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Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

It feels like it has been a while since I have done a cover lover post, and there still isn’t a lot to post but here goes anyways. For a change, let’s start with the young adult books. This first one is from Kate Elliott. Buried Heart is the third book of her Court of Fives series, and it is due out on July 25th.

buried-heartIn Buried Heart, the country is in disarray, as the Commoner class are in the midst of a revolt against their Patron overlords. But the real enemy is approaching from foreign lands, and Jessamy must find a way to unite the country and save the people she loves. In this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, Jessamy finds herself in a war against her beloved Prince Kalliarkos.

Next up is One Blood Ruby, the next book in the Seven Black Diamonds series from Melissa Marr. This one will be out on February 28th.

one-blood-rubyNow that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. And the humans, while no match against faery affinities, will hardly agree to the queen’s détente without resistance.

Lily wants to be a fair ruler but fears having to abandon the life she’s known to do so. Now that she and Creed are more than just fellow Black Diamonds—operatives for the queen—her priorities have shifted. But her worries about assuming the throne are derailed when it becomes clear that someone—or some fae—is masterminding violent attacks to discourage peace.

Author Wen Spencer is starting up a new series early next year, and the first book is called The Black Wolves of Boston. It has a release date of February 7th.

the black wolves of boston.jpgSilas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last three hundred years—each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil.  What she doesn’t know is how to live alone in a city full of strangers who know nothing about monsters.

Seth is the sixteen-year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King.  Now he is left in a city that desperately needs his protection with enemies gathering all around.

Joshua believes he is a normal, college-bound high school senior.  His life is shattered when he wakes up in a field, covered with blood, and the prom committee scattered in pieces about him like broken dolls.

These four must now come together to unravel a plot by Wickers, witches who gain power from human sacrifices and have the power to turn any human into their puppet. Four people who lost everything struggle to save Boston by saving each other.

The second book from Bec McMaster‘s Dark Arts series will be called Hexbound, and it will be released this October 18th.

hexboundVerity Hastings has a little trick; she can find anything, no matter where it’s hidden. It’s a skill that’s kept her safe and fed all the way from the orphanages and workhouses of her youth. But when she steals a mysterious item for a masked man, she knows the con is on her this time.

In order to protect herself from his associates, she can turn to only one person: Adrian Bishop, the sorcerer she stole the relic from.

Scarred recluse, Adrian Bishop, is rarely surprised anymore. But when a rather enticing little handful turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his mysterious thief, he doesn’t know what to think. He needs the relic back, no matter the cost, and he’s not above using Verity to find it. But as Verity begins to sneak under his guard, for the first time in years there’s a ray of light in his dark world. He will do anything to protect her–anything–but can Verity ever love him once she learns the truth of his darkest secret?

And the final one for today comes from Gini Koch. Alien Nation is the 14th book of her Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, and it will be out on December 6th.

alien nation.jpgIt’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system…or, what Kitty calls Wednesday.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much here for me to get excited about, either in terms of how they look or how much I want to read them. Will you be picking any of these up?

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Seriously?!?!

So, this is what I did this evening. I hope it is right, ’cause I ain’t going back to redo it. Ever.

– Dark Hunter World Reading List

  • Fantasy Lover – DHW #1 (Julian of Macedon and Grace Alexander)
  • Dragonswan – DHW #1.5/ WH #.5 (Sebastian Kattalakis and Channon MacRae): also found in In Other Worlds, Tapestry and Dark Bites
  • Night Pleasures – DHW #2 (Kyrian of Thrace and Amanda Deveraux)
  • Night Embrace – DHW #3 (Talon and Sunshine Runningwolf)
  • Phantom Lover – DHW #3.5/ DRH #.5 (V’Aidan and Erin McDaniels): found in Midnight Pleasures and Dark Bites
  • A Dark Hunter Christmas – DHW #3.6 (Simi and James Gallagher): found in Dark Bites
  • Dance With the Devil – DHW #4 (Zarek of Moesia and Astrid)
  • Kiss of the Night – DHW #5 (Wulf Tryggvason and Cassandra Peters)
  • Night Play – DHW #6/ WH #1 (Vane Kattalakis and Bride McTierney)
  • Winter Born – DHW #6.5/ WH #1.5 (Dante Pontis and Pandora): found in Stroke of Midnight and Dark Bites
  • Sieze the Night – DHW #7 (Valerius Magnus and Tabitha Devereaux)
  • Sins of the Night – DHW #8 (Alexion/Ias and Dangerereuse St. Richard)
  • Second Chances – DHW #8.5 (Acheron and Styxx): found in the Dark Hunter Companion and Dark Bites
  • Unleash the Night – DHW #9/ WH #2 (Wren Tigarian and Marguerite D’Aubert Goudeau)
  • Dark Side of the Moon – DHW #10/ WH #3 (Ravyn Kontis and Susan Michaels)
  • A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher – DHW #10.5 (Raphael Santiago and Celena D’Arcy): found in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding and Dark Bites
  • Until Death Do We Part – DHW #10.6 (Velkan Danesti and Esperetta): found in Love at First Bite and Dark Bites
  • The Dream Hunter – DHW #11/ DRH #1 (Arik Cantranides/ V’Arik and Geary Kafieri)
  • Fear the Darkness – DHW #11.5 (Nick Gautier): found in Dark Bites
  • Devil May Cry – DHW #12 (Sin of Sumeria and Katra Agrotera)
  • Upon the Midnight Clear – DHW #13/ DH #2 (Aidan O’Connor and Leta Skotos)
  • Dream Chaser – DHW #14/ DRH #3 (Xypher Skotos and Simone Dubois)
  • Acheron – DWH #15 (Acheron Parthenopaeus and Soteria Kafieri)
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread – DHW #15.5/ HC #.5 (Zeke Jacobson): found in Blood Lite and Dark Bites
  • Shadow of the Moon – DWH #15.6/ WH #3.5 (Fury Kattalakis and Angelia): found in Dead After Dark and Dark Bites
  • One Silent Night – DHW #16 (Stryker and Zephyra)
  • Dream Warrior – DHW #17/ DRH #4 (Cratus/Jericho and Delphine Iole)
  • Bad Moon Rising – DHW #18/ WH #4/ HC #1 (Fang Kattalakis and Aimee Peltier)
  • Infinity – DHW #19/ CoN #1 (Nick Gautier)
  • No Mercy – DHW #20/ WH #5 (Dev Peltier and Samia Savage)
  • Invincible – DHW #21/ CoN #2 (Nick Gautier)
  • Retribution – DHW #22 (William Jessup Brady/Sundown and Abigail Yager)
  • The Guardian – DHW #23/ DRH #5/ WH #6/ HC #3 (Seth and Lydia Tsakali)
  • Redemption – DHW #23.5/ DRH #5.5/ WH #6.5 (Seth and Lydia Tsakali): found in Dark Bites
  • Infamous – DHW #24/ Con #3 (Nick Gautier)
  • Time Untime – DHW #25/ WH #7/ HC #4 (Ren Waya and Kateri Avani)
  • Inferno – DHW #26/ CoN #4 (Nick Gautier)
  • Styxx – DHW #27 (Styxx of Didymos and Bethany Agriosa)
  • House of the Rising Son – DHW #27.5 (Aricles and Bathymaas): found in Dark Bites
  • Illusion – DHW #28/ CoN #5 (Nick Gautier)
  • Son of No One – DWH #29/ WH #8/ HC #5/ LoA #3 (Cade Maboddium and Josette Landry)
  • Instinct – DHW #30/ CoN #6 (Nick Gautier)
  • Dragonbane – DHW #31/ WH #9/ HC #6/ LoA #4 (Maxis Drago and Seraphina)
  • Invision – DWH #32/ CoN #7 (Nick Gautier)
  • Dragonmark  – DHW #33/ LoA #5/ DR #1 (Illarion Kattalakis and Edilyn Kattalakis)
DHW = Dark Hunter World
DRH = Dream Hunter
WH = Were Hunter
HC = Hellchaser
CoN = Chronicles of Nick
LoA – Lords of Avalon
DR – Dragons Rising

Seriously?!? The Guardian is Dark Hunterverse book #23, Dream Hunter #5, Were Hunter #6 AND Hellchaser #3? Ok.

Yeah. This. I am not sure where the first couple of the Lords of Avalon books fall, since the first one listed as connected to the Dark-Hunter world is #3. And I can’t figure out why Dragonmark is the first book of the Dragons Rising series and not Dragonbane. Aaaand I imagine the upcoming Deadman’s Cross trilogy will have to be added somewhere, too.

I might need a drink.

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Site Updates

I am playing around with things again.

One thing I find that comes in handy when I am reading is a complete reading list for a series, but I can’t stand flipping back and forth on sites like Goodreads to figure out whose book I am looking for, or whose story is coming up next. So, the best idea I could come up with is to add reading lists to the character guides, and add the main couple’s names where applicable. And since I am at it, I might as well do a complete list for those series who have spin offs and the like. For example, this is what I put on PhoenixFyre’s guide for the Black Dagger World books…

– Black Dagger World Reading List –

BDB = Black Dagger Brotherhood
BDL = Black Dagger Legacy
For something like Charley Davison, where the series focuses on one set of main characters, I just went pretty basic…

– Reading List –

I don’t really know if it is necessary for the one-main set of character books, but I think it could be helpful for the one couple per book series or the ones where there are a lot of connected spin-offs. Does this work out ok, or is it a bit of overkill?

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Psy-Changeling News

Nalini Singh has posted some Psy-Changeling news over on her website, giving a little hint of the things to come. Allegiance of Honor, the “reunion book”, was officially the end of the first chapter of the series, but in no way was it an ending.

According to Nalini, the next book will be called Silver Silence – which is a change in naming format, but I like it. And while it will be the 16th title overall, it will officially be the first book of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. The Trinity Accord is just the focus of this arc, as the fall of Silence was the focus of the last one. We will be introduced to new characters, but there will also be stories focused on previous characters who haven’t had their stories told as yet.

I know that Allegiance of Honor was a love it or hate it book for a lot of people, and I was surprised by the number people who made the break from the series. I loved seeing everyone again, so for me it was a win, but it did feel like a bit of an ending for the first chapter. I am very excited for this new arc, which I figure will feature Silver (duh), Pax, Bo, and hopefully some BlackSea changelings.

Do you like the idea of a whole new arc, complete with new naming format and change in series title? Even if you weren’t a huge fan of Allegiance of Honor, will you be trying out this new season?

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Pick of the Week

Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifters Unbound is one of those series that I always enjoy, but I find myself getting some of the characters and storylines mixed up in my head. But as a bonus, one of the few characters I still have straight is Zander, the main character in this book. I have been interested in his story since he was introduced a few books back, and Guardian’s Mate is it.

guardian's mateSynopsis…

She wasn’t ready to lead…

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love…

A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger…and to each other.

Is anyone else finding this series starting to blend together for them? Not that they are bad stories at all, but between the few different Shiftertowns featured, several guardians, and similar names on a lot of the male characters, I find myself losing track of where things are. Throw in several different novellas, and I find myself getting a bit lost.

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Site Updates

Just a quick drive-by post to mention that the Character guide for the In Death series has been redone in a book-by-book format, as was requested. I also added the official blurb for each book, so hopefully it will be easier to keep track of what’s what.

I also added a guide for the new Shadows series from Christine Feehan. This one might come in handy, because I don’t know about you but that many similar sounding Italian names was a bugger to keep track of. That is one tangled family tree – and I can’t wait until the focus turns to one of the other branches. Ugh.

Cainsville and Psy/Changelings will hopefully be updated soon-ish, but I have been a bit stalled on the Dragonkin guide. I can’t actually remember the last time I worked on it, so for those who messaged me as to when it will be done I honestly can’t say. Probably not by the end of the year, but maybe January. Hopefully before the next release, anyways.

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This and That and Book of the Month

book of the monthI know it is a total shock, but Magic Binds has been chosen for the book of the month for September. Rather than asking which book was going to be chosen, it would’ve been a better question to ask what margin Ilona Andrews was going to win by. This was completely a race for second place, which went to the next ever popular In Death installment from J.D. Robb, Apprentice in Death.

On a side note, I have gotten a few emails over the last couple of days, ever since I got rid of the author sections, where people have been asking me if I am quitting blogging. Nope, I am sticking around. I am just trying to streamline things, and get rid of what doesn’t really work or doesn’t come in handy. I am the worst person for dumping things that I don’t need or use, even in my “real life”. I am not a big fan of clutter, or holding on to things that don’t serve a purpose – hence my many, many book unhauls, things like that. So, just to verify, I am still chugging along. Just in a bit more streamlined fashion.

But even though I have rearranged things a bit, if you have any suggestions as to things you would like to see added, changed, or refined here, let me know in the comments section. I might not be able to do it, but I can look into whatever suggestions you might make.

I am getting a lot done on my time off – a lot which should’ve been done a while ago, but whatever. I have two major vacations a year, and I take the opportunity to rip my entire house apart, donate/throw out what I don’t use, and clean. And it is the only time when I so wish I made the switch to e-books. Honestly. I take all of the books out, vacuum each one to get out the dust and cat hair, clean the shelves and then drag them out to clean behind for all of the hidden treasures, then rearrange everything. All together, it takes about 5 hours (and a bunch of Tylenol). And what scares me is that I have fewer books than I used to have. This is about 1/3rd of the bunch…

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You know, it never fails, I get to this point in something – books all over the place, closet ripped apart and everything flung all over the place – and then I don’t feel like doing any more. I really wanted a nap, but unfortunately didn’t have any place to have one so I had to finish it. The good news is that as of this point, I think I have done my very last un-haul. I dropped another 15 books during the course of my clean up, and now I am at the bare minimum for my TBR. There are probably a few already-read books I could pull since I have moved on from the series, but for right now I am about as efficient as I am going to get.

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Site Updates

Welp, I jumped in and removed all of the featured authors sections, and I have moved all of the character guides over to this blog. You can find the list of them over in the sidebar on the right ——>. I have left some re-direct links over on the author pages that had guides so people can update their bookmarks, if needed, but I will probably take them down in a few months.

Maria actually suggested that for the In Death guide, I could maybe change the format a bit and do a breakdown of the recurring characters at the beginning, then do a book-by-book listing for those one-shot characters that are never seen again. That sounds easy enough to do now because I am only like three books in, so playing around with the format is pretty easy at this point. Does anyone else have any suggestions they would like to see that could make things run a little smoother? I was toying with the idea of adding a forum section, but I will have to see how realistic that could be. I was thinking that maybe it would be a way to organize the various authors and series and have a place to chat, but not sure that would get used much. Let me know what you think.

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Dianne Duvall and Random Stuff

I am officially on my fall vacation, which doesn’t suck. I use it and my January vacation to do the things I was too lazy to do all year, like major cleaning. That does sort-of suck. One thing I do is tackle my dust-and-cat-hair filled books, and I usually take that opportunity to take stock and see if there are any TBR books that I have lost interest in. After many, many purges and concentrated effort to read off of my shelves, over the last couple of years I have managed to drop over 200 books off of mount TBR. Now I am pretty much down to the basics.

One of the series that has always escaped the chopping block is Dianne Duvall‘s Immortal Guardians. I don’t hear much mentioned about it, so I thought I would ask all of you…are you fans? How much did you like this series? Is it worthwhile for the TBR-sometime soonish shelf?

And on a related note as to my paring things down, I was wondering how much any of you use the author pages sections? Other than the ones that have character guides, they don’t provide anything you can’t get on Goodreads except for the fact that covers and blurbs for each series are all on the same page. I find myself using them less and less, and I am toying with the thought of just keeping the guides and moving them like I recently did for The Midnight Breed guide. Let me know if you have an opinion one way or the other. Not sure if I am getting lazier, or maybe just trying to be smarter with my time, but I am all about not having extra “stuff” lately. Physical stuff, online stuff, you name it, I have been getting rid of a lot of clutter. Not always easy to do, but it always feels so good afterwards.

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Cover Lover – Blade Bound

This was a surprise for a couple of reasons. One, I wasn’t expecting the cover for Chloe Neill‘s final Chicagoland book, Blade Bound, to be released this early. Second…is that Ethan I see?!? Really. This final full-book cover is the first to feature anyone other than just Merit, if I am not mistaken. Blade Bound will be hitting the shelves on April 24th.

blade boundSynopsis…

Since Merit was turned into a vampire at the tender age of twenty-seven, she’s become the protector of House Cadogan and saved the city of Chicago over and over again. Through it all, she’s had her lover, and friend, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

But then Ethan is violently attacked, seemingly by someone in the throes of a dark magic. And as that magic spreads across the city, Merit finds herself in a fight to the death for everything she loves.

Are you ready for this one to wind down? What direction do you think the new spin-off series will take? Shifters? Mages? Maybe something completely new?