Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Hey everyone. I have been holding onto these covers for a few days now, so I thought I might as well do up a little cover lover post. Let’s start with Shelly Laurenston and her new series. Hot and Badgered is the first book of her Honey Badgers series, and it will be released on March 27th.

hot and badgered.jpgIt’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up.

Seanan McGuire‘s next InCryptid book will be called Tricks for Free, and it will be released on March 6th.

tricks for free.jpgAntimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her—including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course.

Some people would call Lowryland the amusement park. It’s one of the largest in Florida, the keystone of the Lowry entertainment empire…but for Annie, it’s a place to hide. She’s just trying to keep her head down long enough to come up with a plan that will get her home without getting anyone killed. No small order when she’s rooming with gorgons and sylphs, trying to placate frustrated ghosts, and rushing to get to work on time.

Then the accidents begin. The discovery of a dead man brings Annie to the attention of the secret cabal of magic users running Lowryland from behind the scenes. They want the fire that sleeps in her fingers. They want her on their side. They want to help her—although their help, like everything else, comes with a price.

No plan. Minimal backup. No way out. Annie’s about to get a crash course in the reality behind the pretty facade. If she’s lucky, she’ll survive the experience.

The third book of the new Nava Katz series from Deborah Wilde will be called The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need, and it will be out this August 18th.

needNava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin’s refusal to believe there’s corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond.

Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head… Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes.

Still, she’s got work to do:
Brotherhood: unmask.
Demons: slaughter.
Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice.

Blade of Darkness is the next Immortal Guardians book from Dianne Duvall, and it will be out on September 19th.

blade of darknessDana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?

And the final one for today is Thanks Fur Last Night. It is an anthology from Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter, and it will be out on January 30th.

thanks fur last nightBearing His Sin

Cole should have killed Anja the moment he realized she was his mate. Instead, he let her live and now they’re on the hunt, chasing the morons who think they can force her to marry another man. Like hell. And while this shapeshifting bear might have his share of sins, he’s not going to let little things like murder and mayhem prevent him from having the woman meant to be the keeper of his heart.

Bought by the Bear
Josilyn Martinez just needed the money to help raise her nephew. That’s it. There’s no other reason she would take a job posing as a shifter’s mate so he can assure his grandmother he’s settled down. There’s no reason to stay at his place so they learn “more about each other.” And there’s definitely no good reason she should get involved with the hard, hot, and handsome shifter that’s hired her.

Xander just needs a fake mate for a week to get his grandmother off his back. But what’s a bear shifter to do when the impostor mate he hired turns out to be his actual mate? All sweet, luscious curves and a heart of gold, Xander’s not going to let his mate get away. Now all he has to do is show her that they belong together, one kiss and touch at a time…

The Alpha and I
Devon Kincaid is happy with her new life in Lowman, Idaho. Her little bar on the outskirts of the tiny, isolated town is doing well, and she’s not even interested in finding a man. But when she finds a bleeding man―a hot, hard, handsome, naked bleeding man―in the snow one night, Devon brings him home to care for him. He’s definitely not like any man she’s ever met before, but what she doesn’t realize is that he’s not just a man…

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Updating and New Releases

Over the next few days, I hope to get the new release pages updated with quite a lot of upcoming titles. I thought I might highlight a few here…

  • The fifth book of Julie Kagawa‘s Talan series, Inferno, will be released on April 24th.
  • The next Lords of the Underworld book from Gena Showalter will be called The Darkest Warrior, and it will be released on June 26th.
  • J.C. Daniels‘ 6th Colbana Files book will be called Haunted Blade, and it is due out on September 30th.
  • Next March 6th is the release date for Tricks For Free from Seanan McGuire. It is the seventh book of the InCryptid series.
  • March 6th is also the release date for Restore Me from Tahereh Mafi, the 4th book of her young adult Shatter Me series.
  • March will also see the release of the 4th book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Titan series, The Prophecy.
  • Shelly Laurenston starts a new series next March 27th. Hot and Badgered is the first book of her Honey Badgers series, which sounds like a spin-off of The Pride.
  • March is going to be a busy month. The 27th is the release date for Twice Bitten from Lynsay Sands, the next book of her Argeneau series.
  • And the 27th is also the release date for Cross Breed from Lora Leigh, which is Cassie’s Breed story.
  • And finally, there is only a title and release date for the next Ghostwalker book from Christine Feehan. It looks like Covert Game will be out on March 20th.

There are also a lot of e-format re-releases coming our way. Thea Harrison‘s first five Elder Races novellas will be coming out again, as will Laura Anne Gilman‘s Paranormal Scene Investigations books. Which of these are on your must-read list?

 

From the Author Pages

I don’t actually have much to post from my updating the author pages, but I did get my hands on a couple of little things…

  • The blurb is out for Kresley Cole‘s next Immortals After Dark book, Wicked Abyss, which is due out next March 28th. I swore it would’ve been about Furie (you know, caught underwater, in the abyss), but I was wrong…and can you say Beauty and the Beast?

He never wanted to be a beast…

As a boy, Abyssian ‘Sian’ Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has amplified his hell-demon blood, transforming him into an unrecognizable monster – just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian fantasizes about seducing and spurning her, but he can retain his former appearance for only one hour a day.

She never wanted to be a beauty…

When a beastly demon king abducts her, fey princess Liliana ‘Lili’ Barbot goes from one prison to another. The beast vows revenge for betrayals she can’t remember and punishes her with gruelling labour within his mystical castle. Her only solace is spending time with a fellow prisoner Bael, a devastatingly gorgeous male who is allowed to see her for only one hour a day.

Can they break the spell before it’s too late…?

In the guise of ‘Bael’, Sian toys with Lili’s heart and body. Yet as she falls deeper under his spell, Lili can’t help but respond to the beast’s vulnerability and pain, and her sympathy develops into something more. When truths from a far distant past are revealed and identities discovered, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit – and a looming supernatural war?

Oh, did anyone notice that it looks like Kresley Cole’s young adult Arcana series new release, Arcana Rising, will NOT be coming out in hardcover? How weird, and annoying, because you just know that means I will be tempted to pick up the first three in paperback to keep things matchy-matchy. Oy.

  • The next Call of Crows book from Shelly Laurenston will be called The Unyielding, and it also has a release date of March 28th…

the unyieldingStieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…

Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.

With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one…

  • And the cover is out for the next Lora Leigh Breeds book, Wake a Sleeping Tiger. It will be out March 21st. Meh, kitty in the background looks weird. It doesn’t really scream hardcover release, does it?

wake a sleeping tiger

Pick of the Week

I must be in the winter blah’s because even my pick of the week can’t get me excited for some reason. Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken writes great books that are always good for a laugh, but for some reason I am having to talk myself into buying The Undoing, which is the second book in the Call of Crows series. Maybe I am finally breaking free of getting books because I “should”, and moving on to books I really want to read at that moment? That would be nice. Either way, The Undoing is my pick of the week.

the undoingSynopsis…

A risk worth taking…

No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.

But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.

Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!

I did like Call of Crows, but it didn’t grab me like either the Dragon Kin or the Pride series did. Have you tried this one yet? What did you think about the new series?

Reading Wrap Up…

February is a bit of a meh month for new books for me, so that means I have been dutifully reading off of my TBR and doing the re-reads I need for character guides. That is a good thing, because March is going to be a beast what with the second to last Chicagoland Vampires book, a new Carpathians book (even though I am not exactly excited for a book about Grandma Trixie and what seems to be a whiny Gabrielle. Maybe the fellas can save it for me?), a new Shelly Laurenston story, plus the hat trick of Lady Midnight, Fire Touched, and Marked in Flesh. All on the same day. Yeah.

So, back to the reading portion of things. I continue to tackle the In Death books, and I just finished up the third one, Immortal in Death. I have to say, I am surprised by how much I am really enjoying these J.D. Robb books so far, especially since my experiences with her Nora Roberts books didn’t stand out for me. I am liking Eve a lot, and Roarke continues to be a stand-out. Let’s just say I liked it enough to pay almost $34 dollars for the fifth book – a paperback. Yep. I am getting the UK paperbacks, and the only place I could get this version of Ceremony in Death

ceremony in death

…was from Amazon.uk. I have looked ahead, and I think it is the only one that wasn’t carried by The Book Depository, so hopefully it will be the last one I have to hunt down. It is pretty though, right?

I also started the Baba Yaga series by Deborah Blake. Wickedly Dangerous was a good book, but I am liking the second book, Wickedly Wonderful, quite a bit more. This series is another one that I picked up because buzz for it was so good, and I am happy that I did.

Oh, and I picked up something totally different for me. City of the Lost is a straight up mystery/thriller with a bit of romance about a small town in the middle of nowhere where people go when they need to disappear. The only reason I picked it up is because Kelly Armstrong is a favorite, but I ended up reading the book in one sitting. Definitely looking forward to the next one.

And I finally dove into Rock Redemption. I picked this up when it first came out, but for some reason I didn’t really have any big desire to read it. I liked the rest of the Rock Kiss series, loved Charlie and T-Rex’s book, but Noah and Kit’s story didn’t tempt me. I decided to read the first chapter last night, because I needed to start it for the character guide – and I ended up finishing the book at 6 o’clock this morning. Another awesome book. I can’t believe I doubted that a Nalini Singh book wouldn’t be “my thing”  – but it won’t happen again.

Finally, I did a re-read of Feverborn from Karen Marie Moning, which I did a rant on a couple of weeks ago. I had hoped that some time and a re-read would make me see things in a different way, but no such luck. I can’t say it was a bad book – it was just a nothing book. Nothing happened. Nothing progressed. Nothing was resolved. I really noticed it when I looked at the notes I had taken. Usually, when I take my notes for a character guide, I have between 12 and 15 pages of notes, and when I edit down everything I am down to 10 or 11 pages and a couple of nights to add the info. For Feverborn? I had 4 pages of notes, which edited down to 2, and it took me an hour to add the info. Because nothing happened of note, there wasn’t anything to add to the guide. And that hurt.

So, what have you been reading and loving (or been totally let down by) for the last couple of weeks? What is the most you have paid for a must-have book?

The Unleashing Review…

I actually got an ARC of Shelly Laurenston‘s new offering, The Unleashing, almost a month back. But for some reason I have tried a few times and just can’t seem to get into it, and I have no clue why. Doug Meeks sent over his review, though, and hopefully it will prompt me to actually dive in.

the unleashingWhat Doug said…

Let me get this out of the way, I really liked this book, it sets up the background for the series while still getting a bit of action and the typical insanity we expect from Shelly Laurenston.

Now that is out of the way, lets talk. Compared to her other paranormal series book 1 this one probably comes in third behind DragonKin and The Pride while not being as totally insane as Magnus Pack BUT you are going to see a lot of things in this book that will remind you of those series.

Now let me say that the long term story for this series looks to be superior to those other series and I can’t wait to get to the next book. this one ends nicely with a decent conclusion while letting you kinda know where the next book will be going and leaving you gasping for more but this story has so many threads that she could have written 1000 pages and it would still leave you that way. There is just a LOT to be told and a host of barely sane characters to match up 🙂

Interestingly, the author made a point in her forward to let anyone know that this is NOT a rewrite or revision of The Gathering (which I gleamed will likely never see another sequel), that this is an original series that The Gathering just gave her the basis to write. I gather this is a touchy subject but if you think this is some kind of sequel to that book, forget it.

Less I forget to mention it, the romance between Kera and Vig was more like watching professional wrestling to see how they would ever get from point A to point B and it was entertaining in the same vein that the romances in DragonKin and Pride books are, kinda a ultra-violent love affair. You got to love Shelly Laurenston or none of these books will appeal to you. What I am not sure about is how large a part Kera /Vig will play in the next book, there are things that have to include them yet to be solved and yet she seems to be pushing a few of the characters in the direction of becoming couples.

Bottom Line: I liked it but I did not love it. It shows a ton of promise for future exceptional books but she had to do the requisite world building and introduce a cast of about a dozen people or more so I think a 4 Star rating for this novel is ultimately fair. Still highly recommended but while she gives good closure to most of the actions in this book you will be left wanting more.

Who else has or will be picking up this new series from Shelly? I did enjoy Hunting Season, the original book set in this world, so I have hopes that I can finally get off my butt and get through this one.

New Series Alerts…

Well, it was close for a while, but both Burn for Me and Magic Breaks advanced to the final four of the dabwaha contest, making my prediction of an all Ilona Andrews final a possibility. Not sure when the rest of the voting will start up, but I will be keeping an eye out.

On the subject of new series, there are a few to look forward to this week. Let’s start with the new one from Shelly Laurenston, Call of Crows. The first book is called The Unleashing, and I have been really trying to get into this one for a few weeks now, but I just can’t seem to make myself get interested in the story.

the unleashingSynopsis…

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

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Shannon Mayer also fires up a new series this week with the release of Recurve, the first book of The Elemental Series.

recurveSynopsis…

I’ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King’s Elite Guards, an Ender.

Option one will kill me.
Option two is meant to break me, but is the only way to survive.

Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?

Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.

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And this final one is a young adult release from Kady Cross. Sisters of Blood and Spirit is the first book in the series of the same name.

sisters of blood and spiritSynopsis…

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.

Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.

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Which of these will you be trying out? I am a bit bummed by The Unleashing, but I am going to try and pick it up again in the next few days. Here’s hoping I was just too distracted the other times and I can actually give it a full read.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just a quick little cover lover post for today, which happens to be the last day of my almost month-long vacation (good Lord, a month can fly by). Let’s start with Amber Smoke, which is the first book of The Escaped series by Kristin Cast. It is due out on June 9th.

AMBER SMOKEThere is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.

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Cover two is from Devon Monk and her House Immortal series. Crucible Zero is due out on September 1st.

crucible zeroMatilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves. . . .

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I don’t know of too many people who don’t enjoy Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken, so word of a new book is always a good thing. The next Dragon Kin book will be called Feel the Burn, and it will be out on November 24th.

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And finally, we have Wish Bound by J.C. Nelson, which is part of the Grimm Agency series. It will be released on August 25th.

wish boundAs a partner at Grimm’s magical Agency, Marissa Locks is used to working odd jobs. But when an evil queen reappears in Kingdom, life becomes too strange to handle…

Even when she’s not starting it, trouble follows Marissa everywhere. First there was the incident with the homicidal Fairy Godmother. Then there was the time she accidentally started Armageddon. But the problems that always seem to arise on Marissa’s birthday take the cake.

This year, her annual bad-luck presents include an army of invading goblins, the resurrection of two vengeful enemies from hell, and the return of the Black Queen, the evil sorceress whose reign of terror still haunts Kingdom and who happens to have claimed Marissa as her servant.

As Marissa’s friends try to save her from the Black Queen’s clutches, Marissa fights to end a bitter war that started before her birth. But her quest for peace is about to bring up some inconvenient truths about her own past—ones that might cost her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of…

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I find myself very interested in the Amber Smoke. I haven’t read any of the previous House of Night series she wrote with her mother, but this one has caught my attention. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind checking out all of these, and that is rare.

Cover Lover – The Unleashing

Word has been trickling down about a new series from Shelly Laurenston based on her Hunting Season books. It turns out that the new series will be called Call of Crows, and the first book will be called The Unleashing. Amazon has a listing up for it now showing a release date of March 31st, and the cover just went public today.

the unleashing

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What do you think? I have seen that particular cover shot used on a couple of covers over the years, but I have to say that I like this version of it the best.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Here’s a few new covers to get over the middle of the week. Donna Grant has a new Dark Kings novel called Hot Blooded, due out on December 30th.

hot bloodedPurchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Vampire in Paradise from Sandra Hill. It is due out on November 25th.

cb2a699492a74a5003d3b681d055799fPurchase at Amazon.com

Shelly Laurenston is in the process of re-releasing her Pride series in mass market paperback, and the next one up is The Mane Squeeze. It is due out on January 6th.

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The Orphan Queen is the next release from Jodi Meadows, which is due out on March 10th.

the orphan queenPurchase at Amazon.com

This next one is called The Boy With the Hidden Name. It is from author
Skylar Dorset, and it is due out on December 2nd.

the boy with the hidden namePurchase at Amazon.com

And this final one is from Gail Carriger. Waistcoats & Weaponry is the third and final book in the Finishing School series, and it is due out on November 4th.

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That’s it for today. Anything exciting? I have to hit the Donna Grant books to get caught up, but the way she pumps them out that could take a while.