Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 6)

News from LE

AGHoward-SplinteredDo you love the science fiction and/or fantasy genres? Have you ever thought about reviewing them online? If so, LE is looking for a strictly science fiction and/or fantasy reviewer to join us staff.  Here’s briefly what I’m looking for:

Literary Escapism is looking to add a reviewer who will only review science fiction and/or straight fantasy. I am not looking for someone who is looking to expand out of the UF/PNR genres into something new; this person must already be a fan of the genre and have a knowledge of it.  This new reviewer will not be receiving any UF/PNR novels and will be expected to submit one review a week for a total of 4-5 reviews per month.

For more information on the position, click here.

Winners for the Katie Reus and Chicagoland Spring Fling contests have been contacted. If you’re a winner, please be sure to contact me back so that I can get your prizes to you.

Dark Faerie Tales and I have not forgotten about the Black Dagger Brotherhood Read-Along. I’ll be honest, after hearing all the discussion for Lover Reborn, it really hasn’t been appealing to me. In addition, I’m still on the wait list at the library. *grin*  We will be posting it this month, so it is coming.

On Monday, Vicki Pettersson is the latest author to talk with Larissa (from Larissa’s Bookish Life) and I as part of our Bookish Escape feature.  We’ll be discussing her new supernatural noir mystery, The Taken, as well as giving away a signed personalized copy to one lucky participant. For all the details, click here.

Cover Extravaganza

JShirvington-EnticeDuring May, 108 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 including: Wicked Scribes, All Things Urban Fantasy, Michelle’s Book Blog, Escape Between the Pages, Dark Faerie Tales and Tez Says.

New Releases

June 1st:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Letting Go by Sarah McCarty
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen (Nightwatchers #1)
The Bandit King by Lilith Saintcrow (Hedgewitch #2)
Grim by Anna Waggener
Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells (Sabina Kane #5)

June 4th: London’s Calling by Elysabeth Williams (Electrifying Exploits #2)

June 5th:
Mammoth Book of Steampunk an anthology
Hex Appeal an anthology featuring Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews
Freestyle by Vivian Arend (Xtreme Adventures)
His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #1)
Mine to Hold by Shayla Black
Accidentally Dead, Again by Dakota Cassidy (Accidental Friends)
Mirage by Kristi Cook
Blazing the Trail by Deborah Cooke (Dragon Diaries #3)
Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane (Bound by Magick #2)
Blood of Innocence by Tami Dane
Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice Davidson (Undead/Queen Betsy)
A Caress of Wings by Sylvia Day (Renegade Angels)
Tempest Unleashed by Tracey Deebs (Tempest #2)
All That Falls by Kimberly Frost (Etherlin #2)
Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson
Live and Let Drood by Simon R Green (Secret Histories)
Kiss the Dead by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake)
A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harris (Aurora Teagarden)
Visions of Chains by Regan Hastings (Awakening #3)
Silver by Rhiannon Held
Miss Violet & the Great War by Leanna Renee Hieber (Strangely Beautiful #4)
Chase Me by Tamara Hogan (Underbelly Chronicles #2)
Arise by Tara Hudson
The Mage by Jean Johnson (Sons of Destiny)
Messenger’s Angel by Heather Kiough-Walden (Lost Angels)
Home From the Sea by Mercedes Lackey (Elemental Masters)
Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey (Elemental Masters)
Dead Reckoning by Mecedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Ghost Soldiers by Keith Melton (Nightfall Syndicate)
Transcendence by CJ Omololu
Bound in Velvet by Sophie Renwick (Immortals of Annwyn #4)
Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick
Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds (Poseidon’s Children)
Vengeance Moon by Lee Roland (Dark Huntress #2)
Blood Kin by MJ Scott (Half-Light City #2)

June 6th: Devil’s Gate by Thea Harrison (Elder Races)

June 7th:
Blackout by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #3)
Want by Stephanie Lawton

June 12th:
Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Serpent’s Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz (Witches of the East End #2)
13 Secrets by Michelle Harrison (13 #2)
The Shadowed Sun by JK Jemisin
Rapture by Lauren Kate (Fallen #3)
Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario (Demons of Infernum #2)
Siren’s Storm by Lisa Papdemetriou (Siren’s Storm #1 (PB))
Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
The Taken by Vicki Pettersson (Celestial Blues #1)
Redemption by Susannah Sandlin (Penton Legacy #1)

June 13th:
Don’t Look Back by Marjorie Liu (X-23 #3)
Misadventures in Babysitting by Marjoire Liu, Sana Takeda and Phil Noto (X-23)

June 19th:
Wicked Business by Janet Evanvoich (Diesel #2)
Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey
The Reckoning by Alma Katsu
A Bad Day for Mercy by Sophie Littlefield
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #2)
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Lead Me Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson

June 21st: Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart

June 26th:
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur (Dark Angels #3)
When Darkness Hungers by JK Beck (Shadow Keepers #7)
Hearts of Fire by Kira Brady (Hearts #.5)
A London Affair by Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles)
Tarnished by Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles)
Dream Bound by Kate Douglas
Angel Betrayed by Cynthia Eden (Fallen Angels #2)
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #1)
Secret of the Wolf by Cynthia Garner (Warriors of the Rift)
Seeker of Shadows by Nancy Gideon
Midnight’s Lover by Donna Grant (Dark Warriors #2)
Waterborne by Katherine Irons (Seaborne #3)
Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane (Downside Ghosts #5)
Fair Game by Taylor Keating
Beacon in the Dark by Marjorie Liu (Molly Beacon Mystery #1)
Starlight by Carrie Lofty (Christies #2)
Black-Hearted Betrayal by Kasey MacKenzie (Shades of Fury #3)
Beyond the Wall by George RR Martin
Changeling by Kelly Meding (MetaWars #2)
Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise (Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles)
Bound by Erica O’Rourke (Torn #3)
Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Gareth Roberts
Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld spin-off #1)
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent (Sou Screamers #6)
A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

June 27th: The Way Station by Stephen King (Dark Tower)

June 28th: Tempest’s Fury by Nicole Peeler (Jane True #5)

Here are a few other places with their own September releases: Tez Says, Parajunkee’s View, Vampire Book Club, and All Things Urban Fantasy.

New Release Dates:
CKittredge-Mirrored ShardI’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, here, here and here. I still have a ton more to add, but I’ll get to those this weekend. However, here’s a few more to hold you over until then.

07/25/12: Chaos Theory by Marjorie Liu (X-23 #2)

08/28/12: Inside Bet by Katie Porter (Vegas Top Guns #2)

09/01/12: Charming Blue by Kristine Grayson (Fates #8)
09/05/12: Astonishing X-Men: Northstar by Marjorie Liu
09/25/12: Hold ‘Em by Katie Porter (Vegas Top Guns #3)

10/02/12: Wild Hearts in Atlantis by Alyssa Day
10/02/12: Werewolf in Denver by Vicki Lewis Thompson (Wild About You)

11/06/12: Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta (Glorious Victirous Darcys #1)
11/06/12: Shifter’s Lady by Alyssa Day
11/06/12: Magic for a Price by Devon Monk (Allie Beckstrom )
11/06/12: Dire Wants by Stephanie Tyler (Eternal Wolf Clan #2)
11/20/12: Songs of Love Lost and Found by Robin Hobb
11/27/12: King of the Damned by Juliana Stone (League of Guardians)

12/26/12: Gates of Rapture by Caris Roane (Guardians of Ascension #6)

01/01/13: The Savage Blue by Zoraida Cordova (Vicious Deep #2)
01/29/13: City of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles #3)

02/05/13: Going Under by Lauren Dane (Bound by Magic #3)
02/12/13: Revel by Maurissa Guibord

Book News

LEvans-Trouble with FateJocelynn Drake will be launching a new series this fall with Angel’s Ink; but for those interested in a glimpse into her new world, Asylum Interviews: Bronx will be released on July 3rd and will featuring one of the side characters from Angel’s Ink (a second novella, The Asylum Interviews: Trixie, will release on September 4th). In additional, Drake will be doing a week long blog tour where she will interview five characters from her series. The tour starts off here on LE, so make sure you check back on July 2nd for an interview with the series hero, Gage.

Stephanie Meyer’s The Host is currently in production as the next Meyer film and MTV was able to sit two with two of the actors involved. This actually makes me kind of curious to read it.

Joey W. Hill announced the title to her next Vampire Queen novel in her recent newsletter. A release date hasn’t been set yet, but we’ll get to meet Alanna, Evan and Niall in Taken by the Vampire.

Groomed from birth to be an Inherited Servant, those who serve the most powerful vampire masters, Alanna never resented her destiny—she embraced it. Then she did the unthinkable; she betrayed her Master to the Vampire Council.

Certain death is her future, but until her Master is captured, she must be protected. The Vampire Council assigns her to Evan, a vampire who travels the world, painting whatever his muse dictates. His wandering lifestyle makes him the perfect hiding place…

Her training was for a vampire of power and ambition, one who requires her skills in politics, culture, sophistication. Evan lives in shacks on mountainsides, in caves in the Middle East, in a tent in the middle of a redwood forest. His servant, Niall, is a rough-mannered Scot who has been with him nearly three centuries. But these two men will teach her something her rigorous training never did. How to feel, to desire…perhaps even to love.

The knowledge is bittersweet. When the Council captures her Master, Alanna must accept her fate. But Evan and Niall are no strangers to defying fate. If she’s the prize, nothing will stop these two from fighting destiny to make her theirs forever.

Kelly Meding has some fabulous news. Pocket Star will be publishing books three and four of her MetaWars series. There isn’t a tentative date when Tempest or Chimera will release, but with Changeling being released on June 26th, don’t expect it before this fall.

Meljean Brook has continued her Q&A session about the steampunk genre.

Sad news for Kim Harrison fans – it’s being reported that the CW has passed on airing The Hollows for the 2012-2013 televisions season. It also sounds like we won’t be able to expect it to air anytime soon. Harrison isn’t too optimistic that they’ll do anything with the series before their rights revert back to her.

Jennifer Estep has announced the title for her eighth Elemental Assassin novel. The next novel, Deadly Sting, will be released in April 2013.

Kim Harrison has announced the title for the eleventh Rachel Morgan novel and that we’ll be getting it a whole month earlier.  Ever After will be released January 22, 2013 instead of at the end of February.

Diana Rowland has fabulous news. DAW has bought four more novels in her Kara Gillian series as well as three more White Trash Zombie novels.

New Excerpts or Reading for Free

RKadrey-Devil Said has an exclusive excerpt of Anna Bank’s upcoming novel, Of Poseidon, which is now available.

Ilona Andrews has posted a very rough draft of the first chapter for the untitled Kate #6, which won’t be out until next year.

Lauren Dane has posted a few snippets from her upcoming novel, Chaos Burning, which releases next week, here and here; a snippet from the first Bound by Magick novel, Heart of Darkness, which is now available; a snippet from a new novel, Alone Time, which will release September 4th; a snippet from her Sway, which can be found in the Cherished duology releasing August 7th; a snippet for the first Delicious novel, Tart, which releases November 6th; a snippet from Inside Out, a Brown Siblings novel;

JC Daniels (aka Shiloh Walker) has posted a snippet from her new UF, Blade Song, which will hopefully be releasing soon because it’s awesome.

Kim Harrison has written some fanfic feature Ivy and Jenks from her Hollows series.

Vicki Pettersson has posted Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 to her upcoming novel, The Taken, which releases June 12th.

Shiloh Walker has posted a snippet from her new novel, Sexy Little Surprises, writing as JC Daniels. Walker has posted a snippet from her upcoming full length contemporary romance, Wreck the Life, which probably won’t release until next year.

Jeaniene Frost has posted a couple of teaser snippets (here, here, and here) for Once Burned, which will be available June 26th.

Nalini Singh has posted an excerpt from her upcoming Psy/Changeling novel, Tangle of Need, which is out later this month.

Karen Mahoney has posted a snippet from her third Iron Witch novel, The Stone Demon, which is due out in 2013 (I think).

Shiloh Walker has posted an excerpt from her current work in progress, Wreck This Life, which is slated to come out in 2013.

Lauren Dane has posted an excerpt from her latest novel, Captivated.

Orbit has an excerpt from Jaye Well’s final Sabina Kane novel, Blue-Blooded Vamp, which releases next week.

Lauren Dane ahs been posting excerpts again. Here’s the latest batch: Chaos Burning, releasing June 5th, here and here; Tart, which releases November 6th, here; and Making Chase, which is currently available, here.

Nalini Singh has posted an excerpt from her next Guild Hunter novel, Archangel’s Storm, which is due out in September.

Shiloh walker has posted a snippet from her novel, Bound Temptations, which is currently available.

Abigail Barnette has posted an excerpt from her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Beast, which is on shelves now.

Stephanie Rowe has posted an excerpt of her new release, Darkness Surrendered.

Featured Book: Devereaux: The Night Before Kismet by Lynda Hilburn

LHilburn-DevereuxMaster vampire Devereux has it all: immortality, good looks, intelligence, money, a body to die for, and a constant stream of available women. Sounds like an ideal existence. So, what’s the problem? He’s listless. Bored. Unhappy. After 800 years, coming up with reasons to rise for another meaningless night can be a challenge, and he’s starting to question his choices. Worried, two of Devereux’s old friends concoct a creative plan to energize and encourage him to rejoin the land of the unliving. They don’t want their friend to seek true death, so they’re willing to do whatever is necessary. What could go wrong?

This Month’s Reviews

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter by AE Moorat
Huner of Shadows by Nancy Gideon
Lover Revealed by JR Ward
A Karma Girl Christmas by Jennifer Estep
Soul Bound by Mari Mancusi
Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane
Reno’s Chance by Lora Leigh

From the Reader

Blastr is sharing the awesome new trailer for the CW’s Arrow. I’m liking what I see, but even more, fans of SyFy’s Dresden will recognize a familiar face.

Parajunkee View’s has posted another edition of her Book Blogging 101 and it’s all about marketing ones blog. I can tell you right now, I’m taking notes. Speaking of blogging, Rachel also has a BB101 up about Blogging Etiquette, and while must of it seems like common sense, it still needs to be said.

Stumbling Over Chaos has another fabulous edition of Misadventures in Stock Photography with more appearances by Candy Cane Guy.

Author Appearances

TFaegen-Mephisto KissFor the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.


BBury-Darkest DayThat’s What I’m Talking About is giving away a signed Hoodoo or Maker’s Song novel by Adrian Phoenix – ends June 6th.

GoodReads is giving away 10 copies of Pamela Sargent’s Earthseed – ends June 22nd.

GoodReads is giving away 10 copies of Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty’s Greatest Hits – ends June 19th.

GoodReads is giving away 10 copies of Yasmine Galenorn’s Night Seeker – ends June 25th.

GoodReads is giving away20 copies of Jim C. Hines’ Libriomancer – ends June 26th.

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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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