New Series Alerts…

This new series alert is also a whine alert. Alexandra Ivy wrapped up her Guardians of Eternity a couple of months back, but she is consoling us with her new Dragons of Eternity books. The new series makes its debut this week with the released of Burned by Darkness, but the whiny part is that it is only available in print format through Amazon.com, but us non-Americans are looking at an e-book release only. I will be ordering it from the US, but I am going to hold off and wait until there are a couple I want to make the shipping worthwhile.

burned by darknessSynopsis…

The Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of mist and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…

Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.

Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.

Are you looking forward to trying out the Dragons of Eternity? Do you get bugged by the limited print books like I do?

Weekly Wrap Up…

booksAnother week has gone by, and I didn’t manage to keep up my previous reading pace (which is a bit of a bummer). I wrapped up Alexandra Ivy‘s When Darkness Ends, and I thought that the series ended on a high note. It had an interesting story (and secondary couple, too), lots of action, and a great lead couple. Going to miss this one, but I hope we will get some cameo appearances in the upcoming Dragons of Eternity series.

I also got caught up on the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong by finishing up the anthology collection Otherworld Nights. I did struggle a bit through this one, not because it wasn’t good, but because I think the finishing line was in sight and I wanted to move on to a different series. I am ready and waiting for my season 2 of Bitten, though.

And finally, I started a re-read of Nalini Singh‘s Shards of Hope for the character guide. I loved it the first time around, and that hasn’t changed with the re-read. Great new characters, new packs, and a strong romance made me a happy reader. Now we just have to wait how long for the next one? I am going to go out on a limb and say maybe Remy’s story is next?

So, how was your reading week? Do you come across any unexpected treasures, or re-read any great books?

Weekly Wrap Up…

booksAnother week, another few books to mention. I actually am quite happy with the reading I got done, and everything was quite positive. I did a Kelley Armstrong Women of the Otherworld marathon and managed to almost finish off the entire series. The last three books were Savannah’s arc, and I blew through Waking the Witch, Spellbound, and the finale, Thirteen. I wasn’t sure how I was going to dig Savannah as a main character, but I found that it worked great. I liked her storyline, I liked her and Adam as separate characters and as a couple, and I was especially happy to have pretty much all of the old gang back for the final book. Clay and Elena, Paige and Lucas, Eve and Kristoff, Jamie and Jeremy, Hope and Karl all join Savannah in wrapping things up (only Robyn from Living With the Dead is missing, and it was no big loss. I had forgotten about her anyways). I even finished up most of the stories in the three anthologies, which was a bonus. Sad to see this one end, but at least I still have season two of the show to watch.

I also read Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones, and that sucker had a lot going on. If  you are a fan of the series, this is not one you could miss and just jump ahead to The Dirt on Ninth Grave. Nuh-uh. I breezed through it – and even did the updated character guide, I got so involved. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

The last couple of weeks, I was trying to get into A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and it was touch and go. But most of you said that things pick up if you give it a shot, so I kept at it – and things really did pick up. For me, it started to get good when Tamlin and Feyre stopped being enemies and gradually started to find common ground. Thanks to those who said to keep reading, it is turning out to be well worth it, and I will be picking up the print copy ASAP.

And finally, I have started the final Guardians of Eternity book by Alexandra Ivy, When Darkness Ends. I am not far in yet, but so far things are going really well. I am liking storyline and characters, and hating the final big bad (which is the point). Another one that is going out on top.

What was your reading week like? Did you tackle the TBR pile, or were you busy with new releases? What was your take on Charley Davidson’s latest adventure?

New Series Alerts…

Ok, there is only one new series starting up this week, and it a young adult release from Megan Shepherd called The Cage. It is the first book of the series The Cage. I have to admit, I haven’t heard much about this one at all, but the cover is eye-catching.

the cageSynopsis…

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments–tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle–and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures and time periods, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer appears–a handsome young guard named Cassian–they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken they five teenagers to an otherworldly zoo–where the exhibits are humans.

When a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer–though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so…what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

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But for me the bigger story is that there is one taking its final bow (at least in traditionally published terms). Alexandra Ivy‘s last Guardians of Eternity book, When Darkness Ends, hits the shelves tomorrow, and I will be sad to see it go. On the plus side, there is a new dragon spin-off series to look forward to, but I don’t like a good thing to end.

when darkness endsSynopsis…

Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…

Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…

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Anyone else a bit bummed about the end of the Guardians? It was never a series that I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for, but it was always a good, solid read that I consistently enjoyed. I do have high hopes for the Dragons of Eternity spin-offs, but I first have to see if they are going to be offered in print format in Canada (US is, but I don’t know about here). No print version will put a damper on things, though.

Alexandra Ivy’s Burned by Darkness

Alexandra Ivy has always been a consistent author for me, and over the years I have really enjoyed her Guardians of Eternity series. I was saddened to find out that she was done traditionally publishing the Guardians books, and it seemed that she was going the Lara Adrian self-pubbed route. That sort of made me a bit nervous, since I don’t like change when it comes to my books. But it looks like what really happened is that she just kicked her writing into high gear. She has a monster to be released list for the rest of 2015 and into 2016, and one of those titles is Burned by Darkness. It is the first book of the Dragons of Eternity series, a spin-off from the Guardians of Eternity series, and it is due out on June 30th.

burned by darknessThe Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of mist and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…

Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.

Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.

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I had heard rumors of this one before, but I was surprised to find a listing for it…two months away. There are a couple of issues for me when authors I followed in print releases go self-pubbed – one, they are hard to get ahead of when it comes to keeping track of their new releases. Like this one, they just randomly pop up one day and are out before I know it sometimes. Two – I either have to wait for a print version in Canada, or build up an order through the American Amazon.com and pay a fortune in duty and shipping and exchange. At least I have given up my e-book snobbery and can read it when it comes out, then wait for the print version.

So, looking forward to more Alexandra Ivy? I am anxious to check out her take on the dragons (along with her many, many other upcoming releases, that is).

From the Author Pages…

Yep, a bit more info to pass on…

  • Alexandra Ivy might very well be a writing machine. She has nine titles scheduled for release between now and the end of December. NINE. Not only are pre-order links up at Amazon for the next Bayou Heat book featuring Michel/Striker, but she is also starting a new romantic suspense series called ARES Security. The first book is called Kill Without Mercy, and it will be released on December 29th. Here is a peek at the cover and blurb…

kill without mercyFrom the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security.

Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he’s eager to get back to his new life in Texas. But when he crosses paths with Annie White, a haunted beauty with skeletons in her closet, he can’t just walk away—not when she’s clearly in danger…

There’s a mysterious serial killer on the loose with a link to Annie’s dark past. And the closer he gets, the deeper Rafe’s instinct to protect kicks in. But even with his considerable skill, Annie’s courage, and his ARES buddies behind him, the slaying won’t stop. Now it’s only a matter of time before Annie’s next—unless they can unravel a history of deadly lies that won’t be buried.

  • And speaking of writing machines, word is that the next Ghostwalkers book, Spider Game, will be released next January 26th. I really can’t complain about how fast Christine Feehan is cranking them out, but I do hope that the next Ghostwalkers book reads like a Ghostwalkers book and not a Breeds story like Viper Game did.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout is also cranking out the books, and there are a few more to add to her long, long list of upcoming releases. There will be a companion novel to the Lux series called Oblivion, which will be a retelling of the first book, Obsidian, except from Daemon’s POV, and it is due out in December. Next February will see the release of the second Titan book featuring Seth, which will be called The Power. And to top things off, the cover and blurb have been released for the third and final book in her The Dark Elements series, Every Last Breath, which is due out on July 28th…

every last breathSome loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

  • This is actually the total opposite of an update…and that is the continued lack of info on the next Immortals After Dark book from Kresley Cole. After hyping the newsletter release that told nothing at all, there has been radio silence on what Kresley is working on. Has anyone else heard anything and I just missed it? Whatever it is, I guess it is supposed to be out on December 31st.

Ok, that wraps up my discoveries for a while. Time to turn the tables…have you heard of any new release dates, or found some great cover art or blurbs to share? If so, drop a line in the comments section.

The White Rabbit Chronicles Trilogy…Number Four?

So, this is a thing. Gena Showalter‘s White Rabbit Chronicles Trilogy…isn’t. A trilogy, that is. Not having read the third book (yet), I am no expert, but apparently there were things that were left unresolved in The Queen of Zombie Hearts, and Gena and her publisher decided to add a fourth book to the mix. A Mad Zombie Party will apparently be released this September. This seems to be a bit of a newish trend, with a couple of other series that were announced (or maybe just assumed) as being done suddenly show signs of life. Kiera Cass did it with The Selection books, for example. Interesting.

On a semi-related note, I don’t know what rock I was hiding under, but apparently Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity (I swear, I originally typed Guardians of the Galaxy) will be getting a spin-off/add on, of a sort. She has teamed up with Laura Wright on the Bayou Heat books, and it looks like they will be at it again in a new series set in the Guardians world. The first release will be called Marked by Darkness, and from the little I have heard it will feature a dragon hero? Laura Wright’s entry will be a story from her Mark of the Vampire series, as well. Man, on a selfish note, I would love to get my hands on a physical copy of this rather than e-book, but I guess we will have to see. Either way, it should be out this June-ish, and it looks like so…

marked by darknessHas anyone given their Bayou Heat series a try? I usually collect all of the series by authors I like, but I swear I am trying to tame Mount TBR, not throw more on top. But, you know, books seem to just follow me home. Honest.

From the Author Pages…

I am trying to be good and keep up with the author pages, and this recent updating brought a few new bits of info…

  • Alexandra Ivy might be winding down her Guardians of Eternity series (or at least through traditional publishing), but she will still be busy. There is a new shifters series in the works, co-written with Carrie Ann Ryan, which starts up next year. Stories 1 and 2 are book one, called Stolen and Forgiven, which is due out on July 14th. It will be followed by Abandoned and Unseen on September 15th. You can find the series overview and cover art HERE.
  • After a couple of year wait, Christine Feehan is returning to the world of the Ghostwalkers (thank God – love those books). Viper Game comes out in just over a month, and Christine has upped a first-chapter preview over on her website member’s section. The great thing about the preview is that it begins to answer a few questions I have had since way back in Gator’s book…like when exactly did Wyatt become a Ghostwalker, and how did he end up not being with Joy after she was rescued? There is also a new book trailer available, as well…
  • Fans of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep will be happy to know that the 13th book will be called Spider’s Trap, and it will be out on July 28th.  I don’t know when it was released, but I did find the blurb today (Potential spoilers…maybe?)

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

After a quiet couple of days, there are a few new covers to spotlight. Let’s start off with the next Leopard series book, Cat’s Lair, from Christine Feehan. It is due out on April 28th.

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This next one is from Jenn Bennett and her Roaring Twenties series. Grave Phantoms is out on May 5th.

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Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne‘s On the Hunt anthology is due out on August 25th.

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Heading into the young adult covers, this first one is from Victoria Scott. Salt and Stone is due out on February 24th.

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Next up is Torn from Avery Hastings, which is due out on June 23rd. It is the second book in the Feuds series.

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This one is Deviate, from author Tracy Clark. It is the second book of the Key Light Trilogy, and it is due out on March 3rd.

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And these final two are from Amanda Hocking. Ice Kissed is the second book in the Kanin Chronicles series, due out on May 5th.

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The third book of the Kanin Chronicles series is called Crystal Kingdom, and it will be out on August 4th.

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Which of these are you looking forward to? Any covers making you want to break down and pick up the book when it is released?

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

This is a quiet week for new series, and I didn’t really have a pick of the week, either. Instead, it looks like I will be doing another little cover lover post. Let’s start with the second book from Jacquelyn Frank‘s new Immortal Brothers series. Cursed by Ice will be released on March 31st.

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And this second new one is from Alexandra Ivy. When Darkness Ends is the last traditionally published Guardians of Eternity book, and it is due out on May 26th.

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I am not looking forward to seeing the end of the Guardians, I must admit. I know that they will continue in a non-traditionally published way, but I never seem to follow them as well when they go to self-pubbed. Going to have to try and keep this one on my radar, though.