New Series Alerts…

Well, just one new series starting up this week, and it comes from Katie MacAlister. Dragon Fall is the first book of the Black Dragons series, which is a spin-off from her other Dragon series.

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YOU FLIRT WITH FIRE…

For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she’s seen some extraordinary things. It’s too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that’s both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon’s fire burns.

WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON

Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .

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I tried a couple of the Aisling Grey books a while back, and while I didn’t mind them, I didn’t feel the need to continue on with the series (or any of the spin-offs). Are you looking forward to another MacAlister Dragon series?

New Series Alerts…

Well, there is only one new series starting up this week, but it consists of two stories. Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan have teamed up on the new Branded Packs books, which is available in print format only through Amazon.com, e-book format everywhere else. This first collection is called Stolen & Forgiven.

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Stolen

The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.

Ariel Sands grew up in a post-Verona infection world and under the care of the very humans she thought had cured the disease. When they betray her in the worst ways imaginable, she finds herself not only mated to the Alpha of a the very species she’s been taught to fear, but the focal point of a traitor and path to destruction for everyone’s way of life. It will take more than trust and a mating bond for Ariel and Holden to not only survive their enemies, but the burn of their own temptations.

Forgiven

Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands that duty to his Pack comes before his own needs. At a young age he takes a position as a liaison between his Pack and the other species of shifters. He never expected his enticing flirtations with Cora Wilder, a Tiger Princess, would encourage her cat to consider him a potential mate. He’s forced to walk away, choosing a partner among the wolves to try and strengthen his Pack.

Cora has no intention of forgiving or forgetting Soren’s rejection. Not even when the Packs are forced to live together and she discovers Soren’s former mate has died. But then, she’s kidnapped by the SAU and she has no choice but to work with Soren to escape. Together they must put the past behind them if they’re to survive the human’s evil plot.

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I am not a huge fan of the limited-print books, to be honest. Living in Canada, between exchange rate, shipping (and sometimes duty), it can cost more than a hardcover book. I have to really, really want the book for me to take the plunge now.

New Series Alerts…

It is time once again to check and see which authors have new series starting up this week, and it looks like we have a couple to keep us going. Yasmine Galenorn‘s Flight From Death is the first book of the UF Fly By Night series, and from what I understand it is a sort of spin-off from her Otherworld books.

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I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

And this second one is a young adult release from Rachel Caine. Ink and Bone is the first book of The Great Library series, which has been getting much hype.

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Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

As  I have whined on and on about before, I am a cover sucker. Pretty? It must be mine. For that reason alone, I really should’ve tried a Yasmine Galenorn book by now, because all of them are pretty consistently well done. But have I? Nope. Not sure why, actually, and to be honest I haven’t heard much said about her books one way or the other. Might be time for a post to find out what readers think of her (doing it that way helped me try out the Jane Yellowrock books). As for Ink and Bone, it isn’t really yelling my name either, but the reviews have been quite positive, so I might break down and buy the e-book so I don’t feel so guilty if I don’t want to continue the series.

Will you be checking out either of these newbies this week?

New Series Alerts…

This new series alert is also a whine alert. Alexandra Ivy wrapped up her Guardians of Eternity a couple of months back, but she is consoling us with her new Dragons of Eternity books. The new series makes its debut this week with the released of Burned by Darkness, but the whiny part is that it is only available in print format through Amazon.com, but us non-Americans are looking at an e-book release only. I will be ordering it from the US, but I am going to hold off and wait until there are a couple I want to make the shipping worthwhile.

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The Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of mist and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…

Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.

Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.

Are you looking forward to trying out the Dragons of Eternity? Do you get bugged by the limited print books like I do?

New Series Alerts…

As we head into the end of June, it is time to take a peek at the new series starting up this week. Things get started with Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow, which is the first book of the Gallow and Ragged series.

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Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae – by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

And the second one is from Rebecca Zanetti. Wicked Ride is the first book of the Realm Enforcers series.

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Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Are you checking either of these out? Have you tried anything from either of these authors before?

New Series Alerts…

There are a couple of new series to look forward to this week, and both are young adult. The first one is from author Kristin Cast. Amber Smoke is the first book of The Escaped.

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There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.

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And this second one is strangely enough from an as-yet unnamed series by Rachel Vincent. The book is called The Stars Never Rise.

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Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

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I was thinking about giving Amber Smoke a shot, but I am getting a bit picky on what I am trying lately so I will be keeping an eye out on the reviews. Are you checking either of these out?

New Series Alerts…

This week is pretty decent for new series starting up, starting with Kate Baxter‘s new True Vampire series. Book one is called The Last True Vampire.

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Michael Aristov is the last of his kind and his race’s last true king. Pained by his failure to protect his race, he finds no solace in the dark nightclubs of L.A. But when a human woman sets fire to Michael’s senses, he is consumed with lust for her body—even more than her blood…

Claire Thompson has left a dangerous life of crime, only to be drawn into the world of the vampire—a world as dark and twisted as Michael’s soul. As ancient feuds reawaken, Claire must choose to escape the bonds of passion, or be consumed by desire…

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Dianne Duvall‘s newbie is an e-book release called A Sorceress of His Own. It is the first book of the Gifted Ones series.

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Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon’s side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed–or cursed–with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon’s life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything–even the wrath of his king–to be with her.

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Next up is Clay and Susan Griffith with their book The Shadow Revolution. It is the first book of the Crown and Key series.

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They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.
 
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

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And wrapping things up for this week is Lori Handeland and her new book, In the Air Tonight. It is the first book of the Summer of Witches series.

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In the small Wisconsin town of New Bergin, Rachel Larsen has never fit in. She’s adopted and everyone knows it. In a place where strapping Scandinavian farm folk produce children like bunnies, she’s also the only only child. To top it off, her hair is black and her eyes are brown in the land of the blonde and the blue. But what really makes her different are the ghosts. They’re everywhere.

Raye knows better than to admit to being anything out of the ordinary. But things are about to get even more extraordinary when a sexy detective from New Orleans, Bobby Doucet, comes to town to investigate a series of murders. He awakens things in Raye she never knew existed. And shows her the possibility that she has powers beyond her knowledge…

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Which of these caught your eye? I will be giving the Lori Handeland story a shot, but in e-format to start with because she is a new-to-me author and I am being strong about my physical TBR pile. How about you?

New Series Alerts…

Ok, there is only one new series starting up this week, and it a young adult release from Megan Shepherd called The Cage. It is the first book of the series The Cage. I have to admit, I haven’t heard much about this one at all, but the cover is eye-catching.

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When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments–tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle–and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures and time periods, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer appears–a handsome young guard named Cassian–they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken they five teenagers to an otherworldly zoo–where the exhibits are humans.

When a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer–though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so…what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

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But for me the bigger story is that there is one taking its final bow (at least in traditionally published terms). Alexandra Ivy‘s last Guardians of Eternity book, When Darkness Ends, hits the shelves tomorrow, and I will be sad to see it go. On the plus side, there is a new dragon spin-off series to look forward to, but I don’t like a good thing to end.

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Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…

Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…

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Anyone else a bit bummed about the end of the Guardians? It was never a series that I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for, but it was always a good, solid read that I consistently enjoyed. I do have high hopes for the Dragons of Eternity spin-offs, but I first have to see if they are going to be offered in print format in Canada (US is, but I don’t know about here). No print version will put a damper on things, though.

New Series Alerts…

There is only one new series to highlight this week, but it has some major buzz heading into its release. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is the first book of the series of the same name, and the early reviews have been very, very strong for this one.

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For Feyre, the downfall of her merchant-class family into poverty wasn’t easy, but after five years, she’s starting to get the hang of things. Hunt, and her family lives; fail to catch anything, and they starve. It doesn’t help that her two older sisters are lazy and ungrateful, or that her father hasn’t bothered to recover from his misfortune, but Feyre is managing.

All that changes when a ferocious beast barges into their cottage, demanding that Feyre come live with him as payment for plucking an ordinary forest rose. Dragged off into the night, the beast brings her to a beautiful manor located in Faerie, the mysterious and deadly lands bordering the mortal world. There, he sheds his animal skin, and reveals himself to be Tamlin, a young, handsome Faerie Lord.

But the estate is overshadowed by a curse: each of its inhabitants wears a mask permanently attached to their face, and Tamlin is no exception. Despite her initial desire to loathe Tamlin and his world, Feyre soon finds herself attracted to the Faerie Lord by more than her curiosity.

Just when Feyre accepts the depth of her feelings for Tamlin, they’re torn apart by forces so dark that there’s little hope of standing against them. But Feyre has endured hardship before, and she refuses to accept that her happiness could be forever stolen from her. Resolving to save her beloved and discover a way to break his curse, Feyre sets out into Faerie, where unknown challenges and dangers await, and where her love and strength will be tested in ways she never imagined.

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Apparently, this is a beauty and the beast retelling with a Fae angle, and has a more adult feel than her Throne of Glass series. Are you checking this one out?

New Series Alerts…

Well, Monday means it is time to take a peek at what new series will be heading our way this week, and we have one adult and one adult title to look at. We start things off with the M.J. Scott‘s The Shattered Court, which is the first book of The Four Arts series.

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Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…

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And the newbie from the world of young adult comes from Jennifer Estep. Cold Burn of Magic is the first book of the much anticipated Black Blade series.

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It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call—get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her…

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That wraps things up for this week. Are you checking either of these out, or do you have something else in mind for this week’s reading excitement?