This and That…

This is a bit of a combination of a from the author pages post and a new release updates post. Huh, lazy or what?

  • Christine Feehan announced a while back that she was starting a new series, and the preorder links have finally gone up. The Shadow Riders is the first book of The Shadows series, and it has a release date of June 28th. The official blurb is out, too…

Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferarro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.

While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…

With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her…

  • I mentioned a couple of posts back that it was looking like Gena Showalter‘s next Lords of the Underworld, The Darkest Torment, was going to be a hardcover release. That actually turned out to be true. But what I found even a bit more odd is that Jeanine Frost‘s next Night Prince book, Into the Fire, is ALSO listed as a hardcover release according to both the Canadian and UK Amazon sites. Uh, what? The fourth book in a four book series goes hardcover, while the first three were paperback? Does that seem strange to anyone else? Either way, Into the Fire will be out next October 26th.
  • And it looks like Alyssa Day might be getting back into the swing of things. She is starting a new spin-off series of her Warriors of Poseidon series that will feature Tiger shifter Jack. This one will be a paranormal mystery series called Tiger Eye Mysteries, with the first book, Dead Eye, being released this December 29th.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Ok everybody, time to ramble for a couple of minutes. Over the next couple of days, I will be getting caught up on adding a few new release dates to the pages, along with hopefully adding an author page for Anne Bishop and maybe changing a couple of cosmetic issues that have been bugging me for a while. I have gotten the White Rabbit Chronicles and Charley Davidson character guides up to date, and hopefully I can tackle the Cainsville guide over the next couple of days.

On to the cover side of things. Let’s start with Lady Midnight, the first book in the upcoming The Dark Artifices series from Cassandra Clare. This one will be out on March 8th.

lady midnightEmma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, one in a long line of Shadowhunters tasked with protecting the world from demons. With her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of an secret Los Angeles where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries start turning up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were murdered years ago, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge — and Julian’s chance to get back his half-faerie brother, Mark, who was kidnapped five years ago. All Emma, Mark and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks . . . before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. As she uncovers the past, she begins to peel away the secrets of the present: What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents — and can she bear to know the truth?

Next up is the cover for the third and final book in the 5th Wave series from Rick Yancey, The Last Star. It will be released on May 17th.

the last starWe’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Rachel Vincent‘s second The Stars Never Rise book, The Flame Never Dies, will be released on June 1st.

the flame never diesSuzanne Young returns to her The Program series with The Epidemic, which is due out on April 19th.

the epidemicCan one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.

The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his one, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.

But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.

And in a sea of young adult covers, let’s wrap things up with an adult cover. Kate Baxter‘s The Dark Vampire, which is part of her new Last True Vampires series, is due out on May 3rd.

the dark vampireJenner is a newly turned vampire who stalks the night like a wild beast of prey, hunting and feeding his appetites with a string of willing women…and always wanting more. Nothing can satisfy the aching hunger that burns inside him—until he crosses paths with a beautiful, innocent vampire who sets his soul on fire.

Bria has never been able to escape the confines of her uncle’s home. But when the smolderingly sexy Jenner saves her—and promises to be her bodyguard—Bria is brought to a dark world of dangerous, insatiable desire. But once they feed upon each other, they expose themselves to an evil that they never saw coming…and now there’s no turning back. Will they divide and conquer—or stay together and lose it all to lust?

So, I think the Lady Midnight cover is a beauty, and it is close enough in look to The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices covers that I can deal. Which one is your favorite from this little batch?

Shadowhunters Promo…

It is a bit cheesy, and a bit artsy, but I am so happy to finally see an official promo for the upcoming Mortal Instruments adaptation, Shadowhunters. I have been pretty faithfully following this whole production from the beginning, and I have never really seen a show be so open and interactive to the fans. Right from the beginning, from casting to behind the scenes photos and cast interviews, the whole Shadowhunter process has been fun to keep track of.

There hasn’t been an official release date announced as yet, past saying it will be released early next year. It has already been given a full-season order, which is a relief. I can’t stand getting involved in a show and then it gets yanked off the schedule half way through a season.

Dark Heart of Magic Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerI swear, I am losing it. I never put a closing date on this month’s giveaway, and then I never thought of it again. So, it ends…now. Yup. That works. The book of the month was Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep, and there were 19 entrants for the contest. The randomly chosen winner (through was #19…


random winnerCongratulations, barbed1951. I will be contacting you shortly for your details.

Pick of the Week…

I am a bit behind on my pick of the week, but once again I forgot that Rick Riordan‘s newest release, The Sword of Summer, was coming out. I know I am way, way too old for them, but they are fun. I really like the quest storylines, and the mythology is presented in a way that is not overwhelming. The humor can sometimes be, well, a bit juvenile, but then I remember it is written for juveniles and move on. This one is the first book of the new Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.

magnus chaseSynopsis…

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

On the news front, Rick Riordan has announced that the second book will be released next October, and it will be called The Hammer of Thor. And, there is another new five book series in the works that will feature Apollo, who has been cast out of Olympus by Zeus and lands in New York as a teenage boy. The new series will be called The Trials of Apollo, and the first book is called The Hidden Oracle. It will be out this coming May.

Sooo, This is a Thing…

life-and-death_0All day today, I saw weird composite images of Bella and Edward from Twilight fame (or maybe infamy?), and I thought it was weird. Like, really weird. But then I remembered that it was something like the 10th anniversary of the first Twilight book, and I still thought it was weird but made a bit more sense. THEN I saw all of these covers pop up with a dude’s hand holding a green apple, and I am still like “What the hell is all of this crap Twilight Photoshopping about?!?” No, of course I didn’t read any of the articles attached to said weirdness, that would be too easy. It turns out there really is a thing. I had heard there was going to be an anniversary re-release of Twilight, but it has one hell of a twist.

So, turns out Stephenie Meyer pulled a total coup and managed to both write and release a gender-switched re-write of Twilight called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. Yep, you heard me right, an alternate reality Twilight where every female character is now male, and every male is now female. Bella is Beau, Edward is Edythe (pardon my language, but that is still some shit name choice. Moving on). I do believe my mind might very well be blown trying to figure this one out. Like is Charlie now Beau’s mom? Does female Jacob go all cougar and imprint on whatever the hell one would rename Renesme? Help…me….

I saw over on Youtube where someone filmed themselves running out to the store the moment they heard about it and picking up a copy. It turns out that it is pretty cool, actually. The anniversary version of the original Twilight is on one side, but if you flip the book over it is the mutant new version. Not sure how my ocd would handle shelving that, but still looks cool.

I love, love, love the idea of an author pulling something like this off. I mean, seriously, can you imagine what went into keeping something like this secret? Truly, I applaud all involved, since nowadays it is almost impossible for something like this not to leak. Will I be running out to pick this one up? Probably not, but I still am amazed that it worked out.

How about you? Excited for another crack at the Twilight world? How excited are you to get your hands on weepy Beau and sparkly Edythe? God, I think I would’ve named them Bert and Ernie, instead. Now, if you really want to torture yourself, picture the E.L. James gender swapped version of 5o Shades of Whatever that will jump out at us any day now. If you dare…

Singh and Showalter News….

newsI just got my hot little hands on the Nalini Singh newsletter, where she give us a few details about the rumored Psy/Changling novella collection. I have to say, this sounds really, really good. It has a tentative release date of next August.

Apparently, there will be at least four original stories (not sure if there will be any re-printed content, as well). One will feature the teleporter Stefan (the almost Arrow who is based on the Alaris deep sea station). He has been mentioned several times in the last couple of books, but for some reason he didn’t cross my mind for his own story yet. Nice.

I like the stories that go back into the past and show the pack in its early days, and it looks like this time around there will be short story that focuses on a young Dorian. It follows him through being a latent juvenile, his rise to Sentinel, all the way up to today.

It looks like there will be some Kenji and Garnet time, too. There story has been hinted at for quite a while, and it looks like we will finally find out what has been going on between the two SnowDancer Lieutenants.

Aaand for something a little different, there is the potential for a submissive male/dominant female changeling story. It has been sort of touched on in previous books, like with Adria and her boyfriend, and Indigo’s concerns finding a mate that her wolf would accept, but it will be the first story that I remember where that dynamic works. I wonder if it will be about Felix, the SnowDancer horticulturalist specialist who does the replanting after the battle with PurePsy? According to, well, me…

Felix – Changeling

  • first appearance in Tangle of Need
  • SnowDancer wolf changeling
  • a submissive
  • horticultural specialist
  • in charge of re-planting the are destroyed in the battle with PurePsy
  • classically handsome face with refined features
  • brown eyes
  • 6 foot 3 and muscled
  • worked as a model while in college

Between the novella collection and the next full Psy/Changeling story being a reunion book, it looks like we will be seeing all of our favorite characters and couples in 2016.

My Gena Showalter news is a bit sketchy, and mostly rumor, but I do like gossip so here goes. We all have heard that the next Lords of the Underworld story will feature Baden, and it will be released in May 2016. But, it looks like Gena may be the next author to make the jump to hardcover. The Canadian Amazon lists The Darkest Torment as a hardcover release, due May 31st. Now, it isn’t listed anywhere else for me to be able to confirm if this is true or just a mis-print, but it does seem like strange timing to me. To be honest, I feel like the series is winding down, with really only a few stories left to tell. Cameo, William, and…uh…that’s about all I can think of off of the top of my head. Unless Gena is planning to start shifting the focus to a new batch of demon-possessed, that is. Did you see this one making the switch? I didn’t. Or, I should say, I would’ve thought it would’ve been earlier on in the series, rather than this late in the game.

New Series Alerts…

There is just one new series to take a peek at this week, and it comes from author Laura Anne Gilman. Silver on the Road is the first book of The Devil’s West series.

silver on the road

Isobelle, upon her sixteenth birthday, makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense—but not unlimited—power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that’s where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through the territory. As we all know, where there is magic there is chaos…and death.

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October isn’t a huge month for me – in fact, I don’t think there are any new series I will be checking out all month. I guess that is a good thing, right?

Not Quite as Loyal As I Thought I Was…

question-markAs I was doing my usual hunting/stalking of several authors recently, I came across a Facebook post by Kim Harrison where she announced a Barnes and Noble buy one, get one half off sale that featured her newest release, The Drafter. What really surprised me, though, was that Kim said it was a “Last ditch effort to sell this book (which has failed miserably.)” Reading that really caught me off guard, because I don’t think I have ever seen an author be quite that honest. It also got me thinking about a few things, like just how loyal I really am.

Kim’s The Hollows series was quite popular, yet it seems that maybe her fanbase didn’t follow her to her new work. For some reason, I just figured that they would, but then I realized that I don’t always follow that rule myself. There are a couple of authors that I follow, no matter what. Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, to be precise. They write, I read. It doesn’t matter what – subject, format, price – I am there. But after that, there are no guarantees. I faithfully read Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races books, but her Game of Shadows books are probably in the next pile I will be giving away still unread. Chloe Neill‘s The Veil is still on Mount TBR. Ditto for Larissa Ione‘s Moonbound Clan Vampires, and even the Fallen Angels series from J.R. Ward hasn’t grabbed me yet…and the Bourbon Kings doesn’t tempt me at all.

Are you surprised that Kim is calling The Drafter a failure? Do you follow an author from one world into the other without question, or are you more hit and miss, like me? What authors do you follow, no matter what?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I didn’t think I had this many covers built up to post – a nice surprise. Let’s start with one from Larissa Ione‘s Demonica series. She will release another novella through the 101 Dark Nights series, this one called Z. Look for it next April 26th.

zZhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…

As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world. The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?

Up next is the second book in the new Dragons of Eternity series from Alexandra Ivy. Scorched by Darkness will be released early next year.

scorched by darknessTo be honest, I haven’t heard much about this next one. Thinning the Herd from Adrian Phoenix is an e-format release due out on January 4th.

thinning the herdFrom the New York Times bestselling author of A Rush of Wings and The Maker’s Song series, a humorous, action-packed urban fantasy about a werewolf pack and an animal control officer in way over his head!

Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal…werewolves.

Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long purple tresses and black-glossed lips captured his heart the moment he first saw her standing behind the register at Hot Topic. Desdemona may have nicknamed Hal “Creep,” but he’s determined to win her heart. And, you know, save everyone else, too.

Alien in Chief is the 13th book in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series from Gini Koch, and it is due out on December 1st.

alien in chiefThese last three are all young adult. Ann Aguirre‘s Infinite Risk, which is the third and final book of the Immortal Game trilogy, has a release date of August 2nd.

infinite riskI expected something darker and more edgy for this next one, maybe something black. Or with diamonds. Seven Black Diamonds is from what I understand a stand-alone release from Melissa Marr, and it will be out on March 1st.

seven black diamondsThis riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them…and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

And this final one is from Rachel Caine and her Great Library series. Paper and Fire is due out on July 5th.

paper and fireWith an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

So, there you have it for this batch. Anything catch your eye?