Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 7)

News from LE

MArnett-Nightmare AffairThere’s not a lot to report from the LE front. I guess the biggest one (or maybe two) would be that the RT Poster Challenge will begin on Friday.  I was going to start it this past weekend, but I’m still working on figuring out which board has whose signature. *grin* Let’s just say that both posters are pretty packed with author goodness.  If you want want to see the posters I’m taking about, you can see them here and here. The posters will be given away at the end of the challenge, so if you want to participate, I would get your books ready.

And the second bit of news I believe people would be interested in involves the previous novels to the gorgeous cover below. Penguin has been generous enough to send me a copy of Bloodlines and an ARC of Golden Lily by Richelle Mead and I’ll be giving them away later today. Make sure you check back because the contest will only be open for a week. *grin*

This month LE has had some fabulous authors visits.  If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and see what they are up to here on LE, you can always stop by now. *grin*

  1. Alma Katsu, author of The Reckoning
  2. Hanna Martine, author of Liquid Lies contest for a copy of Liquid Lies ends tomorrow night!
  3. Jenn Bennett, author of Summoning the Night
  4. Kristine Grayson, author of Thoroughly Kissed
  5. Melissa Stevens, author of Change
  6. Tamara Hogan, author of Chase Me

I know last month I had stated that I was looking for an additional reviewer for LE, but sadly, I’ve had to nixed that idea for the time being. Summer vacation has been kicking my butt (and I finally get why parents look forward to September 1st), so the girls and I are going to get everything caught up and then we’ll be posting about a new reviewer (possibly two) once school starts up again.

Other than that, it’s been kind of slow around here. So let’s get on with the news…

Cover Extravaganza

RMead-The Indigo SpellDuring July, 119 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

July 1st:
Vacation with a Vampire an anthology featuring Michele Hauf, Lisa Childs, Kendra Leigh Castle
Her Sweetest Downfall by Rebecca Hamilton (Forever Girl novella)
Goddess in the Middle by Stephanie Julian (Forgotten Goddesses #3)
Fire Kissed by Erin Kellison (Shadow Kissed #1)
Reaper’s Revenge by Sarah McCarty (Shadow Reapers #2)
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

July 2nd: Eternal by JA Belfield (Holloway Pack #0.5)

July 3rd:
Dark Companion by Marta Acosta (Birch Grove Academy #1)
Bear Claw Lawman by Jessica Andersen
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Hot in Handcuffs an anthology featuring Shiloh Walker; Sylvia Day; Shayla Black
Tropical Desires by anthology featuring Vivian Arend, Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee
Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs
Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks
In a Witch’s Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery)
Cloaked in Malice by Annette Blair (Vintage Magic Mystery #5)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Anna #1) – MMP
Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe (Eddie LaCrosse #2)
Blood Before Sunrise by Amanda Bonilla (Shaede Assassin #2)
Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier
Tethered in (Heart of Steel) by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas)
The Darkest Day by Britt Bury (Immortal Heat)
Eve by Anna Carey (Eve #1) – MMP
Once by Anna Carey (Eve #2)
Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs (Fins #2) – MMP
Just for Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (Fins #3)
A Hunger So Wild by Sylvia Day (Renegade Angels #2)
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx by Jocelynn Drake (Asylum Tales prequel)
Samurai Game by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalker)
Night Seeker by Yasmine Galenorn (Indigo Court #3)
Heaven’s War by David Goyer (Heaven #2)
Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin (Light Blade #2)
Stalking the Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #4)
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer by Jim C. Hines
Thieftaker by DB Jackson (Thieftaker Chronicles)
This Dark Earth by John Hornor Jacobs
Fire Kissed by Erin Kellison
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
Liquid Lies by Hanna Martine (Elementals #1)
Tin Swift by Devon Monk (Age of Steam #2)
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood by ES Moore (Kat Redding #2)
My Lady Mage by Alexis Morgan (River of the Damned #1)
Waking Storms by Sarah Porter (Lost Voices #2)
Grave Memory by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #3)
Dark Destiny by MJ Putney
Downpour by Kat Richardson (Greywalker $6) – MMP
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland (White Trash Zombies #2)
Geekomancy by Michael Underwood
Leaping Hearts by JR Ward
The Hollow City by Dan Wells

July 5th:
Soulbound by Heather Brewer
Frostfire by Zoë Marriott
A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton (Winter #2)

July 7th: Blood Awakening by Jamie Manning (Blood Prophecy #2)

July 8th: Dead of Night by Lynn Viehl

July 9th:
Paladins of Shannara: Allanon’s Quest by Terry Brooks
Crux by Julie Reese

July 10th:
Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot (Heather Wells Mystery)
So Close to You by Rachel Carter
Lost In Time by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods #6) – MMP
Batman: Earth One byJohn Geoff and Gary Frank
Shadow of Night byDeborah Harkness (All Souls #2)
Seraphina by Rachel Harman
West of Want by Laura Kaye (Hearts of the Anemoi #2)
Wildcat Fireflies by Amber Kizer (Fenestra #2) – MMP
Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario (Demons of Infernum #1) – MMP
Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha by Karen Marie Moning
Mothership by Isla Neal and Martin Leicht
House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier
Fury’s Fire by Lisa Papademetriou (Siren’s Storm #2)
Dark Water by Tricia Rayburn (Siren #3)

July 15th:
Blood and Moonight an anthology featuring Amanda Ashley, Barbara Monajem, Lisa Cach
Playing With Elves by Natale Stenzel

July 16th: For Mercy’s Sake by Nancy Gideon

July 17th:
Queen’s Hunt by Beth Bernobich
House of Night: Legacy by PC Cast
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #3) – MMP
The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis

July 19th:
High School Bites by Heather Brewer
All You Desire by Kirsten Miller (Eternal Ones #2) – MMP
Ocean’s Surrender by Denise Townsend

July 24th:
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #13)
Drain You by M. Beth Bloom
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Tiger Bound by Doranna Durgin
Dragon Justice by Laura Anne Gilman (PSI #4)
Cold Fury byTM Goeglein
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (Blood Journals #1) – MMP
Nocturne by Christine Johnson (Claire de Lune #2)
Seduced by Blood by Laurie London
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2 by Stephenie Meyer
The Covert Wolf by Bonnie Vanak
Supernaturally by Kiersten White (Paranormalcy #1) – MMP
Endlessly by Kiersten White

July 25th: Chaos Theory by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda and Phil Noto (X-23 #.2)

July 26th: Trinity Moon by Elspeth Cooper

July 30th: Monster in My Closet by RL Naquin (Monster Haven)

July 31st:
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniel’s World)
Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri Arthur – MMP
When Temptation Burns by JK Beck (Shadowkeepers #5)
Otherkin by Nina Berry
Moonglow by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #2)
Shadow Rising by Kendra Leigh Castle
Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
Dark Desire by Christine Feehan
Dark Hunger by Christine Feehan
Voracious by VK Forrest (Clare Point #5)
Shadows Before the Sun by Kelly Gay (Charlie Madigan #4)
Demon Hunting In The Deep South by Lexi George (Demon #2)
Dark Craving by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #1)
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
The Love Potion by Sandra Hill
Darklands by Nancy Holzner (Deadtown #4)
An Officer’s Duty by Jean Johnson (Theirs Not to Reason Why #2)
Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer
The Witch Is Back by HP Mallory
Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan
Sin’s Dark Caress by Tracey O’Hara (Dark Brethren #3)
Double Down by Katie Porter (Vegas Top Guns #1)
Boyfriend from Hell by Jamie Quaid
The Lady Is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau Vampires)
Eternal by Gillian Shields (Immortal #3) – MMP
Destiny by Gillian Shields (Immortal #4)
All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman
Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn
Night Forbidden by Joss Ware (Envy Chronicles #5)
Originally Human by Eileen Wilks

Here are a few other places with their own September releases: Tez Says, Vampire Book Club,, The Bookpushers, The Qwillery and Suvudu.

New Release Dates:
KArmstrong-ForbiddenI’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 (and I’ll have a few more later this week). Here’s a few more:

08/07/12: Fragile by Shiloh Walker
08/07/12: Locked in Silence by Shiloh Walker (Grimm Circle)

09/04/12: Supernatural Born Killers by Casey Daniels (Pepper Martin Mystery)
09/04/12: Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
09/04/12: Head Rush by Carolyn Crane (Disillusionist #3)
09/18/12: The First Kill by Heather Brewer (Slayer Chronicles)
09/25/12: Personal Demon by Susan Sizemore

10/02/12: Her Fantasy Men by Shayla Black
10/09/12: Absolution by Susannah Sandlin (Penton Legacy #2)
10/16/12: Second Chance by Heather Brewer (Slayer Chronicles #2)
10/23/12: After Moonrise by PC Cast and Gena Showalter
10/23/12: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush #4)
10/30/12: Stolen by Shiloh Walker

11/06/12: Lover Eternal by JR Ward
11/27/12: Trapped by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid #5)
11/27/12: Lullaby by Amanda Hocking (Watersong #2)
11/27/12: Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks

12/01/12: Blood of Dawn by Tami Dane (Sloan Skye #3)
12/03/12: Blue Moon by JA Belfield (Holloway Pack #2)
12/06/12: Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
12/11/12: Foretold by Jana Oliver
12/18/12: Omega by Susannah Sandlin (Penton Legacy #3)
12/31/12: Th Beginning of Magic by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #1 & 2)
12/31/12: Shifter’s Wolf by Patricia Briggs

2013: Forever by Jacquelyn Frank (Bodywalkers #2)
2013: Come, the Dark by Rebecca Hamilton (Forever Girl #2)
2013: Night Blade by Shiloh Walker (Blade #2)

02/05/13: Lover Awakened by JR Ward
02/05/13: The Reunited by Shiloh Walker
02/26/13: Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau Vampires #20)

03/05/13: Undead and Underwater by MaryJanice Davidson (Queen Betsy & Fred the Mermaid)

04/01/13: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #8)

08/01/13: Midnight Frost by Jennnifer Estep (Mythos Academy)

09/01/13: Title Yet To Be Announced by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #9)

2014: Broken Blade by Shiloh Walker (Blade #3)

Book News

MJDavidson-Undead and UnderwaterMaryJanice Davidson has posted the cover for her next Queen Betsy novel, Undead and Underwater, and I am so so glad that it’s not another one of those plastic barbie doll head covers. I’m sorry, but I haven’t been able to read that series since the publisher changed the covers from the fun cartoon style to those black and white monstrosities. I’m kind of hoping this is a signal of change for the series, so maybe I’ll be able to get back into them. Have you continued with the series? What do you think? However, I think I figured out the reason for the change in cover, when I went hunting for a release date – March 3, 2013.  Undead and Underwater is going to be a crossover novella featuring both Queen Betsy AND Fred the Mermaid.  Here’s the deets on it:

Undead and Underwater is the Betsy/Fred team-up I’ve been threatening…I mean, promising to do. (To paraphrase Stan Lee: Because no one demanded it!) Yes, the queen of the undead and the dour could’ve-been-a-princess mermaid reluctantly team up to help a mutual “friend”. Madison Fehr has gotten her silly self in a jam, and calls an old friend of the family for help (her mother and Betsy’s mother grew up together).

Jennifer Estep has announced the title for her next Mythos Academy novel. The story continues with Midnight Frost and will hit shelves in August 2013.  With even more Jennifer Estep, it was confirmed that there will be ten books in the Elemental series, with two of them coming out in 2013 – Deadly Sting (April) and a yet to be titled #9 (September).

Chloe Neill is going on tour for Biting Cold! She’ll be making five stops to promote the book in August. So if you’re in Texas, DC, Delaware, Nebraska and Wisconsin, I would go check out the tour schedule.

Wicked Scribes has found the cover blurb for the upcoming Karen Marie Moning novel, Iced, which is the first spin-off of the Fever series being released in October.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

The tour schedule for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Time Untime has been posted, but I’m hoping it hasn’t been finalized. There’s only four stops currently and none in Michigan. I’m holding out hope. *grin*

New Excerpts or Reading for Free

SWalker-StolenLauren Dane has posted several excerpts this month.  Check out snippets from these fabulous works: Revelation, currently available, here; her Cherished contribution, Sway, which will be released August 7th, hereChaos Burning, which was just released, here;

Shiloh walker has posted several excerpts this month.  Check out snippets from these fabulous stories: Wreck This Life, to be released April 2, 2013, here; The Unwilling, which will be released in the Hot in Handcuffs anthology today, here and here and here;

Rachel Vincent has given us a glimpse into the final novel in her Soul Screamers series.  It is minorly spoilerish in the fact that if you read them, you’ll know who has survived thus far. So you’ve been warned.

Devon Monk is currently publishing her an serial, Hang Fire, via some fabulous blogs. Here’s the details:

HANG FIRE is a steampunk short story set in late 1800?s America. It takes place between the Age of Steam book #1, Dead Iron and book #2 Tin Swift. The story is broken into 20 “chapters” and posted, one chapter at a time, on 20 awesome blogs.

Here are the chapters currently available: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten. For the complete list of sites to come, click here.

Meljean Brook has posted an excerpt from her upcoming Iron Seas novella, Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City, which releases August 7th.  Brook has also posted an excerpt from the next Iron Seas novel, Riveted, which is due to release September 4th.

Shiloh Walker, writing as JC Daniels, has posted an excerpt from her new urban fantasy, Blade Song, which will be out in August. Walker has also posted a snippet from the second novel, Night Blade. There’s also a snippet from another JC Daniels novel, Sexy Little Surprises.

Lauren Dane has posted a snippet from her new novel, Chaos Burning, available now. Dane has also posted a snippet from her novel, Chased.

Carrie Vaughn has posted the first chapter to her next Kitty novel, Kitty Steals the Show, which will be out July 31st.

Sherrilyn Kenyon has posted an excerpt from her next Dark Hunter novel, Time Untime, coming out this August. Honestly, this isn’t the one I originally found, and is kind of old, so there might be another one floating out there still. I’m trying to track it down, but here’s this one until then.

Vicki Pettersson has posted the third chapter to her new novel, The Taken, which comes out next week. If you missed them, here are Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

Richelle Mead has posted the first two chapters to her next Bloodlines novel, Golden Lily, which released yesterday.

Diana Pharaoh Francis has posted a deleted scene from her upcoming Horngate Witches novel, Crimson Wind, which releases this December.

Cynthia Eden has posted the prologue and first chapter to her second Fallen novel, Angel Betrayed, which will be released in two weeks.

Kalayna Price has posted the first chapter for her third Alex Craft novel, Grave Memory, which is out later this month.

Shiloh Walker has posted a snippet from her August release, Blade Song.

Featured Book: The Night Beat by Gini Koch

GKoch-Night BeatThe majority of Prosaic City’s residents don’t know that their town exists on top of another place — Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don’t, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless.

Victoria Wolfe is more than just a policewoman. She’s an undercover werewolf assigned by Necropolis Enforcement to work Prosaic City Police’s Night Beat. Victoria’s comfortable working the shift where all the weird comes out to play, especially since her partner is also her perfect man. Or would be, if Victoria could ever work up the nerve to tell him she isn’t like other girls.

It’s hard enough being a werewolf in disguise, but when a creature from the Depths of Hell shows up in an alley preferred by junkies, bums, and hookers, it’s going to take more than just Victoria’s special gun and werewolf skills to subdue the ancient Sumerian demon. Especially when the demon is merely the start of what appears to be a major takeover attempt by the Prince of Darkness.

Soon all of Necropolis Enforcement’s Undead Brigade is involved in the fight to stop the Prince’s Major Minions from taking over Prosaic City and the rest of the human plane. But it’s Victoria who has to face the Adversary and figure out what intricate plan Lucifer has up his wings before everyone she cares about is destroyed.

In other words, it’s just another day on the Night Beat.

This Month’s Reviews

Vampire’s Kiss by Veronica Wolff
Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins
Bossypants by Tina Fey
His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley
Spider’s Lullaby by James R. Tuck
Captivated by Lauren Dane
Lover Enshrined by JR Ward
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
Lessons After Dark by Isabel Cooper
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Blue Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells
Asylum Inteviews: Bronx by Jocelynn Drake
Night Betrayed by Joss Ware
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Naughty Games by Lena Matthews

From the Reader

MSpradlin-Blood RidersThere’s a new convention being developed in St. Augustine, Florida. The Olde City, New Blood con will feature a bunch of fabulous authors (at last count, there are 40 confirmed) and takes place in a truly gorgeous city. Plus it’s Florida in February. Did I forget to mention that? The first even Olde City, New Blood con will take place February 8-10, 2013. Registration is open.

Stumbling Over Chaos has another fabulous Misadventures in Stock Photography and there’s plenty of yummy eye candy in addition to Starey Glarey Guy (SGG).

There are a ton of books coming out this fall and The Library Journal has the top seven they are most anticipating. There are some fabulous authors on the list, including Jocelynn Drake’s Angel Ink, so if you’re wanting a peek, I would take a peek and who else is on the list.

If you’ve ever wanted to review books, Tynga’s Reviews is looking for a new reviewer and you don’t have to be Canadian to apply (this is a change from her previous posts).

Parajunkee’s View has posted two new Blogging 101 posts and these are ones you should really check out.  She’s talking about ARC Etiquette and Technical Issues and What Publishers Want and Pageview Goals.

It’s Random Acts of Kindness time again and the Book Soulmates have posted the signup sheet for July.  For those unfamiliar with the feature, the basic idea is to randomly send a book to someone who has signed up and hope that one gets sent back to you. Its a random act of kindness. *grin*

Author Appearances

SBein-Daughter of the SwordFor the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.


GoodReads is giving away 10 copies of Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty’s Big Trouble – ends July 17th.

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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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