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Monday, January 31, 2011

Dragon Blues Cover Reveal

Okay, so I saw this post on Edie Ramer's facebook and just fell in love with the cover.  It is just fantastic all around.  So, in blog fashion, I'm sharing it with the world because... it is what I do.  And because I'm such a huge fan of Edie that I can't help but spread the word about her and her novels.

Dragon Blues by Edie Ramer
Release Date: March

A little about the cover from Edie's blog over at Magical Musings:

I hope you love it as much as I do. Dragon Blues is a paranormal suspense with romance, the first in a series. It’s set in Nashville, hence the night-club street scene above the dragon’s head. The hero is a dragon who changed into a man. Not a shifter, a real man. Cover artist (and writer) Laura Morrigan caught the tone of my book perfectly. She did the covers of my other three books, too, and she’s brilliant.

I've seriously fallen for Edie's work.  She's a fantastic writer who is able to write every emotion into her books and characters and brings them to life.  I'm excited to get my hands on this and the rest of the books she's working on. This will be such a fantastic birthday present to myself in March.  I can't wait!

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

Released: June 27, 2006
Publisher: HarperTorch
Rated: Adult

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her -- not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses -- savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel's soul is at stake.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (20)

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Book 2 of the Body Finders series
Release Date: Feb 22, 2011




The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

I just can't wait for this one!  The first book was fantastic and had seriously wow'd me!  I have high hopes for this series.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (20)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like
Hunters & Prey by Katie Salidas
Book 2 in the Immortalis series

"I can't let her die.  It's my fault she's involved.  I will get her out."
"Then be smart in your actions." The door opened and shut again behind me.

Immortal Beloved by James Simon

Released: October 23, 2010
Publisher: CreateSpace

A beautiful woman with a divine gift, a vampire tortured by his immortal curse, an undying love that has traveled through time and someone wants to make sure it doesn't continue... Spring 1534, Renaissance Rome Italy. Young lovers Tommaso and Victoria are accosted one evening while leaving a party being held for the artist Michelangelo. Victoria is brutally murdered, her blood drained and body left lifeless next to Tommaso who has also been drained, but having tasted his attacker's blood, he has been mistakenly turned into a vampire. In modern day New York City, Tommaso, is reunited with his lost love, Victoria. She is as she was all those years ago; young and beautiful with her life before her, but with no memories of their past together. Victoria has a gift, unbeknownst to her, for helping living creatures and this gift has made her the target of a secret, ancient society. He has to convince her of their past together, and the only way is to drink her blood and pass his memories onto her.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison

Released: June 28, 2005
Publisher: Eos
Rated: Adult

Some days, you just can't win.

Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan's managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

But her vampire roommate Ivy is off the wagon, her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn't sound like he's coming back while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting, and there's a turf war erupting in Cincinnati's underworld.
And there's a greater evil still.

To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain and now there's hell to pay—literally.

For if Rachel cannot stop him, the archdemon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Good, The Bad, And The Undead by Kim Harrison

Released: January 25, 2005
Publisher: HarperTorch
Rated: Adult


It's a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.

She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.

Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child's play -- and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Released: January 18, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rated: Adult

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (19)

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Iron Crowned By Richelle Mead
Book 3 in the Dark Swan series
Release Date: February 22, 2011


Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear. . .

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown's ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril. . .

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (19)

teasertuesdays31
 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead by Kim Harrison
Book 2 of the Hollows series

"I'll Call you when I have a name," I said, my voice sounding thin. Giving Quen an apoologetic look, I turned on a heel and strode quickly to the street, my heels thumping soundlessly up through my spine. And you are afraid of me, I thought silently. Why?

Book Description:

It's a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night. She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits. Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child's play -- and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Released:
Publisher:
Rated: Adult


All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining -- and it’s Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Released: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rated: YA

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Released: February 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rated: YA

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep
Book 4 in the Elemental Assassin series

*Book description contains mild series spoilers.  If you are thinking about reading the series, you may want to skip reading the blurb.*

I’d rather face a dozen lethal assas­sins any night than deal with some­thing as tricky, con­vo­luted, and frag­ile as my feelings.

But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assas­sin known as the Spi­der. Hov­er­ing out­side sexy busi­ness­man Owen Grayson’s front door like a ner­vous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my fore­head. Cold-blooded Fire ele­men­tal Mab Mon­roe has hired one of the smartest assas­sins in the busi­ness to trap me. Elek­tra LaFleur is skilled and effi­cient, with deadly elec­tri­cal ele­men­tal magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone pow­ers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t sur­vive this bat­tle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assas­sin to take out my baby sis­ter, Detec­tive Bria Coolidge, too. The only prob­lem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sib­ling … or that I’m the mur­derer she’s been chas­ing through Ash­land for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead …

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shadowspell by Jenna Black

Released: January 4, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rated: YA

On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Released: May 25, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rated: YA

It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…   Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble.  When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again , Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.     Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does.  Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…

Teaser Tuesday (18)

teasertuesdays31
 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they 
Shadowspell by Jenna Black
Book 2 in the Faeriewalker series
Kindle location 1528 - 33%

"For what it's worth," Kimber said, dropping her voice, although it wasn't like the manicurists couldn't hear her, "I think he really cares about you."

I rolled my eyes.  "Yeah, I can tell by the way he was practically making out with that girl on the dance floor."

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oleander House by Ally Blue

Released: April 17, 2007
Publisher: Samhain
Rated: Adult

When Sam Raintree goes to work for Bay City Paranormal Investigations, he expects his quiet life to change-he doesn't expect to put his life and sanity on the line, or to fall for a man he can never have. Book One in the Bay City Paranormal Investigation series. Sam Raintree has never been normal. All his life, he's experienced things he can't explain. Things that have colored his view of the world and of himself. So taking a job as a paranormal investigator seems like a perfect fit. His new co-workers, he figures, don't have to know he's gay. When Sam arrives at Oleander House, the site of his first assignment with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, nothing is what he expected. The repetitive yet exciting work, the unusual and violent history of the house, the intensely erotic and terrifying dreams which plague his sleep. But the most unexpected thing is Dr. Bo Broussard, the group's leader. From the moment they meet, Sam is strongly attracted to his intelligent, alluring boss. It doesn't take Sam long to figure out that although Bo has led a heterosexual life, he is very much in the closet, and wants Sam as badly as Sam wants him. As the investigation of Oleander House progresses and paranormal events in the house escalate, Sam and Bo circle warily around their mutual attraction, until a single night of bloodshed and revelation changes their lives forever. Warning: this title contains explicit male/male sex, intense violence, and graphic language.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bitten in Two by Jennifer Rardin

Released: November 8, 2010
Publisher: Orbit
Rated: Adult

Jaz Parks here. I. Am. Pissed.

Just as Vayl and I arrive in Morocco to secure an ancient artifact, he wakes up calling me by another woman's name. And it's not even a good one. But since any form of argument transforms him into an unholy terror, I'm forced to play along until the gang and I can figure out what kind of power has so vastly altered his perceptions.

So it's time for me to do what any well-trained assassin in my position might do. I attack. What follows is a hair-raising, breath-taking bullet train ride to the finish as the crew battles on multiple fronts. I now know what I have to do - I must return to hell one last time.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

Released: December 21, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin
Rated: YA

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

Released: January 4, 2011
Publisher: Roc
Rated: Adult

Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane-or so he says...  

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
The final novel in the Fever series
Release Date: January 18, 2011


“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (17)


teasertuesdays31
 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
Book 3 of the Jane Yellowrock Series

Six wolves had fully changed and I still didn't know what to do.  There was no getting past them and outside; I couldn't open fire without it being clear self-defense.  Where is the security camera? This is a setup.  Has to be.

Book Description:

Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane-or so he says...

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