December’s Book of the Month and Giveaway…

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The poll for December’s book of the month was a little different. There was only one vote difference in the top three – Blood Kiss and Sweet Ruin tied for second with 38, and Thea Harrison‘s Shadow’s End won with 39. Can’t say that wasn’t close.

If you would like to win a paperback copy of Shadow’s End, just drop a line in the comments section. Because the release date for this is December 1st, the giveaway won’t be going long. Let’s wrap it up Wednesday night, Midnight Atlantic time. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random.

Good luck!

shadow's endSynopsis…

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…

New Series Alerts…

With all of the good releases coming out this week, I was surprised that there was only one new series starting up. Well, sort of new? J.R. Ward‘s throwback to the original Black Dagger Brotherhood books, The Black Dagger Legacy, gets its start with the release of Blood Kiss.

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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, I am back and forth on this one, honestly. I like the BDB world, but I haven’t really had this one on my radar. I will be checking it out, but not thrilled to be going back to paperback. I guess you just can’t make me happy.

Fever World Guide…

Last week I got the Elder Races guide updated and jazzed up a bit. Next up is the Fever World guide, so that will be offline until I get editing done. I can’t believe how much useless crap I have on it, so hopefully it will be new and improved shortly.

Reading Wrap Up…

booksWow, I am almost current on fir this post. Miracle. Anyways, It is time to check in and see what everyone has been reading this week. Personally, I was relatively happy with how things went.

Ok, let me start this off with my pick of the week, Christine Feehan‘s Wild Cat. Um, yeah. Well. Wow. Bad? Not…really. It is what the last few books in the Leopard and Ghostwalker series have been lately. I am now christening these books “Uber Alpha and the Doormat”. The hero is dominant to the point of being a control freak, and the heroine just…goes along with it. She tries to placate and cajole her way out of “trouble”, usually meaning she tried to have a thought for herself, or god forbid said no to something. I like an alpha, but there gets to a point where it is just over the top. Actually, what really hammered this home is that right after I finished Wild Cat, I picked up Viper Game for a re-read for the character guide, and it was pretty much the same story. Or maybe it would be better to say same tone. Completely the same. Just switch leopard shifter for cat-enhanced super-soldier, and you are set. But of course, I still keep reading.

I also wrapped up another series, Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. Winter had a lot of ground to cover, what with not only telling Winter’s story, but finishing off Cinder, Scarlet and Cress’s arcs, as well as resolving the whole Levena situation. There were times I did find that it was almost too much going on, and things did get a bit bogged down at times. I would even go so far as to say that the big resolution was a bit of a let down, to be honest. Levena was so built up that it seemed like taking her down was almost anti-climactic. But even so, it was fun to get back into the Lunar world, and see everyone get their happily ever afters. Or happily ever after one days, as the case may be.

And my final book was another re-read. I picked up the last Fever book by Karen Marie Moning, Burned. Burned was tricky, in the scheme of things. Originally supposed to be the second book from Dani O’Malley’s point of view, it was instead primarily from Mac’s. On one hand, I was hoping for another Dani-centric book (just one in the middle of the series is a bit jarring), but on the other hand, I really liked this story. I liked Mac as an almost passive observer, and I liked the insights into the Nine that we might not have gotten if it had been focused on Dani. I planned on the re-read taking the best part of a week, but I got so involved I did it in two nights after work. But man, I really want the next one now.

So, what did you read this week? Anybody else try Feehan’s Wild Cat? Are you finding the alpha a bit over the top?

Sweet Ruin Review…

So, as I have whined to pretty much anyone who will listen, my once-deep Immortals After Dark love has waned a bit over the course of the last couple of books. It isn’t that I dislike them, it is that my excitement for a new story from Kresley Cole has been sadly lacking. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it just is. Next week brings us Sweet Ruin, which actually focuses on two all new characters, and Doug Meeks sent over a mini-review.

sweet ruinWhat Doug said…

Well I finished Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark) and overall I would give it 4 Stars, it is too verbose, too oversexed and the direction of the series seems a bit muddled to me. It might be overly simple on my part but I kinda like having “bad guys” and “good guys”, the lines seem to be getting really blurry which to me is more confusing than appealing. All other things above aside the story of the main couple was good and entertaining. The interaction with Nix was kinda good and kinda confusing, not sure I really liked the ending of the overarching plot that much (not too bad, just not that good) but it was never a secret that this was a bridging novel for the overarching plotline part of the story.

So why 4 Stars and not less? Be cause it WAS a great story that kept you coming back for more. I can say with confidence it is the best novel in this series in a very long time.


Pick of the Week…

There are a couple of really anticipated releases this week. G.A. Aiken‘s Feel the Burn, which is the book of the month, is a biggie, but I have to go with my guilty pleasure author. Christine Feehan‘s 7th Leopard book, Wild Cat, is my pick of the week. It has literally been years I have been waiting for Elijah’s story, right since the beginning of the series. Every series has that one character whose story you want above all the rest, and Elijah is mine.

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A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.

Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.

Feehan is my guilty pleasure, no matter how many times I snicker and mock. I just hope that it is back to her “original” voice, not whatever a few of the last few books have been. I got my copy today, and I did do a sneak peek at the excerpt at the back for the next release, Spider Game. My Ghostwalker love has long been whined about, and my hopes for that one are sky high. Who else is looking forward to this one?

Updating Stuff…

how-to-display-an-under-construction-page-L-OTPq5LI just wanted to drop a quick note to say that for the next day or so, the Elder Races Character Guide is going to be offline while I play around with it a little. I want to do a bit more comprehensive breakdown at the beginning, like I did for The Breeds and the Immortals After Dark, and it means a bit of chaos for a while.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

jessica jonesFor the last few weeks, the hype for Marvel’s next Netflix original series, Jessica Jones, has been strong. Like, really over the top. The early reviews that I saw were pretty much universally positive, and some were downright gushy. In fact, many said that it is better than Daredevil, which I thought was an awesome show. So, basically I went into Jessica Jones certain I would love it.

I didn’t.

To be fair, I don’t dislike it, either. Or to be more exact, I like parts of it quite a bit. From best friend Trish to G.I. Joe wannabe Will to smokin’ hot Luke Cage, the supporting cast is terrific. The setting might still be Hell’s Kitchen, but it is a prettier version than seen in Daredevil. I would kill for Trish’s apartment, and I loved the peek at the $50 million TriBeCa penthouse mansion I had drooled over online last year. What I didn’t like was, well, Jessica Jones. No slight meant to actress Krysten Ritter, but I found myself waiting to get her scenes over with to get back to the other characters. That isn’t really the best reaction to have for the main character, that’s for sure.

And on a bit more…delicate…note, the raunch got a bit old for me. I am no prude (hell, we all pretty much read the same books, so it isn’t like I am a shrinking violet), but by about the third romp between Jessica and Luke I was just getting bored. And a bit embarrassed, to be honest. I was watching it by myself, with headphones on, but I found myself looking around to make sure I was still alone. Awkward.

What was your take on this one? Did you check out Jessica Jones? To be fair, I am not finished yet, but I am not feeling the need to drop everything to dive back in. I will probably get there within the next couple of days, if all goes well. Here’s hoping things pick up on the back end.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

I have been holding a few of these back for a while now, waiting to get enough to make a decent post. Let’s start with one that will be out really, really soon. Or rather, out again. A few of Ilona Andrews previous novellas are being re-released in e-format, and Magic Gifts is due out on December 1st.


It will be followed by Alphas: Origins on April 19th.

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And for something new from something old, Jeaniene Frost is releasing a companion book to her Night Huntress series called Outtakes From the Grave. It is a collection of deleted scenes, alternate versions, and commentary from the Cat and Bones world. This one is due out this December 22nd.


Next up is Shadowed Blade, which is the fifth book in the Colbana Files from J.C. Daniels. It is due out on March 16th.

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Oh, this was a surprise. I have been wondering what was up next for Lara Adrian‘s Midnight Breed series, since there hasn’t been much news on that front lately. It looks like the next release will be called Defy the Dawn, and it is looking tentatively like a June release. Even though I don’t follow this series anymore, I am still impressed that the change to self-publishing didn’t mean a change in cover design.

defy the dawn

Terry Spear‘s Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply, which is part of her Silver Town Wolf series, was originally called She-Wolf Leader of the Pack. It is due out on May 3rd.

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These last two are young adult. Soldier is the third book in Julie Kagawa‘s Talon series, and it is due out on April 26th.


And wrapping things up for this post is The Crown, which is the fifth book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Look for it on May 3rd.

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So, that is it for today. Are any of these on your wish list?

New Series Alerts…

There is only one new series starting up this week, and it comes to us from author Donna Grant. The first book of the Reaper series is called Dark Alpha’s Claim, and it is being released in e-format.

dark alpha's claimSynopsis…

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you…

My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death’s bidding. I’ve seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I’ve never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she’s yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.

Donna Grant is one prolific author. At this point, I don’t even know how many series she has on the go.