The Other Side of the Fairy Tale…

This is a bit of a different post than what I usually do, but hopefully it will be useful. In the cover lover post below this one, I put up the cover for the next Jean Johnson book, Dawn of the Flame Seas. In the comments section, Stephanie copied a post that had been upped to Jean Johnson’s Facebook page about her writing status, and asked if I would do up a post…

I am going to lose my house.

For some reason, my taxes are almost 50% higher than my roommates’ combined income, when my income is at most 75% of what their total is. Unless there was some mistake in all the accounting, I owe an additional 6.5k from what I’ve already paid in quarterlies. That completely wipes out my cushion. That wipes out most of my grocery bills. That wipes out ANY funds for an emergency. That wipes out GOING to a doctor even for a standard health checkup because I can no longer afford the copay.

I am going to lose my house.

At this point, I WANT to say, “Please go support my Patreon, please!” But there are only 14 people doing that…and I can’t even get feedback from them on whose biography to post next. I thank them all for the patronage, but I don’t know what to do to get anyone to notice me.

I am going to lose my house.

Maybe, MAYBE I can get money out of my parents. But the greatest likelihood is that I am going to lose my house. That is all I can see right now. My house. My independence. I worked for YEARS to get my writing up to a skill level that could be deemed worthy of publication, struggled hard to gain my independence…and I am going to lose my house.

Pieces of shhh writing are making millions out there. I can’t even get anyone to make me a Wikipedia page. Not that it would cure my finances, but at least it would prove that I exist. I’ve asked. Nobody has done anything.

I am crying, I am sick to my stomach, and I will owe an additional 3.4k in health insurance money this year that I don’t have. Because somehow I’m just not good enough. My writing isn’t good enough.

I am going to lose my house.

I am going to run out of time to write in even a semi-timely manner all the contracts I was too ill to fulfill, because I will have to try to get a job, and I am going to lose my house. The roof over my head. The roof I still owe money to my parents for. And I have been out of the employment sector for DECADES, which means my prospects of getting a job above the shit that is minimum wage are virtually nil…and minimum wage won’t pay the bills.

(Don’t point to the “living wage” increase everyone talks about in reference to my home state; that was for specific service jobs in the Seattle/Seatac area, and that’s entirely the wrong side of Seattle from me by an hour’s drive…and I cannot afford the bus fare, never mind the gasoline.)

I am going to lose my house.

Unless a miracle happens, my roommates (who have been slammed by financial problems of their own) won’t be able to stay here for relatively cheap rent. I can’t charge them anything more because they cannot afford it.

They are going to lose my house.

I have enough money right now to make house payments to June. IF no expenses crop up. Unless a frikkin miracle happens with my April royalty cheque, I probably won’t I’ll make it to the end of the year, because the only thing between me and bankruptcy is the October cheque, and the only way that could possibly overcome everything falling down around me is if my writing DOES go viral between now and JUNE, because the pay-period ends June 30th for the October royalties…and I write better–I KNOW I WRITE BETTER–than those pieces of shhh out there that have movie deals. And I. Am Going. To Lose. My House.

I am going to lose my beautiful home, my independence, my everything. My dreams of making a living as a writer are gone.

Now, so I don’t come off as a complete hypocrite, I have to mention as I have before that I am not personally a huge fan of Jean Johnson’s writing. Nothing bad about it, but her style just doesn’t work for me (same as Pamela Palmer and Alexandra Adornetto, among others), so I am not out trying to drum up business for a favorite author. I guess I just found it…sad. I don’t claim to understand the ins and outs of the publishing world, but I figured that a quite recognizable name author would not have those kinds of difficulties (but hey, I have totally supported myself working as a waitress for over 20 years and have always rented the homes I live in, plus I am debt-free, so what do I know?).

On a side note, I don’t know if loss of income from book piracy is a factor (and book piracy really, really bugs me), but I saw a post by another author breaking down just how much income they lost due to illegally downloaded books and it was staggering. Literally thousands of dollars. I get sent questions here on my blog sometimes about where someone could find a free copy of whatever book they are asking about to download, and I don’t answer them at all. But what I do know is that the more piracy there is, the less authors make, and the less they make the harder it is for them to put out the books I love. A lose-lose situation.

Jean Johnson has started a gofundme campaign to try and raise enough money to pay off her mortgage (aaand yes, I had no clue that was even a thing). She goes into a bit more detail about her goals and what got her to the point she is at there, and if you are interested you can read more HERE.


I went back and tracked down the post I mentioned above that broke down exactly what piracy cost a writer. The author in question was Jennifer L. Armentrout, and the post can be found HERE. To break it down quickly, she listed off a few of her titles she had found available for illegal download, plus the number of times they had been downloaded, and what she would’ve made had they been bought through proper channels…

Disclaimer: The time frame is from when the link has been available on various sites and from systems that monitor the books.

Half-Blood ($3.99)  1, 109  downloads. What would I have made off that? $1327
Pure ($5.99) 1,585 downloads. What would I have made off that?  $2848
Obsidian ($5.99) 2,267 downloads. What would I have made off it? $5431
Tempting the Best Man ($2.99) 978 downloads. What would I have made off it?  $1169

I didn’t look at Shadows, because at that point I wanted to punch someone.
So the grand total there is $10, 775.
So let’s say only 25% of them were actual sale since 75% doesn’t buy anyway.
That’s $2693 dollars. Hey, that’s not pocket change.

Also keep in mind, agents are paid out of that. And this was just what I could find today. This does not include the hundreds of times the books have been taken down (download counters restart each time its removed).

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.

New Series Alerts…and Pick of the Week

Because I am a total dufus who can’t remember what day of the week it is, I forgot to do the New Series Alerts post yesterday. So, I figured I would just combine it with today’s pick of the week post and call it done. There are actually four new series to look at, starting with Deborah Blake‘s Baba Yaga. The first book is called Wickedly Dangerous, but there was a recently released prequel novella called Wickedly Magical, too, if you want to check that out first.

wickedly magicalSynopsis…

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them….

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned by a woman desperate to find her missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart.

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Up next is Birthright, a prequel novella from Jean Johnson‘s new Flame Seas series. My history with Jean Johnson is spotty, but it does sound interesting.


Who is entitled to the Flame Sea throne? For twin beauties Arasa and Kalasa, the question of their royal birthright has driven them both to find the answer by any means necessary. But to determine the rightful heir means that they must discover who was born first. So begins a legendary pilgrimage for the twins, each accompanied by a man of their most sensual dreams. For Kalasa it’s her devoted fiancé; for Arasa, it’s the handsome sorcerer Elrik.

But the legendary odyssey is not without its dangers—for one of them is not at all whom they appear to be, and their true motives are in question. Now, as treachery and desire become one, the truth of the birthright could be as perilous as the very future of the Flame Sea itself.

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Also new this week is Devon Monk‘s House Immortal, which is from the series of the same name.

House Immortal.inddSynopsis…

One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized….

Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.

Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity

The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.…

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And for something a little different, Cherie Priest‘s The Borden Dispatches starts this week with the release of Maplecroft.


Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one….

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

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This week’s only young adult newbie comes from Josephine Angelini. Trial by Fire is the first book of the Worldwalker Duology.

trial by fireSynopsis…

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

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And since I am at it, I thought I would add my pick of the week. The choice this week is particularly hard, since there were tons of great books coming our way. In the end, I kept coming back to Thea Harrison‘s Night’s Honor, so I am going with that.

night's honorSynopsis…

In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison’s latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…

On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past…

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So, that is how things are shaping up. What was your pick of the week? there are so many great ones I am hoping that they don’t all get delivered at once because I just won’t know where to start. Since I have zero self control, I usually end up reading a few pages of one, then another one, then off to a third. Makes me nuts, but I want to do everything at once.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just after I made my last cover lover post, I of course came across a couple of more that I had missed. Story of my life, so I thought I would do another quick cover post for this little batch. I know there is quite a bit of excitement for the next Merry Gentry book from Laurell K. Hamilton, and A Shiver of Light is due out on June 3rd.

a shiver of lightChristine Feehan is one of my guilty pleasures, and it has been a long wait for the next book in her Sisters of the Heart series. Air Bound will be released on May 27th.

air boundJean Johnson‘s Guardians of Destiny series continues with the release of The Guild on May 6th.

the guildAnd this final one is from Dakota Cassidy. The Accidental Dragon, from her Accidentally Paranormal series, will be out on August 5th.

the accidental dragon

New Series Alerts…and a Finale

Hard to believe that it is time yet again for another new series post, and there is quite a few to choose from. For this week, M.L. Brennan is starting her new American Vampire series with the release of Generation V.

generation vSynopsis…

Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

American Vampire reading list HERE

Another newbie is Alyssa Day‘s League of the Black Swan. The first book is called The Cursed.

the cursedSynopsis…

Bordertown private investigator Luke Oliver’s beat is the dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and supernatural realms. But now a secret from his past—the League of the Black Swan—has surfaced. Because Luke isn’t any ordinary P.I. He’s the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, and he never backs down from a fight.

But this time the fight threatens his life and his heart. Rio Jones, the only woman he loved, needs his help against a deadly menace. Luke pushed her away once before, so she’d never fall prey to the curse that threatens to destroy him. He swore he’d never let her go again.

Luke and Rio, with the help of the newly reformed League, must keep evil forces from taking over Bordertown—all the while battling a passion on the razor’s edge between danger and desire. And going to take everything they have just to stay alive.

League of the Black Swan reading list HERE

The Mist-Torn Witches from Barb Hendee is the first book of her new series, also called The Mist-Torn Witches.

the mist torn witchesSynopsis…

In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their “skills” to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

The Mist Torn Witches reading list HERE

Jean Johnson‘s Guardians of Destiny series starts with the release of The Tower. I am not quite sure how this one ties into her Sons of Destiny series.

the towerSynopsis…

In a fertile valley undisrupted by the aether-shattering death of the old Aian Empire, the Tower and its Guardians have entertained generations of wealthy mirror-scrying mages while adventurers from around the world risk their lives for fortune and fame. But on the one day the Tower stood unguarded, an intruder tried to seize the magic powering the vast structure. Now, locked out of the Tower’s innermost chambers, Kerric Vo Mos must brave the deadly traps keeping trespassers at bay in order to reclaim control.

Unfortunately, Kerric wields a pen far better than a sword, and the way into the Tower’s sanctum is treacherous. Only the help of an experienced player like Myal the Mendhite can get him to where he must go. But mutual respect will not be enough. Passion must also be employed, along with armor and weapons, as they embark on a perilous quest past monsters, riddles, and other dangers that even the Tower’s most dedicated viewers have never seen before.

Guardians of Destiny reading list HERE

Still on the adult side of things, Katie MacAlister‘s new Time Thief series makes its debut with the release of The Time Thief tomorrow.

time thiefSynopsis…

Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is anything but easy.

Peter Faa is a member of the Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, all clues seem to point toward his own estranged family of Travellers. Any of his cousins could be guilty, but which one? They’re all experts in the art of stealing time…

After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson is determined to get just one thing in her life right. And if that means taking a job as nanny to five pugs on a campsite in the Oregon wilderness, then so be it. It doesn’t hurt that the job comes with some spectacular male eye candy, including her new boss’s gorgeous grandson. If only she didn’t keep having this strange sense of deja vu…

When Peter discovers his own family is stealing time from Kiya, all bets are off. While she may drive him crazy at times, it’s clear that it’s not just lightning that’s creating some serious sparks between them. And he’s not going to let secrets, lies, or a devious murderer keep Kiya from where she belongs: at his side.

Time Thief reading list HERE

This weeks lone Young Adult debut comes from Margaret Stohl. Icons is the first book of the new Icons series. I have been seeing this one all over the place the last few days.


Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.

She’s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.

Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.

Icons reading list HERE

And finally, this is the week of the final Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Ever After. There is anther supplemental book to follow from Charlaine Harris later in the year called After Dead, but for the most part this is the end for Sookie and the gang.

dead ever afterSynopsis…

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

Sookie Stackhouse reading list HERE

So, what are you looking forward to this week? I read the excerpt for The Cursed that was released a while back and it didn’t grab my attention, and Jean Johnson is definitely not a favorite of mine, but I do find myself wondering how Icons will be. Are you going to miss Sookie books, or do you think the time has come to call it quits in Bon Temps?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Looks like there is a few new covers making the rounds, and I raided Goodreads and came up with four. This first one is from the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlaine Harris, which I thought was ending with Dead Ever After. It turns out that After Dead is actually a supplemental add-on that gives you a character-by-character breakdown of what happened in Bon Temps. After Dead will be released on October 29th.

after dead

Jean Johnson‘s second Guardians of Destiny book, The Grove, will be released on December 3rd.

the grove

This one is from the new series from Paula Altenburg. Black Widow Demon is the second book of the Demon Outlaws series, and it will be released on November 26th.

black widow demon

And this final one is actually a novella cover. A Desire so Deadly is #2.5 in Suzanne Young‘s A Need So Beautiful series. Look for it in e-book format on July 2nd.

a desire so deadly

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.

Random Updates…

I have been updating the new release pages over the last week or so, and there were a few things that popped up worth noting…

  • Kate Daniels 6 now officially has a name, and any info on an upcoming Ilona Andrews‘ book is a good thing.  Magic Rises will be released next July.
  • It looks like the next Morganville Vampire book from Rachel Caine will be called Fall of Night, and it will be released in hardcover on May 7th.
  • Jean Johnson will be writing what appears to be a spin-off of her Sons of Destiny series.  This one is called Guardians of Destiny, and the first book is The Tower, which should be released on June 4th.
  • Kady Cross will release the third book of her Steampunk Chronicles series, The Girl With The Iron Touch, on June 1st.
  • Looks like the Zombies are back.  White Trash Zombie Apocalypse, the third book of Diana Rowland‘s White Trash Zombies series, will be released early next year.
  • Book number 22 (if I remember correctly) of Laurell K. Hamilton‘s Anita Blake series will be called Affliction.  Look for it in hardcover on June 4th.
  • The next Yasmine Galenorn Indigo Court book, Night Vision, will be coming out on July 2nd.
  • Book two of Kris DeLake‘s Assassin’s Guild series, Killer Rivals, will be released on July 1st.
  • Donna Grant will have at least four more titles in her Dark Warriors series.  Midnight’s Kiss will be out on June 4th, and Midnight’s Captive will be out June 25th, with two more to follow later in the year.
  • Alexandra Ivy‘s new series, called The Sentinels, will start off with a novella in the anthology Predatory.  It also features Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne, and it is due out on May 7th.
  • The third book of Jessica Shirvington‘s The Violet Eden Chronicles, Emblaze, will be out on March 1st.
  • Cold Copper is the title of the next Age of Steam novel from Devon Monk, and it will be on the shelves on July 2nd.

I finished my third read of the second Darynda Jones Charley Davidson book, Second Grave on the Left, and I will update the character guide for it by tomorrow night.  I had read both books two and three once for enjoyment, and then once for the guides.  Then I deleted all of the notes I had made, so this is actually round three.  I want to have them updated by the time Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet hits the shelves on October 30th.  Also, the Thea Harrison novella Hunter’s Season (I hate e-books) slipped by me, and that will be added to the Elder Races guide within the next couple of days, as well.  WordPress has been bitchy and not updating properly, so I had to take a bit of a break.  That will hopefully get back to normal tomorrow.

She Drives Me Crazy

We all talk about the books, characters, and authors we love (I am particularly annoying when I start to gush and have my fangirl moments).  So, not meaning to offend anyone, I decided to do a post about the other side of the coin…what drives me crazy, annoys the face off of me, or generally makes an impression in all the wrong ways.

  • least favorite series I forced myself to read through to the bitter end – Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson.  As I am badly known for, I tend to buy all of the books in a series before I start reading the first one, assuming I will of course feel the love.  Nope.  I liked precisely one character in the entire series, Morg, and I read the books solely to follow his development until his story came along…in the last book.  I decided part way in that Jean Johnson’s writing style just didn’t fit my reading needs, since more often than not I was angry at the books, the characters, and myself for buying them.  I did some sort of odd fist-pumping happy dance when I was finished, yelling that “they didn’t beat me!”  And they still sit on my shelves, because I am too stubborn to throw $100worth of books away.
  • least favorite character.  EVER. – Kelly from Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson.  This is perhaps the easiest question I could ever answer, since my loathing was so absolute.  Random normal chick gets sucked through a portal to another dimension, of course with the specific skill-set (sewing, butter churning, etc) to not only survive but thrive on this somewhat rustic island, and proclaims herself Queen and supreme ruler.  Now you must remember her only superpower is to channel her inner domestic goddess and turn some curtain fabric or something into a cover for her throne – and a matching “court” outfit.  And everyone else on the island is a mage with actual special powers.  Oh, and she is featured prominently in all eight books.  Since she is queen and all.  I so wanted her to die.
  • character I should love but didn’t – Ethan Sullivan from Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill.  I liked the books.  Liked the characters and the storyline and the world.  Wasn’t that fond of Ethan.  Heroes usually can do no wrong for me, but he hand-rung and back-tracked more than a victorian maiden, and was the king of mixed signals “want you…need you…can’t have you..can’t stay away from you…want you more than ever…but wait…”.  He did redeem himself in the last couple of books, but I am still not on the bandwagon.  Yet.
  • least favorite storyline – Intrepid Female Reporter.  Ever since back in the days of Lois Lane, I have not liked this storyline, but paranormal romance has taken my distaste for this to a whole new level.  Usually the story goes like this – sassy female reporter starts digging into a series of mysterious events.  Hot alpha hero tries stop intrepid female reporter from finding out the truth about whatever he is, and exposing his secrets to the world.  Sassy female being, well, intrepid, finds herself in approximately 312 dangerous supernatural situations that said hot alpha hero must rescue her from (of course after warning her that BAD THINGS would happen).  Intrepid must find “the truth” no matter what the cost , and after a long state of disbelief comes to accept that  vamps/weres/gargoyles/angels really do exist.  And in the case of Shayla Black‘s Doomsday Brethren series, firecracker reporter Sydney Blair becomes the voice of the supernaturals, doing live news broadcasts through a magic mirror.  Complete with her own slogan.
  • most eye-rolling author – Christine Feehan.  Now, I have every book from every series that Christine Feehan has written.  They are my guilty pleasure (along with the Breeds), but she can make my eyes roll like no other.  What absolutely kills me every time is the info dump we get on characters.  For example, in the latest Ghostwalkers book Samurai Game, Sam Johnson is a former army ranger, trainer, hand to hand combat expert war hero linguistics expert with degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, astrophysics and nuclear physics.   His teammate Jonas Harper is an expert pickpocket master of disguise cat burglar who grew up throwing knives in the circus.  I roll my eyes so hard I am surprised I don’t give myself a headache.  Oh, and the main characters, in the middle of their supposed first sexual encounter, stop to have a four page discussion on nanite technology and micro-biology.

So, what makes you cringe, cry, or turn your books into a wallbanger?  Any series you just can’t hack anymore, or any plot device that makes you crazed?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Wow, what a totally crap last few days to find anything new to post.  Seems like just a bad time of year for covers and release info, but hopefully that will turn around next month.  There are just four little covers to show this time…

This first one is from Alexandra Ivy and her re-released Immortal Rogues series.  My Lord Immortality is the third and final book, due out on December 31st.

Not sure I am feeling this one.  Tracy Deebs has released the cover for Doomed, a high-tech Pandora’s box tale, which is due out on January 8th.

Over on her blog, Angie Fox has released the cover for the second book in her Monster M*A*S*H series (which I had never heard of before).  Immortally Embraced will be released on February 26th.

And finally, this is the cover for Unbound.  It is the Angela Knight, Jennifer Ashley, Jean Johnson and Hanna Martine anthology due out on March 5th (there is also another anthology of the same name that came out in 2009 that featured Jeaniene Frost and Kim Harrison, but this is an all new release).