A Bit of a Bummer

One my recent internet tour of all things book related, I discovered that there has been another pushback for the 13th and final Charley Davidson book from Darynda Jones, Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave. I believe it was originally scheduled for release in early 2018, then was pushed to October, and now it is showing a February 1st, 2019 date.

Part of me is a bit bummed, but the other part isn’t. At this point, as much as I enjoy the series, I agree that is feels like it might be time to wrap it up. I am way more interested in what comes after, like a Beep and Osh or Quentin and Amber spin off, that sort of thing. For that reason, I am sad things got pushed back because that means more of a wait to find out future plans. But the other part of me doesn’t mind because I don’t do well with a series ending.

Off of the top of my head, I don’t remember any of Darynda’s other books ever being rescheduled, so not one but two pushbacks comes as a bit of a surprise. But it really can’t be easy trying to wrap everything up, either, so I don’t blame her. Here’s hoping for a great end to a really good series, and the start of something new.

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Reading Wrap Up

this fallen preyIt has been a couple of weeks since I did a reading wrap up post, so it is time to check out what everyone has been enjoying lately. I picked up Kelley Armstrong‘s This Fallen Prey, which is the third book of her Rockton series. I am a big fan of pretty much everything she writes, and this series is no exception. The only slightly negative thing I can say about this one is that I found at the end that there were too many killers. Not a big complaint, but it just felt a bit too rushed for the wrap up. Still a great story, though.

baby i'm howling for youI also enjoyed Baby I’m Howling For You from Christine Warren. She was a favorite author from back in the day, but we broke-up a few years back when I found myself really not liking a few of her later Others books. Or rather, the characters. But when I saw her new series set in the Others world, I decided to dive back in – and so far, so good. That makes me happy, because the books of hers that I loved remain among my all-time favorites, and I would very much like to see a return to the stories that made me a fan in the first place.

the emerald lilyThe Emerald Lily from Juliette Cross was one I was quite looking forward to. It is the final book in the fairy-tale retelling Vampire Blood series, and I am sad to see this one wrap up. For me, it was probably the weakest installment in the series, but that could just be my inborn dislike of reading the final book in a series. Any series. I did like it, but while this arc is finished I feel like there are still a lot more stories that not only could be told, but should be told. Perhaps a spin-off series is in the works? I hope.

the last wolfAnd the last one for this batch comes from Maria Vale. I have been looking forward to The Last Wolf since I first saw the listing for this new series, and I wasn’t disappointed. It had a very different feel to it, both in terms of writing style and world building, and it is definitely one I will be keeping up with. In fact, the first four or five chapters of the second book were included at the end of this one, and I have a feeling I will like it even more than this one.

Add in a couple of re-reads, and that wraps things up for me. What have you been reading lately? Anything exciting, either good or bad?

 

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I’m not sure, but I think that my last cover lover post might’ve been last year. I have been finding one here and there, but not really enough to get a whole post together until now. Let’s get started with a new one from Kathy Lyons. Alpha Unleashed is the 4th book in the Grizzlies Gone Wild series, and it will be released on March 6th.

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YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD BEAR DOWN

Alyssa Nelson doesn’t actually believe that Simon Gold is a shape-shifting grizzly bear—until she sees it firsthand. Aaaaand the award for Totally Surprising Changes goes to Simon Gold. But Alyssa doesn’t have time to deal with the fact that her ruggedly hot, long-time secret crush is a shifter . . . not when her brother has turned into one, too.

After ten months in bear form, Simon is struggling. He’s not ready to deal with anyone, let alone the bold and gorgeous Alyssa. Mine, whispers his bear. But all hell has broken loose in the Detroit shifter community, and it’s spreading to humans. Now Simon must face the darkest place of all: where bear and man become one. And the only way he can make it back to his humanity is by finding—and claiming—his mate.

This second one is from Gail Carriger. Competence is the 3rd book in the Custard Protocol series, and it will be out on July 17th.

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Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:
Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

Cover number three is from Cecilia Lane. Hunted Mate is the third book of the Shifters of Bear Den series, and it will be released on March 7th.

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A wounded fox shifter hiding from her past.
No one could call fox shifter Becca Holden fragile. She’s been to hell and back and got the t-shirt, thank you very much. Years ago, she found herself pregnant with her mate’s baby. When she miscarried, Nolan turned away, leaving her to grieve on her own. She left Bearden, vowing never to return.

She’s been alone ever since.

Drifting from job to job, her life takes on a new level of misery and danger when she falls prey to hunters. Men who want to use her for their depraved version of fox-hunting. Becca manages to survive. Barely. She escapes her nightmare, but with nowhere left to go, she’s forced to return to Bearden.

Heartache isn’t done with Becca just yet…

A second chance with the mate he lost.
If Nolan Byers could have one do-over, it would be Becca. He and Becca were too young when she got pregnant, and when she lost the baby, they drifted apart. Becca left town, taking Nolan’s heart with her.

Time hasn’t healed this wound. If anything, the pain is worse. Nine long and lonely years pass until, one day, she returns to Bearden. Becca… his Becca. She’s as beautiful as ever. The moment he sees her, he knows why he never wanted another woman. Because of Becca.

His one. His only. His mate for life.

Now he just needs to convince Becca to forgive him. But the feisty fox shifter wants nothing to do with him. He sees her around town and she either shuts him down, brushes him off, or flat-out ignores him.

Her sass infuriates Nolan’s bear. His self-control unravels a little more each time he sees his beautiful, aggravating and smart-mouthed little mate. When a fire burns through Becca’s home, a fire that starts under suspicious circumstances, Nolan makes his move.

Becca’s in danger and his possessive and angry bear will no longer be denied.

And this next one comes from Karen Chance. Shadow’s Bane is the long-awaited return to the Dorina Barasab series, and it scheduled for release on August 7th.

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Dorina Basarab is a dhampir–half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver who arranges fights–sometimes to the death–between different types of fey.

As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers–and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare….

Suzanne Wright‘s 7th and final Phoenix Pack book will be called Wild Hunger, and it will be released on May 29th.

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When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.

Trick Hardy, alpha wolf of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.

As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny.

This next one is from Alyssa Day. March in Atlantis is the 3rd book of her monthly Poseidon’s Warriors series, and this one has a release date of March 26th.

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When Poseidon’s elite warriors gear up to train a new generation of fighters, they have no idea that Atlantean Queen Riley has secretly taken on a new role: Matchmaker. By the end of the year, she plans to find soul mates for all twelve of Atlantis’s fiercest warriors…

…whether they like it or not.

Twelve all-new adventures in the hotly anticipated world of Poseidon’s Warriors, coming once a month from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day. These books are sexy, romantic, and wickedly addictive —welcome to 2018! And welcome to A Year in Atlantis!

And my final one for today comes from Sarah J. Maas. A Court of Frost and Starlight is a bridge between the previous books and the upcoming spin-off series, and it will be out on May 1st.

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Pick of the Week

My pick of the week is a throwback. Like, way back. Lora Leigh has been re-issuing her early Breeds stories for Kindle – with all new covers, thank you to all the cover gods – and today is the day we get the new and improved The Man Within (ok, maybe this cover isn’t one for the ages either, but do you remember the horrific train-wreck that was the original?).

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Now, fifteen months later, the news is out. Taber, the man she loves, is one of the genetically altered Feline Breeds, who have shocked the world with their presence. He’s also her mate. The mark on her neck attests to that. The fire that rages in her heart and in her body further proves it. But he didn’t want her then; does he really want her now?

Deceit and treachery, born in the past, now haunt the present as Taber and Roni fight to make sense of their sudden bonding. The mating of heart, body, and soul as the man and the beast within him merge; both battling the forces raging against the union and dominance over the woman he claimed.

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To be honest, I don’t know if this re-release has any updates or additions to it like Elizabeth’s Wolf was supposed to have, but I did pre-order it anyways. Call me a nerd, but I like having the updated covers and everything matchy-matchy. Do you pick up re-issues when you already have the original, or do you stick with what you have?

New Series Alerts

My days are all mixed up for some reason, and I almost forgot to make a new series alert post. Must be getting old. There are two to take a look at this week, and the first one comes from Shannon Mayer. Witch’s Reign is the first book of the Desert Cursed series.

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I am cursed by the desert I was born in, and now I wander the space between the Walls meant to hold my kind-the supernatural kind- in.

If I can find a way out, if I can find a way to escape, perhaps I can outrun this curse. But that means passing through the Ice Witch’s realm-something no one has returned from.

But life has a funny way of changing directions on you. A freak accident. A child in danger. And a damn Warlock named Merlin who thinks he can manipulate me.

It looks like I’m about to start a journey I never planned on, to face a Witch who has never been challenged, in an attempt to survive a storm of magic, danger, and trickery.

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And the second newbie is one I have mentioned before. Maria Vale starts her new Legend of All Wolves series tomorrow with the release of The Last Wolf.

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For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild. Silver Nilsdottir is a lone runt with a crippled leg, facing a life of endless submission in the Pack.

Then Tiberius Leveraux stumbles wounded into their territory with a plea for protection. If Silver is to make a real place for herself, she must fight for Tiberius—her only chance at ever having a mate. And in the end, she is forced to shield all of them—the Pack, the land, and the man she loves—from ancient enemies.

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Will you be picking up either of these? I have The Last Wolf on preorder, but Shannon Mayer is still on my “one day” list. The long, long one day list.

This and That

I don’t know if I have enough info to do a full “this and that” updating post, but then it might be nice to have something that is under a million rambling words, right?

  • Let’s start with site stuff. You might notice that I did pull some of the character guides that were either obsolete or very out of date with no hope of being updated. That said, I did keep a copy of them all and I can email any of them to anyone who needs them. That includes The Chronicles of Nick, White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, and The Midnight Breed guides. Just send me an email if you need any of them.
  • Christine Feehan‘s release schedule has been updated a bit to include dates for the next Leopard People and Torpedo Ink books. Leopard’s Run will be released on October 30th, and Torpedo Ink #2 will be out on January 3rd.
  • There is a little teaser synopsis for Gena Showalter‘s new Gods of War series up on Amazon. The first book is called Shadow and Ice, and it will be released on October 30th…

“After being trapped in an ice prison for centuries, a group of otherworldly immortals have finally broken free. In a bid to rule the earth, their fight to the death resumes, and the whole world becomes a gladiator arena. But this time, these savage warriors will risk more than their lives and the survival of their realms; they’ll also risk their hearts.”

  • Ilona Andrews had a competition over on their blog to pick the name of the newest Innkeeper Chronicles story featuring Maud and Arland. The winning title was Sweep of the Blade. They also did an interesting Q&A session over there, as well. If you pour over the questions, there is some good news (they are in talks with Avon for more Hidden Legacy books) and some not so great news (it doesn’t seem like there will be any more Derek-and-Julie stories). But I will take what I can get.
  • Shades of Wicked from Jeanine Frost has gone up for pre-order on Amazon, which makes it a real thing in my world. It is also showing a hardcover release, which is news to me, but I will keep an eye out for more info.
  • I had mentioned in a previous post that J.R. Ward will be starting a new contemporary series early next year that will feature firefighters. Turns out the title of the first book will be Consumed.
  • The next Argeneau Vampires book from Lynsay Sands will be called Vampires Like It Hot, and it will be released on September 25th.
  • October 30th is shaping up to be a pretty epic release day. According to Amazon.com, Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book is due out then, as well, and it will be called Archangel’s Prophecy. No clue on whose story it is as yet, though.
  • Mercy Thompson #11 from Patricia Briggs will be called Storm Cursed, and it will be released next March. I had seen a listing somewhere showing the Tom and Moira spin-off book as a September 2017 release, but I can’t find it now. I don’t think I was dreaming it, but who knows at this point?
  • I’m really hoping this is a misprint, but it looks like we might have quite a wait for the next Elder Races story from Thea Harrison. Lionheart is showing a December 2018 release. I haven’t come across anything else in progress, either. Have you heard what Thea has on the go? Is there another story due out before Lionheart? If not, that is an 18 month period between releases, which seems odd to me.
  • And finally, the second Lowtown book from Lindsay J. Pryor now has a title. Rogue will be released on November 22nd.

Yeah, I had more than enough for the post. Have you heard of anything coming up in the PNR/UF world? Any new releases you are really anticipating?

 

Site Updates

I am just dropping a quick post to say that I am in the process of updating and editing a few of the character guides, especially the Sea Haven one, so things are what you might call disorganized. And wordy. Editing is my friend. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Pick of the Week

Well, my pick of the week is a bit on the weird side, since it is one I will not be picking up – yet. Hopefully by the end of the year, if all goes according to my ever-changing plans. It is hard to believe J.D. Robb‘s In Death series is still such a powerhouse. You would think that there would be a decline in quality, or a lack of story ideas, or, hell, just plain burn out after 46 books, but that just isn’t the case. I am not even half way through the series yet, but I look forward to each new story, and it has become my “go to” when I want something I know I am going to enjoy. So, my pick of the week is In Death #46, Dark In Death.

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It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

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I just finished Memory in Death (#22) last night, and I already have the next one lined up for after I finish this week’s new releases. It is so weird – I don’t get tired of them, or bored, and I have never had the urge to start skimming through sections at all. Like, ever. As much as I love many, many other series, I keep coming back to this one and I jump right back into the world no matter how long it has been since I read the last book. It is like seeing old friends, somehow. I like it enough that I buy both the Kindle AND the pretty, pretty UK editions for the shelf. My precious.

New Series Alert

There is only one new series starting up this week, and it comes to us from Christine Warren. Well, there was a prequel novella available earlier this month, but Baby I’m Howling For You is the first full book of the Alphaville series.

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Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

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Christine Warren was an original favorite of mine, but over the years I parted ways with her after a spell of books that just didn’t match up to the early stories that I loved. That said, I did enjoy the Alphaville novella from earlier this month, so I have hopes I can get back into Christine’s books.

Reading Wrap Up

Happy end of weekend, everyone. Time to take a little look at what we have all been reading this week.

hell's bellLast year, I read my first Keri Arthur book and quite enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to getting my hands on the next one, Hell’s Bell. It was a decent read – but maybe not quite what I hoped for. I was hoping that the romance angle only hinted at in the first book would be developed this time around, but it didn’t pan out as much as I would’ve liked. Decent storyline and world-building, but it did leave me wishing for a bit more.

9780451488510_JudgmentRoad_FCO_mech.inddAnd I just finished up the first Torpedo Ink book from Christine Feehan, Judgment Road. Sea Haven is one of my favorite fictional worlds, so I am always happy to get one of these stories. Judgment Road was a bit of a change of pace, though, since the “magical ability” angle that was so strong in the other books takes a back seat in this one, and it was a nice change. It was my first motorcycle-club based read, and while I am not a huge fan of the “property of” status and “old lady” handles, all in all I enjoyed it. It was Reaper and Anya’s book, but it was the secondary characters that made the story for me. But for the down side, while I don’t so much mind the bringing up the traumatic pasts of the Torpedo Ink gang, it is getting a bit old to have every book focus on rapists. It isn’t as bad as the Bound Together kiddie gang rape in progress scenes, but it is still a theme here, and I would like them to move on. There are other scum-bags to hunt – killers, terrorists, drug dealers – all while dealing with their own brutal pasts. So, I liked it for what it was, but I have hopes for some changes in future books.

thread of deathI picked up the Thread of Death novella in the Elemental Assassin series, too, which was a nice, quick read. It added a bit of closure to Mab and Gin saga, and while it wasn’t a necessary read, I was glad I picked it up. I am still annoyed by Jennifer Estep‘s constant references to Sophia and JoJo as the dwarves, but the eye-color thing has finally died a solid death (along with some of the other repetition that drove me nuts in the first couple of books), and that is a plus. Still chugging along on this one, and still enjoying it overall.

forbidden mateMy goal is to try at least one new-to-me author a month, and the one I picked for January was Cecilia Lane. I had been eyeing her Shifters of Bear’s Den series since it started last year, and I finally decided to take the plunge with Forbidden Mate. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for me. I found it difficult to get into, and I had the urge to start skimming at about the 15% mark. That is never a good sign, and couple it with main characters that didn’t interest me and it is downhill from there. I probably would’ve kept going, but there are a couple of things that are a giant character no-no for me, and the female lead pulled one when she betrayed the trust of her HEA, then didn’t have the guts to come clean immediately, I was done. I don’t like to DNF a book, but I just wasn’t interested after that, so I might as well cut my losses and move on.

There, that wraps up my reads for this past week. What were yours? What story line situations make you give up on a book? Mine are main characters cheating on each other, a betrayal-then-cover up done by the female lead that puts everyone else in danger (it is always the females, honestly), and walking into in-progress rape scenes are getting there for me, too. They make me highly uncomfortable – as they should – and take away of my enjoyment of a story. And why else do we read if not for enjoyment? I get that it is a real-life thing, but it is becoming the recurring theme of pretty much every recent Feehan book, and I am finding it to be just too much. Sermon ends here.