Updating Part 1 – Cover Blurbs

blurbsI spent last evening updating the new release pages, and in my internet travels I came across both a few more covers and a few new blurbs. So, I thought I would break them up into two posts, starting with blurbs. I so look forward to getting the official book-cover blurb – you find out what is going on, but have less chance of being spoiled for the previous book than if you check around online. Or, in some cases, the unofficial ones are just scary (yes, I am pointing at Lora Leigh’s. I still can’t understand them). So, here goes…

I am not sure how many Eileen Wilks fans there are, since I don’t hear much about the World of the Lupi books (a good one for the next Yes? No? Maybe? post), but her 12th Lupi book will be called Mind Magic, and it will be released on November 30th.

Thanks to the mindspeech lessons she’s receiving from the black dragon, Lily is temporarily benched from Unit Twelve—until her brain acclimates and the risk of total burnout passes. At least she has her new husband, lupi Rule Turner, to keep her occupied.

But when her mentor calls in a favor and sends Lily to a murder scene, she’s suddenly back on active status—despite the hallucinations she can’t keep at bay.  With one touch, Lily knows the man was killed by magic, but her senses don’t warn her how far the conspiracy goes…

A shadowy force within the government wants to take Unit Twelve down, and they don’t mind killing to achieve their goal. With none of her usual resources, Lily is up against impossible odds–because with her mind in disarray, she can’t trust anything she sees.

Also in the works is a new Robin D. Owens Celta’s Heartmates book, Heart Legacy. This one is also due out on November 3rd.

After the death of GrandLord Yew years ago, the Yews withdrew to their self-sustaining estate and disappeared from Celtan society. The current head of the household is believed to be eighteen-year-old Loridana. To find out, Draeg Blackthorn has been sent to the estate to spy, undercover as a stableman for the stridebeasts—beautiful creatures that hold a place in Lori’s heart no member of her family ever could.

Bullied by her family, Lori has decided to abandon her bloodline and live on her own with her true family—her animals. When Draeg discovers she’s rejecting her heritage, he’s appalled. He’s come to love the land as much as the woman, even spinning small fantasies of marrying Lori and becoming Lord and Lady of the manor. Draeg wants her to stay and fight her elders. For Lori, it’s an alternative that could render her absolutely powerless to pursue her own destiny, and drive her further away from her perfect dreams and the man she loves, Draeg.

Oh, and just recently the info has started to come out about the Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock spin off book, Blood of the Earth. It is due out on October 6th.

Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

There was a synopsis for Dark Ghost over on Christine Feehan‘s website, but it didn’t do much for me. I like this one better. Dark Ghost is due out on September 8th.

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.

In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

There. I got quite a few more, but then it is just too dark long a post. I have been hunting for some Dark Ghost info for a while, so I was happy with that, and Blood of the Earth is really sounding good, too. With last week’s Archangel’s Enigma reveal, things are shaping up well for 2015.

New Series Alert…

Just a quick mention that I broke down and added a little Faith Hunter author page, just because it seems that most people quite like the Jane Yellowrock series and it had a ton of short stories to keep track of, so I thought it might be helpful. On to regularly scheduled programming…

There is only one newbie to mention this week. Well, sort of newbie, maybe? Lexi Blake‘s sixth Thieves book, Ripper, is also the first book of a spin-off series called Hunter. And because there isn’t anything else going on this week, I am going to consider it a new series.

ripperSynopsis…

A New Heroine Rises…

Kelsey Atwood is a private detective with a problem. She came from a family of hunters, growing up on the wrong side of the supernatural world. Tracking down bail jumpers and deadbeat dads may not make her a lot of friends, but it’s a lot safer than the life she turned her back on. She was hoping to escape from the nightmares of her past, but her latest case has brought them right back to her door.

A young woman has gone missing, and she didn’t go willingly. When Kelsey discovers that the girl is actually a shifter, she knows she should drop the case and walk away. But this shifter was a sweet kid, and she’s in serious trouble. More females are missing and the evidence points to a legendary killer. Bodies are piling up, and her case is becoming center stage for a conflict that could shatter the fragile peace between wolves and vampires.

As the hunt intensifies, she finds herself trapped between two men—Gray, a magnetic half-demon lawman, and the ancient vampire Marcus Vorenus. Both men call to her, but when a shocking secret about Kelsey’s family is revealed, it could ruin them all. To stop the killer, she will have to embrace the truth about who—and what—she truly is.

Purchase at Amazon.com

I have been eyeing the original series for a while now, but I have too many on my target list to add another one. Has anyone else checked it out? What did you think?

Cover Lover – 11 New Titles

Usually Tuesday is the day I do my pick of the week post, but to be honest there isn’t much this week that I am too excited about. So, instead, I will do a cover lover post. Let’s start with the young adult books, for a change. The Winner’s Crime is the second book from Marie Rutoski‘s The Winner’s Trilogy, and it is due out on March 3rd.

the winner's crimePurchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Rogue Wave, which is the second book of the Waterfire Saga from Jennifer Donnelly . It is due out on January 6th.

rogue wavePurchase at Amazon.com

Nil Unlocked is the second book from Lynne Matson‘s Nil series, and it is due out on May 12th.

nil unlockedPurchase at Amazon.com

Elizabeth May‘s The Vanishing Throne, which is the second book from The Falconer series, is due out early next year.

the falconer's throneThe final young adult release is from Eve Silver‘s Game series. Crash is due out on June 9th.

crashPurchase at Amazon.com

Now for the adult covers, we start with Gini Koch‘s Universal Alien. It is from the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, and it is due out on December 2nd.

universal alienPurchase at Amazon.com

This next one is from Caris Roane. Savage Chains will be released on March 31st.

savage chainsPurchase at Amazon.com

Faith Hunter‘s next Jane Yellowrock book, Dark Heir, will be released on April 7th.

dark heirPurchase at Amazon.com

And staying with the color scheme of the last couple of covers is Pure Blooded from Amanda Carlson. It should be out early 2015.

pure bloodedThe next Grimm Agency book from J.C. Nelson, Armageddon Rules, will be released on February 24th.

ArmageddonRules.inddPurchase at Amazon.com

And the final one for today is from Chris Marie Green. Every Breath You Take is from the Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire series, and it is due out on April 7th.

every breath you takePurchase at Amazon.com

Are any of these something you are looking forward to? Every time I see a Jane Yellowrock cover, I kick myself for not starting the series yet.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

There weren’t any new series starting up this week, so it looks like there will be a small cover lover post instead. Let’s start things off with Faith Hunter‘s next Jane Yellowrock book, Broken Soul, which is due out on October 7th.

broken soulNext up is Darkness Falls from Keri Arthur. Goodreads lists it as a September 2nd release.

darkness fallsAuthor Kelly Meade (Kelly Meding) will start a new e-book series called the Cornerstone Run Trilogy this July with the release of the first book, Black Rook.

kelly meadeAnd the final one for today is from a new YA series from author Sara Raasch. Snow Like Ashes is the first book of the series of the same name, and it is due out on October 14th.

snow like ashesSo, just a drive-by post, but with a couple of decent covers. I always like the Keri Arthur covers, even though I get a strong Guild Hunter vibe from them (not that that is a bad thing, at all).

This and That…

Just some random info and new release dates from out and about…

  • Shelly Laurenston will be going back to her Hunting Season world, in a manner of speaking, with a new three-book series. The new Crows book will be set in Los Angeles, with new characters and a new storyline.
  • Robin D. Owens will release her 13th Celta’s Heartmates book, Heart Fire, on November 4th.
  • It looks like the Queen Betsy series from MaryJanice Davidson just keeps chugging along. Undead & Unwary will be out on October 7th.
  • Looking for more Sookie? Dead But Not Forgotten is a collection of stories set in Bon Temps, written by authors such as Seanan McGuire, Rachel Caine, and MaryJanice Davidson. It will be out on October 7th.
  • The second book from Samantha Shannon‘s The Bone Season book, The Mime Order, will be out on October 21st.
  • Alexandra Adornetto starts up her new Ghost House Saga on August 26th with the release of Ghost House.
  • I didn’t even know the first book was part of a series, but Erin Quinn‘s second Beyond book, The Three Fates of Ryan Love, will be out on September 30th.
  • Fans of Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles series will have a little extra wait for the third book, Dead of Winter. It has been pushed back to January 6th.
  • October 7th is the release date for the next Jane Yellowrock book from Faith Hunter, and it will be called Broken Soul.
  • It is a bit of a wait for Suzanne Johnson‘s next Sentinels of New Orleans book, Pirates Alley. It is due out next April.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s sixth Chronicles of Nick book will be called Defiant, and it won’t be out until April of next year.
  • Moon Shifter #5 from Katie Reus will be called Hunter Reborn, and it is due out next February.
  • The next Kitty Norville book from Carrie Vaughn, Low Midnight, will be out at the end of this year.
  • Fans of Jaye Wells‘ Prospero’s War series will have to wait until next March for the third book, Deadly Spells.
  • Christine Feehan continues her return to super-productivity. She has finished up the next couple Sisters of the Heart books already, and the long-awaited Ghostwalker book, Viper Game. And after that, there will be a new Leopard book due called Cat’s Lair.
  • Jennifer Estep‘s Black Widow will be released November 25th. Hard to believe the Elemental Assassin series is already up to book #12. The blurb is out already…

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

  • Sometimes my best guesses just don’t work out. I had assumed that the hero from the Ilona Andrews‘ upcoming Burn for Me would be the fire Prime, Adam Pierce. The blurb proved me wrong, though…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more
dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

So, that is about that for this week. Any gossip or juicy news to share?

Review – Faith Hunter’s Black Arts

Thanks once again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his review for the upcoming Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock book, Black Arts. Doug got his hands on it early, but it will be officially released on January 7th.

black artsWhat Doug said…

Summary

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost….

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.

Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

Review

When I got this I was already sure that I was going to like it (since I have loved every installment in this series) but this was a major step up in not just the story but the look inside to see exactly who Jane Yellowrock is under the hard exterior.

Don’t get me wrong, Jane is STILL Jane but she does a lot of self introspection during this novel and comes out better for it.  I must admit I still spent most of the novel wishing for or waiting for her to kill someone that richly deserved it (and there are a plethora of candidates).

The main thing here is that Molly is missing and she has to find her since Evan is a loose cannon without Molly but nobody seems to know what happened to her but Jane will be piecing things together all through the book and concurrent plotlines that all converge with deadly results as always.

The book comes to an explosive conclusion with most things settled but some things are left for the next book so it is not a cliffhanger but everything is not settled …. yet.  Ms. Hunter tried to give us a bit of payback for the acts of betrayal of Leo/Katie/Bruiser back in previous story but maybe I am a hard case since I was not really satisfied yet, but it was not overlooked completely which would have been completely out of character, there may still be some payback.  We shall see……

Bottom Line:  This is 5 Stars with no real reservations other than maybe I am such a revenge junkie I might want more payback but that was not the real story in this novel.  Jane is her deadly best and she handles things better than anyone could and her love life still sucks but what else is new.  You don’t want to miss this so get your order in now and read it the first chance you get.

How may Jane Yellowrock fans are out there? It is a series that you always see good things about, but it never usually gets mentioned with the Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels crowd, which is a shame.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Well, there wasn’t anything that I could call my pick of the week for today’s post, so Cover Lover time it is. I hit the usual sources for these puppies – Amazon and Goodreads. But this first one is thanks to All Things Urban Fantasy. They recently had the exclusive cover reveal for the next Jane Yellowrock book from Faith Hunter, called Black Arts. It will be released on January 7th.

black artsSticking with the same color scheme is Crimson Veil, the 15th book in Yasmine Galenorn‘s Otherworld series, which will be released on January 28th.

crimson veilThe third book in Cecy Robson‘s Weird Girls series, Cursed by Destiny, will be released on January 7th. I have been meaning to pick up the first book, but it totally slipped my mind.

cursed by destinyIt looks like there is a second M.L. Brennan Generation V novel in the works. Iron Night will be released on January 7th.

iron nightThe last of the adult covers comes from author Isabel Cooper. Legend of the Highland Dragon is a December 3rd release.

legend of the highland dragonNext up is a few new young adult covers. Lauren Destefano’s new Internment Chronicles series starts up this October 1st with the release of Perfect Ruin.

perfect ruinLooks like another “Perfect” book. Perfect Lies, the second book in Kiersten White‘s new Mind Games series, will be released on February 18th.

perfect liesAnd finally, we have Evertrue, the third and final book in Brodi Ashton‘s Everneath series. I finished the first book not long ago, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. This one will be released on January 21st.

evertrueHm, there wasn’t really any stand-outs for me from this batch. They are all pretty solid, but nothing dramatic or different. I do have to say that Evertrue is pretty, but seems to lack the little details that make it have a finished look. It lacks the impact of the first book in the series because of it, at least for me. The one I was most surprised by was Perfect Ruin. I think it is a pretty cover, but it very much gives me a children’s book vibe rather than a young adult one. Maybe it looks more dramatic in person, though. What are your thoughts? Anything grab your attention?

 

 

 

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

After a dry spell of a few weeks, pretty much every couple of days there are some decent new covers being released. For this post, I stumbled upon four. This first one is from the December 3rd anthology Kicking It, which features Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price and Shannon K. Butcher, among others.

kicking it

This second one is from the Edie Spence series from Cassie Alexander. Deadshifted is book number 4, and it will be released on December 31st.

deadshifted

Coming in at number three is Terminated, the next book in Rachel Caine‘s Revivalist series, which is due out on August 6th.

terminated

And finally we have the cover for One Lucky Vampire from Lynsay Sands. It is the next Argeneau Rogue Hunter book, due out on September 24th.

one lucky vampire

 

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

I just got home from Twilight, Breaking Dawn part 2.  I was never a die-hard, camp out for a week to get a ticket fan, but I did enjoy them – in spite of the sometimes bad acting, bad writing, and general cheese effect.  There were a few unintentionally hilarious moments, but all in all a decent way to spend the evening (I did spend a good portion of the movie trying to picture Volturi Cassius as Jace in the Mortal Instruments, but I never could get there).  Anyways, I came home to see a couple of new covers, so back to business…

This first one is from Alexandra Ivy and her Guardians of Darkness series.  Darkness Avenged is Santiago and Nefri’s story, and it will be released on June 4th.

The cover is also out for Robin D. Owens‘ next Celta book, Heart Fortune.  It will be released on August 6th of next year.

Number three is from the Jane Yellowrock series from Faith HunterBlood Trade will be released on April 2nd.

And this final one is from Molly HarperA Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses is set in the same world as her Nice Girls books, and it will be released on May 28th.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Half way through the month already.  God, time is zipping along.  This first cover is from the second book from the new Cassie Alexander Nightshifted series.  Moonshifted is due out on November 27th.

Next up is Death’s Rival, the next Jane Yellowrock novel from Faith Hunter.  This one is due out on October 2nd.

Ann Aguirre recently upped the cover for her next Sirantha Jax novel, Endgame, which is an August 28th release.

The fourth book from Donna Grant‘s upcoming Dark Warrior series will be called Midnight’s Warrior.  This one will be out on November 27th.

I have to admit, my one time love for Christine Warren‘s The Others series has taken a beating the last few books, but I have been waiting to get my hands on Tess and Raphael’s story, and this is it.  November 27th is the release date for Drive Me Wild.

Last one this go round is from D.D. Barant and the Bloodhound Files.  Undead to the World will be out on November 27th.