Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 1)

News from LE

DHarkness-Shadow of NightBook Chick City celebrated the season with a week of Christmas Memories from her fellow bloggers and I happened to be one of them. My own Christmas Memories is a little sketchy, but my boys are changing that.

Don’t forget, LE is also hosting a couple of reading challenges in 2012 – New Author Challenge 2012 and Outlander Reading Challenge, plus there’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood Read-a-long I’m co-hosting with Dark Faerie Tales.  If you’re looking to sign up for more, check out the fabulous Novel Challenges for all your reading fun.

Remember back in November, when I said I was donating a couple bags of books for the Child’s Play Charity Auction?  Well I did and Giant Fire Breathing Robot caught a picture of them at the auction.  I am so stoked!

Cover Extravaganza

During December, 59 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 and Tez Says.

New Releases

MSagara-SilenceJanuary 1st:
Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle (Dark Dynasties #2)
Night School by CJ Daugherty
Changing Dawn by Dani Harper (Changeling #3)
The Lure of Song and Magic by Patricia Rice
Hoodwink by Rhonda Roberts
Hold Me If You Can by Stephanie Rowe (Soulfire #3)
Reign Fall by Michelle Rowen (Demon Princess #3)
Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent
A Demon Does It Better by Linda Wisdom (Hex #7)

January 2nd: Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan (Immortal Beloved #2)

January 3rd:
Sisterhood of Dune by Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert
Legally Hot an anthology featuring
Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound)
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Whispers in the Dark by Maya Banks
City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore
It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake (Wishcraft Mystery)
Dust of the Damned by Peter Brandvold
Flashfire by Deborah Cooke (Dragonfire #8)
Tempest by Julie Cross (Tempest Trilogy #1)
Wild Wild Death by Casey Daniels (Pepper Martin Mystery #8)
All That Bleeds by Kimberly Frost (Etherlin #1)
Seven Princes by John Fultz
EVE: Templar One by Tony Gonzales
The Bride Wore Black Leather by Simon R Green (Nightside)
Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #4)
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Haunted Warrior by Allie MacKay
Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead (Dark Swan #4)
Fracture by Megan Miranda
To Walk the Night by ES Moore
Charmfall by Chloe Neill (Dark Elite #3)
Born of Ashes by Caris Roane (Ascension #4)
Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian #4)
The Departed by Shiloh Walker
The Skirmish by Michelle West (House War #4)
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams (Incarnation)

January 4th: Changes by Mercedes Lackey

January 5th:
Fated by Sarah Alderson
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

January 8th:
Fangtastic by Lucienne Dive
Shadow’s Edge by Maureen Lipinski

January 9th:
Chain Reaction by Zoe Archer
Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Sight by Kailin Gow (Wicked Woods #5)

January 10th:
Worlds of Fantasy an anthology featuring Jeffery Ford, Lisa Mantchev, Holly Phillips and Ekaterina Sedia
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges (Katerina #1)
Nameless by Kyle Chais
Lothaire by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark)
Etched in Silver by Yasmien Galenorn
Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz (Dark Legacy #1)
A Million Suns by Beth Revis

January 16th:
Sex, Lies and Surveillance by Stephanie Julian (Forgotten Goddesses #3)
The Spell by Heather Killough-Walden (Big Bad Wolf)

January 17th:
Ghosts of Boyfriends Past by Vivi Andrews
Halflings by Heather Burch (Halflings #1)
Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey
Batman: Through the Looking Glass by Bruce Jones and Sam Kieth
Dark Victory by Michele Lang
Something Wikkid This Way Comes by Nicole Peeler (Jane True #5.5)
The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells

January 19th: Try Not to Breathe by Jennfier Hubbard

January 21st: That Thing at the Zoo by James Tuck (Deacon Chalk #.5)

January 24th:
Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breeds #10)
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The Twisted Kiss by Anya Bast
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Switched by Amanda Hocking (Trylle #1)
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon by Mark Hodder (Burton & Swineburne #3)
Forbidden by Syrie James
Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Horizon by Sophie Littlefield (Aftertime)
Planesrunner by Ian McDonald (Everness #1)
A Warrior’s Desire by Pamela Palmer
Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Havoc by Jeff Sampson

January 31st:
When Temptation Burns by JK Beck (Shadowkeepers #5)
Embrace Me at Dawn by Shayla Black (Doomsday Brethren #5)
Firelight by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #1)
Lenobia’s Vow by PC Cast (House of Night Novella)
Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole
All Things Wicked by Karina Cooper
Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delaney (13 to Life)
Moonrise by Ivy Devlin
The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake (Dark Days)
By a Thread by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #5)
Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan
A Devil Named Desire by Terri Garey (Devil’s Bargain #2)
Darkest Highlander by Donna Grant (Dark Sword)
Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #3)
His Dark Bond by Anne Marsh
The Dread by Gail Z Martin
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding (Dreg City #5)
Chronic Fear by Scott Nicholson
Liquid Fear by Scott Nicholson
Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noël
Tangled by Erica O’Rourke
Sadie Walker Is Stranded by Madeleine Roux (Zombie)
Heir of Novron by Michael Sullivan (Riyria Revelations #3)
If You See Her by Shiloh Walker (If #2)

Here are a few other places with their own September releases: Tez Says, Wicked Little Pixie, All Things Urban Fantasy,

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 and here. Here’s a few more:

THudson-Arise2012: The Winds of Winter by George RR Martin (Fire & Ice #6)

03/06/12: And Blue Skies From Pain by Stina Leicht

06/05/12: Transcendence by CJ Omololu

06/19/12: Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey (Drake Chronicles #5)

07/03/12: Dark Destiny by MJ Putney
07/24/12: Drain You by M. Beth Bloom

08/01/12: Blood and Silver by James Tuck (Deacon Chalk #2)
08/01/12: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #2)

09/04/12: Beneath A Blood Red Moon by Heather Graham

2013: Before the Fall by Jackie Kessler (Pit and Paradise #1)

Book News

Jennifer Estep will be releasing a new enovella based in her Elemental Assassin novel. Thread of Death will release on January 31, 2012. If you haven’t read Spider’s Revenge yet, don’t go looking for the blurb for Thread of Death…it contains major spoilers (hence the reason I’m not posting it).

George RR Martin has something to be excited about.  He’s been named USA Today’s Author of the Year for 2011.

Want to know where some of your favorite authors are on Twitter?   Supernatural Underground has a list of their twitter handles for easy reference.

Colleen Gleason has some fabulous news.  She’s sold a new steampunk series called The Gaslight Guild.  The first novel, as of yet unnamed, will be out in 2013.  Gleason describes the series as:

This series is for teens and adults and is set in an alternate Victorian London world where steam is the technology of choice, and everyone has gadgets galore. Sherlock Holmes’s niece teams up with Bram Stoker’s half-sister, a vampire hunter distantly related to Victoria Gardella. The young women form a secret society under the management of none other than Irene Adler, and they have mysteries to solve, adventures to take, and handsome young men to manage.

Kim Harrison announced the title for the ninth Hollows book on Facebook.  After A Perfect Blood releases, will get to eagerly anticipate Ever After, but no release date was mentioned.

Beth Revis announced the title to her 3rd Across the Universe novel on Facebook the other day. Shades of Earth will be released on January 10, 2013.

Nalini Singh has announced the title of the fifth Guild Hunter novel and who’s story it will be.  We’re going to see more of Jason in Archangel’s Storm in September 2012.

Cherie Priest shared the wonderful news that Boneshaker will be produced for the big screen. Here’s a few other sites that may have more details: Variety, Hollywood Reporter,, and

Los Angeles, CA – November 30, 2011 – Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures, Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer Films and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”) announced today that Hammer has acquired the rights to the novel “Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest for adaptation to the big screen. Project will be co-produced by Hammer and Cross Creek Pictures and co-financed by Exclusive and Cross Creek Pictures.

John Hilary Shepherd, a 2010 WGA Award nominee for his work on the first season of the Showtime series, “Nurse Jackie,” is writing the screenplay. Tobin Armbrust, Head of Production is overseeing the project’s development for Hammer Films.

New Excerpts or Reading for Free

RVincent-Before I WakeJeaniene Frost has posted an excerpt from her first Night Prince novel, Once Burned, which releases June 26, 2012.

George RR Martin has posted an excerpt of his sixth Fire & Ice novel, The Winds of Winter, which releases

There’s a new Moon Daughters comic up, which is based on Yasmine Galenorn’s Otherworld series.

Shiloh Walker spent this past holiday week posting snippets from her upcoming novel, The Departed, which releases January 3, 2012.  You can read them here, threehere, here, here, here, here and here.

Jeri Smith-Ready has posted a teaser from her third Shade novel, Shine, which is due to release

Richelle Mead is offering a couple scattered lines from her Dark Swan novel, Shadow Heir, which was just released.

Lauren Dane is sharing an excerpt from her de le Vega novel, Revelation.  Dane has also posted a snippet from her next Phantom Corp novel, Captivated, which releases in May 2012.  There is also an excerpt from Dirty/Bad/Wrong, which was published in the Three to Tango anthology.

Ilona Andrews has posted a fabulous Christmas present – Magic Gifts – a Kate Daniels novel featuring our favorite couple.  Magic Gifts will only be available for another week, so get it while you can.

A dinner date after a hard day at work sounds heavenly. Of course, when that date is between the Beast Lord and Kate Daniels, things don’t go as planned. Before you know it, undead are running amok, heads are being chopped off, lawyers are deployed and used with extereme prejudice, and drunk vikings are calling people out.

Kelly Meding has posted a snippet from her upcoming Dreg City novel, Wrong Side of Dead, which releases January 31st.

Lauren Dane has posted a snippet from her Chase Brothers novel, Taking Chase.

Suvudu has an exclusive excerpt for Robin Bridge’s The Gathering Storm, which releases January 10, 2012.

Shiloh Walker has posted a snippet from her novel, The Departed, January 3, 2012.

Kim Harrison will be publishing a special edition of Every Which Way But Dead on December 20th for $1.99. This will include an excerpt of A Perfect Blood and will be the only one until closer to A Perfect Blood’s release date.

Jennifer Estep has posted an excerpt of Kiss of Frost over at IB Book Blogging.

Jaye Wells has posted the first chapter to Silver-Tongued Devil, which releases December 27, 2011.

Ilona Andrews has posted a snippet from their Andrea novel, Gunmetal Magic, which is due to release July 31st.

Karen Mahoney has posted a snippet from her second Iron Fey novel, The Wood Queen, which releases February 8, 2012.

Jocelynn Drake has posted excerpts from her upcoming short stories – Bronx’s Story and Trixie’s Story– which are prequels to her new series, Angel Wings.

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

For a limited time, there are a few books being offered at reduced prices on Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

Lauren Dane has been posting snippets, excerpts and more this week.  You can find a teaser for Goddess With a Blade, a snippet from her Brown Siblings novel, Never Enough, an excerpt from Chaos Burning (releasing) and a teaser from her story, Dirty/Bad/Wrong, which was published in the Three to Tango anthology.

I love it when Ilona Andrews gives us a glimpse into the characters of the Kate Daniels world.  The latest glimpse is of Jim and man do I love green eyes even more now.

Featured Book: Ocean’s Touch by Denise Townsend

DTownsend-Oceans TouchA lonely widow and a handsome artist have a chance for happiness…with the help of a sexy selkie, that is.

After the death of Meredith’s husband many years before, she allowed his legacy to take over her life. A shell of a woman, she finds little joy in her day-to-day tasks. Drawn to her pain, the empathic selkie Dylan knows she’s ready to live and love again, and he knows that he’s just the man for the job.

As Dylan draws Meredith out of her shell, he realizes that to truly free her, he needs to help her accept her budding love for Alexander, an artist who challenges Meredith on every level: intellectually, emotionally and sexually. To achieve a true happy ending, Dylan must help his chosen humans break down their emotional barriers in order to grab the happiness they so deserve.

This Month’s Reviews

Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario
Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong
Night Reigns by Diane Duvall
Blood Ties by Mari Mancusi
Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep
To Walk the Night by ES Moore
Devil’s Kiss by Zoe Archer
That Thing at the Zoo by James R. Tuck

From the Reader

KCross-Girl in the Clockwork CollarDark Faerie Tales is hosting a fabulous new challenge for 2012 – Steampunk Reading Challenge.  The challenge will go all year long (Jan through Dec) and there is even a couple different levels one can commit to.  I’ve been meaning to try steampunk for awhile, so I’m going to take a crack at it, but I make no promises. *grin*

Are you confused about Steampunk? Do you want to know – what exactly is Steampunk?  Click here to read all about it.

There are many attributes of this science fiction sub-genre that I adore, such as steam or clockwork powered tech, the magic of electricity, gears and gadgets that can do fantastical things, and (let’s not forget) dirigibles.  The Steampunk genre generally contains stories written in an alternate history/Victorian era where steam powered gadgets and machines rule the day.  You have Zephyrs and blimps, fashionable Victorian clothing for the lovely ladies and handsome gentlemen, and clever clockwork designs.

Fans of the Evil Dead franchise will be happy to hear that there has been a release date set for the third installment. According to Shock Till You Drop, via, Evil Dead 3 will release April 12, 2013 with direction done by Fede Alvarez. Don’t worry though. Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell will be producing. The screenplay is being drafted by Diablo Cody.

Stumbling Over Chaos has posted  the 100th edition of the Misadventures in Stock Photography, and she’s celebrating by featuring the model who started this all- Candy Cane Guy.  If you haven’t checked out this fantastic feature yet, you really need to.  It’s amazing how much some stock photography get used and how many models you might actually recognize.

It may still be a year away, but Blastr is sharing the synopsis for The Hobbit, which also includes who will be returning to Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Author Appearances

MJPutney-Dark DestinyFor the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.


Dark Faerie Tales is giving away a copy of Claudia Gray’s Balthazar – ends January 10th.

Dark Faerie Tales is giving away a copy of Jodi Meadows’ Incarnate – ends January 9th.

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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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