Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Ah, first day back at work after my month-long vacation. Yay? Let’s not tax my poor traumatized brain with words and do a cover lover post instead, starting with the next one from Thea Harrison. Spellbinder is the second book in the Elder Races spin-off series, Moonshadow. It is scheduled for release this August.

spellbinderKidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is betrayal…

This second one is from Alexandra Ivy. Charred by Darkness is the third book in her Dragons of Eternity series, but there isn’t any release date listed as yet.

charred-by-darkness

And Kate Baxter continues her Last True Vampire series with the release of The Lost Vampire on August 1st.

the-lost-vampireOnce one of the oldest dhampirs in existence, Saeed now faces a treacherously uncertain future as a vampire. He believes that the only thing that can restore his position within his coven and tether his lost soul is the flame-haired fae who is destined to be his mate.

Cerys Bain is a soul thief. She is feared by those who dwell in the supernatural realm and hopelessly bound to the ruthless mage Rinieri de Rege. The raw, sensual vampire who enters her world is both a threat and an intoxicating temptation: No one has ever made Cerys feel the way Saeed does. But to claim their fate as soulmates, Saeed must first find a way to free Cerys from Rin. Is their desire worth the risk of certain destruction and eternal doom?

For reasons I can’t explain, I thought this next one from Lilith Saintcrow was a historical paranormal romance. So totally not. Cormorant Run will be released on June 13th.

cormorant-runAliens meets Under the Dome in this new post-apocalyptic novel from New York Times bestseller Lilith Saintcrow.

It could have been aliens, it could have been a trans-dimensional rift, nobody knows for sure. What’s known is that there was an Event, the Rifts opened up, and everyone caught inside died.

Since the Event certain people have gone into the drift… and come back, bearing priceless technology that’s almost magical in its advancement. When Ashe — the best Rifter of her generation — dies, the authorities offer her student, Svinga, a choice: go in and bring out the thing that killed her, or rot in jail.

But Svin, of course, has other plans…

How far would you go and what would you risk to win the ultimate prize?

These next three are all young adult (or New Adult), starting with A Court of Wings and Ruin from Sarah J. Maas, which will be released on May 2nd.

a court of wings and ruin.jpgFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

The second book from the Nemesis series by Anna Banks will be called Ally, and it has a release date of October 3rd.

allyPrincess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground.

But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and Sepora face challenges that will change both of their kingdoms forever. Will they learn whom to trust—including each other—in time to save their kingdoms, their relationship and even their lives?

And wrapping up this batch is Fireblood from Elly Blake. It is the second book of her Frostblood saga, and it will be out on September 12th.

firebloodAgainst all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax–which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.

Which of these covers is your favorite, and does it match the book you are most looking forward to reading? I do have to say I can be a bit bitchy about covers when an author goes self-pubbed, but I quite like Thea Harrison’s recent ones. Might even be an upgrade on her traditionally published books.

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

There aren’t any big “wow” covers in this batch, but there are some decent ones. Let’s start with the cover for the first book of Deborah Blake‘s Baba Yaga spin-off series, Dangerously Charming. It has a release date of October 4th.

dangerously charmingEver 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.

This second one is from Heather Graham‘s Krewe of Hunters series. Deadly Fate is due out on July 26th.

deadly fateWhen Clara Avery, an entertainer working on the Fate, an Alaskan cruise ship, goes to nearby Bear Island, she comes across a scene of bloody mayhem. She also comes across Thor Erikson, who will soon be a member of the FBI’s elite paranormal unit, the Krewe of Hunters.

Thor’s been sent from the Alaska field office to investigate several grotesque killings, with the dead posed to resemble the victims of notorious murderers. The prime suspect is a serial killer Thor once put behind bars. The man escaped from a prison in the Midwest, and all the evidence says he was headed to Alaska…

Thor and Clara share an unusual skill: the ability to communicate with the dead. Their growing love—and their contact with the ghosts of the victims—brings them together to solve the case…and prevent a deadly fate of their own!

Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb is part of the Demon Hunting series from Lexi George, and it has a release date of May 1st.

demon hunting with a dixie debWay down south in the land of cotton, one belle’s plans are soon forgotten–when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer’s ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi! But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That’s just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he’s a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down? Most importantly, what’s a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim…

Jenna Black will release a complete collection bind-up of her Nikki Glass series called Descendant, and it will be out on June 28th.

descendantFor Immortal Huntress and cunning private investigator Nikki Glass, vengeance trumps all in this complete collection of acclaimed author Jenna Black’s addictive urban fantasy series!

The omnibus edition of all four Descendant novels, as well as the e-novella Pros and Cons that takes place between the events of Deadly Descendant and Rogue Descendant, is a must-have for all urban fantasy fans.

These last five are all young adult releases, starting with a new one from Anna Banks. Nemesis is the first book of a duology, and it will be out on October 4th.

nemesisPrincess 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 this next one comes from Juliet Marillier. Den of Wolves is the third book in the Blackthorn and Grim series, and it will be out next November.

den of wolvesHealer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies…

Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone…

This one is from Gwenda Bond. Girl in the Shadows is the second book in the Girl on a Wire series, and it will be out on July 5th.

girtl in the shadowsEighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.

Rosamund Hodge‘s Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is the first book of an as-yet untitled series, and it will be out on September 27th.

bright smoke cold fireWhen 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.

And this final one is from Josephine Angelini. Witch’s Pyre is the third and final book of the Worldwalker series, and it will be released on September 20th.

witch's pyre

Reading Wrap Up…and a Rant

booksTime again to check in and see what everyone is reading this week. I managed to check another series off my list, and wrapped up the Young Adult Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks. It was another “one book left” series I had on the go, but reading Of Neptune was a bit of a chore – mostly because I found the main character really annoying this time around. It is hard to put into words just how much Emma grated on my nerves, actually. Not only was she annoying, she was stupid and shallow on top of it. Glad to see that one done.

Oh, and I read not one, but two of the In Death books from J.D. Robb. I am still toying with the idea of doing a character guide for this series, which I think would be fun (but pretty damn long). I do have to decide soon, though – a re-read of 40 books probably isn’t in my future. Anyways, I am really liking this series so far, and I am getting the hype. I am even doing up an author page so I can try and keep the series straight, too.

Now for the rant portion of the post – Spider Game. As always, I like to point out when a book/series/author is a favorite of mine to you can take what I say accordingly, and I admit that I am a long-time Ghostwalker fan. Huge fan. I found the previous book, Viper Game, wasn’t bad, but it felt more like a Breeds story than a Ghostwalker book to me. But Spider Game? I am not quite sure what that was.

I actually liked the story – what there was of it. The set up was good and things were starting to get interesting. I found Trap and Cayenne were the best part of Viper Game, and they had real potential as a couple. There wasn’t the usual “destined to be together but fighting to stay apart” thing going on for 90% of the book, which I liked. But more importantly, I felt like I was reading a Ghostwalker book again. But then, IT happened. All of a sudden, it was like someone had dropped some 50 Shades of Whatever wannabe in the middle of the book. It became page after page after damn page of sex scenes, or at least that is what it felt like. And not Feehan’s usual sex scenes, either. Oh, no. She took things up a notch, but it just didn’t work for me. And once the endless sex scenes started, everything else went down hill, and fast. Even the two big-bad’s that had haunted Trap since childhood were dealt with in like a page and a half, tops. And yes, Trap and Cayenne had to get out of bed to deal with them, too.

We had mentioned before the whole Alphahole and the Doormat thing some of Christine’s books had going on lately, and that really, really happens here. When it was just Trap and Cayenne, mostly I didn’t mind them. Yes, he was all he-man, and yes, I did have to roll my eyes at Cayenne more than once (ugh, she started carrying a toothbrush with her everywhere in case he needed to, you know, USE her mouth = brain damaging eye roll. With gagging sound effects), but it was fine. Weird, but fine. Trap coming off as a nympho with a box of new mail-order toys? Uh, ok. Kinda boring by now, but whatever. My problem came the moment anyone else was around. Basically, Trap turned into an asshole. I tried to find a nicer way to say it, but there isn’t one. A total asshole. And a douchebag. With a huge helping of psycho on top. He became jealous, controlling, angry, irrational, borderline violent and downright mean the moment anyone else was on the page. And who got to deal with it? Cayenne. And her response? Basically, it was “Honey, that wasn’t nice. You hurt my feelings. Take my clothes off? Of course.” Wait, what? He needed to be shot, preferably in the balls. Several times. And the moment they are alone again, he flips his mental switch back to regular sex-fiend Trap. His personality switches gave me whiplash. And not in a good way.

So, basically, it is like someone took 50 pages of a good Ghostwalker story and awkwardly mashed in a weird erotica story involving a split personality hero and a bunch of spider webs into the mix. And the fit was not pretty. I enjoyed the Ghostwalker part, and could’ve done without the rest. Oh, and it looks like the next book will be another team four adventure (since the first two have been so awesome). Swamp Game be out next year, and I am betting on Joe…and Violet. I wonder if Joe will follow Wyatt and Trap into asshole territory, too?

Am I way out there? What was your take on Spider Game? Did Trap just go too far for you, too? What did you think of the “new” style of sexy scenes Christine Feehan had going on?

 

Pick of the Week…

When I bought the first book of the Of Poseidon series, I didn’t expect much, to be perfectly honest, but I ended up surprised by how much I liked it. My pick of the week is the third and final book from the Anna Banks trilogy, Of Neptune. I am looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up.

of neptuneSynopsis…

Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

–Of Poseidon reading list HERE

What is your pick of the week? Anything you are looking forward to?

 

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Just a quick post today before work, since I was too lazy to do it after work last night (a sign of getting old). I didn’t follow the free serial that Ilona Andrews posted on their site, hoping instead it would be released as a full book somewhere down the line. It looks like Clean Sweep is slated for e-format release this December, instead.

clean sweepThe second book of Alyssa Day‘s League of the Black Swan series, The Unforgiven, will be released on May 6th.

the unforgivenThis next one is from author Brooklyn Ann. One Bite Per Night is due out on April 1st.

one bite per nightSilver Mirrors, the second book from A.A. Aguirre‘s Apparatus Infernum series, will be released on April 29th.

silver mirrorsNow on to the YA. Strange and Ever After from Susan Dennard, which is the third book of her Something Strange and Deadly series, will be released on July 22nd.

strange and ever afterThis next one is for Sweet Reckoning, which is the third and final book in Wendy Higgins‘ Sweet trilogy. It will be released on April 29th.

sweet reckoningAnd May 13th is the release date for Of Neptune, which is the third book in Anna Banks‘ Syrena Legacy trilogy.

of neptuneAre you looking forward to any of these? I am going to check out Clean Sweep, of course, and I am reading the second book of the Syrena Legacy series now so I will be getting Of Neptune, as well.

Random Updates…

As I am going through the Series Reading list pages and updating, I am coming across a bit of new info on some upcoming releases.  As you can probably tell, I am only through the first three pages (so A-F), but it still amazes me how much info I can miss.

  • The second book of Jocelynn Drake‘s new Asylum Tales series will be called Dead Man’s Deal, and it will be out next May 7th.
  • This coming January, Lenore Appelhans will release her debut young adult book, Level 2.  Well, Amazon is now listing the second book in the Memory Chronicles series for January 2014, and it will be called…Level 3.  Huh.
  • The second book of Jill Archer‘s new Noon Onyx series, Fiery Edge of Steel, will be released on May 28th.
  • From what I can tell, there will be an e-book only anthology released February 12th called Vampires Gone Wild.  It will feature novellas from Kerrelyn Sparks, Amanda Arista, Pamela Palmer and Kim Falconer, with the Sparks story being from her Love at Stake series.
  • I enjoyed Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, and now the preorder links for book two of the series, Of Triton, are showing a release date of May 28th.  Looking forward to this one.
  • From what I am seeing around, Jennifer Lynn Barnes is starting a new young adult series in January with the release of Nobody.  It is about young people no one ever notices, which makes them the perfect assassins.
  • Some are saying this is stand alone, others are saying it is the first of a series, but Rachel Caine will release a book next July called Prince of Shadows.  It is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet from the point of view of Benvolio and Rosaline.
  • There will be a second book of the Chimney Rock series from Stella CameronDarkness Bred will be out next May 28th.
  • Karina Cooper will have a new Dark Mission novella out next March 5th called Wicked Lies.  It will be followed by another full length book, One for the Wicked, on April 30th.
  • Sarah Crossan‘s second Breathe novel, Resist, will be out October 13th.
  • Fans of Coreene Callahan‘s Dragonfury series will be happy.  Looks like there will be at least three more books in the series.  Fury of Desire, Fury of Obsession, and Fury of Surrender will be released starting next spring.
  • A fourth book from Lauren Dane‘s Bound By Magick series will be out next November.  No word on the title, as yet.
  • Also unnamed is the fourth book from Dianne Duvall‘s Immortal Guardians series, but it has a release date of October 1st.
  • Lexi George will release another Demon Hunting book next February 1st called Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar.  I completely forgot to post the cover, too.  Duh.
  • This one seems to have been on the back-burner for quite a while, but the final book in Kate Elliott‘s Spiritwalker trilogy, Cold Steel, is now showing a release date of June 25th.
  • There will be an anthology featuring Jennifer Estep, Rob Thurman, and Rachel Caine coming out next July 30th called Carniepunk.  I have no clue what series the stories will be coming from, though.
  • And finally, it looks like the ninth book in Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series will be called Heart of Venom.  Look for it on August 27th.