Pick of the Week

There was a time when I probably would’ve been a bit…hesitant, I guess, to name a Black Dagger Brotherhood book as my pick of the week. It was never that I didn’t like them, because I always have enjoyed them in one way or the other, but for a while they were so involved and multi-plotlined that it became almost overwhelming. Good, but they put you through the ringer. But for me, J.R. Ward has had a definite resurgence for her last several books, and so my pick of the week is The Thief.

the thiefSynopsis…

Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?

As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

Did I mention that Murdher is supposed to make a long-awaited (by me, at least) return? Bonus!

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Pick of the Week

So, my pick for this week is one I am strangely excited for, for some reason. I don’t usually go all fangirl on novellas, but I am looking forward to diving into the Black Dagger Brotherhood story Dearest Ivie from J.R. Ward. I’m not sure why, but I like the thought of the series branching out a bit more, away from the Brothers and trainees, and maybe seeing things from the civilian side for a change. At least that is the vibe I get from the blurb, anyways.

dearest ivieSynopsis…

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost.

Your turn. What is your pick for this week?

 

This and That

I don’t know if I have enough info to do a full “this and that” updating post, but then it might be nice to have something that is under a million rambling words, right?

  • Let’s start with site stuff. You might notice that I did pull some of the character guides that were either obsolete or very out of date with no hope of being updated. That said, I did keep a copy of them all and I can email any of them to anyone who needs them. That includes The Chronicles of Nick, White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, and The Midnight Breed guides. Just send me an email if you need any of them.
  • Christine Feehan‘s release schedule has been updated a bit to include dates for the next Leopard People and Torpedo Ink books. Leopard’s Run will be released on October 30th, and Torpedo Ink #2 will be out on January 3rd.
  • There is a little teaser synopsis for Gena Showalter‘s new Gods of War series up on Amazon. The first book is called Shadow and Ice, and it will be released on October 30th…

“After being trapped in an ice prison for centuries, a group of otherworldly immortals have finally broken free. In a bid to rule the earth, their fight to the death resumes, and the whole world becomes a gladiator arena. But this time, these savage warriors will risk more than their lives and the survival of their realms; they’ll also risk their hearts.”

  • Ilona Andrews had a competition over on their blog to pick the name of the newest Innkeeper Chronicles story featuring Maud and Arland. The winning title was Sweep of the Blade. They also did an interesting Q&A session over there, as well. If you pour over the questions, there is some good news (they are in talks with Avon for more Hidden Legacy books) and some not so great news (it doesn’t seem like there will be any more Derek-and-Julie stories). But I will take what I can get.
  • Shades of Wicked from Jeanine Frost has gone up for pre-order on Amazon, which makes it a real thing in my world. It is also showing a hardcover release, which is news to me, but I will keep an eye out for more info.
  • I had mentioned in a previous post that J.R. Ward will be starting a new contemporary series early next year that will feature firefighters. Turns out the title of the first book will be Consumed.
  • The next Argeneau Vampires book from Lynsay Sands will be called Vampires Like It Hot, and it will be released on September 25th.
  • October 30th is shaping up to be a pretty epic release day. According to Amazon.com, Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book is due out then, as well, and it will be called Archangel’s Prophecy. No clue on whose story it is as yet, though.
  • Mercy Thompson #11 from Patricia Briggs will be called Storm Cursed, and it will be released next March. I had seen a listing somewhere showing the Tom and Moira spin-off book as a September 2017 release, but I can’t find it now. I don’t think I was dreaming it, but who knows at this point?
  • I’m really hoping this is a misprint, but it looks like we might have quite a wait for the next Elder Races story from Thea Harrison. Lionheart is showing a December 2018 release. I haven’t come across anything else in progress, either. Have you heard what Thea has on the go? Is there another story due out before Lionheart? If not, that is an 18 month period between releases, which seems odd to me.
  • And finally, the second Lowtown book from Lindsay J. Pryor now has a title. Rogue will be released on November 22nd.

Yeah, I had more than enough for the post. Have you heard of anything coming up in the PNR/UF world? Any new releases you are really anticipating?

 

Three Quick Questions

question-markHey all, it is time for me to pick your brain. Again. I had a couple of quick questions to ask you, since I am sort of up in the air over the correct way to do things.

First off, if there are separate release dates for the print and e-format copies of a book, which do you prefer I list in the new release pages? Say the e-book version of title X comes out this Tuesday, but the print copy is next week, which would be smarter to list? I don’t want to get into doing them both because that would be awkward for everyone to keep track of (unless they are months apart, then fine). Should I just go with the one that comes out first? Which way is easier for you all to keep track of?

My second question is a bit more of a sticky etiquette question. PhoenixFyre very kindly gave me a couple of her character guides to post here, which saved me a ton of time and effort. But it has been a couple of years since I have heard from her, so I was wondering if it would be rude if I went ahead and updated them myself? The last book done for the Black Dagger Brotherhood was The King, so the guide is like six books behind now, and I am hoping to get everything else up to date (or removed, in some cases), soonish. I don’t want to seem pushy, but I also would love to have everything caught up, too. So, does it come off as rude and pushy, or do you think it would be ok?

And third, if you make it through my rambles to this point, would you prefer a larger cover image in the new release pages? Right now I use the smallest thumbnail for each book, but there is a size larger that would show more detail. In the old days of WordPress, if you clicked the tiny version of an image it would open the full-sized version, but that is no longer the case. I thought maybe spitting the difference and putting a size larger might be a decent compromise?

Any other changes you would like to see? I am going to be playing around with things for the next couple of days, so now is the time to hit me with any requests/demands.

Dearest Ivie

Well, this was a surprise. I was doing my weekly author-stalking, and I saw over on J.R. Ward‘s Facebook page that she has a novella set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood scheduled to come out this March 13th. I found myself really excited to see this, for some reason. Maybe because it feels to me like after a bit of a lull for a couple of years, the BDB world has been refreshed and revitalized quite a bit since the Legacy books started up. Oh, and Dearest Ivie includes a special preview of The Thief, as well.

dearest ivie.jpgSynopsis…

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost.

 

Reading Wrap Up

origin in deathI have been steadily chugging though some pretty great books the last few days – some of which I liked more than I expected to, honestly. After a bit of a break, I got back into J.D. Robb‘s In Death series, picking up book #21, Origin in Death. It has been well over a month since I read the last one, and I missed it (which sounds weird, but there it is). This was another great installment, but at this point I expect nothing less.

blood furyNext up was Blood Fury from J.R. Ward. I was on the meh side of things heading into this one, but it was a very pleasant surprise. I ended up really liking both story lines (and all four main characters, which is rare). Wrath stole every scene he was in, there was enough Rhage to make me happy, no Layla (yes!) and only had to suffer through a glimpse of Qhuinn (I have not forgiven that turd yet, and may never. Bastard). This one was a winner for me all the way around.

ritualsAnd on the re-read front, I am about half-way through Rituals, the final full Cainsville book from Kelley Armstrong. I loved this series with an undying, unexplainable passion, so having it wrap up is bittersweet. On one hand, it was great to get to the Olivia and Gabriel coupledom, but on the other hand, who likes to say goodbye to a favorite? It is a great end to a great series, though, and I am loving the re-read even more than the original.

There you have it. What have you been reading lately? Any big winners (or losers) to share? How do the Black Dagger Legacy books stack up to the Brotherhood stories for you?

This and That

I don’t really have much to mention, but there are a couple of little things I found on a recent scouting party, and I thought I might share.

  • Ilona Andrews has finished writing the final Kate Daniels book, Magic Triumphs. They have been on a big push to get this one finished, and I am happy for them. But on the other hand, I am a bit bummed, too. I don’t believe that they are finished with the Kate Daniels world, but to see “final” in regards to a favorite series is always bitter-sweet. Although I am happy that they can concentrate on maybe more Hidden Legacy, or Innkeeper Chronicles. And I got the vibe a while back that they were plotting a new series, too. They have never written anything that I haven’t loved – nothing – so I am pretty much happy with whatever comes.
  • Speaking of something new, I noticed that J.R. Ward is apparently starting up another contemporary series since her Bourbon King trilogy recently wrapped up. I haven’t seen much in the way of detail yet, only that it will focus on Firefighters. The first as-yet-unnamed book will be released on September 27th.
  • And Gena Showalter also has something new in the works. Shadow and Ice is the first book of the adult Gods of War series, and it will be released on October 30th.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout will start a spin-off of her Lux series that focuses on Luc. The Darkest Star is the first book of the Origin series, and it too will be released on October 30th.
  • And this next one is a bad news/good news situation. Chloe Neill has had to push back the release of Wild Hunger – but only by a month. Not too horrible, and the new release date is August 14th. The good news? She uploaded a small snippet from the prologue over on her Facebook page, which can be found HERE.

Have you heard any news on upcoming releases? Any changes or pushbacks or new series?

Pick of the Week

My pick of the week is more like one I am trying to get excited for, but not being completely successful. I have really enjoyed J.R. Ward‘s BDB spin-off Black Dagger Legacy series so far, since I feel like it was a return to the style that made her early books so good. But what is throwing me off is that I can’t quite warm up to Peyton. Novo didn’t make much of an impression either way on me so far, so I have no judgment on her, but Peyton rubbed me wrong. I think I am more interested in finding out more about Ruhn than either of the main characters, so there is that to look forward to. So, my sorta pick of the week is Blood Fury.

blood furySynopsis…

A tough vampire warrior in training and her fellow aristocratic trainee struggle to deny the attraction they feel for one another as they prepare for the looming war ahead. The latest in a new paranormal romance series set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they continue preparing for the fight against the lessening society. Novo, a resilient survivor and a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal, including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton. The two fighters shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally comes to terms with and admits his true feelings for Novo she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for one another.

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Anyone else a bit wishy washy on Peyton, or is it just me? I have been pleasantly surprised before when I haven’t been that interested in a main character, so hopefully that will hold true here.

 

Nadia Novella News

Usually, I stick pretty firmly to my rules of only spotlighting releases that have a paranormal or supernatural romance angle, mostly because if you start branching out it is hard to know where to start. But once in a while, a favorite author will do something a little different. Kelley Armstrong has several great series that I have very much enjoyed, and it looks like she has a novella in the works that will tie two of them together. Nadia Stafford #3.6 will be called Perfect Victim, and it will also feature a character from her Rockton books. Yay to crossovers – especially ones that make perfect story-line sense. And there isn’t much of a wait for it, either, since it will be released on November 1st.

perfect victimSynopsis…

Fifteen years ago, hit man Tyrone Cypher disappeared into the wilderness. Now he’s back with a job for his old “friend” Jack. While Jack doesn’t consider Cypher much of a friend, the job is ideal for Nadia.

There’s a killer in Honolulu, targeting those involved in the family court system. When no one else would take one victim’s cases, lawyer Angela Kamaka did, putting herself squarely in the killer’s cross-sights.

For Nadia, Angela is the perfect victim—an innocent person in danger for doing the right thing. So Nadia and Jack get an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii courtesy of Tyrone Cypher, who has his own reasons for wanting to keep Angela safe.

Do you have any favorite cross-overs? I liked seeing some of the BDB gang show up in J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series. And right now I am reading Easy Pickings from Faith Hunter and C.E. Murphy – which would probably be great if I had read C.E. Murphy before, but since I haven’t it isn’t a big deal for me. Are there any series that you would like to see get the cross-over treatment?

 

Cover Lover – The Thief

For a while, I found that J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood hit a bit of a lull for me – it wasn’t like I started hating them or anything, but they just got to be a bit of a chore to read. There were so many plot lines and side stories and set ups for future books that it was just overwhelming. It was almost chaotic trying to keep track of what was going on. Anyways, I find that the last couple of stories have gone back to the style that made me like them in the first place – there is still a lot going on, but it doesn’t make you feel like you need a spreadsheet to keep everything straight. I hope that the next release, The Thief, keeps things moving in the right direction. I guess we will see when it comes out on April 3rd.

the thief.jpgHaving allied themselves with the Band of Bastards, the Brotherhood is committed now more than ever to eradicating the Lessening Society. Recovering from a most recent battle against the last of the lessers, the Brotherhood comes to realize their fight against enemies is far from over. Throe, Xcor’s former second in command, is using an ancient tome to summon a new army engineered by a force more dangerous and evil than the Omega. With an army rising from the shadows, brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will be tested both at home and on the battlefield.