What’s Your Take On…?

question-markI have been blogging for a few years now, and while I don’t really know much about a lot of the self-pubbed authors, I am usually relatively up-to-date on the traditionally published authors. But I realized a while back that one author I never hear much about is Yasmine Galenorn.

She is on the prolific side, with her Otherworld series having just passed the 17 book mark and a couple of new series on the horizon. But what surprises me is how little I see any of her books mentioned, outside of cover reveals (and most of the covers are really great, too). So, what is your take on Yasmine Galenorn? Where does she fall on your author lists? Do the stories live up to the pretty covers, or do they leave you wanting more?

New Series Alerts…

It is time once again to check and see which authors have new series starting up this week, and it looks like we have a couple to keep us going. Yasmine Galenorn‘s Flight From Death is the first book of the UF Fly By Night series, and from what I understand it is a sort of spin-off from her Otherworld books.

flight from deathSynopsis…

I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

And this second one is a young adult release from Rachel Caine. Ink and Bone is the first book of The Great Library series, which has been getting much hype.

ink and boneSynopsis…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

As  I have whined on and on about before, I am a cover sucker. Pretty? It must be mine. For that reason alone, I really should’ve tried a Yasmine Galenorn book by now, because all of them are pretty consistently well done. But have I? Nope. Not sure why, actually, and to be honest I haven’t heard much said about her books one way or the other. Might be time for a post to find out what readers think of her (doing it that way helped me try out the Jane Yellowrock books). As for Ink and Bone, it isn’t really yelling my name either, but the reviews have been quite positive, so I might break down and buy the e-book so I don’t feel so guilty if I don’t want to continue the series.

Will you be checking out either of these newbies this week?

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Time for another cover lover post, and while some of them have been making the rounds for a few days now I was too lazy to post them. Let’s start with Autumn Thorns, the first book of the new Whisper Hollow series from Yasmine Galenorn, which is due out on October 27th.

autumn thornsFifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother’s house—and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.

When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

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Not sure why I didn’t post this one before, but the 10th book in the Cal Leandros series from Rob Thurman will be called Nevermore, and it will be released on December 1st.

nevermorePeople die.

Everyone knows that. I knew it intimately as everyone in my life died thanks to my one seemingly harmless mistake. I’d brought down Heaven, lifted up Hell, and set the world on fire, all due to one slip of the memory.

I forgot the pizzas…

Caliban is a dead man. The Vigil, a group devoted to concealing the paranormal from humanity, has decided Cal has stepped out of the shadows once too often, and death is the only sentence. They plan to send a supernatural assassin into the past to take down the younger, less lethal Cal.

But things change when The Vigil makes one last attempt on Caliban’s life in the present—and end up destroying everyone and everything he cares about.

Now, Cal has to save himself, warn those closest to him, and kill every Vigil bastard who stole his world. But if he fails, he and everyone in his life will be history…

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Terry Spear continues with her 17th Heart of the Wolf series release, which will be called A Silver Wolf Christmas. Look for it on October 6th.

a silver wolf christmasLilith Saintcrow will release a new supernatural thriller on August 4th called Blood Call.

blood callAnna Caldwell has spent the last few days in a blur. She’s seen her brother’s dead body, witnessed the shooting of innocent civilians, and been shot at herself. Now she has nowhere to turn—and only one person she can possibly call.

Since Anna dumped him, it seems waiting is all Josiah Wolfe has done. Now, she’s calling, and she needs his help—or rather, the “talents” she once ran away from. As a liquidation agent, Josiah knows everything about getting out of tough situations. He’ll get whatever she’s carrying to the proper authorities, then settle down to making sure she doesn’t leave him again.

But the story Anna’s stumbled into is far bigger than even Josiah suspects. Anna wants to survive, Josiah wants Anna back, and the powerful people chasing her want the only thing worth killing for—immortality. An ancient evil has been trapped, a woman is in danger, and the world is going to see just how far a liquidation agent will go…

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Time for a couple of young adult covers. Melissa Landers starts a new series called Starflight on February 2nd with the release of the first book, also called Starflight.

starflightLife in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

Truthwitch is the first book of Susan Dennard‘s new Witchlands series, and it will be released early next year.

truthwitchOn a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

This last is from Tracy Clark. Illuminate is the third and final book of the Key Light Trilogy, and it is due out on October 6th.

illuminateCan one girl be the light in a world spiraling toward darkness?

Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary race known as Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history…and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of centuries-old clues and secrets, she collides with a truth not only shocking, but dangerous.

With enemies both known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythologies of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla, one is Arazzi.

Save herself. Save the Scintilla. Save the world.
Or die trying…

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Even though I have never read a Galenorn novel, I do love pretty much all of her covers. All of hers are, I believe, Tony Mauro creations, and they are consistently great. I wish every author had such cover luck.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

After a bit of what can only be called a dry spell, a few new covers have started trickling out (I imagine things will pick up after Christmas is out of the way). This first one is from Amanda Ashley. Night’s Surrender is part of the Children of the Night series, and it is due out on August 25th.

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This second one comes from Lori Handeland. In the Air Tonight is the first book of the new Summer of Witches trilogy, and it is due out on June 2nd.

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Yasmine Galenorn is also starting a new series. Flight From Death is the first book of the Fly By Night series, and it is due out on July 7th.

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This next one is Earth Bound by Christine Feehan. It is the 4th book of the Sisters of the Heart series, and it will be released on July 7th.

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And this final one is a Young Adult cover. Sisters of Blood and Spirit is written by author Kady Cross, and it will be released on March 31st.

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There you have it for today. I swear, one day I am going to pick up the Galenorn books just for the pretty covers. Her entire Otherworld series has great artwork, and this spin-off series does, too. I wish all series could look that good.

Cover Lover – Fangirl Edition

Finding a cover from a favorite author or a much anticipated book makes my day…finding a few on the same day is even better. So, to find  covers for Christine Feehan, Patricia Briggs and Lora Leigh on the same day was a total bonus. Sometimes, when it is a much-anticipated book, I don’t even care if I like the cover – I am still excited.

Let’s start with Patricia Briggs‘ next Alpha and Omega book, Dead Heat. I have to say, Charles might frighten me a bit on this one. It is due out on March 3rd.

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I next stumbled on the covers for the next two Lora Leigh Breeds books. This first one is called Overcome, and it is a compilation of 3 previously released novellas which is due out on February 3rd.

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That one will be followed by Gideon’s story, Bengal’s Quest, on March 3rd.

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It has been a long, long time since the last Ghostwalker book from Christine Feehan, but it looks like things are getting back on track. Viper Game, featuring Wyatt Fontenot, will be out on January 27th.

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Amber Benson starts a new series next January with the release of The Witches of Echo Park.

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The third book from Robin D. Owens‘ Ghost Seer series, Ghost Killer, will be out on February 3rd.

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Yasmine Galenorn‘s next Otherworld novel, Panther Prowling, is due out on January 27th.

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And this last one for today is from Amanda Hocking. Frostfire is part of her Kanin Chronicles series, and it is due out on January 6th.

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So, what do you think? Likes? Dislikes? Don’t like it but can’t wait to read it anyways? Which ones of these are on your must-read list?

New Series Alerts…

Time again to see what new series are getting their start this week, and we have three to look at. First up is Keri Arthur‘s Fireborn, which is the first book from her new Souls of Fire series.

firebornSynopsis…

From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

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Next up is Unwept, which is the first book from the Nightbirds series from authors Tracy and Laura Hickman.

unweptSynopsis…

Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.

Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.

Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?

Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.

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And the only young adult newbie this week comes from Kerry Wilkinson. Reckoning is the first book of the Silver Blackthorn series.

reckoningSynopsis…

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.

But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?

Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .

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On the other side of things, there are a couple of series wrapping up this week, as well. The final Edie Spence/Nightshifted book from Cassie Alexander, Bloodshifted, hits the shelves, as does the final Indigo Court book from Yasmine Galenorn, Night’s End. Are you checking out any of the new ones, or saying goodbye to the others?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

There has been a bit of a cover lull for a few days, and I only have five for today’s post. Let’s start with one from Kerrelyn Sparks. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire will be released on December 31st.

crouching tigerUp next is Flight From Hell, an Otherworld novella from Yasmine Galenorn which is due out on August 19th.

flight from hellThe prequel novella from Deborah Blake‘s upcoming Baba Yaga series, Wickedly Magical, will be released on August 5th.

wickedly magicalAnd these final two are from Kelly Meade. Gray Bishop is the second title, due out on October 21st….

gray bishop…and it will wrap up with White Knight on January 1st.

white nightSo, that’s it for today. Anything special catch your eye? Anything you are planning on grabbing when it is released?

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

I am a bit surprised to have come across so many new covers just a couple of days after my last cover post, but I guess you take what you can get, right? There are a couple of interesting ones in this pile, too, like Gena Showalter‘s The Queen of Zombie Hearts. The third and final book of her White Rabbit Chronicles will be out on September 30th.

the queen of zombie heartsI thought this next one was pretty, but then all of the covers from Yasmine Galenorn‘s Otherworld series have been. Priestess Dreaming is due out this October.

9780515154757_PriestessDreaming.inddNot quite sure about this next one, especially since the first cover in the Twixt series was quite eye catching and this one…isn’t. Anyways, Invisible from Dawn Metcalf is due out on September 30th.

invisibleIt looks like Meljean Brook is splitting up her next Iron Seas book into an 8-part serial, and the first installment of will be called The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster. Look for it on April 15th in e-book format.

the kraken king part 1I usually consider myself decently informed about books and authors (I spend enough time hunting down covers and info and the like), but somehow I had totally missed that there is a new series in the works from Devon Monk. I saw the cover for House Immortal over on All Things Urban Fantasy, and it looks like it will be out this September.

House Immortal.inddOne thing that triggers my OCD is when there is a change in cover design after the first book of a series is already released. That happened with Gennifer Albin‘s Crewel World, among others. Unraveled is the the third book in the series, and it will be out on October 7th.

unraveledNext up is the second book from C.C. Hunter‘s Shadow Falls: After Dark series, Eternal. This one has a release date of November 18th.

eternalAnd this final one is from Amanda Sun‘s Paper Dolls series. Rain is due out on June 24th.

rainWhat do you think of this batch? Anything stand out for you, or anything you are dying to get your hands on?

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Well, I guess technically the last three of these would be considered “new version” titles, but I still thought they were interesting. Night’s End is from author Yasmine Galenorn, and it is the final book in her Indigo Court series. Look for it on July 1st

night's endCover number two is from the second book from Susan Krinard‘s Midgard series, Black Ice. It will be released on August 12th.

black iceThese next three are the “new version” ones I was talking about before. The first three titles in Maggie Stiefvater‘s Shiver series are being re-released in paperback format on August 29th (I guess to get everyone ready for Sinner on July 1st). First up is Shiver.

shiverBook two is Linger.

lingerAnd finally, there is book three, Forever.

foreverI really like that the new Shiver series covers manage to have the same feel as the originals, but with a twist. I just wish they came in hardcover to go with Sinner, but you can’t have everything, I guess.

New Release Dates…

I have been adding quite a few new releases the last few days, so I thought I might list a few here.

  • Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner will be editing another anthology together called Games Creatures Play. It is due out on April 1st.
  • There will be a new series coming from author Virna DePaul early next year called the Belladonna Agency. Book one is called Turned, and it is due out on April 1st. Awakened follows on April 29th.
  • The third book from Jill Archer‘s Noon Onyx series, White Heart of Justice, will be released on May 27th.
  • Jacqueline Carey‘s third Agent of Hel book will be called Poison Fruit, and it wil lbe released next October.
  • It looks like the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger will have at least one more book. Book three will be called Waistcoats & Weaponry, and it is due out sometime next year.
  • May 6th is the release date for the third book of Kiera Cass‘s The Selection series, The One. There will also be a print version of the two e-novellas called The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard on February 4th.
  • Next July will see the release of the fifth and final book of Yasmine Galenorn‘s Indigo Court series, called Night’s End.
  • It looks like there will be a 4th World of Nightwalkers book from Jacquelyn Frank. Forged is due out on April 29th.
  • Another series on my want to read list is Stacia Kane‘s Downside Ghosts. There will be a novella released on October 8th called Close to You, and the as yet untitled sixth book will follow next July.
  • Air Bound, the third book from Christine Feehan‘s Sisters of the Heart series, will be out on May 27th.
  • There is no official title as yet, but the second book of Rick Yancey‘s 5th Wave series will be released on May 6th.
  • I am pretty sure these two Cynthia Eden books are part of her new Phoenix series, but details are sketchy right now. Burn for Me is due out on January 28th, and Once Bitten, Twice Burned follows on April 29th.
  • The second book from Amanda Sun‘s Paper Gods series, Rain, will be released on March 25th.
  • And it looks like Sarah J. Maas will be releasing at least one more novella from her Throne of Glass series. The Assassin’s Blade is due out on March 13th.

That is a quick round-up of a few of the new release dates. Anything you are looking forward to? Cynthia Eden is a favorite of mine, and and the Belladonna Agency series looks interesting. I am so going to start picking up the Downside Ghosts books, too, right after my YA TBR pile hits a manageable size.