Cover Lover

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

I have done a few stand-alone cover lover posts for some major upcoming releases, but now it is time for the rest. This first one is a young adult release from Sharon Cameron called The Forgetting, and it will be released on September 13th.

the forgettingWhat isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

MaryJanice Davidson‘s very last Queen Betsy book is up next. Undead and Done has a release date of October 4th.

undead and doneIt had been a well-kept secret for centuries, but now the existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy Taylor’s half sister (and frustrated former Antichrist), Laura. Life for the undead will never be the same, and it’s up to Betsy to do some damage control. But her interview on the local news doesn’t exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it.

With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. And while things go from bad to worse in the world, Hell continues to be hell—especially when Betsy’s new parole program gets about as complicated as you’d expect.

With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the Devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls—and how hard—the end isn’t just near. It’s here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it’s the Queen of Hell.

Snared, which is the 16th book of the Elemental Assassin series from Jennifer Estep, will be released on January 31st.

snaredIrony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.

My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.

A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

The second book of Sophie Jordan‘s Reign of Shadows series is called Rise of Fire, and it will be released on February 7th.

rise of fireLuna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the king discovers both Fowler’s and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.

Christine Feehan‘s next Leopard book will be called Leopard’s Fury, and it has a release date of November 8th.

leopard's furyWith her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance.

Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.

This next one is a two-for-one deal. Gena Showalter and Jeaniene Frost will be paired up for a re-release of two of their previous works. Gena’s The Nymph King and Jeaniene’s The Beautiful Ashes will be out in an e-format duology called Forbidden Craving, which will be out on April 1st.

9780373801916_1f3cfThe Nymph King 

Gena Showalter 

Females young and old, beautiful and plain crave Valerian’s touch. None can resist his blatant sensuality and potent allure—until he steals Shaye Holling from a Florida beach and holds her prisoner in his underwater kingdom. Now Valerian must fight for the privilege of claiming her as his own. Because there’s one thing Shaye doesn’t know…when a nymph discovers his true mate, she’s his for life.

Includes all new scenes! 

The Beautiful Ashes 

Jeaniene Frost 

With her sister missing, Ivy discovers a startling truth—the disturbing, otherworldly hallucinations she’s always had are real, and her sister is trapped in a demon realm. The one person who can help her is the dangerously attractive rebel who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. With destiny on one side and desire on the other, Adrian and Ivy must work together to save her sister. Yet he knows the truth about Ivy’s destiny, and sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other and nothing but ashes in between…

There you have it for this batch. Are you checking any of these out? The write up for The Forgetting sounds really good, but I am still anti-YA. I will be picking up Leopard’s Fury, but that is probably about it for this batch. Are you sad to say goodbye to Queen Betsy, or is it past time to wrap things up?

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Looking Ahead

We are speeding towards the half-way point of 2016, and my most anticipated release for the first half of the year just came out (Nalini Singh‘s Allegiance of Honor). I thought maybe we could take a look ahead and share what we are all looking forward to in the back half of 2016. I have one or two biggies, but I thought I would go top 5, in no particular order:

Darynda JonesThe Curse of Tenth Grave: This is always a solid series for me, and I am really intrigued to see what direction things go in after the events of the previous book. If I was going in order, though, this one would probably come in at #5.

Kelley ArmstrongBetrayals: I am a huge fan of this series, it is one of my absolute favorites. And it is about the only adult series I can think of that has a love triangle that doesn’t make me want to gag. This is the second to last book, so I must enjoy every moment.

Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds: Yeah, like I have to explain this one.

Nalini SinghArchangel’s Heart: Probably don’t need to explain this one either.

Kresley Cole/ Gena ShowalterBlood Red Kiss: My dark horse pick, and solely based on the Gena Showalter entry. To finally, finally get Dallas’s story from the Alien Huntress/Otherworld Assassin after all these years? Priceless.

That is how my list shapes up, but what does yours look like? I figure Singh and Andrews will be on most people’s lists, but I am interested to see what comes up for the other three.

Review

Reading Wrap Up

Hey all. I have had an insane couple of days, so bare with me. I actually had to take my father out-of-province for a Doctor’s appointment, and for those who remember my post whining/joking about his Kindle needs will not be surprised to find out that that same sort of thing carries over into real life. As in a two day trip, hotels, planning his itinerary, what/where/when he would be eating, even going to the hospital alone the night before to find out the exact route he would have to take so he wouldn’t have any unnecessary waiting time. Yes, that happened. I felt like I was part of the Secret Service clearing an appearance for the President.

Anyways, on the plus side, I did get some reading done. I did manage to do 2.5 J.D. Robb books – Immortal in Death as a re-read for the guide, Ceremony in Death and part of Vengeance in Death as new reads. Not much to say that I haven’t said before – still loving them. There are a couple of times that Eve just skirts the line of being too abrasive, but then Roarke shows up and makes everything better. I do get why Roarke is seen as one of the most celebrated romantic heroes around. Only 40 more to go!

And I picked up The Darkest Torment from Gena Showalter. Am I alone in not remembering half of what is going on in this series? Yes, I probably am. I totally didn’t remember about Baden and Pandora being out of…wherever they were. And I don’t remember anything about Hades/Lucifer. It was weird, really, and it almost felt like I forgot to read the previous book or something. Story wise, I didn’t mind this one. It wasn’t a favorite, but still quite good. And now I can see where she is bringing in new characters to expand the series past just the original Lords. It makes sense now.

So, that is me. How about you? What have you been reading lately?

Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week

It feels like a while since I had a pick of the week post, probably because May was sort of a blah release month. But this week, we have a new Lords of the Underworld book from Gena Showalter to look forward to. It is the first of the series to be released in hardcover, which sort of threw me for a while. This many books in, you would think it would be time to start wrapping things up, not change up the format.

But, it turns out that Gena will be adding her Angels of the Dark characters to the Lords of the Underworld series. I actually am not sure how I feel about this, to be honest. There was overlap between the two series, of course, but to me they feel like two separate worlds. Oh, well, we will see how it goes. Anyways, my pick of the week is The Darkest Torment.

the darkest tormentSynopsis…

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

So, what is your take on the combination of the two series? Yes or no?

Book of the Month

May’s Book of the Month

book of the month

Well, May promises to be a bit of a lack-luster month, or at least for me it is shaping up to be a bit of a dud. I did figure that Gena Showalter‘s The Darkest Torment would be the pick of the month, but I was surprised that it lost out to A Court of Mist and Fury from Sarah J. Maas.

a court of mist and furySynopsis…

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Release Info

From the Author Pages

I just finished my weekly update of the author pages, and there are a couple of little things to mention…

  • It looks like the second book from Gena Showalter‘s new Everlife series will be out next year, and it will be called Lifeblood.
  • Book #44 of the In Death series from J.D. Robb will be called Echoes in Death, and it is scheduled for release next February.
  • The second book from J.R. Ward‘s new Blood Dagger Legacy series will be called Blood Vow, and it will be released this December.
  • Also due out this December is the next Immortals After Dark book from Kresley Cole. No word on title or who it features as yet, though.
  • And finally, Kim Harrison‘s New Peri Reed Chronicles was in danger of not continuing after the poor sales of the first book, but it looks like the second installment is a go. The only change, though, is that The Operative will not be released in hardcover, but go straight to mass market paperback when it comes out on November 22nd. But before that, Kim will release a novella called Waylaid on April 4th. Interestingly, this one is a Rachel Morgan/Peri Reed mash-up. I love it when two series collide, so this could be fun.

That’s it for this batch, anyways. Have you heard any info about any upcoming releases? Anything exciting to share?

Spotlight on...

From the Author Pages

I try and do an update of the author pages every week, but sometimes there isn’t enough info to bother doing a post about. I figured today there was a bit to report on…

  • Cassandra Clare will release the print version of her serialized Simon Lewis-centric Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy on November 15th.
  • The blurb for the fourth and final Night Prince book from Jeaniene Frost, Into the Fire, has been released. The book will be out on October 25th.

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

  • Oh, and I started a character guide for the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Of course, I only have the info for the first book (Naked in Death) added as yet, but I will be updating it book-by-book as I read them. It can be found HERE.
  • This one is exciting…Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, and Larissa Ione will team up for an anthology called Blood Red Kiss, which has a release date of September 20th. Larissa’s contribution will be a novella from her MoonBound Clan Vampires series, and Kresley’s story will be an updated and revised re-release of The Warlord Wants Forever. But…but..holy crap! Gena’s story will be from her Alien Huntress series, and it will finally be Dallas’s story. I am a happy, happy girl.

blood red kissForsaken by Night

An exiled warrior…

Lobo, one of the most powerful vampire skinwalkers to ever exist, has been in exile for decades following a violation that got him booted from MoonBound Clan. He’s lived a life of loneliness, his bleak existence made bearable only by the friendship of a wolf he saved many years ago.

A vampire stuck in the wrong body…

Tehya has spent the last twelve years as a wolf, unable to turn herself back into a vampire after a shift gone wrong. She formed a bond with Lobo, but unable to tell him who she really is, she has been reduced to being his pet. Woof.

A nearly fatal gunshot…

Changes everything. Suddenly, Lobo must do the forbidden to sneak inside MoonBound and get his beloved wolf the care she needs to survive. But Tehya shocks everyone, even herself, when she wakes up in the vampire body she hasn’t seen in over a decade. She and Lobo explore their new relationship, their powerful bond becoming even stronger. But her transformation comes at a price…a price that might cost Lobo his life…

Dark Swan

An experiment gone horribly wrong

Lilica Swan is neither human nor otherworlder. One of three girls created in a lab, she’s the best—and worst—of both. When a vision of the future shows her eldest sister being gunned down, she’s determined to save the girl…even if it means killing the man destined to pull the trigger.

A powerful and seductive hybrid who won’t be deterred

Alien Investigation and Removal superagent Dallas Gutierrez is both human and alien himself. His mission? To destroy an evil alien queen who can turn humans into sex-zombies. When the queen’s sister is captured, he decides to use the unusual beauty as bait…but he is unprepared for the blistering surge of desire only Lilica can elicit.

An insatiable need they cannot deny

Dallas is caught between duty and desire and knows choosing one will end the other. Can he betray the woman who now holds his heart in her hands?

Can I just say how long I (and ok, everyone else), has been waiting for Dallas’s story? He was the most interesting of characters right from the start, and for me the series would never, ever be complete without his story. I don’t know if this is print or e-book only, but I do know I will be first in line to get my copy.

New Series Alerts

New Series Alert

Hey all, only one new series to focus this week, and it comes from Gena Showalter. Firstlife is the first book of her new young adult Everlife series.

firstlifeSynopsis…

ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

Well, I usually pick up Gena Showalter books, but I am giving this one a pass. Between my recent disinterest in young adult and what feels like it might be another faith-centric storyline (maybe not, too, but that is just the vibe I get), it isn’t for me. Will any of you be picking this one up? Have you heard any early buzz about the new series.