can find it HERE.
  • Jennifer Estep will release her 18th Elemental Assassin book on October 8th. It will be called Sharpest Sting

That’s about it for today. Do you have any info to share? Any updates or tidbits?

New Series Alert

Hey again, it looks like there are a couple of new series to take a look at for this week – one finishes things off for July, and one sets the stage for August. On July 30th, Abigail Owen will release The Rogue King, which is the first book of her new Inferno Rising series.

the rogue kingSynopsis…

Kasia Amon has spent her entire life in hiding, knowing who and what she is makes her a mark for all sorts of creatures–a treasure to be taken and claimed. All she knows for certain is that keeping her secrets safe means avoiding dragon shifters at all costs.

As a rogue dragon shifter, hunted by his own kind, Brand Astarot has only survived thanks to a dangerous reputation as a mercenary. Giving a phoenix to a Dragon King would guarantee him a place in a clan, taking him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take.

But getting his prize to the King is a test of their lives, his skills, and their white-hot chemistry, forcing Brand to have to rethink his plan. Is giving her to the king the right choice? Or should he claim her for himself?

And August 1st is the release date for The Time Traveler’s Magic, which is the first book of the Magic Bound series from Anna Applegate.

the time traveler's magicSynopsis…

A stranger thrusts Ember Brighton into another time, where she learns her crumbling life has a greater purpose. Pursuing this new life, however, will leave her loved ones in danger until she realizes who she is and what she’s capable of. If she fails to work quickly enough, her mother’s deadly fate will be sealed.

When the confident and mysterious Rane Andersson shows up at all the right moments to help, Ember can’t help but distrust his motives. Without him, though, she’s left with more questions than answers, and more people trying to kill her than she can fight off alone.

Despite her reservations, she’s forced to put her faith in him. Now Ember’s running out of time to find her way home, save her mother, and fix the balance of time itself.

Will her run-ins with rogue vampires and evil shifters prove to be more than she can overcome? Or can Ember face her destiny head on?

It looks like the second Inferno Rising book will be called The Blood King, but there is no other info available at this time. And the next Magic Bound book is called The Time Traveler’s Vampire, which has a release date of October 1st.

Paranormal Misdirection Review

Hey everyone. Been a while. Monika was kind enough to send over a review for a book that will be hitting the shelves tomorrow. Paranormal Misdirection is the 5th book of the Sasha Urban series from author Dima Zales.

paranormal misdirectionWhat Monika said:

I have been a fan of this UF series set in New York since the first book, The Girl Who Sees, and it keeps getting better. Some of the earlier installments were accused of having too little forward movement in the overarching story arc, so that despite Sasha’s exciting adventures the series seemed kind of episodical, as Sasha didn’t seem to get anywhere in her quest to find her parents, but this has definitively changed. At the end of book #4, Sleight of Fantasy, Sasha finally finds out who her father is and what happened to him. Through her seer abilities she learns that he is held somewhere and being tortured. Predictably she determines to try to rescue her him. She enlists the help of some of her friends and a technologically gifted gnome, but in order to have a chance at succeeding, she has to evade her boss and mentor Nero, who seems to be uncannily able to foresee her movements. As dangerous as the mission to rescue her father might shape up to be, maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing to leave town for a while as somebody has gone to great lengths to try to kill her, although Sasha doesn’t remember making any new enemies that would want her dead, in fact, she just negotiated a truce with a powerful Cognizant (magical being) who didn’t use to be well-disposed towards her.

Almost since the beginning of the series there has existed a smoldering tension between Sasha and her mentor Nero, but for all that their personal relationship, apart from a few meaningful moments, remained strangely distant, even though it has been obvious that there are feelings on both sides. That changes with this installment. In the course of her mission to find and free her father, Sasha is in need of some rescuing herself and who other would show up than Nero. We also finally learn what type of Cognizant Nero is and his true nature is revealed in quite a spectacular fashion.

If I would criticize anything, then it is that Sasha’s actions often seem governed by impulse. She is rash and does not always consider all the consequences of her actions which leads to unnecessarily dire situations. But as she gets better at her seer abilities (to the point where she can put herself into a kind of trance and foresee all the different kinds of futures that her actions lead to), it becomes clear that knowing the future doesn’t make the decision process easier, but rather more difficult, as knowing the impact of each small variation in her behavior can affect the outcome, and not in a good way, adds a lot of pressure.

What I really like about this series is the type of different Cognizants/magical beings, many of whom are quite different from anything I read before. I am especially fascinated by the beings that have their roots in Russian folklore like the Baba Jaga, the Domovoi and the Bannik. And although all the allusions to (American) cultural artifacts such as stories, movies, tv-series and videogames may get on some readers’ nerves, they set my fan-girl heart aflutter and make my inner nerd screech in glee.

Although the book does not end in a cliffhanger as such, the final revelation is really a bombshell that I did not see coming. So once again I can’t wait for the next installment to hit bookstores!

Any other fans of this series? Does it sound like something you would be interested in?

Cover Lover – The Darkest King

I posted what I thought was the official blurb for Gena Showalter‘s The Darkest King a couple of weeks ago, but it looks like things have been updated since then, and just recently there was an official cover reveal, too. This one won’t be out until February 25th.

the darkest kingSynopsis…

A merciless prince feared by all…

Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in love—murdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the curse. Now, centuries later, he’s condemned to a string of one-night stands…until he finds the only woman in the worlds able to set him free.

A rare creature of myth and power…

One of the last living unicorn shifters, Sunday “Sunny” Lane works from the shadows as a cryptanalyst, on the run from assassins and poachers. Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell. The closer they get, the more she hungers for his touch…and the stronger a mystical desire to kill him becomes…

Both forever doomed?

At war with his brother, Lucifer, and determined to become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist the irreverent beauty who threatens his future. But every day Sunny tempts him more, his hunger for her unmatched. Will he risk his heart—and his life—or will the curse ensure his end?

Cover Lover – Smoke Bitten

For the last few weeks, I have been pulling a re-read marathon of all of the books in the Mercy Thompson/Alpha & Omega world, and with the re-read I am finding out all over again how much I enjoy this series. It seems with me that I need to go back and give a series a second – or third – read to really appreciate it. And that means that I will all up-to-date and ready for when Patricia Briggs‘ next book, Smoke Bitten, is released on March 10th.

smoke bittenSynopsis…

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.
My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill–until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything–even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.

Yep, March is going to be another huge month for big books. Can’t wait.

 

Pick of the Week

Yep, this one is a no-brainer. Today is the official release day for Ilona AndrewsSweep of the Blade, the former serialized story offered for free on the author’s website. I let myself read some of it as it is released because I have no control, but not all of it because I want to still be excited when the book version is released. I got my copy of this around 4:00 this morning, and devoured it in one setting. So much love. I don’t usually like books where one of the main characters already has a kid, but this one is a big exception. Helen is an absolute favorite of mine – I would go so far as to say my favorite kid in a series, period. So, so much fun.

sweep of the bladeSynopsis…

Maud Demille was a daughter of Innkeepers. She knew that a simple life wasn’t in the cards, but she never anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her daughter, Helen, had been exiled for the sins of her husband to the desolate planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud had spent a year and a half avenging his debts. But now all the debts are paid. Rescued by her sister Dina, Maud had swore off all things vampire. Except she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined.

Try as she might, she can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is a powerful vampire House, and Maud knows that a woman who turned down the proposal from its most beloved son wouldn’t get a warm reception. But Maud Demille never shied from a fight and House Krahr may soon discover that there is more to this human woman than they ever thought possible.

 

New Series Alert

I swear, I don’t know where time goes sometimes. I realize that I forgot to post last week, which is pretty lame, but there wasn’t much going on to mention. At least we have a new series starting up this week to take a look at, and it comes from author Kristen Banet. Her new book is called Oath Sworn, and it marks the beginning of her Jacky Leon series.

oath swornSynopsis…

Jacky Leon isn’t someone who goes looking for trouble. She owns a bar, pays her taxes, and serves her drinks cold outside a small town in Texas. The fact that she’s a werecat is just something she’s had to live with. Alone in her territory, she’s lived a secretive life for six years: under the radar, avoiding her past and the baggage that comes with it.

Trouble finds Jacky, though, in the form of an eleven year old girl and a werewolf turf war just outside her borders. Forced to honor an ancient treaty and the Laws of the supernatural world, Jacky swears an oath to protect Carey Everson, the human daughter of a local werewolf Alpha from Dallas.

When his enemies come after Jacky and her charge, she’s going to have to embrace the more dangerous side of who and what she is. She’s going to have to challenge the very Laws that govern her kind.

And nothing is going to stop her from honoring her word.

 

What’s on Deck

This is a random little post, but I came across a few new blurbs for some upcoming books, and I thought I would give them a little shout-out here. Nothing earth shattering, but I always enjoy getting the official synopsis of a book. Another one of my weirdnesses. There are a couple from Christine Feehan to start things off. This first one is for Lethal Game, which is the 16th book of the Ghostwalkers series. It will be released on March 3rd.

Synopsis…

The sparks of unexpected passion ignite in this electrifying GhostWalker novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force–a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless…until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.

Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker–albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running.

When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too…

The second blurb also comes from Christine Feehan, but this time it is from the Torpedo Ink series. Vendetta Road, the third book of the series, will be out on January 28th.

Synopsis…

Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.

High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman.

I actually hunted down this one first. Gena Showalter‘s next Lords of the Underworld story will be called The Darkest King, and it will be William’s turn. It has a release date of February 25th.

Synopsis…

Fierce and deadly William will do anything to break the code of his book, even kidnap a group of code-breakers and begin killing them, one by one. But from the moment he lays on this stunningly beautiful woman, he knows she’s different from the rest.

Legend has it that William is cursed–that the woman he falls in love with will kill him. And he’s avoided strong women like the plague to protect himself. But this gorgeous code-breaker is unwilling to suffer any fools…and every bit his equal. What if she’s the one he’s been waiting for?

As the All War rages on, pitting brother against brother in a battle for the underworld, William will do anything to win back the birthright he once handed over to Lucifer…even risk his heart–and his life.

Which of these will you be picking up? Anything catch your eye? What books are you most looking for info on?