So, What’s Going On?

Yes, I was totally just rewatching that scene from Sense8 where they all start singing the 4 Non Blondes song and felt the need to start belting out “what’s going on” I think it is called What’s Up, but What’s Going On works better for me. So, what’s going on? There aren’t any new series starting up this week, and like last week I thought I would again do something a bit different. But instead of looking into what new series you have been enjoying, I thought we could look at what series you follow that have just sort of…stopped, leaving you waiting for the next book that never seems to come. Or is promised to come – someday.

Mine is actually from Shana Abe. I was really hit or miss on her Drakon series – loved some, totally didn’t dig others. It was really weird, actually. I haven’t had that type of reaction to any other series that I remember. Of course, there have been times when I haven’t liked a certain installment in a series as much as some of the others, but not from one extreme to the other and back again in the course of five books. But what I did love was her young adult spin-off The Sweetest Dark books. The setting, the writing, the characters – loved it all. What I am not loving so much? The endless wait for the third book, which has been in limbo for, oh, about three years now, with no end in sight. I do know it is supposed to be in progress, but no clue on when. I keep looking for info, but no luck so far. I understand that things happen, but I think it is the lack of updates that bugs me the most. Or maybe I am just too demanding?

That one is probably the worst for me, but there are other series that seem to have just died off somehow. Like has anyone heard anything about the Downside Ghosts series from Stacia Kane? I haven’t started that one yet, but I have heard such good things about it I am really looking forward to diving in – but there hasn’t been any news about it for ages. Ditto Dani Harper‘s Changeling series and Coreene Callahan‘s Dragonfury books. I keep looking for info, but no luck.

What book has kept you in limbo the longest? What series do you follow that has just sort of gone into indefinite hiatus? How long do you wait before you just lose hope and move on?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

There really hasn’t been anything going on in the book world, lately, or if there has been, I just haven’t noticed. The most exciting thing I came across was the news from Jeaniene Frost that there would be a fourth Vlad and Layla Night Prince book, rather than ending at three this January with the release of Bound by Flames. Nice…and I still want Ian.

On the cover front, there hasn’t been much excitement, either. I did manage to dig up five relatively new ones to take a peek at, though, starting with the next one from Charlaine Harris. Day Shift is the second book in her Midnight, Texas series, and it is due out on May 5th.

day shiftPurchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Fury of Obsession by Coreene Callahan, which has a release date of February 24th.

fury of obsessionPurchase at Amazon.com

Paige Tyler‘s X-Ops series continues with the release of Her Wild Hero on May 5th.

her wild heroPurchase at Amazon.com

This next one is from Kathleen Collins and her Realm Walker series. Blood Slave is due out on January 28th.

blood slaveAnd the final one for today is the from the new young adult series from Julie Kagawa. Rogue is the second book of the Talon series, and it is due out on April 28th.

roguePurchase at Amazon.com

So, feeling the love for any of these? I for the life of me can’t remember if I read the last Dragonfury book – my list says yes, but my memory says no. Strange. Also, not sure about the Rogue cover. Hopefully it is one of those that look better in person, because it wouldn’t make me pick it up from the shelf at all. And what do you think about a fourth Night Prince book? Were you like me, happy but quietly whimpering “but, but…Ian?” under your breath?

Cover Lover – 5+1 New Titles

It looks like there is a little something for everyone this time around – a couple of adult, some young adult, and even a novella cover. I didn’t know Lara Adrian had another novella in the works, but it looks like the next story from her Midnight Breed world will be called Marked by Midnight, and it will feature Mathias Rowan. Look for it on June 30th.

marked by midnightCoreene Callahan continues her Circle of Seven series with the release of Knight Avenged on July 15th.

knight avengedHeather Demetrios starts a new series on October 7th with the release of Exquisite Captive.

exquisite captiveWord has finally come down about the third Raven Cycle book from Maggie Stiefvater.Blue Lily, Lily Blue will be released on October 28th.

blue lily, blue lilyJust for kicks, I thought I would up both the North American and UK versions of the cover for Heir of Fire, the third book in the Throne of Glass series from Sarah J. Maas. First up is the US version…

heir of fire…and next up is the UK version. Heir of Fire will be out on September 2nd.

heir of fire ukI like both Heir of Fire covers. Usually one is great and the other bites, but it looks like both versions turned out really well. I love the Maggie Stiefvater cover – I bought the first two books in the series mostly because of the great covers, and this one is even better. Any of these something you are looking forward to?

A Neat Book Promo…

Cassandra sent me an e-mail yesterday with a very cool promo for the book I chose as my pick of the week this week. Other than giveaways and the occasional cheesy trailer, I haven’t seen much in the way of catchy marketing many books, but I thought this newspaper-y add for Coreene Callahan‘s Fury of Desire was well done.

promoHave you seen any book marketing that has stood out for you? Does something like this catch your eye more than one of those teaser video trailers does?

Pick of the Week…

Another week, another book I am looking forward to. I have read the first three Dragonfury books from Coreene Callahan, and as I have said before  they have a very strong early Black Dagger Brotherhood vibe (which is not a bad thing, at all). I would say that if you were a fan of the first books in J.R. Ward‘s mega-series, you would probably enjoy Fury of Desire, too.

fury of desireSynopsis…

Of all of the warriors in the Nightfury pack, none is more complicated or more damaged than Wick. Emotionally scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick can barely stand the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets newcomer J.J. Solares. When J.J. is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and return her to the family fold. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, even among his beloved brothers in arms. Venturing into the world to seek justice for J.J. may be more than he can bear.

Meanwhile J.J. fights for her life at the hands of brutal prison guard Griggs. When she winds up in the hospital she sees no hope for things getting better. But events take a dramatic turn when she and Wick encounter each other. The connection they share is unlike anything either has felt before. J.J. believes she is hallucinating when she sees the majestic dark-haired god sweep in to save her, and Wick is shaken to his core by the attraction he feels for J.J. For the first time in his life, he finds himself wanting to get close to a woman.

After J.J.’s rescue, the two retire to Wick’s mountain home, where J.J. recovers from physical injury while attempting to help Wick recover from his emotional ones. But neither is out of harm’s way yet. And when they find themselves in the center of a Dragonkind war, they are forced to make the ultimate choice between surrendering to their fears or each other’s love.

Any other fans of the Dragonfury books? Did you get the Ward vibe like I did, and what did you think of it?

On My Radar – Fury of Desire

Just over a year ago, author Coreene Callahan started her Dragonfury series with a trilogy that included Fury of Fire, Fury of Ice, and Fury of Seduction. Word was that there was at least three more stories planned, and now both the cover and the blurb for the fourth book, Fury of Desire, have been made public. This one will be released on October 15th.

fury of desire

     Of all of the warriors in the Nightfury pack, none is more complicated or more damaged than Wick. Emotionally scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick can barely stand the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets newcomer J.J. Solares. When J.J. is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and return her to the family fold. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, even among his beloved brothers in arms. Venturing into the world to seek justice for J.J. may be more than he can bear.

Meanwhile J.J. fights for her life at the hands of brutal prison guard Griggs. When she winds up in the hospital she sees no hope for things getting better. But events take a dramatic turn when she and Wick encounter each other. The connection they share is unlike anything either has felt before. J.J. believes she is hallucinating when she sees the majestic dark-haired god sweep in to save her, and Wick is shaken to his core by the attraction he feels for J.J. For the first time in his life, he finds himself wanting to get close to a woman.

After J.J.’s rescue, the two retire to Wick’s mountain home, where J.J. recovers from physical injury while attempting to help Wick recover from his emotional ones. But neither is out of harm’s way yet. And when they find themselves in the center of a Dragonkind war, they are forced to make the ultimate choice between surrendering to their fears or each other’s love.

This series was a pleasant surprise. It has a very, very strong Black Dagger Brotherhood vibe going on, in both tone and language, but it turns out that I liked it. I have hopes that Wyck’s story will be as enjoyable as the first three. What did you think of the Dragonfury books?

This and That…

newsAs always, in the process of updating the new release pages, I found a few more books that are on the horizon.

  • The second book of Coreene Callahan‘s new Knight Avenged series has been pushed way back to April 8th of next year.
  • November 5th will see the next Bound by Magick book from Lauren Dane, called Burning Wild.
  • November 5th is also the date for a Thea Harrison Elder Races book, a Meljean Brook Iron Seas book, and Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book (featuring Raphael and Elena).  All have titles TBA.
  • Author Lauren Kate‘s Fallen series (supposedly being optioned for a movie) is finished, so it looks like she is turning her attention to a new series, called Teardrop.  The first book, also called Teardrop, will be hitting the shelves on October 22nd.
  • October 1st is the release date for Caris Roane‘s next Ascension novel, Born in Chains.
  • Rather than info, this is more like lack of info.  Christine Feehan was recently asked what she would be working on next, and she said that after the long delayed Leopard’s Prey she was in fact without a contract.  She was not sure what would be coming, or when we would get it.  If I remember correctly, this same situation came up last year with Ms. Feehan, which just seems so strange to me.
  • The next H&W Investigations book from Jess Haines, Forsaken by the Others, will be released on July 30th.
  • Hannah Jayne‘s next Underworld Detection Agency novel, Under a Spell, will be out on August 13th.
  • To Kiss a Dragon is the title of the next G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin book, and it is scheduled for release on October 1st.  No clue who this one is about, and if ever there was a series that needed a character guide, this is it.
  • The pre-order links are up for Keri Arthur‘s 6th Dark Angels book, Darkness Splintered.  It will be out on November 5th.
  • A couple of weeks ago, word came out that Devon Monk was starting an Allie Beckstrom spin-off series called Broken Magic.  Well, the pre-order links for the first book, Hell Bent, are up now.  It is due out on November 5th.
  • October 1st is the release date for the next Cassie Palmer book from author Karen Chance, called Tempt the Stars.

Anything there you are looking forward to, or are you giving most of them a pass?  It looks like there is a ton coming out on November 5th, for some odd reason, so might have to save up for that weeks’ order.

Reading Roundup…

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This has been an interesting reading week for me, running from really good…to really not.  Even though I don’t do reviews, I am going to try and do a brief weekly wrap-up so that I can refresh my memory about what I liked or didn’t like without spoilers.  Either I read too much, or I am getting old (er, or both?), but I am getting hazy on how I felt on books I read a while back.

Fury of Seduction – This third Dragonfury book from Coreene Callahan is a bit tricky.  I really like the story and the characters, but I found that this one (even more so than the first two books) was so very Black Dagger Brotherhood feeling.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that it was more BDB than the real BDB is.  Not in terms of storyline, but in terms of voice.  I don’t mind the slangy, ultra-cool dialogue, but there was so much of it that it threatened to take me out of the storyline sometimes.  I like these books but I think a bit of a toning down would make the series even better.

Black City – This one had originally went under my radar, but when I saw that there was talks about buying the movie rights for this Elizabeth Richards series I decided to take the plunge.  The fact that it had a beauty of a cover didn’t hurt, either.  Unfortunately, the story didn’t live up to the cover art.  It did start off promising, with a unique young adult/vampire/dystopian set up, but it didn’t follow through.  I found myself really, really trying to get into things, but I just couldn’t.  It was actually a bit on the cheesy side, and I found myself rolling my eyes more than once.  I don’t mind insta-love stories, but this one was more melodramatic and shallow than anything else.  Unfortunately, this is my first DNF of the year.

Shadow’s Claim – What can I say, I am a total Kresley Cole fangirl (my love is only equaled by my love of Nalini Singh).  But for reasons I can’t fathom, I wasn’t my usual psycho self anxiously awaiting this one.  I was looking forward to it, of course, but not with the usual passion that a Kresley Cole release generates.  Not sure why, but once I dove in my old self kicked in and I loved it.  It was a great addition to the IAD world, and while I know some people weren’t that fond of the heroine, I enjoyed all of the characters (and Trehan moves to very near the top of my favorite IAD men).  This one was a one-sitting read, and I am looking forward to going back for the re-read for the character guide.

So, how did your reading week shape up?  Anything you loved, or anything you really wanted to like and just didn’t?

New Series Alerts…

Just a few newbies to get into this week, with this first new series coming from Christina AshcroftArchangel of Mercy is the first book of her Fallen Archangel series.

Archangel of MercySynopsis…

Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

Fallen Archangel reading list can be found HERE.

This second one is from Coreene Callahan.  I really enjoy her Dragonfury series (even if it is BDB lite), but it seems that she is branching out to paranormal historical with her Circle of Seven series.  Book one is called Knight Awakened.

knight awakenedSynopsis…

In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out of reach. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, the Transylvanian people despise his brutal ways, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. But Barbu hasn’t come this far only to be thwarted by a woman. He unleashes his best hunters to track her down and bring her to him—dead or alive.

For Xavian Ramir, killing is the only life he has ever known. Torn from his family when he was a child, he was trained from an early age to be an elite assassin. But now he longs for something more, vowing to start anew after one last job. The bounty on his target’s head is enough to set him up for good—if he can resist the long-dead conscience that stirs to life when he meets his beautiful mark.

Afina Lazar never wanted to become high priestess, but the brutal murders of her beloved mother and sister leave her no choice. Now she is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. But when Barbu’s assassin comes for her, she realizes her only chance of stopping the warlord’s rise to power is to convince this enigmatic—and handsome—hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead.

The Circle of Seven reading list can be found HERE.

And finally, Anita Clenney is also starting a new series called The Relic Chronicles.  This first book is called Guardians of Stone.

guardians of stoneSynopsis…

Kendall Morgan is a human bloodhound. Spending her childhood hunting relics with her ambitious archeologist father, she knew the two of them shared a sixth sense for the history and location of objects—sometimes even people. What she didn’t know was that their paranormal gift could ultimately be their undoing.

After the tragic plane crash that killed her father as well as her childhood best friend, Kendall dedicated her life to finding and protecting relics. When mysterious, sexy billionaire Nathan Larraby hires her for his latest expedition—the search for four powerful relics —she’s thrown into a world of high-octane danger. He sends brooding mercenary Jake Stone to watch Kendall’s back, but he may have created danger of a different kind.

As the team chases down clues, a man called the Reaper makes a play for the artifacts and will stop at nothing to put them to his own sinister use. What’s worse is that Nathan hasn’t told the whole story, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could cost them the mission…and their lives.

The Relic Chronicles reading list can be found HERE.

Are any of these on your must buy list?  Which one do you have the highest hopes for?

Pick of the Week…

I find that the first and end of a month are great for new releases, but the middle couple of month is a bit sparse.  This week, though, there is one I have been looking forward to since I read the first two books in the series.  Coreene Callahan‘s Fury of Seduction is the third book in her Dragonfury series, with three more set to be released starting next spring.  This one has an early Black Dagger Brotherhood vibe, and I really enjoyed it.

Synopsis…

Successful landscape designer Tania Solares prides herself on living by her own terms, relying on no man to provide for her. But her carefully controlled life takes a turn for the extraordinary when her inquiry into the disappearance of her best friend thrusts her between two warring factions of dragon-shifters. Suddenly Tania’s survival depends on Mac, a newly initiated dragon-warrior who will break every rule to keep her safe.

Now that Tania knows the truth about Dragonkind, returning to her old life is too grave a risk. Ivar, leader of the Razorbacks, plots to decimate the human race, and Tania is just the tool he needs. Despite the danger, Mac cannot deny her a choice: Trade the independence she’s fought so hard to achieve for safety in a magical world, or turn her back on the man she’s grown to love in order to reclaim a freedom that might not last? It is an impossible choice. And yet a sacrifice must be made…

Dragonfury reading list HERE.

What was your pick of the week?  Have you tried the first two Dragonfury books yet?