New Series Alerts

As decent a month for new releases as January is, there aren’t many new series starting up – and what there are are mostly all out this week. Go figure. Let’s start with the new one from Jacquelyn Frank, which is called Thirst. It is the first book of the new Energy Vampires series.

thirstSynopsis…

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

The next two are both young adult. Frostblood is the first book of the Frostblood series, and it is written by Elly Blake.

frostbloodSynopsis…

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

And this final one is from Veronica Roth. Her new Carve the Mark duology starts up this week with the release of the first book, also called Carve the Mark.

carve the markSynopsis…

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

I dropped Jacquelyn Frank from my author list a few years back, mostly because I found that I always loved the first book or two from any series she wrote, but then the rest didn’t grab me at all. Which of these will you be checking out?

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‘Tis the Season…For an Unhaul

I was pretty sure that my last book unhaul was my last. Just like I thought the one before that was the last. And so forth. But I am almost positive that this last one is the final one. Maybe. Sigh.

Anyways, I was ruthless once again and managed to pull almost 100 books from my little collection – and in doing so, I even managed to drop Mount TBR to below 40 books. Beauty!

There have been several authors I haven’t picked up a book from in years. Lara Adrian, Christina Dodd, and Jacquelyn Frank fall into that category, so I finally managed to let them go. A few other authors have series that seem to have petered out, like Alyssa Day and her Warriors of Poseidon and Larissa Ione and the Demonica books…so they got the heave, too. Add in a few more young adult titles, and things are looking good.

I might’ve cheated a bit, though. Since I have decided relatively recently that e-books aren’t exactly the work of the devil, I was all bold and stuff and got rid of a few physical books with the intention of picking them up again for my Kindle. People like Elizabeth Naughton, Elizabeth Hunter, Jessica Sims and even Ilona Andrews‘ Innkeeper Chronicles will now be picked up only in e-format. And the best part? I don’t list the books on my Kindle to be official TBR titles, so I don’t feel like such an epic failure with all the books I haven’t read.

Have you done any big clean outs lately? What old favorite authors could you purge from your collection, or which ones are on the verge?

Random Updates…

Just a few quick updates:

  • Chicagoland Vampires number 12 from Chloe Neill has a title now. Midnight Marked will be released in March, 2016.
  • Jeaniene Frost has confirmed that her next trip into the Night Huntress world after Vlad and Leila’s fourth book will feature Ian. I have been whining for that one for a while, so good news all around.
  • I am very happy to say that there will be at least two more books in the Cainsville series from Kelley Armstrong. Since this is a favorite of mine, it is good news all around.
  • G.A. Aiken will release a Dragon Kin novella on October 27th called Dragon on Top. It will be Ghleanna’s story.
  • Lidayne sent over a note about Jacquelyn Frank. There will be one more book in the Nightwalker/Bodywalker series, but it will be released in e-format only. She also has stated that the book Seduce Me in Shadows, the third book of the Three Worlds series, probably won’t be released at all.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

As I keep an eye out for the White Hot cover from Ilona Andrews (which should be released soon), I came across a few others to highlight. Looks like shades of red is the theme of the day, starting with the next one from Jacquelyn Frank. Bound in Sin is part of the Immortal Brothers series, and it is due out on September 29th.

bound by sinAfter being chained to a star to burn endlessly as punishment for stealing immortality from the gods, Jaykun has been unshackled to wage war alongside his brothers. But his freedom comes with a price: Each night Jaykun must still suffer—his body burning from the inside out. One early morning, recovering from his torment, he encounters a beautiful stranger on the beach. Naked from her midnight-black hair to her sandy toes, she approaches him with starry-eyed innocence and the unmistakably full body of a woman.

Soon Jaykun is swept up with the force of a comet, his desire for this woman hotter than any sun. His brothers fear he is blinded by her radiant beauty, and that she has been sent by their enemies to seduce and destroy him. Jileana is indeed from another world—one Jaykun cannot begin to imagine. But will their passion burn brightly enough to light the way through the darkness that threatens to consume all in its path?

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The second book in the Black Dragon series from Katie MacAlister will be called Dragon Storm, and it is due out on November 24th.

dragon stormAccording to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he’s now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep-until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon’s dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman . . .

Bee isn’t sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he’s grown to love with fierce intensity.

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Katie Reus will release a novella from her Moon Shifter series on May 19th called Protective Instinct.

protective instinctThe next book in the Dark Caravan Cycle series from Heather Demetrios will be called Blood Passage, and it is due out on October 6th.

blood passageA jinni who’s lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek’s third and final wish she’s not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she’s in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek’s past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what’s more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second instalment of the Dark Passage Cycle.

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The odd man out from this batch is Down the Rabbit Hole, a novella collection featuring an Eve Dallas story from J.D. Robb. It has a release date of September 29th.

down the rabbit holeYou’re late for a very important date…

Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.

Don’t be afraid to follow them…Down the Rabbit Hole.

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New Series Alerts…

God, these Mondays seem to roll around more quickly all the time, and for today’s post there are two new series to take a look at. The first is the new one from Jacquelyn Frank, Cursed by Fire. It is the start of her new Immortal Brothers series.

cursed by fireSynopsis…

For centuries, Dethan has suffered eternal punishment in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.

Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters another bargain: if she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the Goddess of Conflict’s wrath—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.

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And the second is a new young adult release from Victoria Schwab. A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book of the series of the same name.

A Darker Shade final for IreneSynopsis…

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

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So, that wraps it up for this week. Are either of these on your radar? I used to be a Jacquelyn Frank fan back in the Nightwalker days, but my interest in her later series took a big hit and I haven’t even picked up the last five or six books at all. Looks like another quiet week for me – letting me get ready for the biggies of March 3rd. But I do have to admit that A Darker Shade of Magic does sound interesting…

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

This is a quiet week for new series, and I didn’t really have a pick of the week, either. Instead, it looks like I will be doing another little cover lover post. Let’s start with the second book from Jacquelyn Frank‘s new Immortal Brothers series. Cursed by Ice will be released on March 31st.

cursed by icePurchase at Amazon.com

And this second new one is from Alexandra Ivy. When Darkness Ends is the last traditionally published Guardians of Eternity book, and it is due out on May 26th.

when darkness endsPurchase at Amazon.com

I am not looking forward to seeing the end of the Guardians, I must admit. I know that they will continue in a non-traditionally published way, but I never seem to follow them as well when they go to self-pubbed. Going to have to try and keep this one on my radar, though.

Reading Roundup…

Meh, I have been way slack about keeping track of what I have been reading lately. My TBR technique is fun, but I easily get distracted by anything new and shiny that gets delivered. I figured I would go over some of the highlights for the past couple of weeks…

rogue riderRogue RiderLarissa Ione‘s Demonica series is one that I always wanted to like more than I did. I can’t put my finger on why, but they never stuck with me. I enjoyed the book while I was reading it, but promptly forgot everything that happened in it. I can’t even tell you the main character’s names. I did better with the Lords of Deliverance, but I have to admit that I really, really liked Rogue Rider the best so far. I am definitely waiting to get into Reaver soon (ish), and Revenant sounds like it will be a blast. So glad I dove back into this series again.

bite meBite MeShelly Laurenston‘s books are fun. Pure, escapist fun. You know exactly what you are getting, and Bite Me was no exception. I did like that there was less brawling and bickering between the main couple in this installment, and more of them against everyone else. Love the honey badgers, too. Bears are always fun, but it must be time for a Smith boy next, I would imagine? No matter who it is about, the next book is guaranteed to be fun.

adamAdam – I read Jacquelyn Frank‘s final (?) Nightwalker book on a quest to finish up a few series I have been slack on. I don’t like reading the last book of a series, since I don’t do well with them ending, but anyways. I was a huge Jacquelyn Frank fan for a while, but I have found myself not even picking up her last few books at all, for some reason. Adam was a good read, with a very interesting premise, but I didn’t like it enough to start back up with her work again. Originally, the Nightwalkers series was supposed to end with Noah. Then Adam was considered the final book. But I left this one feeling that there was more to come. Might be wrong, but it didn’t feel like the world was finished, yet.

wilderWilderChristina Dodd‘s Wilder was another attempt to finish up the final book in a series. I am not having much luck on this one, at all. I can’t say it is bad, but it isn’t drawing me in, either. That is too bad, since it was Aleksandr’s story I was most looking forward to from all of them. I am still plugging along here and there, but I might end up doing a skim through to the end.

What are you reading lately? Anything interesting, or have you been hitting a bit of a mishmash, too?

Cover Lover – 13 New Titles

It looks like there was a decent crop of covers released in the last few days, or at least my peek over at Goodreads turned up some I hadn’t seen before. First up is Forged, the fourth book in Jacquelyn Frank‘s World of Nightwalkers series. It is due out on April 29th.

forgedThis next one is the cover for the upcoming Chicagoland Vampires novella by Chloe Neill. Howling For You features Jeff Christopher, and it will be out on January 7th.

howling for y ouDarkest Flame, the next book in Donna Grant‘s Dark Kings series, will be released on April 29th.

darkest flameAlexa Egan‘s next Imnada Brotherhood book, Warrior’s Curse, will be released on April 29th.

warrior's curseVirna DePaul fires up her new Belladonna Agency series early next year with the release of Turned. It is due out on April 1st.

turnedThe third book in Amy Raby‘s Hearts and Thrones series now has a pretty cover, too. Prince’s Fire will be released on April 1st.

prince's heartNext up is Fury of the Demon, which is part of Diana Rowland‘s Kara Gillian series. It will be out on January 7th.

fury of the demonThere is a new anthology heading our way featuring several favorite authors like Charlaine Harris and Seanan McGuire. Games Creatures Play will be out on April 1st.

games creatures playLisa Kessler‘s second book from her Moon series, Hunter’s Moon, will be released in e-format in a couple of weeks.

hunter's moonNow on to a few young adult titles. I have been hearing a lot about author Libba Bray recently, but I still haven’t tried any of her books. Her next Diviners novel, called Lair of Dreams, will be out on April 22nd.

lair of dreamsThe third and final book of Jessica Spotswood‘s Cahill Witch Chronicles series, Sisters’ Fate, will be out next spring.

sisters' fateAmy Plum is starting a new series next year called After the End. The first book is also called After the End, and it will be released on May 6th.

13601681And the final one for today is the cover from Kiera Cass‘s upcoming print anthology of her novellas from The Selection. Featuring the stories The Prince and The Guard, The Selection Stories will be released on February 4th.

selection stories

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

So, the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of doing a recommendation section. It might take a while to work out, but it could be fun. I am going to get started on it maybe tonight, and then I will open it up for your favorites. I am thinking maybe a cover pic, a brief write up about what it is that makes the book great, and then a list of the rest of the books in the series. Or something like that.

On the cover front, there are a few new ones starting to make their way around. This first one is a Dark-Hunter short story collection from Sherrilyn Kenyon called Dark Bites. It is due out on January 21st.

dark bitesI had thought that the Shadowfae Chronicles series from Erica Hayes was complete, but it looks like there will be at least one more story. Demon Chained will be released in e-format on September 18th.

demon chainedAnd another series that seems to be getting a second life is the Gregori Legacy from Linda Poitevin. Sins of the Lost is due out on October 15th, also in e-format.

sins of the lostLabyrinth of Stars from Marjorie M. Liu was due out last year, but this latest Hunter Kiss book is now due out on February 25th.

labyrinth of starsJacquelyn Frank also writes under the name Jax, and it is under that name that she will re-release Hunter (previously an e-book release) on February 4th.

hunterI was starting wonder on the state of Shannon K. Butcher‘s Sentinel Wars series, since there hasn’t been much news for the last few months. But it looks like the next title will be Willing Sacrifice, and it will be released on March 4th. By the title, it really should be Torh and Grace. Hopefully.

willing sacrifice

There is another Argeneau Rogue Hunter book by Lynsay Sands coming out on February 28th, and it is called Vampire Most Wanted.

vampire most wantedAlmost there. I love the pinky-purple colors on Cole’s Redemption, which is the next book in J.D. Tyler‘s Alpha Pack series. It is due out on March 4th.

cole's redemptionAnd this final one is the cover for the mass market paperback release of the special edition of J.R. Ward‘s first Black Dagger Brotherhood book, Dark Lover. It is due out on February 25th.

dark loverWhat is your take on these? I like the Dark Lover cover – it would’ve been great if this had been the hardcover design. I am most excited for Willing Sacrifice, and even though I am a couple of books behind in this series it is one that I always enjoy.