Weely Wrap Up…

booksWell, I have a big two books to my credit for this week.  I stared things off with the second book of Lori Handeland‘s new Sisters of the Craft series, Heat of the Moment. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first, and I will be happy to get my hands on the third and final one in a couple of weeks. The best thing about this series? All three books are being released over something like 6 weeks, meaning no big wait where you forget what happened in the last book.

My second read was Christine Feehan‘s latest Sisters of the Heart book, Earth Bound, which featured Lexi and Gavriil. I have to say, this one was more “vintage Feehan” feeling than the last few books of hers I have read (I am looking at you, Viper Game). I enjoyed this one, I liked the fact that 5 of the brothers have reunited and I really liked the direction that Lissa’s story is taking. It looks like we might be heading to Russia for the next story, which could be fun.

There were a couple of things that did make me pause, though. I had already said in a previous post how I have noticed in the last book, Air Bound, that there were a few consistency errors. Like Airiana Rydell became Ridell, things like that. It also said in Air Bound that Hannah and Jonas had had a baby boy. Two weeks later (storyline wise), and Hannah and Jonas now have a daughter. I thought maybe I had read it wrong, but I went back and checked and nope – gender switch.

Do little errors like that bug you? They do me, sometimes. It isn’t a major thing, but it seems careless. Or maybe it is just me. What books have you caught consistency errors in?

What’s Your Take On…?

question-markI have been blogging for a few years now, and while I don’t really know much about a lot of the self-pubbed authors, I am usually relatively up-to-date on the traditionally published authors. But I realized a while back that one author I never hear much about is Yasmine Galenorn.

She is on the prolific side, with her Otherworld series having just passed the 17 book mark and a couple of new series on the horizon. But what surprises me is how little I see any of her books mentioned, outside of cover reveals (and most of the covers are really great, too). So, what is your take on Yasmine Galenorn? Where does she fall on your author lists? Do the stories live up to the pretty covers, or do they leave you wanting more?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Since I don’t really have a pick of the week for today’s post, I thought I would put up a little cover lover post instead. Let’s start with the unexpected fourth book from Gena Showalter‘s White Rabbit Chronicles, A Mad Zombie Party, which is due out on September 29th.

a mad zombie partyThe battle rages on.

Ali Bell and Cole Holland’s crew of zombie slayers thought they’d won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond Kat’s spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat’s death.

But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn’t through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.

Next up is Bitter Bite, from Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series. It is due out on February 23rd.

bitter biteWhich is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship?

It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.

It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.

Shelly Laurenson‘s second Call of Crows book will be called The Undoing, and it will be out on March 29th.

the undoing A risk worth taking…

No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.

But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.

Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!

And the final one for today is from Victoria Aveyard. The second book of her Red Queen series will be called Glass Sword, and it should be out on February 9th.

glass swordIf there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

New Series Alerts…

It is time once again to check and see which authors have new series starting up this week, and it looks like we have a couple to keep us going. Yasmine Galenorn‘s Flight From Death is the first book of the UF Fly By Night series, and from what I understand it is a sort of spin-off from her Otherworld books.

flight from deathSynopsis…

I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

And this second one is a young adult release from Rachel Caine. Ink and Bone is the first book of The Great Library series, which has been getting much hype.

ink and boneSynopsis…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

As  I have whined on and on about before, I am a cover sucker. Pretty? It must be mine. For that reason alone, I really should’ve tried a Yasmine Galenorn book by now, because all of them are pretty consistently well done. But have I? Nope. Not sure why, actually, and to be honest I haven’t heard much said about her books one way or the other. Might be time for a post to find out what readers think of her (doing it that way helped me try out the Jane Yellowrock books). As for Ink and Bone, it isn’t really yelling my name either, but the reviews have been quite positive, so I might break down and buy the e-book so I don’t feel so guilty if I don’t want to continue the series.

Will you be checking out either of these newbies this week?

Weekly Wrap-Up

booksI was a total, utter failure this week, reading a grand total of zero new books. Nada. I did manage to re-read the very, very short first book of Christine Feehan‘s Drake Sisters series, Magic in the Wind. Keep in mind, that one clocks in at only a little over a hundred pages, so I can barely even count it as a book. But what the re-read did do was really highlight the differences between the “old” Christine Feehan style and the new. I have been joking that Christine is morphing into Lora Leigh, but the tone and the vibe, for want of a better word, between her latter books and the earlier stuff really is different. I can’t say that I disliked the last Ghostwalker or Leopard books, not really, but they just read differently.

So, that was my pretty epic failure of a week. How did yours shape up? What is your take on the “new” Feehan style versus the tried and true stories of old?

Giveaway x 2 Winner

winner bannerIt is time once again to hit Random.org to see who will be the winner of…something. Either Christine Feehan‘s Earth Bound and Jennifer Estep‘s Spider’s Trap. Or one of them and something else. Or just something else. Maybe winner’s choice? Anyways, there were 21 entrants, and the randomly chosen winner was #19…

Jennings Teri

RANDOMCongratulations! I will be contacting you shortly for your info.

July BotM and Giveaway…x 2

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Well, I was so not interested in the polling this month I didn’t even check to see who the winner was until about 5 minutes ago – where I promptly noticed that things had ended up in a tie between Christine Feehan‘s Earth Bound and Jennifer Estep‘s Spider’s Trap.

Huh.

Well, looks like the only solution is to offer both for the giveaway. Or, if you haven’t yet read either one of these series, let me know and maybe we can switch it for the first book of the series rather than trying to jump in at the middle. Or…whichever books you want. Meh, I have no excitement for this one. At all.

Anyways, if you would like to win a copy of Earth Bound and Spider’s Trap (or the first book of the series, or something else), just leave a comment below. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random on, uh, Friday night at Midnight (Atlantic time). Good luck!

earth boundEarth Bound

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Air Bound returns to the mysterious coastal town of Sea Haven where six sisters of the heart are bound by the elements, and one is stalked by an inescapable past…

After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body—it nurtured her soul as well.  But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.

Lexi was discovered and threatened—only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?

spider's trapAnd Spider’s Trap

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

From the Author Pages…

It has been a while since I did one of these, since info has been coming out in a trickle for the last few months. Anyways, here’s what’s going on…

  • If you can’t wait to get your hands on The Veil, the first book of Chloe Neill‘s new Dark Isle series, it is up for review on NetGalley. You can find it HERE.
  • I upped the blurb for Dark Promises, the 98th Carpathian book by Christine Feehan (well, 28th, but it feels like more), but a couple of days ago the cover made its grand debut. I have to say, not bad. Not bad at all, considering some of the hideous disasters this series has seen in the past…

dark promises

  • As I mentioned in passing before, the first book of the Jane Yellowrock spin-off series by Faith Hunter, Blood of the Earth, has been pushed back to late 2016. Doug Meeks did some digging, and word is that Faith wasn’t happy with the book. I would rather see someone take longer than put out something they feel could be better, even if waiting longer is a bummer.
  • On the Gena Showalter front, there is finally word about the next Lords of the Underworld book. It looks like Baden is up next, and his story will be called The Darkest Torment. As of right now, no specific release date has been nailed down and it is just showing for 2016. There is talk of another Lords book next year, too, or maybe another Angels of the Dark, things haven’t been decided on.
  • Another author whose next release is being pushed back is Jeaniene Frost. The second book from her Broken Destiny series, The Sweetest Burn, will now be released February 23rd, 2016. I believe it was originally due out this October. And it looks like the paperback re-release of the first book, The Beautiful Ashes, has undergone a design change…

the beautiful ashesUgh, not really a fan. Dude’s head looks wonky, for starters. And you know that where there is a design change for the paperback, a design change usually follows for the rest of the series.

  • For some reason, I had it in my head that Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series was winding down, but it looks like #14 will be coming our way next February 23rd, and it will be called Bitter Bite.

Ok, that about wraps things up for this little update. Have you got anything to share from some of your favorite authors?

Pick of the Week…

I was planning on making the new Alexandra Ivy book my pick of the week, because spin-off + dragons is a win, but I was annoyed by the whole lack of print copies outside the U.S. So, that means that I am making my pick of the week the other book I was looking forward to, and that is Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland. I read the first book a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised, so I am glad that there isn’t a big wait for this second release.

heat of the momentSynopsis…

A spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift—and reignite a love long thought lost…

Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth—that she alone can hear the creatures’ voices. She’s always trusted her sixth sense…until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center. Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she’ll have to fight for her life…and the man she will always love.

It was actually my first Handeland book, and I was happy with it. Have you read any of her stuff? What do you think of it?

New Series Alerts…

This new series alert is also a whine alert. Alexandra Ivy wrapped up her Guardians of Eternity a couple of months back, but she is consoling us with her new Dragons of Eternity books. The new series makes its debut this week with the released of Burned by Darkness, but the whiny part is that it is only available in print format through Amazon.com, but us non-Americans are looking at an e-book release only. I will be ordering it from the US, but I am going to hold off and wait until there are a couple I want to make the shipping worthwhile.

burned by darknessSynopsis…

The Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of mist and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…

Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.

Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.

Are you looking forward to trying out the Dragons of Eternity? Do you get bugged by the limited print books like I do?