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My OMG-WTF-LOL Moment of the Week

Minor spoilers ahead for Fire Bound.

I have mentioned in a few comments that I really enjoyed the latest Christine Feehan book, Fire Bound, which was my pick of the week. It is the second-to-last book of the Sisters of the Heart part of the Sea Haven books, but Christine recently announced that she had plans to write more books set in this world, and that they would focus on a group of Russian bikers that move to town. Great. Logic told me that they would somehow be connected to the last Prakenskii brother, Viktor, who has been MIA for the last 5 years. All good so far.

So, it turns out that yes, indeed, the next books set in Sea Haven will focus on the “brothers” Viktor made in the school he was trained in, the most brutal of all the facilities. When they finish their last assignment, he and his crew will head to Sea Haven. I liked the set up, and I figured that it was an interesting direction to take this world. I figured it would ideally be a group of 5, maybe 6 of Viktor’s nearest and dearest. Maybe 8 if Christine Feehan reaaaallllly wanted to milk it. But here is where my OMG-WTF-LOL comes in. Is it going to be 6? Or 8? Nope…wait for it…wait for it…

Seventeen. Seven. Teen.

Yes, you read that right. Seventeen psychically gifted Russian assassins are heading for Sea Haven. Seventeen highly trained, completely Alpha bikers. I read that, then stopped. Stared. Read again. Then I started to laugh hysterically. That is so randomly over the top I can’t even deal. Seriously? Is it just me, or do you find that completely crazy? At one book per series per year – well, do the math. I like the idea – truly, I do, but SEVENTEEN of them? There is milking it for all it is worth, and there is milking it, then beating it into the ground, then setting it on fire to finish it off. It is like a Russian version of the Ghostwalkers, where more and more characters are added until there is no hope of ever getting all of the stories told (by the way, there are still 27 Ghostwalker men over the four teams who need to get their stories, not to mention the females). Oy. But I did have a good laugh.

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Pick of Week

Today was the nicest day ever. Every day, I do a list of everything that I want to get done – either blog or book related, cover design related (my other hobby), running around or house cleaning related. And I do a monster one that covers the different things I need to accomplish on my days off. Today? I threw the list away. Then I bought the Kindle version of my pick of the week (even though the paperback version is in the mail as we speak), and I proceeded to throw myself back in bed and read. And sleep. Then wake up and read some more. Best. Day. Ever.

Ok, bored you enough. Time to get to my laziness-inducing pick of the week, which comes to us from Christine Feehan. Her recent books have changed in tone so much (at least for me), that they haven’t really felt like Feehan books – and that covers the last couple of Ghostwalker and Leopard books (douchey heroes and way too much sex), and the last Carpathian book (which I didn’t even pick up because I got a weird vibe and didn’t like the first chapter excerpt). But the Sea Haven books? They haven’t let me down yet. So my pick of the week is Fire Bound.

fire boundSynopsis…

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.

Lissa’s role in the last book was one of my favorite parts of the story, and while I am only about half way through I am really liking it so far. Lissa is absolutely no doormat, and Casimir is not the abusive Alpha-hole we have seen in recent books. Lots of action, a strong storyline, and great characters. So far, unless things go to hell in the back half of the book and everyone gets a personality makeover, this is the best Feehan book in a long time.

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Behold the Beauty of the ARC

Yes, twice a year I make a totally bragging post when I get my Nalini Singh ARCs. I know a lot of people get ARCs right and left, but I treasure the two a year that come my way. And if I had to pick an author to get a surprise in the mail from, Nalini is it. So, behold the beauty of the ARC…

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Now, I must try and decide whether to finish reading The Beast (which I am enjoying a lot), or latch on to Allegiance of Honor like the junkie that I am. Decisions, decisions. I should probably work a cleaning of the table in the picture above into the schedule, too. Nah, it will just get dirty again, right?

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Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Here is a quick little cover lover post heading into the end of another week starting with one from Faith Hunter. Curse on the Land is the second book from her upcoming Soulwood series, and it has a release date of November 1st.

curse on the landBefore Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

And this second one is from Keri Arthur. Winter Halo is the second book from the Outcast series, and it has a release date of December 6th.

winter haloThe humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.

The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.

Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself…

The next two are both adult, and some of the pretty makes me wish I was still in the YA state of mind. Anyways, Laini Taylor will release Strange the Dreamer, the first book of the series of the same name, on September 27th.

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And this final one is from Aprilynne Pike. Glitter appears to be a stand alone release (dubbed Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette), which will be available on October 25th.

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Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

I am very excited for the Soulwood series from Faith Hunter, which is weird because I find myself struggling to get through the Jane Yellowrock books. Nothing wrong with them, but a lack of a defined love-interest throws me (I am a simple, one main couple kind of gal). Which of these are you looking forward to?

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Spotlight on Kresley Cole

There hasn’t been much word from Kresley Cole lately, but today she sent your her newsletter with not only an updated (tentative) release schedule, but a bit of info on her next novella. Day Zero, which will be released this summer, will be a story set in the Arcana Chronicles word, and it will focus on not only new arcana, but tell the story of how some previous characters survived the flash. There is a draft of the cover to take a peek at, too…

day zero

The release schedule is shaping up like this…

THE PLAYER – The Game Maker Series, April 12
DAY ZERO – An Arcana Chronicles Novella, Summer
BLOOD RED KISS – Anthology with Gena Showalter and Larissa Ione, Sept 20
ARCANA CHRONICLES BOOK 4 – Fall 2016 (Title TBA)
SHADOW’S SEDUCTION – A Dacians/Immortals After Dark Novella, Feb 2017
IAD #17 – March 2017 (Title TBA)
While I am very happy to get back to the Dacians, I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed that it will be in the form of a novella. It has been quite a while since the first book, so I was pretty sure that we had a full novel coming. But I guess we take what we can get, right?
So, which of these are you most looking forward to?
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Audio Book Recommendations?

I was supposed to post this question a while back, but I a) spazzed out and forgot, and b) deleted the email of the person who sent me the question. So, duh squared. Anyways, I got an email a couple of weeks ago that mentioned maybe doing a thread where you could share your recommendations for the best audio book series out there. I have never tried one myself, so I have no clue, but I know a lot of you are big fans. Which do you find to be worth checking out? Do you find any of them actually better than reading a book yourself?

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The Story So Far

A while back, a light bulb came on and I had an idea that I would like to start at the beginning of a series and do a book-by-book summary. Nothing major, but just a page or two of events that had happened during the course of each story. I figured that it would work best on a long running series, since that is where details can sometimes get fuzzy. Also, I thought that it would maybe make more sense on a series that focused primarily on one couple, since one book can run into the next and it can seem like one huge story.

So, long story…long, I thought I would give it a shot. Since I recently started J.D. Robb‘s In Death series, and the corresponding character guide, I figured it would be a good one to tackle. As a bonus, it seems like there is a ton of interest in the series, so people might find it helpful.

I do have to say that, like the character guide, this one will be a work in progress. I will update as I read the books, and I hope to add a new one every couple of weeks.

You can find “The Story So Far” for the In Death series HERE. Do you think something like this is worth continuing? Would you get any use out of it, or is it overkill?

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E-mail Problems?

One of the subscribers of the blog sent me a message saying that they haven’t been getting e-mails when I post since the end of the year. Has anyone else had any problems getting updates from Wicked Scribes? I know it came up once before with another reader, but that was quite a while ago. Please let me know if you have been having any problems, and I will look into things.

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Site Updates…

I did it. I really, really did it! I am three weeks late, but I can now say that I am completely caught up on all character guides. Yep. Completely up to date. For the people who e-mailed me asking when I would get the latest books added, I am sorry for the delay, but I just got way, way behind and couldn’t seem to get ahead. I know I promised by the end of January, but I was at least close-ish. Now it is on to the Dragon Kin series, plus an ongoing battle with the In Death series, which I should info for the first book up by early next week (and then just add them as I go). Thanks for the patience.