Release Info

Book of the Month Updates – Part 2

Sigh. Really? Not that it matters now, but man July is looking like a screwed up month, which can be seen just by looking at the books I put in the poll for book of the month. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that C.L. Wilson‘s The Sea King got a very last minute push back to as as-yet unknown date. Well, Rachel Caine‘s Weather Warden reboot Red Hot Rain was also supposed to be out on July 1st, but that date has come and gone with no sign of the book. Aaand, within the last couple of days, Alyssa Day‘s next Tiger’s Eye Mystery, Evil Eye, seems to have been delayed, too. Well, itunes still lists it for July 5th, but Barnes and Noble has a new release date of September 1st. Ugh.

So, things are really mixed up this month. I can usually catch changes, but the last minute ones drive me nuts. Especially when they occur within a few days of the original release date. I do a double-check of all release dates about every two weeks, and a specific check before I list them in the book of the month polls. And still the buggers slip by.

Basically, July was a crappy month to start with, and the changes made it worse. Actually, I don’t remember a poorer new-release month in recent memory. I won’t be picking up any new releases at all, but on the plus side, I might get to tackle a few more off of my TBR. Always an upside.

On a similar note, I am going to stop listing which books are e-book releases, mostly because that can change between countries. For example, Amazon.ca will show a book as an e-release only, but Amazon.com will show both Kindle and paperback versions. To stop the confusion, I am just going to remove it all together. Hope that doesn’t confuse anyone.

Book of the Month

July’s Book of the Month

Ok, some months are awesome with too many books to choose from. Some months are…not. This one, at least for me, is a not. What with the last-minute change in release day for one book, the lack of purchase links at Amazon for a couple of others, and a general lack of “wow” factor, this isn’t my favorite month.

Anyways, you have voted, and July’s book of the month is Illusion Town by Jayne Castle. Is anyone else completely surprised by this? I am. Nothing against the book at all, but it seemed to come out of nowhere. My choice was Alyssa Day‘s Evil Eye (which isn’t even listed on Goodreads yet. Oy), but I figured playing the odds that the winner would be Elizabeth Hunter‘s The Staff and the Blade. Show what I know.

illusion town

Synopsis…

A new adventure begins on Harmony…

With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.

Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…

With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him.

But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…

I think I have asked this one before, but how many Jayne Castle (and other pseudonyms) fans are out there? I do know that there are about 11 million books published under her several names, so there must be something for everyone. If you were new to this author, which series would you most recommend?

Book of the Month

July’s Book of the Month

It seems like we get a really good release month (like June), then a…less that jam-packed one, like July. It was tricky to find 10 releases that I thought could be in the running for book of the month, to be honest, and if none of these grab you, you can just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. A complete list of July’s releases can be found HERE.

I have to go with Evil Eye from Alyssa Day. I am surprised by just how much I am loving this paranormal-mystery series, even though it is very light on the romance as yet. They are quick, fun reads, and I seem to enjoy each one more than the last. And let’s be honest – Jack really does deserve his own HEA after getting basically squat in the Warriors of Poseidon series, right?

Review

Reading Wrap Up / The Beast Discussion

booksI was going to do a reading wrap up post, but then I thought I should probably do a post where we could all discuss The Beast by J.R. Ward. Then in a bold move, I figured I would just combine the two. Problem solved.

So, I finished up a re-read of Anne Bishop‘s Marked in Flesh. I really liked it, but I can honestly say that there were a few parts where I started to get mixed up a bit (mostly with locational things, like who was in which town). Other than that, it was a great story with a lot going on. It did seem like the end of a story-arc, but it would be so, so easy to see the series continue on indefinitely. And I am still the first in line for a Vlad-centric book.

And then it was on to Private Eye from Alyssa Day, which is the second book in her Tiger’s Eye Mystery series. I loved me some Jack in the Warriors of Poseidon series, and I was more than a little disappointed when his book (Shifter in Atlantis) was scrapped. I figured he got a bit of a raw deal, actually. But even though I liked Jack and wanted him to have his own story, I almost didn’t bother with this little e-format series. So glad I did, though. Both of the books so far have been a lot of fun – love the quirky small town setting, the mystery, and while I knew I liked Jack I also enjoy the other star of the show, Tess. Great series so far, with the third book supposedly heading our way this summer. I would definitely recommend giving this quick, fun series a try.

Now, on to The Beast. I am going to go spoiler free here, but feel free to post spoilers in the comments section, should you so choose. Anyhow. I have enjoyed all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, I have to admit upfront, but at some point the way I read them changed. I had to almost steel myself to read one, and sometimes it would take me months to finally pick one up off of my TBR pile since I had to be in the right mood. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them, it was just that they became so…dense, maybe? There were so many plotlines and storyarcs and side characters that it just got overwhelming. I like some depth to a book, don’t get me wrong, but when you have to start writing down what is going on so you don’t lose track, then things are complicated. And most of the time, the central couple in the book played such a small role you didn’t really know whose story was being told. Not ideal, either.

Even with the complicated and involved stories, though, I stayed a big fan of the world. That never changed, no matter how much work I had to put in to get through the book. But I wasn’t a huge fan when it was announced that most of the Brothers would get a second book – not at all. I figure they got their turn, and it was time for others to get their stories told. And a second book usually means drama, and I am a firm believer in a happily ever after for my couples, not an angsty problem that threatens to tear a them apart. But so far, the sequels have been a great idea. The King was good…but The Beast was really, really good.

For me, anyways, The Beast felt more old-school BDB. There is still a lot going on, but this time around I never lost focus that it was a Rhage and Mary book. Rhage has always been a favorite of mine, and in The Beast I was reminded of why. He comes off as almost dorky, which is great, and his babbling made me laugh more than once. He is a total scene-stealer. Assail plays a good sized role, and I liked all of his page time, too. I can see a redo for V in the near future, since he is having a bit of a hard time on a few different fronts. That will be interesting, to say the least.

My only gripe is Layla. I. Don’t. Like. Her. AT ALL. I can’t even quite tell you why she irritates me, but every time she is on the page I find myself gritting my teeth. Xcor? I’m in. Xcor and Layla? Crap, not at all. Unfortunately for me, she is pretty much irredeemable at this point since my loathing runs deep, so it will be interesting to see how I handle reading her story, which is up next. So, all in all, I really liked The Beast – I just wish the Beast would’ve taken Layla out. Permanently. That isn’t too much to ask, right?

What was your take on The Beast? Are you liking the “second book” idea, or do you wish that J.R. was moving on to new characters (like Assail. And Murdher)? What else did you check out this week?

Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week

My pick for this week is something a little different for me. The second book of Alyssa Day‘s e-format Tiger’s Eye Mystery series, Private Eye, is one I have been looking forward to since I reluctantly decided to pick up the first book. I loved Jack in the Warriors of Poseidon series, but I wasn’t so sure about reading what sounded like a cozy mystery series. Turns out I really liked it, and I am so glad to see Jack maybe get a chance at his own HEA (since he so got short-changed in the Warriors series).

private eyeSynopsis…

When Tess Callahan, new owner of Dead End Pawn, meets her grandmother the banshee, life is about to get complicated. When Tess’s partner Jack Shepherd, tiger shapeshifter and P.I., gets involved to help them investigate a banshee-kidnapping spree, life is about to get deadly. Because nothing is ever simple in Dead End, Florida, and sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.

What is your pick of the week? Are you checking this one out, or are you looking forward to something else?