New Series Alerts

New Series Alerts

Happy Monday, everyone. Time to check out which new series are starting up this week, which won’t take long since there is only one to mention. Jean Johnson‘s new e-format Flame Seas series starts up this week with the release of Dawn of the Flame Seas.

dawn of the flame seasSynopsis…

They call themselves the Fae Rii, or Fair Traders. Elfin-like beings capable of wielding sophisticated forms of magic, they travel between universes exploring new worlds and establishing settlements for their people to live peacefully among the locals.

The humans of the White Sands tribe, refugees fleeing from powerful enemies, see the Fae as potential invaders stealing their newfound natural resources. Jintaya, the leader of the Fae travelers, manages to forge an alliance, promising to trade skills and knowledge—magical and otherwise—to build a lasting community.

But the Circle Fire Tribe has no desire to share those rich valleys and ravines with the people they’ve hunted to near extinction—or the supposed deities they worship…

Review

Reading Wrap Up

booksI figured it was time for a reading wrap up post…but then I realized that I didn’t really remember much I had read since the last time. I got caught up on the Jennifer Ashley Shifters Unbound novellas I had been behind, and I also read a couple of Alexandra Ivy e-books from her Dragons of Eternity series. I am part way through The Beast by J.R. Ward (which is great so far, but not finished yet), but I dropped that one to read the Allegiance of Honor ARC from Nalini Singh (of course).

So, I thought maybe I could give a few small, completely spoiler free thoughts Allegiance of Honor. When I first heard that there was to be an ensemble book, I was excited but a bit hesitant. The cast of characters in the Psy/Changeling world is huge, and to see all or even most of the previous couples in one story could easily have become chaotic and overcrowded, or sheer volume of people could’ve come at the cost of a cohesive plot. Of course, since it is a Nalini Singh book, none of that happens. Everything is flowing along, no one feels like they are just “thrown in” to make an appearance, and there are a couple of very strong storylines. If I had to pick a main couple, I would say it is Lucas and Sascha, but all of the couples from previous books and novellas have their time, too. I was especially happy to see Max Shannon and Devraj Santos again, because they haven’t really been seen much since their stories.

Even with everything going on, Nalini also seemingly has begun to plant some seeds for future books, as well. Two characters who seem to be poised for their own stories are Silver Mercant and Pax Marshall. Both of them have small roles in Allegiance of Honor, but both of them stood out for me and made me very interested in the role they will play in a post-Silence world.

Ok, that wraps things up for me. What have you been reading the last couple of weeks? Any surprisingly good stories, or are you in a dry spell?

Cover Lover

Cover Lover – Blood Vow

Thanks once again to Pheonix, who not only sent over the link to the cover and blurb for the second book in J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Legacy series, but who also listened to me whine about the fact that it is hardcover. Don’t get me wrong, I love me the hardcover books, but we were told this series was going to be an old-school paperback PNR series, and it…isn’t. One freakin’ book comes out in paperback and then a switch to hardcover?!? Meh. Anyways, the hardcover Blood Vow will be released on December 6th. Oh, and the blurb is slightly spoilery for those who haven’t finished The Beast.

blood voxWhen a brooding vampire warrior-in-training teams up with a quick-witted aristocrat to solve a deadly mystery, the only thing more dangerous than their mission is their undeniable attraction.

Trainees at the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center continue to prepare for the war against the Lessening Society, but fighting is the last thing on Axe’s mind. Still plagued with the guilt of his father’s death, the brooding loner finds himself battling an unlikely attraction to Peyton’s enticing, aristocratic cousin, Elise. Elise feels it, too – especially when the two are thrown together in unusual circumstances, and she must decide whether she can trust Axe as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.

Meanwhile, Mary and Rhage are fostering Bitty, a young pretrans orphan, and hope to adopt her… until the appearance of a young male claiming to be Bitty’s blooded uncle threatens to tear the new family apart.

Ok, seriously. I am not letting this switch to hardcover thing go. Am I alone in thinking this is weird? If the series had started out that way, great. But to switch after one book bugs me. A lot. It does make a Kindle more attractive, I have to admit, since it would quiet my ocd. Maybe.

Question Time

New Feature?

question markEvery Monday, I do a New Series Alert post (when applicable), and Tuesday is the day for my pick of the week post (again, when there is one). I am thinking about adding another weekly or bi-weekly feature where I highlight a new, new-to-me, or reader recommended author. Maybe under the Author Spotlight heading I have used before, like I did last week for Julie McElwain and her new book, A Murder In Time. Does a regular feature sound like something you would be interested in? What about spots on authors who request I feature their books in publicity tours and that sort of thing? Do you have any preference?

Release Info

J.R. Ward Q&A Recap

20248Every year, Pheonix very kindly sends me over a transcript of the the Q&A session J.R. Ward does with her fans. And every year, I am not quite through the last book, so I have the whole “trying to read it without spoiling myself” thing going on – which I failed at this time. Yep, I saw things that I would’ve liked to have been a surprise, and I quickly stopped. So, if you have not as yet finished The Beast

Look Away! Spoilers! Save Yourself!

Still Spoilers! You have been Warned!

Q: Who is the next book?

A: Xcor and Layla. The title will be “The Chosen.”

Q: Do the stories ever change on you as you’re writing them?

A: They’ve corkscrewed on me. I’ll think something is going to happen and then the way the story unfolds contradicts what I was expecting.

Q: Last year you told us that Murhder was making more of an appearance. When????

A: I will be in Nashville again, but I don’t know if it will be on a weekday. It will be around the release of The Angel’s Share. (Bourbon Kings series)

As for Murhder, I expected him to show up in this book. One of the problems is, when I start a book, I have no idea how far the story will go. We didn’t go far enough this time. I’d like to promise he’s in The Chosen, but I can’t.

Q: What is the next Legacy book about?

A: It will be about Axe. You haven’t met his heroine yet. But I’ve outlined and I’m going to be starting it soon.

Q: Will you write another Insider’s Guide?

A: I’m having trouble with my schedule right now. It’s so packed. But it is about time. We’ve had enough books, so there’s enough information. It’s just about finding time in my schedule to do it.

Q: In the next Bourbon Kings book, The Angel’s Share, do we find out who killed the old man?

A: Mmmm. Yes. Maybe. A little bit. Keep Reading.

Q: Will Jo Early transition in the next book?

A: Keep Reading…………

Q: Will the Scribe Virgin come back?

A: Can’t answer that.

Q: Is Markcus, the blood slave significant?

A: I would say everyone in the books is significant.

Q: Will Eddie and Adrian (The Fallen Angels) make an appearance. When?

A: Yes. Keep reading for when.

Q: Do you know who replaces the Scribe Virgin and do you know them?

A: Are you $%*$ing kidding me? It’s Lassiter.

Q: When Vishous makes the comment that he remembers Jane slumping in the crumpled Audi, when she died, that didn’t make sense because she didn’t die in a car accident. So why was the Audi crumpled?

A: Yeah, because Jane died from a gunshot wound in the car. (Checking the book) Okay, that’s an error in the book. It’s supposed to say ‘crumpled body’ instead of ‘crumpled Audi’. Sometimes, corrections don’t make it through the editing process and into the final copy of the book. I’ll fix it, promise!

Q: s’Ex is a boy? *

A: Yes, s’Ex is a boy. You’ll see more of him.

Q: Did you purposefully choose Lassiter to take over the SV? *

A: That would have been awesome, but the stories don’t work like that. But isn’t the irony great?

Q: If you could choose one Brother to be yours who would it be?

A: It’s like a box of chocolates: why choose only one? But there’s only one for me. Zsadist.

Q: Why wasn’t Boo in the book?

A: Because every time Boo is in the book, Lassiter puts on the Borat thong and sings, “What’s up pussycat?” I wasn’t putting that in the book.

Q: Is Axe related to Naasha?

A: Keep reading.

Q: Does Lassiter get someone?

A: Lassiter absolutely gets his own book. He’s too fabulous not to.

Q: Will see more of Devina?

A: Devina is definitely returning. And I think Devina and Lash are a couple made in hell. Sooooo…

Q: (The question was difficult to hear, so we tried to piece it together) There seems to be some discrepancy between what we know of Butch and Manny and their father and what we learned about Jo Early’s father.

A: Their father has a very convoluted storyline. There are secrets that Manny doesn’t know about himself or his mother. Manny’s age, and other things are not what Manny thinks he knows. Things have been hidden, and there’s a surprise about who they’re related to. Butch has a lot of healing to do over his sister who died, so there’s a lot of possibilities to his relationship with Jo. But it will take a while.

Q: Will the way Lyric was revived by Payne, twice, have a magical effect on Lyric?

A: Payne is losing the ability to revive and heal people. I suspect that the SV didn’t burden either of her kids with that role as a way of showing her love. But, no, I don’t expect it to have an effect on Lyric.

Q: Did the Creator tell Lassiter that this would be his destiny?

A: No, I feel that it was the SV’s role to choose her own successor.

Q: What was Vishous’ role in Lassiter’s life so that they ended up hating each other?

A: It’s very complex and convoluted. Vishous played a role in the loss of the love of Lassiter’s life. But it will take us a while to get to where we can learn the whole story.

Q: Does Lassiter have a name?

A: Yes, but I’m not telling you.

Q: How far in the future (of the stories) do you see? Do you see the young and their future?

A: I absolutely see LW and Nalla and the others. I would love to write Nalla’s book but it would have to step out of the timeline and go thirty or forty years in the future.

Q: Does Saxton get a Happily-Ever-After?

A: Keep reading.

Q: Is there a book for the SV?

A: No, she doesn’t get a book. And neither does Fritz.

Q: Is Marisol coming back?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Marisol pregnant?

A: What? No! It would be a surprise to both of us if she is.

Q: When will they know that Lassiter has taken over for the SV?

A: Power has been transferred. He’s waiting for the worst possible time to reveal.

Q: In Dark Lover when Wrath agrees to take the throne, what was the favor he owes the SV? And will that transfer?

A: Keep reading.

Q: Will Blay and JM be inducted into The Brotherhood?

A: Yes. I can’t say when. My question is, will they induct Payne first? And how will that work with her being a female and they do the ceremony buck-naked.

Q: What is the next Legacy book?

A: It is called Blood Vow. Axe’s heroine is the sister of the cousin who died in Blood Kiss.

Q: At the showdown at the old school, I was expecting all the fighters to be there, including the Shadows and Xhex and Payne.

A: Payne is doing something. I wasn’t seeing her, so she’s up to something but I don’t know what. Trez is depressed and isn’t doing well and needs to stabilize. I think he’s been off with the s’Hisbe trying to get his shit together. Xhex has been at the clubs.

Q: Was there anything significant to Vishous stumbling?

A: Yes, there is. If you noticed that Payne was also complaining about weakness, not related to the twins’ birth. So, there’s something happening.

Q: Will the name ‘The Brotherhood’ change one females are in?

A: No, I don’t think so. It’s traditional. But, it’s not up to me. Do you really think that the women who get in there care what it’s called?

Q: When John Matthew gets inducted, he already has the scar? (so does he need to get another one?)

A: They’ll punch him again. He will want that. That’s a lot of tradition and history behind the BDB. He won’t want to just rely on his birthmark.

Q: Will it come out that JM is Darius?

A: So many people ask that. But, you can’t have that out. It was a deal made and it doesn’t matter if the SV isn’t in charge. The core issue was that he bargained, so he gave a token of his faculties. You can’t rewrite the rules because the SV is gone. But it would change all the relationships. Tohr would go from being a father figure to his best friend.

Q: 90% of the Lessening Society has been taken out and the only way to end it is to take out the Omega. Have we met the person or weapon who can do that?

A: (choruses of Butch, Butch) What we don’t know is, what is Butch waiting for? That’s a Keep Reading.

Q: Assail talks about his no-good brother and sister. Have we, or will we, meet them?

A: We haven’t met them, but I don’t know if we will. I suspect they’re still in the Old Country. But I don’t know for sure.

Q: I just read Tohr’s book. I don’t care about spoilers. Will we ever get to know more about Darius’ backstory?

A: You will see some of that as you go further into the series. I would love to write a couple of books that go back and give us the Brotherhood’s history.

Q: Will Novo have her own book?

A: Yes, and she is definitely bisexual. I know who she ends up with but it’s not a female.

Q: Will Assail have his own book?

A: Assail will absolutely have his own book.

Q: Is Murhder Bitty’s uncle?

A: No, he isn’t. It be addressed before the end of the six months so that will be addressed in Blood Vow.

Q: Will Ehric and Evale share a mate?

A: No, I don’t think so. If one of them fell in love, they wouldn’t want to see his love being banged by his brother.

Q: Is there a way for Xcor to redeem himself with the Brothers.

A: There absolutely is, and he’s already done it. It’s in the books. Think about it.

Q: Will we see Ahgony, Phury’s son? (in future books)

A: Yes, we definitely will see more of Phury’s son.

Q: How do you shut it off? (The stories and characters)

A: You don’t.

Q: Do we find out what is in the coffins?

A: Yes, you will find out

Q: Is Murhder, Butch, Manny, and Jo’s dad?

A: *JR walks away.

Q: Are Butch and V ever going to get it on?

A: There are some things that should remain behind closed doors.

Q: Will Marissa and Butch have kids?

A: I haven’t seen it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Q: Will Havers have a mate?

A: No, Havers will not have a mate. I can’t stand the fool. I wanna throat-punch him.

Q: Are there more babies coming?

A: I don’t know.

Q: From the Story of Son, will we see Michael come into The Brotherhood.

A: I don’t know about Michael, but I would like to think his daughter might.

Q: Could you give us a hint of where Assail’s story is going? How does Sola fit into his story?

A: Assail is having a bad week. He’s on his way to rehab. Sola has met a guy, but Assail doesn’t know it yet. Yes, Assail and Sola end up together, though.

Q: Will either JM or Xhex get revenge on the guy who raped JM when he was a pretrans?

A: I think he’s already met a bad end, but we’ll see.

Q: Phury was persecuted more than the others, who all had their own problems.

A: Because it’s the nature of addiction. You have to, at some point, say, “It’s sink or swim.” His problem is different than all of the others’ issues. Phury eventually got to that place where he asked for help, but when you compare it to Assail, who pulled his own ripcord, you have to realize, it’s not Phury that was different but the nature of his problem that was different.

Q: Assail seemed to have an immediate bond to the blood slave he rescued. Is that true?

A: 100% true.

Q: Is Vishous losing his power?

A: No, but I think when his mother opted out of the time-space continuum, I think there’s a power shift. And I want to be the first one to see Vishous realize that Lassiter has taken over for the SV. If there is one m***er f***er who you would not believe is in charge of everything, it would be Lassiter. No one’s going to take his word, so there’s going to have to be some kind of definitive proof.

Q: Will we learn more about Craig and Paradise in other books?

A: Yes, I think we’ll see more of them in other books.

Q: Is Throe’s sister dead?

A: I’ve never said one way or another. He has the ashes, but you’ve never seen them have you?

Q: Will we see some of the original Brothers in other Legacy books?

A: You will see some of the original Brothers in Blood Vow. There is an unaddressed issue about Bitty’s uncle. That has to be addressed before the end of the six months so that will be addressed in Blood Vow.

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Behold the Beauty of the ARC

Yes, twice a year I make a totally bragging post when I get my Nalini Singh ARCs. I know a lot of people get ARCs right and left, but I treasure the two a year that come my way. And if I had to pick an author to get a surprise in the mail from, Nalini is it. So, behold the beauty of the ARC…

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Now, I must try and decide whether to finish reading The Beast (which I am enjoying a lot), or latch on to Allegiance of Honor like the junkie that I am. Decisions, decisions. I should probably work a cleaning of the table in the picture above into the schedule, too. Nah, it will just get dirty again, right?

Release Info

From the Author Pages

Updating time again, and there are a couple of things to mention from the author pages…

  • The fifth (and I believe final) book in Anne Bishop‘s The Others series now has a name. Etched in Bone will be released next March.
  • And next March will also see the last Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill, which will be called Blade Bound.
  • Jeaniene Frost‘s third Broken Destiny book will be called The Brightest Flame, and it will be out next July.
  • There will be an Elemental Assassin novella from Jennifer Estep released this December, and it will be called Nice Guys Bite.
  • Nihcki sent over word that the second Black Dagger Legacy book from J.R. Ward, Blood Vow, will feature Axe and Elise. It has a release date of December 6th.
  • Probably coming as a shock to no one at all, Lora Leigh‘s next Breeds book has gotten a quite hefty push-back. Originally due for release on October 6th, it looks like Wake a Sleeping Tiger won’t hit the shelves until next March.
  • Ooooh, the official blurb for Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunters book, Archangel’s Heart, is now out. And wow…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

  • And finally, the title for the next Mercy Thompson book from Patricia Briggs has been announced, and it looks like the 10th book will be called Silence Fallen.

So, that wraps things up for today’s post. Are you looking forward to any of these (duh)? Have you got any new info to share?

Spotlight on...

Spotlight on Julie McElwain

A very nice lady named Maia from Pegasus Books recently contacted me about a new book coming our way on April 11th, from author Julie McElwain. Always on the hunt for something new, I checked out the blurb for A Murder in Time, and I have to say it sounds really interesting. I might be completely out there, but I got an In Death-meets-Outlander vibe from what I have seen, and that doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

Once in a while, I try and take a step away from the “traditional” PNR staples of shifters and weres, and I think a time travel book would be fun for a change. And I thought I might give a shout out here…and can I just say, pretty.

a murder in timeSynopsis…

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

I did pester Maia a bit and ask if there is a romantic angle to the story, and she assured me there is. Is anyone else thinking of checking this one out? What are your favorite time-traveling series? Or paranormal mystery series, for that matter?

Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week

This post should’ve been up yesterday, but better late than never. My pick for this week comes from Jennifer Ashley and her Shifters Unbound series. This one is a solid middle of the pack series for me – not one I count down the days until the next release for, but one I always enjoy when I do read them. The unfortunate thing is that I am starting to get mixed up on some of the characters…and which shifter is from which shiftertown. It is time for me to pull a bit of a refresher, I think, before I finally dive into White Tiger.

white tigerSynopsis…

Wanted and on the run…

For twenty years, Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, has been the Guardian of un-Collared Shifters who spend their lives living in secret—and in fear of being shunted into Shiftertowns. When Kendrick’s group is discovered and forced to flee, Kendrick is more desperate than ever to protect them
 
His only salvation was in a beautiful stranger.

In a diner in the middle of nowhere, lonely waitress Addison Price has seen a lot of unusual drifters come and go, but none has ever captivated—and intimidated—her like the imposing fugitive who wields a broadsword with incredible skill. But when he risks all to protect her, Addison’s fear turns to empathy—and empathy to desire as she learns more about her savior. Soon she’s more than willing to help the crushingly sensual white tiger and his cubs in a passionate bid for freedom. Whatever the cost.

Any other Shifter Unbound fans? Who likes the Stormwalker series she writes under the name Allyson James?

New Series Alerts

New Series Alerts

Hey all…long time no post. Let’s get things started back up after a quiet few days with a new series alert, since we have three newbies firing up this week. The first one is from Ashlyn Chase. I Dream of Dragons is the first book of her new Boston Dragons series.

i dream of dragonsSynopsis…

THE HEAT IS ON
When Rory Arish and his two fiery dragon siblings are run out of their ancestral Irish home, it seems their luck has run out-until they arrive in Boston and find a paranormal-friendly apartment building. Finally, Rory has a place to call home. There’s only one problem: Rory’s new lair has simultaneously been rented to an infuriating woman who is as stubborn as she is beautiful and will not leave ‘her’ apartment matter how steamed he may be…

AND SPARKS FLY
Amber McNally is a down-on-her-luck flight attendant. She needs this apartment, and not even a fire-breathing dragon with his Irish charm and scorching good looks is going to scare her away. Holing up in their respective corners, a battle of wills ensues. Who will be the first to blink…or give in to their off-the-charts chemistry and decide to make this unorthodox living arrangement a little more permanent?

This second one is an e-book series from Amber Lynn Natusch. From the Ashes is the first book of the Forces of Nature series.

from the ashesSynopsis…

Piper Jones can’t catch a break.

After a lifetime of animosity and indifference from the supernatural community, she thought she’d finally found a home with the vampire king’s enforcers. Then the dark and mysterious Merc walks into her life, and it takes a disastrous turn for the worse.

Now under attack by enemies both known and unknown, Piper has little choice but to flee her refuge—and start over in a place few vampires ever go. Rural Alaska seemed to fit the bill, except for Knox and his crew of werewolves. The pack shares a connection with Piper that few of them can explain, and none of them can escape. With time running out for answers, Piper must fight the demons of her past to ensure her future—or die trying.

And the final one is the new young adult release from Richelle Mead. The Glittering Court is the first book of the series of the same name.

the glittering courtSynopsis…

Big 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. . . .

So, that sums things up for this week. Are you checking any of these out?