Devon Monk’s Back Lash…

So, as I have whined about over and over again, I am not a fan of e-books. I think the main reason is that those suckers are just too darn hard to keep track of for the blog. Traditionally published books have months of publicity and preorder time for me to find them and list them here. E-books? Not usually so much.

For example, I just now noticed that Devon Monk has a new novel out in her Broken Magic series featuring Shame and Terric called Back Lash. Great! And it comes out…yesterday. Huh. I am late to the party once again. Better late than never, I guess. Take a peek at Back Lash…


Magic isn’t a blessing with drawbacks, it’s a curse with upsides.

Shame Flynn and Terric Conley hadn’t meant to become the living, breathing vessels for Death and Life magic. But they hadn’t meant to die, be reborn, break magic, save the world, and kill a few psychopaths along the way, either.

The one thing they had meant to do was to seal magic away so it could never be used to kill again.

When a string of dead bodies–people killed by magic–appear throughout Portland, Oregon, Shame and Terric must scramble to uncover who broke the locks on magic and how.

Before Terric’s sister becomes the next target.
Before the Russian mob locks them in their sights.
Before the question of who can control magic is decided by bullets and blood.

How many Shame and Terric fans are out there? Are you happy to see more from this world?

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.

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.

Author Updates…

PhoenixFyre sent over word from Facebook that Jeaniene Frost has announced the title for the fourth and final Night Prince book featuring Vlad and Leila…

Into the Fire.

On the plus side, the cover model for the first three books, Paul Marron, will be back for the finale (no dreaded cover change to make me mental), and also a plus is that it means we are one step closer to an Ian book. Yes, I have a one track mind, but a gal wants what a gal wants. On the downside, though, is the release date. It is looking like we will have to wait until next summer to pick it up.

Kresley Cole has been strangely silent lately (along with a few other authors), but there have been a few little tidbits coming out about the Arcana Chronicles. She has confirmed that there will be at least five books (a seemingly open-ended young adult series is pretty rare), and that the next one will be out March 31st. Title to come. The silence makes me wonder if there is in fact some behind-the-scenes action going on with the tv or movie adaptation? One can hope, at least.

And Larissa Ione was another author that had radio silence for awhile. It looks like she has been working on a non-paranormal project with several other authors. Via her newsletter…

rising stormIn other news, I’ve been working on a super-secret project that I can finally talk about! Are you a fan of soap operas? Do you love drama, romance, and larger-than-life characters? If so, you’ll love this new series. It’s called Rising Storm, and it’s a unique concept in that it’s written like a TV series – in book form.

Each episode in Season One is written by a different author, and each takes the reader on a journey toward an explosive finale that will leave an entire town reeling. Season One premieres on September 24th, and a new episode will release each week. My episode, Calm Before The Storm, is the fifth episode, and it will release on October 22nd. I can’t wait for you to read it!

Also, it looks like she will soon have some Demonica and Moonbound Vampires news to share. Have you heard anything exciting from your favorite authors?

This and That…

There hasn’t been a lot going on lately, maybe things will pick up heading into the fall. On the character guide front, I finally got the Arcana Chronicles from Kresley Cole up to date, and I am in the process of adding the original Drake sisters books to the Sea Haven guide. I am also in the process of updating the new release pages with a few new titles, plus new covers and blurbs. Speaking of blurbs, the official one for the next Fever book from Karen Marie Moning, Feverborn, has finally gone public…

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

Oh, and Ilona Andrews has announced the title Kate Daniels #9…Magic Binds. I like it. I want it. OH, and if you stalk their website, there have been some teaser excerpts for the next Hidden Legacy series book, White Hot, being put up. They are just making me want it more, I have to admit.

From the Author Pages…

It has been a while since I did one of these, since info has been coming out in a trickle for the last few months. Anyways, here’s what’s going on…

  • If you can’t wait to get your hands on The Veil, the first book of Chloe Neill‘s new Dark Isle series, it is up for review on NetGalley. You can find it HERE.
  • I upped the blurb for Dark Promises, the 98th Carpathian book by Christine Feehan (well, 28th, but it feels like more), but a couple of days ago the cover made its grand debut. I have to say, not bad. Not bad at all, considering some of the hideous disasters this series has seen in the past…

dark promises

  • As I mentioned in passing before, the first book of the Jane Yellowrock spin-off series by Faith Hunter, Blood of the Earth, has been pushed back to late 2016. Doug Meeks did some digging, and word is that Faith wasn’t happy with the book. I would rather see someone take longer than put out something they feel could be better, even if waiting longer is a bummer.
  • On the Gena Showalter front, there is finally word about the next Lords of the Underworld book. It looks like Baden is up next, and his story will be called The Darkest Torment. As of right now, no specific release date has been nailed down and it is just showing for 2016. There is talk of another Lords book next year, too, or maybe another Angels of the Dark, things haven’t been decided on.
  • Another author whose next release is being pushed back is Jeaniene Frost. The second book from her Broken Destiny series, The Sweetest Burn, will now be released February 23rd, 2016. I believe it was originally due out this October. And it looks like the paperback re-release of the first book, The Beautiful Ashes, has undergone a design change…

the beautiful ashesUgh, not really a fan. Dude’s head looks wonky, for starters. And you know that where there is a design change for the paperback, a design change usually follows for the rest of the series.

  • For some reason, I had it in my head that Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series was winding down, but it looks like #14 will be coming our way next February 23rd, and it will be called Bitter Bite.

Ok, that about wraps things up for this little update. Have you got anything to share from some of your favorite authors?

Site Updates…

Just a quick note to let you know that the new release dates have once again been updated. There actually weren’t that many that shifted around, surprisingly (and for a nice change). The only one that really stands out is Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter, which is the first book of her Jane Yellowrock spin-off series, Soulwood. It moved from I believe October of this year to August of 2016. Bummer. I was looking forward to that one for a while now, but on the plus side it gives me more time to get caught up on Jane’s series.

Oh, and the Sisters of the heart guide has been updated in time for the next book, Earth Bound, which comes out on July 7th. Christine Feehan is sliding closer to Lora Leigh every day, since I caught a few things in my Air Bound re-read that seemed to totally change from the previous backstory of the main character, Airiana. First off, she was Rydell in the first couple of books, but in her own book she became Ridell. And I believe that in the backstory she was a dog trainer, but in her own book there isn’t a dog mentioned (or in sight). Strange. Anyways, still looking forward to the next one.

In the next couple of days, I hope to get the guides updated for both Lora Leigh‘s Bengal’s Quest (oi, is that one tricky to organize), and Nalini Singh‘s Shards of Hope. I have all of my notes for both of them, I just have to add the 20+ pages of info for both (and hope they make sense).

More Blurby Goodness…

It was author page updating time, and in doing so I found a couple of blurbs for long-awaited books. Just a quick note…March 2016 is going to be one expensive reading month. Just saying.

This first one is for Anne Bishop‘s Marked in Flesh, which is due out on March 1st.

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…
Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

We are counting down to the end of the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill, and the second last book will be called Midnight Marked. Look for it on Marh 1st, as well.

As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice…

A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long…

Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.

With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…

Oooh, and can’t forget the next epic Patricia Briggs‘ book, Fire Touched. This one has a release date of March 8th.

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

There are a few other biggies coming out next March, but the blurbs have been out for a while. This past March was a huge month, too. Too much of a good thing, I think, since I would rather spread out the reading goodness. How excited are you for any of these upcoming releases?