Archangel’s Viper

I have been doing behind-the-scenes stuff for the last couple of days, so my usual info-hunting routine has been behind. So imagine my shock when I stumbled onto Nalini Singh‘s site to find the title and a non-official blurb for the next Guild Hunter book, Archangel’s Viper. And we all know who that’s about:

Return to the epic and dangerous world of the Guild Hunters in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh, as immortal angels, vampires, and mortals struggle to build a new world order…

Venom has always been one of the most mysterious and seductive members of the Seven–Archangel Raphael’s personal guard. But even this powerful vampire has no idea what awaits when he returns to New York…and to a woman who might be the greatest threat of all…

Confession time – I firmly believed that Sorrow (whom I am completely assuming is the woman in question) would end up with Bluebell. Even against all of the signs, I was almost sure. I figured her terror of angels would bring the angst, and his love for humans would be covered in a way that didn’t involve his HEA having to turn vampire. And it now really makes me wonder about the Illium/Aodhan vibe I have gotten from the last book. Sigh.

Amazon.uk lists the next Guild Hunter book as a September 21st release. Countdown begins again.

– Wow. 1,000,000 –

thank-youAs you might’ve noticed, I have been changing a few things around. Layout is a little different, as are some of the graphics and things. I haven’t found anything I like yet for a header, so that is still in progress, but most of the visual stuff is on the way to being done. Yesterday, Kim pointed out that none of the links at all worked on the 101+ Series to Read Before You Die page. Honestly, I hadn’t even looked at that page in years. Weirdly enough, I was going to delete it yesterday in my remodel, but then I got Kim’s email. Do any of you use it? Is it worth holding on to?

I finished up the merging of the yearly and monthly new release pages, as well. I hope that works out for everyone. The first part of the page is a summary, listing author/title/series/ and whether or not it is a re-release, then there is the usual summary with covers and blurbs. I hope you find the new layout a bit more useful – I know I will for updating and such.

I am quite a bit behind on updating the guides, but I have hopes to get back into things as soon as I have the new design worked out completely. I also have quite a few new releases to add to the schedule, which is always fun to do.

Finally, I just want to say thanks. I was very surprised to notice yesterday that Wicked Scribes has gone up over the 1,000,000 hit marker. I don’t usually keep track of those sort of things, so it was a very pleasant surprise. While I do try and make this as user friendly as possible, first and foremost this started out as just a way for me to keep track of the books I like. To think that someone else gets any use out of it is a bonus.

Cover Lover – Wildfire

I go away for a couple of days, and I return to find that Ilona Andrews has released the cover for their upcoming third Hidden Legacies series, Wildfire. I have been quickly devouring every little snippet posted, hunting for any info, and desperately hoping that this one doesn’t end at a trilogy. The first book, Burn For Me, was probably the most addictive first-book in a series I have ever gotten my hands on, and I figure it can only get better from there.

wildfire.jpgSynopsis…

Nevada Baylor can’t decide which is more frustrating—harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor “Mad” Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she’s become a crucial player—and sometimes a pawn—but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared, and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

Rogan faces his own challenges, too, as Nevada’s magical rank has made her a desirable match for other Primes. Controlling his immense powers is child’s play next to controlling his conflicting emotions. And now he and Nevada are confronted by a new threat within her own family. Can they face this together? Or is their world about to go up in smoke?

On a side note, you might notice I am changing things around a bit. I was going to go with a gold and black scheme, but everything I tried looked funny. So, green and blue it stays. I am changing the theme, though, so things might work a bit differently for a bit. Decorative items will be changed and arranged over the next few days, so let me know if you find anything that doesn’t work as it should or just looks weird.

A Look Back…And a Look Ahead

2016 feels like the year that I finally got myself organized and under control. As anyone who has ever read a post on this blog probably knows that I like things to be arranged and in place. I like plans and goals and organization, and my book collection was way, way out of whack for quite a few years. I wouldn’t say I am a minimalist or anything, but I don’t like my space cluttered by things I can’t or won’t use, and my monster TBR pile always bugged me for that reason. Instead of being a pleasure, it was like a burden I was just trying to get through.

It was for that reason that I finally pulled the plug on my Sherrilyn Kenyon TBR pile. I made it through the first 10 or 12, but I really just lost interest as the stories went on. I did plan on getting to Acheron’s book, but I realized I liked him as a character too much to read about him getting the crap beaten out of him for 400 pages. The Dark-Hunters were probably my big fail of 2016, but it was still hard to part with my 40+ Kenyon books. I was really happy, though, when I realized that getting rid of them dropped my TBR down to just 17 books. Yep, 17.

On the other hand, I also had a big winner in 2016. After much procrastinating, I finally took the plunge and gave J.D. Robb‘s In Death series a shot. Even though I am only about 12 or 13 books in at this point, it is a definite winner. I haven’t been disappointed yet, and I look forward to each new story. I can totally see why Roarke has always been at the top of everyone’s favorite hero list – just saying.

For me, I think 2017 is going to shape up as the year of ends. Several high-profile series I follow will be wrapping up, or at the very least ending a story-arc before seeing spin-offs start up in 2017. Between The Others, Fever series, Chicagoland Vampires, Cainsville, and the Kate Daniels series, that is a lot of goodbyes (or farewell for nows). As much as I don’t look forward to that, the bonus is that 2018 should be the year of new beginnings. Hopefully.

How did your 2016 shape up, and what do you think 2017 will look like? I couldn’t really pick my best and worst reads for the past year, or even my top 10, but what stood out for you? Did you end up pulling the plug on anything you have held on to for way too long?

Happy New Year

fireworksHappy New Year everyone…here’s hoping we all have a great 2017. I usually have already done up a couple of posts looking back at the previous year and ahead to the coming one, but I guess there isn’t any rush.

I am toying with the idea of refreshing the blog a bit, maybe a bit of a design/color change, that sort of thing. Is there anything you would like to see updated, or changed/added/removed? I am very happy that I merged all of the author pages into the main blog a few months back, it has made maintaining things much easier, but there is always room for improvement. Let me know if anything has been bugging you, or could be easier to navigate. I have been even thinking of changing the color scheme to black and gold, but we will see.

How was your 2016? Any exciting changes, good or bad? Are you happy with how the year played out, or do you have a ton of resolutions for 2017?

This and That

After a couple of months where I have been letting things slide a bit, I am working on updating and adding new releases. In the process, I have come across a few little things to share…

  • It looks like the next Charley Davidson book from Darynda Jones will be called The Trouble With Twelfth Grave, and it will be released on October 31st.
  • And speaking of twelve, the twelfth Jane Yellowrock book from Faith Hunter will be called Dark Queen. No word on release date yet. But the third Nell book, Flame in the Dark, will be out next December.
  • The cover has been released for the third and final book in Jeaniene Frost‘s Broken Destiny series, The Brightest Embers. It has a release date of July 25th.

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  • December 5th, 2017 is the release date for the as yet unnamed third book of J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Legacy series.
  • I am looking forward to getting the next G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin book, Bring the Heat, when it comes out next August 29th. Here’s the blurb for this Brannie and Aidan book…
quotation marksI, Aidan the Divine, am, well divine. My name was given to me by the Dragon Queen herself! I’m a delight! Cheerful. Charming. And a mighty warrior who is extremely handsome with a very large and well-hidden hoard of gold. I am also royal born, despite the fact that most in my family are horrendous beings that don’t deserve to live. And yet, Branwen the Awful—a low-born, no less—either tells me to shut up or, worse, ignores me completely.
I’ll admit, I ignore Aidan the Divine because it annoys him. A lot. But, we have so much to do right now, I can’t worry about why he keeps staring at me, or why he always sits so close, or why he keeps looking at me like he’s thinking about kissing me. We have our nations to save and no time for such bloody foolishness…no matter how good Aidan looks or how long his spiked tail is. Because if we’re going to win this war before it destroys everything we love, we’ll have to face our enemies together, side by side and without distractions. But if we make it out alive, who knows what the future will hold…
  • The second book from Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s new Deadman’s Cross series will be called Death Doesn’t Bargain, and it will be released next October. And the hardcover re-releases for the Dark-Hunter series continues, and it looks like the next one up is Fantasy Lover. It will be out on November 7th.
  • Kerrelyn Sparks starts her new Embraced series this March with the release of How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days. Turns out, we won’t have long to wait for the second book, either. So I Married a Sorcerer will be out next August.

So, there you have it. Have you seen anything interesting lately? I have high hopes for 2017’s reading, and my ability to actually not get behind. Hopefully.

‘Tis the Season…For an Unhaul

I was pretty sure that my last book unhaul was my last. Just like I thought the one before that was the last. And so forth. But I am almost positive that this last one is the final one. Maybe. Sigh.

Anyways, I was ruthless once again and managed to pull almost 100 books from my little collection – and in doing so, I even managed to drop Mount TBR to below 40 books. Beauty!

There have been several authors I haven’t picked up a book from in years. Lara Adrian, Christina Dodd, and Jacquelyn Frank fall into that category, so I finally managed to let them go. A few other authors have series that seem to have petered out, like Alyssa Day and her Warriors of Poseidon and Larissa Ione and the Demonica books…so they got the heave, too. Add in a few more young adult titles, and things are looking good.

I might’ve cheated a bit, though. Since I have decided relatively recently that e-books aren’t exactly the work of the devil, I was all bold and stuff and got rid of a few physical books with the intention of picking them up again for my Kindle. People like Elizabeth Naughton, Elizabeth Hunter, Jessica Sims and even Ilona Andrews‘ Innkeeper Chronicles will now be picked up only in e-format. And the best part? I don’t list the books on my Kindle to be official TBR titles, so I don’t feel like such an epic failure with all the books I haven’t read.

Have you done any big clean outs lately? What old favorite authors could you purge from your collection, or which ones are on the verge?

Cover Lover – Singh, Ward and Feehan

Well, time again for another cover lover post, starting with a big one from Nalini Singh. Silver Silence is the first book of the second arc of the Psy-Changeling series, and with this new chapter comes a new cover design. It will be released on June 15th.

silver-silenceControl. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

And Christine Feehan will release Shadow Reaper, the second book of her Shadow series, on May 30th.

shadow-reaperBillionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood—but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness not only puts his life at risk, but the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her—a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…

This next one might not be paranormal, but I thought I would throw it in since it does come from J.R. Ward. Devil’s Cut is the third and final book in The Bourbon Kings series, and it will be released on August 1st.

devils-cutAt first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

I was really starting to wonder if G.A. Aiken had given up on the Dragon Kin books, so I was very happy to see the listing for the next one. No clue on who it will feature, but Bring the Heat has a release date of August 29th.

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This next one is from Paige Tyler. Wolf Hunt is part of the SWAT series, and it will be out on June 6th.

wolf-huntRemy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He’s there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy’s senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy―his beautiful high school crush.

After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close―very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner―and first love―was killed on the job, he’s kept women at a distance.

But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy’s protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self…and hope Triana accepts him.

Heather Graham‘s long-running Krewe of Hunters series continues with the release of Dying Breath on June 1st.

dying-breathAs a teenager, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer. That was the first time she saw a ghost. Now the city of Boston is being terrorized—someone is kidnapping women and burying them alive, but cruelly leaving a glimmer of hope for the authorities by sending a clue about their location. Vickie is pulled into the investigation when her name is mentioned in one of the notes. And as a historian, she has the knowledge to help uncover the graves the killer known as the Undertaker is choosing. But she also has another, unique lead: the spirit of one of the victims is appearing to her in dreams.

Special Agent Griffin Price is on the case for the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s special unit for paranormal investigators. He feels particularly protective of Vickie, since their shared past is connected to the threat that currently surrounds them. With the killer accelerating his plans, time is running out for more victims hidden around the city. Vickie is becoming closer with Griffin, but she’s getting too close to the danger, and every breath could be her last.

And wrapping things up for today is Midnight Curse from Melissa F. Olson. It is the first book of the Disrupted Magic series, and it will be released on June 1st.

midnight-curseScarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett’s job is to keep the supernatural world hidden—at any cost.

On the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate. Molly, a vampire, had been living with twelve human college students…and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.

Scarlett believes Molly’s been set up, but no one else in the Old World agrees with her. And the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre—the penalty for which is death.

With less than two days to prove her friend’s innocence, Scarlett calls on former LAPD detective Jesse Cruz to help her dig into Molly’s past. But no one—Molly included—wants Scarlett and Jesse to bring the terrible truth to light.

I like the new cover direction for the Psy-Changeling Trinity books. God knows the first arc went through more than their fair share of design changes, so hopefully this one can stick for a while. Which of these are your favorites? Are there any that catch your eye?

Other Stuff

I know I have been a bit quiet the last few weeks, mostly because there hasn’t been a ton to bring up. But also, there have been a few behind the scenes moments that have crept up, and I thought I would do one post to clear the air in case anyone had similar concerns. I hope this doesn’t come off as whiny, since I mean it only to answer a few issues which have been brought up by readers here. Some of these are variations on the same theme, so bear with me. This is guaranteed to be long winded.

It was brought to my attention that I can unfairly tend to focus on certain authors while barely giving others a passing mention. Why is that? Do I get freebies out of it? The answer is yes I do focus more on some authors, and no I don’t get anything out of it. Well, let me rephrase and say that in all my years of blogging, this is the grand total of my “payoffs”…

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That is six ARCs, one print book, and just recently Ilona Andrews e-mailed me and gave me an e-pub AND a mobi copy of One Fell Sweep (and let me tell you, seeing an email from Ilona Andrews? Surreal). And I got excited for every single book I was sent. I was grateful for them all, enjoyed them all, and felt a bit guilty that I was getting them. This is such a small blog that I what I say or do doesn’t have much of an impact, so I don’t pull down copies of things left and right.  I do quite often get offered books, but since I don’t review I don’t think it is fair to accept them. Honestly, there are really only two reasons some authors get more page time than others. One big factor is how active each author is in keeping their own info updated. I can’t talk about what I don’t know, so the writers that are active on Facebook, who blog and keep their release schedule current, and who make a point to keep their readers in the loop about what is going on are the ones I talk about. The other is that, bluntly put, I like some authors more than others and so I keep better track of them. It might not be completely fair, but it is true. The ones I get excited for are the ones I stalk follow the most, so they are the ones I am most likely to talk about.

That is why I make it a point to ALWAYS state where I stand on an author and their work. You might wonder why I always yammer on about being a fan girl for Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, or Kelley Armstrong, or ramble on about someone being on my TBR or the fact that I haven’t read them. When I talk about Christine Feehan, I want you to know that I have every book and get them all on release day, no matter how many times I roll my eyes. When I comment on Sherrilyn Kenyon, I want you to know that I am working my way through her books on my TBR pile. That way, you know where I am coming from and can take what I say accordingly.

In a similar vein, it was also mentioned that I seem biased against indie-authors. I don’t mean to, but I can see where it comes off that way. I do very much tend to focus on traditionally published authors, and most of it comes down to what I said above – I can’t talk about what I don’t know, and in many cases it is much harder to keep track of indie releases. For example, we know that Nalini Singh’s next Guild Hunter book will be released on September 21st, 2017. But in many self-pubbed cases, you are lucky to get a weeks’ notice before a story is released. So a lot of the time, a book has already come out before I find any listing for it. I guess I should say that they just slip through the cracks. But feel free to recommend a favorite indie author for a spotlight post, or send over a review, and we can get them the page-time they deserve.

Finally, it was mentioned that I shouldn’t comment on authors I haven’t read, or I shouldn’t say I have no interest in reading something because it isn’t fair to the author. This came up after a recent cover lover post where I said that I probably wouldn’t be picking up any of the books I had featured. This is tricky because while I can see the person’s point, it was just me being honest that since I don’t read YA much anymore, I had no intention of buying any of them. I didn’t say that they sounded bad, or that I had heard bad things about them, just that they didn’t appeal to me. I do still have personal opinions, and they are bound to creep in once in a while. I am going to try and be more conscious of this from now on, because I don’t want to come off as negative about perfectly good books. It is like the Anita Blake series. I do the cover lover posts for it, and keep track of it in the new release sections, but from what a lot of you have mentioned here over the years I know it isn’t my thing. Others love it, which is great. I need to be more conscious of not letting my lack of interest in something come through in what I post.

So, very long story short – yes, I do favor certain authors and I always will. Can’t help it. Not because I get anything out of it, but because they bring me joy and work hard to publicize themselves. I own my fan-girlyness proudly. I try and be as inclusive as possible, but many self-pubbed authors do slip by me no matter how hard I try, however if there are authors you would like to see featured here just let me know. And while I might be a blogger, I am first and foremost a reader who has opinions, likes, and dislikes, and sometimes it shows. And most importantly?

ILONA ANDREWS E-MAILED ME AND SENT ME A BOOK.