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Midnight, Texas Coming to TV

Am I the only one who didn’t know that Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas trilogy was being adapted for TV?

According to what I found looking around, NBC has placed a 13 episode order for the new series, which they described as…

“…a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.”

Here are a few stills that have been released from the pilot:

Midnight Texas - Season Pilot

Midnight Texas - Season Pilot

Midnight Texas - Season Pilot

The first pic gives me a total True Blood vibe, which I guess makes sense. I never did get around to reading these books, but I did see a lot of the reviews were mixed. The only thing that gives me pause is the fact that it is going to be shown on NBC, which means that they are limited as to what they can do or show, and certain elements might not translate well. A network with a little more…leeway…shall we say, usually works better for these types of shows. True Blood needed to be shown on HBO to be able to get the full impact, gore and raunch and all.

Well, here’s hoping this works out. I might just have to add to the TBR and check out the first book, too.


Pick of the Week

There are a few good books to chose from this week, but I am going with a sentimental favorite. Otherworld Chills is the final anthology collection from Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld series, a solid past favorite of mine.

otherworld chillsSynopsis…

These stories of mystery and magic will feature a wide range of characters from the bestselling Women of the Otherworld series. The Otherworld books have sold millions around the world, and while the series has concluded after thirteen book, these collections of stories keep the characters and their stories alive for fans. They are also a perfect introduction for new readers. The fifth story collection, Otherworld Chills focuses on dark mysteries and haunting stories…along with desire, betrayal and magic.

New Series Alerts

New Series Alerts

There are a few new series starting up this week to kick off October, so let’s take a peek. Deborah Blake’s Baba Yaga spin off series, Broken Riders, debuts this week with the release of Dangerously Charming.

dangerously charmingSynopsis…

The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning…

Ever since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her…

For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own…

To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts…

Anna Banks has a new young adult series heading our way this week, too. Nemesis is the first book of the series of the same name.


Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

And Lauren Oliver also has a new young adult series coming our way this week. Replica is the first book of the Replica series.


Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

Cover Lover

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

After more than a few lackluster cover lover posts over the last little while, I find myself quite liking most of the ones I dug up this go round. I have six, starting with one from Christine Feehan. Bound Together is the last book in the Sisters of the Heart series – and probably the beginning of the next cycle of books to be set in Sea Haven. This one comes out on March 21st.

bound-togetherThe Sea Haven series comes to a climactic end as the mysterious man from Blythe Daniels’ past re-enters her life in a dramatic way. Viktor Prakenskii had always intended to come for Blythe after his work undercover was at an end, but with a dangerous enemy heading towards Sea Haven, he knows he cannot wait any longer or he will jeopardize the woman he loves. His arrival sets off an explosive chain of events, and everyone in the small community of Sea Haven, including the Drake family, will never be the same.

Next up is the prequel/continuation of Kim Harrison‘s Hollows series, The Turn. This one has a release date of January 21st.

the-turnCan science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

These next two are both from Rebecca Zanetti and her Scorpius Syndrome series. Scorpius Rising is a prequel novella which is due out on November 29th.

scorpius-risingWith a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming…

And Justice Ascending is the third full book in the series, and it will hit the shelves on January 31st.

justice-ascendingBefore surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly… and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them.

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.

These last two are both young adult, starting with the third book in Caragh M. O’Brien‘s Vault of Dreamers series. The Keep of Ages has a release date of July 11th.


And wrapping things up for today is Seeker, the second book of the Riders duology from Veronica Rossi. It will be hitting the shelves on May 16th.


Well, the Sea Haven books from Christine Feehan are pretty much my favorites from all her series now, since they for me have been the only ones that haven’t seen a change in writing tone. Here’s hoping that doesn’t change. And is it weird that I totally thought The Turn was a young adult book by looking at the cover? I am going to have to go and take a peek at the other books in the series to see how this one stacks up.

Which of these are on your auto-buy list?


Dangerously Charming Review

One of the more anticipated books for this coming month is Dangerously Charming from Deborah Blake, the first book of the Baba Yaga spin-off series. Thanks goes again to Doug Meeks for sending over his early review for this one, which has a release date of October 4th.

dangerously charmingWhat Doug said…

I have enjoyed all the Baba Yaga books and this new spinoff series was something I had been looking forward to with a lot of anticipation and hope that it could be as good as I hoped it would be.

Part of a possible problem with this book is that I am unable to discern how much a new reader would enjoy it as those of us who have read the other books and know the history that resulted in the present day situations the Riders find themselves in since it seemed that a lot of history was provided to keep any novices from being totally lost but without that detailed history from the Baba Yaga books I cannot say with any certainty that it is enough.

This story starts with action soon after the first pages and the pace seems to pick up slowly all through the book which made it a great reading experience.

Mikhail made for a terrible hero and love interest for much of the book due to his overwhelming soul crushing guilt from the events of the last Baba Yaga book, to be honest his constant angst was really getting on my nerves before it finally lightened up a bit.

Jenna is a great heroine being just tough enough and just tender enough for her part of this story, her overwhelming desire to get rid of her family curse is what keeps this story moving along in most instances.

As a couple Mikhail and Jenna are not an easy match and his guilt makes him tend to shove anyone away so this is going to be a hard romance which is just one of several subplots in this novel.

Bottom Line:  This was an exceptional novel, the story was good, the characters were engaging, the reappearance of several of the characters from previous books was wonderful and I enjoyed the book almost 100% but since I did get tired of the angst and Mikhail’s constant self-flagellation I am giving it 4 Stars for the book even though I think the story itself was closer to 5.  Highly recommended and I have to say that I would also highly recommend reading the 3 Baba Yaga  novels and the novella that ties up a couple of loose ends Wickedly Ever After before this new series to get the maximum enjoyment from this series and these characters.

The 3 novels that are highly recommended to be read before this series can be found at this link:

Who else will be picking this one up? If you read the Baba Yaga books, which one of the Riders was your favorite?

Spotlight on...

Spotlight Wednesday – Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre might be a bit more well known than the usual authors featured in the spotlight Wednesday posts, but when Azteclady mentioned that she had a new series starting up, I thought it might work. And since the first book is due out today, it is even better.

This new paranormal romance series is called Ars Numina, and it will consist of six books. Things get started with today’s release of The Leopard King.


Proud. Imperious. Impassioned.

Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame. Now he’s wrecked, a leopard king in exile, and he wants nothing more than to die.

Fierce. Loyal. Determined.

Fortunately for Dom, those words still apply to Pru Bristow, his dead mate’s best friend. She’s had her heart broken too, but she never quits. With the conclave approaching, alliances with the Pine Ridge pack and Burnt Amber clans on the verge of collapse, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to drag their leader back, before his second can start a war.

At best theirs seems like a desperate alliance, but when their mate bond turns hot and fierce, there’s no end to the questions and the doubts. Neither of them expects to fall in love. But sometimes people don’t know what they’re looking for until they find it.

The Leopard King will be followed by The Demon Prince, The Wolf Lord, The Shadow Warrior, The War Priest, and The Jaguar Knight.

Thanks again to Azteclady for pointing this one out. It is available in both print and e-format at and other retailers.

Are there any Ann Aguirre fans out there? She is another one on my “one day” list – which is actually a thing. I am not starting any new authors until I get my TBR pile dealt with, but when that is done I will be branching out.

New Series Alerts

New Series Alerts

There is only one new series to look forward to this week, and it is a young adult release from Rosamund Hodge. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is the first book of the Bright Smoke series.

bright smoke cold fireSynopsis…

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .

Book of the Month

October’s Book of the Month

Ah, October. It is one of my favorite months, but it does look like it will seriously lack a punch in terms of new books for me to pick up. On one hand, yay! More time to tackle the two monster series I already have on the go (In Death and Dark Hunter), but on the other hand I like to have something new to look forward to. Let’s see what all of you are looking forward to. As always, I have chosen 10 titles to list in the poll, but if you have another release in mind, just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. A complete list of October’s releases can be found HERE.

*EDIT – Dammit! For some reason, I can only select eight books for the poll, so that sucks. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Crimson Death and Lara Adrian’s Midnight Untamed won’t add.

Personally, I am going with Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake – but with a disclaimer. I liked the Baba Yaga series that this one is spun off from, but it has one of my least favorite story line devices in the blurb. I have never been a huge fan of the heroine being pregnant to start out a story, especially if the male lead isn’t the father. Not sure why, but it just never seems to work for me. So I am looking forward to it, but not completely sold yet.

Release Info

Up Next From Thea Harrison

It has been a long, long time since we have had any news on the publication front from Thea Harrison. Her last traditionally published Elder Races releases came out in December 2015 – and then there was nothing. We did hear that she was making the jump to Indie publishing, but there was no word as to what or when or how…until today. The official cover and blurb reveal was done over on RT Book Reviews.

It looks like Thea has moved things over to the UK for her next three-book arc, which will start on December 13th with the release of Moonshadow


Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

Moonshadow will be followed by Spellbinder and Lionheart, but no release date has been announced for them as yet. I have to say, on the cover side of things, I like this one. It is way better than many other Indie covers I have seen. I am not sure about any format other than e-book, but hopefully us print-edition people will be in the loop, too.

I know the trend right now seems to be for authors with long-running series to put out books focused on completely new characters, but I am not sure how I am feeling about that. It is taking already large and involved worlds, with many known and loved characters begging to get their stories told, and making them even bigger. And it means we have to wait longer for stories for characters like Grim or Alexander, or even Eva. Maybe things will cycle back to the US crew after this trilogy, who knows?


Magic Binds Review

With less than a day until its official release (although I got my copy in the mail today), Monika sent over her review for Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews, the ninth book in the Kate Daniels series. Doug already sent over a review a couple of weeks back (which can be found HERE), now let’s check out another POV.

magic bindsWhat Monika said…

Fate and Father issues: Turning inward.

To readers familiar with the series it does not come as a surprise that Kate Daniels is having father issues; after all the overarching story arc has been all about finding ways and the means to defeat Roland, who in the past has seemed far too powerful to go up against. Now dear old dad has relocated to outside of Atlanta and is building a residence there, right outside the territory that Kate has claimed (quite unwillingly) as her own in order to protect it from his grasp. For a short time Kate and her dad had an uneasy ceasefire going, that is, until Roland has Saiman abducted. Although Saiman is no particular friend of hers, Kate cannot have people taken from her sphere of influence if she wants to appear credible as a leader.

Her father troubles are all the more inconvenient as Kate is trying to plan her wedding with Curran. In fact, that is were the book starts: Kate and Curran are trying to gain entrance into Roman’s magically protected home to ask him to officiate at their wedding. Roman is delighted as normally – because of his position as a priest of the Dark God Chernobog – he never gets asked to officiate at happy occasions. When it turns out that Kate is busy with other stuff he takes over as the wedding planner, with hilarious results.

And if that weren’t enough the Oracle has a vision of Kate’s future if she does indeed go through with her marriage to Curran and it is bleak, though not marrying him could be even worse. Thus faced with two impossible choices Kate tries everything to change her destiny and the outcome the Oracle predicted. The question whether one’s fate is ordained or whether one can shape one’s own destiny is at the core of many belief systems. Kate seems to be more on the side of taking fate into her own hands, even if the consequences turn out to be unpredictable.

Having broken off from the pack Kate and Curran also have to establish their new roles and redefine the parameters of their relationship, thinking about the lines in the sand that cannot be crossed. Kate is also trying to strengthen the bonds with her allies and to gain new ones in order to have a chance at defeating her father.

But between all the the myriad responsibilities, her relationships with Curran, family and an ever growing circle of friends and planning the wedding, the most important struggle that Kate has to fight is an internal one. As her quest to cheat fate progresses she comes to realize that the greatest danger does not lie in being defeated by her father, but in becoming like her father: a powerful godlike being that cares nothing for the lifes and emotions of others and rationalizes his actions, even the most heinous ones, as serving the greater good…

Verdict: a great UF read, fast-paced, full of action and urgency, at times hilariously funny and displaying quite some philosophical depth.  I cannot wait to see where Ilona Andrews will take this series next!

I managed to get most of my crap done today so I can dive into Magic Binds tonight and read right through. Can’t wait.