Release Day Review – Lady of Silver

Thanks goes once again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his release-day review for the first book of Shona Husk‘s new Blood and Silver series, Lady of Silver.

lady-of-silverWhat Doug said…

This book was a bit of a puzzle as far as reviewing it since it was dark, fast moving and a decent plot but the hero spent an inordinate amount of time being a jerk.

This is not a long book at under 200 pages it really falls into the novella category but all things considered I did enjoy it and read it in one sitting without a break.

Dale and Saba eventually made a good couple but the vast majority of the “romance” was him being a jerk and her waiting to see if he would come around or become a memory.

Bottom Line: This was a novella length story that has a good vampire murder/thriller plot, it is also the first of a series of books (books in the series is unknown at this writing) but sometimes you really want a good fast moving story that you can start and finish within a short time and this is perfect for those times, it is addicting and doesn’t spend pages on the color of grass or multiple highly descriptive page burning sex. If Dale had not been such a jerk for so much I might have given this 5 Stars. Recommended for those times you don’t feel like starting a doorstop length novel, this is a great fast story you will like in the end.

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New Series Alerts

As we roll into the last couple of weeks of February, there are a couple of new series getting their start. Shona Husk‘s Lady of Silver is the first book of her new Blood and Silver series.

lady-of-silverSynopsis…

A man on a mission
A brutal crime is haunting detective Dale Morgan. A young woman has been murdered on the city’s outskirts, and her blood drained. Dale suspects the leader of a depraved cult may be to blame. Yet with barely a shred of evidence at the crime scene, Dale will have to turn to the one person despises almost as much as the killers he puts behind bars.

A woman with secrets
To humans, Saba Venn is a psychic, but she’s Albah, a race long forgotten by humans but who live amongst them, her powers fueled by blood and silver. She agrees to help Detective Morgan, if it means stopping the vampire cult she believes is behind the killing. But the attraction she feels with Dale is immediate, and as their relationship intensifies she begins to doubt she can keep her secret from him.

And the second one is young adult. The Dragon’s Price is the first book of Bethany Wiggins‘ Transference series.

the dragon's priceSynopsis…

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

So, any plans to pick up either of these newbies?

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

I have gotten the new release pages updated with the latest blurbs and links, and while I was hunting I came across some new cover art, as well. Let’s start with Deadmen Walking, the first book of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s upcoming Dark-Hunter: Deadman’s Cross trilogy, which will be released on May 30th. And this is one long honkin’ blurb…

deadmen-walkingHell On Earth

When the Chthonians brought the primal gods to a truce at the end of their great war, part of the pact they forged was that the worst of the evil the gods had unleashed against each other and mankind would be forever banished.

But forever is a long time. And nothing can contain those determined to find a way back.

To catch evil, it takes evil . . .

While Thorn is able to contain the demons unleashed on the ground, the ones who prey on the innocent sailors and sea faring travelers are beyond his reach.

For the sake of humanity, he makes a shaky alliance with an old foe, Marcelina. In the form of the ship they sail upon, she assembles a team under the command of Captain Devlyn Nathaniel Bane, one of the most notorious and bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the high seas.

Damned and murdered by his own, Bane is out for revenge. With his own secret agenda, he agrees to take charge of the motley crew of pirates and brigands, and to protect the seas from the preternatural terrors that seek to devour every unwary soul they can take.

Theirs is a sacred and deadly task, as they are hunted by their prey and human authorities alike. If they fail, the world will fall to the ancient gods of chaos, and anarchy will reign. Most of all, the Southern gate, where the greatest, most powerful darkness is imprisoned, will be opened and there will be no stopping it.

It’s yo ho ho and a bottle of high seas stakes where the souls of all humanity are the ultimate prize and bargaining chip.

This second one is from Amanda Ashley. Fire in the Blood is due out on April 25th.

a-fire-in-the-blood“I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you.” The gypsy’s hand gripped Tessa’s tighter. “He will bring you death,” she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. “And life.”

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he’s after or her blood?

Kate Baxter has a new one coming out, as well. The Untamed Vampire is the fourth book of the Last True Vampire series, and it will be released on May 2nd.

the-untamed-vampireChelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she’s the only one of her kind―and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she’s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she’s not immune to the mating call―and her own primal longing…

The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle’s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo―even if their clans weren’t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous…but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion?

Although the end of the Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill is in sight, there are a few stories yet to look forward to. Phantom Kiss is a novella, due out on January 17th.

phantom-kissVampires 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 that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their 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…

Another novella is Shadow’s Seduction, the M/M story from Kresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark series, which will be released on January 30th.

shadows-seductionA night of debauchery
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend Caspion the Tracker comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare.

Changes them forever
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone—and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles—ranging from a death sentence, to exile on a war-torn dimension—threaten to destroy their lives, much less the vulnerable promise in that one kiss.

How long can they resist the fire that blazes between them?
Even if Mirceo can accept Caspion as his fated mate, the sensual vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer…

And next up from Shona Husk is Lady of Silver, the first book of her new Blood and Silver series, which is due out on February 21st.

lady-of-silverA man on a mission
A brutal crime is haunting detective Dale Morgan. A young woman has been murdered on the city’s outskirts, and her blood drained. Dale suspects the leader of a depraved cult may be to blame. Yet with barely a shred of evidence at the crime scene, Dale will have to turn to the one person despises almost as much as the killers he puts behind bars.

A woman with secrets
To humans, Saba Venn is a psychic, but she’s Albah, a race long forgotten by humans but who live amongst them, her powers fueled by blood and silver. She agrees to help Detective Morgan, if it means stopping the vampire cult she believes is behind the killing. But the attraction she feels with Dale is immediate, and as their relationship intensifies she begins to doubt she can keep her secret from him.

Yasmine Galenorn is staring up a new one, too. Souljacker is the first book of the Lilybound series, and it has a release date of March 7th.

souljackerLily 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…

These last two are young adult. Night Magic is a new one from Jenna Black, and it comes out May 30th.

night-magicJenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape.

Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city—and of having killed her onetime best friend—had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away—along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?

Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her—even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.

And this final one is from Keirsten White. Now I Rise is the second book in The Conquerer’s Saga, and it will be out on June 27th.

now-i-riseLada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

I really cannot believe that there will be another offshoot of the Dark Hunters. I can barely keep track of what is already on the go, let alone another trilogy, but I guess we will see how it goes.

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

Usually, when I do a cover lover post, I hope to find at least one that is a stand-out. I didn’t have much luck this time around. There isn’t anything that makes me gag, but then there isn’t much that would make me grab the book off of the shelf to read, either.

First up, we have the second book from the new Chris Marie Green Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series. Another One Bites the Dust will be released on November 4th.

another one bites the dustShona Husk is up next with To Love a King, which is from her Annywn series. It is due out on October 22nd.

to love a kingGena Showalter is re-releasing Tempt Me Eternally in e-format on June 2nd. It is #4.5 of her Alien Huntress series, and it was originally released in the Deep Kiss of Winter duology with Kresley Cole.

tempt me eternallyThe Winter Long, from Seanan McGuire, will be released on September 2nd. It is from her October Daye series.

the winter longThe third book from Sharon Shinn‘s Shifting Circle series, The Turning Season, will be released on November 4th.

the turning seasonJuliette Marillier starts her new Blackthorn and Grim series with Dreamer’s Pool. It is due out on November 4th.

dreamer's poolMolly Cochran revisits her Legacy series with a novella called Wishes. The e-book will be released on April 29th.

wishesJulie Kagawa‘s new YA Talon series gets its start on October 28th with the release of the first book, also called Talon.

talonAnd finally, we have Marie Lu‘s new The Young Elites. It is the first book of the series of the same name, and it is due out on October 7th.

the young elitesWhat do you think? I think that both Talon and The Young Elites are pretty, but they gave me more of a novella cover vibe rather than the first books of much anticipated new series from two successful authors.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Things have been a bit meh in terms of cover art for the last few weeks, but today I scraped together a few that I haven’t already seen all over. My favorite of the batch, unfortunately, comes from a series that I stopped reading after the first book. Wings is the third book from Elizabeth Richard‘s Black City series, and it will be released next spring.

WingsThis next one is also YA, and it is from Alyxandra Harvey‘s new Witching Season series. Stormcaster will be released on January 1st.

stormcasterThe third book of Tiffany Truitt‘s Lost Souls series, The Creators, will be released next April.

the lost soulsThere are a couple of adult covers, too. Shona Husk‘s Lord of the Hunt will be released on January 7th.

lord of the huntOk. I have to admit that I have the first three books from J.D. Robb‘s In Death series on mount TBR, but any time I even think about reading them, I hesitate. I am scared off by the sheer number of books in the series, since this next one is something like #39! Concealed In Death will be released on February 25th.

concealed in death

Release Day Review – Outcast Prince

Thanks once again to Doug Meeks, who sent over a review for the first book of Shona Husk‘s new Court of Annwyn series, called Outcast Prince. It was released today.

the outcast princeWhat Doug said…

OUTCAST PRINCE
BY
Shona Husk

Caspian is a half fairy half human or changeling and Lydia is the new owner of Callaway House which has a long history (some parts are of a house of dubious morals)

Caspian has the ability to touch things and see their history and so has been hired to inspect and value the items within Callaway House.

Lydia and Caspian are on a slow but sure road to a long time romance but before that can get too far along they have to deal with a evil banished fairy and also some very dangerous dealings with the Fairy Court .

This is a book of romance, mystery and a bit of a thriller, the story is excellent but the first 4-5 chapters were very slow and had me wondering if I really wanted to read this but thankfully things picked up very nicely and became a riveting story (one I am assuming will be added to if she makes it into a series) but be assured this novel is a standalone as far as the story having a good ending.

I would have to give it a solid 4 Stars, maybe a bit more but it did not have me desperate for more as her Shadowland series did, this is great reading but that series was exceptional reading IMHO.  So it gets 4 Stars in comparison, each reader might find it a small bit more or less.

New Series Alerts…

Just one new series starting this week, from author Shona Husk. The first book of the Annwyn series is called Outcast Prince.

the outcast princeSynopsis…

Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife’s infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.

While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she’s the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.

Is this one going on your TBR pile?

February’s E-novellas…and Used E-books?

lost to the graySo, after bugging everyone about how they keep track of the ever growing e-book releases, I think I have my technique down (down-ish, maybe). I am not even going to attempt to list all of the PNR, UF and YA digital books being released, but I do hope to get a handle on the novellas that are coming for the popular print series (and some of the better known authors). I ended up using a couple of different sources and searches (thanks for the ideas, everone). This is what I came up for in February…

February 5th

February 12th

  • Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, Kim FalconerVampires Gone Wild (Love at Stake #13.5, Vamp City #1.5)

February 18th

February 25th

February 26th

So, what did I miss? If you can think of any novellas that I skipped, feel free to list them here.

And, on a related note, I saw a little article over on Publisher’s Weekly that had me scratching my head. It looks like Amazon has plans…to sell used e-books. Huh?

         Amazon’s business model has long been dependent on resellers of used books and other merchandise. But a U.S. patent that Amazon Technologies in Reno, Nev., received last week indicates that the mega-retailer has its sights on digital resale, including used e-books and audio downloads. According to the abstract, Amazon will be able to create a secondary market for used digital objects purchased from an original vendor by a user and stored in a user’s personalized data store.

Boston-based ReDigi opened the first marketplace for pre-owned digital music, which it launched in late 2011, redigi.com. Once a lawsuit that Capitol Records filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan over the way it handles music downloads is behind it, ReDigi plans to expand into e-books and other digital items. In a press release issued yesterday, ReDigi commented that “the Amazon patent is further proof that the secondary market is the future of the digital space and that there is no turning back.”

I must admit, this seems strange to me. I guess there is a market for everything, though (and Amazon pretty much covers it all).

Guest Review – For the Love of a Goblin Warrior

Many thanks once again to Douglas Meeks, who did a review of yet another book that has been on my radar but never made the jump to my TBR pile.  Always with the “someday”.  Anyways, this time around Doug has done a review for For the Love of a Goblin Warrior, the third and final book of the Shadowlands trilogy by Shona Husk.

for the love of a goblin warriorWhat Doug said…

For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands Series Finale)

by

Shona Husk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

RELEASE DATE 1 JAN 2013 – AMAZON PREORDER LINK

For details/info on this series first 2 books plus a short prequel go here:

Shona Husk Shadowland novels

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Reading Order for Shadowlands Series

#0.5 The Summons (FREE on both Amazon and B&N)

#1 The Goblin King

#2 Kiss of the Goblin Prince

Summary:

Centuries ago, Meryn was thought to be utterly lost–all traces of his soul given up to the ravening goblin horde. But with the curse that enslaved him now broken, he must once again learn to walk in the realm of men.

Nurse Nadine Gilbert likes working the night shift to avoid her disturbing dreams, but her mysterious new patient looks hauntingly familiar. Meryn knows he doesn’t deserve a second chance, but Nadine brings out his long-buried human side. Telling her the truth about his violent past could destroy their fragile trust. Could she ever believe in the love of a Goblin Warrior?

Review:

Let me mention that I have not read the first books of this series (by accident) since I did not realize that this was the third (and last) book in the series BUT it turns out it made little difference in my reading enjoyment and this book can be read standalone BUT it would not be my recommendation since I intend to back up and read the others since the stories alluded to sound exceptionally interesting (and reading the final chapter has never been something I intentionally do).

Meryn has been under a curse for about 2000 years that turned him into a goblin warrior and somehow the curse has been broken (you will find out) and now he is a human once more with the mind of a 2000 year old Celtic warrior. He has some catching up to do and a huge weight of sorrow that is almost crushing him is somehow lifted a bit when he accidentally meets our heroine Nurse Nadine Gilbert who has her own depressing baggage.

This story is much less about goblins and more about how two people who desperately need each other hopefully end up in a relationship both keep avoiding. You won’t get any swordplay, almost no violence but a slow burn romance between 2 damaged people who unknowingly are the solution to each other’s future. This book is mostly character driven and if had not been so well written it would have been boring but you get caught up in the couple’s lives and struggles with their past. This is a well written romance and so don’t start reading and expect an action filled epic. This is the final chapter in a centuries old story of love, betrayal and loyalty.

Rating:

4+ Stars and maybe a bit more depending on your mood, this is a good story about two people that need to find love in their lives. It is also a story that wraps up threads from previous novels in the series and friendship that held true over the ages and through a terrible curse. I can say that this one caught my interest enough I plan to buy the previous books in the series.

Has anyone else tried this trilogy?  Like I said, I have been meaning to, but never quite gotten there.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Well, I was surprised to get my hands on some of these, since a lot of them aren’t due out until next year.  One example is For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk, which is due out on January 1st.  It is the third book in her Shadowlands series.

This second one is also due out on January 1st.  Prince of Power is the second book in Elisabeth Staab‘s Chronicles of Yavn series.

The cover has also been released for the third book of Judi Fennell‘s Bottled Magic series, Magic Gone Wild.  This one is due out on August 1st.

Deliver Me From Temptation is the second book from Tes Hilaire‘s Paladin Warriors series, which will be released on December 1st.

February 1st is the release date for the next Cat Star Chronicles book from Cheryl Brooks, called Wildcat.

And this final one is from Molly CochranPoison is the second book in her Legacy series, which is due out on December 4th.