A Few Things That Have Caught My Eye

There are a couple of new series starting up this year that I am really anticipating – well, mostly they are spin-offs of old favorites – like Chloe Neill‘s Heirs of Chicagoland, Shelly Laurenston‘s The Honey Badgers, Christine Feehan‘s Torpedo Ink. And I can’t forget Jeaniene Frost‘s The Night Rebel (Ian! Yes!). But as I was taking a browse at what is coming up, a couple of new-to-me authors showed up and caught my eye.

My first newbie comes from Maria Vale. The Last Wolf is the first book of The Legend of All Wolves series, and it has a release date of February 6th.

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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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This next one is from Rhenna Morgan. Guardian’s Bond is the first book of the Ancient Ink series, and it will be released on March 12th.

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For decades, he’s been alone.
Now, she’s here. His fated mate.
His to win. To protect.
To provide for and pleasure.

Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.

Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.

Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions, and with his body.

Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.

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And this last one is from Grace Draven. I have heard only good things about her, but I haven’t read anything from her myself. Phoenix Unbound is the first book of The Fallen Empire series, and it will be out on September 25th.

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Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.

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Have you found any new (or new-to-you) series that have randomly caught your eye lately? What spin-off series are you most excited for?

 

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This and That

I don’t really have much to mention, but there are a couple of little things I found on a recent scouting party, and I thought I might share.

  • Ilona Andrews has finished writing the final Kate Daniels book, Magic Triumphs. They have been on a big push to get this one finished, and I am happy for them. But on the other hand, I am a bit bummed, too. I don’t believe that they are finished with the Kate Daniels world, but to see “final” in regards to a favorite series is always bitter-sweet. Although I am happy that they can concentrate on maybe more Hidden Legacy, or Innkeeper Chronicles. And I got the vibe a while back that they were plotting a new series, too. They have never written anything that I haven’t loved – nothing – so I am pretty much happy with whatever comes.
  • Speaking of something new, I noticed that J.R. Ward is apparently starting up another contemporary series since her Bourbon King trilogy recently wrapped up. I haven’t seen much in the way of detail yet, only that it will focus on Firefighters. The first as-yet-unnamed book will be released on September 27th.
  • And Gena Showalter also has something new in the works. Shadow and Ice is the first book of the adult Gods of War series, and it will be released on October 30th.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout will start a spin-off of her Lux series that focuses on Luc. The Darkest Star is the first book of the Origin series, and it too will be released on October 30th.
  • And this next one is a bad news/good news situation. Chloe Neill has had to push back the release of Wild Hunger – but only by a month. Not too horrible, and the new release date is August 14th. The good news? She uploaded a small snippet from the prologue over on her Facebook page, which can be found HERE.

Have you heard any news on upcoming releases? Any changes or pushbacks or new series?

Random Updates

It has been a while since I have done a post like this, mostly because I haven’t found much that seemed interesting enough to bring up. The last few days did bring a few things to my attention that I thought I would share…

  • Fans of Alyssa Day will be happy to know that she will be returning to her Warriors of Poseidon world in the very near future. It has been almost 5 years since the last full book was published, and except for a couple of “theme” novellas (Halloween in Atlantis, Christmas in Atlantis), things have been pretty quiet. But starting this January, there will be a spin-off series featuring 12 new warriors-in-training – being led by Denal. This gives me a Black Dagger Legacy vibe, with the difference being that as of now, there is to be one story published every month. The Year of Atlantis books will be called January in Atlantis, February in Atlantis, etc.
  • I thought at first it was a case of titles changing, but it looks like there indeed be two Lords of the Underworld books heading our way in 2018. According to a recent Facebook update, Gena Showalter has announced that The Darkest Warrior will feature Puck and Gillian, and The Darkest Captive will be a 1001 Dark Nights release next December featuring Galen and Legion. And it sounds like there might be a new paranormal series in the works, too.
  • Jennifer Estep has big plans. It looks like she is heading into the world of self-pubbing, starting with a young adult spin-off of her Mythos Academy series. Bitter Frost is the title of the first book, and it will probably be hitting the shelves by the end of the year. And the Elemental Assassin series is also going indie starting with the next release, Venom in Her Veins (Spring 2018). If that isn’t enough, she also has an epic fantasy series in the works called Kill the Queen, which is scheduled for release next September.
  • I am…confused. Way confused. I remember from way back when that there were supposed to be 14 Chronicles of Nick books from Sherrilyn Kenyon, leading into Nick getting his own story in the main Dark-Hunter series. But as I was looking through Goodreads, it seems that the Chronicles of Nick portion of the world has wrapped up, and the next four stories to feature Nick will be classed as the Shadows of Fire series. And Nick is older with a son of his own, and the son is now the focus? And after that, there will be two books in what is being called the Shadowlands Rider series to wrap things up. Maybe? Or is Nick still destined to get a main series story, too? I have no clue, but this list does take us all the way through until 2023. Yeah. That. I am so grateful that I pulled the plug on this world a while back, because trying to keep track of that would melt my brain.

I do hope Alyssa Day can keep up to the one-a-month release schedule. The League of the Black Swan series died off leaving The Unforgiven in limbo. It was originally to be a 2014 release I believe, and then it was listed on and off until September 2016. Then nada. And my much anticipated third Tiger’s Eye Mystery book, Evil Eye, was supposed to be out summer 2016, which became fall 2016, which became January 2017, which became summer 2017…and now it is just coming soon. And unfortunately, with the new series, you can’t really get behind and publish February in Atlantis in June, right? I would love to see more regular releases from Alyssa, and I wish her much luck.

Which of these will you be picking up?

Last Minute and Late Additions

This would usually be the point where I would whine about trying to keep track of last-minute new releases, but I am going to let that one go for now. My latest run-through of Amazon and Goodreads did lead to a few titles that I had let slip through the cracks (and a few new-to-me ones, too)…

  • Alexandra Ivy – Dragons of Eternity Collection (Dragons of Eternity #1-3) – October 3rd
  • Thea Harrison – A Dragon’s Family Album II – October 6th
  • Elizabeth Cole – Keep Me Close (The Brothers Salem #1) – October 24th
  • Bec McMaster – Soulbound (Dark Arts #3) – October 24th
  • Coreene Callahan – Fury of Denial (Dragonfury #7) – October 30th
  • D.B. Reynolds – Relentless (Vampires in America #11.5) – October 30th
  • Elizabeth Hunter – Midnight Labyrinth (Elemental Legacy #4) – November 7th
  • Lisa Shearin – The Myth Manifestation (SPI Files #5) – November 7th
  • Izzy Shows – Blood Exile (Ruled by Blood #3) – November 14th
  • Devon Monk – Paper Stars (Ordinary Magic #3.6) – November 27th

Official High Voltage Cover Blurb

Hey everyone. I stumbled across the official blurb for the next Fever book from Karen Marie Moning, High Voltage (not a huge fan of the title, honestly, but what can you do?) I have been on the lookout for this one for a while, and even though it doesn’t really give that much in the way of plot details I am glad to see that Ryodan at least seems to play a decent sized part. I guess we will find out when it is released – along with just about every other hardcover I am anticipating – on March 6th.

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There is no action without consequence…

Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, she’s tough, hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day, she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give those she cares for the peace she has never known.

There is no power without price…

When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences–and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of hell on Earth.

There is no future without sacrifice…

With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race and no one—not even Ryodan who’d move the very stars for her—can save her this time…

I have said it over and over, but I do hope Mac and Barrons’ story is officially put to rest now. They can, and should, play a role, but it is time for them to step aside and give everyone else some page time. At least for me, the side characters became way more interesting in the last few books, and a new direction can’t hurt.

Mark the Calendar

heartYes. Mark the date…

The next Psy/Changeling Trinity novel by Nalini Singh will be called Ocean Light. According to Amazon.uk, it will be released on June 28th, 2018.

So, pretty much guaranteed it is a BlackSea-centric book, right? Malachi and Miane? Leila and…Bo? Let the guesswork begin!

Magic Triumphs News

May 8th is the date to remember – it is the day that we will get our hands on the final Kate Daniels book from Ilona Andrews. Not sure if that is one to celebrate or mourn, honestly, but either way it is one that can’t be missed. And just to get you a bit more excited, Amazon.com upped the official blurb for Magic Triumphs

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

Yep, that is going to be a monster. I am not a complete wreck because I know we have more stories set in this world coming our way, but it will still be bittersweet. I am just grateful that it is coming out in May rather than the already over-crowded March.

Updating and New Releases

Over the next few days, I hope to get the new release pages updated with quite a lot of upcoming titles. I thought I might highlight a few here…

  • The fifth book of Julie Kagawa‘s Talan series, Inferno, will be released on April 24th.
  • The next Lords of the Underworld book from Gena Showalter will be called The Darkest Warrior, and it will be released on June 26th.
  • J.C. Daniels‘ 6th Colbana Files book will be called Haunted Blade, and it is due out on September 30th.
  • Next March 6th is the release date for Tricks For Free from Seanan McGuire. It is the seventh book of the InCryptid series.
  • March 6th is also the release date for Restore Me from Tahereh Mafi, the 4th book of her young adult Shatter Me series.
  • March will also see the release of the 4th book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Titan series, The Prophecy.
  • Shelly Laurenston starts a new series next March 27th. Hot and Badgered is the first book of her Honey Badgers series, which sounds like a spin-off of The Pride.
  • March is going to be a busy month. The 27th is the release date for Twice Bitten from Lynsay Sands, the next book of her Argeneau series.
  • And the 27th is also the release date for Cross Breed from Lora Leigh, which is Cassie’s Breed story.
  • And finally, there is only a title and release date for the next Ghostwalker book from Christine Feehan. It looks like Covert Game will be out on March 20th.

There are also a lot of e-format re-releases coming our way. Thea Harrison‘s first five Elder Races novellas will be coming out again, as will Laura Anne Gilman‘s Paranormal Scene Investigations books. Which of these are on your must-read list?

 

Lake Silence Blurb

I do so love it when info on a much-anticipated book comes out – makes me weirdly happy. I get particularly happy when they get listed on Amazon, since it makes them feel like real, in-the-works books. Well, the pre-order for the next Others book from Anne Bishop, Lake Silence, was put up a couple of days ago…complete with blurb.

In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

Hm, sounds interesting – more mystery based than the first five books were. Now we just have to wait until March 6th to find out. I am very much looking forward to seeing the cover for this one, too.