The Burning Ravens in Nekropolis

TWaggoner-Nekropolis ArchivesAllison Pang has posted an excerpt of Chapter One from her second novel, A Sliver of Shadow, which is due to release on the 28th.

Jackie Morse Kessler has posted a snippet of her upcoming Riders novel, Loss, which releases March 20th.

Rinda Elliot has posted a snippet from her upcoming novel,  Replicant (written by Dani Worth).

Yasmine Galenorn has a new Moon Daughter’s Comic up.

Chloe Neill has posted a deleted scene called Counting Bodies, with the premise being: What if Merit’s father had paid Ethan to make her a vampire? What if he’d accepted the money? What if she hadn’t been sad, but very, very angry?

Harper Collins has posted chapters One, Two, Three and Four of Kim Harrison’s A Perfect Blood, which will be released February 21st.

Author Appearances:

MStiefvater-Raven BoysPatricia Briggs announced the title for the seventh Mercy Thompson novel. We still won’t get it until 2013, but something tells me Mercy is going up against some snow giants (or something) in Frost Burned.

Richelle Mead has posted the cover copy for her second Bloodlines novel, The Golden Lily:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

Cynthia Eden is giving us a quick update which also includes the announcement that she’s signed a new contract with Kensington Brava for four new paranormal romances.  She’s currently working on the first title, tentatively titled Burn For Me, which could be out as early as 2013.

Dark Faerie Tales has announced a new reading challenge for 2012.   This one will focus on Dystopian literature with a goal of 24 novels in 2012.

Wicked Scribes has info on Kresley Cole’s new YA series, titled The Arcana Chronicles. The first book, Poison Princess, should be out this October.

22 Arcana cards.  22 young assassins.  May the best hand live.

She could save the world – or destroy it.

When an apocalypse scorches the earth, leaving few survivors, sixteen-year-old Evangeline Greene finds herself with all sorts of eerie new powers.  Desperate to uncover the source of her disturbing abilities, she teams up with wrong-side-of-the-bayou Jack Deveaux, a boy as ruthless as he is handsome.

In a race to find answers, they discover that Evie is not the only one with special gifts.  And it’s not always clear who is using their talents for good – or evil…

Jeaniene Frost has posted the cover for the first Night Prince novel, Once Burned.  I have to say, the cover is pretty, but it really doesn’t stand out like the Night Huntress novels do.  I think it blends with the other paranormal romance covers out there and is missing that little bit of extra to attract attention. Now the stepback – that is gorgeous.  It’s too bad the cover doesn’t relate to it a little more.  There are always more fabulous covers popping up. To see them all, head over to facebook, where I’ve added them to the February Album for your viewing pleasure.

JFrost-Once Burned & Stepback

Babbling About Books is talking about the WTFckery that is the RWA discriminating against LGBT authors.  Basically, for their several writing contests, RWA chapters will not be accepting LGBT entries because “some members of the chapter felt “uncomfortable” with same-sex entries.”  I have to say, I completely agree with Katiebabs about this.  Who cares if your members are “uncomfortable” with it.  You can’t stand behind the fact that you’re supporting woman writers and romance novels and not accept all forms of it.  This is WTFckery at it’s finest.

DC Comics has announced that they will be publishing seven separate miniseries that will expand the Watchmen universe, with a final issue titled Watchmen: Epilogue, which will wrap up all seven in one tidy bundle.

Contests:
All Things Urban Fantasy is giving away a copy of Karen Mahoney’s The Wood Queen – ends February 7th.

Blodeuedd is giving away two copies of Deliver Me From Darkness by Tes Hilaire – ends February 9th. (US/Canada only)

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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.