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.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

Hard to believe how long it has been since any new covers came my way, and there is only two to break the ice. This first one is from Jacquelyn Frank‘s upcoming Immortal Brothers series. Cursed by Fire is due out on February 24th.

cursed by firePurchase at Amazon.com

This second is from Paige Tyler‘s upcoming SWAT series (Special Wolf Alpha Team). Hungry Like The Wolf is due out on January 6th.

hungry like the wolfPurchase at Amazon.com


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.

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.

This and That…

This is sort of a mix of everything random post. Part update, part new release info, part cover lover.

  • it looks like Karen Marie Moning‘s next Fever book, Burned, is up for pre-order on Amazon. It will be released on January 14th. Let my countdown begin.
  • also, there is a bit of info coming about Alexandra Ivy‘s new Sentinels series. The prequel novella will be part of the upcoming Predatory anthology due out on May 7th, but we now know that the first full novel will be called Born in Blood. It will be released on December 31st.
  • there will be a third book in Jacquelyn Frank‘s World of Nightwalkers series, called Forsaken. This one has a January 7th,2014 release date.
  • November 2nd is the release date for the next Sentinels book from Jennifer L Armentrout, called Sentinel. And as a bonus, there is now a release date for the next Lux book, Origin. It looks like this one will be out on August 27th. But after that, things get a little tricky. From what I am picking up, there have been some changes in two other works of hers. Nephilim Rising (written under the name J. Lynn) has had a couple of pushbacks already, but it seems that now it will be released on September 17th – in e-format only. Amazon is showing a ridiculous print date of January 1st, 2018. Uh, no. Aaand, I might be totally wrong, but it would appear that the Lux spin-off book Obsession will now be released through the Entangled: Covet imprint – which means e-format only. Damn, that is a shame. I do have hopes for a print version later on, though.
  • word has gotten around about Christine Feehan‘s upcoming Dark series trilogy, but it looks like there will be a book in between. Right now, the schedule is looking like Dark Lycan this September, Dark Wolf in January, Air Bound (from the Sisters of the Heart series) in either April or May. Then the third Dark book, Dark Hunter, in the usual September spot, and a Ghostwalker book after that (December or January).
  • the third Marie Lu Legend book, Champion, will be released on November 5th.
  • Katie Reus‘s fourth Moon Shifter’s novel, Avenger’s Heat, will be released on February 4th.

Ugh, I am getting tired of this design, and I have been looking into other templates and designs. Right now, we are on WordPress.com, but you are limited as to design. WordPress.org allows custom themes, but I dread trying to make the switch over (especially since Wicked Scribes is actually made up of something like 18 different blogs).

And on the cover front, I found this one for Jessica Shirvington‘s next Violet Eden Chronicles book, Endless. It is due out on October 1st.