Escapist Newsletter (Vol 5 Issue 10)

News from LE

CDaniels-Wild Wild DeathContest winners have been announced for the Picture Book Contest, Melanie Card, JN Duncan, Jess Macallan and Jennifer Estep contests here and here. I haven’t had a chance to package up  the books yet, what with the busted feet and hospital visits, so if you haven’t claimed your prize yet, you still have time.  However, I will be starting to put them together over the next couple of days If you’re a winner, please contact me before 10/7 otherwise I will be drawing new names.

I have got to give kudos to the amazing reviewers I have here at Literary Escapism.  Trish, Casey, Nicole and Nikki (and even the hubby) have made it so LE has posted 67 consecutive reviews.  That is so fantastic.  So I hope everyone has enjoyed seeing a review every day and we’ll try to continue doing it, but I can’t promise that.  As of right now, I have nothing ready to post, but we’ll work on it.

Cover Extravaganza

During December, 110 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 FantasyDark Faerie Tales and Tez Says.

New Releases

October 1st:
Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayon
Unleashed by Sara Taney Humphreys
The Goblin King by Shona Husk
The Royal Scam by Gini Koch (Martian Alliance #1)
Phoenix by Eden Maguire (Beautiful Dead)

October 2nd: The Fire Wars by Kailin Gow

October 3rd:
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Angel Arias by Marianne de Pierres (Burn Bright #2)

October 4th:
Forbidden Embers by Tessa Adams (Dragon’s Heat)
In Charm’s Way by Madelyn Alt (Bewitching Mystery #8)
Angels of Darkness an anthology featuring Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn
Men Out of Uniform an anthology featuring Maya Banks, Karin Tabke Sylvia Day
Down These Strange Streets an anthology featuring Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabaldon, Simon R Green, SM Stirling and Carrie Vaughn
Better Off Undead by DD Barant (Bloodhound Files #4)
Inferno’s Kiss by Monica Burns (The Order of the Sicari #3)
Eve by Anna Carey
Wolf at the Door by MaryJanice Davidson
A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day (Renegade Angel #1)
Chosen by Fate by Virna DePaul (Para-Ops #2)
The Vengeful Dead by JN Duncan
The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham
Dark Peril by Christine Feehan
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush Hush #3)
Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (Elder Races)
Visions of Skyfire by Regan Hastings (Awakening #2)
In Memories We Fear by Barb Hendee (Vampire Memories)
Infidel by Kameron Hurley
Changes by Mercedes Lackey (Collegium Chronicles #3)
Much Ado About Vampires by Katie MacAlister
The Blood Coven Vampires by Mari Mancusi
Steel: And Other Stories by Richard Matheson
Slow Ride by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track)
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles by Kim Newman
Dead Mann Walking by Stefan Petrucha
Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick (Esther Diamond)
Radiant Desire by Inara Scott
The Legend of Witchtrot Road by EJ Stevens (Spirit Guide #3)
Werewolf in the North Woods by Vicki Lewis Thompson (Wild About You #2)
Blood Eternal by Marie Treanor (Awakened by Blood #3)
Frail by Joan Francis Turner
How to Party with a Killer Vampire by Penny Warner (Party-Planning Mystery #4)

October 6th: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

October 7th: Kiss of Night by Debbie Viguié

October 10th: My Best Friend is a Werewolf by Kailin Gow (Harold Kung Fu Kid #2)

October 11th:
Devoted by Hilary Duff (Elixir #2)
Heaven and Hell by Kailin Gow (Beautiful Beings #2)
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
Awake at Dawn by CC Hunter
Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield
Twilight: Volume 2 by Stephanie Meyer
The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise (Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles)
Talking to the Dead by George Noory
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Haunting Embrace by Erin Quinn
The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
The Dark at the End by Paul F. Wilson
Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright

October 13th: Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich

October 15th: The Glass Man by Jocelyn Adams

October 18th:
Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen (Royal House of Shadows #3)
A Vampire for Christmas an anthology featuring Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro and Alexis Morgan
Moon Called Volume 2 by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called #2)
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Maragret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures #3)
The Shattered Vine by Laura Anne Gilman (Vineart War #3)
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey
Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey (Five Hundred Kingdoms)
Swear by Nina Malkin
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Variant by Robison Wells

October 20th: The Red Wolf by Kailin Gow (Wolf Fey #2)

October 21st: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

October 24th: The Legacy by Kailin Gow (Wordwick Games #4)

October 25th:
The Real Werewives of Vampire County an anthology featuring Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox, Jess Haines and Tami Dane
The Bite Before Christmas an anthology featuring Lynsay Sands; Jeaniene Frost
Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur (Dark Angels #2)
Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks (McCabe Brothers #3)
Destined by PC & Kristen Cast (House of Night)
Crave by Melissa Darnell
Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
Adam by Jacquelyn Frank (Nightwalkers #6)
Courting Darkness by Yasmine Galenorn (Sisters of the Moon #10)
The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison (Hollows)
Claimed by Pleasure by Jaymie Holland
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #4)
Devilishly Hot by Kathy Love
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
Trance by Kelly Meding
Flesh and Blood by Kristen Painter (House of Comarré #2)
Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer (Feral Warriors #7)
Extinction Agenda by Marcus Pelegrimas (Skinners)
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (Legend of Beka Cooper #3)
Angel Town by Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet #6)
Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims
If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker (If #1)
The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
Nightshade by Maryrose Wood
Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti

October 27th:
The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin (Inheritance Trilogy)
Muse by Rebecca Lim (Muse)

October 31st: The Curse of Four by Caitlin Kittredge (Black London Novella)

Here are a few other places with their own September releases: Wicked Little Pixie, All Things Urban Fantasy, Tez Says, The Book Pushers, Tor (Young Adult and UF/H/PNR)

New Release Dates:
LDesrochers-Last RiteI’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 and here. Here’s a few more:

11/01/11: Touch by Jus Accardo (Denazen #1)

2012: Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier
2012: Title Yet To Be Announced by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush Hush #4)

01/03/12: Seven Princes by John Fultz

02/21/12: The Half-Breed Vampire by Theresa Meyers
02/28/12: Fever by Joan Swan
02/28/12: Partials by Dan Wells

03/06/12: Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik (Temeraire #7)
03/06/12: Dead Is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez
03/06/12: Dire Needs by Stephanie Tyler (Dire Wolf Clan)

04/03/12: Devil’s Punch by Ann Aguirre (Corinne Soloman #3)
04/03/12: The Slayer by Theresa Meyers (Legend Chronicles #2)
04/17/12: Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon (League #5)
04/24/12: Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett

05/01/12: Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers (Personal Demons #3)

07/03/12: Waking Storms by Sarah Porter

From the Author Sites

JBennett-Summoning the NightIt looks like Laurell K Hamilton has a title for her next Anita Blake novel.  Amazon is showing that the title will be Dead Sexy with a release date of June 5, 2012.  However, Hamilton ran a vote for the title, between Kiss the Dead and Dead Sexy, via Twitter earlier this month and Kiss the Dead won.

I haven’t seen this posted yet, but if you receive Jenna Black’s newsletter then you’ve heard the news. If you don’t (and why not?), then I’m assuming you haven’t heard.  Black’s Faeriewalker series has been optioned for film!  This doesn’t mean it is being made into a movie yet, but this is one step closer to seeing it on the big screen.  It means someone out in Hollywood likes the concept and wants to try.

Jory Strong has posted the back cover copy for her February 2012 release, Inked Magic.

With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI brother, magic and gift have put her on the path of two compelling men.

Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín’s help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.

Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover. Now as she approaches the transition to fully Elven, her survival depends on keeping two. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn’t—until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly—and only by paying magic’s price will there be any future at all.

USA Today has the news….Becca Fitzpatrick will be writing a fourth novel in her Hush Hush series, to be released in Fall 2012.

New Excerpts or Reading for Free

SKenyon-Born of SilencePC & Kristen Cast have posted an excerpt, as well as the prologue, from their ninth House of Night novel, Destined, which will be published October 25th.

Kelley Armstrong has posted the eighth chapters to her Online Story. Here are the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh chapters.

Lauren Dane has posted a snippet from her novel, Revelation, which is currently available.

Book Buzz has the first chapter available for Becca Fitzpatrick’s Silence, which releases

Ilona Andrews has been posting snippets from the upcoming Andrea novel, now with the title Gunmetal Magic.  You can read them here, here, here, here and possibly chapter 2 here.

Shiloh Walker has posted an excerpt from her new release, Locked in Silence.

Yasmine Galenorn has posted a snippet from her next Otherworld novel, Courting Darkness, which releases November 1st.

Nalini Singh has posted two new excerpts.  The first one is for her upcoming short story, Angel’s Wolf, which will appear in the anthology Angels of Darkness.  The second one is for the next Psy/Changeling novel, Tangle of Need, which will release in May 2012. has posted an excerpt from AJ Hartley’s Will Power.

Ilona Andrews has posted the first two chapters, plus a little more, of a new science fiction novel they are currently working on.

Heroes and Heartbreakers has posted an excerpt from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s upcoming Dream-Hunter novel, The Guardian, which will be out.

The latest Moon Daughters comic, featuring the girls from Yasmine Galenorn’s Otherworld series, is now out.

Jeri Smith-Ready has posted the eighth chapter to her online serial, Let It Bleed.  If you haven’t read the previous chapters, here they are: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven.

Karen Mahoney has posted a snippet from her upcoming novel, The Wood Queen, which releases.

Dakota Cassidy has posted an excerpt from Blood Curse, the first novel in her new Blood Revelation series due out.

She Loves Hot Reads has an excerpt from Caris Roane’s Wings of Fire, which releases.  There is also an excerpt posted for Donna Grant’s Shadow Highlander.

Heroes and Heartbreakers have posted two separate excerpts.  One excerpt is from Kristen Painter’s Blood Rights and the other is for Chapters 1-3 of Caitlin Kittredge’s Devil’s Business.

Melissa Marr has posted a snippet from her Fall 2012 release, Carnival of Souls.

Lauren Dane has posted a snippet from her third Brown Siblings novel, Inside Out.

The Book Pushers and Larissa’s Bookish Life have excerpts from Vivian Arend’s Black Gold, which released September 13th.

Heroes and Heartbreakers has an extended excerpt of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s upcoming release, The Guardian, which releases November 1st.

Diana Pharaoh Francis has posted a snippet from the third Horngate Witches novel, Shadow City, which will be out December 27th.

Lauren Dane has posted a snippet from her recent release, Never Enough.

Shiloh Walker has posted a bunch of snippets from her fifth Grimm Circle novel, Locked in Silence. You can read them here, here, here, here, here and here.

Kelly Meding has posted a snippet from her upcoming novel, Trance, which releases October 25th.

Dark Faerie Tales has an exclusive excerpt from Stacia Kane’s Sacrificial Magic, which releases March 27, 2012.

What Bears Repeating

SJay-Blood on the BayouSuvudu has the fantastic news that Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series was just acquired by Dreamworks Studios. While this does mean we’ll get to see Barrons and Mac on the big screen, there’s no mention as to when.

Ann Aguirre has the fabulous news.  She’s sold a new trilogy to Ace and we’ll get the first novel in 2013.  This is another science fiction series (yea!) that is being described as a prison break in space.  Aguirre has also sold two more novels, these ones will be a steampunk whodunit that will be co-authored by Andres Aguirre.  Either the first title or the series will be named Bronze Gods, however there’s no mention of a possible release schedule.

Fabulous news for Outlander fans.  Diana Gabaldon has announced the title for the eighth Outlander novel.  I’m still not sure when it’s going to be released, but we’ll get more Jamie and Claire with Written in My Heart’s Own Blood.

Anton Strout has begun a new adventure.  The Once & Future Podcast is a new weekly Science Fiction & Fantasy book-centric podcast that will feature a lot of things you’ll want to know (i.e. breaking news in the publishing industry, upcoming release titles, guest authors, book tour info, convention news, etc). Authors already confirmed for future appearances are: Rachel Caine, Amber Benson, Chris Hardwick, Jim C. Hines, Matthew Cody and many others.

Maria Snyder has posted the cover copy for her upcoming fantasy novel, Touch of Power.

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life….

Kim Harrison is going to be making a couple of Michigan appearances.  On October 25th, she’ll be at Schuler Books & Music in Lansing and then at Nicola’s on November 1st.  I really only know the major book chains in the area, so Nicola’s is going to be new for me, but I think I’m going to need to keep my eyes on this one. For one, Heather Brewer (The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill) will be there on September 20th and then Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) will be there on the 29th.

Featured Book: Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love

SKenyon-AlterantThe way Evalle Kincaid sees it, saving mankind from total destruction should have cleared her name. But when words uttered in the heat of combat are twisted against her, she’s blamed for the prison break of three dangerous Alterants. She has one chance to clear the cloud of suspicion hanging over her . . . for good. All she has to do is recapture the escapees. But deals with gods and goddesses are tricky at best, and now the lives of all Beladors, and the safety of innocent humans, rides on Evalle’s success. The only person she can ask for help wants to see her dead.

Want a taste of Kenyon & Love’s Belador series, then check out, Fire Bound, a free story available now!

If you  haven’t had a chance to read this new series, I’m giving away two sets of the Belador series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love – Blood Trinity and Alterant. Contest ends October 15th.

This Month’s Reviews

Pariah (Vol 2) by Aron Warner
In Bed With A Highlander by Maya Banks
Magic Graves (Anthology)
Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan
All You Desire by Kirsten Miller
Superman: Earth One
Red Run by Kami Garcia
The Dark Griffin by K.J. Taylor
Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle
Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood
Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell
Black Wings by Christina Henry
The Vision by C. L. Talmadge
Viper Moon by Lee Roland
Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Silent Blade and Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews
Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith
Mistwood by Leah Cypess
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller
The Dragon Book (Anthology)
Downpour by Kat Richardson
Medicine Road by Charles de Lint
His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone
Captured by Moonlight Nancy Gideon
Moon Called (Vol 1) by Patricia Briggs
Grave Sight (Vol 1)> by Charlaine Harris
Bound by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon
Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

From the Reader

JSwan-FeverAccording to Blastr, it looks like Marvel is possibly following in DC Comics footsteps in relaunching their line.  Well, they may be simply starting a whole new timeline.  Not sure, but I’m curious – have you checked out the New 52 by DC Comics?  Was this a good move on DCs part or are you not a fan?  How do you feel about Marvel doing the same?

Stumbling Over Chaos has another fabulous edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography.  This time around, she’s featuring Curly Blond Bangs Guy (CBBG).

DC Comics has begun releasing the New 52 and has all the details on the new comics. If you’re curious to see what the new Action Comics, Detective Comics, Justice League or any of the other new reboots – then check out Tor’s list of reader guides.

Have you had a chance to read Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy?  I haven’t, but for the price of $5 (for all 3 novels), then I really don’t see a reason not to grab it and give it a try.

Wicked Scribes has found a bunch of ebooks, which are being offered as Penguin especials.

Dark Faerie Tales and All Things Urban Fantasy are back again this October with their Spooky Legends feature. Between the two sites, they’ll be featuring 62 different authors retelling creepy urban legends, celebrating the chilling new releases of the season and giving away a ton of books.

The Obscured Vixen is doing another one of her “going on a picnic” posts, but this time she’s having a sleepover with our favorite literary chicks.

The more I see about ABC’s new upcoming series, Once Upon a Time, the more curious I’m getting. What is everyone else thinking?

Author Appearances

TGarey-Devil Named DesireFor the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.


JKessler-LossThe Book Smugglers are giving away a set of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy – ends October 1st.

Patricia’s Vampire Notes is giving away a signed copy of Melissa de la Cruz’s Lost in Time – ends October 5th.

Shiloh Walker is giving away an ARC of her upcoming novel, If You Hear Her – ends Mid-Next Week

Nalini Singh is giving away 10 copies of Ilona Andrew’s Silver Shark – ends October 1st.

Vampire Wire is giving away a copy of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones – ends October 15th. (US/Canada)

Late Bloomer Online is giving away two copies of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Silence – ends October 4th.

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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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  1. Thanks for this! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate these types of posts. I know they are a lot of work, so I just wanted to tell you that :)

    I often fill out my New Release future wishilst with info from posts like theses :) Hope that all is going well/if not better in your world.

    Best wishes!

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