Pray & Wait for the Mambo

I’m sure everyone has seen these now, but I have to know, what does everyone think?  I’ve seen the covers for the fourth and fifth novels in Jocelynn Drake’s Dark Days series – Pray for Dawn and Wait for Dusk – around awhile ago, but I was kind of hoping they weren’t the official ones.  I’m not sure I’m digging these.  In fact, I know I’m not.  I can’t remember if I heard it over at All Things Urban Fantasy or somewhere else, but the overall consensus I’ve been hearing is that these give more of a romance feel than the urban fantasy they are.

While I was updating the New Releases page, I came across a few new dates as well as some changes…

New Dates:

Changed Dates:

Fifty-Two Stories has posted their third short story – The Danger of Everything by Robin Antalek.

The Book Smugglers have an extremely interesting article on the importance of covers for all novels.  They are not just talking about urban fantasies either.  With the unveiling of the new Dark Days covers, the article will definitely get your gears moving.

For everyone out there still debating the whole ereader thing, Kindle Vixen has prepared a most excellent chart comparing the major ereaders – Amazon Kindle, Sony Pocket, Sony Touch and the Barnes & Noble Nook – currently on the market (or will be soon).  Seriously, if you want to talk ereaders, Kindle Vixen is the chick to go to.


Check out the cover Adrian Phoenix has for Black Dust Mambo, which is [update] the beginning of a new series called the Kallie Riviere series (thanks to Sara and Lynette for the correction).  Escape Between the Pages also has the cover copy if anyone wants to check it out.  Black Dust Mambo will be out June 29, 2010.

Lurv a la Mode celebrated her second Blogversary over the weekend – Congrats Kmont!  If you haven’t gone over and checked out Lurv a la Mode yet, then you really should and soon.

I have to agree with Katie…what is with all the retellings of the classics?  Not only is there another one in the mix, it’s one that has already been done. Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Other Loves by Ann Herendeen is the latest remake and this one is being billed as a more erotic romance than what it currently is.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t read Pride & Prejudice, and I’m not really sure I want to, but has creativity really been that stifled?  Even Hollywood has been doing more remakes than actual original stories lately.  Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Other Loves will be released next week on January 26th.

Ilona Andrews has posted another snippet from their upcoming novel, Magic Bleeds.  Oh wait, I should have read it before typing this…the snippet is a possible opening to Kate #5, not Magic Bleeds.  Mmm….that’s even better.  It looks like we’ll be getting in the People’s business for book five.

SciFiGuy’s Weekend Report states that Carrie Vaughn has a title for the eight Kitty Norville novel.  If you haven’t read the the latest two titles, Kitty Raises Hell and Kitty’s House of Horrors, something tells me you should before Kitty Goes to War is released.

Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews has the scope of what we’ll find in the upcoming anthology Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Some contributors included M.L.N. Hanover, Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Yasmine Galenorn, Diana Gabaldon and a ton more awesome authors.

Slight warning…I came across a couple of contests that didn’t list an ending time, so if you want to enter, do so quickly.

LE Contests:

  • We’re giving away a copies of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters as well as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Deluxe Edition. Contest ends Jan 19th.
  • We’re giving away copies of Melina Morel’s Devour, Prey and Smolder. Contest ends Jan 26th.
  • Jennifer Estep will be here on Thursday and we’ll be giving away a copy of Spider’s Bite then.

RR@H Novel Thoughts and The Good, The Bad, and the Unread are giving away a copy of Lauren Dane’s Coming Undone.  The contest at Novel Thoughts ends January 23rd, but I can’t find an end date for The Good, the Bad and Unread.

For What It’s Worth is giving away a copy of Beth Fantaskey’s Jessica’s Guide To Dating On The Dark Side. Contest ends January 24th.

RT Book Reviews is giving away five copies of Jeaniene Frost’s First Drop of Crimson.  Contest ends soon?

Angie Fox is giving away a spot in her next book to one lucky person.  Contest ends sometime in the near future.

Shiloh Walker is giving away an ecopy of her upcoming novel, No Prince Charming. Contest ends soon.

Maggie Robinson is giving away a copy of her debut novel, Mistress by Mistake.  Contest ends January 25th.

Fantasy and SciFi Lovin’ Giveaways is giving away a copy of Rachel Caine’s Unknown, the second novel in Caine’s Outcast series.  Contest ends January 29th.

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  1. Thanks for mentioning my Blogoversary! :D

    I’d noticed one of those Drake covers last week. I don’t even read the series, but am familiar enough with the premise of the first book and thought the cover was atrocious. Now I see the one with them embracing and am all WTF? Definitely more paranormal romance than urban fantasy.

  2. I just wanted to let you know that Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix is the start of a new series (I have the series being called the Kallie Riviere series after the main character) and not book four of the Maker’s Song series.

    And I definitely don’t like the new Jocelynn Drake covers. Although the titles are big difference from the previous titles, that doesn’t mean the covers have to be such a big change too.

  3. FYI – That is NOT the fourth book in the Makers Song. That is a new series by Adrian Phoenix. She clearly says it on her website. Black Dust Mambo is a brand new series – not part of the Maker’s Song

  4. Thanks for the correction. I too will pass it along. LOL…On the main page of her website, it isn’t announced that it is a new series…so when I went to the description page, the page scoot up just enough to block out the mention that it is a new release. I guess it didn’t help that the female on the cover looked alot like the one of the Maker series.

    As for the Jocelynn Drake covers. I do not care for the “Pray For Dawn” cover, it is too much like the Prince of Persia movie cover. But, I do like the “Wait For Dusk”. Although, I confess it looks a bit like a naughty romance novel.

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