Not Quite as Loyal As I Thought I Was…

question-markAs I was doing my usual hunting/stalking of several authors recently, I came across a Facebook post by Kim Harrison where she announced a Barnes and Noble buy one, get one half off sale that featured her newest release, The Drafter. What really surprised me, though, was that Kim said it was a “Last ditch effort to sell this book (which has failed miserably.)” Reading that really caught me off guard, because I don’t think I have ever seen an author be quite that honest. It also got me thinking about a few things, like just how loyal I really am.

Kim’s The Hollows series was quite popular, yet it seems that maybe her fanbase didn’t follow her to her new work. For some reason, I just figured that they would, but then I realized that I don’t always follow that rule myself. There are a couple of authors that I follow, no matter what. Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, to be precise. They write, I read. It doesn’t matter what – subject, format, price – I am there. But after that, there are no guarantees. I faithfully read Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races books, but her Game of Shadows books are probably in the next pile I will be giving away still unread. Chloe Neill‘s The Veil is still on Mount TBR. Ditto for Larissa Ione‘s Moonbound Clan Vampires, and even the Fallen Angels series from J.R. Ward hasn’t grabbed me yet…and the Bourbon Kings doesn’t tempt me at all.

Are you surprised that Kim is calling The Drafter a failure? Do you follow an author from one world into the other without question, or are you more hit and miss, like me? What authors do you follow, no matter what?

Site Updates…

question-markIt has been a while since I have done any housekeeping around here (er, around my house, either, but that is another story). I did manage to get one target reached recently, though. Originally I had done a guide for the Sisters of the Heart series, but since it felt like that was half the story I went back and added all of the info for the Drake Sisters books as well. Since Christine Feehan plans to continue to write books set in Sea Haven, I figured it would make sense. So, the Sisters of the Heart guide will now be changed to the Sea Haven guide, and cover all series set there. One goal down.

I have gotten a few emails recently from people asking when I will get a guide updated, and pretty much everyone got the same answer – soonish. I am going to be working on them for the next few weeks, in no particular order, and I hope to get in the range of caught up by the end of October.

Oh, and I am changing around a few of the author pages. There are some authors that I don’t follow anymore, so I might be dropping a few of them from the featured authors sections. I am pretty sure I will be dropping Lara Adrian, since I stopped reading her a while back, but I am not sure who else.

So, this is your chance. Anything around here you can think of that needs to be changed, updated, or dropped? What sections do you use, what don’t you need, or what would you find helpful?

Sooo…Sense8, anyone?

Netflix_Sense8_promo_artI don’t really watch tv. My father watches his crap 24-7 (wrestling, Mike Holmes repeats, and the snore-fest Blue Bloods), and since that is about the only thing in life he does I let him have at it in peace. Plus, the first couple of times I did decide I wanted to watch something, I had to explain to him what I was watching, what it was about, what was happening, what everyone just said, and “no, that is not Hulk Hogan” was said way, way too many times. I usually made it about 15 minutes before I gave him back the remote so he could watch whatever masterpiece he was missing. Basically, I gave up, and now I just pick up blu-rays of shows I like and marathon them. It should be said, I do have more than one tv, but if I go to another room to watch something he thinks I am angry/sick/worried/tired, and yells every few minutes to see what I am doing. I have been known to yell back “water skiing”. It got old.

But a couple of days ago, I decided to try Sense8 on Netflix. I actually had two whole hours by myself, and thought I would turn on a non-wrestling tv show. I didn’t really know much about it other than it was quite hyped, but I really, really liked it. It isn’t for everyone, I know (and I definitely will NOT be watching it with dear daddy around), but so far I am hooked. I am trying to pace myself, but I can see me wrapping up the first season in the next couple of days and actually doing a rewatch, too. It is a bit of a mind bender, and highly sexual, but I can’t wait to see where things are going.

I am late to the game, since it came out I think in June, but I don’t know any “real life” people who have watched it at all (er, or maybe they just won’t admit it?). I also have a big love for Bitten, flaws and all, and I finally managed to watch Breaking Bad, which was great. I am way behind on True Blood, Arrow, Vampire Diaries, and pretty much everything else, but I am trying to get back into things.

Has anyone else checked this one out? If not this one, what other shows have you hooked?

New Series Alerts…

There is only one new series starting up this week, and it comes to us from Kim Harrison. I have been intrigued by The Peri Reed series since The Drafter was first announced, since I thought it would be a good chance for me to try another author on my “want to read someday” list. I have the first book of her Hollows series, but just haven’t made it there. Yet.

the drafterSynopsis…

The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report in this first highly anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s sexy new romantic suspense trilogy, featuring a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and set in a futuristic Detroit.

During a routine but dangerous Opti task, Peri Reed finds out her trusted partner has made her a corrupt agent. Her unique ability to jump back forty seconds in time to correct a mistake leaves her vulnerable when her partner, who is responsible for replacing her memory of the event, gives her a false one. But Peri lives and dies on her intuition, and she begins to piece her twisted reality together as she flees her one-time secure situation at Opti and tries to find the truth with a sullen but talented psychologist named Silas who works for the very agency trying to bring the Opti corruption to light.

With Howard, tech and med specialist, and Taf, gun-toting daughter of the apposing grass-roots agency, Silas and Peri try to rebuild her memory of the night she killed her partner, knowing it will put her mental stability in danger. Peri remembers, and thoughts of revenge keep her alive and moving forward as she tries to put an end to Opti, working with the very faction that wants to see her dead.

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Who has this one on their radar? Did anyone try out the prequel story that recently came out, called Sidetracked? What did you think?

Weekly Wrap Up. I Fail.

booksIt is time for the ol’ weekly wrap up post, and it shouldn’t take long since I read precisely…0 books. Yep, I can honestly say that I didn’t read so much as a word for an entire seven days. In other words…nada.




Hopefully the shame of posting that I was a total dud will help give me the kick in the butt I need to get me back on track for next week. How did your reading shape up this past week? I figure pretty much everyone had to do better than me.

What Do You Know?

question-markWhat with there being no new series starting up this week, that meant no regular Monday post. And no books I was interested in meant no Tuesday post. Aaaand only one or two new covers meant no cover lover posts, either. What is a book blogger to do but turn the tables?

Have you seen anything interesting around? Any info that caught your eye, or cover reveal that got you excited?

What’s On Your Wishlist?

question-markAt the start of the year, I did a post about your most anticipated reads for 2015. I thought that well over half of the year has flown by, it was time to do another check in and see what you are looking forward to in these last months of 2015.

For me, there is surprisingly few. Since I already got an ARC of Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Enigma, I am down to just a couple of books that I would say fall into the “can’t wait for” category. First up is Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong, and luckily it is due out next week so the wait is almost over. The second one is Winter from Marissa Meyer, which it the final book in the young adult Lunar Chronicles series. If there was one series that I would love to see a few more books from, this would be at the top of the list.

There are a couple that should be on the list but didn’t quite make it. J.R. Ward‘s Blood Kiss, for example, should have me excited. But for some reason I am more in a “whatever” mood about it. Ditto Kresley Cole‘s Sweet Ruin. Actually, I am past “whatever” and onto “meh” for Sweet Ruin, which is sad. Also, I have been waiting for Thea Harrison to write Graydon’s story for her Elder Races series for what seems like forever, but I can’t work any excitement up for his leading lady, so that took care of Shadow’s End.

So, what books are you still looking forward to for the rest of the year? Do you have any, like me, that you should be excited about but just aren’t for some strange reason?

This and That

Ok everyone, this is going to be a strange little catch-all post, but at least it should be brief-ish.

First off, I have updated the new release pages through until something like May 2016. There wasn’t a ton of shifting around to do, but several titles did do a disappearing act from Amazon and I ended up removing them from my listings, too. Also, I am in the process of adding quite a few new titles, which is always fun.

I don’t have any new series to highlight for my usual Monday post, and in fact there isn’t anything I really feel like choosing for my usual Tuesday pick of the week post, either. So, I decided to rewind time since I spazzed out and forgot to up my pick for last week. Without further ado, my “Pick of the Previous Week” is Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland, since Magic Shifts has already gotten all the love this month.

smoke on the waterSynopsis…

Abandoned beneath a black willow tree on the banks of a northern Wisconsin creek, Willow Black spent her entire childhood in foster care. Her entire life she’s had terrifying visions, and it is these visions that eventually land her in a psychiatric facility. And so Willow takes her meds and believes she is getting better. Until she meets a fellow patient who doesn’t think she is crazy at all. She thinks Willow is a witch.

Willow’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sebastian Crane, works hard to resist his feeling that he and Willow are destined to be together while also working to convince her that strange occurrences aren’t the result of witchcraft… until he is thrown into the middle of a storm of supernatural events that can’t be explained any other way…

And speaking of Magic Shifts, tomorrow is my once-a-year run away from home book vacation. I will be taking off for the night, all by myself, and finally picking up Magic Shifts. Then I will have 24 glorious hours of peace, quiet, room service and reading (ok, and shopping, but mostly reading). No TV, no phone, no yelling or whining unless I am the one doing it. Total bliss. I will check back in on Wednesday.

New Series Alerts…

Time to spam everyone with another post, this time the usual Monday new series alert. There is just one this week, coming from Chloe Neill. Her new series is called Devil’s Isle, and the first book is called The Veil. Most of the Goodreads reviews seem to be solidly in the three star range, which I found a bit surprising.

the veilSynopsis…

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

Will you be checking this one out? If you got one of the ARC’s, what did you think?

From the Author Pages

It was time to get to updating a bit, so I started with the featured author pages. As usual, a little bit of info came out of my stalking, so I thought I would share…

  • The cover and blurb are out now for the next Sisters of the Heart book from Christine Feehan, Fire Bound. The preorder links just went up on Amazon in the last couple of days, so I was surprised to see so much info so quickly. This one has a release date of April 26th.

fire boundThe #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sea Haven novels returns to the circle of the six sisters of the heart, bound by the elements—and to one who possesses the power to inflame the most dangerous passions of all.
Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.

Wow. That one is way under-whelming. It feels like a departure from the rest of the covers in the series, and is just sort of…bland. It definitely doesn’t scream paranormal romance, or fire for that matter. I get more of a Little Women vibe, myself.

  • There is some news on the Darynda Jones front, as well. It looks Charley 10 will be released next June 28th, and it will be called The Curse of Tenth Grave. Number 11 doesn’t have a title as yet, but it will be out January 2017.
  • J.R. Ward recently released the first book of The Bourbon Kings, and it looks like the second book will be called The Angel’s Share. There is no release date, as yet.
  • Oh, and I had been wondering why there hasn’t been much news on the Larissa Ione front lately, but my last check actually unearthed something. She will be writing a male/male e-novella addition to the Demonica series called Base Instincts, which will be released on September 14th…

base instinctsAs a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.

Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze.

Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.

I’m not big on the male/male, or e-books, so I will probably be giving this one a pass, but I am glad to see something in the works from Larissa.

So, that wraps this little newsletter up for today. What have you heard from your favorite authors? Anything exciting in the works?