From the Author Pages

I don’t actually have much to post from my updating the author pages, but I did get my hands on a couple of little things…

  • The blurb is out for Kresley Cole‘s next Immortals After Dark book, Wicked Abyss, which is due out next March 28th. I swore it would’ve been about Furie (you know, caught underwater, in the abyss), but I was wrong…and can you say Beauty and the Beast?

He never wanted to be a beast…

As a boy, Abyssian ‘Sian’ Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has amplified his hell-demon blood, transforming him into an unrecognizable monster – just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian fantasizes about seducing and spurning her, but he can retain his former appearance for only one hour a day.

She never wanted to be a beauty…

When a beastly demon king abducts her, fey princess Liliana ‘Lili’ Barbot goes from one prison to another. The beast vows revenge for betrayals she can’t remember and punishes her with gruelling labour within his mystical castle. Her only solace is spending time with a fellow prisoner Bael, a devastatingly gorgeous male who is allowed to see her for only one hour a day.

Can they break the spell before it’s too late…?

In the guise of ‘Bael’, Sian toys with Lili’s heart and body. Yet as she falls deeper under his spell, Lili can’t help but respond to the beast’s vulnerability and pain, and her sympathy develops into something more. When truths from a far distant past are revealed and identities discovered, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit – and a looming supernatural war?

Oh, did anyone notice that it looks like Kresley Cole’s young adult Arcana series new release, Arcana Rising, will NOT be coming out in hardcover? How weird, and annoying, because you just know that means I will be tempted to pick up the first three in paperback to keep things matchy-matchy. Oy.

  • The next Call of Crows book from Shelly Laurenston will be called The Unyielding, and it also has a release date of March 28th…

the unyieldingStieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…

Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.

With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one…

  • And the cover is out for the next Lora Leigh Breeds book, Wake a Sleeping Tiger. It will be out March 21st. Meh, kitty in the background looks weird. It doesn’t really scream hardcover release, does it?

wake a sleeping tiger

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8 thoughts on “From the Author Pages

  1. April Brookshire says:

    I don’t think any of her books will be hardcover because I believe she is now self-publishing and calling it Valkyrie Press. Her last book was the same.

    • alexandra says:

      The world of publishing is confusing and not everything is standardized – every publisher does things just a little differently. Also my experience comes from college textbook publishing. I did a little digging but if I’m wrong please correct me…

      What I’m certain of: KC does NOT self publish. She is still under the Gallery Books imprint (and Pocket Books which is the mass market imprint within the Gallery group) of Simon & Schuster, one of the “Big Five” publishers. Imprints – like Gallery and Pocket – are created and used by publishers for branding and targeting certain demographics.

      My impression: I believe “Valkyrie Press” is just a further marketing spin on the Gallery imprint logo. So Valkyrie Press is not a real imprint. I’m almost certain because a Google search doesn’t turn up any news about Simon & Schuster launching a new imprint and there’s nothing on their website.

      The Valkyrie Press “logo” with “New York – Rothkalina – Dacia – Abaddon – New Orleans” underneath it is just a play on Gallery’s logo with “New York – London – Toronto – Sydney – New Dehli” beneath. Sweet Ruin actually has the Gallery imprint on it and KC’s most recent release from her erotic trilogy has the one for Valkyrie Press. Her upcoming Arcana releases are branded with Valkyrie Press as well.

  2. kaleigha says:

    Ugh, you mean Kresley has gone the self-pubbed route, too? That blows. And sucks. Now that you say it, though, the total lack of updates and info and last-minute details should’ve been my first clue, because that is how it goes most of the time after authors switch to indie. That and a bunch of push backs, followed by “surprise! My new book comes out next week”. I guess it is the way of the world now, though.

  3. April Brookshire says:

    Hopefully it won’t come to that with KC. She is supposed to have a Dacian book coming out in Feb and an IAD book in March.

    • kaleigha says:

      I hope things do go better for her if she chooses that route. It gets hard to stay in the loop when things change sometimes, like with Thea Harrison. We are six months past her last Elder Races release with no info on anything new coming up at all, and that is pretty common after some authors make the switch. It gets more difficult to be faithful to a series when you just don’t have any clue about what is going on.

  4. azteclady says:

    What truly bothers me about the IAD news is that we are getting all these new(ish?) characters’ stories. Where’s Furie’s? Where’s Nix’s? Heck, where’s Webb-turned-immortal?

    I wish more authors with these sort of sprawling, complex worlds, would finish off one story arc, then write about other characters in the same universe. Heck, Ms Cole could even go back in time and write about the previous Accession–or write in the same time period as this story arc, only center the stories somewhere else (you can’t tell me New Orleans is the only/most mystical place around where she could write a decently sized Lore community).

    As long as we have some closure on *this* story arc, I would be happy reading many more books set in this world, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be the only one. Instead, we get gypped–and we really can’t know if she’ll ever get around to writing the stories we have been waiting for, or how many corners she will have written herself into, in the way there.

    Look, I get it that authors have to write what they feel/are moved/are inspired to write, but from where I’m sitting? This feels like the author* is sitting over there thinking, “Gah, I’m almost done with the original story arc, I only have one/two/three books left, but these books sell really well! I must write peripheral stories about characters no one knows or cares about, to stretch this cash cow for another twelve books!”

    * ‘the author’ in this case would be Ms Cole, but it applies to many others–Christine Feehan’s Carpathians, JR Ward’s BDB, etc.

    • kaleigha says:

      Yep, so many times this.

      Setting up a big, sprawling world is great, but the bigger the world the more tightly it has to be controlled. And (for me), the story flow has to be logical – character A’s story leads to character B’s story, that sort of thing. I don’t mind the addition of new characters, but not then jumping them to the front of the line while older, important characters get shuffled to the back (especially with their stories already set up, like Garreth and Lucia’s book taking years to show up, and now Munroe and his mate). KC is going pretty far down this path, and so is Lora Leigh’s Breeds. That one is too big a jumble to even begin ranting about.

      I go back to Nalini a lot, but both of her series are big worlds, especially the Psy/Changelings, but it keeps moving in a logical direction, with a several-book storyarc, closure, then development of something new. It keeps the world fresh and keeps things from getting stagnant.

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