Pick of the Week

Yeah, I know. This post probably isn’t going to come as a big honkin’ mystery to most of you, but my pick of the week is Flame in the Dark from Faith Hunter. I am about 20% into this one and loving it, and I find myself going back and re-reading sections as I go along. Not looking forward to the wait for the next one, but what can you do?

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Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED–the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead–and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more–or less–than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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What is your favorite spin-off series? I think that this one is mine, but I have high hopes for Heirs of Chicagoland from Chloe Neill. I even hope to like it more than the original series, honestly.

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Pick of the Week

November wasn’t a huge month for me for anticipated releases (but I still managed to buy a crap-ton of books, somehow), but one story I was looking forward to was Dangerously Divine from Deborah Blake. It is the second book of the Broken Riders series, the Baba Yaga spin-off.

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Though his physical wounds have healed, Gregori Sun, the eldest of the Riders, remains in spiritual turmoil. His search for his mother, the one person able to heal his soul and save his life, is failing—until he crosses paths with a beautiful and fascinating librarian who might be the key to his salvation…

Ciera Evans’s bookish ways are just a guise. The product of a difficult past, she has dedicated her life to saving lost teens—by any means necessary. She works alone, but when a dark, brooding stranger proposes they team up to solve both their problems, she is tempted—in more ways than one…

After Ciera and Sun’s plans are derailed by dangerous enemies, they find themselves entangled in an ungodly affair—one that will force them to either find new strength together or be forever haunted by their pasts alone.

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Featuring the Riders in their own series made sense once the Baba Yaga trilogy was done, but it does make me wonder what will be next? There is one more book in this series, and then…? Maybe a time jump for the young Babas in training?

 

Pick of the Week

One thing that I have come to love about my newish addition to e-books is that I have found series that I never would’ve stumbled across otherwise. One of the first that I dove into was the fairy-tale retelling Vampire Blood series from Juliette Cross. The third book, The White Lily, is my pick of the week.

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To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.

But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.

Well, that’s my pick of the week, what was yours?

Pick of the Week

I know that you are probably all pretty sure that my pick of the week would be Archangel’s Viper from Nalini Singh, right? Ha! I am going in another direction completely and picking the stand-alone re-release of Dark Swan. As much as I liked both the Alien Huntress and Otherworld Assassin series from Gena Showalter, the character whose story I most wanted was Dallas. Always Dallas. Years went by, and still, no Dallas. And then the series seemed to suddenly end – without Dallas’s story ever being told. But out of the blue last year, Gena announced a novella to be published in the Blood Red Kiss anthology with Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione – featuring Dallas. All of that means that Dark Swan is my pick of the week – and I am grateful for it.

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The Alien Huntress series is back with fan favorite AIR agent Dallas Gutierrez from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling paranormal romance author Gena Showalter, who doesn’t disappoint with this sizzling hot alpha hero.

Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both.

She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

Have you ever completely given up on ever getting a story only to get it years later? Was it worth the wait?

Pick of the Week

A couple of years ago, my pick of the week would’ve been Dark Legacy. No question. Christine Feehan‘s Carpathians books were the top of the top for me, but over time they have become more of a “habit” read. I don’t anticipate getting my hands on the latest release, I don’t count down the days – hell, I am getting to the point that I don’t even remember who the characters are anymore. But I still can’t walk away. It is an addiction, I swear.

It might be a while until I actually get to my real pick of the week, but I will get there. Someday. The book I am talking about is J.D. Robb‘s 45th In Death book, Secrets in Death. I say it every time, but it amazes me that a series can be nearly 50 books in, and still going strong. Not only still selling well, but it seems like it is more popular then ever.

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The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

Who all is up-to-date with the In Death series? I am on…18? Maybe 19? But I spread them out (even though I could probably pull a decent sized marathon and not get tired of them at all). They are a treat for me, honestly – it is like re-visiting old friends at this point.

Pick of the Week

You know those books that you both can’t wait to get your hands on and dread getting at the same time? Rituals from Kelley Armstrong is like that for me. I love this series – more with every book, it seems – but it also the fifth and final book. I don’t like saying goodbye to a favorite, but I also appreciate when an author knows when to wrap things up. I did get my print copy a day early, though, and it is great so far – loving where things are going.

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The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s “impossible-to-put-down” Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising – one that doesn’t distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.

Pick of the Week

I would love to be all bold and creative and have an unexpected pick of the week, but it just isn’t happening. Any time Ilona Andrews has a release out there just isn’t much choice. Even though I got an ARC of Wildfire, I was still on the countdown to open the ipad and see the “real” book – plus, I got my hardcover copy yesterday, too. Bonus.

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Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

Feel free to discuss in the comments section – spoilers welcome. And there is a lot to talk about. Happy reading!

New Series Alerts

Let’s be completely honest – not too many of us are thinking about much reading-related stuff other than tomorrow’s release of Wildfire from Ilona Andrews (on a side note, I got my hardcover copy this morning. Beauty). But, there is a new series starting up this week as well, and it is from author Carole Mortimer. I remember her from way, way back, but I don’t ever remember her publishing anything with a PNR bent until now. Nathaniel is the first book of the Dragon Hearts series, and it will be out on July 28th.

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Warriors, from the mists of time?
Dragons, of myth and legend?
Or both?

Taking a much-needed holiday in North Wales, journalist Chloe Evans discovers a castle not listed on any of the dozen or so maps she has of the area. The nearest thing she can find is the remains of a castle that used to be there but crumbled into ruin many centuries before. Her curiosity getting the better of her, Chloe decides to find out more about this imposing grey stone castle and anyone who might live there.

The locals, she discovers, call it Pendragon Castle. When Chloe asks them more probing questions some say there are half a dozen male members of the original family still in residence, and that they’re brothers. Others claim there to be more, or less, than that number. But all, without fail, describe those men as being big and muscular, more handsome than any man has a right to be, with eyes capable of mesmerizing and seducing any woman who falls under their spell. Some of those people add a knowing wink, others a warning not to venture too near the castle, and to certainly keep her distance from the men living there.

Visitors staying at the same small hotel as Chloe talk of seeing bright lights and helicopters landing on the mountain late at night, and of hearing strange noises that sound like the roars of wild animals.

There was a story here, Chloe was certain of it.

Whatever the mystery is regarding Pendragon Castle and the men who live there, Chloe decides she isn’t leaving Wales until she’s discovered exactly what’s going on.

While exploring the area around the castle, Chloe is challenged by the dark and taciturn Nathaniel. A man who fits the description of the castle’s inhabitants exactly: well over six feet tall, handsome as sin, with shoulders wide enough to fill a doorway, and eyes the colour of the clearest emerald.

The moment she gazes into those mesmerizing green eyes Chloe realises she should have run while she still could.

Book two will be called Deryk, and it will be out this September.

Did anyone else read Carole Mortimer Harlequins? It has been years, but I do remember picking up every one of hers that I could find. I would probably grab this one just for the nostalgia factor, but unfortunately I completely loathe female-reporter lead characters in a story. It might be irrational, but they drive me nuts – usually to the point where I can’t even enjoy the rest of the story. What makes you nuts in a book? Any particular character type or setting that you just can’t get past?

Pick of the Week

It seems like forever since Coreene Callahan released a Dragonfire book, but that wait ended today. Fury of Surrender is the 6th story in the series, and it is my pick of the week.

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Dragon warrior Forge has been sentenced to death by the Dragonkind elite. Recalling the memories of his family’s murders could drive him to the edge of insanity, but it’s the only way to remove the target on his back. Fiercely determined to protect his pack and his newborn son, Forge agrees to undergo harrowing treatments to help him remember the trauma buried deep inside his heart and mind. When nothing works, a woman of unprecedented power is brought in to help.

Young, bright, and haunted by her own demons, hypnotherapist Hope Cunningham helps patients recover from their darkest memories. But each time she liberates a wayward soul, Hope’s personal pain digs deeper—until one patient ignites an unforgettable passion.

Forge’s healing journey is not without risk. Unwittingly, he has put Hope in the middle of a dangerous war, one that could shatter their eternal bond. Will the curative power of love be enough to save them?

Will you be checking this one out? It has been a while since I have gotten my hands on a good dragon shifter story, so that will be nice for a change.

Pick of the Week

Hahahaha….yeah. Like you were all on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what I would pick, right?

Anyways, I am off to grab the pick of the week, get a hotel room and a pizza, and have 24 hours of complete alone-ness with Silver Silence. I do this once a year (had to skip last year, and missed it a lot), and I can’t wait. My own version of silver silence, I guess.