New Release Spotlight

Well, it is time for the first official book-related post of the new year, and it focuses on author Anna Lowe. A while back, Anna was featured in our Author Spotlight series, and she checked in again to mention that she has a new book coming out this week called Deception. It is the fifth book of her Blue Moon Saloon series, and it will be released in digital format on January 5th.

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Nothing is more dangerous than forbidden love.
She-wolf Summer Smith is desperate to make up for a past she can’t deny — and the best way to accomplish that is to take on a deadly mission for her new pack. She’ll sacrifice anything to clear her name and protect the people she loves. With the future of shifters across the Southwest resting in her hands, it’s the worst possible time to fall in love — with a bear, no less.

Burly bear shifter Drew Kovacs hasn’t traveled to the Southwest to look for trouble, and he sure isn’t looking for love. But the second he lays eyes on the she-wolf with a mesmerizing smile and haunted eyes, he knows she’s the one. There’s just one problem — Summer is about to plunge head-first into danger, and he sure as hell won’t let her go alone. But he can’t show up and blow her undercover mission, either. Unless…

From what I understand, while it is the fifth book in the series it is also stand-alone, so no getting lost without the backstory and no cliffhangers to drive you crazy.

I know there were several people from the last spotlight who mentioned they were going pick up one of Anna’s books…what did you think? Did you keep up with her series?

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?

Book of the Month

I honestly can’t believe that I am typing this, but it is time to take a look ahead and pick the first book of the month for 2017. Holy crap, this year flew by. It looks like 2017 is going to continue the 2016 trend of having one month of a ton of great new releases, followed by a month that is pretty bland. January has a lot I am looking forward to, and it should be a pretty close competition between a few different titles. So, I have chosen a few that look promising (and that I personally can’t wait for), but if you have a different anticipated book, just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. A complete list of January’s new releases can be found HERE.

Ok, I maybe wasn’t the biggest fan of the last couple of Ghostwalker books (since they had a totally different vibe and didn’t even feel like the same series), and I might still really like the Charley Davidson books, but I think I am going to have to give this one to Feversong. I thought the last one felt like a filler book, but with all of the threads left to wrap up this one should be anything but. Surprisingly, my second choice is Breath of Fire. I very much enjoyed the first book, and I hope the second one lives up to it.

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.

Hidden Legacy Giveaway Winner

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I hope everyone is having a great Christmas. I spent the day updating the new release pages (which I haven’t done in forever), and it was so nice to just spend the day sitting at the computer like a blob and going over what we have to look forward to for next year’s books. And speaking of anticipated reads for next year, it is time to pick the winner of the first two books in the Hidden Legacy series from Ilona Andrews. Burn For Me will be shipped out now, White Hot will be send near its release date of May 30th.winner-screenshotThere were 17 entrants, and the randomly chosen winner (through Random.org) was #10…

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Congratulations, Jan. I will be contacting you shortly for your details.

Pick of the Week

Welp, two days and two different Ilona Andrews‘ posts, but there are definitely worse things to have. Any week that Ilona has a new release coming out is a good week, and it is pretty much guaranteed to be my most anticipated. One Fell Sweep is absolutely no exception.

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Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has and may have to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that.

I was very kindly sent a copy of this one by Ilona, and I can’t wait to do a whole re-read when I am off in December. I followed along pretty faithfully with the online serial releases, but it will be nice to marathon the whole thing. Let the countdown begin for the next one…

White Hot Review…and Giveaway

I don’t make any secret of my love for all things Ilona Andrews, but even I was surprised by just how much Burn For Me grabbed me. Honestly, I can’t remember a first book ever getting me that excited for a new series before. Unfortunately, things came up and the second book, White Hot, had a rather major release date push-back, but a few lucky souls have gotten their hands on early ARC releases, including Larissa from Larissa’s Bookish Life. She kindly offered to share her review here on Wicked Scribes, and I am happy to say that it sounds like it doesn’t disappoint…

quotation marksI was in utter awe last year when my favorite writing duo, Ilona Andrews, released “Burn For Me”; the first novel in a brand new urban fantasy series. Their world building is always on point, and that along with fascinating characters and amazingly intriguing stories got me completely in love.
Nevada Baylor’s world is one full of magic, but magic and power is something the elite controls for the most part, so when she finds herself neck deep in politics, intrigue and all out war it takes all of her will and fledgling power to deal with the threats against her simple life.
White Hot starts two months after the events in Burn for Me. Nothing has really changed, but things go from staled to worse very fast keeping the action fast paced and this reader on the edge of her seat from beginning to end.
Mad Rogan is back and whenever him and Nevada are in the same room sparks fly so strongly that I bet it’s hard to stay in the same location with them. I absolutely loved their relationship. I loved how their obstacles are not just fabrications to help the story along, but actually make total sense in this world they live in. Even though we might think that it’s obvious they will get together, I spent the whole book doubting it in parts, because their issues are so believable.
Besides the possible romance, we also get tons of new info on Nevada’s family and heritage. We also get to find out more about Rogan’s past and understand him more. One of Andrews talent is being able to give us much history and extra info without turning into obnoxious info dump, making the reader’s eyes glaze over and feeling like maybe there is something more interesting you could be doing. No, the pace is so perfect that you can’t help but keep yourself glued to the story until the very end.
Let’s not forget the incredible cast of secondary characters that help color this fantastic world. Nevada’s family is back and more lovable then ever. We also get to meet plenty of new characters to fall in love with and I guarantee that you will.
Hidden Legacies is series the surface seems to be about magic, but is in fact about family, loyalty, love and power. Any of those can be amazing but they can also be corrupted to a point where they are not even recognizable anymore. Hidden Legacies is about all of that, both sides of these coins and how people deal with them, for better or for worse.
If you have yet to experience Burn for Me I could not recommend it more, I am absolutely sure you won’t regret it. Then, dive right into White Hot and I guarantee that you will have the ride of your life.
I cannot wait for Wildfire, the third installment in this superb trilogy and I hope that we get more stories in this world because I don’t want to say goodbye to it anytime soon.

Ditto on hoping this is way, way more than a trilogy. Don’t be surprised if I harp on this a bit, because hopefully more publicity means more books. Not that I figure I can make much difference, but at least I can give it a shot. So, in that vein, I thought I might do a giveaway of the first book, Burn For Me. I figure most have already picked it up, but just in case there are still a few who haven’t given it a shot yet, here’s your chance.

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Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

And, I will preorder a copy of White Hot for you from The Book Depository as well, but you will have to wait until the June 1st release date for that one.

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Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …

So, if you would like to win a mass-market paperback copy of Burn For Me now, plus a reserved copy of White Hot to come in June, now’s your chance. Winner to be chosen at random, giveaway closing at midnight Atlantic time on December 24th. Good luck.

‘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?