News from LE
I know the last couple of months have been sporadic with the news posts, but I’m hoping to be a little better about it. I know I keep saying that, but I’m starting to get back into the groove. I know the author visits have also been minimum, but I decided that until I could keep up with the actual content, I needed to slow down with contests and guest articles. If you’ve recently contacted me about visiting LE, I’m not ignoring you and will be responding shortly.
It’s June 1st, which means the latest New Author Mini-Challenge, TBR Newbies, is over. So far, there have been 24 novels read in an effort to try those new authors that snuck into our TBR piles. Everyone has until June 3rd to get your reviews in, at which point I’ll draw the winner for a novel of choice.
LE will be starting a new feature later this afternoon. Every week, Casey’s Literary Rants will be discussing the various things that just need to be discussed. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what’s she’s planning, but I can tell you her first rant is quite amusing. Want to read it? Come back this afternoon and you’ll be able to. *grin*
During May, 100 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, Michelle’s Book Blog, Escape Between the Pages, Dark Faerie Tales, Tez Says and SciFiGuy.
Demons Prefer Blondes by Sidney Ayers
Virgin by Cheryl Brooks (CatStar Chronicles #7)
The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier
Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa
Fort Freak by Cherie Priest (Wild Cards)
Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear (Wolf #7)
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen
Angel Fire by LA Weatherly
Goddess with a Blade by Lauren Dane
Three Sinful Wishes by RG Alexander
Storm Kissed by Jessica Andersen (Nightkeepers)
The Promise of Love an anthology featuring Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Sylvia Day, Jamie Denton
Chicks Kick Butt an anthology featuring Rachel Caine, L.A. Banks, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Jeanne Stein, Jenna Black, Elizabeth Vaughan, Carole Nelson, Douglas, P.N. Elrod, Nancy Holder
Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood
Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery #3)
Nyx in the House of Night by PC Cast (House of Night)
Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance (Cassie Palmer #5)
Nightfall by Ellen Connor (Dark Age Dawning #1)
Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke (Dragon Diaries #1)
Vampire in Atlantis by Alyssa Day
Hit List by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake)
Hexed by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #2)
Memories of Envy by Barb Hendee (Vampire Memories)
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Shadow Walker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #3)
Everdark by Elle Jasper (Dark Ink #2)
Possession by Elana Johnson
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade (Ghost and Goth #2)
Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra (Children of the Sea)Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey
Everlasting by Alyson Noël (Immortals)
Shadowborn by Alison Sinclair
Hunter’s Fall by Shiloh Walker
Happily Ever After an anthology fearuting Gregory Maguire, Bill Willingham, Susanna Clarke and Neil Gaiman
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities an anthology featuring Carrie Vaughn
Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw (Secrets of Wintercraft)
Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz (Beauchamp Family Book #1)
The Darkest Heart by Thea Devine
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich (Stephenie Plum #17)
Collide by Megan Hart
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley
Embraced by Blood by Laurie London
Dead Rules by Randy Russell
Vacation with a Vampire by Maggie Shayne and Maureen Child
The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel (Vampire Queen #2)
Hexed an anthology featuring Ilona Andrews; Yasmine Galenorn; Allyson James; Jeanne Stein
Sisters of the Moon
Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #9)
Supernatural Noir an anthology
Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine (The Order #2)
Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
Heartless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate/Alexia Tarabotti #4)
Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle (Dark Dynasties #1)
Mystical Warrior by Janet Chapman
Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
Taken by Fire by Sydney Croft
Feast: Harvest of Dreams by Merrie Destefano
Wolf Tales 12 by Kate Douglas
Burn the Night by Jocelynn Drake (Dark Days #6)
Never Cry Wolf by Cynthia Eden
Ashes of a Black Frost by Chris Evans (Iron Elves #3)
Crave the Moon by Lori Handeland (Night Creature #11)
Changeling Dream by Dani Harper (Changeling #2)
Hammered by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #3)
Blood Secrets by Jeannie Holmes (Alexandra Sabian #2)
The Siren’s Cry by Jennifer Anne Kogler
The Wild Road by Marjorie Liu
Green-Eyed Envy by Kasey Mackenzie (Shades of Fury #2)
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Torn by Erica O’Rourke
Eat, Slay, Love by Jesse Petersen
Black Heart Loa by Adrian Phoenix (Hoodoo #2)
Tamed by a Highlander by Paula Quinn
Lord of Shadows by Alix Rickloff (Heirs of Kilronan #4)
The Final Evolution by Jeff Somers
Eternity by Heather Terrell
Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville #9)
Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey (Naamah #3)
Forsaken Harbor by Laura Kreitzer (Summer Chronicles #2)
Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
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 and here. Here’s a few more:
09/01/11: Undead by Kirsty McKay
09/13/11: Fateful by Claudia Gray
09/13/11: Undead by Isabella Kruger (Ever After #1)
09/19/11: The Business of Death by Trent Jamieson (Death Works #3)
09/27/11: Lost In Time by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods)
11/01/11: Courting Darkness by Yasmine Galenorn (Sisters of the Moon #10)
11/01/11: Under Attack by Hannah Jayne (Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles #2)
11/23/11: Theft of Swords by Michael Sullivan (Riyria Revelations #1)
11/29/11: Within the Flame by Marjori Liu (Dirk & Steele #11)
12/14/11: Rise of Empire by Michael Sullivan (Riyria Revelations #2)
2012: Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville #10)
01/03/12: Born of Ashes by Caris Roane (Ascension #4)
01/23/12: Heir of Novron by Michael Sullivan (Riyria Revelations #3)
01/31/12: By a Thread by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #5)
01/31/12: On Midnight Wings by Adrian Phoenix (Makers Song #5)
02/01/12: Celebrity in Death by JD Robb (In Death #34)
02/07/12: Shaded Vision by Yasmine Galenorn (Sisters of the Moon #11)
02/07/12: Almost Everything by Tate Hallaway (Vampire Princess of St. Paul)
02/07/12: Something About Witches by Joey W. Hill
02/28/12: Angels’ Flight by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #4)
03/06/12: Wicked Edge by Nina Bangs (Castle of Dark Dreams)
03/06/12: Now or Never by Michele Bardsley (Wizards of Nevermore #3)
03/06/12: Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #4)
03/06/12: Eventide by Elle Jasper (Dark Ink Chronicles #3)
03/06/12: Darkness Undone by Jessa Slade (Marked #4)
03/06/12: Dire Needs by Stephanie Tyler
04/01/12: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising #2)
05/01/12: Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black (Descendant #2)
06/01/12: Title Unknown by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling)
From the Author Sites
Jennifer Estep excitedly announced that she has sold two more Elemental Assassin novels to Pocket Books. I’m wondering if these two novels are By a Thread, which comes out in February 2012, and the seventh novel due out later that year or if that means we’ll be getting books eight and nine as well.
It was just announced at Publisher’s Weekly that Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong have teamed up to write a new YA trilogy called the Blackwell Pages. The new series will be slated as a middle grade since it involves three 12-year-olds who are descended from Norse gods and have to stop an impending apocalypse. The first novel, Loki’s Wolves, is set to release in Spring of 2013.
Orbit Books will be releasing a bunch Jennifer Rardin’s Jaz Park short stories over the next couple of months. Scouting Jasmine and The Golem Hunt are already out and available for $1.99. On June 15th, we’ll be able to read An Evening for Vayl and Jaz; on July 15th, we’ll be able to read The Minion Chronicles: Paul and Brady Get Hoodoo with the Voodoo; and on August 15th, we’ll have Zombie Jamboree. All three will also be available for $1.99.
Nalini Singh will be doing a live chat for Penguin’s Project Paranormal Facebook page on June 2nd at 3:30pm EST. In more Singh goodness, if you’re on her mailing list, than you already know who the next Psy/Changeling novel will be about. Interesting enough, the next changeling who will find his mate is under the illusion that his mate is already with another and he’s too late. So I’m curious to see what fate has in store for Riaz. While there’s not a title yet, a tentative release date was announced. We’ll be able to read the story in June 2012 and the Arrows may be making their move. We’ll have to wait a see.
Jenna Black has announced the title for her second Descendant novel. With a tentative release date of May 2012, we’ll get to read Deadly Descendent.
Kelley Armstrong has posted a tentative title and release date for the second Darkness Rising novel. In April 2012, or close to that, we may or may not have The Calling. With it still a year away, both the date and title could change, but at least we have a goal and something other than “book 2” to call it.
Keri Arthur had the fabulous news that the third Dark Angels novel (you know, Risa’s series) not only has a working title, Darkness Devours, but could possibly hit the shelves early 2012.
First off, I really need to check my blog feeds more often. I didn’t realize that my feed for Marjorie Liu‘s site wasn’t working. If it had been, I would’ve known that she announced the title to the next Dirk & Steele novel. Within the Flame will feature Eddie and will be out in November 29th.
New Excerpts or Reading for Free
Ilona Andrews has posted a snippet from an upcoming enovella that has neither a title or a release date yet.
Jenna Black has posted the first chapter to the third Faewalker novel, Sirensong, which will be released.
We’ve may have seen this, but it seemed like there was more. However, Laurell K Hamilton has posted the first chapter to the next Anita Blake novel, Hit List, which is out next week. There’s good news for the Edward lovers – if the first chapter is anything to go by, there’s going to be a lot of Edward.
Faith Hunter has posted a teaser for her fifth Jane Yellowrock novel, which is still currently without a title.
Lauren Dane has been sharing a few snippets. The first, second and third snippet is for Once and Again, which will be published later this year. The fourth one is for dirty/bad/wrong, which is a part of the Three to Tango anthology which was just released.
Diana Pharaoh Francis has posted an excerpt from her new fantasy novel, Soul Mage, which doesn’t have release date information yet.
Ilona Andrews has posted an excerpt from their upcoming novella, Magic Dreams, which will be released in the Hexed anthology on June 7th. Alright, I may have posted this already, but it has Dali and it’s a good size excerpt. *grin*
It’s not a free read, but a cheap read – Bring Out Your Dead by Kate MacAlister is currently available for $.99 on Amazon.
What Bears Repeating
Nalini Singh is working on a new novella, Angel’s Dance, featuring Galen and Jessamey from the Guild Hunter series which is going to be included in a new anthology titled Angels’ Flight. This anthology will include three of Singh’s Guild Hunter novellas – Angels’ Judgment, Angels’ Pawn and the current work in progress Angel’s Dance. However, I haven’t found a date on when it will be released.
Cailtin Kittredge has announced the title to her third Iron Codex novel. The expected publication date for The Nightmare Garden is February 14, 2012, which is also the scheduled release for the paperback edition of The Iron Thorn.
Kim Harrison has announced the title for the tenth Rachel Morgan novel. Hopefully soon, we’ll be able to read A Perfect Blood.
Featured Book: Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules–especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything–even Tristen’s love–just for the thrill of being…bad.
This Month’s Reviews
Afterlife by Merrie Destefano
Undone by Rachel Caine
Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers
The Falling Machine by Andrew Mayer
Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill – Spoiler Edition
The Second Glass of Absinthe by Michelle Black
To Kill A Vampire by Juliana Sage
The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman
Taken by the Others by Jess Haines
Roadkill by Rob Thurman
The Battle Sylph by LJ McDonald
My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Unknown by Rachel Caine
Unseen by Rachel Caine
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Masques by Patricia Briggs
Touching Darkness by Jaime Rush
Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory
Lover Eternal by JR Ward
Knight Angels: Book of Love by Abra Ebner
From the Reader
Galaxy Express has a fabulous roundup of the latest science fiction news and releases.
52 Stories has another fabulous story posted this week. For your reading pleasure, we have Rahul Mehta’s The Cure.
What may seem like a simple parable turns, in Rahul Mehta’s talented hands, into something more: a psychological portrait that lingers unresolved in the mind, like a spinning top poised over the story’s intriguing final words, uncertain where to land. The story comes from Mehta’s lovely collection Quarantine, just out from Harper Perennial.
Did you know there are 26 different SciFi movies being released this summer? If you didn’t, Blastr has you covered as they showcase all the trailers (but two) for the movies.
Did you go to the Book Expo of America? Leading up to the big event, Dark Faerie Tales showcased various authors who were roaming the Expo in New York City. Here’s who was there: Rachel Vincent, Clay & Susan Griffith, Maria Snyder, Kady Cross, Sophie Littlefield, Wendy Delsol, Ally Condie, Leigh Fallon, Kiki Hamilton, Cinda Williams Chima, Carrie Vaughn, Carrie Jones, Melissa Marr, Maryrose Wood, Kate Garrabrant (aka KT Grant), Kristen Painter, Melissa de la Cruz, Nick James, Amy Garvey, Leah Clifford, Scott Tracey, Lisa McMann, Lev AC Rosen, Cindy Pon, Alma Katsu and Anton Strout.
Mmmm…Candy Land is being made into a movie? Seriously? And, according to Blastr, the director is comparing it to
Fabulous news for all you Orlando Bloom fans. According to Blastr, Peter Jackson has confirmed that Bloom will be back as Legolas in The Hobbit, which is set to release at Christmas in 2012. Bloom won’t be alone either, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett are all returning. The Hobbit will be broken up into two movies and we have dates for that! The first will open December 19, 2012 with the second half coming a year later in December 2013.
For the full listing of this month’s appearances, click here.
- Aimee Carter, author of The Goddess Test – Rachel Vincent’s blog
- Allison van Diepen, author of The Vampire Stalker – All Things Urban Fantasy
- Amanda Alvarez, author of Hunting Human – Dark Faerie Tales
- Barbara Quick, author of A Golden Web – Rex Robot’s Reviews
- China Mieville, author of Embassytown – Suvudu (Part One and Two)
- Elisabeth Naughton, author of Bodyguards In Bed – Amberkatze’s Book Blog
- Ilona Andrews, author of Magic Slays – The Book Pushers
- Kate Salidas, author of Immortalis Carpe Noctem – Patricia’s Vampire Notes
- Kelly Keaton, author of Darkness Becomes Her – Paperback Dolls
- Kim Harrison, author of Pale Demon – SF Signal
- Kristine Grayson, author of Wickedly Charming?? – Book Faery Reviews
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch, author of City of Ruins – Book Chick City
- KT Grant, author of Sweet and Sinful – Galaxy Express
- Lauren Dane, author of Goddess With a Blade – Yasmine Galenorn’s blog
- Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, author of Golden Vampire – Amberkatze’s Book Blog
- Linnea Sinclair, author of Rebels and Lovers – Book Chick City
- Maria Snyder, author of Inside Out – I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read,
- Marianne de Pierres, author of Chaos Space – Book Chick City
- Nalini Singh, author of Kiss of Snow – Smexy Books, Galaxy Bookshop, Open Book Society and Book Pushers
- Noa, from the Paperback Dolls – Romancing the Genres
- Sara Creasy, author of Children of Scarabaeus – Book Chick City
- Stacey Jay, author of Dead on the Delta – Jennifer Estep’s Blog
- Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic – The Deadline Dames
- Vicki Pettersson, author of The Neon Graveyard – Nocturne Reads, Larissa’s Bookish Life,
On June 10th, I Smell Sheep will be having a contest for a swag bag of books, bookmarks and anything else they can stuff into a bag.