As I am doing some updating, I came across a couple of interesting (to me, at least) tidbits I thought I would share.
- Kresley Cole is finally, finally returning to her Dacians series early next year. The wait has been long (like over four years long), but there will be a second story coming out next February called Shadow’s Seduction. I thought I had heard that this was going to be a novella, but Goodreads lists it as “book #2”. Either way, it has been way too long.
- Oh, and it looks like Kim Harrison is returning to the world of The Hollows. There isn’t much detail as yet, but it looks like the 14th book of the series will be called The Turn, and it has a release date of January 26th.
- Since she wrapped up her Love at Stake series, there has been hints that Kerrelyn Sparks was working on something new. Information has been pretty much non-existent until now, but it looks like the new series will be called The Embraced. The first book will be called How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, and it will be out on March 7th. The series is described as follows…
“Game of Thrones meets The Princess Bride in this paranormal/fantasy series with romance, humor, action, adventure, more romance, suspense, swordfights, a medieval-type world, heroes who can parkour, lots of laughs, and even more romance.
The series is set on a different world—a world with humans, dragons, elves, shifters, and the Embraced. Who are the Embraced? This world happens to have two moons, and twice a year, the two moons eclipse (or as the people there say, embrace). Any child born on those nights will have some kind of paranormal power. They are called the Embraced.
The kings of this world consider them a threat. After all, the Embraced have powers that the kings can never have. So the kings dispatch assassins to kill them. Obviously, if you’re Embraced, you want to keep it secret! But what happens if you need to use your supernatural power?”
I have to admit, I never picked up the Love at Stake books. It was a matter of too many already published when I have so many other series to catch up on, but I am definitely going to be picking this one up. How about you?
Since there are no new series starting up this week, I thought I might as well up a few covers I found while updating the author pages. Let’s start with the upcoming In Death book from J.D. Robb, Apprentice in Death, which has a release date of September 6th.
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil…
This next one is another novella collection from Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld series. Otherworld Chills will be released on October 4th.
And this final one is from Kim Harrison. The Operator is the second book of her Peri Reed Chronicles, and it will be out on November 22nd.
So, there aren’t any new series to spotlight this week (or any book of the week pick, either, but more on that in a bit). Instead, I thought I would do a little updating in things I found while updating the author pages. And maybe whine a bit…
- Alexandra Ivy will have a third Dragons of Eternity book coming out this December, and it will be called Taken by Darkness.
- This isn’t directly book related, but it looks like Shadowhunters, the Freeform show based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, has officially been released for a second season. I have to admit, I am surprised. I have been faithfully watching it, but it can be a bit painful at times. I actually don’t mind most of the changes from the books, and most of the cast is pretty good, too. Jace doesn’t have quite the snark and arrogance of Jace from the book, but I can deal with that – what is throwing me off is the actress playing Clary. She just isn’t working for me. I find myself rolling my eyes a lot when she is on, which isn’t ideal, but hopefully she will come more into her own in season two.
- Chloe Neill will release a Chicagoland Vampires novella next January, which will be the second to last story before March final book. Scary thought.
- On a personal note, Christine Feehan‘s Dark Promises comes out tomorrow – and it is the first Feehan book I haven’t bought. Seriously, I have never before not pre-ordered one of her new releases, but I just didn’t feel like it this time. Between the fact that I have two great books waiting for me (Fire Touched and Marked in Flesh), my disappointment with her recent stories, and my strange distaste for Grandma Trixie (not to mention my dislike of Gabrielle in the excerpt that I read), nothing made me want to pick this one up. At least not yet. If I have a free week coming up somewhere down the line I might break down and get it, but I am in no hurry at all.
- On the publishing front, it appears that Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb is switching publishing houses. Recent behind-the-scenes changes at Random House prompted the move, and now Roberts/Robb will be signed with MacMillian-St. Martin’s Press. I guess sometimes that I forget that books are not only pleasure, but a business, too, and in business things sometimes need to change. While there might be some tweaks to the publishing schedule, it looks like everything will pretty much carry on as before. So, no end to Eve and Roarke in sight, thank God.
- Ok, I gave myself a concussion rolling my eyes on this one. Last December, J.R. Ward published the first book of her new Black Dagger Legacy spin-off series, Blood Kiss, in paperback format. There was a whole write up before it was published about how it was a return to the old-school mass market romance style of the first Black Dagger Brotherhood books. And I really enjoyed it. Fast forward to book two, Blood Vow, which is due out on December 6th in – wait for it – hardcover. Yep. Unless Amazon has totally screwed up, this one is going to be hardcover. So, one whole book in paperback, then a format switch. Unless they re-release the first book in hardcover, I am going to be annoyed. Seriously.
- Kelley Armstrong‘s next Women of the Otherworld collection will be called Otherworld Chills, and it will be released on October 6th.
- The cover for the upcoming Rachel Morgan/Peri Reed novella mash-up from Kim Harrison has been released. Waylaid will be available on April 4th.
- Also on the cover front, the art and blurb for the 24th Argeneau Vampires book from Lynsay Sands, called Immortal Nights. It will be released on September 20th.
Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.
Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…
So, that’s about it for this batch. Are you watching Shadowhunters? Are you surprised it got picked up for a second season? What do you think about the new Ward books going to hardcover already?
I just finished my weekly update of the author pages, and there are a couple of little things to mention…
- It looks like the second book from Gena Showalter‘s new Everlife series will be out next year, and it will be called Lifeblood.
- Book #44 of the In Death series from J.D. Robb will be called Echoes in Death, and it is scheduled for release next February.
- The second book from J.R. Ward‘s new Blood Dagger Legacy series will be called Blood Vow, and it will be released this December.
- Also due out this December is the next Immortals After Dark book from Kresley Cole. No word on title or who it features as yet, though.
- And finally, Kim Harrison‘s New Peri Reed Chronicles was in danger of not continuing after the poor sales of the first book, but it looks like the second installment is a go. The only change, though, is that The Operative will not be released in hardcover, but go straight to mass market paperback when it comes out on November 22nd. But before that, Kim will release a novella called Waylaid on April 4th. Interestingly, this one is a Rachel Morgan/Peri Reed mash-up. I love it when two series collide, so this could be fun.
That’s it for this batch, anyways. Have you heard any info about any upcoming releases? Anything exciting to share?
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As I was doing my usual hunting/stalking of several authors recently, I came across a Facebook post by Kim Harrison where she announced a Barnes and Noble buy one, get one half off sale that featured her newest release, The Drafter. What really surprised me, though, was that Kim said it was a “Last ditch… Continue reading Not Quite as Loyal As I Thought I Was…
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Updating time again, and in doing them I came across a few new covers. This first one is the e-book re-release of The Story of Son, a Black Dagger Brotherhood novella from J.R. Ward. This one will be out on April 14th. Held captive by a dark, seductive vampire with an unworldly hunger, the beautiful… Continue reading Cover Lover – 6 New Titles