Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 5)

News from LE

NKotecki-Suburban StrangeBefore we get too far, let’s announce the winner of the Linda Poitevin contest.  Linda recently came by with a fabulous short prequel story to her Gregori Legacy series and from everyone’s reaction, it is one not to be missed.  While she was here, we gave away a copy of Sins of the Son (print in US/CA or digital for international) and the winner will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for a fabulous necklace/earring set designed by Cemetery Cat (Linda will be announcing that winner soon).  However, the winner for the copy of Sins of the Son is….Sonia C! I’ve already sent you an email Sonia, so if you don’t see it, please email me with your info so I can pass it on to Linda.

Casey and I attended the RT Booklovers Convention earlier this month and we got, not only one, but two fabulous RT Posters signed by A LOT of authors.  I think the posters are 16×24 and are so jammed packed with authors, it’s freaking amazing.  We will be giving away these posters this summer during two mini-reading challenges, so make sure you keep a lookout for them starting in June.

As for the Black Dagger Brotherhood Read-Along, no we haven’t forgotten that we still owe you a discussion for Lover Reborn.  We’re still planning on doing it.  Dark Faerie Tales and I had a couple of things come up, plus trying to get our hands on a copy from our libraries, so we’ve encountered a slight delay.

In contest news, I’m raising money for the Susan G. Komen 5K Walk (which I’m doing again this year), and I’m giving away signed copies of the first four novels in Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series, Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions as an incentive.  The contest runs May 26th, the day of the walk, and you can enter as many times as you want.  It all depends on how much you would like to donate to a worthy cause.

The massive Author Website List has been updated – I totally didn’t realzie it had been so long – and I’m currently working on updating the Series List.  The SL was also way out of date, so I know I’m missing a ton of series.  If you want to help and have any you want me to add, you can add them here.

Cover Extravaganza

TLawrence-Mystic CityDuring April, 98 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

May 1st:
From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender
Demon’s Bride by Zoe Archer (Hellraisers #2)
Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley
The Captive by Amanda Ashley
Embrace of the Damned by Anya Bast (Brotherhood of the Damned #1)
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
A Thief of Nightshade by JS Chancellor
Girl’s Guide to (Man)Hunting by Jessica Clare
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
Captivated by Lauren Dane (Phantom Corps)
Wrecked by Anna Davies
Warrior Enchanted by Addison Fox
Into the Rift by Cynthia Garner
The Minority Council by Kate Griffin
The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper (Clockwork Empire)
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
Queen of Kings: A Novel of Cleopatra, the Vampire by Maria Dahvana Headley
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
In the Company of Witches by Joey W. Hill (Witches #2)
Kiss of the Goblin Prince by Shona Husk (Shadowlands #2)
Apocalypse: The Lords of Deliverance Compendium by Larissa Ione
Under Suspicion by Hannah Jayne (Underworld Detection Agency #3)
The Killing Moon by JK Jemisin
The Shifter by Jean Johnson (Shifting Plains #2)
The Danger That Is Damion by Lisa Renee Jones
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade (Ghost and the Goth)
Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley
Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon (League #5)
Sparks Fly by Katie MacAlister (Light Dragons #3)
Alternity by Mari Mancusi
The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry
A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller
Wizard Undercover by KE Mills
Mirror, Mirror by Sarah Mlynowski (Whatever After #1)
By the Blood of Heroes by Joseph Nassise (Great Undead War #1)
Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson
Destined by Aprilynne Pike (Laurel #4)
Illusions by Aprilynne Pike
Chicory Up by Irene Redford
The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles #3)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent)
Silence by Michelle Sagara
Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready (Shade #3)
The Council of Shadows by SM Stirling
Amateur Angel by Karri Thompson
The Second Book of Grimm by Shiloh Walker

May 2nd: Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

May 3rd: Broken Dream by Eden Maguire (Dark Angel #3)

May 8th:
Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynne Barnes
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Underworld by Meg Cabot (Abandon #2)
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Immortal Instruments #5)
I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers (Personal Demons #3)
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Beauty by Laurell K Hamilton
13 Curses by Michelle Harrison (13 #1)
Broken Illusions by Ellie James (Midnight Dragonfly #2)
Endure by Carrie Jones (Need Pixies #4)
Magic in Manhattan Volume One by Sarah Mlynowski
Magic in Manhattan Volume Two by Sarah Mlynowski
Revived by Cat Patrick
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Until I Die by Amy Plum

May 15th:
As Dead as it Gets by Katie Alender
Personal Demons by Nimue Brown (Hopeless Maine #1)
Lustfully Ever After by Sylvia Day
Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Railsea by China Miéville
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
Forbidden Blood by Kristen Painter (House of Comarré novella)
Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber (Vampire Kisses #8)
Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber (Vampire Kisses #9)
A Patch of Darkness by Yolanda Sfetsos

May 22nd:
Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles #2)
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson (Atlanteans #1)
Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian Cameron Esslemont
A Tree of Bones by Gemma Files (Hexslinger #3)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Midnight’s Master by Donna Grant (Dark Warriors #1)
Zombie Island by Lori Handeland (Shakespeare Undead #2)
Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #3)
Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey (A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms)
Fated by Alyson Noël (Soul Seekers #1)
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn (Siren #2)
Colton by Kimberly Raye (Braddock Boys #1)
The Enchantress by Michael Scott (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6)
Long Road Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Shadow Bound by Rachel Vicent (Unbound #2)

May 24th: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

May 29th:
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste an anthology featuring Jim Butcher, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong
Bleeding Out by Jes Battis (OSI #5)
When Passion Lies by JK Beck (Shadowkeepers #4)
Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore (Angel Eyes #1)
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #3)
Night’s Engines by Trent Jamieson (Nightbound Land #2)
Body & Soul by Stacey Kade (Ghost & Goth #3)
A Little More Scandal by Carrie Lofty (Christies Prequel)
Darkness Before Dawn by JA London\
A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
A Night Like This by Julia Quinn
Darkness Becomes Her by Jaime Rush
All Spell Breaks Loose by Lisa Shearin (Raine Benares #6)
Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changelings #15)
The Player by JR Ward

May 30th: The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah Maas (Throne of Glass novella #3)

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

THarrison-Devils GateNew 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, here and here. Here’s a few more:

2012: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #11)

06/04/12: London’s Calling by Elysabeth Williams (Electrifying Exploits #2)
06/06/12: Devil’s Gate by Thea Harrison (Elder Races)
06/07/12: Want by Stephanie Lawton
06/19/12: The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

07/03/12: Liquid Lies by Hanna Martine (Elementals #1)
07/10/12: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
07/31/12: Voracious by VK Forrest

08/01/12: Magic Gone Wild by Judi Fennell

09/04/12: Dead Is a Killer Tune by Marlene Perez
09/11/12: Full Blooded by Jessica McClain
09/18/12: Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
09/25/12: Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank (Bodywalkers #1)

10/02/12: Whispers at Moonrise by CC Hunter
10/09/12: Kiss of Death by Debbie Viguié
10/16/12: Zom-B by Darren Shan
10/30/12: A Trace Of Moonlight by Allison Pang (Abby Sinclair #3)

11/01/12: Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare
11/13/12: Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

12/04/12: Poison by Molly Cochran
12/04/12: Legacy by Molly Cochran

2013: Title Yet To Be Announced by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #2)
2013: Title Yet To Be Announced by Kresley Cole (Dacians #2)
2013: Title Yet To Be Announced by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark)
2013: Black City by Christina Henry (Black Wings #5)

01/01/13: For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk (Shadowlands #3)
01/01/13: Prince of Power by Elisabeth Staab

02/01/13: Wildcat by Cheryl Brooks (CatStar Chronicles)

05/01/13: Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls (Famished #1)

Book News

Karen Chance has posted the cover and back cover blurb for the third Dory Basarab novel and I seriously can’t wait for more Louis-Cesare.  Fury’s Kiss will be released in October.

KChance-Furys KissDory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill.

It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her.

To find out what was done to her—and who is behind it—Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead…

Speaking of Dory, if you enjoyed Chance’s story in the Chicks Kick Butt anthology, you’ll be happy to hear that Chance will be making her contribution, In Vino Veritas, available for free via her website in June.

Have we seen what the titles for the Dani series by Karen Marie Moning will be?  If not, they’ve been posted over at KMM’s site and they may give a slight clue as to the tone.  Following Iced, we’ll get to read Burned and Flayed, hopefully sometime next year.

Jeri Smith-Ready will be making her WVMP series novella, Let It Bleed, available for free starting on May 27th.  The story is integral to the series, so if you’re eagerly awaiting Lust for Life, make sure you grab this as well.  Slight warning, Let It Bleed will only be free for one year. has the news on SyFy’s new programming, which is going to involve 28 new scripted shows. This is huge because one of those shows will be Charlaine Harris’ Grave Sight. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m excited for this. SyFy is probably one of the best places for supernatural programming and they do it right.

Jeaniene Frost has posted a bunch of videos from her panel “We’re No Angels” at C2E2 earlier in April.  In addition to Frost, the panel included authors Kerrelyn Sparks, Chloe Neill, Pamela Palmer, Karina Cooper, Christina Henry and Charlaine Harris.

Richelle Mead has announced the dates and stops for her Golden Lily tour and she’ll be stopping in Lansing, Mi! I’m hoping to be able to attend, but it’s a Tuesday stop so it’ll depend on if the hubby will let me. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. *grin*

Karen Marie Moning has posted a sneak peek at a page from her upcoming graphic novel, Fever Moon. In addition, we’re told that there is a seven page pictorial excerpt of Fever Moon in the back of Into the Dreaming.

Something to keep on your radar, later this month, Chloe Neill will be hosting the first annual Chicagoland Vampires Spring Fling and she’s starting the event with a GoodReads contests of 20 copies of Some Girls Bite.  On May 16th, she’ll have a contest for two ARCs of Biting Cold, so if you’ve been looking for a way to get your hands on it, make sure you check back to Chloe Neill‘s site in a couple of weeks.

 Charlaine Harris beings her Deadlocked tour today with a stop in Coral Gables, Florida (she’s at the Books & Books). She has a few more stops in Florida with additional stops in South Carolina, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

Shiloh Walker has some fabulous news…she’s just sold two more novels! One of the books is another FBI Psychic titled The Protected, and it’ll feature a character from her February 2013 novel, The Reunited. The second book is slightly different as it’s a full length contemporary tentatively titled Wreck This Life. There’s not much else being said about Wreck This Life, including a release date, but Shiloh has added a small excerpt for those curious.

Nalini Singh posted her publishing schedule for 2013 and we’re getting some exciting books next year. We’re getting a Psy/Changing anthology that will include two new novellas as well as two previously published ones and a new Psy/Changing and Guild Hunter novel.

Chloe Neill has posted the title for the seventh Chicagoland Vampires novel, House Rules, which will be out in February 2013.

New Excerpts or Reading for Free

RHartman-SeraphinaJoey W. Hill has posted the first chapter to her novel, In the Company of Witches, which releases today.

Io9 has posted the first chapter to Mira Grant’s third Newsflesh novel, Blackout, which releases May 22nd.

Lauren Dane has been posting a lot of excerpts this month: Captivated, which releases today, here, here, here, here, here and here; a snippet from Trinity, previously released, here; you can read a snippet from Beneath the Skin, just recently released, here; an excerpt from her Federation novel, Relentless, previous released, here; her upcoming novel, Tart, which releases November 6th, here; a snippet from Never Enough, which was released last fall, here; and finally a snippet from Goddess with a Blade, the first novel in her new UF series, here.

Nalini Singh has posted an excerpt from her next Psy/Changeling novel, Tangle of Need, which releases.

Shiloh Walker has also been posting quite a few excerpts this month.  Wreck This Life, which releases at some point in the future, hereGrimm Tidings, which is now out, here, here, here, here, here and here; another snippet from her super secret work in progress. Plus an excerpt from a urban fantasy that she is currently writing (not sure if this is the super secret project or not). No word on a title or release date.

Sherrilyn Kenyon has posted the first chapter (and prologue) to Born of Silence, which came out today.

Larissa Ione has posted an excerpt of her upcoming novel, Lethal Rider, which is out later this month.

Rachel Caine has posted a sample from her second Revivalist novel, Two Weeks Notice, which will be out in August.

Charlaine Harris has posted the second chapter of her new Sookie novel, Deadlocked, which comes out later this month.

Chloe Neill has posted the first chapter to the next Chicagoland Vampires novel, Biting Cold, which we don’t get until August. Yes!

Yasmine Galenorn has posted an excerpt from her upcoming novel, Night Seeker, which releases July 3rd.

Ilona Andrews has posted a snippet about Rose and the Weird, plus an excerpt, from their next Edge novel, Steel’s Edge, which comes out November 27th.  Andrews has also posted a pretty good size excerpt of a work in progress that is not urban fantasy.  It’s different from what they are currently working on, but it’s getting a lot of great responses.

Karen Marie Moning has posted an excerpt from her upcoming novel, Into the Dreaming, which comes out Tuesday, on her facebook page.

Kelly Meding has posted part of Chapter Four from her upcoming MetaWars novel, Changeling, which is due out June 26th.

Keri Arthur has posted an excerpt from her fourth Dark Angels novel, Darkness Devours, due to be released June 26th, over at the Deadline Dames.

Featured Novel: The Voice by Anne Bishop

ABishop-VoiceAn original novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Bridge of Dreams…

In a small village outside the city of Vision, the people know no sorrow or grief. But this seemingly idyllic community is hiding a terrible secret. As a young child, Nalah did not know why she was told to bring a cake to the mute girl known as the Voice whenever she was upset, only that doing so made her feel better. Now grown, Nalah understands the dark truth, and yearns to escape from the oppressive village that has been her life-long home. But it is only after visiting the city of Vision and discovering the Temple of Sorrow that Nalah understands what she must do to be free…

This Month’s Reviews

Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks
Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
By a Thread by Jennifer Estep
When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy
The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood by E.S. Moore
A Knight’s Persuasion by Catherine Kean

From the Reader

KLocke-Queen is DeadComic artist, John Romita Jr, is going to sketch/sign for 50 hrs in Vegas next weekend to raise money for Heroes for Jordan and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation next weekend.  If you’re going to be in the area, I would check it out.

Not surprising, drama can easily rear it’s ugly head on the Internet and knowing how to deal with it can be a dilemma.  I know there are times I want to reply and times I know I shouldn’t.  Parajunkee’s View has taken this idea and made it the focus of her latest Blogging 101.

Just announced at io9, Disney has acquired the rights to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and has already tapped a director to bring the book to the big screen.  Henry Selick, who gave life Gaiman’s Coraline last year, will work his magic on The Graveyard Book as well. No word on when we can expect the movie to hit theaters.

Tynga’s Reviews has started a new weekly feature in light of the recent drama. For those looking for something similar to the In My Mailbox feature (without the now apparent stigma associated with the host), I would check Stacking the ShelvesParajunkee and LE already have. *grin*

Stumbling Over Chaos has another fabulous edition of her Misadventures in Stock Photography and this time we get to see Baddest Santa Guy. has some fabulous news for those of us with ereaders.  Starting in July, they will be releasing all of their ebooks without that dreaded DRM. This means that once you buy that book, you’ll be able to move it between any device you own.

Blogging by Liza went to one of the recent JR Ward signings and took some great notes. I’m not going to tell you everything she says, but here are a couple of highlights:

  • If you’re Blay and Qhuinn fans, rejoice.  They are the next novel! Bad news is that it won’t be out until 2013.
  • Ward explained some of the things that happened in Lover Reborn, mainly about Tohr.
  • And there’s notes about upcoming novellas – Wrath/Beth and Rhage/Mary – that are in the works.

Author Appearances

MRhodes-Falling KingdomsFor the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.


GoodReads is giving away 20 copies of Chloe Neill’s Some Girls Bite – ends May 15th.

Rachel Vincent is giving away two sets of her Bound series – Blood Bound and Shadow Bound – ends May 4th.

Dark Faerie Tales is giving away two mega Supernatural/Mythology packs – ends May 14th.

Dark Faerie Tales is giving away a copy of Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules – ends May 13th.

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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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