Escapist Newsletter (Vol 4 Issue 9)

For some reason, this edition of the newsletter seems a little off, but that may be due to the fact that I was off most of August.  Hopefully I haven’t forgotten or missed anything, but if I had, please let me know!  I’ve been out of the loop and I want in!

News from LE

It’s not technically LE news, but since it involves the hubby (and thus the reason I am able to run LE), I figured I would share this bit of news.  Jesse has seriously begun thinking about getting a beta reader for his own manuscript and checked out well a known author/beta reader site.  While he liked the concept, his techie side was quickly horrified by some of the code and implementation.  So he has begun to do what he always does when he doesn’t find something he likes – he’s writing his own.  He wants his author/beta reader site to be a useful tool for authors, so any input would be appreciated.  He’s even roped me into being a beta reader once he gets it up and running, so keep an eye here if you’re interested in helping him test it out.

Current contests:

  1. We’re giving away a copy of Ann Aguirre’s Skin Game and a Sirantha Jax novel. Contest ends September 9th.
  2. Jeaniene is giving away three copies of Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Contest ends September 9th.
  3. Eloisa James is giving away a signed copy of Duchess By Night.  Contest ends September 14th.

The big news, of course, is Simon has finally made his appearance and school starts next week.  Which means I should be back on schedule with news posts by the end of next week.  I’ll

New Releases

September 1st:
Mob Rules by Cameron Haley
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
Daemon’s Angel by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Brotherhood of the Sword #2)
Sins of the Soul by Eve Silver
Spy Glass by Maria Snyder

September 3rd:
Kiss of the Rose by Kate Pearce

September 7th:
Nocturnal featuring Anthology – Jacquelyn Frank, Kate Douglas, Jess Haines, Clare Willis
Warrior by Zoe Archer (Blades of the Rose #1)
Dead Sexy by Amanda Ashley
Cross Your Heart by Michele Bardsley (Broken Heart)
Cruel Enchantment
by Anya Bast (Dark Magick #2)
Assassin’s Heart by Monica Burns
Atlantis Betrayed
by Alyssa Day (Warriors of Poseidon #6)
Chains of Fire by Christina Dodd (Chosen Ones #4)
Vampire Trinity by Joey W. Hill (Vampire Queen #6)
Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Firelight by Sophie Jordan (Draki #1)
Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra (Children of the Sea #4)
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Forbidden by Christina Philips (Roman/Druid #1)
Healer’s Choice by Jory Strong (Ghostworld #3)
The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman (Trickster #2)
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Blood on Silk by Marie Treanor (Awakened by Blood)

September 9th:
Cold Magic by Kate Elliot (Spiritwalker #1)

September 12th:
An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #3)

September 13th:
Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

September 14th:
The Living Dead 2 – an anthology
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Esperanza by Trish MacGregor
Wired by Robin Wasserman (Skin #3)

September 16th:
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

September 21st:
Zombies vs. Unicorns – an anthology featuring Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan
Crave by Laura Burns and Melinda Metz
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

September 28th:
Siren Song by Cat Adams
Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #8)
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews (Edge #2)
Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance – an anthology featuring Francesca Lia Block; Jaime Saare; Brian Keene; Elizabeth Coldwell; Kilt Kilpatrick
A Midwinter Fantasy – an anthology featuring Leanna Renee Hieber; LJ McDonald; Helen Scott Taylor
Blood Lite II: Overbite – an anthology
Deadly Promises – an anthology featuring Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, Cindy Gerard, Laura Griffin
Left for Undead by LA Banks (Crimson Moon #6)
When Pleasure Rules by JK Beck (Shadowkeepers #2)
The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block
Masques by Patricia Briggs
The Morganville Vampires, Volume 2 by Rachel Caine
Double Cross by Carolyn Crane (Disillusionist #2)
Aching for Always by Gwyn Cready
Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson
Afterlife by Merrie Destefano (Resurrection Chronicles)
Poison Kissed by Erica Hayes (Shadowfae #3)
Torment by Lauren Kate (Fallen #2)
The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 3 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter Manga)
A Dance with Dragons by Geore RR Martin
Twilight Forever Rising by Lena Meydan
Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany
Dreadnought by Cherie Priest (Clockwork Century #2)
Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake #9)
Alpha by Rachel Vincent (Shifters #6)
Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

September 29th:
Venom by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #3)

Here are a few other places with their own September releases: SciFiGuy (Fantasy, Urban Fantasy & PNR and Young Adult), Sidhevicious, Wicked Little Pixie,

New Release Dates:
I posted a bunch of new release dates earlier this month, but here are a few more.

09/28/10: Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany
10/01/10: Tarnished Knight by Shioh Walker (Grimm Circle #4)
11/01/10: Luck of the Wolf by Susan Krinard
11/30/10: Vicious Grace by MLN Hanover (Black Sun’s Daughter #3)
12/21/10: Out for Blood by Alyxander Harvey (Drake Chronicles)
12/28/10: Ruthless Game by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalker)
12/28/10: Soul Hunt by Margaret Ronald
2011: Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux
2011: The Vampire Next Door by Ashlyn Chase (Strange Neighbors #3)
2011: Everdark by Elle Jasper (Dark Ink #2)
2011: The Blood Countess by Tara Moss
01/01/11: Seducing the Vampire by Michele Hauf
01/04/11: A Hard Day’s Knight by Simon R. Green
01/04/11: Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix (Immortal Brotherhood)
01/04/11: Nocturne by Syrie James
01/04/11: Master of Smoke by Angela Knight (Mageverse)
01/11/11: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
01/25/11: Crossed by JF Lewis (Void City #3)
01/25/11: A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
02/01/11: The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase (Strange Neighbors #2)
02/22/11: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
02/22/11: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
02/22/11: Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix (Maker’s Song)
02/22/11: Dead Waters by Anton Strout (Simon Canderous #4)
03/01/11: The Morganville Vampires, Volume 3 by Rachel Caine
03/01/11: Blackout by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros #6)
03/22/11: Wither by Lauren Destefano (Chemical Garden)
03/29/11: Surrender the Dark by LA Banks
03/29/11: How to Fall for a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
03/29/11: Indulgence in Death by JD Robb
04/01/11: After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
04/19/11: Defiance by Lili St. Crow (Strange Angel #4)
04/26/11: Mercy Burns by Keri Arthur (Myth & Magic #2)
04/26/11: Bound by Darkness by Alexis Morgan
05/01/11: Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #4)
05/02/11: Dead Is Not An Option by Marlene Perez
05/24/11: Zombies Sold Separately by Cheyenne McCray (Night Tracker #4)
05/24/11: The Warlock by Michael Scott (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #5)
06/11/11: Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn – title pending
08/01/11: Kitty’s Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn
2012: The Enchantress by Michael Scott (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6)
04/01/12: Devil’s Punch by Ann Aguirre (Corinne Soloman #4)
04/01/13: Bloody Maria by Ann Aguirre (Corinne Soloman #5)

From the Author Sites

Yasmine Galenorn unleashed the cover for her next Otherworld novel, Blood Wyne, which is due out February 1, 2011. The first Moon Daughters comic was also released this past Friday, with a new one appearing each Friday.

Shiloh Walker unveiled the fourth Grimm Circle novel, which will be Tarnished Knight.  The fabulous news is that it will be out as an ebook in October, but we’ll have to wait until 2011 to get a printed copy.

Rachel Vincent revealed the cover for the fourth Soul Screamer novel, My Soul to Steal, and it’s a bit different this time.  Kaylee isn’t the only one on the cover.

I love Drizzt D’Uorden. Check out the latest cover for RA Salvatore’s newest Drizzt novel, Gauntlgrym (via Suvudu).

Marjorie Liu announced awhile back that her Dirk & Steele novels will be getting a face-lift when Harper Collins reissues them starting in December and she just posted the new cover for Tiger Eye.  Personally, I really like it…I like it a lot more than the original.

Maria Snyder has launched a new blog and has posted an excerpt from her upcoming novel, Spy Glass.

Richelle Mead unveiled the cover for the third Dark Swan novel, Iron Crowned.  I’m not sure if I’m totally feeling it or not.  The color combination is a little rainbowy for me.

Laurell K Hamilton announced the title to the next Anita Blake novel.  We’ll have Hit List on June 9, 2011.

Karen Chance has posted the title to the fifth Cassie Palmer novel and there’s an excerptHunt the Moon will be out in June 2011 (which is way too far away).

Do we know about the Otherworld graphic novel by Kelley Armstrong?  It’s not really any bells, but a lot hasn’t been for me either.  *grin*  Forbidden will be released later this year and is an all new story featuring Elena and Clay (yea!) after the events of Frostbitten.  That’s all I know for now.

Keri Arthur has posted the blurb for the first Risa (Dark Angel) novel!  Darkness Unbound will be out July 2011.

Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.

They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.

Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.

As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems.

Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans.

And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side.

New Excerpts or Reading for Free

Keri Arthur posted a fabulous Riley Jensen short story that takes place pretty close to the end of the series.  While there isn’t any obvious spoilers, it does give an idea of things concerning her relationships, so considered yourself forewarned.  FYI…the link is to a PDF.

Kelley Armstrong has posted Divided’s chapter eight.  Here are the previous chapters: the first four here and here, five, six and seven.

Joey W. Hill has posted an excerpt for her eighth Vampire Queen novel, Vampire’s Keeper.

Kerrelyn Sparks has posted an excerpt for her upcoming Love at Stakes novel, Eat Prey Love.

Shiloh Walker has been posting random snippets from her upcoming novel, Veil of Shadows.  You can see them here, here and here.

Eileen Wilks has posted an excerpt for her next World of the Lupi novel, Blood Challenge.

Has everyone seen the excerpt Kerrelyn Sparks has posted for Eat Pray Love?

Orbit Books is letting us know that Rachel Aaron (The Spirit Thief) has a new blog and she’s posted an excerpt for The Spirit Thief, which is set to release in October.

What Bears Repeating

Taking ChaseSince I wasn’t posting any news during August, there’s not much this time around!

Yasmine Galenorn unleashed the cover for her next Otherworld novel, Blood Wyne, which is due out February 1, 2011. The first Moon Daughters comic was also released, with a new one appearing each Friday.

Rachel Vincent revealed the cover for the fourth Soul Screamer novel, My Soul to Steal, and it’s a bit different this time.  Kaylee isn’t the only one on the cover.

I love Drizzt D’Uorden. Check out the latest cover for RA Salvatore’s newest Drizzt novel, Gauntlgrym (via Suvudu).

Did you see the news about Dorchester?  They are switching to strictly digital and print on demand (POD) books.  For being one of the biggest romance publishers out there, I didn’t think they were in any trouble financially.  I mean, why else would they switch to digital and only give their authors a month warning?

In more publishing news, Janet Evanovich has switched publishers.

The author of the multimillion-selling “Stephanie Plum” series and other popular mystery novels has left her longtime publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and joined the Random House Publishing Group.

Featured Book

Raven's QuestRaven’s Quest by Anya Bast

Branna ta Cattia is the Raven, a high priestess who has come to Numia to defeat its tyrant. It’s a journey made on the strength of her prophetic dreams, visions of ancient rituals, sacred spells, and of a handsome stranger destined to help her.

This Month’s Reviews

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Stepsister Scheme by JC Hines
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K Hamilton
Rapture Untamed by Pamela Palmer
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
Sins of the Soul by Eve Silver
Master of None by Sonya Bateman
Beauty’s Beasts by Teal Ceagh
Dark and Disorderly by Bernita Harris
No Prince Charming by S. Walker
Final Crisis by Greg Cox
Liar, Liar by KJ Larsen

From the Reader

Here’s some news that is coming out of the blue…Barnes & Noble has been put up for sale.  The strange thing about it, according to the article the New York Times is running, they aren’t doing that bad.  Yeah, there has been some lost sales due to digital books, but they’ve joined that market over the last couple of months and have plans to expand into it even more.  It really doesn’t sound like they are doing that badly, so I’m wondering what else is going on that is making the BN Board want to sell.

Suburban Vampire has updated her list of vampire movie and posters.  Seriously, if you’re looking for the next vampire movie to hit the screen, you totally need to check out her list.

Did you see the news about Dorchester?  They are switching to strictly digital and print on demand (POD) books.  For being one of the biggest romance publishers out there, I didn’t think they were in any trouble financially.  I mean, why else would they switch to digital and only give their authors a month warning?

The Book Depository is offering up a ton of classics as free ebooks.  It sounds like they are going to start selling ebooks as well and they are trying to entice readers into buying the printed versions by giving them an electronic glimpse.  It may actually work since the ebooks are all PDFs and are in a very simply format.

Grasping for the Wind wants to start a new holiday that I can totally get behind.  Well, maybe holiday is a bit strong, but it’s called National buy a Book Day and I’m hoping the idea behind it is pretty obvious.  Basically, on Tuesday, September 7th, go out and buy a book or a dozen.  Go out and support our favorite authors, but more importantly, go out and support your favorite bookstore.   Buying online may be convenient, but do we really want to lose the chance to browse aisle after aisle of shiny new books?

Straight from io9 and WorldCon, Harper Collins will be rebranding it’s EOS imprint as Harper Voyager beginning with the January 2011 releases.  This means some of our favorite authors will no longer be found under EOS, but this new title.  According to the press release, HC is doing this to bring the UK, Aussie and US labels all under one umbrella for a better global marketing strategy.

I’ve recently found Wicked Scribes and I’m finding a ton of information over there.  Here’s some things Kaleigha has recently found:

  • Lara Adrian‘s next Midnight Breed book, Deeper than Midnight, has a new release date – June 28th, 2011.
  • Elizabeth Amber’s next Lords of Satyr novel will be Bastian, which will be released April 26th, 2011.
  • Shelly Laurenston‘s next Pride book will be called Big Bad Beast and will be out on April 26th, 2011.

All Things Urban Fantasy has started a new feature called Top 10 List and Abigail recently featured her favorite memes/features that appear on other sites.  One feature that made the list was this little newsletter thingy I do every month.

Suburban Vampire has updated her list of vampire movie and posters.  Seriously, if you’re looking for the next vampire movie to hit the screen, you totally need to check out her list.

New Interviews

For the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here. However, since I did take August off, I’m posting the entire list here as well.  Enjoy!


Kerrelyn Sparks is giving away 10 sets of a signed copy of The Vampire and the Virgin, a signed coverflat of Eat Prey Love, a signed spiral notebook featuring the cover of Eat Prey Love, plus other goodies.  Five winners announced at the end of September and five winners at the end of October.

Love Vampires is giving away a copy of Adrienne Barbeau’s Love Bites.  Contest ends September 15th.

All Things Urban Fantasy is giving away a Mobile Edge Women’s TechStyle Portfolio in Faux Croc, Highland Feather Chenille Throw, Sauder Beginnings Bookcase and aCarson FlexNeck LED Book Light.  Contest ends September 12th.

Remember All Things Urban Fantasy’s Win on Wednesday feature?  It’s been missing lately, but that’s because it has moved over to Not Really Southern Vamp Chick.  So for all the latest contests, head over to NRSVC to see who is giving away what.

Cover Extravaganza

This month, there were 87 different covers revealed, so needless to say, I’m not posting them all here. Sorry guys, but I did save them all over at the Facebook Fan page. So if you want to see all of them, head over here; however, that doesn’t mean I won’t paste some of them here.

There were a ton of great sources this month: Paperback Dolls, Wicked Scribes, All Things Urban Fantasy, Babbling About Books, Michelle’s Book Blog, Sordid Fantasy, and Escape Between the Pages.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. Love the newsletter, lot’s of interesting nuggets. I’ll be sure to read Henry Rollins’ novel–I probably wouldn’t have known about it if you hadn’t posted. Thanks! I was in the same crowd back in the late 1980’s early 90’s and saw Black Flag perform many times. And from the reviews, it sounds like a powerful novel. He’s a survivor that one. ;)

    For fans of Seanan McGuire, An Artificial Night hit the shelves early! It’s out!!!

    Thanks Jackie!

  2. Great post and so many links to check out – will keep me busy for a while. I checked out your hubby’s beta reader post. Would love to be involved with it as a beta reader. I’m about at that point that I need to find someone (besides my hubby) who will read my stuff and give me genuine feedback. Kind of a nerve wracking thought.

    Just a note: New excerpts or read for free – have Keri Arthur on there twice (1st and 8th)

  3. Thanks for such an information filled newsletter!!! I added some books to my pre-order list and also put one on pre-order that I missed.

    Appreciate the work you put into this despite school starting and a new baby!!

  4. oh wow, that’s a lot of work you did! thanks so much!
    my wishlist is getting longer and longer but that isn’t a bad thing ;)

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