Alexandra Ivy’s Burned by Darkness

Alexandra Ivy has always been a consistent author for me, and over the years I have really enjoyed her Guardians of Eternity series. I was saddened to find out that she was done traditionally publishing the Guardians books, and it seemed that she was going the Lara Adrian self-pubbed route. That sort of made me a bit nervous, since I don’t like change when it comes to my books. But it looks like what really happened is that she just kicked her writing into high gear. She has a monster to be released list for the rest of 2015 and into 2016, and one of those titles is Burned by Darkness. It is the first book of the Dragons of Eternity series, a spin-off from the Guardians of Eternity series, and it is due out on June 30th.

burned by darknessThe Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of mist and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…

Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.

Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.

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I had heard rumors of this one before, but I was surprised to find a listing for it…two months away. There are a couple of issues for me when authors I followed in print releases go self-pubbed – one, they are hard to get ahead of when it comes to keeping track of their new releases. Like this one, they just randomly pop up one day and are out before I know it sometimes. Two – I either have to wait for a print version in Canada, or build up an order through the American Amazon.com and pay a fortune in duty and shipping and exchange. At least I have given up my e-book snobbery and can read it when it comes out, then wait for the print version.

So, looking forward to more Alexandra Ivy? I am anxious to check out her take on the dragons (along with her many, many other upcoming releases, that is).

From the Author Pages…

Yep, a bit more info to pass on…

  • Alexandra Ivy might very well be a writing machine. She has nine titles scheduled for release between now and the end of December. NINE. Not only are pre-order links up at Amazon for the next Bayou Heat book featuring Michel/Striker, but she is also starting a new romantic suspense series called ARES Security. The first book is called Kill Without Mercy, and it will be released on December 29th. Here is a peek at the cover and blurb…

kill without mercyFrom the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security.

Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he’s eager to get back to his new life in Texas. But when he crosses paths with Annie White, a haunted beauty with skeletons in her closet, he can’t just walk away—not when she’s clearly in danger…

There’s a mysterious serial killer on the loose with a link to Annie’s dark past. And the closer he gets, the deeper Rafe’s instinct to protect kicks in. But even with his considerable skill, Annie’s courage, and his ARES buddies behind him, the slaying won’t stop. Now it’s only a matter of time before Annie’s next—unless they can unravel a history of deadly lies that won’t be buried.

  • And speaking of writing machines, word is that the next Ghostwalkers book, Spider Game, will be released next January 26th. I really can’t complain about how fast Christine Feehan is cranking them out, but I do hope that the next Ghostwalkers book reads like a Ghostwalkers book and not a Breeds story like Viper Game did.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout is also cranking out the books, and there are a few more to add to her long, long list of upcoming releases. There will be a companion novel to the Lux series called Oblivion, which will be a retelling of the first book, Obsidian, except from Daemon’s POV, and it is due out in December. Next February will see the release of the second Titan book featuring Seth, which will be called The Power. And to top things off, the cover and blurb have been released for the third and final book in her The Dark Elements series, Every Last Breath, which is due out on July 28th…

every last breathSome loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

  • This is actually the total opposite of an update…and that is the continued lack of info on the next Immortals After Dark book from Kresley Cole. After hyping the newsletter release that told nothing at all, there has been radio silence on what Kresley is working on. Has anyone else heard anything and I just missed it? Whatever it is, I guess it is supposed to be out on December 31st.

Ok, that wraps up my discoveries for a while. Time to turn the tables…have you heard of any new release dates, or found some great cover art or blurbs to share? If so, drop a line in the comments section.

Spotlight on…J.R. Ward

Every year, Pheonix goes to the annual book signing J.R. Ward holds in Cincinnati, and she is kind enough to share the info with us. I have to admit, I have a read it/don’t read it reaction to them, because I really want to know what is going on, but I don’t want spoilers. Or, should I say, I want some spoilers but not huge ones. You just can’t win with me.

Anyways, this can’t be said enough…there are spoilers here. I mean it. BIG. TIME. SPOILERS. Especially for The Shadows, so if you haven’t read it, proceed at your own risk.

Final warning – Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers!

 

2015 Cincinnati Immortal Q & A

Q: Who is the next BDB book about?

A: The title is “The Beast” ….I bet you know who that is about. We were going to do a short story, but there was too much to fit…he was too big to fit in a small….story. (crowd shouts: That’s what she said!)

Q: Can you elaborate on anything that’s going on with Rhage?

A: Ummmmm. He has some survivor’s guilt going on there, and there are some issues that he and Mary have to work out. There’s also one aspect of their life that will come to fruition. (crowd yells: BABY!!!)

Q: It’s more of a comment that a question. There were a lot of haters for The Shadows. For the way it had to happen, you did it perfectly.

A: Well, thank you! I totally understand people’s reactions.

Q: Are we going to see a lot more of s’Ex, the executioner?

A: Oh, yeah, I’m totally in love with s’Ex, too. (Crowd laughs at double entendre.) I want him to have his own book, his own love. I think he’s going to be protective of Trez, and s’Ex probably won’t be going back to the Territories, but I think iAm will definitely be going back and forth.

Q: What’s going on with Rhage? Is he going to be pardoned by the Scribe Virgin and have his curse repealed?

A: B**ch can’t get out of her own head long enough to fix anything. You’re going to have to KR on that.

Q: Can you or will you elaborate on how Xhex became an assassin?

A: I’m not sure what there is to elaborate on. She just came out that way.

Q: How do the Brother’s get the golden retriever hair off them?

A: Can you imagine the doggen? Just wrap one of them in duct tape and rolllllllll.

Q: With the demise of Mr. C., will Lash be coming back?

A: Yes, but we have to get through the next book and we have to get to Xcor and Layla. So, it just means getting to the point where he returns.

Q: With women coming in to the training program, will find out that women were already included, back in the day?

A: There is no back in the day for women (being involved). This is something new.

Q: When are humans finding out that there are vampires?

A: It’s coming. Remember when the sh*t was hitting the fan (Crowd: Which time?) So it’s going to come out that people have been videotaping and posting on Youtube. There was a scene, way back in one of the books, where the kid was videotaping, and it happens this time. So, yeah, that sh*t’s going to get

Q: Back in the day, before they lived in the sanctuary, there were Chosen breeding with the Brothers. Could we find out that the Chosen had offspring by different Brothers?

A: Originally they were only to breed with the Primale. Eventually, they were serving the Brothers with blood and sometimes, they would fall in love and have children. The breeding program is no longer in progress. It is possible that the Chosen had children by more than one Brother.

Q: Have we met Assail’s sibling?

A: That’s a Keep Reading.

Q: Will we find out Craeg’s parentage and is it significant?

A: That’s a Keep Reading, too.

Q: After the introduction of the training program, will there be shellans who want to enter?

A: Probably not, because those who can and want to, like Xhex and Payne, already are.

Q: Are we going to hear more about Payne’s ability to heal?

A: We’re going to learn that her ability to heal costs her more each time she uses it. And, I’m not sure what the answer is, whether she needs to refresh by going to the Sanctuary. Or there’s other consequences.

Q: Are Adrian and Eddie going to be Lassiter’s next assignment?

A: Yes, and Lassiter will get his own book.

Q: I get the drift that Bloodletter is his calling and his handle, but is that his name?

A: Bloodletter is his handle but not his real name. Can you imagine that on his birth certificate? His driver’s license. Why, sir, perhaps you shouldn’t drive….

Q: Was Bloodletter one of the Brothers guarding Wrath the Fair, in The King?

A: Maybe….

Q: Is he related to the Original Brother, who had two lines: Wrath, and perhaps an aristocrat of whom The Bloodletter is of the line?

A: Yes, he was.

Q: Selena said that she would be waiting for Trez and whomever he falls in love with.

A: I think some day that Trez will find someone to love, but it will be a long way off. You have to remember that vampires live five or six hundred years. And Serena gives him permission, says to him that if you find someone, to fall in love and live his life.

Q: Will Devina be in Lassiter’s book?

A: I think she will be in Lash’s book. Even assholes deserve love.

Q: Is Throe the new Havers (as the most hated character)?

A: Oh yeah he has bad juju. There are definitely some things to work out with Throe.

Q: What happens when Throe runs into Xcor?

A: That’s a Keep Reading.

Q: Is Layla going to have both twins?

A: She needs to have those babies. We need to move along because there’s so much more to come after that.

Q: Will De La Cruz be part of the “humans finding out”?

A: Hmm, I think he needs to see Butch again.

Q: You always write about how the males bond and give out their scent, but can it be unrequited?

A: I’m sure that happens.

Q: Now that Selena talked with Luchas about being lucky to alive, does he have a better will to live?

A: I think he does. And I’m sure we’re going to be seeing more of him, I’m just not sure right now which series he’s going to track in, whether it will be the BDB or the Legacy Series.

Q: Since Rhage is all up in his estrogen-fueled feelings, why is not the Beast all, dude, there’s nothing wrong with us, calm the eff down…

A: The Beast is non-verbal. So, not like he can just say that. (crowd laughs at image)

Q: Why is it that the Brothers can’t scent Xcor on Laila and know she’s lying.

A: It’s because she’s pregnant, and it would be disrespectful of them to get close enough to scent her.

Q: About Saxton’s HEA (Happily Ever After), can you tell us the when and who and what book?

A: Cannot answer that. Keep Reading.

Q: If feeding from humans doesn’t give vamps enough strength, like when Z was trying to survive on just human blood, how does Payne keep going feeding from Manny?

A: Payne goes to the other side and that rejuvenates her.

Q: Do we know for sure that Butch and Manny are connected?

A: Yes, they have the same father, and that guy didn’t keep it in his pants, so there may be more of them out there.

Q: I’m curious about the sympaths and if we will learn more about them?

A: Weird six finger things. If humans become aggressive toward the Shadows and sympaths, it may become a case of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Because there is some serious sh*t coming. There is also a penal colony out west that may come into play. To keep the action going, more people have to come into the story. So, I think we’ll see all of those groups getting more involved.

Q: You had said that in honor of the tenth anniversary of Wrath’s release, there would be some sort of party or celebration?

A: With the release schedule for this year, we just couldn’t make it happen. But, maybe next March to celebrate Rhage and the Beast? We’re going to work on something.

Q: I love Godd*mn Cat. Will we find out more about Godd*amn Cat? (This is what iAm calls Boo.)

A: We will, yes.

Q: Will we see more of Fritz and his personal life?

A: He loves his job, but I can’t imagine writing his sex life. Nope….imagine a basset hound…nope…nope.

Q: Will there be a resolution to the death rate amongst females and births?

A: I don’t think so because it’s just part of nature.

Q: Throe went to Xcor to avenge his sister’s death, and the one who saved Tohr was shot in the head, so how can Throe be Autumn’s brother? (This was a confusing question, and the transcriber may not have gotten the whole thing correct, but the answer is the same.)

A: Keep Reading.

Q: Will we see more of the next generation? (Little Wrath, Nalla, Aggie, etc.)

A: I would love to see what happens when Z finds out Nalla has a boyfriend. But I don’t know how that would work. Would they be set in the future? Not sure yet.

Q: Will there be weeding out of the Bastards?

A: Oh, yeah, there will be. Leaky, messy, with a weed eater weeding.

Q: What’s with all the twins?

A: There are a whole lot of twins. I’m interested in what’s going on. Just the other day, I was like, wow, there’s a whole lot of twins in here. I know, I know, I is slow.

Q: Can we get a pronunciation guide?

A: Maybe, we’ll have to think on that.

Q: I thought John Matthew knew about Butch and Xhex? (having slept together)

A: I think JM is going to have a hard time with it.

Q: Is JM a Brother?

A: Not yet but he will be; I just don’t know when.

Q: Is wrath ever going to see his son?

A: No, he’s blind and there’s no fixing it.

Q: Layla is having twins. Will that be a problem with the birth and one won’t be ready?

A: Welll…(there was a lot of side chatter that ended with): But I promised I was finished killing people and that both would make it…

Q: Now that iAm and Boo are BFFs, now that iAm’s not at home as much, will Boo go Ninja cat?

A: Boo will have separation anxiety.

Q: Why did Qhuinn only see one twin? (In his vision)

A: I would answer that, but I can’t.

Q: The Scribe Virgin has been missing. Why did she decide to make herself known when she did? (In The Shadows)

A: I think because she knew the suffering Selena’s death was causing, and that she felt motivated which I find interesting. Someone said that if, as a deity, if no one is worshipping you, then you are as good as dead. So maybe she’s realizing that. And you know the most logical person for her to end up with??(Crowd shouts: Lassiter) Right, so Vishous would be his stepson. That sh*t is hysterical. Call me Daddy!

Q: Vampires usually have one mate, so when Tohr goes to the Fade is it going to be like Sister Wives?

A: Yep, just like Sister Wives. Tonight is your night, tomorrow’s yours. I’m gonna divorce you to give the fourth wife healthcare….(laughter)

Q: Saxton’s HEA, could it be one of the recruits?

A:You’re just trying to get me to say! I know who it is. Just not telling you.

Q: With Layla, Xcor, and the twins, will they break the kids up?

A: Hell no. The solution is there, it’s just going to take us a while to get there.

Q: Can you tell us if there is one boy one girl?

A: I’m not saying.

Q: What is going on with the Scribe Virgin? We saw her for a hot second but what’s going on with her?

A: She needs to get laid in the worst way. She needs to run off to the Bahamas with Lassiter and watch Beaches and Maury.

Q: About the Legacy series and opening with Blood Kiss. Will there be a signing event?

A: Yes.

Q: Did I hear that Phury and Cormia have a son?

A: Aggie is Phury and Cormia’s son, yes.

Q: Process question: Do you write scenes down as they come, if they’re for the future?

A: No, it stays in my head. I also have a research assistant who helps keep things straight. Occasionally, we make mistakes but I don’t write it down.

Q: We know Butch and Manny are brothers. Could they be related to Michael in the Story of Son?

A: It wouldn’t surprise me if Michael was related to Murhder, with the hair. And it wouldn’t surprise me if Clare and Michael’s kids come into the BDB stories sometime in the future.

Q: Does Layla make it through the pregnancy?

A: Yes, she does.

Q: Are Cormia and Phury ready to have a baby?

A: Yes, they are.

Q: Are we going to get more Brothers coming through the training program and how?

A: Chosen will fall in love and have more children.

Q: So about the V, Lassiter, Throe conflict?

A: I can’t say anything about that.

Q: Layla’s babies, could one be Xcor’s and one be Qhuinn’s?

A: No, that’s not possible.

Q: Does Butch get sick of V’s music?

A: You wouldn’t win an argument with V over the lint in your own bellybutton, so Butch has gotten over it. And is probably deaf now.

Q: Butch needs a vampire little sister.

A: He’s great with kids, but I don’t see a sister right now.

Q: So, in the Legacy Series, we’ll have basic training flashbacks?

A: Yep, basically.

Q: I was glad that Trez got closure (by getting to see Selena in the Fade).

A: I knew that Trez had to go through the Cleansing, but I didn’t realize the purpose when I saw the scene. I thought it was wonderful that Trez was talking to Selena, even after she was gone. And, Trez had to come back in order for iAm to have his moment with maichen.

Q: Will we see a cure for this genetic disease?

A: I don’t know but this is the problem with a breeding program that has a limited gene pool.

Q: Will we see Butch and Marissa in Blood Kiss?

A: Yes, but we won’t see them have kids yet.

Q: Will Paradise be the only female in the training program?

A: Nope.

Q: Will we ever get movies?

A: The rights have been purchased for The Bourbon Kings and the BDB is being looked at again.

Q: Will JM and Blay be inducted into the BDB?

A: Yes but I don’t know when.

Q: Would you build the mansion, based on the images in your head?

A: I would love to have a miniature model built someday.

Q: Could you do more Slices of Life?

A: I don’t know about that or another Insider’s Guide. There just isn’t time.

Q: There will be a signing for the Bourbon Kings, and for The Training Center Legacy Series?

A: Yes, end of July for The Bourbon Kings, possibly something in Nashville and sometime in December for Blood Kiss.

Q: They consulted with Havers about twins and that sometimes the second twin develops late. You

slipped a line in about triplets being rare…is she going to have trips?

A: Nope.

Q: Will there be sisters inducted in BDB?

A: Yes.

Q: Back to Rhage’s mood issues. Could it be his dragon curse and the Chosen’s moods?

A: Nope, it’s survivor’s guilt. It’s almost impossible for him to get over the fact that Mary was saved and these other shellans weren’t. There is some sh*t for Mary and him to work out…but it will be fine. Women are really attracted to him. He sees no one but Mary, but if it were a matter of he’d been with another woman when they first got together, and for her there’s a kernel of insecurity, that’s going to have to come out.

Q: iAm is going to spend a lot of time in the Territory and Trez will be with the Brothers. Is it possible that Trez will become a Brother?

A: I think that might be a great solution for him. He’s definitely going to need something to focus on.

Q: You said that the Legacy series would be more focused, and you mentioned Butch and then Paradise and Craeg, so where’s the focus?

A: It would be split between Butch and then Paradise and Craeg. The Legacy series is a great opportunity for more traditional HEA (Happily Ever After) and to focus on the original Brothers and more details of their lives that I just can’t show in the bigger books.

Q: Do you have any advice for writers?

A: Runnnnn! Save yourself!!! Seriously, though, don’t listen to anyone. Write what’s in your head. I don’t believe in critique groups or creative writing classes. Don’t listen to anyone, including me. When in doubt write. Write even when you thinks its crap. Next piece of advice: educate yourself. Pick books you like and deconstruct them. Get a pad and pen and go through these books and decide what did you like. What worked? What did you like? What didn’t you like? This develops your inner editor, then apply that to your own work. The voices in your head and the pictures in your head will always be there. Don’t worry.

Q: How are Butch and Manny related?

A: They are half-brothers. They have the same father.

Thank you to everyone who came today!

Random Updates…

Just a few quick updates:

  • Chicagoland Vampires number 12 from Chloe Neill has a title now. Midnight Marked will be released in March, 2016.
  • Jeaniene Frost has confirmed that her next trip into the Night Huntress world after Vlad and Leila’s fourth book will feature Ian. I have been whining for that one for a while, so good news all around.
  • I am very happy to say that there will be at least two more books in the Cainsville series from Kelley Armstrong. Since this is a favorite of mine, it is good news all around.
  • G.A. Aiken will release a Dragon Kin novella on October 27th called Dragon on Top. It will be Ghleanna’s story.
  • Lidayne sent over a note about Jacquelyn Frank. There will be one more book in the Nightwalker/Bodywalker series, but it will be released in e-format only. She also has stated that the book Seduce Me in Shadows, the third book of the Three Worlds series, probably won’t be released at all.

A Beginning and an End

Keri Arthur is one of many established authors who are starting up new series in the coming months. It seems to be somewhat a time of transitioning between ending popular existing series and setting up new ones, and Keri Arthur‘s next venture will be called The Outcasts. The first book is City of Light, and it will be released on January 6th.

city of lightAnd I was really surprised in my last batch of updating to find out that MaryJanice Davidson is wrapping up her Queen Betsy/Undead series in 2016. The as-yet-untitled book is the 15th of the series.

What is your take on the beginning of a new one and the end of an old one? Any thoughts on the end of Queen Betsy? I haven’t read them myself, but in what I have heard about them people usually say they should’ve wrapped up quite a while back.

It Begins. Again.

Remember Burned? Karen Marie Moning‘s seventh Fever World book that was pushed back something like 4 times and 2 years? That Burned. Well, it will be followed by book eight, Feverborn, this October! Right? Uh…nope. As per Amazon today:

feverborn delayedSo, this is a thing. Alexandra and I had a little conversation about this very scenario, with both of agreeing that we were a bit skeptical of an October release. Turns out we weren’t too far off of the mark. New predicted release date, at least by me, is…July 2016. Placing bets, anyone?

Blurb Triple Play – Blood Kiss, Shadow Kiss and White Hot

As much as I love covers, I also get excited to finally see the official back cover blurb of a book. I figured I would round up three that caught my eye and post them for other nerds like me, starting with a brief one from the upcoming second book in Ilona Andrews‘ Hidden Legacy series, White Hot, which will be out on October 27th.

Nevada Baylor and Connor Rogan are back in the fight against corruption and the dark forces of Houston’s elite. Once again, they’ve been drawn together to fight a common enemy, but something is growing between them, too. Something that’s becoming more difficult to ignore with every heated touch and meaningful glance. But with new foes rising from all sides and danger ever present, they’ll have to work that much harder to protect one another – and any future they might have together.

Way back in Lord’s Fall, I believe, I figured Graydon’s mate was going to be Beluviel. Looks like I was right, and Thea Harrison‘s Shadow’s End will be their story. It has a release date of December 1st.

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…

And finally, when J.R. Ward recently announced her new series would in fact basically be a continuation of the original Black Dagger Brotherhood stories, most people were quite excited, including me. The first book of the Black Dagger Legacy will be called Blood Kiss, and it too will be out on December 1st.

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

So, that is it for this batch. Not much news on the White Hot front, but I don’t care. That sucker is at the top of my wish list, and staying there. I wasn’t a big fan of the idea of Beluviel and Graydon as a couple, for some odd reason, but since Graydon is my favorite I still have high hopes. And I am excited to return to the “Old School” BDB world, too, so all in all things are looking good. Which of these has you most excited?

Updating…

Just a couple of quick notes for today. All of the new release pages have been updated to reflect current release dates, and as always there has been a bit of shifting around (and some have disappeared all together). If there was anything you had your heart set on, take a peek and see if things are still on schedule. Oh, and I finally got quite a few new titles added, as well, which was long overdue.

I also got the author pages updated during my last storm day, and there were a couple of little things that popped up…

  • Hidden Legacy #2 from Ilona Andrews now has a title! White Hot will be released on October 27th.
  • Kerrelyn Sparks has a new series in the works. Absolutely no clue about it, but details should follow soonish.
  • I had really thought that there would be another Vampire Academy/Bloodlines world series focused on Jill and Eddie, but it looks like I was wrong. Richelle Mead has said that The Ruby Circle was the end, which was a big surprise for me. But, she does have a third Age of X book in the works called The Eye of Andromeda, along with a YA fantasy stand-alone called Soundless which is due out on November 15th.
  • Not sure if I mentioned this before or not, but the next Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs will be called Fire Touched. The downside? It is due out next March.

J.R. Ward New Series News…

Thanks to Pheonix, who sent over news that J.R. Ward has released some info about her long rumored new series. Well, this sounds interesting. It seems that the new series will actually be an off-shoot of the Black Dagger Brotherhood book, but be a throwback to the original PNR style stories like Dark Lover.  The new series will be called Black Dagger Legacy, and the first book will be called Blood Kiss (due out this December). That is the short version…long version in J.R.’s own words…

As much as I LOVE the BDB series where it is now, and as much as I’m psyched to keep writing it and will continue to do so, I miss the good ol’ days.
The issue is that the nature of a series is that it must continue to grow, and change, or it dies. The Black Dagger Brotherhood books started off with the original Brothers, but after their meet-and-greets with their shellans were told, by definition, they had to background it in subsequent books: With a world as big as the BDB one, you have to train your “camera lens” in a controlled manner, or you run the risk of a given story bleeding out for too much extraneous stuff.
(Something I’ve been tagged with doing from time to time, and it’s certainly a fair point.)
So when my boss (my editor) and I were chewing on things last spring, I told her… hey, I got this idea.
I have a lot of ideas. She’s used to this.
I described to her a new series, where the BDB training center is reopened to a new cast of recruits, and THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS teach these FNUGs wassup. In the process of the new recruits falling in love and getting into a sh*t ton of trouble, THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS could be shown with their shellans, their Brothers, their people in the mansion, in a more prominent way than I’m able to do in the BDB books.
Paperback, yo. Not hardcover. Traditional PNR, just like DARK LOVER was in the old days.
Sex. Lot of sex.
As in, you might need your BBQ tongs. Maybe a flame retardant suit.
Maybe a fire truck on standby out in your front yard.
My boss, who’s brilliant, was like, wow, that really doesn’t suck. (Okay, that’s paraphrasing.)
So… we have the first of the Black Dagger Legacy books, BLOOD KISS, coming out this December.
Now, let me say this: the ORIGINAL BROTHERS are still going to show up in the BDB books. Hell, yeah! And from time to time, a BDB book is going to be about them and their mate if there’s a big thing going on in their lives (think THE KING.) I am NOT taking a step away from the Brothers at all- if anything, I’m bringing them further to the forefront with the Black Dagger Legacy books.
But I miss my boys :( I want to show you where they’re at. I want to take you back to them- in their new roles as… well, role models and teachers.
Before you ask, yes, they will still be colossal a&&holes- I mean, let’s be clear. Things haven’t changed THAT much. (As an aside, Doc Jess and I were talking the other day, and she was like, I’m so impressed with your ability to be offensive with your heroes. LOLOLOLOL)
This is not to say that the Black Dagger Legacy books will solely be about the Brothers, however. The book will have a lot of the Brothers in them, but the Legacy books will feature a main romance between a couple, and the Brothers will help that along.
eHarmony the BDB way.
Jeez, I gotta be insane for signing up for this. Can you imagine V offering dating advice? “Well, sh*t, just get her some black candles and dog collar, true? Then order her to pop up her ***** **** * * ******* * * * ************** At that point, you’re going to want to inform her, that you’ll tell her when she can beg.”
Great. Really looking forward to this.
*sigh*
Anywho, the first Brother who’s up?
A certain cop. From Boston. Who’s going to have his hands full with the new recruits- two of whom you’ll meet in THE SHADOWS.
A cover reveal is coming soon- but I couldn’t sit on BLOOD KISS any longer!!!!
Gahd, I suck at keeping secrets. But come on now, don’t lie. You’ve missed those leathers, those sh*tkickers… that golf cart… the Pit.
V nakey in the shower.
Don’t lie.
I know I have!
Happy Reading, and thank you for all your support, J.R.
This is interesting, and really smart. I have heard of many who found the early PNR-style books were among their favorite stories, but the switch to a more Urban Fantasy style lost them along the way. Hopefully, this will bring the best of both worlds together and recapture the earlier magic.
Personally, I enjoyed both the earlier and later books, but I read them differently. When the change in focus from one main couple to a huge, multi-arc story started, it threw me a bit, but I quickly picked up the rhythm of the new books. I did miss the romance angle, but I enjoyed a return to the BDB world enough to make up for it. With this new series, we get both.
My only complaint, of course, is that it is back to paperback. Ugh – I just repurchased the original books in hardcover when they were re-released, and now it is back to paperback. Feel my pain! What do you think? Will this draw back some of the readers who dropped the series along the way? Were you hoping for something completely different, a new world and new set of characters, or does more Black Dagger appeal?

Updating Part 1 – Cover Blurbs

blurbsI spent last evening updating the new release pages, and in my internet travels I came across both a few more covers and a few new blurbs. So, I thought I would break them up into two posts, starting with blurbs. I so look forward to getting the official book-cover blurb – you find out what is going on, but have less chance of being spoiled for the previous book than if you check around online. Or, in some cases, the unofficial ones are just scary (yes, I am pointing at Lora Leigh’s. I still can’t understand them). So, here goes…

I am not sure how many Eileen Wilks fans there are, since I don’t hear much about the World of the Lupi books (a good one for the next Yes? No? Maybe? post), but her 12th Lupi book will be called Mind Magic, and it will be released on November 30th.

Thanks to the mindspeech lessons she’s receiving from the black dragon, Lily is temporarily benched from Unit Twelve—until her brain acclimates and the risk of total burnout passes. At least she has her new husband, lupi Rule Turner, to keep her occupied.

But when her mentor calls in a favor and sends Lily to a murder scene, she’s suddenly back on active status—despite the hallucinations she can’t keep at bay.  With one touch, Lily knows the man was killed by magic, but her senses don’t warn her how far the conspiracy goes…

A shadowy force within the government wants to take Unit Twelve down, and they don’t mind killing to achieve their goal. With none of her usual resources, Lily is up against impossible odds–because with her mind in disarray, she can’t trust anything she sees.

Also in the works is a new Robin D. Owens Celta’s Heartmates book, Heart Legacy. This one is also due out on November 3rd.

After the death of GrandLord Yew years ago, the Yews withdrew to their self-sustaining estate and disappeared from Celtan society. The current head of the household is believed to be eighteen-year-old Loridana. To find out, Draeg Blackthorn has been sent to the estate to spy, undercover as a stableman for the stridebeasts—beautiful creatures that hold a place in Lori’s heart no member of her family ever could.

Bullied by her family, Lori has decided to abandon her bloodline and live on her own with her true family—her animals. When Draeg discovers she’s rejecting her heritage, he’s appalled. He’s come to love the land as much as the woman, even spinning small fantasies of marrying Lori and becoming Lord and Lady of the manor. Draeg wants her to stay and fight her elders. For Lori, it’s an alternative that could render her absolutely powerless to pursue her own destiny, and drive her further away from her perfect dreams and the man she loves, Draeg.

Oh, and just recently the info has started to come out about the Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock spin off book, Blood of the Earth. It is due out on October 6th.

Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

There was a synopsis for Dark Ghost over on Christine Feehan‘s website, but it didn’t do much for me. I like this one better. Dark Ghost is due out on September 8th.

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.

In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

There. I got quite a few more, but then it is just too dark long a post. I have been hunting for some Dark Ghost info for a while, so I was happy with that, and Blood of the Earth is really sounding good, too. With last week’s Archangel’s Enigma reveal, things are shaping up well for 2015.