Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

I was all set to upload this post yesterday, but technical difficulties put me in the most foul mood imaginable so I got fed up and went to bed instead. So, it might be a day late, but here are nine covers for some upcoming releases.

Let’s start with Dark Legacy, the next Carpathian hardcover from Christine Feehan. This one has a release date of September 5th.

dark legacyIn a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her…that calls to her in the dark…that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm…

Flame in the Dark is a biggie for me. I really liked the Soulwood series, and I was so happy to see that Faith Hunter recently announced that there will be even more books set in this world. This one has a release date of December 5th.

flame in the darkNell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

MaryJanice Davidson‘s next release is Deja New, the second book from her Insighter series. It has a release date of November 7th.

deja newLeah Nazir lives in a world where the past can and will come back to bite you in the ass. No, not teething ghosts—reincarnation! As an Insighter, it’s Leah’s job to delve into the murky and (often) deadly former lives of her patients. And she knows a thing or two about danger after killing her mother’s murderer with the help of new beau, Archer Drake.

Isn’t he the best?

Now, it’s time to take their relationship to the next level, but not in any way Leah could have predicted. She and Archer head to Chicago to meet his parents—and try to figure out why Archer’s dad killed his brother decades ago. When someone tries to sabotage their investigation, Leah must decide if the Drake family past is a deal breaker…

Number four is from Yasmine Galenorn. Fury Awakened is the third book of the Fury Unbound series, and it is due out this May.

fury awakenedBy day, I run the Crossroads Cleaning Company, and I also read fortunes and cast hexes at Dream Wardens, a magical consulting shop. But by night, I’m oath-bound to Hecate, Goddess of the Crossroads. Hecate charged me from birth with the task of hunting down Abominations who come in off the World Tree and sending them back to Pandoriam.

Deep in the Wild Wood, we’ve hidden out from both the ruthless Devani and the zombie invasion going on in Seattle. In her anger, Gaia retaliates and devastates the city. The Order of the Black Mist has thrown off their secrecy and are openly vying for dominance with the Devani, as the ruthless warriors of light destroy all who question the control of the Corp Rats. As I learn more out in the wilds about the world of the Fae, and as our group of survivors strengthens its bonds, Hecate beckons me into the woods where I stumble on a secret that could turn the tide. But it will put us on the front lines as targets–and it will mean letting go of my fear of the fire and fully accepting my Theosian nature.

Ride the Storm from Karen Chance was originally due out April 2016, but was pushed back until August 1st, 2017. With the push-back came a re-tweaking of the original cover, as well.

ride the stormEver since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

The hardcover re-releases of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series continues, and the next one up is Unleash the Night. It is due out on November 28th.

unleash the nightAn orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals – snow leopard and white tiger – Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite.

Marguerite D’Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. senator who hates the socialite life she’s forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn’t understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order.

In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It’s a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls…

Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright‘s next Pantera Security League book will be called Three to Get Ready.

three to get ready

These next covers are all from young adult releases, starting with the new one from Marie Lu. Warcross is the first book of the series of the same name, and it is due out on October 3rd.

warcrossFor the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I can’t quite get a handle on this last one. Before the Devil Breaks You is the third book from Libba Bray‘s The Diviners series, and it is due out on October 3rd. The first couple of books had a real art deco feel, and this one doesn’t even look like it is part of the same series. Mid-series re-designs don’t always work out for the best.

before the devil breaks youAfter battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes–ghosts! Out in Ward’s Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylums to bring down the King of Crows.

That wraps things up for today. There are a couple on my auto-buy list, how about yours? Anything you are eagerly waiting for?

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From the Author Pages

Ugh, I seem to be so far behind on pretty much every aspect of my online life. I was keeping up pretty well with everything, but in the last few weeks things have really gotten away from me. Anyways, enough whining. I did manage to get a full edit on the Psy/Changeling Character Guide done, which was a big one, and I will be working on catching up on a couple of others in the next few weeks.

Now, let’s see what’s new from the author pages…

  • Alexandra Ivy has a spin-off her Bayou Heat series written with Laura Wright starting up soon. The first book of The Pantera Security League 6 will be called One Down, and it will be out on August 29th. The cover was revealed on Facebook:

one down

  • I can’t remember if I posted this before or not, so here goes. I dug around a bit and found the official blurb for the final Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill, Blade Bound. This series wraps up next April 25th…
quotation marksSince Merit was turned into a vampire at the tender age of twenty-seven, she’s become the protector of House Cadogan and saved the city of Chicago over and over again. Through it all, she’s had her lover, and friend, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan, by her side.
But then Ethan is violently attacked, seemingly by someone in the throes of a dark magic. And as that magic spreads across the city, Merit finds herself in a fight to the death for everything she loves.
  • But before that, there will be a Chicagoland Vampires novella released on January 19th called Phantom Kiss
quotation marksVampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.
But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House-and targeting vampires- they realize they’re being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl- and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…
  • The cover is out for the re-release of Christine Feehan‘s novella, Dark Crime, which will be out on November 15th in e-format. I didn’t mind this one – it was a set up for the latest book, Dark Carousel, and it started some of the Carpathians off in a new location, which was a welcome change.

dark crime

Speaking of Christine Feehan, it looks like her next couple of releases have been made official. The next Ghostwalkers book will be called Power Game, and Amazon is listing it as a January 27th release – in hardcover. Yep. Hardcover. I thought that might be a mistake, but I checked around and it looks like the Ghostwalkers will be making the switch. The blurb is a little bland, but better than nothing…

quotation marksA mysterious woman with her own agenda rescues a captured GhostWalker soldier held by a secret enemy. Together they uncover a conspiracy that extends beyond the reaches of the US government and proves a deadly threat to national security…
  • Oh, and the final book in the Sisters of the Heart series, Bound Together, will be out on March 21st. And a bit more blurby goodness for you…
quotation marksThe Sea Haven series comes to a climactic end as the mysterious man from Blythe Daniels’ past re-enters her life in a dramatic way. Viktor Prakenskii had always intended to come for Blythe after his work undercover was at an end, but with a dangerous enemy heading towards Sea Haven, he knows he cannot wait any longer or he will jeopardize the woman he loves. His arrival sets off an explosive chain of events, and everyone in the small community of Sea Haven, including the Drake family, will never be the same.

The books set in Sea Haven have become my favorite of all of Christine’s series – way more consistent writing than the other series have had lately, and way less of a power imbalance between the main couple. That might change heading into the Motorcycle club spin-off, but for now this is my most anticipated of her books.

  • Hope you are not tired of the blurbs yet, because this next one comes from Faith Hunter‘s next Jane Yellowrock book, Cold Reign. I am reading (and loving) Blood of the Earth, and it is making me want to go back and dive into Jane Yellowrock again. Hopefully I can get caught up before this next one comes out on May 2nd…
quotation marksJane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.
But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.
Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
  • Gena Showalter and Jeaniene Frost will be pairing up for a duology featuring two of their previously released works called Forbidden Craving, which will be released on March 28th. Gena’s story is The Nymph King, and Jeaniene’s is The Beautiful Ashes, and here is a peek at the cover…

forbidden craving

  • Aaand I finally tracked down the blurb for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book from J.R. Ward, The Chosen. The (ugly) cover reveal was earlier in the week, and I don’t think we will be forgetting that puppy anytime soon…
quotation marksThe Black Dagger Brotherhood has won a major victory over the Lessening Society, but the threat to their way of life is ever-present and life for the brotherhood is as chaotic as ever. Xcor, a tortured soul and a member of the brotherhood’s rival group, is in custody waiting to be beaten and interrogated. They believe he is a major threat, but Layla knows the truth.
Although she has just given birth to two infants, thoughts of Xcor consume her. He has fallen in love with Layla, but they both know it is impossible to be together unless the brotherhood gives Xcor a chance to prove himself. Their connection could end Xcor’s lifetime of agonizing loneliness or tear apart everything Layla holds dear.
  • Immortal Unchained is a new one coming from Lynsay Sands, and it will be released on March 28th. To mix things up, here is both the cover and blurb at the same time…

immortal unchained

quotation marksEver since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Somehow, they have to escape…
Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection—none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option, for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like…
  • This one is called Midnight Jewel, and it is the second book in The Glittering Court series from Richelle Mead. This one has a release date of April 25th…

midnight jewel

quotation marksA refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.
By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

Welp, that was longer than planned, so I hope I didn’t bore anyone too much. Are there any of these that caught your eye? What are you most looking forward to?

The White Rabbit Chronicles Trilogy…Number Four?

So, this is a thing. Gena Showalter‘s White Rabbit Chronicles Trilogy…isn’t. A trilogy, that is. Not having read the third book (yet), I am no expert, but apparently there were things that were left unresolved in The Queen of Zombie Hearts, and Gena and her publisher decided to add a fourth book to the mix. A Mad Zombie Party will apparently be released this September. This seems to be a bit of a newish trend, with a couple of other series that were announced (or maybe just assumed) as being done suddenly show signs of life. Kiera Cass did it with The Selection books, for example. Interesting.

On a semi-related note, I don’t know what rock I was hiding under, but apparently Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity (I swear, I originally typed Guardians of the Galaxy) will be getting a spin-off/add on, of a sort. She has teamed up with Laura Wright on the Bayou Heat books, and it looks like they will be at it again in a new series set in the Guardians world. The first release will be called Marked by Darkness, and from the little I have heard it will feature a dragon hero? Laura Wright’s entry will be a story from her Mark of the Vampire series, as well. Man, on a selfish note, I would love to get my hands on a physical copy of this rather than e-book, but I guess we will have to see. Either way, it should be out this June-ish, and it looks like so…

marked by darknessHas anyone given their Bayou Heat series a try? I usually collect all of the series by authors I like, but I swear I am trying to tame Mount TBR, not throw more on top. But, you know, books seem to just follow me home. Honest.

Spotlight on…Lara Adrian

crave the nightLara Adrian‘s newsletter went out in the last few hours, and it seems like there are some big changes coming from the Midnight Breed author. Big changes…

  • We all know that Crave the Night had some major pushbacks. Originally scheduled for a February 2014 release, it now will not be out until August 5th. She goes into a bit of detail as to why, siting health and life issues rather than difficulties with the book or publishers as I usually assume when there is a significant delay in publication.
  • In some huge news, Lara also states that while Crave the Night will NOT be the last of the Midnight Breed, it will be the last traditionally published books for the series. Yep, she is going indie. She has nothing but kind words for her former publisher, Random House, but she says she believes it is the right move for her professionally. I have to admit, I have seen other authors make the decision to self publish, but usually it has been a case them carrying on on their own after their publisher pulled the plug on a series that hasn’t lived up to sales expectations. I haven’t heard of a series of this success level going that direction, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
  • Lara also goes on to say that there will be six more full Midnight Breed books, and several novellas. It sounds like there won’t be more hardcovers heading our way (with the self publishing), but they will be available in trade paperback, e-book and audio book format. Also sometime in 2014, you will be able to purchase books directly from Lara’s website, laraadrian.com.
  • She goes on to talk a bit about the 1001 Nights e-book series I mentioned a couple of posts ago (HERE). It turns out there are going to be 11 novellas in all, they are inspired by The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights.
  • While all of that would keep anyone busy, Lara also will be teaming up with Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright and Donna Grant on the Masters of Seduction series. The four novellas will focus on four succubus heroes, and should be available next summer.

Wow, so what do you think about the turn to self publishing? Lara says that she wants to have more of a say in the behind-the-scenes business of putting out a book, and that authors have little to no say in things like cover art, release dates, formats, that sort of thing. The only thing that annoys me, I admit it, is purely aesthetic. Once a series makes the jump to hardcover, I buy in hardcover. Now it will mean the early books are mass market, the middle books are hardcover, and the latter books will be trade paperback. Add into that a probable change in cover design, and it makes my OCD twitch. I can only imagine how much work it would be to be responsible for every aspect of putting a book out, but if she feels it is the right move for her career, I wish her the best.

From the Author Pages…

I just got back from seeing City of Bones. Now, I must admit that I started to hunt for reviews a few days back, and things seemed up in the air. Some thought it was great, some loathed it on principle alone. Rotten Tomatoes has is as a 13% as of me writing this (and Beautiful Creatures had a 46%!). Turns out that once again, I didn’t agree with the critics. Was it a masterpiece that copied the book verbatim? No. Can’t happen. But I thought it was a decent movie, it made me smile more than once, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

I updated the author pages yesterday, and there are a couple of little things that I found that caught my attention.

  • for those of you who are fans of the Bayou Heat e-series Alexandra Ivy co-writes with Laura Wright, there will be at least three more full books and a Christmas story. It looks like the series will continue pretty regularly through 2014.
  • Updated to say that Bloodlines #5 from Richelle Mead now has a title – Silver Shadows. It is due out early next summer.
  • Chloe Neill will have a Luc and Lindsey novella in the upcoming Kicking It anthology (due out on December 3rd), and an e-novella that features Jeff and Fallon called Howling for You which will be available on January 7th. I know the series was contracted for 10 books, and it looks like the 10th will be released next August. I am not sure at this point if Blood Games will indeed be the final book, or perhaps just start a new arc?
  • I am warily circling Gena Showalter after her last few books, but I have to admit that I was more than a little happy to find out that Torin’s story is up next. The Darkest Touch will be released sometime in 2014. Now if only we could find out when the next Alien Huntress book will be out (featuring Dallas, of course).
  • Booo! Karen Marie Moning‘s next Fever World book, Burned, has been pushed back yet again to a July 22nd release. There has been talk from the author herself that she might change from the two more Dani and two more Mac books into just two more books total, so here’s hoping that this isn’t an indicator of that.
  • And it looks like Kresley Cole has a super secret project in the works. She has said that she will be making an announcement soon, but when I did a quick search over on Amazon I saw that she has listings for three as-yet untitled e-books. Whatever they are, they are going to be released on December 9th, December 16th, and January 6th respectively. Hmm, makes me wonder.
  • Oh, and the summary for Crave the Night from Lara Adrian has been upped. This one is Nathan’s story, and it will be out on February 25th. You can find the synopsis HERE.
  • Likewise, the summary for the next Sentinel Wars book, Willing Sacrifice, has been added to the Shannon K. Butcher page. I had hoped it was Torr and Grace, and I was right. You can find the summary HERE.
  • Well, there used to be an author section for C.L. Wilson, so I guess that counts. It turns out that she has finished the long, long awaited The Winter King, and it is now in the hands of her editor. It has a scheduled publication date of…August. 2014. Or a year from now. Yep.

So, did you catch City of Bones? What did you think? Have you heard anything about Kresley Cole’s upcoming project? And what do you think the odds are of the Winter King ever actually getting released? And at this point, do you really care?

Pick of the Week…

This is actually a “blind” pick, since I have never actually read any of Laura Wright‘s Mark of the Vampire books. It is a series that I have heard really good things about, and I have it on my “once my TBR pile is down to a manageable level” radar (there are a few on that list). So, my optimistic pick of the week is Eternal Demon.

eternal demonSynopsis…

When Erion’s son is kidnapped by the evil vampire Cruen, Erion vows to stop at nothing to find his hideaway—including intercepting the traveling party of Cruen’s beautiful bride-to-be. But instead of a vulnerable caravan, Erion is met by a feral band of female demons that includes Hellen, the bride—a creature of dark magic and darker passion.

Though the safety of his son is foremost, Erion can’t deny his unexpected connection to Hellen—inflaming a manic desire as primal as it is irresistible. As their bond intensifies, they move toward an inevitable and terrifying battle. With time running out, Erion realizes he must not only find and rescue his son but protect Hellen from Cruen and the underworld forces waiting to destroy her for her betrayal.

What is your take on the Mark of the Vampire series? Is it one I should move up my To Be Added to my TBR (TBATBR)?

This Week in E-Reading Goodness…

I have been trying to be good and keep up with the constant stream of e-books released, but I still haven’t figured out a way to stay on top of the game. Some of them aren’t bad, but then others just sort of…appear. Like Cynthia Eden’s new one. And Alexandra Ivy’s, too. I have been keeping an eye out for both of them, and then they are just here. Makes it hard to keep track of the suckers. But enough for the whining. This is what I have found for this week in e-books and novellas.

Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifters Unbound is a series I really enjoy, and this week’s Lone Wolf is story #4.6.

lone wolfSynopsis…

Ellison Rowe, a Lupine Shifter, makes it his goal to protect Maria, once held captive by ferals, from male Shifters looking for mates. He likes Maria’s resilience and fire, but she’s been broken, and Ellison wants more than anything to heal her.

When a new danger threatens Shiftertown’s cubs, Maria partners with Ellison to stop a cold-blooded criminal.

Shifters Unbound reading list HERE.

Werewolves Be Damned is the title of the first book in Stacey Kennedy‘s new Magic and Mayhem series. From what I understand, this one is supposed to be released in print format sometime in June, as well.

werewolves be damnedSynopsis…

Nexi Jones—part witch, part guardian, and wannabe kick-ass warrior—can’t throw a punch or conjure the simplest magic. But that doesn’t stop her from hunting the werewolves who slaughtered her human family. She’ll have her revenge, but only if Kyden, the elite guardian, would get the hell out of her way.

Kyden can’t decide if Nexi wants to get herself killed or if she just has no clue what she’s doing. But her father made it clear: keep Nexi safe…or else. Of course, the more Nexi runs toward revenge, the more she needs Kyden’s aid, and as she grows into her power and confidence, so does his desire to protect her. The only problem? She’d rather he dropped dead.

But when a vampire paints a bull’s-eye on Nexi’s back, she’s hard-pressed to deny Kyden and the help he’s offering. Even if it means getting her revenge will be a little bit harder. At least it will still be as sweet.

These next few were actually released earlier in the month, but since I missed them I will give a belated shout-out here. April 2nd was the release date for the second book in Elizabeth Hunter‘s Elemental World series, Blood and Sand. This one is also heading for a print release I believe sometime in May.

blood and sandSynopsis…

Dead women are showing up in the desert east of San Diego, and no one understands why. When the story comes to the attention of reporter Natalie Ellis, she can’t help but make comparisons to the tragic deaths she’d investigated years ago. Are these women the victims of a serial killer, or something even more insidious?

Bodies may be piling up in his sire’s territory, but water vampire and feared enforcer, Baojia, is stuck entertaining the rich and clueless at a club in San Diego. He’s taken his exile with all the grace he could muster, but his patience is starting to thin.

Sparks fly when mortal and immortal are thrown together, and Natalie comes face to face with a reality that was lurking in the corners of her life. Pursuing the truth could cost Baojia everything, including the mortal woman who has earned his grudging respect.

Cynthia Eden‘s Bound series is one that I make a point of reading even though there is no print versions available, and on April 11th she released the latest title, Bound in Death. Great short story.

bound in deathSynopsis…

She can’t remember him…

He can never forget her.

For over two hundred years, alpha werewolf Alerac O’Neill has been searching for his mate, Keira McDonough, a woman who was taken from him and imprisoned by a dark vampire master. He’s hunted for her, endlessly, using vampire blood to extend his life. He has become a vicious predator, feared by all the supernaturals. His hold on reality seems to slip more each day because he is consumed by her.

Only…the woman he discovers in a small Miami bar isn’t the Keira that he remembers. In fact, this woman doesn’t remember anything. She calls herself Jane Smith, and she has no memory at all of Alerac—or of her own past.

Now that she’s been found, Alerac knows that his enemies are going to start closing in on her. Jane may try to act human, but she’s not. She’s a pureblood vampire princess, incredibly powerful and incredibly valuable. His enemies want to use her, her enemies want to destroy her, and Alerac—he just wants her.

If he can’t make her remember him, then Alerac has to seduce Jane into loving him once again. Because now that he’s found her, he’ll fight hell—and every sadistic vampire that stalks the night—in order to keep her safe at his side.

Some bonds go deeper than the flesh. Some go beyond life. Beyond death.

Jane will soon learn that a werewolf’s claiming…is forever.

Also on April 11th, Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright released the second book in their Bayou Heat series, Bayon/Jean-Baptiste.

bayonSynopsis…

The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.

BAYON
Charming, drop-dead gorgeous Hunter Bayon is thirsting for revenge on the enemies who slipped into the Wildlands and attacked Ashe and her vulnerable child. Pledging to track down the cowards, Bayon goes on the hunt, pursuing the humans to a nearby town. But searching their shabby hideaway, he makes a discovery that shocks him to his very soul and might very well destroy the heart of the Pantera.

JEAN-BAPTISTE
Tattooed and pierced, sexy Nurturer Jean-Baptiste has been living in utter isolation. His cat is out of control, and the only thing that soothes the beast is a rare mineral he keeps inking into his skin. Until he meets her: Genevieve Burel. The beautiful and buttoned-up female puma is unlike anyone he’s ever met. She makes his cat purr, and he knows he must possess her, mate with her. But the secret she’s keeping might threaten not only their unbridled passion for one another, but the very future of the Pantera race.

I know there are probably a ton that I missed, but what did you find new in the world of e-reading this week? I am really determined to try and be more up on e-releases, hopefully I can get into the swing of keeping track of them and have a weekly feature post. That is the goal, anyways, so if there are any you can think of feel free to let me know.

New Series Alerts…

This is a huge new series week. Almost too many, actually (I do wish that these things could get spread out a bit more over the month, since there are weeks now where there is pretty much nothing going on). It looks like for this post, we have seven, count’em seven, to highlight.

This first one is a historical paranormal romance (which I am seeing more of lately) from author Brooklyn AnnBite Me, Your Grace is the first book of the Bite series.

bite me your graceSynopsis…

England’s “vampire craze” causes much vexation for the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton. To save his reputation, Ian enlists aspiring authoress Angelica Winthrop without realizing she has hidden plans of her own.

Angelica Winthrop’s life goal is to ruin her reputation, avoid marriage, and become a gothic authoress like her idol, Mary Shelley. To find inspiration for her new story, she breaks into the home of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath, not knowing she will be coming up against the Lord Vampire of London. Romance sparks and reputations are at stake. But who knows the real difference between fact and fiction?

–Bite reading list HERE.

Ashlyn Chase‘s first Flirting With Fangs book comes out this week, and it is called Flirting Under a Full Moon. It sounds like a fun one.

flirting under a full moonSynopsis…

If Brandee Hanson ever wants to go from waitress to photographer, she’ll have to take some once-in-a-lifetime shots. But when she catches the gorgeous private investigator Nick Wolfensen on camera—transforming into a werewolf—she is thrown into a world of vampires, shapeshifters, and other paranormal misfits.

In order to keep his secret and stay clear of the supernatural council, Nick will have to convince Brandee not to release the photo. Fortunately, he was looking for an excuse to spend more time with the beautiful waitress anyway.

–Flirting With Fangs reading list HERE.

This next one is tricky. I am a huge fan of Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races series, but for some reason I find myself wary of Rising Darkness. Not sure why I am, but it is the first of at least two books in her Game of Shadows series.

rising darknessSynopsis…

In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic, and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself…

Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the seven came to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on—and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver.

Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, 900 years ago…Michael.

–Game of Shadows reading list HERE.

I only stumbled across this one quite recently, but it gave me an adult Throne of Glass vibe. Amy Raby‘s Assassin’s Gambit is the first book of her Hearts and Thrones series.

assassin's gambitSynopsis…

Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.

–Hearts and Thrones reading list HERE.

Another tricky one for me personally is the new one from Shana Abe. I have read her Drakon books, and I would love one, be bored with the next, really like the next one and then loathe the characters in the next one. Makes it very hit or miss, and this series is a young adult spin-off from that world. This is Lora Jones’ story, and it is called The Sweetest Dark.

the sweetest darkSynopsis…

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

–Lora Jones reading list HERE.

This one recently underwent a name change. Originally, Victoria Scott‘s new series was to be called Dante Valentine, but now it seems the character’s name has changed to Dante Walker, which works much better, I think. Book one is called The Collector.

the collectorSynopsis…

He makes good girls…bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

–Dante Walker reading list HERE.

And this last one is also one that I only found out about a couple of weeks ago. Cecily White‘s Prophecy Girl is the first book of the Angel Academy series, and it has been generating some major buzz around.

prophecy girlSynopsis…

Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons. Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.

Then he shows up.

Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?

Wrong.

Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

–Angel Academy reading list HERE.

And just as a heads-up, there are a couple of e-novellas being released this week as well. Delilah S. Dawson‘s The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance (Blud #1.6), Meljean Brook‘s Tethered (Iron Seas #2.5), Laura Wright‘s Eternal Beauty (Mark of the Vampire #4.5), and C.C. Hunter‘s Saved at Sunrise (Shadow Falls #4.5) are all available for digital download this week.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just a quick little cover post for today.  This first one has been making the rounds lately, but I of course missed it for yesterday’s post.  Immortal Ever After is the next book in Lynsay Sands‘ Argeneau series, due out on February 26th.  I am not feeling the top black shadow section – seems like another bad photoshop jobbie.

immortal ever after

Karina Cooper continues her Dark Mission series with the released of One for the Wicked on April 30th.

one for the wicked

Eternal Demon is the title of the next book from Laura Wright‘s Mark of the Vampire series, due out on May 7th.

eternal demon

Now, I am a bit sketchy on the details for this next one.  I do believe that The Deepest Night is the follow-up to Shana Abe‘s upcoming Young Adult Drakon spin-off book, The Sweetest Dark.  The covers and titles seem to have a theme going, but info has been a bit hard to find on this newish series.

the deepest night

Random Updates…

archangel's kissWow, hard to believe, but this is actually post number 1001.  Way back on August 11th, 2009 I started with a Cover Lover post that featured Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Kiss.  I think I checked every five minutes for the next few days to see if anyone had actually viewed it…such a nerd.  So, forward a few years, and things haven’t really changed.  Things have expanded a bit, and the look has changed a few times, but other than that things are pretty much still the same (and I am still a nerd).

On the site side of things, I have updated all of the Series Reading List pages, so all of the book lists are as up-to-date as I could get them.  I took the opportunity to finally work on the long neglected Completed Series List page, as well.  There are some that I think are finished that I didn’t add, since I couldn’t find official word that they were in fact over.  I will be keeping an eye on them, but if you see any that I missed feel free to give me a shout.  Also, WordPress decided to play with the way that the code for linking to a specific spot on a page was worded, which meant that all of those “Blah Blah reading list HERE” links no longer worked.  I do believe that I got that dealt with as well (each one had to be redone individually, so I hope I didn’t miss any).

On the Character Guide front, I added one a couple weeks back for Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles (speaking of which, it looks like book two, Endless Knight, will not be out until next October).  I also got Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races guide up to date and added the info for Lord’s Fall, and I am almost done the rough copy for the last two Darynda Jones Charley Davidson books.  That one should be FINALLY updated by the middle of this week.  That just leaves me Archangel’s Storm and a Mythos Academy book to get caught up.  Yay.

There are a few newbies to add to the New Release pages, as well…

  • It looks like Linda Poitevin will release another Grigori Legacy book in 2013, this one called Sins of the Righteous.
  • Also due next year is the third book in Adrian Phoenix‘s Hoodoo series, Black Moon Mojo.
  • The second book in Jamie Quaid‘s new Saturn’s Daughter series, Damn Him to Hell, will be released on June 25th.
  • There will be another Anna Strong book from Jeanne C. Stein coming out on August 27th.  Right now, the title is TBA.
  • Awaken the Damned is the title of the third League of Guardians book from Juliana Stone, and it will be released on June 25th.
  • Alpha Pack book number four from J.D. Tyler, Hunter’s Heart, will be released on September 3rd.
  • You will be able to get a new Kitty Norville book from Carrie Vaughn on July 30th.  This new one will be called Kitty in the Underworld.
  • Looks like there is also another Lupi book from Eileen Wilks in the works, as well.  Ritual Magic, Lupi #10, will be out next on August 6th.
  • Eternal Sin is the title of the 6th Mark of the Vampire book from Laura Wright.  Look for it next November.