News from LE
You would think the School’s In feature would be the first thing on my mind, but it isn’t. Nope. I just heard about feedburner going away….what?! I don’t know what rock I’ve been under, but I guess the Feedburner API will be turned off on October 20th, so anyone subscribe to LE via email will probably no longer find LE in your inbox as of the 20th. Therefore, I’ve been messing with MailChimp, putting together a new email subscription client. I have the new client all set up (and the emails will be a little prettier this time too), so don’t be surprised if you receive an email from me soon about this whole thing. If you want to make sure you get on the new list, here’s the handy subscription form:
I guess this is a good time for you to re-evaluate if you want to follow LE or not, but I hope you’ll continue to do so. I know I’m having a blast and I hope you guys are enjoying it as well.
Now on to what I should be talking about – SCHOOL’S IN. All the contests are still open and going strong. You have until midnight on October 8th (that’s this coming Sunday) to enter any or all of the 29 contests (12 open to the US/CA and 17 open worldwide).
Speaking of events, now that School’s In is winding down, I’ve turned my attention to the upcoming Black Friday event that starts on, surprise surprise, Black Friday. Then I got to wondering. Do you like seeing the blog events? Is there something you wish would change or get more of? I want to make sure that these events are doing what they should – introducing new and entertaining old readers to new authors. So I’m curious to see what everyone thinks about all the blog events that have gone around and I’m giving away a copy of Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong to those who answer. But don’t fear – Black Friday will be returning. *grin*
Just over a week ago, I put out a call for reviewers to join LE. I’ve gotten a couple of responses and Nicole and I are looking through them now. Some of you may have already received a response and I hope you’re still interested after what was sent back. *grin* If you haven’t heard from us yet, you will by the end of the week, so stay tuned. *grin*
During September, 110 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, Dark Faerie Tales, the Book Smugglers and Tez Says.
Undead For a Day an anthology featuring Chris Marie Green, Nancy Holder, Linda Thomas Sundstrom
Skies of Steel by Zoe Archer (Ether Chronicles)
Aralorn by Patricia Briggs
Wisdom of the House of Night Oracle Cards: A 50-Card Deck and Guidebook by PC Cast and Colette Baron-Reid
Mr. Real by Carolyn Crane
Shades of Temptation by Virna DePaul
A Jaguar’s Kiss by Katie Reus
Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne (The Portal #1)
A Savage Hunger by Terry Spear (Jaguar Shifters #1)
No Quest For The Wicked by Shanna Swendson (Katie Chandler #6)
Oracle by Alex Van Tol
Shallow Grave by Alex Van Tol
Songs of Love and Darkness an anthology featuring Carrie Vaughn, Yasmine Galenorn, MLN Hanover
Last Scene Alive an anthology featuring Charlaine Harris
Unwrapped an anthology featuring Donna Kauffman, Erin McCarthy, Kate Angell
Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend
Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #4)
Wicked Whispers by Nina Bangs (Castle of Dark Dreams #6)
Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
Black Dawn by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #12)
Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey (Agent of Hel #1)
Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance (Dorina Basarab #3)
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Strange Chemistry)
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronciles #1)
Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Ember’s Kiss by Deborah Cooke (Dragonfire)
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings (Strange Chemistry)
Laid Open by Lauren Dane
The Mysterious Madam Morpho by Delilah Dawson
Wild Hearts in Atlantis by Alyssa Day
Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians #3)
Edge of Oblivion by JT Geissinger
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
The Torn Wing by Kiki Hamilton
Revelation by Erica Hayes (Seven Signs #1)
Whispers at Moonrise by CC Hunter
Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock)
Shifting Plains by Jean Johnson
Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones (Darklight #1)
Undeniable by Alison Kent (Dalton Gang #1)
The Suburban Strange by Nathan Kotecki
Changes by Mercedes Lackey (Collegium Chronicles #3)
Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey (Collegium Chronicles #4)
London Eye by Tim Lebbon (Toxic City #1)
Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me (MMP) by Tahereh Mafi
The Water Mirror by Kai Meyer
Quantum Coin by KC Myers
The Kane Chronicles Hardcover Boxed Set by Rick Riordan
Palace of the Damned by Darren Shan (Saga of Larten Crepsley)
Werewolf in Denver by Vicki Lewis Thompson (Wild About You)
The Thursday War by Karen Traviss (Halo)
Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker (Black Knights Inc #3)
Mortal Ties by Eileen Wilks (World of the Lupi)
Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy an anthology featuring Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Hand, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Marc Laidlaw
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
October 4th: After Dark by Emi Gayle
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain Banks
The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges (Katerina Trilogy #2)
Guardian by Heather Burch (Halflings #2)
What the Spell? Part 1 by Brittany Geragotelis
Into the Woods by Kim Harrison (Hollows)
The Bridge by Jane Higgins
Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield
Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Absolution by Susannah Sandlin (Penton Legacy #2)
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Kiss of Death by Debbie Viguié
October 12th: Ghost of Memories by Barb Hendee
October 13th: Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Dueling Minds an anthology featuring Brian James Freeman, Brian Keene, Gary A. Braunbeck and Tim Lebbon
Two and Twenty Dark Tales an anthology featuring Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leah Cypess, Sayantani Dasgupta, Shannon Delany, Leigh Fallon, Angie Frazier, Jessie Harrell, Nancy Holder, Heidi Kling, Suzanne Lazear, Karen Mahoney, Lisa Mantchev, Georgia McBride, C. Lee McKenzie, Hylckama Vlieg, KM Walton, Suzanne Young and Michelle Zink
Second Chance by Heather Brewer (Slayer Chronicles #2)
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Hidden by PC Cast
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Portlandtown by Rob Deborde
Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake (Asylum Tales #1)
Unchained by J Lynn
Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noël
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #3)
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Sex and the Single Princess by Marie Treanor
Blind Destiny by Shiloh Walker (Grimm Circle #7)
Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters
Gravity by Melissa West
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23 an anthology
Her Fantasy Men by Shayla Black
The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set by Gail Carriger
After Moonrise by PC Cast and Gena Showalter
The Crimson Crow by Cinda Williams Chima (Seven Realms #4)
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day (Crossfire #2)
Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush #4)
Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Caster Chronicles #4)
What the Spell? Part 2 by Brittany Geragotelis
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey)
Flutter by GJ Linko
Destiny Rising by LJ Smith (The Hunters)
Phantom by LJ Smith (The Hunters (Vampire Diaries) #1)
October 26th: Alternity by Mari Mancusi
The Bite Before Christmas an anthology featuring Lynsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost
Frostbitten (MMP) by Kelley Armstrong (MMP)
Beneath a Darkening Moon by Keri Arthur
The Annotated Sword of Shannara: 35th Anniversary Edition by Terry Brooks
Hell to Heaven by Kylie Chan (Journey to Wudang #2)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Infernal Devices)
Dream Unchained by Kate Douglas
Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it by Tanya Erzen
Dark Descent by Christine Feehan
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank (Bodywalkers #1)
The First Days by Rhiannon Frater (As the World Dies #1)
Shadow Rising by Yasmine Galenorn (Otherworld)
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Midnight’s Seduction by Donna Grant (Dark Warriors #3)
Newsflesh Trilogy Boxed Set by Mira Grant
Blood Crime by Kim Harrison (Graphic Novel)
Black Lament by Christina Henry (Black Wings #4)
Warrior Rising by Linda Howard and Linda Winstead Jones (Blood Born #2)
Pandaemonium by Ben MacAllan
Warrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue
Deviants by Maureen McGowan
Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead (Georgina Kincaid)
New Moon: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: The Graphic Novel Collector’s Edition by Stephenie Meyer
Iced by Karen Marie Moning (Dani O’Malley (Fever World) #1)
Out for Blood by Kristen Painter (House of Comarré #4)
A Trace Of Moonlight by Allison Pang (Abby Sinclair #3)
Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica Sims
Stolen by Shiloh Walker
The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams (Shadow Reader)
New 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 and here. Here’s a few more:
2013: Title Yet To Be Announced by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)
01/07/13: Reaper by LS Murphy
02/05/13: Blood Therapy by Lynda Hilburn
02/19/13: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
04/04/13: Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
04/30/13: Siege by Rhiannon Frater (As the World Dies #3)
05/21/13: Tarnished Rhiannon Held
06/01/13: Gameboard of the Gods Richelle Mead (Age of X #1)
06/04/13: One Sweet Ride Jaci Burton (Play-by-Play)
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Ilona Andrews has begun an online serial, titled Clean Sweep, and will be updating it periodically. I’m not really sure if Clean Sweep is a part of their already established worlds, but it looks like the story is going to be a part of the Innkeeper Chronicles.
This month, Karen Mahoney unveiled something extremely fun. Moth Tales is a new web comic based on her fabulous new series, Falling to Ash (which still needs a US Publisher, who wants it?). I’m loving seeing Moth in living color and the first four episodes are primed – One, Two, Three, Four and Five – so you haven’t missed much if you haven’t gotten over there yet.
Richelle Mead has been a little quiet lately, but she recently came out with a glimpse into her new adult novel, Gameboard of the Gods, as well as the expectant release date of June 2013.
Religious extremists released a virus that wiped out half the world’s population and plunged it into chaos. A hundred years later, some places have recovered better than others, including a high tech new country formed out of pieces of the former US and Canada (I’m pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before our countries unite anyway). After its troubled past, this country has an understandably wary attitude toward religion. It goes out of its way to dismantle most religious groups and debunk any claims of the mystical or paranormal. My hero is an uber charismatic guy who helps carry out that agenda for the government. My heroine, who hangs out with him, is a former Finnish debutante who’s now a kind of super soldier. Unfortunately, denying that the supernatural exists gets a little hard when it starts following them around…
Plus, Mead mentions we’ll not only get Bloodlines #3, Indigo Spell, next year, but Bloodlines #4 as well.
For fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, good news. According to EW.com, Dreamworks has picked up the movie rights with David Heyman (who was behind the Harry Potter franchise) producing and overseeing it. In related news, the second novel in the Grisha trilogy, Siege and Storm, will be out June 2013. The final novel will come out the following summer.
Cat Winters has a fabulously sounding book coming out in April 2, 2013. In the Shadow of Blackbirds takes place during the first World War, but it also includes haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs…set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Katie MacAlister has unveiled the new series she is working on, which will kick off with Time Thief on May 7, 2013. MacAlister says the series involves my version of Travellers, a group of people who can literally steal time.
Diana Pharaoh Francis has fabulous news. Her Crosspointe Chronicles (The Cipher, The Black Ship, The Turning Tide and The Hollow Crown) and Path (Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood) novels are undergoing treatment so they can be put up on Audible.com.
Science Fiction.com has the story that Jessica Shirvington’s Embrace has a scripts in the works for CW, written by Bill Laurin and Glenn Davis. There’s no word on when a pilot might be planned, but there’s more than just talk on this one.
New Excerpts or Reading for Free
At the time of this post, Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs is currently available for free at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’m not sure how long this will last, so get it while you can!
Lauren Dane has posted an excerpt from her newly released Brown Siblings novel, Laid Open, which is only $2.99 so you really should just go get it (if you’ve read Laid Bare, if not, go get that one). Here’s a few more from her Brown Siblings novels: Ben, Todd and Erin from Laid Bare, currently available; Gillian from Never Enough, which is also available; Elise from Coming Undone, which is available; Erin and Ben from Laid Open, which releases; Browns & Copelands from Inside Out, which is available; and this last one isn’t a Brown Siblings, but features a Chase sibling from Making Chase, currently available as well. Dane has also posted an excerpt, plus a second one featuring Erin, from her new Delicious novel, Tart. Dane has posted a snippet from her new release, Once and Again. Dane has also posted a snippet from her latest Bound by Magick novel, Chaos Burning.
Shiloh Walker’s All The Time in the World, the story of how Greta and Rip hooked up, is available for free at Amazon and most ebook retailers. Shiloh has also posted an excerpt from her upcoming romantic suspense, The Protected, which is due out. Walker has also posted a snippet from her upcoming release, Stolen, which will be out October 20th. Walker has also posted the prologue to her next Grimm Circle novel, Blind Destiny, which will be out in October. Shiloh Walker has posted a couple of snippets from a few of her upcoming novels: a new RS WIP which does not have a release date yet; her second Blade novel, Night Blade, which is due out next year.
Sara Humphrey’s upcoming release, Undenied, can currently be preordered for free. This is for the ebook, and I’m assuming the print version will be available at full retail price, so now would be the time to get it.
Here’s another free ebook alert – Estevan Vega’s Arson is currently available for the Kindle.
Featured Book: All The Time in the World by Shiloh Walker
Greta doesn’t play well with others…never has. And although it might be nice to have somebody there with her to break up the monotony of her life, she knows better than to let herself get close. Life has taught her that lesson the hard way…nothing is ever simple, and people bring complications she just doesn’t need.
But she’s a soldier in an army—a rather unique one—and when her partner, Rip, goes down in the line of duty, there’s no question of what she has to do. Stay with him, nurse him back to health…admire that nice, long…no, no, no…that’s not part of the job description at all.
Too bad she can’t seem to help herself.
Warning: This is a short story, only a short story, about two naughty guardian angels who start to fall for each other, in a very big way. (Originally published in the The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance)
This Month’s Reviews
Grimm Tidings by Shiloh Walker
Rev it Up by Julie Ann Walker
How To Marry A Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde
If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones
Seeker of Shadows by Nancy Gideon
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
Deep Sky by Patrick Lee
The Asylum Interviews: Trixie by Jocelynn Drake
Ember by Kristen Callihan
Hostile Takeover by Joey W. Hill
Queen of the Sylphs by L.J. McDonald
From the Reader
Are you looking for more science fiction news? If so, Galaxy Express is where you need to go next. Heather will take care of you with a bunch of October releases, announcements, author blogging and more.
Wicked Scribes has found a bunch of new publishing deals including two new series by Larissa Ione (sold to Pocket Books) and Kendra Leigh Castle (sold to Entangled).
Book Chick City is celebrating the Halloween season with a fabulous All Hallows Eve event that’ll feature author interviews, reviews and of course giveaways!
Have you read any of the Fifty Shades books? Do you want to or are you simply curious to see what they’re about? I’m simply curious, so I’ve been reading the cliff notes version, fabulously provided Jennifer Armintrout. She’s currently on the thirteenth chapter of Fifty Shades Darker, but if you’ve missed any, you can find all the previous chapters here.
Okay, I have to be honest…I’m kind of getting excited for the last Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2. Especially after watching the new trailer. The Cullens are going to fight the Volturi!
Jocelynn Drake is going on tour! I’m actually quite excited as she’s going to be in Cincinnati, Dayton and Lansing, which gives me three chances to see her. I’ll more than likely be at the Lansing signing, so you should come with and we can chat books!
For the full listing of this month’s interviews, click here.
- Aimee Carter, author of the Goddess Legacy – Tynga’s Reviews
- Alex Hughes, author of Clean – All Things Urban Fantasy, Amberkatze’s Book Blog, Tez Says
- Amanda Carlson, author of Full Blooded – Falcata Times, All Things Urban Fantasy
- Anton Strout, author of Alchemystic – Paperback Dolls (Part One, Two, Three and Four)
- Bec McMaster, author of Kiss of Steel – Parajunkee’s View, Tynga’s Reviews
- Claire Ashgrove, author of Immortal Surrender – All Things Urban Fantasy
- Erica Hayes, author of Revelation – The Reading Cafe
- Faith Hunter, author of Have Stakes Will Travel – All Things Urban Fantasy
- Gail Carriger, author of Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 – Dark Faerie Tales
- Gina Damico, author of Scorch – Tynga’s Reviews
- Gini Koch, author of Alien Diplomacy – The Writer Librarian, Red Hot Books, Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks, Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, I Smell Sheep, Pearls Cast Before a McPig, A Buckeye Girl Reads, The Peasants Revolt, Sara’s Urban Fantasy Blog, Book Lovers Inc., VVB Reads, Book & Movie Dimesnion a Blog, The Writer Librarian
- Imogene Nix, author of Star of the Fleet – Galaxy Express
- JT Geissinger, author of Edge of Oblivion – Book Chick City
- Karina Cooper, author of Sacrifice the Wicked – Vampire Book Club
- Kat Zhang, author of What’s Left of Me – Dark Faerie Tales
- Katie Reus, author of Primal Possession – Michelle’s Book Blog
- Kenneth Oppel, author of Such Wicked Intent – The Book Smugglers
- Kerrelyn Sparks, author of Wild About You – My Overstuffed Bookshelf
- Laura Bickle, author of The Hallowed Ones – Dark Faerie Tales, The League of Reluctant Adults
- Libby Bray, author of The Diviners – the Book Smugglers
- Merrie DeStefano, author of Fathom – The Book Pushers
- Nancy Holzner, author of Darklands – Amberkatze’s Book Blog
- Rhiannon Frater, author of The First Days – Tynga’s Reviews
- Sarah Beth Durst, author of Vessel – the Book Smugglers
- Sean Cummings, author of Poltergeeks – All Things Urban Fantasy
- Shana Abe, author of The Sweetest Dark – The Reading Cafe
- Stefan Petrucha, author of Dead Mann Running – Amberkatze’s Book Blog
- Suzanne Johnson, author of River Road – Book Chick City
- Thea Harrison, author of Hunter’s Season – The Bookpushers
Karen Mahoney is giving away a signed copy of Falling to Ash – ends Oct 8th.
GoodReads is giving away a few novels:
- 20 copies of Shawntelle Madison’s Kept – ends Oct 31st.
- 10 copies of Mercedes Lackey’s Crown of Vengeance – ends Oct 19th.
- 5 copies of JA Souders’ Renegade – ends Oct 19th.
Olde City New Blood is giving away 3 registrations via a featured author/blogger hop – ends Oct 7th.