Cover Lover –

This is a bit of a drive-by post. I did some updating of the new release pages last night, and a few new covers popped up. Let’s start with the next InCryptid book from Seanan McGuire. Imaginary Numbers will be released on February 25th.

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Sarah Zellaby has always been in an interesting position. Adopted into the Price family at a young age, she’s never been able to escape the biological reality of her origins: she’s a cuckoo, a telepathic ambush predator closer akin to a parasitic wasp than a human being. Friend, cousin, mathematician; it’s never been enough to dispel the fear that one day, nature will win out over nurture, and everything will change.

Maybe that time has finally come.

After spending the last several years recuperating in Ohio with her adoptive parents, Sarah is ready to return to the world–and most importantly, to her cousin Artie, with whom she has been head-over-heels in love since childhood. But there are cuckoos everywhere, and when the question of her own survival is weighed against the survival of her family, Sarah’s choices all add up to one inescapable conclusion.

This is war. Cuckoo vs. Price, human vs. cryptid…and not all of them are going to walk away.

This second one is from Alyssa Day. I really enjoy the Tiger’s Eye Mystery series, and Eye of Danger is the next story. It will be released on July 2nd.

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When Tess Callahan’s long-lost and presumed-dead father comes back to town, running from the mob, she’s not sure how to feel. But when she finds out the bad guys are really after her, to use her “gift” as a weapon, she knows exactly who to turn to.

When Jack Shepherd must confront mob bigwigs, a rogue vampire, and Tess’s dad all in the same day, he realizes that small towns can be every bit as deadly as the rebellion he led when he was a soldier. Tess is in trouble, and there’s no way Jack will let anything happen to her—they haven’t even gone on their first date!

This third release is from Lara Adrian. Break the Day is the 16th book of the Midnight Breed series, and it is due out on July 30th.

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After a shocking betrayal nearly killed him and the people he cares about the most, what Breed warrior Rafe wants more than anything is revenge against the insidious brotherhood called Opus Nostrum. But to achieve that goal, he must turn his back on the Order and infiltrate a dangerous gang with ties to Opus. Risking everything to redeem himself and carry out his deep-cover mission, Rafe will let nothing stand in his way–least of all his desire for one of the loyalists he should despise, a mysterious, dark-haired beauty named Devony Winters.

But Devony has secrets of her own to protect, as well as a personal duty she will do anything to fulfill. And as a daywalker passing herself off as human to the gang she’s been embedded with for months, the last thing she needs is a dangerous former member of the Order unraveling all her hard work. Her plans depend on keeping Rafe at arm’s length, but if she surrenders to the dark need he stirs within her, it will be her heart that pays the ultimate price.

Author Anna Applegate is starting up a new series called the Magic Bound Saga. The first book will be called The Time Traveler’s Magic, and it will be released on August 1st.

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A stranger thrusts Ember Brighton into another time, where she learns her crumbling life has a greater purpose. Pursuing this new life, however, will leave her loved ones in danger until she realizes who she is and what she’s capable of. If she fails to work quickly enough, her mother’s deadly fate will be sealed.

When the confident and mysterious Rane Andersson shows up at all the right moments to help, Ember can’t help but distrust his motives. Without him, though, she’s left with more questions than answers, and more people trying to kill her than she can fight off alone.

Despite her reservations, she’s forced to put her faith in him. Now Ember’s running out of time to find her way home, save her mother, and fix the balance of time itself.

Will her run-ins with rogue vampires and evil shifters prove to be more than she can overcome? Or can Ember face her destiny head on?

Next up is Wickedly They Dance. It is the third book of the After Darkness Falls series from May Sage. It will be out on August 22nd.

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The world has learned to fear vampires and forgotten a greater threat. Before the bloodsuckers rose, the gods had perfected one race of predators. And they’ve chosen their prey.

Avani was raised in another pack, another world, away from the secluded werewolves of Oldcrest. But the shadow that has followed her every step since her first shift has forced her into exile. Oldcrest is the only place in the world where she’s safe. She won’t let anyone take it away from her. Not even her own kind.

As threats surround the territory, everyone demands Alexius’s allegiance. In his hundreds of years, he’s lived without bending the knee, and it won’t start now.
But when a wounded, hunted wolf crashes into his life, the healer in him can’t help lending a hand, although he knows touching a female of the royal pack marks him for life.

As an enemy.

Or as an alpha.

And Amanda Pillar‘s Ascending Passion is up next. It is the fourth book of the Heaven’s Heart series, and it will be released on August 22nd.

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Is the truth really worth dying for?

Becoming a bodyguard isn’t exactly on Yael’s list of dream jobs. In fact, he’s much better at killing than he is at saving people. But when the most powerful witch Crone in the Americas asks him for a favor, he isn’t left with much of a choice. And the worst part? His new client doesn’t believe in magic and she’s human.

The love of Rowan Broome’s life is dead; killed in a horrific car accident. Rowan seeks escape, only for it to be offered in the opportunity of a lifetime: become an excavation director for an archaeological dig in Egypt. Unbeknownst to her, her boss isn’t the magnanimous Luke Starre she believes, but Lucifer, ruler of Hell.

Burdened with a bodyguard she doesn’t want, but desperate to forget her past, Rowan is drawn closer and closer to Lucifer. Can she survive the twisted web he’s woven, or will Yael have to save her from herself?

And the last one for today is from Ashlyn Chase. The Goddess Gets Her Guy will be out on November 26th.

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Any favorites from this batch? Which ones will you be picking up?

 

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Pick of the Week

This is a good, solid new release week for me. Shelly Laurenston‘s In a Badger Way will be my breezy, light read, and Maria Vale‘s Forever Wolf will be my moody, darker book. But neither of them are my pick of the week. That title goes to Evil Eye from Alyssa Day – I hope. This one has been shifted around, pushed back and delayed so many times that I am going to have to see it downloaded to my Kindle on the 28th before I believe it will really be coming out. I am working my way towards cautiously optimistic, though. Book two of the Tiger’s Eye Mystery series was released waaaay back in April 2016, and I have been not-so-patiently waiting ever since.

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When swarms of treasure hunters descend on Dead End in search of legendary pirate Captain Pierre Arneaux’s fabled lost gold, chaos crashes down on the normally quiet town.

When the only treasure chests found have corpses instead of coins, Jack has to spring into action. Because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.

Tess Callahan, who owns a pawn shop in the strangest town in Florida, is barely over the last dead bodies on her doorstep when her new private investigator neighbor asks for her help again.

But it’s her town, and she’ll take on anybody to protect it. Even treasure hunters, vampire slayers, and the ghost of a certain French pirate who still thinks he’s in charge.

Welcome to Dead End, Florida, where ghosts can get jaywalking tickets too. And welcome to the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries!

This series is the only one of its “type” that I read, and I really like it. Jack was my stand-out from the long ago Warriors of Poseidon series, and I always felt like he got the short end of the stick when his stand-alone story was nixed, so I was particularly excited to see him get his own series. Has anyone else been waiting for this one like I have?

The Sound of Silence

I have a bit of time off, and I am doing a bit more in-depth upcoming releases hunting than I usually get a chance to do. The funny thing I noticed, though, is how many authors seem to be MIA – or at least info on what they are working on is. For example, I figured that after something like 7 years, Stacia Kane would finally have some news on her 6th Downside Ghosts book. But nope. I am holding off starting the series until the next on is in the bag, but it looks like it is going to be staying on the TBR mole-hill indefinitely.

Also, what is up with the IAD series? Kresley Cole was supposed to release Shadow’s Kiss in November, but then there was an announcement that Mina’s story was being pushed back and instead the next release was going to feature Munro and Kereney. Ok. Great. And…nada. No info. Release date. Nothing. I sound whiny, but do you remember the days of two Immortals books a year? I do. Now, it has already been a year and a half since the last book, with the next one coming…sometime.

I have been keeping an eye out for Alyssa Day to get back to her Poseidon’s Warriors series, but I haven’t been able to find out any more info, either. March in Atlantis was due out, well, in March, but then stuff happened and it got pushed back. And back. The last I had heard about it was on a Facebook post in June – which said it would be out by the end of the following week. I will keep looking, but so far, no luck. This is another one that I put on the one-day list because I know that delays are guaranteed, and I don’t want to get into them until the series is rolling again.

The Dragonfury series from Coreene Callahan is another one I was trying to track down info on with absolutely no luck. I really like this one (and the Scottish spin-off books, too), but the last release was late last year. I dug around Facebook a bit and couldn’t find anything, and her official website lists future titles – with no release dates. I do hope there is more to come, though, because I have enjoyed pretty much every story in the series so far and there are quite a few more characters to focus on.

Oh, and since I sound all bitter and gripe-y, does anyone know what is going on with the Fever series? Karen Marie Moning has been pretty quiet about what she has planned, and I haven’t been able to find out any info at all. Goodreads does list another book in the series, but that isn’t something that can really be depended on at all. I thought I had read somewhere that after Dani and Ryodan got their story, things would be changing a bit to focus on other characters like Christian McKeltar and some of the Nine. Did I dream that, or do any of you remember reading it, too?

So, does anyone have any info on some of my MIA book requests? Do you have any of your own that you just can’t seem to pin down the what, where, and when on? Sorry if this sounded all bitchy because I didn’t mean it that way, it was just that I seemed to hit a wall so many times in such a short time and it seemed weird.

This and That

I have been doing my usual cruise through of my “sources”, but for a while there wasn’t a ton of new info coming out to share. I did find a couple of little tidbits, so here goes…

  • the next book of Anne Bishop‘s The Others series now has a title. Book number seven will be called Wild Country, and it will be released next March. This one will be set in Bennett.
  • Shelly Laurenston‘s second Honey Badger Chronicles book will be called In a Badger Way, and it will be out on March 26th.
  • Yes, the In Death series continues. J.R. Robb‘s 48th Eve and Roarke story will be called Connections in Death, and it has a release date of February 5th.
  • Even though the first book of Jennifer Estep‘s new Crown of Shards hasn’t been released yet, there is already info on the second. Protect the Prince will be a May 15th release.
  • Lara Adrian also has more in store for us. Hour of Darkness is the second book of her Hunter Legacy series, and it is just showing as “coming summer 2018”. Midnight Breed #16 will be called Break the Day, and it will be released this winter.
  • I stumbled across quite a bit of Christine Feehan news, too. She has quite the full schedule, and love her or not she is not an author to not deliver on time. Vengeance Road (January 29th) will be Steele’s story. The next Ghostwalker’s story will be called Toxic Game (March 19th), and it will feature Draden and Shylah. September 3rd of next year will see the release of Dark Illusion (Dark Series), and it will be followed by Leopard’s Wrath (Leopard People) in November.
  • When Alyssa Day said she was going to write one story a month for her Poseidon’s Warriors series, I had my doubts (which sounds awful, but it’s true), but I really hoped she could pull it off. January in Atlantis came out on schedule, but February in Atlantis got pushed back to the middle of March. March, April, and May’s books were pushed back several time and don’t have set release dates as of right now, so I have pulled them off of the New Release pages. I will keep an eye out for them and try to add them as they become available, though.
  • And this last one is pure speculation on my part, but I am getting a weird feeling about Kresley Cole‘s next IAD book. Well, about its release date, I should say. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I am getting the vibe that Shadow’s Kiss might be delayed. Goodreads and the publisher both still show it as having a November release date, but Amazon’s listing for it is a bit wonky. That usually happens when the date is up in the air. Again, it is just a feeling I have, and I hope I am wrong. It has already had a pushback or two, and it will be over a year and a half since the last IAD book. As much as my love for this series has cooled, I still hope things stay on track.

There you have it. Anything to add? Any news (good or bad) to share?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I’m not sure, but I think that my last cover lover post might’ve been last year. I have been finding one here and there, but not really enough to get a whole post together until now. Let’s get started with a new one from Kathy Lyons. Alpha Unleashed is the 4th book in the Grizzlies Gone Wild series, and it will be released on March 6th.

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YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD BEAR DOWN

Alyssa Nelson doesn’t actually believe that Simon Gold is a shape-shifting grizzly bear—until she sees it firsthand. Aaaaand the award for Totally Surprising Changes goes to Simon Gold. But Alyssa doesn’t have time to deal with the fact that her ruggedly hot, long-time secret crush is a shifter . . . not when her brother has turned into one, too.

After ten months in bear form, Simon is struggling. He’s not ready to deal with anyone, let alone the bold and gorgeous Alyssa. Mine, whispers his bear. But all hell has broken loose in the Detroit shifter community, and it’s spreading to humans. Now Simon must face the darkest place of all: where bear and man become one. And the only way he can make it back to his humanity is by finding—and claiming—his mate.

This second one is from Gail Carriger. Competence is the 3rd book in the Custard Protocol series, and it will be out on July 17th.

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Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:
Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

Cover number three is from Cecilia Lane. Hunted Mate is the third book of the Shifters of Bear Den series, and it will be released on March 7th.

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A wounded fox shifter hiding from her past.
No one could call fox shifter Becca Holden fragile. She’s been to hell and back and got the t-shirt, thank you very much. Years ago, she found herself pregnant with her mate’s baby. When she miscarried, Nolan turned away, leaving her to grieve on her own. She left Bearden, vowing never to return.

She’s been alone ever since.

Drifting from job to job, her life takes on a new level of misery and danger when she falls prey to hunters. Men who want to use her for their depraved version of fox-hunting. Becca manages to survive. Barely. She escapes her nightmare, but with nowhere left to go, she’s forced to return to Bearden.

Heartache isn’t done with Becca just yet…

A second chance with the mate he lost.
If Nolan Byers could have one do-over, it would be Becca. He and Becca were too young when she got pregnant, and when she lost the baby, they drifted apart. Becca left town, taking Nolan’s heart with her.

Time hasn’t healed this wound. If anything, the pain is worse. Nine long and lonely years pass until, one day, she returns to Bearden. Becca… his Becca. She’s as beautiful as ever. The moment he sees her, he knows why he never wanted another woman. Because of Becca.

His one. His only. His mate for life.

Now he just needs to convince Becca to forgive him. But the feisty fox shifter wants nothing to do with him. He sees her around town and she either shuts him down, brushes him off, or flat-out ignores him.

Her sass infuriates Nolan’s bear. His self-control unravels a little more each time he sees his beautiful, aggravating and smart-mouthed little mate. When a fire burns through Becca’s home, a fire that starts under suspicious circumstances, Nolan makes his move.

Becca’s in danger and his possessive and angry bear will no longer be denied.

And this next one comes from Karen Chance. Shadow’s Bane is the long-awaited return to the Dorina Barasab series, and it scheduled for release on August 7th.

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Dorina Basarab is a dhampir–half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver who arranges fights–sometimes to the death–between different types of fey.

As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers–and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare….

Suzanne Wright‘s 7th and final Phoenix Pack book will be called Wild Hunger, and it will be released on May 29th.

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When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.

Trick Hardy, alpha wolf of the Phoenix Pack, can sense the rush of mutual attraction when he sees Frankie again. He knows immediately that she’s his true mate. But he also knows that, given her fragile state, he needs to tread with care—no matter how fierce his surging desires.

As aroused as Frankie is by Trick’s darkly dominant air and simmering desire, her priority right now is her past—not her future, no matter how tempting. But as more secrets emerge and Frankie’s life is threatened, Trick must do everything he can to keep her close and safe. After all, it’s their destiny.

This next one is from Alyssa Day. March in Atlantis is the 3rd book of her monthly Poseidon’s Warriors series, and this one has a release date of March 26th.

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When Poseidon’s elite warriors gear up to train a new generation of fighters, they have no idea that Atlantean Queen Riley has secretly taken on a new role: Matchmaker. By the end of the year, she plans to find soul mates for all twelve of Atlantis’s fiercest warriors…

…whether they like it or not.

Twelve all-new adventures in the hotly anticipated world of Poseidon’s Warriors, coming once a month from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day. These books are sexy, romantic, and wickedly addictive —welcome to 2018! And welcome to A Year in Atlantis!

And my final one for today comes from Sarah J. Maas. A Court of Frost and Starlight is a bridge between the previous books and the upcoming spin-off series, and it will be out on May 1st.

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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

New Series Alerts

Just a quick note to start to mention a couple of scheduling changes. First off, Alyssa Day‘s January in Atlantis has been pushed back a couple of weeks from tomorrow’s original release date to January 30th. And Magic Triumphs from Ilona Andrews will also be a bit later than originally planned. Originally scheduled for a May 8th release, it will now be available on August 28th.

On to the new series starting up this week, which comes from author Thea Atkinson. Rune Thief is the first book of the Isabella Hush series.

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What she steals may be priceless, but what she can’t see will cost her.

Isabella Hush may be a talented thief, but her past is about to creep up on her.

In need of quick funds to escape a nasty ex and his henchmen, she takes a chance on a rumored cache of Incan gold. But the heist goes terribly wrong and she ends up inebriated in a dark alley with a strange man dying at her feet.

Against her better judgement, she pauses to help, and out of habit, picks his pockets. Then the man disappears without a trace, leaving nothing behind but filthy cobblestones, and she begins to think she imagined it all.

That is, until the next morning when she finds the pilfered items in her apartment and a strange mark on her arm. Before long, she discovers there’s a supernatural realm seething unknown beneath her feet. And she just might long for the simple days of a heist gone bad…

Because now she’s not just being hunted by dangerous men, she’s being hunted by dangerous immortals.

 

Random Updates

It has been a while since I have done a post like this, mostly because I haven’t found much that seemed interesting enough to bring up. The last few days did bring a few things to my attention that I thought I would share…

  • Fans of Alyssa Day will be happy to know that she will be returning to her Warriors of Poseidon world in the very near future. It has been almost 5 years since the last full book was published, and except for a couple of “theme” novellas (Halloween in Atlantis, Christmas in Atlantis), things have been pretty quiet. But starting this January, there will be a spin-off series featuring 12 new warriors-in-training – being led by Denal. This gives me a Black Dagger Legacy vibe, with the difference being that as of now, there is to be one story published every month. The Year of Atlantis books will be called January in Atlantis, February in Atlantis, etc.
  • I thought at first it was a case of titles changing, but it looks like there indeed be two Lords of the Underworld books heading our way in 2018. According to a recent Facebook update, Gena Showalter has announced that The Darkest Warrior will feature Puck and Gillian, and The Darkest Captive will be a 1001 Dark Nights release next December featuring Galen and Legion. And it sounds like there might be a new paranormal series in the works, too.
  • Jennifer Estep has big plans. It looks like she is heading into the world of self-pubbing, starting with a young adult spin-off of her Mythos Academy series. Bitter Frost is the title of the first book, and it will probably be hitting the shelves by the end of the year. And the Elemental Assassin series is also going indie starting with the next release, Venom in Her Veins (Spring 2018). If that isn’t enough, she also has an epic fantasy series in the works called Kill the Queen, which is scheduled for release next September.
  • I am…confused. Way confused. I remember from way back when that there were supposed to be 14 Chronicles of Nick books from Sherrilyn Kenyon, leading into Nick getting his own story in the main Dark-Hunter series. But as I was looking through Goodreads, it seems that the Chronicles of Nick portion of the world has wrapped up, and the next four stories to feature Nick will be classed as the Shadows of Fire series. And Nick is older with a son of his own, and the son is now the focus? And after that, there will be two books in what is being called the Shadowlands Rider series to wrap things up. Maybe? Or is Nick still destined to get a main series story, too? I have no clue, but this list does take us all the way through until 2023. Yeah. That. I am so grateful that I pulled the plug on this world a while back, because trying to keep track of that would melt my brain.

I do hope Alyssa Day can keep up to the one-a-month release schedule. The League of the Black Swan series died off leaving The Unforgiven in limbo. It was originally to be a 2014 release I believe, and then it was listed on and off until September 2016. Then nada. And my much anticipated third Tiger’s Eye Mystery book, Evil Eye, was supposed to be out summer 2016, which became fall 2016, which became January 2017, which became summer 2017…and now it is just coming soon. And unfortunately, with the new series, you can’t really get behind and publish February in Atlantis in June, right? I would love to see more regular releases from Alyssa, and I wish her much luck.

Which of these will you be picking up?

‘Tis the Season…For an Unhaul

I was pretty sure that my last book unhaul was my last. Just like I thought the one before that was the last. And so forth. But I am almost positive that this last one is the final one. Maybe. Sigh.

Anyways, I was ruthless once again and managed to pull almost 100 books from my little collection – and in doing so, I even managed to drop Mount TBR to below 40 books. Beauty!

There have been several authors I haven’t picked up a book from in years. Lara Adrian, Christina Dodd, and Jacquelyn Frank fall into that category, so I finally managed to let them go. A few other authors have series that seem to have petered out, like Alyssa Day and her Warriors of Poseidon and Larissa Ione and the Demonica books…so they got the heave, too. Add in a few more young adult titles, and things are looking good.

I might’ve cheated a bit, though. Since I have decided relatively recently that e-books aren’t exactly the work of the devil, I was all bold and stuff and got rid of a few physical books with the intention of picking them up again for my Kindle. People like Elizabeth Naughton, Elizabeth Hunter, Jessica Sims and even Ilona Andrews‘ Innkeeper Chronicles will now be picked up only in e-format. And the best part? I don’t list the books on my Kindle to be official TBR titles, so I don’t feel like such an epic failure with all the books I haven’t read.

Have you done any big clean outs lately? What old favorite authors could you purge from your collection, or which ones are on the verge?

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.

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.

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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?