Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cover Love: Tempestuous

Lesley Livingston just released the cover and official title of the third book in her series on her blog. Tempestuous is the third book following the first two were Wondrous Strange and Darklight which were very awesome.

July Book Releases

Here are a few books that come out this July that I can't wait for!!!

Eternal Kiss of Darkness
Jeaniene Frost
Releases July 27, 2010

This is the second book in the Night Huntress which deals the powerful, older-than-dirt Mencheres.

An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness…and now one woman has stumbled into the shadows. Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master Vampire who thought he’d seen it all. Then Kira appears—this fearless, beautiful…human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life, yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose between the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.

Wait for Dusk
Jocelynn Drake
Releases July 15, 2010

This is the fifth book in this amazing series.

There is no sanctuary in the night…

Feared even by her own kind for her mastery of fire, the Nightwalker Mira is summoned by the Coven to take her rightful place as Elder. But with this honor comes grave responsibility—a commitment to the annihilation of the unleashed naturi. For now the foul creatures walk the earth—and neither vampire nor human will survive their horrific onslaught.

A tide of blood is sweeping relentlessly across the European continent, as Mira is dispatched to Budapest for the most devastating test yet of her astonishing powers—and falls into a well-laid trap. With the dark secrets that haunt her growing darker by the hour, she must confront the terrible truth of her past and protect her fragile sanity in the face of unanticipated treachery—a betrayal by her ally, her enemy, her lover…the vampire slayer, Danaus.

Twice Bitten
Chloe Neill
Releases July 6, 2010

This is the third book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I can't wait to see what happens to Merit next.

Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Getting Ready for Eclipse!!!

So to get in the right state of mind for the movie release of Eclipse on Wednesday, June 30th, I decided it was perfect time to read Stephenie Meyer's newest release, Thee Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, an Eclipse novella. It was a very informative to know what was going on with the vamps in Seattle who are just pawns for Victoria to take revenge on the Cullens for the death of her mate.

Bree is a resourceful, little vamp that is trying to figure out her new life. In a house where there is always fighting between the vampires always killing each other so keeps her head down and out of trouble. One night out hunting she gets her first friend in her new life, Diego. He is an older vampire in the group who has some doubts about what they are being told by their leader Riley. Bree starts to think Diego has a point. I also enjoyed a 'talented' vamp Fred who tries to look out for Bree too.

With already knowing how the ending would happen with Bree's death by the Voltori I was still wishing it would not happen. Unlike when I read Eclipse I was really hoping the Voltori could have let the Cullens adopt her into their family. I really liked her.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Haunted By Your Touch

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event I am joining, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Haunted By Your Touch
Anthology by Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, and Sharie Kohler
Releases September 28, 2010

Jeaniene Frost
From her website she says, “Its a completely new paranormal world featuring fallen angels, demons, and partial demons – three supernatural societies that don’t necessarily get along with each other ;).” Enter the dark realm of Nocturna in Jeaniene Frost’s red-hot tale, where blisteringly sexy Raphael dominates the demons of a lawless dimension and tries to help a beautiful young woman avenge her cousin’s disappearance.
“Mated” By Shayla Black
A Doomsday Brethren Series novella about Raiden where he vows to fight for his magical lover and their unborn youngling—no matter the cost—after he drives her into the arms of another man and she falls under attack.
Sharie Kohler
Lycans rule the night in this suspenseful story, as a fiery woman stalks mysterious Luc, the undeniably hypnotic being she believes can save her from turning . . . if she kills him.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Burning Up

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event I am joining, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Burning Up
By Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra, and Meljean Brook
Releases August 3, 2010

“Whispers of Sin” By Nalini Singh
Fans of the Psy/Changeling Series will be thrilled for Ria’s Story. For an unedited excerpt is on her blog so check it out.
“Here There Be Monsters” by Meljean Brook
This is the start to Meljean’s new series The Iron Seas that is a ‘swashbuckling steampunk romance’ that combines nanotech and pirates in a Victorian world. The Iron Duke which is the first novel will be out October 5, 2010.
“Blood and Roses” by Angela Knight
Angela’s website tells us her contribution is a medieval vampire fantasy.
“Shifting Sea” By Virginia Kantra
A novella for Virginia’s The Children of the Sea Series now tells Morwenna’s story.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Anita Blake 2010 Reading Challenge Book #8

Blue Moon
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #8
Laurell K. Hamilton

This installment of the Anita Blake series is where Anita grows up a little more for the good and bad. I really felt Anita's pain to met all the women Richard tried to replace her with even though she knew she had no right to be jealous because she was the one who choose Jean-Claude. However, everyone women understands emotions have no logical they are just what they are, completely irrational. Trying to save Richard puts Anita in his path one too many times to resist him especially with the spirit of the evil-bitch Raina trying to take her over at times.

Anita has some much power and leadership roles being Jean-Claude's human servant, Queen of the leopards, and Richard's mate of the werewolves but must learn to deal with it all. The leopards and werewolves are always touching and need the touch for comfort and healing but Anita cannot get pass the sexual touching. Another human in a pack tries to help her be better with them all. I think she needed this because her always being embarrassed was hurting the others who she is in charge of so she needed to step up to the plate and I feel by the end she hit a home run.

When she chose master vampire Jean- Claude over her ex-fiancĂ©, alpha werewolf Richard Zeeman, Anita learned that sometimes love is not enough. But though she and Richard won’t be walking down any aisles, she can’t turn her back on him when he’s arrested on a rape charge in Tennessee. Anita knows firsthand that Richard has the morals of a saint—or at least a boy scout. But his guilt or innocence is not the issue. He’s behind bars, and in five days a full moon will rise…

Favorite Quote:

I pushed him away from me. "I tortured a man, Jason. I reduced him to something that writhed on the floor, mewling with terror and pain. And I wanted to do it. I wanted to do it." I shook my head. "I'll do my bit tonight, but forgive me if it's a little harder to keep going than normal. Forgive me if I'm not superwoman, after all."

"Not superwoman?" he exclaimed, putting a hand on his chest in mock surprise. "You've lied to me all these years!" It made me smile, and I didn't want to smile.
- Anita, Jason

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Author Signings in NJ/Philly Area

Who doesn't love author signings. If you are in the New Jersey or Philadelphia Area here are some of my favorite authors that will be visiting.

Cyn Balog on Sleepless Tour
Date: June 4-5, 2010
Venue: SCBWI NJ Annual Conference
Location: Princeton, NJ
Type: Author Conference

Jeri Smith-Ready’s Shade Tour
Date: June 5, 2010 at 3:00PM-5:00PM
Venue: Springfield Mall Borders Express (610-328-1951)
Location: 1200 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064
Type: Booksigning for SHADE, her new novel for teens and adults.
Website: Borders & Jeri Smith-Ready
Other Information: If you can't make the event but would like Jeri to sign a book for you, please call Borders Express before the event and place an order for your copy, which can then be shipped to you or held for you to pick up.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Book Releases

Skin Tight (Skin #2)
Ava Gray
Releases June 1, 2010

This is the second book in this Skin series, the first book was Skin Game.

Uncovering the truth is her specialty

As a forensic accountant, Mia Sauter could usually tell when people had something to hide. She made her living exposing secrets while concealing her own. Then, in Vegas, she met a clever, ruthless man who called himself Addison Foster. One year later, she’s still haunted by his betrayal.

He’s a natural born liar

The truth of him had long ago been buried. Foster was only one name of many; he’d been so many men, he’d lost count. Reinvented as Thomas Strong and hell-bent on revenge, his mission is about to be compromised by the one woman capable of exposing him…

Reunited, they confront the explosive chemistry still crackling between them. But their chance meeting will have consequences, for a ruthless madman has his own deadly agenda. The question is—if they survive the fallout, will he choose love over vengeance?

Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo #1)
Adrian Phoenix
Releases June 29, 2010

This is Adrian's new series called Hoodoo.

"There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain't going to be enough, times when it will seem to dry up like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse . . ."

Kallie Riviere, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching -- the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju -- a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her.

Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer -- even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie's search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated -- back home to Bayou Cypres Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie's aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.

Night Myst (Indigo Court #1)
Yasmine Galenorn
Releases June 29, 2010

This is the first book is Yasmine's new Indigo Court Series.

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their power. Instead, they created a demonic enemy more powerful than they dared to dream. Bent on enslaving the world, the Vampiric Fae have been quietly massing their strength for centuries. Now, Myst, queen of the Indigo Court, is rising again...and a long-prophesied war is brewing...

Born a witch, Cicely Waters can control the wind. When her Elemental warns her that her aunt and cousin are in danger, she packs her Pontiac GTO and returns home for the first time in twenty years. But the magical town of New Forest, Washington has changed. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear; people are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. Swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with her trusted childhood friend Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover. But Grieve has become enslaved by Myst's court, and now both lovers must walk a fine line to survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae Queen. Caught between two evils, both vying for supremacy, Cicely must fight for her family and her future. As she discovers the hidden secrets to her own heritage, will she lose her soul in the process?

Mayfarer (Faery Rebels #2)
R.J. Anderson
Releases June 22, 2010

The second installment in her Faery Rebels series following her Spell Hunter book to find out what is happening in the Oak.

The faeries of the Oak are dying, and it’s up to a lone faery named Linden to find a way to restore their magic. Linden travels bravely into dangerous new territory, where she enlists the help of an unlikely friend—a human named Timothy. Soon they discover something much worse than the Oakenfolk’s loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens the fate of all faeries. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Timothy and Linden risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it’s too late to save everyone they love.