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Stephenie Meyer Announces New Book

As I was doing my daily check over at Hypable today, I saw that Twilight and The Host author Stephenie Meyer has announced a new book is coming our way on November 16th of this year. This time around, it is an adult action/thriller called The Chemist.

the chemist.jpgIn this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

Well. Interesting. I did read the first Twilight book, but never felt the need to pick up the other three after I watched the movies. In fact, I just got rid of all of them in my latest unhaul. But I did very much like The Host, and her adult sci-fi alien story makes me want to give this one a shot. Speaking of The Host, I have finally given up the ghost on the long-rumored two followup books, The Seeker and The Soul, so maybe this one can take their place.

Will you be giving this new one from Stephenie Meyer a try? I don’t know if it has a paranormal element to it, but it sounds like it could be fun. The author credited her love of Jason Bourne for the inspiration, which is never a bad thing. Another one to add to the list, it looks like.

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From the Author Pages

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

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

He never wanted to be a beast…

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

She never wanted to be a beauty…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wake a sleeping tiger

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The One Where I Change My Mind

A while back, I had a very pleasant, rational, adult, behind-the-scenes exchange with a reader here at Wicked Scribes. Since I don’t want to broadcast someone else’s personal opinions, I will leave the name out, but what we discussed was Cassandra Clare and her Shadowhunter world. What we debated was how much is too much, and when should she start wrapping up her series and start something else. “The Reader” thought that enough was enough, and that hopefully The Dark Artifices would finish things up. My take was, since I am a fan, you can never have too much. More = better, right?

Well, this is the one where I change my mind.

I hate to say it, but I have swung over to the other side. As I was looking at her upcoming schedule, I became completely overwhelmed by the sheer length of time it would take to actually get everything done. Between the second and third books of The Dark Artifices, the three books of The Last Hours trilogy, the rumored secret fifth Shadowhunter trilogy, and the upcoming adult Magnus Bane trilogy – at roughly one book a year – that take us to 2027. 20 freakin’ 27. The Shadowhunter world just keeps getting added to, extended, and expanded beyond belief.

For me, now, The Dark Artifices would be the perfect place to wrap things up. I am not a huge fan of this new series, nowhere near my love of The Mortal Instruments and especially The Infernal Devices, but it isn’t bad. But I think it is enough. A Magnus series (again, for me) would be pointless now, since we know he gets his happily ever after with Alec, and we already got a full set of novellas devoted to his past. I don’t really have any interest in Will and Tessa’s children in The Last Hours, either. And that mystery fifth trilogy isn’t even on my radar.

Part of what has changed for me is that I have been reading authors who say from the start how many books a series will have, like Kelley Armstrong‘s five book Cainsville series, or Anne Bishop‘s five book The Others series. I don’t like to see a great series wrap up, but I also don’t like to see a great series get dragged down by not knowing when to end. And as much as I love a good spin-off series, you can only spin-off so many times before things just get repetitive. What side do you fall on…carry on or wrap up? How much is too much for you? What other series (cough*Carpathians*cough) do you think should be looking towards a finale?

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Book of the Month Updates – Part 2

Sigh. Really? Not that it matters now, but man July is looking like a screwed up month, which can be seen just by looking at the books I put in the poll for book of the month. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that C.L. Wilson‘s The Sea King got a very last minute push back to as as-yet unknown date. Well, Rachel Caine‘s Weather Warden reboot Red Hot Rain was also supposed to be out on July 1st, but that date has come and gone with no sign of the book. Aaand, within the last couple of days, Alyssa Day‘s next Tiger’s Eye Mystery, Evil Eye, seems to have been delayed, too. Well, itunes still lists it for July 5th, but Barnes and Noble has a new release date of September 1st. Ugh.

So, things are really mixed up this month. I can usually catch changes, but the last minute ones drive me nuts. Especially when they occur within a few days of the original release date. I do a double-check of all release dates about every two weeks, and a specific check before I list them in the book of the month polls. And still the buggers slip by.

Basically, July was a crappy month to start with, and the changes made it worse. Actually, I don’t remember a poorer new-release month in recent memory. I won’t be picking up any new releases at all, but on the plus side, I might get to tackle a few more off of my TBR. Always an upside.

On a similar note, I am going to stop listing which books are e-book releases, mostly because that can change between countries. For example, Amazon.ca will show a book as an e-release only, but Amazon.com will show both Kindle and paperback versions. To stop the confusion, I am just going to remove it all together. Hope that doesn’t confuse anyone.

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Book of the Month Update

grumpy_thumbs_downA few days ago, I went through the new release dates book by book and did a publication date check, which I do every month. As of Monday, everything was either good or switched around to where it should be, like Jeaniene Frost‘s next Night Prince book which had been pushed back to next February. Sounds good, right? Nope.

Thanks goes to Dee, who sent me over a message that, surprisingly precisely no one, C.L. Wilson‘s next book has been pushed back. So, if you were down for getting a copy of The Sea King on July 15th, you are out of luck. The really funny thing is that just two days ago, when I did my double-check, I actually said to myself “wow, looks like this one is going to be on time”. I don’t ever, EVER remember one that came out on release day, and I will probably get a few chastising messages about my snarky tone, but this is actually what made me give up on her books even though I really enjoyed them. I just got tired of the endless waits, delays, and lack of info.

I feel bad, because authors have lives too and I understand that things can happen, but every single book being pushed back and delayed isn’t great. So, are you disappointed, or did you see it coming? I really didn’t on this one, but I guess you just never know.

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Etched in Bone Blurb

A few days ago, the blurb for Silence Fallen was released, and it sounds great…of course. Today I found the back cover copy for another hugely anticipated release, this time Etched in Bone from Anne Bishop. I like it better when the blurb and cover are released together, but I will take what I can get.

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…
 
After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave…

Now, we just have to wait until March 7th for it..ugh. And once again, it looks like next March will be a monster month for great new books. Start saving now.

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White Hot Excerpt

Last year, Ilona Andrews started up her Hidden Legacy series, which with only one book became a huge, huge favorite of mine. Like top reads. Unfortunately, life got in the way of them being able to publish the second book on time, and things were pushed quite a ways back. We might still have to wait over a year for the release of White Hot, but there is an awesome – and long – excerpt up over at Ilona’s blog, HERE. Walk, don’t run. But be warned…it will make jonesing for the book much, much worse.

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A Future Pick of the Week

Well, since this week’s pick of the week is so much a forgone conclusion it is laughable, I thought we could take a peek at the recently released blurb for a future pick of the week instead. Silence Fallen, from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, just had the back cover copy come out, and it sounds pretty intense…

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

Well, now we just have to wait until next March 7th to get our hands on this. Let the countdown begin.

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Did You Know?

As I am doing some updating, I came across a couple of interesting (to me, at least) tidbits I thought I would share.

  • Kresley Cole is finally, finally returning to her Dacians series early next year. The wait has been long (like over four years long), but there will be a second story coming out next February called Shadow’s Seduction. I thought I had heard that this was going to be a novella, but Goodreads lists it as “book #2”. Either way, it has been way too long.
  • Oh, and it looks like Kim Harrison is returning to the world of The Hollows. There isn’t much detail as yet, but it looks like the 14th book of the series will be called The Turn, and it has a release date of January 26th.
  • Since she wrapped up her Love at Stake series, there has been hints that Kerrelyn Sparks was working on something new. Information has been pretty much non-existent until now, but it looks like the new series will be called The Embraced. The first book will be called How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, and it will be out on March 7th. The series is described as follows…
“Game of Thrones meets The Princess Bride in this paranormal/fantasy series with romance, humor, action, adventure, more romance, suspense, swordfights, a medieval-type world, heroes who can parkour, lots of laughs, and even more romance.
The series is set on a different world—a world with humans, dragons, elves, shifters, and the Embraced. Who are the Embraced? This world happens to have two moons, and twice a year, the two moons eclipse (or as the people there say, embrace). Any child born on those nights will have some kind of paranormal power. They are called the Embraced.
The kings of this world consider them a threat. After all, the Embraced have powers that the kings can never have. So the kings dispatch assassins to kill them. Obviously, if you’re Embraced, you want to keep it secret! But what happens if you need to use your supernatural power?”

I have to admit, I never picked up the Love at Stake books. It was a matter of too many already published when I have so many other series to catch up on, but I am definitely going to be picking this one up. How about you?

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So, Are You Ready For Hugh?

For a while now, I have heard talk about Ilona Andrews writing a book about Hugh D’Ambray. Or rather, I heard whispers of rumors of a book about Hugh. And I took it as just that…a rumor. Turns out that the rumors are true, and it looks like a Hugh book is in progress as we speak. As in, being written. With real words. Now. Wow, ok. Deep breath. If you would like to check out a brief snippet, it can be found HERE.

As I was reading the snippet, I kept thinking “is this Hugh? Nah, can’t be. But…not Innkeeper, not Hidden Legacy…must be KD. Nah, can’t be…Hugh?” I actually made a weird squeaky noise when I realized it was indeed baby Hugh. And I am pretty sure I am not alone.

We all know this will be epic, but it going to be a monster task to try and redeem Hugh. Personally, I loved him (and hated him, but whatever), and I can’t wait to see what makes him tick, how he is when not under Roland’s control, and how what he has done in the name of Sharrim affects him after he is “free”.

The only other series I have read where the “big bad” was given his own story is Kresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark. Lothaire was awesome, and I so enjoyed getting to know the backstory of why he did the things he did that it became one of my favorites of the whole IAD series. I really can’t wait to see how Ilona handles things.

So, who else is ready for Hugh? What direction do you see his story going? Personally, I have no idea, other than it will be great. Have you followed any other series where the decidedly bad boy (or girl) gets a story of their own?