Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Just a quick cover post for today. Let’s start with Devoted in Death, the 41st book of the In Death series by J.D. Robb, which is due out on September 8th.

devoted in deathWhen Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .

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This next one is Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks. It is the 12th book in the World of the Lupi series, and it is due out on November 3rd.

mind magicThanks 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.

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I was wondering when we were going to get some info for Dawn of the Flame Seas, which is the first book in the new e-format series from Jean Johnson. It will be released on June 16th.

Dawnofthe_FlameSea.inddThey call themselves the Fae Rii, or Fair Traders. Elfin-like beings capable of wielding sophisticated forms of magic, they travel between universes exploring new worlds and establishing settlements for their people to live peacefully among the locals.

The humans of the White Sands tribe, refugees fleeing from powerful enemies, see the Fae as potential invaders stealing their newfound natural resources. Jintaya, the leader of the Fae travelers, manages to forge an alliance, promising to trade skills and knowledge—magical and otherwise—to build a lasting community.

But the Circle Fire Tribe has no desire to share those rich valleys and ravines with the people they’ve hunted to near extinction—or the supposed deities they worship…

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Number four is Chapelwood, the second book in The Borden Dispatches from Cherie Priest, which is due for release on September 1st.

chapelwoodBirmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens.

This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life.

Unless she stops it…

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As I said in a previous post, you can spot a Gail Carriger cover a mile away, and Manners and Mutiny is no exception. It is the fourth book in the Finishing School series, and it is due out on November 3rd.

manners and mutinyAnd wrapping things up for today is Evolution, the third book in the Extraction series by Stephanie Diaz. Look for it on September 8th.

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So, what do you think? Any stand-outs for you? I have never been a Jean Johnson fan, so that is a definite no for me. I one day plan on both the Lupi books and the In Death monster, but both of those will be a ways down the line.

Cover Lover – 14 Titles

These new covers have been trickling out for the last few days, but I waited until I had enough to do up a decent post. Let’s start with the redesign for the Dark Metropolis series from Jaclyn Dolamore. The paperback re-release of the first book, Dark Metropolis, will be available on May 12th.

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And book two, Glittering Shadows, will follow in hardcover on June 16th.

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Leigh Bardugo‘s new The Dregs series starts up on October 6th with the release of the first book, Six of Crows.

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Even Vampires Get the Blues is the 6th book in the Deadly Angels series from Sandra Hill, and it is due out on August 25th.

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I was surprised to see that the paperback re-release of Dark Skye from Kresley Cole was undergoing a design change for its release on April 21st.

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And speaking of paperback re-releases, it looks like the complete Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is also being redone. I really don’t get it, since the original covers are absolutely beautiful, but what do I know. City of Bones should be available with the new design on September 1st.

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The 11th book in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series from Gini Koch, Alien Separation, will be released on May 5th.

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Next up is the cover for Ice Like Fire, the second book in the Snow Like Ashes series from Sara Raasch, which is due out on October 13th.

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Gail Carriger‘s follow up to Prudence is called Imprudence, and it is the second book of The Custard Protocol. Look for it sometime in 2016.

imprudenceCrap, I didn’t realize how many covers I had to upload. This next one is The Immortal Heights from Sherry Thomas. It is the third book in her Elemental Trilogy, and it is due out on October 13th.

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Author Rae Carson starts up a new series called The Gold Seer Trilogy on September 22nd, and the first book is called Walk on Earth a Stranger.

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Vengeance of the Demon is the seventh book from the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland, and it will be out on April 7th.

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Let’s wrap this up with the two Deceptions. The first Deception is from D.B. Reynolds and the Vampires in America series, and it is due out on March 31st.

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I was a bit bummed to see that the Cainsville series from Kelley Armstrong had gotten a design change for the third book, Deceptions. But it turns out that the Canadian version is keeping its design, which is great. I will be able to get my matching cover on August 7th.

deceptionsWhich one of these is your biggie? Mine is Deceptions, which I can’t wait for.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Here’s a few new covers to get over the middle of the week. Donna Grant has a new Dark Kings novel called Hot Blooded, due out on December 30th.

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Next up is Vampire in Paradise from Sandra Hill. It is due out on November 25th.

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Shelly Laurenston is in the process of re-releasing her Pride series in mass market paperback, and the next one up is The Mane Squeeze. It is due out on January 6th.

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The Orphan Queen is the next release from Jodi Meadows, which is due out on March 10th.

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This next one is called The Boy With the Hidden Name. It is from author
Skylar Dorset, and it is due out on December 2nd.

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And this final one is from Gail Carriger. Waistcoats & Weaponry is the third and final book in the Finishing School series, and it is due out on November 4th.

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That’s it for today. Anything exciting? I have to hit the Donna Grant books to get caught up, but the way she pumps them out that could take a while.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just a small cover lover post for today. Let’s start with Wickedly Magical, the second book from the Baba Yaga series from Deborah Blake which will be coming out on December 2nd.

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Up next is Her Lone Wolf, the second book from Paige Tyler‘s X-Ops series. It is due out on November 4th.

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Also due out on November 4th is Waistcoats and Weaponry from Gail Carriger. It is the third book in her Finishing School series.

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And then we have…this…fella. The second book from Alexandra Ivy‘s new Sentinels series is called Blood Assassin, and it is due out on January 6th. I do have to say, dude is not your traditional cover model. Convicted felon? Sure. Model? He may frighten me a little.

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What is your take on this mini batch of covers? Any standouts, good or bad for you?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Just a quick post to show a trio of new covers – two of whom have the same vibe going on. It appears that there has been a bit of a title change on the upcoming series from Gail Carriger. Originally, Prudence was to be the first book of the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series, but now it will be called the Custard Protocol series. Either way, it will be released sometime next year.

prudenceThis second one is from Amanda Carlson and her Jessica McClain series. Red Blooded is due out on September 2nd.

red bloodedThis third one is Mortal Danger (originally to be titled Mortal Beauty) from Ann Aguirre. It is due out on August 5th.

mortal dangerI wasn’t expecting two purple/pink covers for this post, but they are eye-catching. Are any of these on your TBR list?

New Release Dates…

I have been adding quite a few new releases the last few days, so I thought I might list a few here.

  • Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner will be editing another anthology together called Games Creatures Play. It is due out on April 1st.
  • There will be a new series coming from author Virna DePaul early next year called the Belladonna Agency. Book one is called Turned, and it is due out on April 1st. Awakened follows on April 29th.
  • The third book from Jill Archer‘s Noon Onyx series, White Heart of Justice, will be released on May 27th.
  • Jacqueline Carey‘s third Agent of Hel book will be called Poison Fruit, and it wil lbe released next October.
  • It looks like the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger will have at least one more book. Book three will be called Waistcoats & Weaponry, and it is due out sometime next year.
  • May 6th is the release date for the third book of Kiera Cass‘s The Selection series, The One. There will also be a print version of the two e-novellas called The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard on February 4th.
  • Next July will see the release of the fifth and final book of Yasmine Galenorn‘s Indigo Court series, called Night’s End.
  • It looks like there will be a 4th World of Nightwalkers book from Jacquelyn Frank. Forged is due out on April 29th.
  • Another series on my want to read list is Stacia Kane‘s Downside Ghosts. There will be a novella released on October 8th called Close to You, and the as yet untitled sixth book will follow next July.
  • Air Bound, the third book from Christine Feehan‘s Sisters of the Heart series, will be out on May 27th.
  • There is no official title as yet, but the second book of Rick Yancey‘s 5th Wave series will be released on May 6th.
  • I am pretty sure these two Cynthia Eden books are part of her new Phoenix series, but details are sketchy right now. Burn for Me is due out on January 28th, and Once Bitten, Twice Burned follows on April 29th.
  • The second book from Amanda Sun‘s Paper Gods series, Rain, will be released on March 25th.
  • And it looks like Sarah J. Maas will be releasing at least one more novella from her Throne of Glass series. The Assassin’s Blade is due out on March 13th.

That is a quick round-up of a few of the new release dates. Anything you are looking forward to? Cynthia Eden is a favorite of mine, and and the Belladonna Agency series looks interesting. I am so going to start picking up the Downside Ghosts books, too, right after my YA TBR pile hits a manageable size.

New Release Info…

newsIt is time again for a double-check on all of the authors listed in the Series Reading List pages. I have finished A-D, and between that and a random search there were a couple of interesting things I came across…

  • The second book in Jean Johnson‘s Guardians of Destiny series will be called The Grove, and it will be released on December 3rd.
  • The October 29th Black Wings book from Christina Henry now has a title. It looks like this one will be called Black Heart.
  • Kate Locke‘s third Immortal Empire book will be called Long Live the Queen, and it will also be released on October 29th.
  • Cold Blooded, the third book from Amanda Carlson‘s Jessica McClain series, will be released on October 8th.
  • It looks like Caris Roane‘s Ascension series is indeed ending. Born in Chains, her October 1st release, is part of a new series called Men in Chains.
  • August 27th is the release date for the next Kerrelyn Sparks book, this one called The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • If you are a fan of Cat Adams‘ Blood Singer series, the sixth book will be called To Dance With the Devil and it will be out on November 5th.
  • The release date is TBA, but it looks like Midnight Breed #12 from Lara Adrian will be called Crave the Night.
  • November 5th is also the release date for a G.A. Aiken Dragon Kin novella. No other info available as yet.
  • The second book of Alyssa Day‘s new League of the Black Swan series will be called The Unforgiven.
  • There will be another Morganville Vampires book from Rachel Caine. This next one will be called Daylighters, and it will be released on November 5th.
  • This October, Jacqueline Carey will release the second book of her new Agent of Hel series, Autumn Bones.
  • The second book from Gail Carriger‘s spin off from her popular Parasol Protectorate series, Curtsies and Conspiracies, will be released on November 5th.
  • Dakota Cassidy‘s 8th Accidental Friends book, The Accidental Werewolf: Something About Harry, will be coming out on December 3rd.
  • This December, Andrea Cremer returns to her Nightshade world with the release of book 4, Snakeroot.
  • There is some Kresley Cole news that I was happy to hear. Book two of her YA Arcana Chronicles series, Endless Night, will be coming out on October 1st, and the second Dacians book (title TBA) will be released on December 3rd.

Here is the blurb for Endless Night, and by the sounds of it things are about to get very interesting…

          In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Another day, another raiding of the new covers over at Goodreads. Looks like just five caught my eye this time around, and I am seeing a blue theme. This first one is the cover for the second book in Gail Carriger‘s newly released Finishing School series, Curtsies and Conspiracies. It will be released on November 5th.

curtsies and conspiracies

Numero deux is from the upcoming 12th book in Carrie Vaughn‘s Kitty Norville series, Kitty in the Underworld. It will be out on July 30th.

kitty in the underworld

And still withe the blue. The third book in Darynda Jones‘ Darklight series is called Death and the Girl He Loves, and it will be available on October 8th.

death and the girl he loves

I haven’t actually heard much about this one, but I am working under the assumption that The Coldest Girl in Cold Town from Holly Black is YA, and that is about all I know. It will be hitting the shelves on September 17th.

the coldest girl in coldtown

The final one for this post is pretty, but then so are the rest of the covers in Keri Arthur‘s Dark Angels series. Darkness Unmasked will be released on June 4th.

darkness unmasked

New Series Alerts…

It looks like there are only two new series coming our way this week – one adult and one young adult. But there is also a “new again” title I have been long hoping for.

From the adult side of things, this is the week for Tessa Adams‘ Lone Star Witch to make its debut with the release of the first book, Soulbound.

soulboundSynopsis…

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter—and a member of Ipswitch’s Royal family—Xandra Morgan should be a witch of incredible power. But things don’t always turn out like you expect…

While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop where she makes potions of a non-magical nature. While things aren’t perfect, Xandra is happy—until she runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto.

Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years, and though she’s still overwhelmed by his power, she doesn’t trust him. And when her own powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods bearing the symbol of Isis—the same one that has marked Xandra since the day she met Declan—she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the woman is connected to him.

Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts…

Lone Star Witch reading list HERE

For the young adult release, Gail Carriger starts her new Finishing School series with the release of Etiquette and Espionage. This one is set in the same world as her popular Parasol Protectorate series, but 25 years earlier in the timeline.

etiquette and espionageSynopsis…

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

Finishing School reading list HERE

And now for the one I have been hoping for for quite a while. Ever since Patricia Briggs‘ Alpha and Omega series switched over to hardcover, I had been hoping that the first couple of books would be re-issued like the early Mercy Thompson books had been. And, as a bonus, the hardcover version of Cry Wolf will also include the absolutely necessary novella that started it all, Alpha and Omega.

cry wolfSynopsis…

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself.

After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

Alpha and Omega reading list HERE

What are you grabbing this week? I am so glad they went ahead with the Cry Wolf re-issue, so now I can hopefully have all of Patricia Briggs’ books on the one hardcover shelf (OCD rears its ugly head once again).

Zombies, the Apocalypse…and High School?

Jennifer Estep did it.  Sherrilyn Kenyon did, too.  So did Ann Aguirre and Sophie Jordan.  All of them are successful authors of adult PNR or UF who made the jump to the ever-growing Young Adult market, with either spin-off series from their existing worlds, or entirely new series.  Jennifer is heading into book four of the Mythos Academy series, and Sherrilyn Kenyon recently released her third Chronicles of Nick book.  This got me thinking about some of the other authors taking the plunge into Young Adult in the coming months, and got me wondering…

Will you follow a favorite author when they change genres?  Which ones are you most excited for, or will you bother at all?

To be fair, Gena Showalter has in fact had previous experience with young adult (she has had a few stand alone titles, and the Intertwined series), but she is mostly known for her Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress books.  Her young adult series White Rabbit Chronicles kicks off this September with the release of Alice in Zombieland.

Synopsis…

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

Now, Showalter best buddy Kresley Cole also has her own “Chronicles” starting up this year.  The Arcana Chronicles, based on the Tarot deck, will start with the release of The Poison Princess on October 2nd.

Synopsis…

Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future.

Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…

Now, this next one is a bit tricky.  Karen Marie Moning has said that the Dani O’Malley books (set in the same world as her super-popular Fever series) “uneasily straddles the line between adult and young adult”.  Iced is the first of three books, due out on October 30th.

Synopsis…

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

Darynda Jones only started her popular Charley Davidson series last year, but already her fun and quirky style has translated into a great read.  However, she is turning some of her attention to the young adult market with upcoming Darklight series.  Death and the Girl Next Door is due out on October 2nd of this year.

Synopsis…

Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?

I had almost forgotten about this one.  Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series, keeps her Steampunk world alive with a four book spin-off series called The Finishing School.  Book one, Etiquette & Espionage, hits the shelves on February 13th of next year.

Synopsis…

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries.  Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

So, which side of the coin do you fall on?