Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 4)

News from LE

Have you been reading along with Dark Faerie Tales and I as we get caught up on the Black Dagger Brotherhood?  The discussion for Lover Unleashed has been posted over at Dark Faerie Tales.  Teams DFT and LE are now deep into the story of Thor in Lover Reborn and that discussion will be posted here at LE this weekend.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the discussions, here they are: Dark Lover is now posted over at Dark Faerie Tales, Lover Eternal is now posted here at Literary Escapism, Lover Awakened is now posted here at Dark Faerie Tales, Lover Revealed is now posted here at Literary Escapism, Lover Unbound is now posted here at Dark Faerie Tales, Lover Enshrined is now posted here at Literary Escapism, Lover Avenged is now posted here at Dark Faerie Tales and Lover Mine is now posted here at Literary Escapism. We’re still talking about them, so stop by and put in your two cents!

Next week, the 29th RT Booklovers Convention will commence and Casey and I will be roaming the halls all week.  We won’t be the only ones and LE has been showcasing 40 different authors who will also be there.  There are a ton of fabulous authors that are going to be there – Ilona Andrews, Chloe Neill, Larissa Ione, Nalini Singh and Jus Accardo just to name a few.  I have to say, I’m also super psyched to hear that Anne Rice is going to be there as well.  I wasn’t going to bring any books to sign (just a couple of scrapbook pages), but I have so changing my mind.

The Outlander Reading Challenge is going full steam ahead, so don’t forget to include your reviews as you get them posted.  We all want to know what you thought!  The discussions for Outlander was posted here and Dragonfly in Amber was posted here. The discussion for Lord John and the Private Matter will be posted tomorrow.

Cover Extravaganza

SDeWylde-How to Seduce an AngelDuring March, 136 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, Dark Faerie Tales and Tez Says.

New Releases

April 1st:
Darkness Revealed by Alexandra Ivy
The Clockmaker’s Lady by Heather Massey
Protector’s Mate by Katie Reus

April 2nd: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #2)

April 3rd:
Devil’s Punch by Ann Aguirre (Corinne Soloman #3)
Magic Unchained by Jessica Andersen (Nightkeepers)
Storm Swept by Vivian Arend
A Darker Dream by Amanda Ashley
Deeper than the Night by Amanda Ashley
The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley (Highland Pleasures #4)
Eternal Craving by Nina Bangs
Sweet Addiction by Maya Banks
Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans by Gerry Bartlett (Glory St. Claire)
Beneath the Skin by Lauren Dane (de la Vega #3)
The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare
Shifter’s Lady by Alyssa Day
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Betrayal in Bella Terra by Christina Dodd
Crystalfire by Kate Douglas (Demonslayers #4)
The Lingering Dead by JN Duncan (Deadworld #3)
Fear by Michael Grant (Gone)
Tall, Dark & Dead by Tate Hallaway
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn
Untouched by Sara Humphreys (Amoveo #2)
Vengeance by Ian Irvine
Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch (Katherine Katt #5)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin #1)
The Slayer by Theresa Meyers
Magic Without Mercy by Devon Monk (Allie Beckstrom)
The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn
Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith
Immortal City by Scott Speer
The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Killian Stone
Bloodright by Karin Tabke (Blood Moon #2)
Werewolf in Seattle by Vicki Lewis Thompson
The Thirteenth Sacrifice by Debbie Viguié (Witch Hunt)
Hunter’s Rise by Shiloh Walker (Hunters)
Sierra Falls by Veronica Wolff
Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder
Let Them Eat Stake by Sarah Zettel

April 4th: Predestined by Abbi Glines (Existence #2)

April 5th:
Hollow Pike by James Dawson
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
Dark Heart Surrender by Lee Monroe (Dark Heart Forever #3)

April 9th: The White Oak by Kim White (Imperfect Darkness #1)

April 10th:
Welcome to Bordertown an anthology featuring Holly Black
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising)
Black Heart by Holly Black (Curse Workers #3)
Tiassa by Steven Brust (Vlad Taltos)
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Blue Magic by AM Dellamonica (Indigo #2)
Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore
Bound to Me by Jocelynn Drake (Dark Days)
Ison of the Isles by Carol Gilman
Taken at Dusk by CC Hunter (Shadows Falls #3)
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson (Royal Street #1)
West of Want by Laura Kaye (Hearts of the Anemoi #2)
The Floating Islands by Rachel N eumeier

April 16th: Acceptable Risks by Natalie Damschroder

April 17th:
Killer Decision by Jaci Burton
The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting (Body Finder #3)
The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell (Vespertine #2)

April 21st: Shadow of the Witte Wieven by Debbie Peterson

April 24th:
Sevin by Elizabeth Amber (Lords of Satyr)
Lies & Omens by Lyn Benedict (Shadows & Inquires #4)
Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett
Passion Play by Beth Bernobich
Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black (Descendant #2)
The Nightworld by Jack Blaine
Silenced by Allison Brennan
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Burning Man by Mark Chadbourn
Undead and Undermined by MaryJanice Davidson (Undead)
Warrior by Kristina Douglas (Fallen #2)
Siege by Rhiannon Frater (As the World Dies #3)
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Tricked by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid #4)
Rage of the Dragon by Tracy Hickman
Kiss of Pride by Sandra Hill (Deadly Angels #1)
Ascend by Amanda Hocking (Trylle #3)
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #1)
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #2)
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King (Dark Tower)
Coveted by Shawntelle Madison (Coveted #1)
Blood Born by Jamie Manning (Blood Prophecy #1)
Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott
Fevre Dream by George RR Martin
Fort Freak by George RR Martin
Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning
Whisper by Alyson Noël (Riley Bloom)
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Dark Shadows: Angelique’s Descent by Lara Parker
Purity by Jackson Pearce
The Claimed by Caridad Pineiro (Sin Hunters #2)
Obsidian Flame by Caris Roane
Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau Vampires #18)
All I Want by Lynsay Sands
The Prophet by Amanda Stevens (Graveyard Queen #3)
Wishful Thinking by Gabi Stevens (Godmother #3)
Wicked Road to Hell by Juliana Stone
The Temptation by Alisa Valdes
The Nekropolis Archives by Tim Waggoner
On the Prowl by Christine Warren (Others)
Night Angel by Brent Weeks
Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti

April 26th: Frostbite by Richelle Mead (Graphic Novel)

April 30th:
The Best of Kage Baker by Kage Baker
Winter’s Dreams by Glen Cook

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

New Release Dates:
SShinn-Still LIfe with ShapeshifterI’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, here and here. Here’s a few more:

05/01/12: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles #3)
05/15/12: Railsea by China Miéville
05/22/12: A Tree of Bones by Gemma Files (Hexslinger #3)
05/30/12: The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah Maas (Throne of Glass novella #3)

06/05/12: A Caress of Wings by Sylvia Day (Renegade Angels)
06/19/12: Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich (Diesel #2)

07/31/12: Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
07/31/12: Dark Craving by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #1)

08/07/12: Redneck Romeo by Lorelei James (Rough Riders #15)
08/07/12: Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh (Breeds #26)
08/07/12: Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas (Throne of Glass #1)
08/14/12: False Memory by Dan Krokos
08/28/12: The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong (Company of Angels #2)
08/28/12: Night’s Awakening by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #2)

09/04/12: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond (Strange Chemistry)

09/11/12: Silver Circle by Vivian Arend (Takhini Wolves #3)
09/11/12: Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
09/13/12: Delusion in Death by JD Robb (In Death #44)
09/18/12: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
09/25/12: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

09/26/12: Dawn’s Desire by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #3)

10/01/12: The Curiosities an anthology featuring Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff
10/02/12: Ember’s Kiss by Deborah Cooke (Dragonfire)
10/02/12: Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians #3)
10/02/12: The Kane Chronicles Hardcover Boxed Set by Rick Riordan
10/16/12: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #3)
10/23/12: Destiny Rising by LJ Smith (The Hunters)

11/13/12: Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris
11/27/12: Midnight’s Warrior by Donna Grant (Dark Warriors #4)

12/26/12: Full House by Janet Evanovich
12/31/12: Black Fallen by Elle Jasper (Dark Ink Chronicles #4)

01/08/13: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

03/01/13: Title Yet To Be Announced by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling Anthology)

06/01/13: Title Yet To Be Announced by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling)

09/01/13: Title Yet To Be Announced by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter)

Book News

AStrout-AlchemysticIn her most recent newsletter, Jenna Black has announced that she has sold two more novels, plus a novella, in her Nikki Glass series and is currently working on the third novel, which is tentatively titled Rogue Descendant.

Rachel Vincent has announced the title for her seventh (and final) Soul Screamers novel.  Since it is the final, HQTeen and Rachel have merged both styles of titles for the final book.  With All My Soul will be out sometime in 2013.

Has the title for Anton Strout’s first Spellcaster novel been mentioned anywhere  yet? I don’t remember seeing it, but Amazon now has the preorder link up for Alchemystic, which will release September 25, 2012.

Vicki Pettersson will be hitting the streets this summer with a tour for her upcoming novel, The Taken. I’m super excited since Vicki will be making only one stop in the midwest and it’s near me.  Well, it’s 5 hours away, but my sister is an hour from the signing, so – ROAD TRIP!

RT Book Reviews has found that Melissa de la Cruz will be continuing her Witches of the East End series with three additional books.  There’s also news of new books coming from Paolo Bacigalupi (Zombie Baseball Beatdown) and Kimberly Raye.  RT Book Reviews also has news that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) and Anne Rice (Tale of the Body Thief) all have films in the works based on their novels.

There’s a new author collaboration blog. Word Whores features the ramblings and fabulous wit of Allison Pang, Jeffe Kennedy, Kristine Krantz, Marcella Burnard, Linda Robertson, James Tuck and Carolyn Crane. This is a great mixture of new and burning talent, so make sure you stop by at some point.

New Excerpts or Reading for Free

MBrook-RivetedDear Author has posted a snippet from Ilona Andrews’ Magic Bites.

Orbit has posted an excerpt from Ian Irvine’s Vengeance, which is now available.

Kelley Armstrong has posted two shorts that are meant to supplement the story of The Calling, which releases in one week.

Yasmine Galenorn has posted a snippet from Night Seeker, which is set to release on July 3, 2012.

Gini Koch has posted the first chapter to her upcoming novel, Alien Diplomacy, which releases April 3, 2012.  Gini also has an excerpt posted over on Ethan Jones’ site.

Ilona Andrews has posted two excerpts  from their fourth Edge novel, Steel’s Edge, which will be out November 25th. To read them, click here and here.

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

Diana Pharaoh Francis has posted two snippets (one and two) of her fourth Horngate Witches novel, Blood Winter, which will be out December 18th.

Shiloh Walker has posted a snippet from her recent release, If You Know Her.  She has also posted two snippets from her upcoming novel, Hunter’s Rise, which is now available.  You can read them here, here, here, here, here and here.

Lauren Dane has been sharing quite a few snippets this month.  Here they are: snippets from Beneath the Skin, which releases April 3rd, can be read herehere, here and here; snippets from Goddess with a Blade can be read here and here; and a snippet from Heart of Darkness;

There’s a new Moon Daughter’s Comic posted.

Jennifer Estep’s third Mythos Academy novel, Dark Frost, is currently available for review via Net Galley.

Chloe Neill has posted a spoilery snippet from Biting Cold, which does not release soon enough.

Eileen Wilks has posted the first chapter to her next World of the Lupi novel, Mortal Ties, which releases October 2nd.

Ilona Andrews has posted a delicious hot tub scene featuring our favorite couple – Curran and Kate. The scene takes place after one of the fights in Magic Strikes.  Andrews has also posted a couple of snippets from the fourth Edge novel, Steel’s Edge.  You can read them here and here.

Jenna Black has posted a snippet from her next Descendant novel, Deadly Descendant, which releases later this month.

Stacia Kane has a sneak peak at Sacrificial Magic posted over at Yasmine Galenorn’s blog.

Richelle Mead has posted the first chapter to her next Bloodlines novel, Golden Lily, which releases June 12th.

Featured Book: Spirited (Anthology)

Antho-SpiritedHaunted houses. Haunted hearts.
And a past that refuses to die.

Leap Books summoned best-selling paranormal and dreadfully talented debut authors to conjure up Spirited, a haunting collection of 13 tales guaranteed to keep you up all night.

Get entombed in stories of Egyptian treasures, shudder at tales of malevolent spirits, and become enthralled with the adventures of witch-hunters, ghost seekers, and lost souls. From steampunk to cyberpunk, our collection spans past, present, and future hauntings. One story actually leaps off the page with 3-D augmented reality.

With this celebration of things that go bump in the night, Spirited authors hope to slay the specter of illiteracy that plague our youth. All proceeds from Spirited will be donated to 826 National, a non-profit organization that offers free after-school tutoring, workshops, and in-school programs because “strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”

Go ahead. Turn the page if you dare. We won’t tell if you sleep with the light on. Because after all, there’s no rest for the wicked.

Contributing authors include: Maria V. Snyder, Candace Havens, Shannon Delany, Jill Williamson, Linda Joy Singleton, Heather Kenealy, Judith Graves, Kitty Keswick, Dawn Dalton, Carmen Tudor, John W. Otte, Halli Dee Lilburn, and Mark Finnemore

All proceeds from both the print and digital sales of Spirited go to benefit National 826, a literacy-based charity.

This Month’s Reviews

Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks
Sweet Demon by Misty Evans
Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison
Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustainis
Under Suspicion by Hannah Jayne
Medium Rare by Nancy Haddock
Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
Thread of Death by Jennifer Estep
Wild Thing by Robin Kaye
The Wolf Age by James Enge
Left Hand Magic by Nancy Collins

From the Reader

Stumbling Over Chaos has another fabulous edition of her Misadventures in Stock Photography and today we get to meet Where Does That Hip Tattoo End Guy (WDTHTEG).

Parajunkee has posted another fabulous edition of Blogging 101 and this time she’s focusing on Content Scraping and Content Thieves.  She’s actually been pretty busy with the Blogging 101 posts, and if interested, here are her previous posts: Am I A Promo Whore?, Blogger Burnout & China Scams and Cliques & Changing Reviews.

Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting his sixth annual Once Upon a Time reading challenge between now and June 19th and is perfect for anyone who loves fairy tales.  There are different levels (including one for film) that participants can chose and it’s one that I highly recommend.

I so didn’t know that Book Chick City is doing a Sookie Stackhouse Read-Along! I love this series, although the last couple of books haven’t been the greatest, and I can’t wait to see how Charlaine Harris ends it.

The Paperback Dolls has news that Cassandra Clare will be continuing the story of her Shadowhunters with a third series called The Dark Artifices.  The first book won’t be published into 2015, so there’s not much more we know at this point.

Author Appearances

Antho-CuriositiesFor the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.


A Cupcake and a Latte is giving away a copy of Kelley Armstrong’s The Calling – ends April 19th.

Jeaniene Frost is giving away 5 ARCs of her first Night Prince novel, Once Burned – ends April 6th.

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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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