Devon Monk’s Back Lash…

So, as I have whined about over and over again, I am not a fan of e-books. I think the main reason is that those suckers are just too darn hard to keep track of for the blog. Traditionally published books have months of publicity and preorder time for me to find them and list them here. E-books? Not usually so much.

For example, I just now noticed that Devon Monk has a new novel out in her Broken Magic series featuring Shame and Terric called Back Lash. Great! And it comes out…yesterday. Huh. I am late to the party once again. Better late than never, I guess. Take a peek at Back Lash…


Magic isn’t a blessing with drawbacks, it’s a curse with upsides.

Shame Flynn and Terric Conley hadn’t meant to become the living, breathing vessels for Death and Life magic. But they hadn’t meant to die, be reborn, break magic, save the world, and kill a few psychopaths along the way, either.

The one thing they had meant to do was to seal magic away so it could never be used to kill again.

When a string of dead bodies–people killed by magic–appear throughout Portland, Oregon, Shame and Terric must scramble to uncover who broke the locks on magic and how.

Before Terric’s sister becomes the next target.
Before the Russian mob locks them in their sights.
Before the question of who can control magic is decided by bullets and blood.

How many Shame and Terric fans are out there? Are you happy to see more from this world?

Feel the Burn Review…

review iconSometimes, when you read pretty much exclusively in a genre like Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy, it can be hard to find something that has a different feel. One of those that definitely has a different vibe is the Dragon Kin series from G.A. Aiken. With its historical setting, huge extended cast of characters, and constant laughs, the Dragon Kin books really are quite unique. Doug Meeks sent over his early review for Feel the Burn, which has an official release date of November 24th.

feel the burnWhat Doug said…

I usually have second thoughts many times when I give a 5 Star rating, wondering if I am grading it too easy. I had no such problems with this book. I started laughing on about page 5 and did not stop until the end of the book pretty much.

The way the author manages to write stories about so much chaos, blood, gore and violence while making me laugh so much and in the middle of all of this still pull off a decent if light hearted romance is nothing short of amazing.

This time it is Gaius and Kachka is great, not a lot of warm moments but heart felt ones that fall into line with the chaotic plot of this book but this book is stolen so many times by Zoya who I will not even attempt to describe since you really HAVE to read it to appreciate her.

Bottom Line: I am not sure you can really appreciate this book unless you have read at least the first 3 novels in this series to get a feeling for the insanity that is this series. The humor is insane also so get ready for a wild ride. I cannot tell you how highly I recommend this book if you need something to lift your spirits . Well done indeed.

I know this will be a big one, since it is the book of the month, but let’s look ahead. Who’s story do you think will be up next? I figure it must be Brannie’s turn soon, unless new characters are introduced in this one.

Weekly Wrap Up…


My last weekly wrap up was in September. So, maybe this should be called my bi-monthly wrap up, instead?

I have been cutting back on my random buying, so I have been being good and tackling my ever dwindling TBR mountain. One book that had been on the pile for much too long is Light My Fire, the seventh book in the Dragon Kin series from G.A. Aiken. This one was a lot of fun, and got me back in the mood for the next one. I surprised myself by remembering almost all of the characters, and that is a definite achievement for this series. Now, on to Gaius!

I also managed to read Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini. It was a decent read – sort of middle of the road for me, but I still picked up the second one to see how things go.

Also on the young adult side of things, I read Gena Showalter‘s third and fourth White Rabbit Chronicles books, The Queen of Zombie Hearts and A Mad Zombie Party. I was all proud that I wrapped up another series on my pile, but I was left with the feeling that there is still more to come. Maybe a spin-off featuring Kat and River?

And I finally broke down and bought Dragos Goes to Washington, a novella in the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. I am not a huge novella fan, since I will never be an e-book lover, but there was enough going on in this one that I am really glad I didn’t skip it.

That is about all that I can remember, since it has been so long. My “master plan” to tackle my TBR pile plods along, and I can proudly say that I have gotten that sucker down to under 200. Not only have I been reading out of it, but I am trying really hard to not add any new books to the pile by reading them as they come in. I did have a few slip by me recently, but the fight continues. My goal for 2016 is to get it down to under 100, but that might be pushing things. How has your reading gone lately? Discover any new treasure, or find any new authors?

Feel the Burn Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerIt is time for a quick little post to pick this month’s winner of Feel the Burn from G.A. Aiken, November’s book of the month. I am feeling all proud because not only am I up-to-date on the Dragon Kin series, but I just recently read the previous book and feel relatively clear on who is who. Sort of. Maybe.

Anyways, there were 26 entrants for this giveaway, and the randomly chosen winner (through was #24…


randomorgCongratulations, ybell. I will be contacting you shortly for your info.

Cover Lover – Firstlife

It is time for another little cover reveal, this time from Gena Showalter‘s upcoming new young adult series, Everlife. The first book will be called Firstlife, and the release date is February 23rd.

firstlifeONE CHOICE.



Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

I usually pick up all of the Showalter new stuff automatically, but this one gives me a little pause. I usually really like “institutionalized” storylines, for some reason, but I have been a bit hit-or-miss with the more overtly faith-driven books. This one might be a wait and see for me.

New Series Alerts…

Technically, this is yesterday’s post. Also technically, I fell asleep before I hit the post button. So I am still calling it for yesterday. After a rather hit or miss October for new series, there are three for this week alone. Yay November. Let’s start off with Asa Marie Bradley‘s new one, which is called Viking Warriors. The first book is called Viking Warrior Rising.

viking warrior risingSynopsis…

Immortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found…and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.

Coming in second is a seemingly long-delayed newbie from Kate Elliott. The Black Wolves is the first book of the series of the same name, and I distinctly remember moving this puppy around the release schedule. Several times, in fact.

the black wolvesSynopsis…


He lost his honor long ago.

Captain Kellas was lauded as the king’s most faithful servant until the day he failed in his duty. Dismissed from service, his elite regiment disbanded, he left the royal palace and took up another life.

Now a battle brews within the palace that threatens to reveal deadly secrets and spill over into open war. The king needs a loyal soldier to protect him.

Can a disgraced man ever be trusted?

And the final new series for this week comes from none other than Nora Roberts. Stars of Fortune is the first book of The Guardian Trilogy. If there was any author that I would love to collect, it would be Nora Roberts. I think her books look beautiful, but the few non-supernatural romance ones I read just didn’t click for me. Might have to give the PNR a shot, though.

stars of fortuneSynopsis…

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…

So, which of these are on your wish list? Does anyone recommend the Nora Roberts books? I am determined to read the In Death book (one day, after I tackle my own personal demon, Sherrilyn Kenyon), but I don’t even know where to start on her romance stuff.

Cover Lover Part 2 – 2 New Titles

After screwing up yesterday’s cover lover post, it looks like you are getting two cover posts in a matter of a couple of minutes…that might be spamming. But these two are so pretty, I can’t resist. This first one is yet another Sherrilyn Kenyon release, this time for next year’s Dark-Hunter book, Dragonmark. It looks like a bit of a departure from the usual design, but I like it.

dragonmarkCenturies ago, Illarion was betrayed– a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved.

Now he has a chance to regain what’s been lost— to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn’t the cost his happiness might incur, it’s the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon’s heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone– to see the entire world burn…

And just as pretty is this next one from Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven King is the fourth and final book in the Raven Cycle, and it is due out on April 26th.

the raven kingAll her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Aren’t they pretty?

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

For the second time in a week, instead of making a new post, I have made a new page. Duh. Anyways, it is time for a quick little cover lover post, starting with one that will be released this November 15th. Christian is the 10th book in the Vampires in America series from D.B. Reynolds.

christianTexas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive.

With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.

This next one is from Lilith Saintcrow. Roadside Magic is the second book of the Gallow and Ragged series, and it is due out on January 26th.

roadside magicThe Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. Gallow is the only hope of human and sidhe both.

But all Jeremy wants to do is find Robin Ragged . . . and survive. Unfortunately, everyone who meets him has other plans. Including the Ragged, who is fleeing for her life—and the King of Unwinter, whose poisoned blade has cut deep into Jeremy’s flesh…

Wicked Burn is the third book of Rebecca Zanetti‘s Realm Enforcer’s series, and it is due out on June 7th.

wicked burnForevermore is the next book of Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, and it is due out on June 28th.

forevermoreMiss Layla Starling, the young, beautiful, and extremely wealthy heiress, is the talk of London. Until now, she’s managed to evade the marriage noose. Despite the fact that she is unfortunately American, she’s received a staggering number of offers. And turned down every one. St. John Evernight does not want to admit the relief he feels every time he hears that she has rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he can not offer her happiness. He will never be normal, never be anything but a freak in her world. So St. John resolves to keep his distance, until he is recruited by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to guard Layla. For she is in grave danger, and he is about to learn the full extent of his powers.

That wraps up the adult books, and leads us to the young adult covers. Starting things off is The Vanishing Throne from Elizabeth May, which is the second book of the Falconer Trilogy. It is due out on June 7th.

Vanishing Throne_final front cover.pdfAileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

Victoria Schwab starts a new series called Monsters of Verity next year. The first book is called This Savage Song, and it is due out on June 7th.

this savage songThe city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it. When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.

Heir to the Sky is a new book from Amanda Sun, and it has a release date of April 26th.

heir to the skyAs heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

And the final one for today is from Mary E. Pearson. The Beauty of Darkness is part of the Remnant Chronicles, and it is due out next August 2nd.

the beauty of darknessSo, which of these will you be picking up? I have plans try the Darkest London books one day, and there are a couple of others that look interesting.

November’s Book of the Month and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerI was actually a bit surprised by the results this month. If I was a betting gal, I would’ve thought it was going to be Born of Betrayal, then Feel the Burn, then probably Wild Cat to round out the top three. But I was wrong, and November’s Book of the Month is Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken. I just finished up the previous book in the series last week, and I was surprised by how much I actually missed these books.

Once again, if you would like to win a copy of Feel the Burn, just drop a line in the comments section. Giveaway open to all, winner to be chosen at random through Let’s wrap this one up on Wednesday midnight (Atlantic time). And since I am a spaz and usually forget to pick a closing date, I am feeling all smug right now. Good luck!

feel the burnSynopsis…

War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

I loved the whole Daughter of the Steppes attitude the last book had, and I hope for more of the same here. Now I just have to try and remember who is who, and I am all set.

Spotlight on Richelle Mead

Up until the last few months, I would’ve bet you money that Richelle Mead‘s next series would be another Vampire Academy/Bloodlines spin-off featuring Jill and Eddie (I haven’t read the last Bloodlines book yet, so maybe that gets wrapped up there). In fact, I was so convinced that I had to do a double take when I saw some info on what she has coming up next.

Richelle’s next series will be a young adult trilogy with a twist. From what I understand, the books are not so much a continuation of one story over three books, but instead each story overlaps and is told from the POV of a different character. The first story is called The Glittering Court, and it is due out on April 12th. The cover and synopsis have been released, as well…

the glittering courtBig and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . .