New Series Alerts

As I have said over and over, March is pretty much the most monster month for books all year. It seems like it is jam-packed with big releases – and new series, too. This week alone there are four, starting with a new one from Yasmine Galenorn. Souljacker is the first book of the Lily Bound series.

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Lily O’Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker–an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before–has escaped to reclaim his “artwork,” Lily knows she’s next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn’t expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim.

Next up is The Arctic Brotherhood series from Jane Godman. The first book is called Ice Wolf

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They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.

Elliott Wilder is a mild mannered Alaskan college professor. Wilder craves the things most people find boring. Seclusion. Monotony. Anonymity. But what Wilder craves most of all is the thing he can’t have… memory loss. Four hundred years ago, Wilder and the other members of the Arctic Brotherhood were captured and tortured by the leader of the Siberian werewolves. Wilder is still haunted by memories of that night, when he wasn’t able to protect his leader.

Now the Siberian wolf is on the loose and seeking revenge. Not only must Wilder lead the brotherhood, he must fight the attraction he feels toward its newest recruit, Jenny Piper. Jenny offers Wilder a glimpse of the life he can’t have. As the brotherhood races against time to save humanity from the horror their enemies unleashed on the world, Wilder must reach inside himself to find the leader the brotherhood needs and the mate Jenny craves.

…and the second book is also being released this week. It is called Shadow Wolf.

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They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.

Samson Lee last saw Valetta Rickard five years ago when a shared a kiss almost led him to break the promise he had made to himself. Now Valetta has disappeared, and Samson has promised her father he will find her. When Samson finds Valetta leading a rogue gang of bloodthirsty Arctic werewolves, he soon discovers that all is not what it seems. As soon as they see each other again the feelings they denied all those years ago resurface.

Valetta is Shadow Born, a rare and mystical werewolf with legendary powers. If she chooses, she can destroy a whole species. A power that an evil hunter wants so that he can destroy the Arctic wolves. Samson, together with the other members of the brotherhood, must find the hunter before he can put his plans for Valetta into action. At the same time, Samson must put the past behind him and convince Valetta that she is worthy of love.

Sara Humphreys is starting her new Amoveo Rising series this week with the release of Undiscovered.

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He’s the man of her dreams

A long time ago, Zander Lorens was cursed to walk the earth stripped of his Dragon Clan powers. Every night, trapped in a recurring nightmare, Zander relives his darkest moment. He can hardly believe it when the dream changes and a beautiful young woman appears. Zander believes she’s the key to ending his torment. Finding her in the real world is one thing, but how will he convince her of who-and what-she really is?

She’s the end to his nightmare

Rena McHale uses her unique sensitivity as a private investigator, touting herself as a “human divining rod” and finder of the lost. By day she struggles with sensory overload, and by night her sleep is haunted by a fiery dragon shifter. Nothing in her life makes sense, until the man from her dreams shows up at her door with a proposition…

And finally, Kerrelyn SparksHow to Tame a Beast in 7 Days comes out this week. It is the first book of The Embraced series.

how to tame a beast in seven daysSynopsis…

Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father’s life.

Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

Sadly, How to Tame a Beast didn’t work out for me, but I am pretty sure I am in the small minority on that one (I wanted to like it, but just didn’t). I haven’t tried the other three authors at all. Are any of these on your must-read list? Have you read anything by these authors before?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Things have been a bit quiet this week, so I thought I might do a cover lover post. I am going to start with one I am way too old for, but am looking forward to anyways. The Sword of Summer is the first book of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan, and it is due out on October 6th.

magnus chaseMagnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Cover number 2 is from Asa Maria Bradley. Viking Warrior Rising is the first book of the Viking Warriors series, and it is due out on November 3rd.

viking warrior risingImmortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found…and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.

This next one is from Elizabeth Hunter. The Scarlet Deep is from her Elemental World series, and it is due out on July 7th.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00068]On the waves of the North Atlantic, a poison spreads, sapping the life from humans and striking madness into immortals.

Patrick Murphy, the immortal leader of Dublin, has been trying to stem the tide of Elixir washing into his territory, but nothing seems to stop the vampire drug. While others in the immortal world work to cure the creeping insanity that Elixir threatens, Murphy has been invited to London to join a summit of leaders hoping to discover who is shipping the drug. If Murphy and his allies can cut off the supply, they might be able to halt the spread long enough for a treatment to be found for the humans and vampires infected.

Anne O’Dea, Murphy’s former lover, retreated from public life over one hundred years ago to help immortals in need… and to heal her own broken heart. Though powerful connections keep her insulated from the violence of vampire politics, even Anne is starting to feel the effects of Elixir on her isolated world. The human blood supply has been tainted, and with Anne’s unique needs, even those closest to her might be in danger. Not just from infection, but Anne’s escalating bloodlust.

When Anne and Murphy are both called to London, they’re forced to confront a connection as immortal as they are. As they search for a traitor among allies, they must also come to terms with their past. Behind the safe facade of politics, old hungers still burn, even as an ancient power threatens the fate of the Elemental World.

Sara HumphreysThe Good, the Bad and the Vampire is the fourth book in the Dead in the City series, and it has a release date of January 5th.

the good, the bad and the vampireTrixie LaRoux is a pink-haired, punk rock, badass vampire with mad bartending skills. Everyone in the coven think she’s as tough as nails, but only her maker knows the truth; underneath the sultry eye makeup and neon hair is a woman haunted by a past full of troubled relationships.

Dakota Shelton is a vampire with deadly, dangerous skills. But with a penchant for Johnny Cash, he’s a good ol’ Southern boy at heart. Thrown together by mutual friends in New York City, Trixie has no idea what to do with Dakota’s old-fashioned chivalry. But after her tumultuous dating history, Trixie just may be ready for the one man she never expected…

And this last one is Let the Wind Rise from Shannon Messenger. It is the third book of the Sky Fall series, and it is due out next April.

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Sin City Collectors Novella Series…

Earlier this year, word came out about the 1001 Dark Nights series of novellas, featuring such authors as Shayla Black, Lara Adrian, and Larissa Ione. They are stand-alone serialized stories, releasing roughly one every month, based around a central premise. It turns out there is another series in the works, too.

This time around, the series is called the Sin City Collectors, and the authors involved include Kristen Painter, Amanda Carlson, Shawntelle Madison, Sara Humphreys, and Angie Fox. You can find the first two covers and blurbs on their Facebook page.

Story #1 is Amanda Carlson’s Aces Wild, which is due out on June 2nd…

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Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…

And it will be followed by Kristen Painter’s Queen of Hearts on July 1st.

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Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…

They sound like a fun read, and I like the idea of a continuity world. It is a good way to start authors that you haven’t tried yet, but where they are stand alone you don’t really miss anything vital if you skip one. There is no word yet on word count or price, but I will keep an eye out for it. Will you be giving them a shot?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Man, today seemed like a long, long day. I was feeling too lazy to do much, but a quick browse of Goodreads and Amazon dug up 5 new covers, so…

This first one is the much anticipated next book in Kim Harrison‘s Rachel Morgan series, The Undead Pool. It is due out on February 25th.

the undead poolThe next one is from Ashlyn Chase. Kissing With Fangs is the third book of her Flirting with Fangs trilogy, and it is due out on March 4th.

kissing with fangsJuly 1st is the release date for Vampire Trouble, the second book in Sara Humphreys‘ Dead in the City series.

vampire troubleFor some reason, I had forgotten that Robin D. Owens was starting up a new series. Ghost Seer is the first book of the Ghost Seer series, and it is due out on April 1st.

the ghost seerAnd this final one for today is YA. Divided, by author Elsie Chapman, is the sequel to Dualed, and it will be available on May 27th.

dividedI wasn’t too blown away with either Vampire Trouble or Kissing with Fangs (it looks unfinished), but I thought the other three covers were very good. Which out of this batch is your favorite?

New Release Dates…

I have been pretty up to date on the new release pages lately (there were times that I was behind by well over 150), and there will be a few more added over this coming week. There are a few that I have been looking forward to…

  • The next Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity book, Hunt the Darkness, will be released on June 3rd.
  • The next Angels of Darkness book from Gena Showalter will be called Burning Dawn, and it will be Thane’s story. It is due out on April 29th. On a side note, it looks like there will just one more book each in the Alien Huntress series and its spin-off Otherworld Assassin series. No word yet on release dates, however.
  • The final book in Cassandra Clare‘s the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, will be released on May 27th.
  • There are a couple of new Dark Kings books from Donna Grant coming out in 2014. Darkest Flame will be out on April 29th, and Fire Rising will follow on June 3rd.
  • There won’t be much time to wait between Belladonna Agency books from Virna De Paul. Turned will be released on April 1st, Awakened on April 29th, and Revealed sill hit the shelves on May 27th.
  • There is a new series coming from Kristen Painter. The Crescent City series, which will be set in the same world as her House of Comarre books, will start on May 13th with the release House of the Rising Sun.
  • Charley Davidson #6, written by Darynda Jones, will be called Sixth Grave on the Edge. It is due out on May 20th.
  • The third Julie Kagawa Blood of Eden book, The Forever Song, will be released on April 29th.
  • Bloodshifted, the next book in Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence series, is due out on July 1st.
  • Caris Roane‘s next Men in Chains book, Chains of Darkness, will also be released on July 1st.
  • There is a bit of a wait for the next Bloodlines book from Richelle Mead. Silver Shadows is due out next August.
  • August is also when the next Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill is due out. It is called Blood Games.
  • Apparently there is another Laurell K. Hamilton Meredith Gentry book coming your way. A Shiver of Light is due out next June.
  • Born of Fury from Sherrilyn Kenyon was due out earlier this year, but things got a bit wonky and it was pushed back indefinitely. Turns out the new release date is July 1st of next year.
  • Rebel is the title of the next book from Cheryl Brooks‘ Cat Star Chronicles series, and it will be available on July 1st.
  • Vampire Trouble is the next title in Sara Humphreys‘ Dead in the City series, and it is due out on July 1st.
  • Elizabeth Staab‘s next chronicles of Yavn book, Hunter by Night, will be released on June 1st.
  • It looks like Terry Spears‘ next Jaguar Shifter book will be called Jaguar Hunt, and it is due out on June 3rd.
  • The third book in the Celestial Blues series from Vicki Pettersson, The Given, will be released on May 27th.
  • A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that there is a Beautiful Creatures spin-off series from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl due out next year. It looks like the first book, Dangerous Creatures, is showing as a May 27th release on Amazon.
  • and Kerrelyn Sparks will release a new book on April 29th called How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying).

Are any of these on your must-buy list? I know there are a few that will be heading my way.

New Series Alerts

Just a quick post to spotlight this week’s new series. There are two making their debut, the first of which comes from Dani Harper. I enjoy her wolf changeling series, but this new one called Grim seems to focus on magic and warriors. The first book is called Storm Warrior.

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Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.

Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.

And the second one is from Sara Humphreys. Tall, Dark and Vampire is the first book of the Dead in the City series.

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The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton—whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she’d rather die than lose him again.

Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia’s night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence—even if it costs him his life…

Both of these authors have previous series under their belt. Have you tried them, and if you did what did you think?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Only four newbies for today, two adult and two young adult.  These first two are from Sara HumphreysUnclaimed is the upcoming 5th Amoveo Legend book, due out next year.

The second Sara Humphreys book, Tall, Dark and Vampire, will be released on August 6th.

The first young adult title comes from Karsten KnightAfterglow is the third and final book in the Wildefire series, due out next year.

This final one is from a new series from Eve SilverRush is the first book of The Game series, due out on June 11th.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Ok, I am pretty sure no one who reads this blog is going to be surprised that I love covers.  I get a total fangirl moment when I see a beautiful cover.  Hell, that is pretty much what started me reading young adult – I had to have those pretties on my shelf (I only decided that I actually liked the books later).  But things have been mighty slow cover wise lately, some have been decent, some pretty good, but none that have really jumped out at me.  That is pretty much why there haven’t been as many Cover Lover posts lately…I saw what was out there and thought, “eh”.  So, in the spirit of trying to get back into things, here are four more covers…the first two of which came from Nefertari.  Thanks again.

I like the direction the covers for Vicki Pettersson‘s Celestial Blues series is going.  Retro and fun.  Book two is called The Lost, and it is due out on March 19th.

I had seen this second one around for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t think it was finished yet.  A blurb or quote or something on the top would have finished up Jenna Black‘s Rogue Descendant nicely.  Look for it on April 30th.

Aimee Agresti‘s second Gilded Wings novel has a cover.  Infatuate will be released on March 5th.

And the final one for this post is from Sara Humphreys.  Her Amoveo Legend series continues with the release of Undone on May 1st.

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

A new batch of updating means a new batch of discovered covers.  There is sort of a mixed bag this go round, too.  This first one has been out for a while, but I just noticed it.  Ashes of Honor is the 6th book in Seanan McGuire‘s October Daye series, due out on September 4th.

This next one comes from author Wendy Delsol and her Stork series.  Flock is the third book of the trilogy, due out on September 11th.

Number three is also from the young adult world.  Fragile Darkness is the third book in the Midnight Dragonfly series from Ellie James, and it should be released on November 27th.

I thought this one was kinda fun.  Incarnation is the first book from Emma Cornwall, due out on September 18th.

I am looking very forward to this one.  Mate Claimed, from Jennifer Ashley, will be shifter Alpha Eric’s story.  It will be out on October 2nd.

I was surprised that there is nothing about this upcoming series over on Goodreads.  Susannah Sandlin starts her new Penton Legacy series this June 19th with the release of Redemption.

Meh, this isn’t the best quality, but it will do until I track down a better version.  The third book from Sara Humphreys‘ Amoveo Legend series will be called Untamed, and will be released on November 1st.

Lydia Dare continues her Westfield Wolves series with the release of Wolfishly Yours, due out on November 1st.

And finally, the third book from Donna Grant‘s new Dark Warriors series (a spin-off series from her Dark Warriors books), will be called Midnight’s Seduction.  This one is due out on October 30th.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Still waiting for Once Burned and a (hopefully) new Lover Reborn, but I did manage to track down a couple of others, anyhow.  The cover and excerpt are out at Shelly Laurenston‘s site for her next Pride book, Bear Meets Girl.  It is the seventh book of the series, due out on March 27th.

Nicole Peeler‘s next Jane True book, Tempest’s Fury, will only be out next July, but the cover has started making the rounds now.

Hm, pretty.  Sara Humphreys‘ second print book from her Amoveo Legacy series will be called Untouched.  She has upped the cover for the April 1st release on her site.

I haven’t found much out about this one yet, other than Coveted is the first book for author Shawntelle Madison, due out on April 24th.

One…two…three models.  Ah.  Got it.  Goddess in the Middle is the third book from Stephanie Julian‘s Forgotten Goddesses series, due out in the middle of next year.

And finally, from the world of YA, comes the first book from author Brodi Ashton.  Everneath is the start of what sounds to be an interesting series, due out on January 24th.