New Series Alerts

It seems like so long since I have done a new series post, so let’s dive right on in. A big one for sure will be Thea Harrison‘s Moonshadow, which is technically part of the Elder Races series but also counts as the first book of the Moonshadow spin-off.

moonshadowSynopsis…

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

And this second one is from Milly Taiden. Bearly in Control is the first book of the Shifter Undercover series.

bearly in controlSynopsis…

For vet and animal whisperer Charli Avers, talking to bears is all in a day’s work. But when she finds a man—a very sexy, very alpha man—where a bear ought to be, the wild comes close to home. Charli is drawn to this mysterious stranger. She wants to help him piece together the past he can’t remember—even if that means shedding her human misgivings and embracing her more carnal desires.

After shifting from bear to man, Barry believes he’s finally found his mate. Now he just needs to find himself. He doesn’t know much about the animal within him, but his human heart aches for Charli. She ignites his instincts to protect her from all danger—including their electric attraction.

The stakes climb as Charli investigates the mystery behind Barry’s memory loss and how it may relate to strange sightings and thefts in this little corner of Oregon. Without answers, she may lose Barry—and herself—to the wild side forever.

So, Moonshadow is my very first Kindle pre-order. I was too cheap to shell out almost 30 bucks for the paperback version here in Canada, so e-book it is. Never thought I would admit it, but the e-book thing is growing on me. I have been playing around with my little e-book collection on my i-pad, and I realized I can edit and change covers and organize and that makes me kind of happy. Not that I am giving up on the dead-tree thing at all, but I no longer sneer when I have to go electronic. Beauty.

Up Next From Thea Harrison

It has been a long, long time since we have had any news on the publication front from Thea Harrison. Her last traditionally published Elder Races releases came out in December 2015 – and then there was nothing. We did hear that she was making the jump to Indie publishing, but there was no word as to what or when or how…until today. The official cover and blurb reveal was done over on RT Book Reviews.

It looks like Thea has moved things over to the UK for her next three-book arc, which will start on December 13th with the release of Moonshadow

moonshadowSynopsis…

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

Moonshadow will be followed by Spellbinder and Lionheart, but no release date has been announced for them as yet. I have to say, on the cover side of things, I like this one. It is way better than many other Indie covers I have seen. I am not sure about any format other than e-book, but hopefully us print-edition people will be in the loop, too.

I know the trend right now seems to be for authors with long-running series to put out books focused on completely new characters, but I am not sure how I am feeling about that. It is taking already large and involved worlds, with many known and loved characters begging to get their stories told, and making them even bigger. And it means we have to wait longer for stories for characters like Grim or Alexander, or even Eva. Maybe things will cycle back to the US crew after this trilogy, who knows?

From the Author Pages

Time for my weekly check into the authors that have their own sections of Wicked Scribes, and that means time to post an update, as well. There isn’t a ton for this one, but there are a couple of tidbits to share…

  • The cover has been released for the next Branded Packs book from Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan, which is called Buried and Shadowed. It will release on July 12th…

buried and shadowed

  • Oooh, title alert! Title alert! The 11th Charley Davidson book from Darynda Jones will be called Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, and it is due out next January.
  • Speaking of title alerts, it was just hours ago that Kresley Cole confirmed that Immortals After Dark #18 will be called Wicked Abyss. Ok, seriously. Can anything with Abyss in it be about anyone other than Furie? I guess we will find out…when it is released next March.
  • Oh, and the cover has also been released for the next novella in Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series, Unwanted. It is due out on July 18th…

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  • And on the Black Dagger Brotherhood front, J.R. Ward‘s next book will be called The Chosen, and it will feature…Layla. Hmmm. Not my favorite character. Probably my least, actually. I care about her so little, I don’t even know if I spelled her name right. Bummer. If everything holds to the usual schedule, it should be released next March.
  • Totally neither PNR or UF, but the next Casey Duncan book from Kelley Armstrong will be released next February 7th, and it will be called A Darkness Absolute.
  • Ok, this isn’t an update, but a rant about lack of updates. I wish authors all the best, and I want them to do whatever works for their careers so that we will continue to get the books we love, but why is it when some authors go self-pubbed that you just can’t seem to find out any info on upcoming releases? Seriously. Alexandra Ivy is great about keeping her readers in the loop about what she has coming out, but so many others seem to just fall right off the radar. I want to do my little part by maybe making a post, or at least putting their upcoming works in the new release pages, but I can’t find any info. Ok, I needed to vent before I go back to trying to find out what Thea Harrison is working on now. Oy.

So, which of these are you looking forward to the most? Who do you predict the next IAD book will be about?

Reading Wrap Up…

booksSo, this is probably my last reading wrap up for the year, which is darn scary when you think about it. Let’s start with one that I didn’t actually plan on getting to for a while. I had decided that Kresley Cole‘s Sweet Ruin just wasn’t worth the price tag, and I stuck with it. Sort of. A person I work with had gotten the Kindle version, and actually lent it to me. It worked out perfect, because the e-format version makes updating the guides a lot easier. Then, I found one on e-bay that only cost $22, shipping included. Great! And the same day I got a gift certificate from Indigo and used it to order Sweet Ruin. Wait, what? Yep, stupid ended up buying two copies. Oye.

Anyway, it wasn’t bad at all. I really liked the introduction of the Morior, and I can see them making some waves. Blace, Darach and Orion really grabbed my attention, and I look forward to finding out more about them. Also, seeing that much Thad was great. I didn’t mind Josephine and Rune, either, but I think I liked the rest of the book better than their story, if that makes sense. Like I said in the crack-pot theory post, I figure Orion will be hooked up with Nix, and that should be fun.

A while back, I finished up the fifth book in Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series. It was ok, but I found it hard to get into. Maybe I was too far removed from the last book, I am not sure, but it didn’t flow for me. But I was surprised that I enjoyed Oblivion as much as I did. It is a retelling of the first book, but from Daemon’s point of view. It was a fast, fun read, and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed the early books in the series.

I finished up the third Elder Races novella from Thea Harrison, too. Liam Takes Manhattan lacked the punch for me that Dragos Goes to Washington, but it was still good. I am interested to see how Liam’s story progresses once he heads to Europe, too.

There were also an emergency re-read done. I am not sure how, but I had forgotten to do Archangel’s Enigma for the Guild Hunter character guide. Ok, that was just wrong. I don’t forget Nalini Singh books. Ever. But the re-read was great – loved it. The whole series is just so well written and well thought out that you get something new out of it every time you pick it up. Can’t wait for the next one. And the one after that.

How did your Christmas reading shape up? Did you find anything exciting, or rediscover any favorites?

 

Predictions and Crack-Pot Theories…

I thought for something a little different, I would start a thread about what direction we see some of our popular series heading in for the next year. Sometimes, you just get a vibe about something, so let’s share our wild theories and predictions. Here are a few of mine…

  • Hm, not so much a wild prediction, I will admit, but I figure that the next Elder Races book from Thea Harrison (the first self-pubbed, and based in the UK) will feature King Oberon of the Dark Fae. Now, smart money is probably on the Magical dude, Morgan, but I am going with the King.
  • On the subject of wild speculation, I am taking bets that Kresley Cole has introduced Nix’s other half. My completely crack-pot theory is that Orion the Undoing ends up with Nix. I have been wondering who exactly could handle the Nixinator, and Orion is about the only one I have seen who stands a chance.
  • Even though there hasn’t been much (any) news on the Breeds front, I am still sticking by my prediction that Lora Leigh pairs Cassie with the Wolf Breed Rhyzan Brannigan. I know most people are thinking it might be Dog, but I am going with the Assistant Director of the Bureau of Breed Affairs. I just got the vibe the minute he showed up, out of the blue.
  • And I know that pretty much everyone figure that Nalini Singh‘s Venom will end up with Sorrow, but I am still going in a different direction. Even though Archangel’s Enigma gave me a very Illium/Aodhan vibe (I am not alone on that one, am I?), I have it stuck in my head that Illium and Sorrow will be a couple. Here is my theory – Illium loves mortals, which Sorrow is/was, and with her unknown status it is a bit more dramatic than Illium loving a human who then becomes vampire so they can have their HEA (its been done). And, with Sorrow’s terror of angels, there is a bit extra drama. My back-up plan is totally Illium and Aodhan, though.
  • Still on the Guild Hunter books, I was thinking that it could be a Suyin (Lijuan’s rescued niece) and Aodhan pairing, since they are both artists and all, but I have had a change of heart. I am thinking a nice novella of Kier and Suyin is in our future. Or at least I am hoping.
  • And I pretty sure I have mentioned this one before, but I am thinking that Jackson Deveau has a link to bad guy Evan Shackler-Gratsos in his past. In the Sea Haven books, Jackson’s father was a biker and he is being hunted by a biker gang, and Shackler-Gratsos runs a criminal empire biker gang, so I am thinking that the two are one and the same. It might be a way for Christine Feehan to link the two series together even further, I figure.

Ok, your turn. Any weird theories that you just can’t prove? Anything you are hoping to see, or rumors you have heard?

Pick of the Week…

For some reason, I didn’t actually get my pick of the week listed in the new releases. Meh, one reason why e-books annoy me is because they don’t have a lot of lead time before they are published, but to be fair I think I just missed it. So, long story short, Thea Harrison‘s novella Liam Takes Manhattan is released today, rounding out a trilogy of stories featuring Dragos, Pia and Liam. Usually I don’t find novellas to be considered a must-read, but the first two had some very interesting developments. Here’s hoping this one will be as good.

liam takes manhattanSynopsis…

Reeling from a deep loss, the magical prince of the Wyr, Dragos and Pia’s son Liam Cuelebre, turns inward and withdrawn as he struggles to come to terms with who he is, along with the challenges that lie before him.

Hoping to ease his heartache and offer comfort, a concerned Dragos and Pia offer him a gift, something he has desired for a long time. Liam’s response has a ripple effect across all of New York. Soon miracles of all kinds start arriving just in time for Christmas, along with a visit from a mysterious person who gives Liam hope and a vision of his future.

What is your pick of the week? Anything exciting on your radar?

 

Reading Wrap Up…

booksThat whole keeping track of what I read every week died a horrible death, so it looks like it is going to be a random post. Since there was no new series alert post, or even a pick of the week, now is as good a time as any.

Well, by this point, I am pretty sure we have all jumped on Magic Stars, the Derek and Julie-centric novella from Ilona Andrews. This one was an early Christmas gift, for sure. We have had Julie-based stories before, but this was the first time we really got anything from Derek’s POV. This story was short, but it was packed full of action (and more than a little romantic foreshadowing). Derek has always been a favorite of mine, and I was not surprised by how much I loved this novella. And the good news? The door was left open for more stories.

I also did a re-read of Viper Game by Christine Feehan. Not bad, but totally another one in the “Alphahole and the Doormat” series (which includes the latter Leopard series books). Ghostwalkers has been a favorite of mine since the beginning, but wow, yeah. This is the one that I consider to be more a breed story than a Ghostwalker book. It reads differently than the others in the series, but I am still holding out hope that the next one goes back to the old style.

And I also read Feel the Burn from G.A. Aiken. I really liked this one. In fact, I found myself getting more into the whole series with the last couple of books. I love the whole Daughter of the Steppes thing, and I so read their parts with a full-on Russian accent. I think that what held me back from full enjoyment before was that it was nearly impossible to keep track of all the characters. I liked them, but I missed a lot not being able to remember who was who, who was related to who, that sort of thing. I think I got a handle on it with the last couple of books, but it still desperately need a character guide. And I am so looking forward to a re-read of the series, which is a bonus.

Another good one was Thea Harrison‘s Shadow’s End, which was the long-awaited story of Graydon. Now, I have admitted in the past that I was a bit let-down when I found out that Beluviel was going to be Graydon’s mate, not because I didn’t like her, but because I have never been a huge fan of the whole second love storyline. I don’t mind when a character has been widowed and gets a second chance, but not usually when we have seen them as a couple. Also, I am not big on books where the couple has had a relationship in the past, mostly because it feels like we are missing out on half of the story. But to be honest, neither of my nitpicks came into play here. The relationship between Beluviel and Calondir didn’t really count for much, and we saw pretty much every moment of Graydon and Beluviel’s past so I didn’t feel like we didn’t get the whole of the relationship. This was a great book, and I ended up loving Beluviel for Graydon, which is a bonus. Not to say there isn’t a bunch of sad here, too, but it was still a terrific read. Now it looks like we are on to the European Elder Races for the next book. I am so thinking King Oberon.

That pretty much wraps up my recent reading. How was yours? What did you read and love recently? Or read and not love so much? How excited are you for more Derek and Julie books?

From the Author Pages…

Updating time again, and I found a few new things this week that I thought I might share…

Is anyone looking forward to the second book in the Devil’s Isle series from Chloe Neill? I have actually heard precious little about the first book, and I haven’t gotten around to read it yet myself. The next book will be called The Sight, and it has a release date of August 16th. The cover and blurb have been released…

the sightThe paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both…

And it looks like the “Lost” Dark book isn’t going to be lost for much longer. Dark Carousel from Christine Feehan will be the long delayed story of Tariq Asenguard, and it will be released next August 2nd.

dark carouselThe moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait—to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor.

Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike…

I am really excited for this next one (well, duh). Ilona Andrews has written a Derek-centric novella called Magic Stars, and it will be released in a couple of weeks. See? Not even whining about an e-book. Progress, right? The exact date hasn’t been pinned down as of yet, but I believe around Christmas is the target. Derek. For Christmas. This works.

magic starsDerek Gaunt has no family and few friends. Scarred, solitary, he is the lone wolf who separated from his pack. When those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through magic-drenched Atlanta.

Soon Julie Olsen joins him and what begins as revenge turns into the race to save the city. Their search puts them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

Hm, just a quick Jennifer Estep note. It looks like her 15th Elemental Assassin book has undergone a couple of small changes. Originally it was to be called Deadly Web, and it had a release date of end of July. Now it has been re-named Unraveled, and it will be out on August 30th. No cover yet, but the blurb is out…

What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?

As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.

So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.

Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight …

Oh, and there has been a blurb released for the next book in Kelley Armstrong‘s Cainsville series, too. Betrayals will be released on August 4th…

Liv Jones knows a lot about betrayal – most of her life has been a lie. On the eve of her wedding, she discovered she was adopted – and that her biological parents were convicted serial killers. Not only that, she has the power to read portents – ominous signs that she might be in danger.

In the last year Liv has adapted to a new life, solving crimes with her (sort of) friend and boss Gabriel Walsh – a lawyer with quick fists and a complex relationship with the truth. She’s also found love in the form of biker Ricky Gallagher. But this brief period of peace is soon shattered by murder. And when her friendship with Gabriel is tested to the limit, Liv finds she has been betrayed again.

Who can she trust? As the violence escalates, Liv’s powers pull her down a dark path – and make her question everything and everyone. Including herself.

And I guess the fears about Kim Harrison not being able to continue her new series due to the poor sales of the first book have been put to rest. The second book of the Peri Reed Chronicles will be called The Operative, and it will be out on September 1st.

Get well soon, Patricia Briggs. She suffered a badly broken jaw after being kicked by a spooked horse, and had to be air-lifted to a hospital in Spokane where she was operated on. You can read the full Facebook post HERE.

And finally, while there hasn’t been any official word yet on the next full Elder Races book by Thea Harrison, we do know that not only was Shadow’s End the last traditionally published story, but it was also the end of the current story arc. The next book will be featuring some of the United Kingdom Elder Races, but the original American gang will be back for future stories. Anyone else thinking King Oberon?

Anyways, that is it for this update. Are you excited for any of this? Have you heard any new info to share? If so, just drop a line in the comments section.

Shadow’s End Winner…

winner bannerWell, I finished reading this one last night, and it was a wild ride. I was very meh about Beluviel as Graydon’s HEA, but I was pleasantly surprised. As much as I liked the little of Bel we had seen before, I wanted someone new for Graydon, but I ended up really liking both their backstory and their story set in modern times.

Anyways, Shadow’s End by Thea Harrison is the last giveaway for 2015, and there were 15 entrants. The randomly chosen winner (through Random.org) was #3…

Lisa

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Congratulations, Lisa. I will be contacting you shortly for your details.

December’s Book of the Month and Giveaway…

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The poll for December’s book of the month was a little different. There was only one vote difference in the top three – Blood Kiss and Sweet Ruin tied for second with 38, and Thea Harrison‘s Shadow’s End won with 39. Can’t say that wasn’t close.

If you would like to win a paperback copy of Shadow’s End, just drop a line in the comments section. Because the release date for this is December 1st, the giveaway won’t be going long. Let’s wrap it up Wednesday night, Midnight Atlantic time. Contest open to all, winner to be chosen at random.

Good luck!

shadow's endSynopsis…

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…