More Novella News

After finding out about the Ilona Andrews‘ Hidden Legacy novella-and-novel news earlier in the week, I was pretty happy. I was also glad to get some info on a couple of more novellas heading our way in the not-too-distant future, too. It looks like there is now an official blurb for Planet Dragos from Thea Harrison

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the final novella featuring Pia and Dragos…

Pia’s latest pregnancy has become a daily challenge, her relationship with Dragos strained with argument. That hasn’t stopped them from achieving a compromise and traveling to Las Vegas to celebrate their friend Rune’s wedding to his mate Carling.

From the moment they arrive, the trip goes awry. Death walks in Vegas, and Pia is kidnapped as an ancient enemy makes a move to destroy the Great Beast once and for all.

But the Great Beast has other plans.

On Planet Dragos everything goes the way he arranges it—unless someone decides to cross him, and God help them then, because he doesn’t know how to back down, and he doesn’t ever, ever let up….

Planet Dragos will be released on May 14th.

Aaand, it looks like there will be one more Merit and Ethan story before Chloe Neill starts up her Heirs of Chicagoland series. Slaying It will be released on July 17th.

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Merit, the Sentinel of Chicago’s Cadogan House, is pregnant. She’s ready to meet her daughter, but also excited to see her feet again. But trouble always seems to find her…

Ethan and Merit have been married for eight months, and they’re preparing for life-with-baby. Ethan’s battling his overprotectiveness, while Merit’s hoping she can figure out how to be a loving parent given her family’s chilliness.

While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a man in need, only to find herself the victim of a kidnapping attempt. Someone with a serious debt to some very serious people thinks Cadogan House will pay a rich reward for Merit’s return.

Jonah, the handsome captain of Grey House’s guards, is on his way to a meeting at Cadogan–and if he’s honest with himself, to drop in on Cadogan’s gorgeous and brilliant chef, Margot–when he stumbles on the aftermath of the attack. He’ll stop at nothing to help the Cadogan vampires, including Margot, face down the threat.

Nice. I am more interested in Jonah and Margot than Merit and Ethan, honestly, but this one should still be fun. So, final novellas for both Pia and Dragos and Merit and Ethan? How times are changing.

 

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Hidden Legacy Continues!

heartSometimes, the simplest things can just make your day. This is one such little thing.

Last week, while I was on a scan through Amazon, I saw that Ilona Andrews had a new listing – for “Untitled Hidden Legacy Novella #1“. Since I got my hands on the first book way back when, Hidden Legacy immediately became one of my absolute favorite series. Let’s put it this way – if I could only recommend one series to everyone from now on, it would be this one. So a novella was a welcome sight.

And I would’ve been happy with just the novella, but then the even better news hit. Behold!

“Three more novels in Ilona AndrewsHidden Legacy series, focusing on the emerging powers and personalities of previously-introduced House Baylor family members, for publication starting in fall 2019, plus a novella to bridge the gap, published by Avon Impulse in November 2018, to Erika Tsang at Avon, by Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (world).”

This is so, so good. I am happy to get a bit more of Connor and Nevada, and I am equally happy to get stories from other characters, too. There is so much potential, so many ways this could go. Connor and Nevada’s story is far from played out – I could honestly see several more books from their POV. But then the side characters like Augustine and Catalina would be great to read about, too. Ideally, I would love to see Hidden Legacy work something like Nalini Singh‘s Guild Hunter series – a story for the main couple, then a book or two from other characters, then back to the original couple. Best of both worlds that way.

Anyone else completely happy about this news? How would you like to see the second part of Hidden Legacy play out?

 

Last Minute Additions

Hard to believe it has been so darn long since my last post, but honestly I haven’t found much going on to even mention. I did do a swing through Amazon to see what last minute releases I could find for March…and what I had missed in February. Turns out there were a few.

I am completely floored that I didn’t know about this one – at all. Like, at all. Deborah Blake‘s 3rd Broken Riders book, Dangerously Fierce, came out on February 26th. I hadn’t even seen so much as a hint of a title or cover or anything for this one, and it is already out.

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The Riders: Three legendary brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe. The Riders’ immortality was stripped away, along with their mission. But they are still much more than Human, and their story is far from over…

His brothers may have found new paths to follow, but Alexei Knight isn’t even looking. If he can’t have the life he was meant to lead, there is no second choice. So he is bent on drinking and brawling his way across the country until he winds up on Cape Cod in a bar called The Hook and Anchor, where he finds challenges he was never expecting, a feisty red-haired bartender, and maybe a lot more than that…

Bethany McKenna left behind an almost-completed law degree to return home and care for her cranky disabled father and run his bar for him. If that wasn’t enough, she also agreed to foster a very pregnant Great Dane. She has enough to deal with without adding in a giant bearded brawler, no matter how appealing he is. Yet somehow he ends up living in the guesthouse, taking care of her father, and sneaking his way into her heart…

Alexei and Bethany both think the lives they wanted have come to an end, but after dealing with a mysterious sea monster, pirates, dragons, and some adorable puppies, they might just discover that love is the greatest adventure of all…

Charlaine Harris also has a new one I had never heard about. Huh, sensing a theme here? Layla Steps Up is a novella that was released on February 15th.

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Layla LaRue LeMay suspects there’s a lot she doesn’t know about her new life…well, death. It’s been a year since Layla became a vampire and she still hasn’t tapped into the raw power of her transformation. It’s a point of contention with some of the other, older vampire dancers at Blue Moon Entertainment. But there’s only one vampire’s opinion that matters…

Sean O’Rourke, Layla’s maker, protector, husband, and dance partner suddenly seems to be keeping secrets about her true nature…and their future as a couple. But when a sadistic ex-lover appears in Rhodes to reclaim possession of Sean, Layla must finally harness her supernatural gifts and prove her strength…or lose him forever.

And Dannika Dark also published a new one in February. The 4th book in her Crossbreed series came out on February 18th, and it was called Gaslight.

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Vampire trafficking is a sinister business, and nobody knows that better than Keystone. After Raven discovers hidden clues in a cold case, the group sets a trap in hopes of catching an elusive criminal. But when the plan backfires, Raven’s world is thrown into chaos, and Christian’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test.

Buried secrets come to light, and the only thing keeping Raven grounded is her insatiable thirst for vengeance. The stakes are high as they travel to a place where the landscapes are as treacherous as the immortals who live there. This time, there’s no room for mistakes.

I did manage to catch a few before their actual release date, which is a win. The long, long, looooong delayed 6th book from Allyson James‘ Stormwalker series, Dragon Bites, will be coming out on March 20th.

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Maya and I are just trying to have a girls’ weekend in Vegas. Kick back, take in some shows … Then Gabrielle decides to tag along.

Now there’s a dragon slayer after Mick, gladiatorial games from hell, and a Vegas hotel full of trapped demons. When Gabrielle and I charge in to assist, we don’t realize we’re awakening an ancient and terrible evil …

This evil is now after Gabrielle and her all-powerful magic, and it’s going to take me, Mick, Colby, and the rest of the dragons to keep my little sister safe.

Weird. Just after I was whining about nothing new coming from Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races series until December, I find a new novella. Well, technically it is a re-release of the story that she published in the Amid the Winter Snow anthology, but I will take it. The story is called The Chosen, and it will be available in stand-alone e-format on March 19th.

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A Wolf on the hunt…
Wulfgar Hahn, better known as the Wolf of Braugne, is a man on a mission. Determined to avenge the murder of his brother, he stops at Camaeline Abbey to meet with the Chosen of Camael, goddess of the Hearth. Unfortunately, it appears the Chosen wants nothing to do with him.

A leader in disguise…
Captivated by the Wolf of Braugne despite herself, Lily poses as an unassuming priestess in order to learn more about this ruthless man. But things are not as they seem, and after foiling an assassination attempt, Lily must decide if Wulf is the destroyer from her visions, or the hero of her dreams.

A choice to be made…
As war looms on the horizon, passion sparks between them, but an enduring relationship between a soldier on the march and a leader who reveres hearth and home is impossible—or is it? Among the swirling snows of the winter Masque, the gods and goddesses of the Elder Races dance, and love will find a way…

And I know there are some big Ann Aguirre fans out there, so this one might be right up your alley. The 3rd book of her Ars Numinia series, The Wolf Lord, was due out a while ago but then seemed to disappear from listings. Turns out it will be released on March 14th.

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Roguish. Reckless. Unreliable.
Raff Pineda has a certain reputation among the Animari. He’s the one to call if there’s a party starting, not the man to rely on when all hell breaks loose. Though he’s nominally the leader of the Pine Ridge pack, he defers to his second on the tough calls. Raff prefers to live fast and hard and keep his heart hidden, but a certain Eldritch princess won’t fall for his usual tricks, and their contract political marriage may be anything but convenient.

Ambitious. Elegant. Isolated.
Princess Thalia Talfayen may not have been raised by a witch in a tower, but she’s spent the last few decades locked up for a failed insurrection. Plotting and scheming comes naturally to her; personal connections do not. Since she’s come this far in her unstoppable quest to claim the silver throne, she won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to unite her people, even if that means giving herself to the big bad wolf…

Lori Handeland is going way back to the beginning and re-releasing her first Nightcreature book, Blue Moon. The paperback re-issue came out on February 25th, but the digital copy will be available on March 31st. This is great, since I wanted to give the series a try but couldn’t find a Kindle copy to save my life.

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In Miniwa, Wisconsin the usually shy wolf population has changed. Suddenly they are on the attack and Jessie McQuade, local cop, has uncovered some strange happenings.

When she finds a wolf totem at the scene of an attack, she turns to Professor Will Cadotte, a member of the Ojibwe Tribe and an expert in Native American mythology, for help. It doesn’t hurt that Will is tall, dark and gorgeous, as well as funny, smart and as sarcastic as Jessie herself. An uncommon attraction sparks between them, uncomfortable for Jessie, a woman who knows what she is–smart, competent and better off alone. She has never been, nor will she ever be pretty or petite. The two work together to discover what is rotten in Miniwa. They are getting nowhere until Edward Mandenauer shows up.

Mandenauer is as old as he is dangerous, and he’s been hunting superwolves for a very long time. He and Jessie troll the forest with silver bullets while Will attempts to learn who is creating these wolves and why.

All of the evidence points to something supernatural, but Jessie, with her practical nature, is unconvinced. There’s also the issue of Will himself, whose appearances and disappearances are interchangeable with that of the huge, black wolf that seems to be the leader of the pack.

As things get stranger and the rare Blue Moon approaches, Jessie wonders: Whom can she trust when the moon is full?

Honorable mentions go to The Phoenix Project from Jacquelyn Frank (March 27th), Guardian of Darkness from Katie Reus (March 20th), and The Silver Stag from Yasmine Galenorn (March 5th). Looks like it is time for me to go rack up some more for the TBR pile.

A Bit of a Bummer

One my recent internet tour of all things book related, I discovered that there has been another pushback for the 13th and final Charley Davidson book from Darynda Jones, Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave. I believe it was originally scheduled for release in early 2018, then was pushed to October, and now it is showing a February 1st, 2019 date.

Part of me is a bit bummed, but the other part isn’t. At this point, as much as I enjoy the series, I agree that is feels like it might be time to wrap it up. I am way more interested in what comes after, like a Beep and Osh or Quentin and Amber spin off, that sort of thing. For that reason, I am sad things got pushed back because that means more of a wait to find out future plans. But the other part of me doesn’t mind because I don’t do well with a series ending.

Off of the top of my head, I don’t remember any of Darynda’s other books ever being rescheduled, so not one but two pushbacks comes as a bit of a surprise. But it really can’t be easy trying to wrap everything up, either, so I don’t blame her. Here’s hoping for a great end to a really good series, and the start of something new.

This and That

I don’t know if I have enough info to do a full “this and that” updating post, but then it might be nice to have something that is under a million rambling words, right?

  • Let’s start with site stuff. You might notice that I did pull some of the character guides that were either obsolete or very out of date with no hope of being updated. That said, I did keep a copy of them all and I can email any of them to anyone who needs them. That includes The Chronicles of Nick, White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, and The Midnight Breed guides. Just send me an email if you need any of them.
  • Christine Feehan‘s release schedule has been updated a bit to include dates for the next Leopard People and Torpedo Ink books. Leopard’s Run will be released on October 30th, and Torpedo Ink #2 will be out on January 3rd.
  • There is a little teaser synopsis for Gena Showalter‘s new Gods of War series up on Amazon. The first book is called Shadow and Ice, and it will be released on October 30th…

“After being trapped in an ice prison for centuries, a group of otherworldly immortals have finally broken free. In a bid to rule the earth, their fight to the death resumes, and the whole world becomes a gladiator arena. But this time, these savage warriors will risk more than their lives and the survival of their realms; they’ll also risk their hearts.”

  • Ilona Andrews had a competition over on their blog to pick the name of the newest Innkeeper Chronicles story featuring Maud and Arland. The winning title was Sweep of the Blade. They also did an interesting Q&A session over there, as well. If you pour over the questions, there is some good news (they are in talks with Avon for more Hidden Legacy books) and some not so great news (it doesn’t seem like there will be any more Derek-and-Julie stories). But I will take what I can get.
  • Shades of Wicked from Jeanine Frost has gone up for pre-order on Amazon, which makes it a real thing in my world. It is also showing a hardcover release, which is news to me, but I will keep an eye out for more info.
  • I had mentioned in a previous post that J.R. Ward will be starting a new contemporary series early next year that will feature firefighters. Turns out the title of the first book will be Consumed.
  • The next Argeneau Vampires book from Lynsay Sands will be called Vampires Like It Hot, and it will be released on September 25th.
  • October 30th is shaping up to be a pretty epic release day. According to Amazon.com, Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book is due out then, as well, and it will be called Archangel’s Prophecy. No clue on whose story it is as yet, though.
  • Mercy Thompson #11 from Patricia Briggs will be called Storm Cursed, and it will be released next March. I had seen a listing somewhere showing the Tom and Moira spin-off book as a September 2017 release, but I can’t find it now. I don’t think I was dreaming it, but who knows at this point?
  • I’m really hoping this is a misprint, but it looks like we might have quite a wait for the next Elder Races story from Thea Harrison. Lionheart is showing a December 2018 release. I haven’t come across anything else in progress, either. Have you heard what Thea has on the go? Is there another story due out before Lionheart? If not, that is an 18 month period between releases, which seems odd to me.
  • And finally, the second Lowtown book from Lindsay J. Pryor now has a title. Rogue will be released on November 22nd.

Yeah, I had more than enough for the post. Have you heard of anything coming up in the PNR/UF world? Any new releases you are really anticipating?

 

Charley Title Reveal

As I was scoping out things around Goodreads today, I saw the title reveal for the final Charley Davidson book, which will be called…drumroll…

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave

I was getting a bit antsy about this one, honestly. The release date was pushed back quite a few months to the end of October, and it is the first time I remember than happening to a Darynda Jones book. And then when there was no title or blurb available, it made me think that maybe it would be pushed back even further. Hopefully that won’t be the case, since I am looking forward to seeing how the whole Charley Davidson storyline wraps up – and what comes next.

 

Dearest Ivie

Well, this was a surprise. I was doing my weekly author-stalking, and I saw over on J.R. Ward‘s Facebook page that she has a novella set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood scheduled to come out this March 13th. I found myself really excited to see this, for some reason. Maybe because it feels to me like after a bit of a lull for a couple of years, the BDB world has been refreshed and revitalized quite a bit since the Legacy books started up. Oh, and Dearest Ivie includes a special preview of The Thief, as well.

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The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost.

 

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?

 

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?