Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Time for a quick cover lover post. Let’s start with Sweep in Peace, the second book of the Innkeeper Chronicles from Ilona Andrews. The release date for the print release hasn’t been set yet, but the serialized version on the authors’ blog should be wrapping up shortly.

sweep in peaceNext up is The Warrior Vampire from Kate Baxter, which has a release date of December 1st.

the warrior vampireNaya Morales has always been able to track stolen magic. Experienced and capable, her gift makes her the best at finding it—and punishing those who take it. But when one desirously alluring call of usurped magic leads her directly to a handsome thief, Naya feels an instant connection she refuses to break, even if it means risking her place within her tribe…

Ronan knows Naya is his mate. He aches for her body, hungers for her blood—he feels his soul anchored to her instantly. But Naya refuses to believe it. Promised to other members of their groups, Naya and Ronan cannot mate without disastrous consequences. But as Ronan is held prisoner, it is Naya he captivates—and fueled by desire, he will stop at nothing to convince her they are meant to be together for eternity…

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Coming in at number three is the third and final book in the Vamp City series from Pamela Palmer. Of Blood and Passion is due out later this year.

passion_450-300x450In the gripping conclusion to the Vamp City trilogy, sorceress Quinn Lennox and vampire Arturo Mazza battle the dangerously powerful vampire master, Cristoff Gonzaga, in a desperate attempt to save both of their worlds. As Vamp City crumbles around them, their only chance of survival demands an unconditional trust that will test the very foundation of Quinn’s soul, and surrender to a powerful love neither can deny.

Paige Tyler continues her SWAT series with the release of In the Company of Wolves on December 1st.

in the company of wolvesThere’s a new gang of criminals in town and it’s organized, ruthless, and, most importantly, a pack of wolf shifters. Eric Becker and his Dallas SWAT Team are determined to rid their streets of these lowlifes, but when his fellow cops collide with the criminals in a shoot-out, he finds himself face–to-face with the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen.

Incapable of shooting or arresting the alluring shifter who’s stolen his heart, Becker decides to hide her and leave the scene with the rest of his team. Now Jayna, his mystery woman, is left not only wondering why she was protected, but also what a street-savvy thief like her is going to do with a hot alpha wolf officer like him…

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The next two are young adult releases. Alexandra Bracken starts an as-yet un-named series on January 5th with the release of Passenger.

passengerViolin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies–the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light — threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home… forever.

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And wrapping up this batch is Dark Tide. It is the third book in the Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly, and it is due out on October 13th.

dark tideOnce a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme’s giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can’t return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina’s betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia’s parents become suspicious, his life–and all of Sera’s hopes–will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga.

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So, which ones will you be picking up? I have actually been following along with Sweep in Peace at Ilona Andrews’ website, but I am looking forward to giving the whole book a re-read when I pick up the print version. That is probably it for me from this batch. What about you?

Eighth Grave After Dark Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerDarynda Jones has quickly risen to the top of many readers’ favorite series lists, and usually it is a pretty safe bet that when one of her books is up for book of the month it will be near the top of the voting. It is hard to believe that we are already on number eight, though.

Anyways, there were 39 entrants for the Eighth Grave After Dark giveaway, and the winner was #3…

Judy V

random.orgCongratulations, Judy. I will be contacting you shortly for your details.

2015 Book Unhaul…Part II

On January 2nd I did a post where I focused on my 2015 Unhaul. I tackled my various book shelves, and I was pretty proud of myself for getting rid of around 60 books. Well, turns out that didn’t even make a dent in the pile. To my eternal shame, even after the unhaul I still had 206 books in my TBR pile. Ugh.

So, I figured that it was time for another unhaul, but this time a bit more ruthless than the last one. For this go round, I broke it into three different purges, with about 30 paperbacks being given to friends over the last couple of weeks, and this unhaul I did today…

imageAnd I still can’t take a decent picture to save my life.

Anyways, this batch is another 50 books, so my total unhaul will total about 80 books. And once again, just when I start to feel pretty proud of myself, I realize that I still have 190+ books on Mount TBR. I was hoping to get it down to less than 100, but I still have a ways to go. But at least it is a step in the right direction.

How is your addiction shaping up? Any headway on working your way through the endless mountain of books we all seem to collect, or have you surrendered to the endless TBR pile?

Pick of the Week…

Usually, if Thea Harrison was releasing a new book, it would be my pick of the week. But to be honest, I don’t have a lot of excitement for this week’s Midnight’s Kiss. Maybe it was because I am sort of considering this one a continuation of the story in the last book, Night’s Honor, and I found it a little dull. Or maybe it is because I tend to like the Wyr stories more than the other races. Either way, I am meh about it.

So, it looks like my pick of the week will be from Christine Feehan instead. Cat’s Lair is part of her Leopard People series, and it introduces a couple of new characters as the leads. I am over half-way through, and it isn’t bad. I do tend to snicker a bit through a Feehan book, but that is pretty much the norm for me.

cat's lairSynopsis…

Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.

Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley—and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own—secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.

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What is your pick of the week? Are you reading anything exciting, either new or old?

New Series Alerts…

There is only one new series to highlight this week, but it has some major buzz heading into its release. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is the first book of the series of the same name, and the early reviews have been very, very strong for this one.

a court of thorns and rosesSynopsis…

For Feyre, the downfall of her merchant-class family into poverty wasn’t easy, but after five years, she’s starting to get the hang of things. Hunt, and her family lives; fail to catch anything, and they starve. It doesn’t help that her two older sisters are lazy and ungrateful, or that her father hasn’t bothered to recover from his misfortune, but Feyre is managing.

All that changes when a ferocious beast barges into their cottage, demanding that Feyre come live with him as payment for plucking an ordinary forest rose. Dragged off into the night, the beast brings her to a beautiful manor located in Faerie, the mysterious and deadly lands bordering the mortal world. There, he sheds his animal skin, and reveals himself to be Tamlin, a young, handsome Faerie Lord.

But the estate is overshadowed by a curse: each of its inhabitants wears a mask permanently attached to their face, and Tamlin is no exception. Despite her initial desire to loathe Tamlin and his world, Feyre soon finds herself attracted to the Faerie Lord by more than her curiosity.

Just when Feyre accepts the depth of her feelings for Tamlin, they’re torn apart by forces so dark that there’s little hope of standing against them. But Feyre has endured hardship before, and she refuses to accept that her happiness could be forever stolen from her. Resolving to save her beloved and discover a way to break his curse, Feyre sets out into Faerie, where unknown challenges and dangers await, and where her love and strength will be tested in ways she never imagined.

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Apparently, this is a beauty and the beast retelling with a Fae angle, and has a more adult feel than her Throne of Glass series. Are you checking this one out?

Cover Lover – Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin

I woke up to an email from Alexandra, who kindly sent the link to the cover for the next Immortals After Dark book from Kresley Cole. It looks like the book will be called Sweet Ruin, but there still isn’t any real info yet about who it will feature, but it still has a release date of December 1st.

sweet ruinHm, different. Better than the last few hardcovers, that is for sure. But I am wondering about the symbolism of the feather thingy. And female on the front rather than male makes me think it won’t be about Munro. So, I am guessing Furie (female, wings). Any thoughts?

May’s BotM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerYep, May is shaping up to be a really decent reading month, all things considered. Your choice for book of the month went to Darynda JonesEighth Grave After Dark, which wasn’t a huge surprise. The quirky, fun series has gone to the top of a lot of readers favorites list, and from the blurb I read for the next one it looks like things are going to get very, very interesting in the next couple of books.

If you would like to win a hardcover copy of Eighth Grave After Dark, just leave a comment in the comments section. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random (through Random.org). We have a little time since this one isn’t due out until May 19th, so let’s say the giveaway wraps up on Tuesday night, Midnight (Atlantic Time). Good luck!

eighth grave after darkSynopsis…

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there,  Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Sherrilyn Kenyon News…

Like Sherrilyn Kenyon isn’t prolific enough, it looks like she is adding yet another series to her already impressive collection. Pheonix sent over word that she will be releasing a historical fantasy trilogy through TOR called Deadman’s Cross. The synopsis was upped to Facebook…

Hell On Earth.
When the Chthonians brought the primal gods to a truce at the end of their great war, part of the pact they forged was that the worst of the evil the gods had unleashed against each other and mankind would be forever banished. But forever is a long time. And nothing can contain those determined to find a way back.
To catch evil, it takes evil.
While Thorn is able to contain the demons unleashed on the ground, the ones who prey on the innocent sailors and sea faring travelers are beyond his reach.
For the sake of humanity, he makes a shaky alliance with an old foe, Marcelina. In the form of the ship they sail upon, she assembles a team under the command of Captain Devlyn Nathaniel Bane, one of the most notorious and bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the high seas.
Damned and murdered by his own, Bane is out for revenge. With his own secret agenda, he agrees to take charge of the motley crew of damned pirates and brigands, and to protect the seas from the preternatural terrors that seek to devour every unwary soul they can take.
Theirs is a sacred and deadly task, as they are hunted by their prey and human authorities alike. If they fail, the world will fall to the ancient gods of chaos, and anarchy will reign. Most of all, the Southern gate, where the greatest, most powerful darkness is imprisoned, will be opened and there will be no stopping it.
It’s yo ho ho and a bottle of high seas stakes where the souls of all humanity are the ultimate prize and bargaining chip.
So, anyone else surprised that Kenyon is adding yet another series to her already packed line-up? This one sounds like it is a bit on the different side, too, which is a bonus. From what was said in the Facebook post, she has been working on it since 2006, so it isn’t a spur of the moment thing. Does it sound like something you will be checking out?

This and That…

This is just a random post since there hasn’t been that much book-related to mention lately. I am in the process of adding quite a few titles to the new release pages, so keep an eye out in the next couple of days to see if anything grabs you. Also, I should have the character guide updated for The Others soonish, and then I will only be about a dozen behind! Don’t know why, but I can’t seem to get those suckers up to date no matter how much time I spend on them.

On a brighter note, Phoenix is working on a guide for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series (which is guaranteed to be a monster), along with the League and Chronicles of Nick series. While updating, I am going to try and start working on a new one, too, but I am going to let you choose for me. Which one of the following would you find a character guide most useful for?

To be honest, I will probably be doing one for Jane Yellowrock anyways since I have only read the first book, and it doesn’t involve a total re-read of a whole series. I can do it as I go.

So, that is what I am up to. How about you? Any great new books grabbing you lately, or anything coming soon you are excited for?

New Series Alerts…

Well, Monday means it is time to take a peek at what new series will be heading our way this week, and we have one adult and one adult title to look at. We start things off with the M.J. Scott‘s The Shattered Court, which is the first book of The Four Arts series.

the shattered courtSynopsis…

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…

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And the newbie from the world of young adult comes from Jennifer Estep. Cold Burn of Magic is the first book of the much anticipated Black Blade series.

cold burn of magicSynopsis…

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call—get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her…

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That wraps things up for this week. Are you checking either of these out, or do you have something else in mind for this week’s reading excitement?