Garden of Snippets and Contests

CKittredge-Nightmare GardenRachel Vincent is posting the fourth chapter to Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which was released today.

Kelley Armstrong has posted the first chapter to an Online Story that is narrated by Derek from the Darkest Powers.

Yasmine Galenorn has revealed another snippet from her second Indigo Court novel, Night Veil, which releases July 5th.

Diana Pharaoh Francis has posted another snippet from the third Horngate Witches novel, Shadow City, which is set to release on December 27th.

Larissa’s Bookish Life has an original scene featuring Mira and Dananus from Jocelynn Drake’s Dark Days series.

Suvudu has posted an excerpt from Christopher Paolini’s fourth Inheritance Cycle novel, Inheritance, which is set to release on November 8th.

Cynthia Eden has posted a new excerpt from her upcoming novel, Never Cry Wolf, which will be released.

Author Appearances:

Here are only two of many fabulous covers that have been popping up. For all the new covers, I’ve added them to the FB album for your viewing pleasure.

NPeeler-Eye of the TempestI have to be honest, I’m not feeling the cover for Nicole Peeler’s fourth Jane True novel, Eye of the Tempest.  Yet again, the cover was done by the fabulous Sharon Tancredi, but this time around, the artwork is overshadowed by this red bands that really distract the eye.  I went out and bought the first three novels simple because the covers were gorgeous and I wanted them on my shelves.  I don’t have the same feeling with this one.  That red is just too distracting.

Fantastic news for fans of Michelle Rowen’s Immortality Bites series.  Rowen has been contracted to write two novels in a new series featuring Sarah and Thierry, but in a totally different series than what Immortality Bites is.  Instead of a paranormal romance, these new novels will be paranormal mysteries; so while they involve a familiar couple, don’t expect the stories to be the same.  The first novel in the Blood Bath & Beyond series will come out Summer 2012.  For more info, here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement:

Michelle Rowen’s Blood Bath & Beyond, pitched as True Blood meets Hart to Hart as a fledgling vampire and her master vampire fiance head to Vegas to bust criminals at a child beauty pageant and investigate who’s been draining local humans of their blood, to Cindy Hwang at NAL, in a two-book deal, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English).

Generally, when I think of urban fantasy, I think of vampires, shapeshifters and magic users are the ones that always comes to the forefront of my mind.  However, that’s not all that i in this fantastic genre.  Topless Robot is looking at 11 fabulous occult detectives who may not necessarily be supernatural themselves, but they don’t shy away from the impossible. (I have to admit, I like the summary they do for Anita Blake who is ranked at #5.)

Contests:
Rachel Vincent is giving away copies of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Raised by Wolves and Trial by Fire, plus one of her novels.  Ends June 17th.

GoodReads is giving away five copies of Rebecca Cantrell’s A Trace of Smoke. Ends July 11th.

Tor.com is giving away five copies of Kendre Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.  Ends June 15th.

Rachel Vincent is giving away an ARC of her upcoming novel, Blood Bound.  Ends June 16th.

The Paperback Dolls are giving away ARC copies of Maggie Stiefvater’s Forever and Jana Oliver’s The Demon Trapper’s Daughter, plus new copies of Rachel Caine’s The Morganville Vampires Vol 3 and Veronica Roth’s Divergent.  Ends June 24th.

GoodReads is giving away five copies of Steven Gould’s 7th Sigma. Ends July 11th.

All Things Urban Fantasy is giving away a copy of Dani Harper’s Changeling Moon.  Ends August 14th.

The Paperback Dolls are giving away six different novels, one of which is Karen Chance’s Hunt the Moon.  Ends June 26th.

GoodReads is giving away five copies of Rebecca Cantrell’s A Game of Lies.  Ends July 11th.

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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.

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