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Arcana Chronicles Book 4

So, the title of this post doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but the title, cover and blurb for the next Arcana Chronicles book from Kresley Cole have been released. And, Le sigh, now I want this style of cover for the previous three books, too. The pain! Strangely enough, there isn’t much of a wait for this one, either, since it is due out this August 15th. Behold, Arcana Rising:

arcana risingWhen the battle is done . . .
The Emperor unleashed hell and annihilated an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe struck back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

And all hope is lost . . .
With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

Vengeance becomes everything.
To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

Book three left of with a pretty epic cliffhanger, so I will be glad to finally figure out what happened to whom – and hopefully we will see an end to the ever-loathsome love triangle trope, too. Please?

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So, What’s Going On?

Yes, I was totally just rewatching that scene from Sense8 where they all start singing the 4 Non Blondes song and felt the need to start belting out “what’s going on” I think it is called What’s Up, but What’s Going On works better for me. So, what’s going on? There aren’t any new series starting up this week, and like last week I thought I would again do something a bit different. But instead of looking into what new series you have been enjoying, I thought we could look at what series you follow that have just sort of…stopped, leaving you waiting for the next book that never seems to come. Or is promised to come – someday.

Mine is actually from Shana Abe. I was really hit or miss on her Drakon series – loved some, totally didn’t dig others. It was really weird, actually. I haven’t had that type of reaction to any other series that I remember. Of course, there have been times when I haven’t liked a certain installment in a series as much as some of the others, but not from one extreme to the other and back again in the course of five books. But what I did love was her young adult spin-off The Sweetest Dark books. The setting, the writing, the characters – loved it all. What I am not loving so much? The endless wait for the third book, which has been in limbo for, oh, about three years now, with no end in sight. I do know it is supposed to be in progress, but no clue on when. I keep looking for info, but no luck so far. I understand that things happen, but I think it is the lack of updates that bugs me the most. Or maybe I am just too demanding?

That one is probably the worst for me, but there are other series that seem to have just died off somehow. Like has anyone heard anything about the Downside Ghosts series from Stacia Kane? I haven’t started that one yet, but I have heard such good things about it I am really looking forward to diving in – but there hasn’t been any news about it for ages. Ditto Dani Harper‘s Changeling series and Coreene Callahan‘s Dragonfury books. I keep looking for info, but no luck.

What book has kept you in limbo the longest? What series do you follow that has just sort of gone into indefinite hiatus? How long do you wait before you just lose hope and move on?

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Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

So, I have been radio-silent for the last couple of days, and I missed a couple of regular feature posts. I don’t even have a good excuse. To be honest, I was just in a crappy mood and didn’t feel like doing anything. I was a lazy blob, and everyone and everything seemed to get on my nerves. Not sure if you ever have days like that, but I usually don’t and it was a bit weird.

On the plus side, since I was unplugged from the computer and trying to hide out from the world, I did get some rare tv time. Or should I say Netflix marathon time. I even got to watch movies! On the tv show side of things, I got caught up on The 100, and I did a total rewatch of Sense8. Oh, and I finished Daredevil season 2 (loving that the Punisher gets a show, too). I still have to get caught up on The Originals, and I am waiting not-so-patiently for the third and sadly final season of Bitten on DVD. Unfortunately, there will be no blu-ray release, which kind of sucks, but it seems more shows are skipping it altogether nowadays.

What shows have you been catching lately? Anything interesting or different? Do you ever just check out and disconnect from the world, and if you do, what do you do with your time?

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Site Updates

This is just a quick note to mention that I am in the process of merging the character guides for Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices into one guide, plus adding all of the info for the new series, as well. Instead of three separate guides, it will now be one larger one under the “Shadowhunter World” label. But for a while? Yeah, things are not pretty. I have thrown things together, but it needs a major editing. MAJOR. So, sorry for any inconvenience, and I hope to have it someone legible by next week-ish.

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What’s Your New Series Alert?

question markMonday is the day I usually make a “New Series Alert” post, but since there aren’t any for this week, I thought I would try something different and find out which new or new-to-you series you have been trying lately.

I recently picked up the first book in the Southern Witch series from Kimberly Frost, which is called Would-Be Witch, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a quick, fun read, and I am really looking forward to the next book. Even the dreaded sort-of love triangle didn’t bother me, which is a feat in itself. So, what new series have you discovered recently? What new to you series do you plan on starting soon?

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Sooo, a Bit of a Delicate Subject

As the title of the post says, I have to address a bit of a delicate subject. I have let it slide for a bit, but unfortunately a few little recent events have cropped up and I figured it might be easier to head them off if I just spit it out.

Quite often, I get private emails from you guys, and that is great. Sometimes you send over links to things I might’ve missed, or cover or release info, or just ask questions. All of that is good, and I really appreciate it. But on the flip side of that, for the past few months I have been getting a few emails (and post comments, but more on that later) that have been asking me where someone can download a certain book, or series, for free. I always try to answer emails, so at first, I either linked to Amazon or the Book Depository and said that is where I get my books, or links to The Book Outlet for discounted titles. Most of the time, I didn’t hear back (which is fine), but if I got back the “NO. I mean where can I download for FREE?” replies, I simply say I have no clue. That usually wraps things up pretty quickly.

But, for some reason, a certain former subscriber here at Wicked Scribes felt I was lying. Perhaps holding out the holy grail of free book download sites, I guess? Anyways, an exchange of emails ended with this person saying that they were done with “supporting” Wicked Scribes since I was a bitch (eh, true), and it must be nice to be rich enough to afford all of those books (eh, whatever). There were also several comments in posts where people asked for links where they could download a particular book for free, and I deleted them as spam.

So, here goes. I am no angel. I have downloaded my share of music in my time, but I deleted it all and am slowly building my songlist back up through iTunes. I have downloaded movies in my day, too, but I got rid of them all and now I buy blu-rays when they are on sale. I did, one time, pirate a copy of Murder Game from Christine Feehan. I had my copy on order, but it was delayed in a postal strike and I was totally desperate. I read about 3 chapters, then felt so damn guilty that I deleted it. Then I bought 2 more copies – one for a friend and one to donate to the library. Never did it again. I buy my books. I don’t know where to download them or get them for free. Sorry. Don’t know, don’t need to know. Any further emails asking will get the standard “No clue” response, and any comments in posts will be deleted as spam. Sorry for the long rant, but I thought I might be able to head off further awkwardness if I just said it upfront.

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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.

strange the dreamer

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.

glitter

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?