You’ve may have noticed that Literary Escapism was down for a couple of days. Well, my husband and I moved to our first house and our DSL wasn’t hooked up correctly. We host all of our websites on our own, so when our internet isn’t connected properly, everything goes down and a bunch of errors start to show up. Needless to say, if you’re reading this, then that means we’re up and running again. We’re not planning on moving again for a very long time, so this should be the only time I’m out of commission. Hopefully I haven’t lost anyone during the downtime, however, I was still reading, so watch for reviews to pop up quickly.
Here are this month’s new releases:
- Rescue Me (Anthology)
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #1)
- Accidentally Dead by Dakota Cassidy
- Into the Shadow: Darkness Chosen by Christina Dodd
- Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn
- Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
- Deja Demon: The Days & Nights of a Demon Hunting Mom by Julie Kenner
- Warrior: The Time Hunters by Angela Knight
- Lord of Bones by Justine Musk
- Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
- Strength of the Wolf by Jorrie Spencer
- Twilight Fall by Lynne Viehl
- Mammoth Vampire Anthology
- Soldier Caged by Rebecca York
- Seaborn by Chris Howard
- The Shadows by LA Banks (Night Huntress Legends)
- Jhegaala by Steven Brust
- Lyon: Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber
- The Devil You Know by Jenna Black (Morgans Kingsley #2)
- Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #1)
- Touch of Darkness by Cathy Clamp & CT Adams
- Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake
- Turbulent Sea by Christina Feehan
- The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
- Hotter than Hell by Jackie Kessler
- Countdown (Shomi) by Michelle Maddox
- Dark Warrior Unleashed by Alexis Morgan
- Just One Bite by Kimberly Raye (Dead End Dating #5)
- The Druid Made Me Do It by Natale Stenzel
I’ve updated the releases page. If you haven’t seen my new release page, then I should tell you, I have it broken up into two sections – authors I continuously watch because I’m addicted to their series vs. authors I don’t know or I like, but will borrow the books instead of buying them. The last section is where I add the dates that I get from other people or groups, but I’m going to start keeping an eye on those authors releases as well. I’m not sure how I’m going to do that yet, but I’ll figure out some efficient way. If you know of any release dates I should include, let me know. I will say one thing….some of the authors do not update their pages very often. There are some who have their latest posts being back in 2007. So this is making it hard to add excerpts for some of the new releases.
Anyway, here are some of the new excerpts:
- Patricia Briggs for Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
- The Chosen Sin by Anya Bast
- Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
- Read an excerpt by Anne Bishop for the anthology Imaginary Friends
- Nalini Singh is contributing Stroke of Enticement to the Magical Christmas Cat anthology
Bone Cross by Patricia Briggs will be out sometime in February of 2009. The cover hasn’t been officially released on her site yet, but her artist, Dan Dos Santos, has it up at his. It’s so shiny. None of the text has been included yet, but do we really need that?
Kelley Armstrong has the cover for Living with the Dead up at her site. It’s the ninth book in the Otherworld series. Isn’t it pretty?
In case you missed my earlier post, Sherrilyn Kenyon has posted her Acheron Tour Dates. She’s going to be in Ann Arbor and I’m already making plans to be there for her appearance.
Katie MacAlister is also running an interesting poll. She’s curious to know when people would like her to hold KatieCon. Katie’s con isn’t going to be just another conference where there are writers and editors and whatnot, but it’s going to be a day of fun with giveaways, puzzle pirates/poker, and of course signing as just a few of the events. See my previous post for more details. Updated: She’s narrowed down the date – Saturday April 25th – but there are a few questions she still needs to answer, so she has set up a survey for people who are interested in attending. Another bright spot for this Con, Katie has talked with her publisher and they have said they should be able to provide attendees with a copy of her new novel that will be released in May 2009. Sounds like this is going to be a fun time. I just wished I could go out there and have fun with everyone else.
Some really good news, well, it’ll be good news towards the end of the year. Jeaniene Frost’s third Night Huntress novel’s, At Grave’s End, release date has changed. It will now be out December 30th of this year instead of at the end of January next year. There is even talk of it coming out a little earlier, but we won’t know for sure until it gets closer to the date.
Jenna Black’s third novel, The Devil’s Due, will be out November 25th. Don’t forget, her second novel, The Devil You Know, will be out July 29th – here’s a link to Chapter 1. It’s fun to know our two favorite gay demons will be back in action for this one as well.
Rachel Vincent announced the release dates for the next two Werecat books. Pride will be out February 1, 2009, and Prey is tentatively scheduled for July 1, 2009.
If you’re waiting for more Kate & Curran, than head over to Ilona Andrew’s page. She’s giving us a taste of Magic Strikes, her third Kate Daniels novel – chapter 1.
If anyone is on Facebook, then you should check out a couple of new groups that yours truly started since no one else has. There are a bunch of others as well, and I’ve been trying to join all of my author’s groups, but I’ve been finding some fun ones as well. So if you’re on Facebook, look me up.
Anne Bishop is part of an anthology coming out in September. Imaginary Friends will include the story Stands a God Within the Shadows, however, I’m not sure if it’s apart of a current series or if it’s a stand alone novella. Either way, here’s an excerpt.
Fangs, Fur & Fey has set up their own newsletter via Yahoo Groups. There are a ton of urban fantasy and paranormal romance writers that belong to that group, so there is always something going on. If you haven’t checked it out yet, than what are you waiting for?
Congratulations to Ann Aguirre…she just signed a deal with Berkley Sensation to write paranormal romances. She’ll be using the name Ava Gray, with a whole new website, so if you see any Ava Gray books, know they are from our Grimspace author.
I’ve recently came across a new online book magazine. Horror Bound is a literary magazine that focuses on the horror genre. They have interviews, book excerpts, reviews on art, poetry, and books, plus a whole bunch of other interesting information. The latest interview features up there is for Sarah Langan and her new novel The Missing.
Here are a few of the interviews that have happened this month and some new ones:
- Kresley Cole, author of the Immortals After Dark novels by Romance Novel TV
- Rhona Mitra, who will star in Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans by Stuff
- Shelby Reed, author of Midnight Rose by Romance Writers Unlimited
- Get to know Anna Windsor over at Fangs, Fur, & Fey
- Natasha Rhodes, author of Dante’s Girl by Amberkatze
- Lilith Saintcrow, author of To Hell and Back and Working for the Devil by Tempest Knight
- Lori Devoti interviews Patricia Rosemoor and Marc Paoletti authors of the Last Vampire
- Jeri Ready-Smith, author of Wicked Game by The Westminster Eagle
- Katie McNeill, who reviews paranormal novels for Blogcritics and blogs at Katie’s Reading by Blogcritics
- Tate Hallaway, author of the Garnet Lacey series by Amberkatze
- Mark Henry, author of Happy Hour of the Damned by Bitten By Books
- Dark Sentinel author Melissa Lopez, aka Melany Logen and Marissa Alwin by Paranormal Romance
- Kathy Love, author of Fangs for the Memories by Media Blvd
- Yasmine Galenorm, author of Darkling by Sidhe Vicious
- Michelle Pillow, author of the upcoming Tribes of the Vampire series by Coffee Time Romance
- Mario Acevedo, author of X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Marta Acosta (here’s her review)
- Jessica Anderson, author of Night Keepers by Book Binge
- Tracie Hall, author of Love’s Magic by Paperback Writer
- Jacquelyn Frank, author of The Nightwalkers series by Midnight Moon Cafe
- J.R. Ward, author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels. by Love Vampires
- Vicki Pettersson, author of The Touch of Twilight by The Sci-Fi Genre Review
- Stephanie Meyerabout The Host by The Daily Breeze
- Larissa Ione, author of Pleasure Unbound by Daily Press
- Justin Gustainis, author of Black Magic Woman was over at Bitten by Books
- Rachel Smith, the brains behind Bitten by Books, was interviewed by Blog Critics Magazine.
- Jeri Smith-Ready, author of Wicked Game, was over at Amberkatze’s
Here are this months reviews:
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
- Once Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson
- Magical Seduction (Anthology)
- What Happens in Vegas (Anthology)
- Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson
- The Wild Hunt by Lori Devoti
- Sebastian by Anne Bishop
- From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
- Howling at the Moon by Karen MacInerney
- Doppelganger by Marie Brennan
I’m not sure if anyone knows of Dark Realms Magazine, but they are closing their doors this fall. It’s kind of sad, I just found them and I kinda like it. It seems to be a Gothic sort of novel, but not necessarily over dramatic.
Anya Bast’s new novel, Chosen Sin, which is due out in October has a fancy new cover. I can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this or not, but hey, there’s no reason we can’t have it twice if I have. The novel has already been reviewed by Owl Romance Reviews and they are loving it.
Jeremy Lewis, author of Staked, has joined the League of Reluctant Adults. I’m not completely familiar with this author, but after reading his welcoming post by Anton Stout, I can not but try and get my hands on his novel. If you want to know more about Mr. JF Lewis, than click here.
If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon and are eagerly awaiting his new series, Dollhouse, then you should know that the stars will be out at the San Diego Comic Con. That’s not the only show being showcased at the Con by Fox this year. They will also have actors from Prison Break, Bones, 24, Life on Mars, Family Guy, The Simpsons, American Dad and Futurama.
Okay, I have to ask….has anyone seen Joss Whedon’s online series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog? He has a teaser trailer up and it has Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillon in it. Two great actors and it’s going to be exclusively available online. If anyone is interested, I have the trailer up at my blog. Here’s a review by the Seattle Post-Intelligence.
For Tru Blood fans, HBO has started up a blog dedicated to the show. It’s done in the first person where the blogger is actually living in Charlaine Harris’s world. Tru Blood is a synthetic blood that the Japanese just released and the vampires have just “come out of the coffins”. The blog is called BloodCopy and it’s kind of amusing. The latest news on the show is supposedly going to be posted there, but we’ll have to wait and see. Another fun site to see, that’s related to the HBO show, is Trubeverage. It’s the official website for that Japanese synthetic blood that the vampires are loving.
One last thing…Don’t forget that Conestoga 12 is happening at the end of this month. The conference is in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will be July 25-27th. It’s going to be a huge event and I’ll be jealous of anyone who gets to go, but everyone should have a great time. I know the guys over at Fangs, Fur, & Fey have their own mini-con within a con event planned and knowing all who’s involved with that, it can’t be anything but fun. The guest of honor this year is Diana Gabaldon, one of my all time favorite authors. The other honorees are: Artist Guest of Honor – Stephen Hickman, Fan Guest of Honor – Tim Miller, and Toastmaster – Gordon Van Gelder.