News from LE
The honeymoon period is over. I had forgotten what it was like having an infant in the house and Psy is definitely re-educating me. I was spoiled by having the monkey in preschool last winter and it’s really helped out this winter, but I’m going to have to go back to my original schedule (back when I first started LE) for the next year or so. Basically, that means I’ll only be at the computer when the boys are sleeping. That will mean that contest winners may not be announced right away (you’ve may have noticed that already), news posts won’t be consistently three times a week (but I will try) or the newsletter may be a bit late (as if that’s news right).
The RT Booklovers Convention is fast approaching and Literary Escapism will be running the RT Q&A feature again this year. If any authors or bloggers are planning on going, I would love to include you in the feature. It’s quite easy to be participate in the feature, simple go to this page and fill out the form at the bottom. Depending on the response, the feature will begin around the beginning of March.
Literary Escapism has gotten together with Larissa’s Bookish Life to bring a fabulous new feature that we’re both having a ton of fun with. Bookish Escape is a new monthly book club that takes place strictly through Talk Shoe and occurs once a month. We just had our first discussion and had a blast dissecting the Mercy Thompson series. Next up is the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost on February 25th at 9pm EST.
Larissa is also helping me with the urban fantasy portion of the monthly Pajama Chat Readers book club. Our first topic was Kim Harrison’s Hollows series and the next discussion is actually tomorrow night where we will be discussing Shadowfever will Angela from Dark Faerie Tales. If you’ve finished SF and want to talk about it, join us at Talk Shoe on tomorrow night at 9pm EST. The call-in number is 724.444.7444 and the Call ID is 92698.
The New Author Challenge 2011 is in full swing and the first mini-challenge of the year has been posted. During February, the idea is to explore the fabulous new genre of steampunk and I can’t wait to dig into Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.
During January, 89 different covers were revealed. I’m only going to show off a few that I haven’t seen get as much time on the blogs, but you can find all of them, in their original sizes, on the Facebook page. There were a ton of great sources: Wicked Scribes, All Things Urban Fantasy, Dark Faerie Tales, Tez Says and SciFiGuy.
On the Hunt – an anthology featuring Gena Showalter, Shannon Butcher, Jessica Andersen and Deidre Knight
Raven’s Quest by Anya Bast
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
Unseen by Rachel Caine (Outcast #3)
The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase (Strange Neighbors #2)
The Vampire’s Promise by Caroline Cooney
Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall
Halfway Hexed by Kimberly Frost (Southern Witch #2)
Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn (Sisters of the Moon #9)
People of the Longhouse by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear (North America’s Forgotten Past)
Visions of Magic by Regan Hastings (Awakening)
Ascend by Amanda Hocking (Trylle #3)
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #1)
Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy
License to Ensorcell by Katherine Kerr
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Blood of the Rose by Kate Pearce (Tudor Vampire Chronicles #2)
Captive by Christina Phillips
Haunted by Joy Preble
Siren’s Surrender by Devyn Quinn (Dark Tides)
Mists of Velvet by Sophie Renwick (Annwyn Chronicles #2)
Nightshade by Michelle Rowen (Nightshade #1)
The Locket by Stacy Jay
Sweep: The Calling, Changeling, and Strife by Cate
February 7th: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #9)
The Omen Machine by Tery Goodkind (Sword of Truth)
The Desert of Souls by Howard Jones
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
The River of Shadows by Robert VS Redick
February 17th: The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout
Serpent’s Storm by Amber Benson (Calliope Reaper #3)
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Haven by Kristi Cook
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #5)
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (Werewolf #1)
Pale Demon by Kim Harrison (Rachel Morgan #9)
Fleeting Passions by Crystal Jordon
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge (Iron Codex)
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (Wicked #5)
Resolved by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely Manga)
Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead (Dark Swan #3)
Hunger Untamed by Pamela Palmer (Feral Warriors #4)
Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix (Maker’s Song)
Treachery in Death by JD Robb (In Death)
The Heiress by Lynsay Sands
Dead Waters by Anton Strout (Simon Canderous #4)
Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells (Sabina Kane #3)
February 25th: Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delaney (13 to Life #2)
February 28th: Badlands by Seleste deLaney
Demon Song by Cat Adams (Song #3)
Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives an anthology featuring Justin Gustainis; Simon R. Green; Chris Marie Green; Rachel Caine
After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar an anthology featuring Anton Strout; Jackie Kessler; Maria Snyder
Those Who Hunt Shadows an anthology featuring Carrie Vaughn
Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashely (Shifters Unbound #2)
Never Again by Michele Bardsley (Wizards of Nevermore)
Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop (Black Jewels)
River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #5)
Pleasure Me by Monica Burns
Living on the Edge by Shannon Butcher
The Morganville Vampires, Volume 3 by Rachel Caine
Accidentally Catty by Dakota Cassidy (Accidental Friends #6)
It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare
Moon Cursed by Lori Handeland (Nightcreature #10)
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Passion Model by Megan Hart
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Taste Me by Tamara Hogan
Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne
The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter Manga)
Live Wire by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #6)
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #4)
Betrayal by Lee Nichols
Dead on Delivery by Eileen Rendahl (Messenger)
Wilder’s Mate by Moira Rogers (Bloodhounds #1)
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (King Killer Chronicles)
Blackout by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros #6)
Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon
Patricia’s Vampire Notes is recapping all the fabulous releases from January.
New Release Dates:
I’ve finally gotten the New Releases page updated. A printable version of the New Releases page was requested on facebook awhile back and that is now available. For a listing of all the novels that were added, click here, here, here and here. Here’s a few more:
2011: Daybreak by Ellen Connor (Dark Age Dawning #3)
2011: Elemental Reality by Cesya Cuono
2011: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
2011: Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston
03/29/11: Deathless by Catherynne Valente
05/01/11: The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones
05/10/11: Tighter by Adele Griffin
06/01/11: The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier
06/28/11: Changeling Dream by Danie Harper (Changeling #2)
07/05/11: Viper Moon by Lee Roland
07/12/11: Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn
07/26/11: Bloodlands by Christine Cody
07/26/11: The Lost by Caridad Piñeiro
08/01/11: When the Hero Comes Home – an anthology featuring Jim C Hines, Jay Lake, Erik Scott de Bie, Todd McCaffrey, Julie Kagawa, Marie Bilodeau, Eric Buchanan
08/30/11: The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (Anthology)
09/01/11: Midnight by Ellen Connor (Dark Age Dawning #2)
10/04/11: Much Ado About Vampires by Katie MacAlister (Dark Ones)
10/18/11: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush Hush #3)
11/01/11: Agony/Ecstasy by Meljean Brook
11/01/11: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #5)
From the Author Sites
Shiloh Walker has announced a new contemporary project that is in the works. There isn’t a blurb yet, but Tempt Me does have a shiny new cover.
BookTrade.info has the news that Jim Butcher has sold three more Dresden Files novels to Orbit.
Rachel Vincent has given everyone a hint to the next Soul Screamer novel, If I Die, by posting the cover copy:
No one wants to be this teacher’s pet . . .
Everyone else is talking about Eastlake High’s gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck, but Kaylee Cavanaugh has bigger things on her mind. Kaylee’s a banshee—her scream is a portent of death.
But the next scream might hit too close to home. Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline has almost run out.
Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself from her own problems, Kaylee is determined to defend her school against the latest supernatural threat. That hot new teacher is really an incubus, who feeds from the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s delinquent ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human either.
But Kaylee’s running out of time, and those who love her will do anything to save her life.
Rachel Caine has gone out and gotten herself a shiny new web design. It seems Caine has done some updating, what with the Revivalist series coming out soon, and has a really sweet polished design now. The Revivalist series even has it’s own website, but there’s not much up there yet.
Patricia Briggs is now officially on Twitter – sort of. A few of her forum mods have put together Mercy’s Garage with Briggs occasionally adding a few tidbits. However, it sounds like it’ll be a good place to catch any updates.
Charlaine Harris seems to have a new game powered by iPlay that will be unleashed February 11th. It doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a free game to play, but they are giving away 5 copies of Dying for Daylight and you have until February 9th to enter.
Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and inspiration for HBO’s hit series True Blood, invites you to be the Vampire. Play as Dahlia, a vampire with a devastating sense of fashion and a razor-sharp wit, on an epic hunt to find a legendary sun potion
Chloe Neill has closed down her Yahoo groups and started her very own forum – the MERITVERSE.
If you’ve been trying to keep up with Kim Harrison’s post on her new graphic novel, Blood Work, there’s an easier way! Harrison has actually gone through and combined all the posts into one handy link, complete with images from the book. Blood Work will be out July 12th and is told from Ivy’s POV during the year she worked at the IS with Rachel.
I have to ask – has anyone heard anything about a ninth Merry Gentry novel by Laurell K Hamilton? Are we going to see the twins? I could’ve sworn that she had said we would, but there has been nothing for over a year now. If anyone knows anything – share!
Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.
After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking “L” word confession from Death himself, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge.
The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. The strange part: There are no corpses, only fragments of them. A serial killer is potentially on the loose, and Alex has no way to raise a shade without a body, so she’ll have to rely on the magic of others to find leads. But as she begins investigating, a creature born of the darkest magic comes after her. Someone very powerful wants to make sure the only thing she finds is a dead end—her own.
For Fans of Jeri Smith-Ready, there is some sad news and then some awesome news. First the sad news – the final WVMP Vampire novel, Lust for Life, won’t be out until Fall 2012. That’s pretty much two years away. However the good news is that Jeri will be doing a serialized novella titled Let it Bleed, beginning July 26, 2011 and ending in December.
New Excerpts or Reading for Free
Shiloh Walker has an excerpt from the novella she’s contributing to the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance which will be out August 23rd. The story features how Greta and Rip (from her Grimms Circle series) first met.
Ilona Andrews has been at it again with the Curran POVs. This time around we find out what was going through Curran’s head during the last scene of Magic Bleeds, where he’s confronting the council after Kate’s 22 challenges. It sounds like there’s going to be at least three parts but only two have been posted yet. Here’s Part One and Two. They have also posted a portion of the fourth chapter for Alphas.
What Bears Repeating
Have you been wanting to get your hands on Kelley Armstrong’s Angelic and Counterfeit Magic? Subterranean Press has turned them into ebooks and they are now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Want even better news? They don’t have SP prices attached to them either. You can get Counterfeit Magic as an ebook for $4.99 instead of the $80 hardcover. Totally worth the purchase if you ask me.
Mark Henry has some fantastic news. His Amanda Feral will soon be inked by the Dabel Brothers. Road Trip of the Living Dead will be turned into a graphic novel by the same people who are doing Laurell K. Hamilton and Patricia Briggs’ series. There’s not an anticipated release date yet, as they are on the search for artists. However, it will be happening. Yea!
Nalini Singh has announced the title for the fourth Guild Hunters novel. Strangely though, the fourth novel, Archangel’s Blade, is Dimitri’s novel. Does this mean Raphael and Elena conclude their story with Archangel’s Consort?
Eileen Wilks has announced the release date for the next World of the Lupi novel, Death Magic, which will be in November of this year. We’re going to get two Lupi novels this year! Wilks also mentioned a new anthology she is contributing to, along with Lora Leigh, Virginia Kantra and Kimberly Frost. Tied with a Bow will feature a story involving Cynna and Cullen.
Rachel Vincent is finally spilling the beans on her new adult series, which will be called Unbound. The first novel will be Blood Bound and we are assured that it’s another paranormal series. Only, I’m not sure how paranormal it is. Vincent says there will be a huge difference between her Shifters/Soul Screamers series and this one; and it may only include magic, without any kind of supernatural creatures. The only hint Vincent is giving us is: “the cliché ‘a man’s word is his bond,” then grew to include, “the pen is mightier than the sword” and the concept of “word of mouth.’”
Jennifer Estepp’s announced the title of the fifth Elemental Assassin, which will be Spider’s Revenge. The first chapter is already up on Estep’s page too. There will also be a new EA short story in the upcoming The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance, which will be out in September, titled Haints and Hobwebs. (ETA: Jennifer announces the title here.)
Jackie Kessler is over at the Deadline Dames talking about her new UF series, Pit and Paradise. The first book, in the anticipated six novel series, will be called Before the Fall and will feature everyone’s favorite succubus, Jezzie. Kessler is planning this as a digital series only and it currently has a tentative release date of January 2012. However, that could change due to Kessler’s contract schedule.
Dane has a new urban fantasy set to release in June, which is set in Las Vegas. Here’s what Dane has to say about Goddess with a Blade:
It’s not a straight romance, but there is a romantic subplot between the main character, Rowan Summerwaite and another main character, Clive Stewart. Only it’s complicated, LOL, because Rowan is the physical and spiritual human vessel to a triple goddess and she’s in charge of keeping the vampires in Las Vegas in line and obeying the treaty they’ve signed with Rowan’s employer, the Hunter Corporation.
In more release news, Dane also has a new PNR with Berkley Sensation Heart of Darkness, releasing in September. Once and Again, which is Nathan Murhpy’s story from Petal, will be out in August. In addition to all of this, Dane is also working on the last Phantom Corps novel, Captivated, which will be out in 2012. Someone has a busy year ahead of them.
Featured Book: Cupid Gone Wild
Love Transposed by Pepper O’Neal and Chelsy Day
One arrow straight through two chests was all it took for carpenter/painter Dan, and trust fund baby Jane to go from making each other crazy, to being crazy about each other. The match that won Cupid X the Challenge in 1981…
Love Potion 2-14 by Pepper O’Neal
White witch Kole Trillion has a successful business, customers who swear by her potions and spells. Unfortunately, she also has the bad luck to fall in love with a man who doesn’t believe in magic, Police Detective Gage Corwin.
The Bachelor by Heather Hiestand
Abbie Harper didn’t mean to buy the date, but one look at Jake Cordalys and she’s ready for red-hot romance. Jake is not looking for something complicated, but when Cupid is involved, all plans go out the window and romance flies in.
The Boss Wore Red by Delle Jacobs and SamMarie Ashe
Alexandria Bergstrom was chosen because she desperately needed to alter the course of her life. Clint Riordan doesn’t know what will make him completely happy until he meets Alexandria. By giving Alexandria this opportunity to discover her true past, the pairing of Alexandria and Clint will repair past mistakes and produce a new brighter future.
The Wrong Target by Sherry Gloag
Headmistress, Tina Blackberry and businessman Ryan Thomas can’t control events after Ryan’s daughter steals his coveted golden arrow and takes it to school, But put Cupid on the job and nothing can go wrong, or can it?
The Hollywood Hookup by Chelsy Day
Actor Casey Jones and stunt woman Sandra Benson have a history. Can Cupid get them past the animosity and prove that true love in Hollywood is NOT impossible?
This Month’s Reviews
Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict
Hailey’s Shadow by Lori Titus
Dead to Me by Anton Strout
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver
Lightborn by Allison Sinclair
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Kiss At Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Remy Chandler by Thomas Sniegoski
From the Reader
This is just insane, but do we really need a steampunk comic featuring Sarah Palin? I see enough of the woman on the news – I don’t need to see her in my books either.
Tor.com has a great list of steampunk conventions happening in 2011. They even have listed the World Steam Con that takes place in Dearborn, Michigan.
Genreville is making a few Hugo predictions based on the Goodreads Choice Awards. It seems the general consensus is the Hugos are a bit bias towards men, but there’s hope that Kraken by China Miéville, Feed by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire), Blackout by Connie Willis, Dreadnought by Cherie Priest and/or The Hundred Thousand Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin will make the list.
Jackie U has another fabulous edition of Off the Fang and this time she’s talking about those series that just need to die. I have to agree with her on a few points – I am so over the Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson, Nalini Singh’s series are fabulous and just because a series is still on the Bestseller list doesn’t mean it still has what it takes. The one point I do have to disagree with – I’m not done with Anita Blake yet. There are a few characters that need a resolution first.
Authors After Dark has posted their panel list for the 2011 event. There’s quite a few panels, but one in particular some may be interested in is the I have a Blog, Now what?: The Care and Feeding of your blogging career which features Natasha from Wicked Little Pixie, Larissa from Larissa’s Bookish Life, Susan Hanniford Crowley and K.A.Laity.
For fans of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, io9 is reporting that Salma Hayek is developing an eight-hour miniseries based on the novel for ABC. I would so love to see Wicked as a miniseries. For those who enjoyed Tin Man on Syfy last fall, I think Wicked will be just as much of a hit.
For the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.
- Adrienne Wilder, author of Blood Bonds – From the Shadows
- Allison Pang, author of A Brush of Darkness – Bitten by Books, Book Chick City, All Things Urban Fantasy
- Ann Aguirre, author of Killbox – Book Pushers
- Cherie Priest, author of Dreadnought – Suvudu
- Christina Henry, author of Black Wings – Vision Quest Fail
- Darynda Jones, author of First Grave on the Right – Dark Faerie Tales
- Denise Agnew, author of Marshall’s Law – Cynthia Eden’s blog
- Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of Crimson Wind – Bitten by Books
- Jeaniene Frost, author of This Side of the Grave – Frost Fans (podcast)
- Jon F. Merz, author of The Kensei – Dirty Sexy Books
- Larissa Ione, author of Eternal Rider – Zoe Winter’s Blog
- Laurie London, author of Bonded by Blood – All Things Urban Fantasy
- Lena Meydan, author of Twilight Forever Rising – Suburban Vampire
- Lili St. Crow, author of Defiance – Books!
- Marta Acosta, author of Haunted Honeymoon – Marie Treanor’s Bog
- Nalini Singh, author of Archangel’s Consort – BN’s Heart to Heart Blog
- Nancy Holzner, author of Hellforged – Christina Henry’s Blog
- Nico Rosso, author of Taken To The Limit – Bitten by Books
- PC Cast, author of Awakened – Lambda Literary
- Peter Orullian, author of The Unremembered – Suvudu
- Rachel Caine, author of Ghost Town – Fort Worth Weekly
- Regan Hastings, author of Visions of Magic – Smexy Books
- Sarwat Chadda, author of Dark Goddess – All Things Urban Fantasy
- Teresa D’Amario, author of SheWolf – Book Lovers Inc
- Tracey O’Hara, author of Death’s Sweet Embrace – Bitten by Books, Book Chick City, Tynga’s Reviews
- Zoe Winters, author of Save My Soul – Cynthia Eden’s blog
Book Lover’s Inc is giving away a novel from Moira Rogers’s backlist. Ends Feb 4th.
Bermuda Onion is giving away copies of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey trilogy. Ends February 8th.
Thoughts of a Scot is giving away the first two Sabine Kane novels by Jaye Wells. Contest ends February 11th.
Fresh Fiction is giving away one of Lori Handeland’s Nightcreature novels. Ends February 7th.