Cover Lover and Site Updates

I recently added the info for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave to the Charley Davidson Guide, so that is up-to-date, which is great. But what I noticed was how shoddy the guide actually was. I don’t try and include everything for every character, which is on purpose, but honestly, it read like I had left a ton of stuff out. It didn’t even make sense in parts. I had to do a ton of looking up character names on Kindle to try and make things read a bit better, so hopefully it will have a bit more flow than before. If you notice anything that should be there that I didn’t add, feel free to give me a shout. I would appreciate it.

Onto the cover portion of today’s entertainment. Let’s start with American Witch, the next book from Thea Harrison. Right now, it is scheduled for an end-of-March release date.

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This next one is from Alexandra Ivy. She is going back to her Guardians of Eternity series this April with the release of Darkness Returns. There has also been a redesign of the covers for the original books in the series, too.

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This final one is a young adult release from Gena Showalter. She is starting up a new fairytale retelling series this June called The Forest of Good and Evil, and the first book is called The Evil Queen.

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There you have it. Which of these new books will you be checking out? I don’t do YA anymore (or very, very rarely), but I will definitely be picking up the first two books on release day.

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Reading Wrap Up

It’s been a while since I was around, so I thought I might do up a reading wrap up post to see what you thought on some recent releases from the last month or so.

LionheartI picked up Lionheart from Thea Harrison, and it feels like it has been forever since there was anything new from the Elder Races world. I liked this one way more than I thought I would, which is always a plus. It wasn’t a book I was particularly excited for, for whatever reason, but it was another good, solid story that had a few decent cameos from the original Wyr gang back in New York. I just wish that we knew what was coming next.

shadow and iceAnd then there was Shadow and Ice from Gena Showalter. I mentioned this one before, and sadly things didn’t change. I had to DNF this one, which is something that I might do to a book maybe twice a year. The whole tone of the book rubbed me wrong. Quip quip quip. More quips. Hair flip. Growl. Quip. It was just a big no. What did surprise me when I looked on Goodreads to see if I was just being bitchy about is was how divided people were in their reactions. It seems like it is all either 5 star reviews…or DNF’s. And there are a lot of DNF’s for it, which I haven’t really noticed for a Gena Showalter book before. The sad thing is is that I really wanted to like it, but I guess you can’t win them all.

Shades of Wicked CR: Avon

So, Shades of Wicked from Jeaniene Frost. To say I was excited for Ian’s story would be a bit of an understatement, and I wasn’t disappointed. Sometimes, for me, when a side character I really like gets their own story it can become too much of a good thing, and some of the charm can wear off. Or their character gets watered down. Thankfully, that didn’t happen here at all – Ian was Ian, and it was great. Loved Veritas, too, which is a bonus. Now starting the countdown to Wicked Bite.

USA_Archangels_Prophecy_Cover_-_CopyArchangel’s Prophecy was a bit tricky. I know some were a bit miffed by the cliffhanger ending – that didn’t bother me. And I can’t say that I didn’t like it – but I didn’t love it, either. I can’t put my finger on why, but it felt like there were things going on that I just couldn’t get interested in. Like the Favashi and Harrison arcs – they weren’t bad, but I just wasn’t invested in them. Which meant that I big portion of the book didn’t really grab me. I didn’t skim, but there were times I was tempted. Still a solid book, but just not my favorite from Nalini Singh.

36188722_10157537628422598_9214164022109143040_nI also read the latest Leopard People book from Christine Feehan, Leopard’s Run. Not much to say about this one. It was ok. Maybe I was just in a mood, but there wasn’t much in way of story going on, just lots of mating issues. I did LOL at the cats having names – well, not the cats. Ashe’s cat – Godiva. Godiva? Seriously. I did a serious eye-roll every single time someone referenced Godiva. Lord. It was good for a cringe-laugh, though.

39320167And finally, there is my hands-down winner, Diamond Fire. This is only a novella, but it works so well as a transition from Nevada to Catalina’s story. Ilona Andrews‘ Hidden Legacy series is probably my favorite series going, which is saying something, but even so this was a great story. If this little story is any indication, I might even like Catalina’s character more than Nevada’s…and her powers are awesome. During the first three books, I kind of thought she got the dud magic, but that is a big no. Not at all. My most anticipated book by a long, long way for next year? Catalina’s first full book, Sapphire Flames.

Your turn. What did you think of some of the recent releases? Did anything stand out to you – good or bad?

Pick of the Week

I have to admit, I wasn’t particularly stoked to get my hands on Lionheart. I’m not sure why – maybe it was the long wait time for it? But for whatever reason, I knew I would be picking it up, but it wasn’t a countdown the days situation. Fortunately, I am over the half-way point and really enjoying it. I do like this spin-off Thea Harrison created, and while I would love to get more stories set in the Moonshadow world, I am also antsy to get back to the Sentinels in New York. Hopefully, we can get both. So, my surprised by how much I am liking it pick of the week is Lionheart.

LionheartSynopsis…

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…

How about you? Which would you prefer – more Moonshadow or more New York Wyr? I like both about the same at this point, but if we can get the rumored New York trilogy I would be very happy for Thea to concentrate on the Moonshadow world after that. Or maybe one of each a year?

 

This and That

I don’t have a ton to share this time, but there are a couple of things that I was really happy to see…

  • We are one step closer to more Hidden Legacy. It looks like the fourth book from the Ilona Andrews series doesn’t have a title as yet, but it will coming out on August 27th.
  • I am looking forward to Ian’s Night Rebel series from Jeaniene Frost, and it looks like the second book is in the works. Wicked Promises will be released next July 30th.
  • There will be a fourth book in Chloe Neill‘s Devil’s Isle series. The Beyond will be released next June.
  • I thought the Secret McQueen series from Sierra Dean had wrapped up, but it looks like the 9th book will be released this December. It’s called Secret Lives.
  • There is no official title as yet, but the 49th In Death book from J.D. Robb will be coming out next August 1st. I am about half way through the series, but still a darn long way to go.
  • Oh, and I missed a couple of Thea Harrison novella collection re-releases…

41399723The Elder Races Tarot Collection came out on August 19th, and it contains True ColorsNatural EvilDevil’s Gate, and Hunter’s Season.

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41741989A Dragon’s Family Album: Final Collection was released on September 6th, and it features Dragos Takes a HolidayPia Saves the DayPeanut Goes to SchoolDragos Goes to WashingtonPia Does HollywoodLiam Takes Manhattan, and Planet Dragos.

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41806660And if you are interested in the whole collection, you can pick up The Elder Races: Complete Novella Bundle. It contains True ColorsNatural EvilDevil’s GateHunter’s SeasonThe WickedDragos Takes a HolidayPia Saves the DayPeanut Goes to SchoolDragos Goes to WashingtonPia Does HollywoodLiam Takes ManhattanThe Chosen, and Planet Dragos.

 

Upcoming from Thea Harrison

I was hoping to find the official blurb for Thea Harrison‘s upcoming third Moonshadow book, Lionheart, when I stumbled across an announcement for an all new trilogy set in the Elder Races world. Hm, interesting.

Last winter, Thea was one of four authors who contributed to the Amid the Winter Snow anthology, and I really enjoyed her story, The Chosen. Only loosely connected to the main Elder Races series, it had a different feel to it that I very much enjoyed. I remember at the time hoping that that one novella wasn’t going to be all we saw of that world…and it isn’t. Her new series will be set in the Other land of Ys, and it will feature all-new characters. It will be called the Maelstrom series, and the first full book will be called Queen of Treason. There isn’t a firm release date as yet, but it looks at this point like it will be at least a trilogy.

All of that is good news, but it still made me wonder a bit. As much as I love a good spin off, it feels like there is so many stories left to tell in both the original Elder Races and the more recent Moonshadow series. I especially thought that the Daoine Sidhe knights introduced in the first Moonshadow book had tons of potential, along with finishing up stories for the original Elder Races sentinels like Grym and Alexander. I guess what I am mumbling about is that while I am very grateful to get more stories set in this new world, I hope it doesn’t come at the expense of the characters we have already met in previous works.

How about you? Are there any more Elder Races/Moonshadow stories you are hoping for?

Cover Lover – Lionheart

Thea Harrison released the cover for her next Moonshadow book, Lionheart, which is due out this December. So, yeah. The cover. Welp, I’ve got nothing. Dude is…mature. And…unusual. Not your standard cover model (my expression right now kind of looks like the lion in the top corner, honestly). So, your thoughts?

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More Novella News

After finding out about the Ilona Andrews‘ Hidden Legacy novella-and-novel news earlier in the week, I was pretty happy. I was also glad to get some info on a couple of more novellas heading our way in the not-too-distant future, too. It looks like there is now an official blurb for Planet Dragos from Thea Harrison

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the final novella featuring Pia and Dragos…

Pia’s latest pregnancy has become a daily challenge, her relationship with Dragos strained with argument. That hasn’t stopped them from achieving a compromise and traveling to Las Vegas to celebrate their friend Rune’s wedding to his mate Carling.

From the moment they arrive, the trip goes awry. Death walks in Vegas, and Pia is kidnapped as an ancient enemy makes a move to destroy the Great Beast once and for all.

But the Great Beast has other plans.

On Planet Dragos everything goes the way he arranges it—unless someone decides to cross him, and God help them then, because he doesn’t know how to back down, and he doesn’t ever, ever let up….

Planet Dragos will be released on May 14th.

Aaand, it looks like there will be one more Merit and Ethan story before Chloe Neill starts up her Heirs of Chicagoland series. Slaying It will be released on July 17th.

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Merit, the Sentinel of Chicago’s Cadogan House, is pregnant. She’s ready to meet her daughter, but also excited to see her feet again. But trouble always seems to find her…

Ethan and Merit have been married for eight months, and they’re preparing for life-with-baby. Ethan’s battling his overprotectiveness, while Merit’s hoping she can figure out how to be a loving parent given her family’s chilliness.

While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a man in need, only to find herself the victim of a kidnapping attempt. Someone with a serious debt to some very serious people thinks Cadogan House will pay a rich reward for Merit’s return.

Jonah, the handsome captain of Grey House’s guards, is on his way to a meeting at Cadogan–and if he’s honest with himself, to drop in on Cadogan’s gorgeous and brilliant chef, Margot–when he stumbles on the aftermath of the attack. He’ll stop at nothing to help the Cadogan vampires, including Margot, face down the threat.

Nice. I am more interested in Jonah and Margot than Merit and Ethan, honestly, but this one should still be fun. So, final novellas for both Pia and Dragos and Merit and Ethan? How times are changing.

 

Last Minute Additions

Hard to believe it has been so darn long since my last post, but honestly I haven’t found much going on to even mention. I did do a swing through Amazon to see what last minute releases I could find for March…and what I had missed in February. Turns out there were a few.

I am completely floored that I didn’t know about this one – at all. Like, at all. Deborah Blake‘s 3rd Broken Riders book, Dangerously Fierce, came out on February 26th. I hadn’t even seen so much as a hint of a title or cover or anything for this one, and it is already out.

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The Riders: Three legendary brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe. The Riders’ immortality was stripped away, along with their mission. But they are still much more than Human, and their story is far from over…

His brothers may have found new paths to follow, but Alexei Knight isn’t even looking. If he can’t have the life he was meant to lead, there is no second choice. So he is bent on drinking and brawling his way across the country until he winds up on Cape Cod in a bar called The Hook and Anchor, where he finds challenges he was never expecting, a feisty red-haired bartender, and maybe a lot more than that…

Bethany McKenna left behind an almost-completed law degree to return home and care for her cranky disabled father and run his bar for him. If that wasn’t enough, she also agreed to foster a very pregnant Great Dane. She has enough to deal with without adding in a giant bearded brawler, no matter how appealing he is. Yet somehow he ends up living in the guesthouse, taking care of her father, and sneaking his way into her heart…

Alexei and Bethany both think the lives they wanted have come to an end, but after dealing with a mysterious sea monster, pirates, dragons, and some adorable puppies, they might just discover that love is the greatest adventure of all…

Charlaine Harris also has a new one I had never heard about. Huh, sensing a theme here? Layla Steps Up is a novella that was released on February 15th.

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Layla LaRue LeMay suspects there’s a lot she doesn’t know about her new life…well, death. It’s been a year since Layla became a vampire and she still hasn’t tapped into the raw power of her transformation. It’s a point of contention with some of the other, older vampire dancers at Blue Moon Entertainment. But there’s only one vampire’s opinion that matters…

Sean O’Rourke, Layla’s maker, protector, husband, and dance partner suddenly seems to be keeping secrets about her true nature…and their future as a couple. But when a sadistic ex-lover appears in Rhodes to reclaim possession of Sean, Layla must finally harness her supernatural gifts and prove her strength…or lose him forever.

And Dannika Dark also published a new one in February. The 4th book in her Crossbreed series came out on February 18th, and it was called Gaslight.

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Vampire trafficking is a sinister business, and nobody knows that better than Keystone. After Raven discovers hidden clues in a cold case, the group sets a trap in hopes of catching an elusive criminal. But when the plan backfires, Raven’s world is thrown into chaos, and Christian’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test.

Buried secrets come to light, and the only thing keeping Raven grounded is her insatiable thirst for vengeance. The stakes are high as they travel to a place where the landscapes are as treacherous as the immortals who live there. This time, there’s no room for mistakes.

I did manage to catch a few before their actual release date, which is a win. The long, long, looooong delayed 6th book from Allyson James‘ Stormwalker series, Dragon Bites, will be coming out on March 20th.

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Maya and I are just trying to have a girls’ weekend in Vegas. Kick back, take in some shows … Then Gabrielle decides to tag along.

Now there’s a dragon slayer after Mick, gladiatorial games from hell, and a Vegas hotel full of trapped demons. When Gabrielle and I charge in to assist, we don’t realize we’re awakening an ancient and terrible evil …

This evil is now after Gabrielle and her all-powerful magic, and it’s going to take me, Mick, Colby, and the rest of the dragons to keep my little sister safe.

Weird. Just after I was whining about nothing new coming from Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races series until December, I find a new novella. Well, technically it is a re-release of the story that she published in the Amid the Winter Snow anthology, but I will take it. The story is called The Chosen, and it will be available in stand-alone e-format on March 19th.

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A Wolf on the hunt…
Wulfgar Hahn, better known as the Wolf of Braugne, is a man on a mission. Determined to avenge the murder of his brother, he stops at Camaeline Abbey to meet with the Chosen of Camael, goddess of the Hearth. Unfortunately, it appears the Chosen wants nothing to do with him.

A leader in disguise…
Captivated by the Wolf of Braugne despite herself, Lily poses as an unassuming priestess in order to learn more about this ruthless man. But things are not as they seem, and after foiling an assassination attempt, Lily must decide if Wulf is the destroyer from her visions, or the hero of her dreams.

A choice to be made…
As war looms on the horizon, passion sparks between them, but an enduring relationship between a soldier on the march and a leader who reveres hearth and home is impossible—or is it? Among the swirling snows of the winter Masque, the gods and goddesses of the Elder Races dance, and love will find a way…

And I know there are some big Ann Aguirre fans out there, so this one might be right up your alley. The 3rd book of her Ars Numinia series, The Wolf Lord, was due out a while ago but then seemed to disappear from listings. Turns out it will be released on March 14th.

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Roguish. Reckless. Unreliable.
Raff Pineda has a certain reputation among the Animari. He’s the one to call if there’s a party starting, not the man to rely on when all hell breaks loose. Though he’s nominally the leader of the Pine Ridge pack, he defers to his second on the tough calls. Raff prefers to live fast and hard and keep his heart hidden, but a certain Eldritch princess won’t fall for his usual tricks, and their contract political marriage may be anything but convenient.

Ambitious. Elegant. Isolated.
Princess Thalia Talfayen may not have been raised by a witch in a tower, but she’s spent the last few decades locked up for a failed insurrection. Plotting and scheming comes naturally to her; personal connections do not. Since she’s come this far in her unstoppable quest to claim the silver throne, she won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to unite her people, even if that means giving herself to the big bad wolf…

Lori Handeland is going way back to the beginning and re-releasing her first Nightcreature book, Blue Moon. The paperback re-issue came out on February 25th, but the digital copy will be available on March 31st. This is great, since I wanted to give the series a try but couldn’t find a Kindle copy to save my life.

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In Miniwa, Wisconsin the usually shy wolf population has changed. Suddenly they are on the attack and Jessie McQuade, local cop, has uncovered some strange happenings.

When she finds a wolf totem at the scene of an attack, she turns to Professor Will Cadotte, a member of the Ojibwe Tribe and an expert in Native American mythology, for help. It doesn’t hurt that Will is tall, dark and gorgeous, as well as funny, smart and as sarcastic as Jessie herself. An uncommon attraction sparks between them, uncomfortable for Jessie, a woman who knows what she is–smart, competent and better off alone. She has never been, nor will she ever be pretty or petite. The two work together to discover what is rotten in Miniwa. They are getting nowhere until Edward Mandenauer shows up.

Mandenauer is as old as he is dangerous, and he’s been hunting superwolves for a very long time. He and Jessie troll the forest with silver bullets while Will attempts to learn who is creating these wolves and why.

All of the evidence points to something supernatural, but Jessie, with her practical nature, is unconvinced. There’s also the issue of Will himself, whose appearances and disappearances are interchangeable with that of the huge, black wolf that seems to be the leader of the pack.

As things get stranger and the rare Blue Moon approaches, Jessie wonders: Whom can she trust when the moon is full?

Honorable mentions go to The Phoenix Project from Jacquelyn Frank (March 27th), Guardian of Darkness from Katie Reus (March 20th), and The Silver Stag from Yasmine Galenorn (March 5th). Looks like it is time for me to go rack up some more for the TBR pile.

This and That

I don’t know if I have enough info to do a full “this and that” updating post, but then it might be nice to have something that is under a million rambling words, right?

  • Let’s start with site stuff. You might notice that I did pull some of the character guides that were either obsolete or very out of date with no hope of being updated. That said, I did keep a copy of them all and I can email any of them to anyone who needs them. That includes The Chronicles of Nick, White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, and The Midnight Breed guides. Just send me an email if you need any of them.
  • Christine Feehan‘s release schedule has been updated a bit to include dates for the next Leopard People and Torpedo Ink books. Leopard’s Run will be released on October 30th, and Torpedo Ink #2 will be out on January 3rd.
  • There is a little teaser synopsis for Gena Showalter‘s new Gods of War series up on Amazon. The first book is called Shadow and Ice, and it will be released on October 30th…

“After being trapped in an ice prison for centuries, a group of otherworldly immortals have finally broken free. In a bid to rule the earth, their fight to the death resumes, and the whole world becomes a gladiator arena. But this time, these savage warriors will risk more than their lives and the survival of their realms; they’ll also risk their hearts.”

  • Ilona Andrews had a competition over on their blog to pick the name of the newest Innkeeper Chronicles story featuring Maud and Arland. The winning title was Sweep of the Blade. They also did an interesting Q&A session over there, as well. If you pour over the questions, there is some good news (they are in talks with Avon for more Hidden Legacy books) and some not so great news (it doesn’t seem like there will be any more Derek-and-Julie stories). But I will take what I can get.
  • Shades of Wicked from Jeanine Frost has gone up for pre-order on Amazon, which makes it a real thing in my world. It is also showing a hardcover release, which is news to me, but I will keep an eye out for more info.
  • I had mentioned in a previous post that J.R. Ward will be starting a new contemporary series early next year that will feature firefighters. Turns out the title of the first book will be Consumed.
  • The next Argeneau Vampires book from Lynsay Sands will be called Vampires Like It Hot, and it will be released on September 25th.
  • October 30th is shaping up to be a pretty epic release day. According to Amazon.com, Nalini Singh‘s next Guild Hunter book is due out then, as well, and it will be called Archangel’s Prophecy. No clue on whose story it is as yet, though.
  • Mercy Thompson #11 from Patricia Briggs will be called Storm Cursed, and it will be released next March. I had seen a listing somewhere showing the Tom and Moira spin-off book as a September 2017 release, but I can’t find it now. I don’t think I was dreaming it, but who knows at this point?
  • I’m really hoping this is a misprint, but it looks like we might have quite a wait for the next Elder Races story from Thea Harrison. Lionheart is showing a December 2018 release. I haven’t come across anything else in progress, either. Have you heard what Thea has on the go? Is there another story due out before Lionheart? If not, that is an 18 month period between releases, which seems odd to me.
  • And finally, the second Lowtown book from Lindsay J. Pryor now has a title. Rogue will be released on November 22nd.

Yeah, I had more than enough for the post. Have you heard of anything coming up in the PNR/UF world? Any new releases you are really anticipating?

 

Pick of the Week

Well, there is only a few weeks left in 2017, but there are a still a couple of books to look forward to before the year wraps up. One of them is Amid the Winter Snow, an anthology featuring authors Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Jeffe Kennedy and Elizabeth Hunter.

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THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven
The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy
As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…

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Sadly, the only one of these authors I have read is Thea Harrison, but I have the others on my “one day” list. Which of these stories are you most looking forward to? Any favorites?