I have to start off by saying I can take absolutely no credit for this. My sole contribution was to hit the cut/paste buttons. PheonixFyre was kind enough to once again share with us one of her character guides, this time for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Chronicles of Nick series. She has already contributed guides for Lara Adrian‘s Midnight Breed and J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood, and she is currently working on one for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books (a.k.a. the series that shall not be named until I read it).
Guides are fun, as strange as it sounds, but they take a ton of time to do, and I really appreciate Pheonix sharing her efforts here. I would love to have more done than I do, but they can be slow going and sometimes having someone else help out can get me going, too. So, if you would like to check it out, you can find the Chronicles of Nick guide HERE.
This is just a random post since there hasn’t been that much book-related to mention lately. I am in the process of adding quite a few titles to the new release pages, so keep an eye out in the next couple of days to see if anything grabs you. Also, I should have the character guide updated for The Others soonish, and then I will only be about a dozen behind! Don’t know why, but I can’t seem to get those suckers up to date no matter how much time I spend on them.
On a brighter note, Phoenix is working on a guide for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series (which is guaranteed to be a monster), along with the League and Chronicles of Nick series. While updating, I am going to try and start working on a new one, too, but I am going to let you choose for me. Which one of the following would you find a character guide most useful for?
To be honest, I will probably be doing one for Jane Yellowrock anyways since I have only read the first book, and it doesn’t involve a total re-read of a whole series. I can do it as I go.
So, that is what I am up to. How about you? Any great new books grabbing you lately, or anything coming soon you are excited for?
O.K. everyone, time to show Ilona Andrews some love – a couple of times. The final four voting is on at dabwaha, and both Burn for Me and Magic Breaks are up. When I picked the brackets at the beginning, since there were no Nalini Singh books to pick from, I had both of Ilona’s books as the final two. It could still happen.
If you have a moment, pleas vote HERE. Oh, and as a bribe, Ilona has upped a Twitter conversation between Kate and Curran. It involved laundry.
I am not sure how many of you follow the dabwaha book-thingy, but Ilona Andrews is part of the final eight competitors – twice. Magic Breaks has already made its way through to the final four, but if you are interested in showing your Ilona love Burn For Me voting is still open. Ditto for Meljean Brooks‘ The Kraken King.
So, if you have a couple of minutes, you can head over to the dabwaha site and vote.
So, this is a thing. Gena Showalter‘s White Rabbit Chronicles Trilogy…isn’t. A trilogy, that is. Not having read the third book (yet), I am no expert, but apparently there were things that were left unresolved in The Queen of Zombie Hearts, and Gena and her publisher decided to add a fourth book to the mix. A Mad Zombie Party will apparently be released this September. This seems to be a bit of a newish trend, with a couple of other series that were announced (or maybe just assumed) as being done suddenly show signs of life. Kiera Cass did it with The Selection books, for example. Interesting.
On a semi-related note, I don’t know what rock I was hiding under, but apparently Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity (I swear, I originally typed Guardians of the Galaxy) will be getting a spin-off/add on, of a sort. She has teamed up with Laura Wright on the Bayou Heat books, and it looks like they will be at it again in a new series set in the Guardians world. The first release will be called Marked by Darkness, and from the little I have heard it will feature a dragon hero? Laura Wright’s entry will be a story from her Mark of the Vampire series, as well. Man, on a selfish note, I would love to get my hands on a physical copy of this rather than e-book, but I guess we will have to see. Either way, it should be out this June-ish, and it looks like so…
Has anyone given their Bayou Heat series a try? I usually collect all of the series by authors I like, but I swear I am trying to tame Mount TBR, not throw more on top. But, you know, books seem to just follow me home. Honest.
Once again, it was time to do my duty and update the author pages. In the process, there were a few things that came to light. Beware, though, there will be what can be called major spoilers at the end, but it will be marked. Several times. You can’t unsee that sucker, much as I wish.
I actually put off doing up this little post for a few days because I was waiting for the big reveal of the next IAD couple by Kresley Cole. It has been teased for a while now, and today was the big day. And the couple is…still unknown. Huh. Turns out she is working on more than one story, and whichever one gets off the ground first will be it. Have to admit, that wasn’t quite the news I was expecting. I would rather it be “heh…it’s a surprise!” Rather than “uh, I dunno”, but that is probably just me.
On the other hand, there is no question about what Christine Feehan has going on, at all. I have said a few times that Christine Feehan is on a major writing roll lately, getting back to routinely putting out books for all of her series. I didn’t realize how much of a roll, though. Dark Ghost is due out the September, and it will be followed by Dark Promise in March, 2016. Then it will be Dark Carousel (Tariq from the Lost Dark Book is the hero), plus a novella in the Edge of Darkness anthology. There are two more Leopard books after Cat’s Lair (Wild Cat and Leopard’s Fury). The next Sisters of the Heart book, Fire Bound, is already complete, and from what I understand so is the next Ghostwalkers book, Spider Game (featuring Trap and Cayenne). Nice.
Thanks go to Lidy for this one. It turns out that Gena Showalter is devoting 2015 to her new contemporary romance series, The Original Heartbreakers. That means no word on any new Lords of the Otherworld stories for a while, or Angels of the Dark either, for that matter. That is a bummer. What is even more of a bummer is that it looks like both the Alien Huntress and Otherworld Assassin series are dead in the water, as Gena is no longer with that publisher. She has not completely ruled out new stories, but she would have to go the self-pubbed route for those and I just don’t see it myself. That means no Dallas story, and no finishing the Otherworld Assassin trilogy with John’s story. I know things happen, and I don’t get a vote, but I hate it when a series ends with literally only one story left to tell. Drives me nuts.
I already posted this one back a couple of days ago, but we now have an official release date for the second book in the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews. There isn’t a title yet (other than one of my most anticipated reads for this coming year), but it will be ours on October 27th.
Kelley Armstrong will be releasing a collection of novellas from her various series called Led Astray. Not much info is known as yet, but it will be out on September 15th.
Bound to Darkness, the next book of Lara Adrian‘s Midnight Breed series (and the first to be self-pubbed) now has a release date. It is looking like a December 31st release, and it will be available in trade paperback, audio and e-format, from what I understand. Not ideal for physical book collectors, since now it covers mass market, hardback and trade, but what are you going to do?
Oh, and on to my 2015 target author (er, which I haven’t started. Yet. But I still have time!), Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her 7th Chronicles of Nick book will be called Invision, and it is due out on April 8th of next year.
This one was welcome news. Thea Harrison is working on Graydon’s story now, and it will be called Shadow’s End. Unfortunately, we just have to wait until December 3rd to get it.
Now, for the spoiler part of the post. While I was hunting for Darynda Jonesinfo, I came across the blurb for The Dirt on Ninth Grave. Unfortunately, I can’t unsee that sucker, because I consider it major spoilery for what happens in Eighth Grave After Dark. I will post it here for those of you who, like me, have no control but wish you did…but be warned.
SPOILERS! SPOILERS – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK, CHARLEY DAVIDSON FANS!
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.
But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
There are times, as one who blogs about books, when I think I should just know more. Read more. Be up on all of the big series. And to be honest, I am trying to get there. But like everyone else, time is sometimes scarce and my existing TBR shelf is already a monster, so I don’t get into some of the authors that I really should. And really want to. I am on the home stretch of the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (which I picked up on Amber’s recommendation and my love of her Cainsville series), and I know I am going to tackle THE KENYON this year (which has its own range in Mount TBR). All good…but…a couple of other authors are calling my name, and I would like your take on them.
My likes are simple, really. A steady romantic interest (not a huge fan of a-new-dude-a-book), decently smart heroine, and a good storyline. Most people would roll their eyes and just say to try it for myself, but the problem with me is trying one book means buying the whole series and forcing myself to read them just because I bought them. I don’t surrender easily.
First up is Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. I have heard so many good things about it, but someone suggested that it was a Mercy Thompson clone and that stuck in my head. But when word came of a spin-off series coming this fall, I got thinking about this one again.
The other one is Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. As a True Blood fan, my heart says yes. As a reader? Uh, maybe. The uproar over the last book stuck with me, and while I have the first book already I am wondering how true it stuck to the show. Or vice versa.
There were a few more great authors suggested, and I will probably add a few more over the next little while. I do the author pages because I like to have all of the covers and blurbs for a series on the same page rather than having to click links back and forth. Lazy I guess, but there you go.
Also, there has been some new release info coming out for the new year, so look for some updates there, too.
Jennifer Estep – Dark Heart of Magic (October 27th)
I really, really didn’t think I would get this one done. I started it probably over a year ago, did the first two books, and then didn’t look at it again until last week. My goal had been to try and get it done before Burned comes out on January 20th…and I actually did it, with time to spare!
Reading a series for the second time, especially one as complicated as this one can be, always is an eye opener as to just how much I missed the first time around. So, if there are any fans of Karen Marie Moning who need a little refresher, the Fever World Character Guide can be found HERE. I will be updating links and things soon.