Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Wow, there hasn’t been much going on for the last few days. Well, there were a couple of announcements to ponder, but that is about it. Kresley Cole has announced that the tv and motion picture rights for her Arcana Chronicles series has been optioned by a major studio. Now, that doesn’t mean that we will necessarily get a movie or show out of it (still waiting for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s adaptations to appear), but it is at least a good sign.

Oh, and Darynda Jones has also announced a new project she has been working on. Brighter Than the Sun will be an e-novella released on October 6th, and it will be a Reyes-centric story about the first time he and Charley met. Sounds interesting.

Ok, on to the covers. It looks like Rachel Caine is revisiting her Morganville Vampires world with a novella collection called Midnight Bites. It is due out on March 1st.

midnight bitesWELCOME TO MORGANVILLE.
YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE.
 
By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control….

In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell.

Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales you’ve come to love, and experience six new stories featuring your favorite Morganville residents—both human and vampire…

Next up is Vendetta, the next Deadly Curiosities book from Gail Z. Martin. It has a release date of December 29th.

vendettaAn old enemy of Sorren’s is back in town. Sariel is a nephilmancer, a powerful sorcerer able to summon the nephilim, tainted eternal spirits that watch humanity and stand in judgment. Sariel is looking for vengeance, because a century ago, during their last battle, Sorren killed Sariel’s son and helped the Alliance send Sariel into harsh exile. Because of Sorren’s long affiliation with Charleston, Sariel has decided that the city must be destroyed, and in retaliation for his own loss, Sariel vows to destroy the mortal helpers Sorren protects. To do this, Sariel must bring five of the Watchers through a portal from another realm. When all five are present, judgment will fall, and the nephilim will reap and feed on the souls of the dead.

Number three is from Heather Graham. The Hidden is the 17th Crewe of Hunters book, and it is due out on September 29th.

The HiddenCan the same killer strike again—a hundred and fifty years later?  

Estes Park, Colorado, is a place of serenity. But it wasn’t always so serene. Shortly after the Civil War, Nathan Kendall and his wife were murdered there, leaving behind a young son. The crime was never solved.

Now…historian Scarlet Barlow is working at a small museum attached to a B and B, the same building where that murder occurred. She recently came to Colorado, reeling after her divorce from FBI agent Diego McCullough. Diego—who’s just been asked to join the Krewe of Hunters, a unit dealing with “unusual” situations…

When Scarlet unwittingly takes pictures of people who’ve been murdered—just like the Kendalls a hundred and fifty years before—the police look at her with suspicion. Then the museum’s statues of historic people, including Nathan Kendall, begin to talk to her, and she knows it’s time to call her ex-husband. Diego heads to Estes Park, determined to solve the bizarre case that threatens Scarlet’s life—and to reunite with the woman he never stopped loving.

Lisa Shearin‘s The Brimstone Deception, which is part of her SPI Files series, will be released on January 26th.

the brimstone deceptionMen in Black meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in the new urban fantasy novel starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug—with mind-blowing side effects—hits the streets…

It’s called Brimstone. And after the first few hits, you’ll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you’ll start seeing the really scary stuff.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for the SPI. And the collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I’d like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts—and souls. Because your local pusher doesn’t stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. And since the drug can only be produced with magic and molten brimstone fresh from Hell, that means a rift to the underworld is open somewhere in the city.

And when—not if—the cartel loses control of it, well…

It’s going to be Hell on earth.

And the final one for today is from Katie MacAlister. Dragon Soul is the third book in her Black Dragons series, and it will be out on January 26th.

dragon soulNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katie MacAlister continues her riotously funny and super steamy paranormal series with Dragon Soul. A foe to all of dragonkind, an alchemist known as the Dragon Breaker is about to undergo the transformation of a lifetime. But his love for a beautiful woman may change him even more…

So, that wraps things up for today. What is your take on the Arcana Chronicles news? I think that it has the potential to be different than a lot of the other YA adaptations that have recently headed our way, but I am still hating the damn love triangles. Seriously, I haven’t even read the last book yet because of the Aric/Evie/Jack loooove thing. Ugh. Triangles must die.

New Series Alerts…

It is time once again to check and see which authors have new series starting up this week, and it looks like we have a couple to keep us going. Yasmine Galenorn‘s Flight From Death is the first book of the UF Fly By Night series, and from what I understand it is a sort of spin-off from her Otherworld books.

flight from deathSynopsis…

I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

And this second one is a young adult release from Rachel Caine. Ink and Bone is the first book of The Great Library series, which has been getting much hype.

ink and boneSynopsis…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

As  I have whined on and on about before, I am a cover sucker. Pretty? It must be mine. For that reason alone, I really should’ve tried a Yasmine Galenorn book by now, because all of them are pretty consistently well done. But have I? Nope. Not sure why, actually, and to be honest I haven’t heard much said about her books one way or the other. Might be time for a post to find out what readers think of her (doing it that way helped me try out the Jane Yellowrock books). As for Ink and Bone, it isn’t really yelling my name either, but the reviews have been quite positive, so I might break down and buy the e-book so I don’t feel so guilty if I don’t want to continue the series.

Will you be checking out either of these newbies this week?

Cover Lover – Four New Titles

Wow – new posts TWO days in a row! That has been a rare thing this month. This time around, it is a little cover lover post, with a couple of decent ones, too. First up is The Sea King, the second book from the Weathermages of Mystral series by C.L. Wilson. It is due out on July 28th.

the sea kingFrom the author of THE WINTER KING comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure, set in the mystical land of Mystral.

Summer Coruscate has grown up the daughter of royalty, a Princess of the Rose and a weathermage, but over the past three years of war, Summerlea has been rendered a shadow of its former self. Now, after the joining of her younger sister Khamsin and the Winter King in marriage, her kingdom is finally at peace.

A Calbernan warrior and seafarer, Dilys Merimydion has always possessed the ability to control the animals of the sea and uses their sight to chart his way through the dark, sometimes savage waters.

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This next one is from Seanan McGuire and her InCryptid series. Pocket Apocalypse is due out on March 3rd.

pocket apocalypseEndangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm. Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much.

Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex.

Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

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I didn’t even know there was going to be another book in Keri Arthur‘s Souls of Fire series, but it looks like Wicked Embers will be released on July 7th.

wicked embersCrimson Death, the plague like virus spawned from a failed government experiment to isolate the enzymes that make vampires immortal, continues to spread. Emberly and her partner, Jackson Miller, are desperately seeking the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic.

But their mission is jeopardized by another threat uncovered in Emberly’s prophetic dreams. A creature of ash and shadow has been unleashed on a murdering spree. Now Emberly must summon all her gifts and investigative knowledge to put an end to this entity’s brutal rampage—even if it means placing herself in harm’s way….

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And this final one is a young adult release from Rachel Caine. Ink and Bone is the first book of new The Great Library series, and it is due out on July 7th.

ink and boneIn an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Purchase at Amazon.com

Out of this batch, I like the cover for Ink and Bone, and I think it sounds interesting, too. I have been cutting back on my blind-buying YA books lately after hitting a few duds in a row, but I think I will be checking that one out.

Oh, do you like the addition of the blurbs to the cover lover posts? They aren’t always available when the cover is revealed, but I thought I would try adding them to see how it worked out.

Moganville Vampires Web Series…

I had absolutely no idea that Rachel Caine‘s Morganville Vampires series was heading to the screen…well, the computer screen. There will be a web series, simply called Morganville, and it will make its debut on YouTube this fall. The trailer made its debut at Comic-Con, but in case you missed it like I did, here it is…

Random Stuff and Cover Lover

Well, sometimes timing just works out perfectly. Last night I finished up the quick little character guide for the first book of The Innkeeper Chronicles, and today the first chapter of book two was upped on Ilona Andrews‘ site. This one is called Sweep in Peace, and as before, there will be a chapter upped roughly every week with hopefully another print version to follow at the end.

Also, for those who are impatiently awaiting the next Guild Hunter book Archangel’s Shadows, Nalini Singh upped a small excerpt featuring Janvier and Ashwini. Since this is of course one of my most anticipated releases for this year, I was pretty happy to see a little something to tide me over.

On the cover side of things, there are five new ones for today. This first one is the cover for the upcoming Sookie Stackhouse anthology featuring short stories from authors like Seanan McGuire, Rachel Caine and MaryJanice Davidson. Dead But Not Forgotten is due out on November 25th.

dead but not forgottenCover #2 comes from Lexi Blake‘s Thieves series. Steal the Night is due out on June 3rd in e-format, with a print version to follow at a later date.

steal the nightThere are three young adult titles, too. Collide is the long delayed third book from Melissa West‘s The Taking series, and it is now set for a December 2nd release.

collideI must admit, I am digging this next cover. The Girl Who Never Was, from author Skylar Dorset, will be out on June 1st.

the girl who never wasAnd finally, Josephine Angelini starts up her new Worldwalker Trilogy on September 2nd with the release of the first book, Trial by Fire.

trial by fire

This and That…

Just some random info and new release dates from out and about…

  • Shelly Laurenston will be going back to her Hunting Season world, in a manner of speaking, with a new three-book series. The new Crows book will be set in Los Angeles, with new characters and a new storyline.
  • Robin D. Owens will release her 13th Celta’s Heartmates book, Heart Fire, on November 4th.
  • It looks like the Queen Betsy series from MaryJanice Davidson just keeps chugging along. Undead & Unwary will be out on October 7th.
  • Looking for more Sookie? Dead But Not Forgotten is a collection of stories set in Bon Temps, written by authors such as Seanan McGuire, Rachel Caine, and MaryJanice Davidson. It will be out on October 7th.
  • The second book from Samantha Shannon‘s The Bone Season book, The Mime Order, will be out on October 21st.
  • Alexandra Adornetto starts up her new Ghost House Saga on August 26th with the release of Ghost House.
  • I didn’t even know the first book was part of a series, but Erin Quinn‘s second Beyond book, The Three Fates of Ryan Love, will be out on September 30th.
  • Fans of Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles series will have a little extra wait for the third book, Dead of Winter. It has been pushed back to January 6th.
  • October 7th is the release date for the next Jane Yellowrock book from Faith Hunter, and it will be called Broken Soul.
  • It is a bit of a wait for Suzanne Johnson‘s next Sentinels of New Orleans book, Pirates Alley. It is due out next April.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s sixth Chronicles of Nick book will be called Defiant, and it won’t be out until April of next year.
  • Moon Shifter #5 from Katie Reus will be called Hunter Reborn, and it is due out next February.
  • The next Kitty Norville book from Carrie Vaughn, Low Midnight, will be out at the end of this year.
  • Fans of Jaye Wells‘ Prospero’s War series will have to wait until next March for the third book, Deadly Spells.
  • Christine Feehan continues her return to super-productivity. She has finished up the next couple Sisters of the Heart books already, and the long-awaited Ghostwalker book, Viper Game. And after that, there will be a new Leopard book due called Cat’s Lair.
  • Jennifer Estep‘s Black Widow will be released November 25th. Hard to believe the Elemental Assassin series is already up to book #12. The blurb is out already…

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

  • Sometimes my best guesses just don’t work out. I had assumed that the hero from the Ilona Andrews‘ upcoming Burn for Me would be the fire Prime, Adam Pierce. The blurb proved me wrong, though…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more
dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

So, that is about that for this week. Any gossip or juicy news to share?

Reading Roundup…

bookI stopped doing the reading round-up posts a while back, but thought I would get back to them for the new year. I use it as a reminder as to what I read, and what I thought about them.

The Morganville Vampires (Volumes 1 and 2) – I had heard mixed reviews about Rachel Caine‘s series, but the first few books were so cheap on Book Outlet I figured I might as well. Turns out, I quite like them. The first four books contain two full stories each, which is a bonus, and I like the progression the storyarc is taking. They have a very different tone to them, and I like the fact that the vampires in question in this series are far from being the good guys. There are a couple of times that you want to smack a couple of the main characters (Clare and Shane, I am looking at you), but so far I am enjoying Morganville.

Written in Red (re-read) – One of last year’s favorite books for me, I decided to go back and do a re-read for a character guide for the new Anne Bishop series. I can’t believe how much I forgot since the first time I read it. I actually ended up enjoying it more the second time around, since I already had a feel for the complex world. What I picked up most this time was the romance. I didn’t feel it as much the first time, but the second time I got a real feel for Meg and Simon as a couple, and I liked where it is going. I am glad I gave it another spin to get ready for the release of the second book in a couple of months.

Dark WolfChristine Feehan‘s long, long awaited story of Skyler and Dimitri surprising me. I don’t mind when a character has a brutal past, but for some reason I thought that most of the book was going to be a rehash of Skyler’s childhood and how that meant that she could never love (until she could). Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. Her past was acknowledged, but Dark Wolf featured a fully grown, mature, capable Skyler who was completely in love with Dimitri. The story was action packed, with great characters, a strong story, and enough development in the overarching storyline to get me quite excited about the Dark series again. It was always a guilty favorite, but my love took a dive after the debacle of Zacarias’s story. The last couple of books have gotten me back on board.

That was my reading week…how was yours? What did you read this week, good or bad?

August BOTM and Giveaway…

giveaway bannerWell, looks like the votes are in for the Book of the Month for August. After pulling ahead early, the upcoming Cainsville book Omens from Kelley Armstrong finished up fourth. The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo from Kerrelyn Sparks was third, Heart of Venom from Jennifer Estep was second, and coming in first was Biting Bad from Chloe Neill. This was my own personal choice, too.

I was surprised to see Meljean Brook and Rachel Caine down at the bottom of the list, since they actually came in after the “Other” option. And speaking of the “others”, there were some really good suggestions under that one, as well. As always, thanks to those who took the time to vote.

As for the giveaway, if you would like to win a copy of Chloe Neill‘s Biting Bad, just drop a line here under the comments section. Contest closes on Sunday at Midnight (Atlantic time), and is open to everyone. Winner will be chosen at random.

biting badSynopsis…

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

Good luck!

Cover Lover – 13 New Titles

While doing my recent updating of the New Release pages, I came across a few covers I hadn’t gotten my hands on before. They might have been floating around for a while and I just missed them, but they are new to me, anyways. We start this batch with Lisa Shearin‘s The Grendel Affair. It is the first book of her SPI Files series, which will be released on December 31st.

the grendel affairLolita Lopez has a new s-book series starting soon called Dragon Heat. The second book will be called Red Hot Dragon, and it has been pushed back a few months and now has a release date of February 4th.

red hot dragon

I gave up the Feral Warriors series by Pamela Palmer a while back, but it looks like things keep rolling on. Wulfe Untamed will be released January 28th.

wulfe untamedYasmine Galenorn will re-release her Otherworld novella The Shadow of Mist on September 3rd. It was originally published in the Never After anthology.

th shadow of mistJaime Rush‘s third book from her new The Hidden series, Angel Seduced, will be released on February 25th.

angel seducedShawntelle Madison continues her Coveted series with the release of Compelled early next year.

compelledThis next batch is all YA. Rachel Caine looks to the classics for Prince of Shadows, which focuses on the character of Benvolio from Romeo and Juliet. It will be released on February 4th.

prince of shadowsFor some reason, I was surprised to see that Kelley Armstrong is starting up a new YA series. Sea of Shadows is the first book of the Age of Legends series, and it will be available on April 8th.

sea of shadowsStill on the YA track, Promise Bound from Anne Greenwood Brown will be released on January 7th.

promise boundBook two in Shannon Messenger‘s Sky Fall series, Let the Storms Break, will be released on March 4th.

let the storms breakSophie Jordan is also firing up a new series in the near future. Uninvited is the first book of the series of the same name, and it is due out on February 25th.

uninvitedAlmost done. I do know this one has been making the rounds for a while, but this is the first version of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Illusion that I found without a watermark. The Chronicles of Nick book will be released on April 1st.

illusionAnd this one is less of a debut and more of a redo. The original cover for Sherry Thomas‘s Burning Sky came out a while back, and was a real beauty. For some reason, however, there was a new version done which is just as great. The first book of a trilogy, Burning Sky will be released on September 17th.

the burning skyWhat do you think of this batch? Anything that stands out for you? I know The Burning Sky cover (both of them, actually) really grabbed me, and I spent a good while trying to figure out what sort of dance move Nick is trying to pull off on the Illusion cover. No way that looks comfortable. I am not a big fan of the Grendel Affair cover for some reason, and the embossing on the Compelled cover just doesn’t work for me, but other than that I have to say this is a decent pile of covers.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

After a dry spell of a few weeks, pretty much every couple of days there are some decent new covers being released. For this post, I stumbled upon four. This first one is from the December 3rd anthology Kicking It, which features Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price and Shannon K. Butcher, among others.

kicking it

This second one is from the Edie Spence series from Cassie Alexander. Deadshifted is book number 4, and it will be released on December 31st.

deadshifted

Coming in at number three is Terminated, the next book in Rachel Caine‘s Revivalist series, which is due out on August 6th.

terminated

And finally we have the cover for One Lucky Vampire from Lynsay Sands. It is the next Argeneau Rogue Hunter book, due out on September 24th.

one lucky vampire