The Sound of Silence

I have a bit of time off, and I am doing a bit more in-depth upcoming releases hunting than I usually get a chance to do. The funny thing I noticed, though, is how many authors seem to be MIA – or at least info on what they are working on is. For example, I figured that after something like 7 years, Stacia Kane would finally have some news on her 6th Downside Ghosts book. But nope. I am holding off starting the series until the next on is in the bag, but it looks like it is going to be staying on the TBR mole-hill indefinitely.

Also, what is up with the IAD series? Kresley Cole was supposed to release Shadow’s Kiss in November, but then there was an announcement that Mina’s story was being pushed back and instead the next release was going to feature Munro and Kereney. Ok. Great. And…nada. No info. Release date. Nothing. I sound whiny, but do you remember the days of two Immortals books a year? I do. Now, it has already been a year and a half since the last book, with the next one coming…sometime.

I have been keeping an eye out for Alyssa Day to get back to her Poseidon’s Warriors series, but I haven’t been able to find out any more info, either. March in Atlantis was due out, well, in March, but then stuff happened and it got pushed back. And back. The last I had heard about it was on a Facebook post in June – which said it would be out by the end of the following week. I will keep looking, but so far, no luck. This is another one that I put on the one-day list because I know that delays are guaranteed, and I don’t want to get into them until the series is rolling again.

The Dragonfury series from Coreene Callahan is another one I was trying to track down info on with absolutely no luck. I really like this one (and the Scottish spin-off books, too), but the last release was late last year. I dug around Facebook a bit and couldn’t find anything, and her official website lists future titles – with no release dates. I do hope there is more to come, though, because I have enjoyed pretty much every story in the series so far and there are quite a few more characters to focus on.

Oh, and since I sound all bitter and gripe-y, does anyone know what is going on with the Fever series? Karen Marie Moning has been pretty quiet about what she has planned, and I haven’t been able to find out any info at all. Goodreads does list another book in the series, but that isn’t something that can really be depended on at all. I thought I had read somewhere that after Dani and Ryodan got their story, things would be changing a bit to focus on other characters like Christian McKeltar and some of the Nine. Did I dream that, or do any of you remember reading it, too?

So, does anyone have any info on some of my MIA book requests? Do you have any of your own that you just can’t seem to pin down the what, where, and when on? Sorry if this sounded all bitchy because I didn’t mean it that way, it was just that I seemed to hit a wall so many times in such a short time and it seemed weird.

Advertisements

IAD Change of Plans

A couple of weeks ago in one of my posts, I said I had a weird feeling about the upcoming Immortals After Dark book, Shadow’s Kiss. It was announced as having a late-November release date, and Kresley Cole had released the blurb, but then there was just…nothing. No promotional posts, no hints as to who Mina’s significant other would be, no cover art. Nada. And the listing showed up weird on Amazon, too, which is usually a good indicator that something is wonky.

Well, in her recent newsletter, Kresley has said that the next book will feature Munro MacRieve. There weren’t any other details offered, but what surprised me was that there wasn’t any mention of Shadow’s Kiss. At all. I did some snooping around, and I did see some comments that Munro’s book will be up first, then Mina’s, and that Kresley plans on releasing them both next year. That is totally an unconfirmed rumor, but it is all that I found.

This strikes me as a bit odd. IAD is a big-league series, and I don’t remember a (relatively) last-minute change of plans like this before. Especially after the whole official announcement was made, complete with blurb and release date. I don’t mind, but it just seemed strange.

Whose story are you more looking forward to, Munro or Mina’s? I am pretty much evenly divided, but since we have been waiting for Munro’s for longer, I am glad to see his story coming first.

Blind Buys, Second Thoughts, and a DNF

booksRather than a reading wrap up, this post is more like a buying wrap up. Weird, but I am going with it. I have become a bit OCD in my book buying, or maybe I should say that it is getting worse, but I am determined to not build up the monster TBR pile again. The downside of that is that I struggle over every new series purchase like I am trying to decide whether or not to donate a kidney. The struggle is real.

I did realize that I had never read Ilona Andrews‘ Kinsmen books, but since the first story is impossible to find I ended up jumping ahead and buying the second one, Silver Shark. I have heard a lot of good things about it, and I ended up really enjoying it (which is not a surprise – I have never not liked an Ilona Andrews book. Ever). I can see where it might’ve contributed to the idea of the Hidden Legacy series, which is always a good thing. Hopefully Silver Blade will become available again soonish to finish this off.

And I broke down and picked up The Master from Kresley Cole. Not my usual thing, but all in all I quite liked it. Not sure I will be grabbing the other two books in the series right away, but maybe somewhere down the line if I feel like another change of pace. I liked it more than I thought I would, so I guess that counts as a win?

I did read Shadow Keeper from Christine Feehan, too, which all in all I liked. I did enjoy that the heroine was not a complete “oooh, honey, let me cook for you in my ruffled boots” doormat, which was a nice change of pace. She had some backbone, and some pride, which can be somewhat lacking in female leads. But this book did give me some second thoughts on what is still to come for the series. At first, Vittorio was the least interesting of all of the family, but I found he was my favorite part of Shadow Keeper. His story is up next in Shadow Warrior, and I am very excited for it. But as for Emme and Taviano’s stories? Not so interested now. I am over the abused young girl and her dominant but trying not to be older mate thing. And as much as I like Emme and Val, I lost interest in their story, too. I will probably be picking them up, who am I kidding, but my interest in both books has cooled.

There were a few really random blind buys, too, that just sort of saw and grabbed for no particular reason. I picked up Fire Born by Rayanne Haines after I added the info for the second book, Magic Born, to this month’s new releases. The reviews were good (and the cover was pretty), so I thought I would give it a whirl. I am about 15% in, and so far so good. It is pretty standard for me, but I am liking it.

And for something different, I saw an article where Stephenie Meyer had exited the television adaptation of The Rook by Daniel O’Malley that is being made for Starz. Paranormal spy thriller? Sounds interesting, so I picked it up as an impulse buy. Not my usual read, but it did grab my attention. Hopefully I will be getting to that one soon.

My last blind buy didn’t work out as I had planned. On the Alpha Showdown (which is going on now at the Vampire Book Club), I saw one of the contestants was a character named Secret McQueen, who was the main character of Sierra Dean‘s series of the same name. Sounds good, so I picked up the first story right away. Eh, didn’t work out as planned, since further research showed that there is a LOVE TRIANGLE. Nope. No way. Not happening. I deleted that sucker so fast I don’t even remember the name of it. I absolutely cannot handle a love triangle at all anymore, unless I am already involved in a series and one crops up, but I avoid those suckers like the plague if I can. That was a close call.

That about sums things up. New stuff from old favorites, blind buys, and a completely not-fair DNF. Have you tried the Secret McQueen series? Was I wrong to tank it before I ever cracked a page? What did you think of The Rook?

Bad Boy Syndrome

iron and magicWe are only days away (DAYS!) from getting our collective hot little hands on Iron and Magic from Ilona Andrews. I did consider threatening/bribing/injuring someone to get an ARC, but I held strong. I might have to call in dead to work on June 26th, because I won’t be any good to anyone knowing that it is waiting for me on my ipad. Like many others, I am hugely excited for Hugh’s story. Weirdly so. And it got me to thinking that there really haven’t been many bad boy/anti-hero/villain books that I have read. In fact, there are only two that I can think of at this point. But those two remain my absolute favorite reads from their respective series, which is saying something.

First up was Lothaire from Kresley Cole. He was one big, bad, manipulative dude, and I couldn’t see how he would be redeemed. At all. What I ended up loving was the fact that he never really was redeemed – we just got to see what made him tick. He was wicked, sexy and fun, and his story is the first one that comes to mind when I think of the Immortals After Dark series.

The only other one I can think of is Heart of Obsidian. Well, Kaleb wasn’t completely a bad guy/villain, but up until his book I didn’t quite know what he was. He came off as the big bad, but once again when you see the world from his perspective things fall into place. Once again, Heart of Obsidian is pretty much the pinnacle of Nalini Singh‘s Psy/Changeling series for me, and it is a hard one to top.

What are your favorite bad-guy based stories? Have you ever read a book where the “hero” pulled as much crap as Hugh has? What does it usually take for you to root for them in the end?

On a related note, there is a feature written by Nalini Singh over on Hypable, where she discusses the power of paranormal romance. I am heading over now to give it a read.

This and That

I have been doing my usual cruise through of my “sources”, but for a while there wasn’t a ton of new info coming out to share. I did find a couple of little tidbits, so here goes…

  • the next book of Anne Bishop‘s The Others series now has a title. Book number seven will be called Wild Country, and it will be released next March. This one will be set in Bennett.
  • Shelly Laurenston‘s second Honey Badger Chronicles book will be called In a Badger Way, and it will be out on March 26th.
  • Yes, the In Death series continues. J.R. Robb‘s 48th Eve and Roarke story will be called Connections in Death, and it has a release date of February 5th.
  • Even though the first book of Jennifer Estep‘s new Crown of Shards hasn’t been released yet, there is already info on the second. Protect the Prince will be a May 15th release.
  • Lara Adrian also has more in store for us. Hour of Darkness is the second book of her Hunter Legacy series, and it is just showing as “coming summer 2018”. Midnight Breed #16 will be called Break the Day, and it will be released this winter.
  • I stumbled across quite a bit of Christine Feehan news, too. She has quite the full schedule, and love her or not she is not an author to not deliver on time. Vengeance Road (January 29th) will be Steele’s story. The next Ghostwalker’s story will be called Toxic Game (March 19th), and it will feature Draden and Shylah. September 3rd of next year will see the release of Dark Illusion (Dark Series), and it will be followed by Leopard’s Wrath (Leopard People) in November.
  • When Alyssa Day said she was going to write one story a month for her Poseidon’s Warriors series, I had my doubts (which sounds awful, but it’s true), but I really hoped she could pull it off. January in Atlantis came out on schedule, but February in Atlantis got pushed back to the middle of March. March, April, and May’s books were pushed back several time and don’t have set release dates as of right now, so I have pulled them off of the New Release pages. I will keep an eye out for them and try to add them as they become available, though.
  • And this last one is pure speculation on my part, but I am getting a weird feeling about Kresley Cole‘s next IAD book. Well, about its release date, I should say. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I am getting the vibe that Shadow’s Kiss might be delayed. Goodreads and the publisher both still show it as having a November release date, but Amazon’s listing for it is a bit wonky. That usually happens when the date is up in the air. Again, it is just a feeling I have, and I hope I am wrong. It has already had a pushback or two, and it will be over a year and a half since the last IAD book. As much as my love for this series has cooled, I still hope things stay on track.

There you have it. Anything to add? Any news (good or bad) to share?

Reading Wrap Up

tangled threadsHey all. It’s time to take a look at what we all have been reading lately. I am continuing on my Jennifer Estep Elemental Assassin mini-marathon, and I seem to be settling in. The repetition thing that bugged me so much in the first two books seems to be working itself out. I finished up both Venom and Tangled Threads, and it is chugging along pretty well. It isn’t jumping on my favorite series list yet, but it isn’t bad, either. I like the world-building and pretty much all of the supporting cast, but I’m not so sure how I feel about Gin. It isn’t that I dislike her character, I just can’t seem to warm up to her for some reason. Sometimes she comes off as a bit smug and superior, and it throws me off. Not enough to make me stop reading, but enough to get on my nerves once in a while.

something to howl aboutI also dove back into Christine Warren (in a small way). She used to be a must-read for me, and some of the books from her The Others series are among my all-time favorites. But during the course of the series, it seemed like I went from loving them, to being a bit bored, to actively disliking some of the characters, so I stopped reading her a few years back. Fast forward to this week, and I decided to pick up the novella from her new Alphaville series, Something to Howl About. It is sort of a spin-off of The Others, and it seemed to go back to what I enjoyed about the original series. I didn’t expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised.

And I did a re-read of all three Innkeeper Chronicles books from Ilona Andrews. It was a treat to get back into the world, and it was fun to pull a mini-marathon. It had been a while since I read them, and it made me realize all over again that I don’t think Ilona could ever write anything that I wouldn’t love. It sounds gushy to say that everything they write becomes an instant favorite, but it is true.

wicked abyssIt was also time to do a re-read of Wicked Abyss from Kresley Cole to update the Immortals After Dark character guide. I think I enjoyed this one more on my second read, honestly. I have found my IAD love really taking a down-turn the last couple of years, and for a while that made me sad. I don’t actively count down the days until the next release, I don’t get disappointed if the release date is pushed back, and I don’t actively hunt down any and all tidbits I can find about upcoming stories. It has settled into a solid, mid-range series for me, I guess – I enjoy it for what it is.

So, that’s me. What about you? What have you been reading and enjoying so far in 2018? Anything great (or not so great) to share?

Be My Eyes And Ears?

question-markSo, I was wondering if any of you has heard anything about Lara Adrian? A month or so ago, she was scheduled to release Claimed in Shadows, but the release date for that came…and went…with no word or sign of the book. The only thing I found for it was over on Goodreads, which now just lists the release date as 2018. Lara’s official site just lists it as a summer release – last summer, that is. And I am getting the vibe the same thing is shaping up to happen with the first Hunter Legacy spin-off book, Born of Darkness. It is listed on Goodreads as being scheduled for release this December 1st, but it hasn’t shown up on any Amazon sites, and the official blurb is still missing.

I know Kresley Cole suffered a set-back when she broke her leg earlier this year, but did any of you get any dirt on why the big pushback on Shadow’s Kiss? It took a rather big jump, and now has a release date set for next December…which will mean the best part of two years between IAD releases. Ditto the fifth book of The Arcana Chronicles, The Dark Calling, which now is just showing as TBA. It makes me wonder if maybe she has something else in the works that I didn’t hear about, because it seems like a long time for no releases from a normally quite steady author.

And, have any of you heard anything about what Darynda Jones has in store? I just finished The Trouble with Twelfth Grave, and I am glad she will be wrapping things up with the next book. I would love to see an Osh-and-Beep centric series, or even an Amber-and-Quentin one – after a time jump for both, that is. I have been digging around to see what I can find out, but I haven’t had any luck yet. Have you? Any word of what’s going on?

Any gossip to share? I am not a fan of social media, so I think I might miss some info that you might have access to. Have you heard anything about what is going on with any of these authors? Or any excitement from any other authors?

Pick of the Week

I know that you are probably all pretty sure that my pick of the week would be Archangel’s Viper from Nalini Singh, right? Ha! I am going in another direction completely and picking the stand-alone re-release of Dark Swan. As much as I liked both the Alien Huntress and Otherworld Assassin series from Gena Showalter, the character whose story I most wanted was Dallas. Always Dallas. Years went by, and still, no Dallas. And then the series seemed to suddenly end – without Dallas’s story ever being told. But out of the blue last year, Gena announced a novella to be published in the Blood Red Kiss anthology with Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione – featuring Dallas. All of that means that Dark Swan is my pick of the week – and I am grateful for it.

dark swanSynopsis…

The Alien Huntress series is back with fan favorite AIR agent Dallas Gutierrez from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling paranormal romance author Gena Showalter, who doesn’t disappoint with this sizzling hot alpha hero.

Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both.

She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

Have you ever completely given up on ever getting a story only to get it years later? Was it worth the wait?

This and That

There isn’t a ton going on, but I do have a couple of tidbits to share about some upcoming books…

  • There is only a few days left until Gena Showalter‘s latest Lords of the Underworld book, The Darkest Promise, is released. But if you would like a sneak peek, there is an excerpt available on Hypable (HERE). I find myself saying this more and more, but honestly I can’t remember much of the Lazarus/Cameo set up from the previous books. Like, I remember something about Cameo being sucked into the Pairing Rod, then…nada. Sigh, getting old.
  • I just saw that Darynda Jones will be wrapping up her Charley Davidson series with the release of the as-yet untitled 13th book, which is due out next January 4th. Honestly, I am…ok with it. As much as I have enjoyed the series, the recent God angle didn’t quite work for me, and I found myself skipping over those parts. I have even been much more interested in the supporting gang – Osh, Beep, Quentin and Amber, Garrett – than in Reyes and Charley. And according to the interview Darynda Jones did over on Heroes and Heartbreakers (HERE) she is interested in exploring a spin-off series focused on Beep, which could be all kinds of interesting (like Chloe Neill is doing with her new Elisa Sullivan series).
  • Welp, from what I can tell, it looks like Kresley Cole‘s Dacian books will be absorbed into the larger Immortals After Dark series (kind of like what Gena Showalter is doing with her Angels of the Dark books merging with the LotU). Or, as the official write up states, Shadow’s Kiss will “bridge the world” between the Dacians and the IAD. It is also making the jump to hardcover. It looks like the heroine will be Mina, and I had thought that maybe just because of the age similarity she might’ve been paired with Thad, but it doesn’t sound like it is shaping up that way…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this highly anticipated romantic adventure that bridges the world of the Dacians to her “fresh and enthralling” (RT Book Reviews) Immortals After Dark series.

Overprotected vampire princess Kosmina “Mina” Daciano—part merciless swordswoman/part bashful, awkward damsel—has never been allowed to venture from her antiquated and isolated home realm of Dacia. But Lothaire, the half-mad king, overrules Mina’s older brother and uncles and dispatches her out into the mortal world, reasoning that she’ll either “broaden her horizons or die. As nature intended.”

If the shy Mina can survive life outside of a sun-protected vampire kingdom, where blood is always on tap, will she be able to navigate a modern-day relationship with a ruthless warrior hero?

There you have it. Any thoughts? I am not sure how much I am into the whole trend of merging spin-offs back into the main series thing. Even though I am now a proud e-book reader, I still collect many series in hardcover and it annoys me. You have a hardcover main series, and a mass market spin off – great. But after a book or two, the paperback series goes hardcover, too, and it is a pain. You end up with a gap in your collection. Like with J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Legacy, you have one random paperback to deal with, Kresley Cole’s Dacians is one a mass market and one trade paperback novella, and Gena Showalter’s Angels of the Dark is three paperbacks. If they were re-released in hardcover, it would be fine, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Ugh.

Reading Wrap Up

Hey everyone, time once again to do a check in and see what everyone has been reading and loving (or not so much) recently.

Personally, I had a really good run. My read of Wicked Abyss was a happy thing since I have been a bit blah on the last few books of Kresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark series. I enjoyed this one (and Shadow’s Seduction, as well), so things are moving in the right direction. Has it crawled back up to the top of my favorites list? Nope. But I won’t be so ambivalent about the next one, either.

My best read, though, from the ones I have had lately, came from Kelley Armstrong. I never bothered picking up her Lost Souls book because honestly I thought it was just a graphic novel – nope. I guess the print edition did have some illustrations, but the e-book version was just a Gabriel-centric novella. A whole story with a Gabriel POV?!? Why the hell didn’t I pick this up before. This one gave me a more in-depth look at just what makes Gabriel tick, how his mind works, had how badly he wants Olivia in his life. Total winner, and I am just annoyed that I didn’t get it sooner.

Oh, and I finally got off my ass and finished Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines series. The final book, The Ruby Circle, has been sitting on my shelf for over two years, and I just decided it was time. I am horrible about not wanting to read the last book in a series because I don’t like things that end, but on the other hand I don’t like things left undone, either. Try and balance that one if you can. Anyways, it was a decent send-off for the series, and while it has been a few years since I was involved in the storyline it didn’t take me long to pick things up again. I still say there could easily be a Jill and Eddie series, but it doesn’t seem like that is in the cards.

Your turn. What have you been up to for great reads lately? Have you gone back and dusted off any old TBRs, or are you still on the new-release reads?