Site Updates…

question-markIt has been a while since I have done any housekeeping around here (er, around my house, either, but that is another story). I did manage to get one target reached recently, though. Originally I had done a guide for the Sisters of the Heart series, but since it felt like that was half the story I went back and added all of the info for the Drake Sisters books as well. Since Christine Feehan plans to continue to write books set in Sea Haven, I figured it would make sense. So, the Sisters of the Heart guide will now be changed to the Sea Haven guide, and cover all series set there. One goal down.

I have gotten a few emails recently from people asking when I will get a guide updated, and pretty much everyone got the same answer – soonish. I am going to be working on them for the next few weeks, in no particular order, and I hope to get in the range of caught up by the end of October.

Oh, and I am changing around a few of the author pages. There are some authors that I don’t follow anymore, so I might be dropping a few of them from the featured authors sections. I am pretty sure I will be dropping Lara Adrian, since I stopped reading her a while back, but I am not sure who else.

So, this is your chance. Anything around here you can think of that needs to be changed, updated, or dropped? What sections do you use, what don’t you need, or what would you find helpful?

Cover Lover – Alexandra, Darynda and Jeaniene Edition

As I was updating the author pages today, I came across three new covers for upcoming releases. Let’s start things off with Alexandra Ivy and her Sentinels series. Book number 3 will be called Blood Lust, and it is due out on May 31st.

blood lustNext up is The Sweetest Burn from Jeaniene Frost. It is the second book in her Broken Destiny series, and it has a release date of March 29th.

the sweetest burnAnd wrapping up this batch is The Curse of Tenth Grave from Darynda Jones. This one will be out on June 28th.

the curse of tenth graveI am half looking forward and half scared to get my hands on the blurb for Tenth Grave. The one for Ninth Grave was spoiler-filled from the first line, and you just can’t unsee that sucker when you stumble across it. Here’s hoping the next one is a bit less bombshell filled.

New Series Alerts…

September hasn’t been a big month for new series starting up, and this week is no exception. There is only one to mention, and that comes from author Rae Carson. Walk on Earth a Stranger is the first book of The Goldscryer Saga, a young adult series.

walk on earth a strangerSynopsis…

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

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Spotlight on…Thea Harrison

thea harrisonI owe a big thanks to Phyllis Mayes, who sent over some Thea Harrison news.  It looks like Shadow’s End, which is due out December 1st, will be the last traditionally published Elder Races book. The series, however, will continue with a new story arc and at least three more books. Thea is one of a growing list of authors that seem to be leaving big publishing and striking out on their own. According to her Facebook page…

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve committed to writing another three full-length novels in the Elder Races. I’ve developed a new story arc that I’m really excited about, and I can’t wait to share it with readers!

Unfortunately, I was unable to make a contractual match with my publisher Berkley. After deliberating long and hard, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to strike out and self-publish the upcoming new stories.

For the time being, what this means is:

The books will continue to be available through multiple e-book venues.

There will be both print and audiobook versions.

I have a continued commitment to getting my books into as many foreign translations as possible, either on my own or via a publisher.

They’ll continue to be available in libraries. I’ve worked out an agreement with the Nelson Literary Agency to achieve distribution to libraries. (Yay!)

For now, they will NOT be on the shelves in bookstores. Readers will need to buy them online. (While this may certainly change, it is the current reality.)

The really good news is:

I’ll be able to move much more quickly and put out stories in a much more flexible manner than a traditional publisher can. This means I can release more often and tell stories that didn’t fit well within contractual word limits. I’ll also be more involved in creating cover art, which is a personal favorite of mine.

I have to say, this one was even more of a surprise than when Lara Adrian made pretty much the same jump. In Lara’s case, it seems that there hasn’t been much activity on the Midnight Breed front (or at least, not yet), but Thea seems to have a plan for the Elder Races…

I’ll be releasing more information on the upcoming Elder Races stories in the near future, but for now I’ll let you know that I’ll be taking the new story arc across the big puddle to England. The set up for the new direction is in book #9, SHADOW’S END, which releases on December 1st.

Readers will get to fall in love with new characters, keep in touch with old ones, and discover just how much more there is to the Elder Races universe with a much wider story canvass. There will be more world-building, history, magic, and adversaries.

I’m also excited to explore more novellas in the Elder Races, for those story lines that are too delicious not to write yet don’t warrant their own full-length book.

It also looks like there is a new contemporary romantic suspense series on the horizon, as well. Sounds like she will be a busy gal.

Well, what is your take on this? Personally, I am not really a fan. Maybe I just don’t like change, but being in Canada means that most of the time books published this way are way more expensive and harder to get. Plus there is often a switch to a more trade-paperback size which buggers up my shelves (again). Ugh. I wish her well, but I liked things the way they were.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Cover reveals, or at least any that catch my eye, have been pretty scarce lately. I am finding some new ones, but not many that made me want to bother to post them, if that makes any sense. For this batch, I managed to get three. Let’s start with Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s companion to the Lux series, Oblivion. It is actually a retelling of the first book, Obsidian, but from Daemon’s point of view. This one will be released on December 1st.

oblivionI knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

This next one is from Ally Condie. Summerlost is apparently a middle-grade release due out on March 29th, but the cover was pretty so I thought I would share.

Summerlost_BOM.inddIt’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.

And wrapping things up is Wickedly Ever After from Deborah Blake. It is an e-release from her Baba Yaga series, and it is due out on January 19th.

wickedly ever afterKnown as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Having triumphed over a powerful enemy and ended up with both a wonderful guy—Sheriff Liam McClellan—and an adorable adopted daughter to raise as a Baba Yaga, Barbara Yager is ready to welcome her happily ever after.

But first she must bring Liam to the Otherworld and get the Queen’s permission to marry him. The Queen, however, is not so easily persuaded. She gives them three impossible tasks to complete in two weeks’ time—and if they fail Barbara will have to watch Liam slowly age and die like all humans, and kiss her happily ever after good-bye forever.

Author Updates…

PhoenixFyre sent over word from Facebook that Jeaniene Frost has announced the title for the fourth and final Night Prince book featuring Vlad and Leila…

Into the Fire.

On the plus side, the cover model for the first three books, Paul Marron, will be back for the finale (no dreaded cover change to make me mental), and also a plus is that it means we are one step closer to an Ian book. Yes, I have a one track mind, but a gal wants what a gal wants. On the downside, though, is the release date. It is looking like we will have to wait until next summer to pick it up.

Kresley Cole has been strangely silent lately (along with a few other authors), but there have been a few little tidbits coming out about the Arcana Chronicles. She has confirmed that there will be at least five books (a seemingly open-ended young adult series is pretty rare), and that the next one will be out March 31st. Title to come. The silence makes me wonder if there is in fact some behind-the-scenes action going on with the tv or movie adaptation? One can hope, at least.

And Larissa Ione was another author that had radio silence for awhile. It looks like she has been working on a non-paranormal project with several other authors. Via her newsletter…

rising stormIn other news, I’ve been working on a super-secret project that I can finally talk about! Are you a fan of soap operas? Do you love drama, romance, and larger-than-life characters? If so, you’ll love this new series. It’s called Rising Storm, and it’s a unique concept in that it’s written like a TV series – in book form.

Each episode in Season One is written by a different author, and each takes the reader on a journey toward an explosive finale that will leave an entire town reeling. Season One premieres on September 24th, and a new episode will release each week. My episode, Calm Before The Storm, is the fifth episode, and it will release on October 22nd. I can’t wait for you to read it!

Also, it looks like she will soon have some Demonica and Moonbound Vampires news to share. Have you heard anything exciting from your favorite authors?

New Allegiant Trailer….

As per the usual for book-to-movie adaptations, the third book of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent series will hit the screen in two parts. For something a little different, instead of Allegiant parts 1 and 2, the first part will be called Allegiant, but the second will be renamed Ascendant. There is also rumors that the storyline will somehow be “expanded”. Hm, perhaps change the ending that had so many up in arms? I wonder…

Either way, I just randomly stumbled upon the trailer for Allegiant, and it is reminding me of how little I remember about that book. And things look way, way different than I thought they would.

Where does Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant/Ascendant fall on your book-to-movie scale? I didn’t hate it, didn’t love it, but I didn’t feel the need to rush to the theater to see Insurgent when it came out. I waited and picked it up on blu-ray, and watched it a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn’t in any rush for it. I guess it is middle of the pack for me.

Sooo…Sense8, anyone?

Netflix_Sense8_promo_artI don’t really watch tv. My father watches his crap 24-7 (wrestling, Mike Holmes repeats, and the snore-fest Blue Bloods), and since that is about the only thing in life he does I let him have at it in peace. Plus, the first couple of times I did decide I wanted to watch something, I had to explain to him what I was watching, what it was about, what was happening, what everyone just said, and “no, that is not Hulk Hogan” was said way, way too many times. I usually made it about 15 minutes before I gave him back the remote so he could watch whatever masterpiece he was missing. Basically, I gave up, and now I just pick up blu-rays of shows I like and marathon them. It should be said, I do have more than one tv, but if I go to another room to watch something he thinks I am angry/sick/worried/tired, and yells every few minutes to see what I am doing. I have been known to yell back “water skiing”. It got old.

But a couple of days ago, I decided to try Sense8 on Netflix. I actually had two whole hours by myself, and thought I would turn on a non-wrestling tv show. I didn’t really know much about it other than it was quite hyped, but I really, really liked it. It isn’t for everyone, I know (and I definitely will NOT be watching it with dear daddy around), but so far I am hooked. I am trying to pace myself, but I can see me wrapping up the first season in the next couple of days and actually doing a rewatch, too. It is a bit of a mind bender, and highly sexual, but I can’t wait to see where things are going.

I am late to the game, since it came out I think in June, but I don’t know any “real life” people who have watched it at all (er, or maybe they just won’t admit it?). I also have a big love for Bitten, flaws and all, and I finally managed to watch Breaking Bad, which was great. I am way behind on True Blood, Arrow, Vampire Diaries, and pretty much everything else, but I am trying to get back into things.

Has anyone else checked this one out? If not this one, what other shows have you hooked?

Cover Lover – Fire Touched

The cover for the next Patricia Briggs book, Fire Touched, has been released, and it has a different vibe from the others in the series. We will get to see it in person when it is released on March 8th.

fire touchedMercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

This and That…

There hasn’t been a lot going on lately, maybe things will pick up heading into the fall. On the character guide front, I finally got the Arcana Chronicles from Kresley Cole up to date, and I am in the process of adding the original Drake sisters books to the Sea Haven guide. I am also in the process of updating the new release pages with a few new titles, plus new covers and blurbs. Speaking of blurbs, the official one for the next Fever book from Karen Marie Moning, Feverborn, has finally gone public…

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

Oh, and Ilona Andrews has announced the title Kate Daniels #9…Magic Binds. I like it. I want it. OH, and if you stalk their website, there have been some teaser excerpts for the next Hidden Legacy series book, White Hot, being put up. They are just making me want it more, I have to admit.