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Melanie's Week in Review - August 26, 2018

Melanie's Week in Review - August 26, 2018

Hello. I was wondering if any of you have a better excuse than I have for not reading very much this week? I am ashamed to admit that I have developed a unexplained obsession with watching Project Runway on Netflix (seasons 10-11 which are at least 5 years old now). I am fast forwarding past all the Heidi Klum bits and any parts where one of the contestants starts to cry about how hard it is. It means I am really only watching about 20 minutes of the show. The hubinator keeps asking me why I am watching it and I have no answer. It is digging into my book reading time which is WRONG! I did manage to read two books so what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - August 26, 2018
I discovered that the 6th instalment of Suzanne Johnson's The Sentinels of New Orleans - Frenchman Street - had been released. I am not sure how I missed it as Amazon usually reminds me (more than once) when a new book in a series I am reading is about to or has been released. Not so this time but I didn't let that stop me from diving right in.

This instalment starts almost immediately after the events of Belle Chasse. The now ex-Sentinel DJ is still hiding out in the undead pirate Jean Lafitte's alternate New Orleans estate. When the evil Prince of Fairie intends to out the supernaturals at Mardi Gras and pitch the world into war DJ decides to make an uneasy alliance with her bondmate - Rand. DJ knows this is a fight they can't afford to lose and will do whatever it takes to help her friends survive.

The Sentinels of New Orleans has always been an 'OK' series for me. I like them but haven't loved them (apart from the covers, I have always LOVED the covers).  DJ is fairly likeable but rarely makes the truly tough choices and the big decisions seem to be left to other characters. It's almost as if she is a secondary character in her own story or that the whole series is missing a true lead character. It occurred to me when I was reading this book that Johnson seems to kill off characters who could interfere with DJ's current romance or a future potential love triangle. I didn't really realise, until DJ started counting, the number of characters that have been killed off throughout the series. She is a dangerous person to hang around. Despite this critique Frenchman Street wraps up the series quite nicely and there is a good balance between the characters and the action. I was glad to have all the various plot threads tied up and a HEA for DJ.

Melanie's Week in Review - August 26, 2018
Book 2 is non fiction (shocking I know!)  - This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. Kay was a junior doctor in the NHS from 2004 - 2010, when a tragic experience caused him to reconsider his career. Kay wrote a diary about his experiences both in and out of the hospital and shares the highs and lows of the medical profession. The diary is interspersed with his views of the crisis hitting the NHS and, especially, junior doctors.

Dear reader - if you live in the UK then you MUST read this book. Especially if you have children and they were delivered in a NHS hospital. For those of you who aren't lucky enough to live in the UK, with it's wonderful nationalised healthcare (warts and all), there is still fantastic story for you to enjoy although you might not get some of the jokes. I laughed and cried throughout...but mostly laughed. In fact, I laughed soo hard at this one part that I was actually crying and the woman sitting across from me on the tube kept staring at me looking scandalised. It takes something especially funny for me to 'lol' on public transport. This is a real heart warmer and will make me appreciate the doctor a bit more the next time I have to go to the hospital.

That is it for me for this week. I hope you too have been able to find a book that has you 'lolling' on your commute! Until next week Happy Reading!

Frenchman Street
Sentinels of New Orleans 6
Suzanne Johnson, July 19, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook 374 pages
Review Copy:  Reviewer's Own

Melanie's Week in Review - August 26, 2018
The uneasy truce between the preternatural species of New Orleans has shattered, with wizards and elves, shifters and vampires—not to mention the historical undead—struggling for ultimate control of the city, including the humans who still think they’re atop the food chain.

They aren’t, however—and the Summer Prince of Faerie wants them to know it.

Stuck in the middle? One unemployed wizard sentinel. For DJ Jaco, war makes for strange bedfellows as she finally embraces her wizard-elven heritage and strikes a deal with the devil so she and her ragtag band of allies can return to defend her hometown. After all, when the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte is working in the mayor’s tourism department, things could go horribly wrong.

War is coming to New Orleans just in time for Mardi Gras, with the elves and wizards lined up on opposite sides, the shifters with a new leader, the vampires promising loyalty to the highest bidder, and the soul of the Crescent City resting on the outcome of the civil war going on in Faerie between the rival princes of summer and winter.

Mardi Gras Day is approaching fast, the faeries have infiltrated almost every parade, and the line between friends and enemies grows thin as DJ tries to stave off open warfare on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Laissez les bons temps rouler…but be careful, or the good times might roll too close for comfort.

This Is Going to Hurt
Pan Macmillan, November 1, 2018
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 2017
Review Copy:  Reviewer's Own 

Melanie's Week in Review - August 26, 2018
Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships. Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line (with a foreword attempting to explain the National Health Service to a non-UK audience). Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know—and more than a few things you didn't—about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017

Happy January! I can't believe that is my first WIR of 2017 already. Hopefully, I will have lots of fantastic books to tell you about this year. I am going to give you the review 'sandwich' again. For those of you who aren't familiar with this it's the same concept as giving feedback - good news, bad news, good news. I have used this before on my WIR and here it is again. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
I will admit that I read Genevieve Cogman's The Burning Page back in October when I received it via NetGalley. However, I couldn't tell you about it as it won't be published until January 10th. I was really having to bite my tongue not to let anything slip out....or should I say bite my fingers? Anyway, I was really looking forward to the next instalment of the Invisible Library series and Cogman doesn't disappoint.

In this instalment The Library is in lockdown. Librarians are being killed, doors to the library are being rigged to explode...and worse and it's all down to Library's arch nemesis Alberich. Our favourite Librarian Irene is still on probation after the events of the previous book but that doesn't stop her and her side kick Kai from finding themselves in more danger than they can handle. Alberich is determined that the Library dies and Irene with it so she will need every trick up her sleeve and the help from her friends to keep both herself and her beloved Library from falling to Alberich's malevolent plot.

I love this series and The Burning Page is very good. I enjoy the growing friendship between Irene and Kai and we learn more about the inner workings of the Library in this instalment. It is very action packed with Irene pulling off one escape after another from the evil Alberich. However, I didn't love it as much as I have loved books 1 and 2. Where I felt the teeniest tiniest let down was Irene's dubious choice of romantic partner. It just didn't seem like something she would do or someone she would be attracted to and came out of the blue. I also thought it could have easily been the final instalment of the series so I am a bit concerned what future books will hold when the over arching plot seems to be wrapped up. I am really splitting hairs though as it was quite good.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
For the middle of this review sandwich was Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners by Larry Correia and John Ringo. I started this new spin off series focussing on the memoirs of the monster hunter Chad back in December and I found book 1 Grunge a bit disappointing. However, I almost gave up on book 2 partway through. What I liked about the original series was that Owen was very likeable and I liked him and the other supporting characters. In contrast Chad is egotistical, maniacal womaniser and quite frankly a bit of a jerk. The plot consisted of - kill monster, eat bourbon chicken or barbeque (he has moved to New Orleans now), pick up a lady, kill monster, repeat. It was just a tad dull. I don't think I will continue with this series.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
Book 3 of this WIR was a real book! The lovely Qwill sent me a care package and in it was Belle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson. I don't often read actual books anymore so this was a real it was hardback so made it even more 'treatier'. This is book 5 of the Sentinels of New Orleans and the now unemployed wizard DJ has been shot, has a death sentence hanging over her and is in hiding in the Beyond. A war is about to break out between the wizards, the Fae and the Elves and guess who is caught in the middle? DJ is desperate to clear her name, keep her pregnant friend safe and get back in the arms of her hunky shapeshifter boyfriend.

I enjoyed Belle Chasse and I definitely loved the cover. I don't think I liked it quite a much as the other books. I felt this was a bit of a filler book and not a lot happens until the final few pages and even so this didn't really advance or resolve the over arching plot that much. I am not saying that nothing happened but I felt that Johnson could have been a bit bolder in drawing this series to a close. I am a bit worried it will continue and continue and continue with not much happening apart from DJ saying how much she misses New Orleans. Although, Johnson doesn't mess around and bad things still happen to good people in this instalment so definitely worth a read. Plus love the cover!

That is it for me for my first WIR of 2017. I have read a couple of crackers this week that I am looking forward to telling you all about next week. Until then Happy Reading!

The Burning Page
The Invisible Library Novel 3
Roc, January 10, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another “tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure,” (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.

Never judge a book by its cover…

Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency of finding both Irene and her apprentice, Kai—a dragon prince—and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle…

Irene’s longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library—and make sure Irene goes down with it.

With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close—someone she never expected to betray her…

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners
Monster Hunter Memoirs 2
Baen Books, December 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017


With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International’s premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.

Chad had once taken a werewolf while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, fifty-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the '80s gives a whole new perspective to the term “Hell on Earth.” In fact, more monsters are popping up than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties for the monsters he kills. But there’s one catch: he has to stay alive to do it!

Belle Chasse
A Novel of The Sentinels of New Orleans 5
Tor Books, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - January 8, 2017
Suzanne Johnson's "strong and intriguing" (Publishers Weekly) urban fantasy series continues with Belle Chasse. The Sentinels of New Orleans series has earned starred reviews from Library Journal ("a resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity") and PW ("vivid...a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists").

With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.

With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ—stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders—can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.

It's time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.

The View From Monday - November 7, 2016

Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week -

The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy 1) by James Islington.

The View From Monday - November 7, 2016
Clicking on the novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.

From formerly feature DAC Authors:

Remnants of Trust (Central Corps 2) by Elizabeth Bonesteel;

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke is reissued;

Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus by Zachary Jernigan;

Belle Chasse (Sentinels of New Orleans 5) by Suzanne Johnson;

The Last Song Before Midnight by Ilana C. Myer is out in Trade Paperback;


After Atlas (A Planetfall Novel 2) by Emma Newman.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.

Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.

The View From Monday - November 7, 2016

November 8, 2016
Sabbat Martyr Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 7
Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories Don Bassingthwaite Occ/Sup
House of Mystery Courtney Bates-Hardy FairyT/Poetry
Remnants of Trust Elizabeth Bonesteel SF - Central Corps 2
The City Will Crumble Kristina Circelli H/GH/Occ - The Five Flames 4
The Mad Scientist's Daughter (ri) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
The Role of Lightning in Evolution David Clink SpecFic/Poetry
Ashes of the Tyrant (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F - Neverwinter / Brimstone Angels 5
Leopard's Fury Christine Feehan PNR - A Leopard Novel 9
A Hunter Under the Mistletoe: All Is Bright\Heat of a Helios Addison Fox
Karen Whiddon
Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space Emelyne Godfrey (Ed) HC
Immortal Billionaire Jane Godman PNR
The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert (h2tp) Frank Herbert SF - Collection
Tales from the Darkside: Scripts by Joe Hill Joe Hill H
The Shadow of What Was Lost (D) James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 1
Minecraft: Exploded Builds: Medieval Fortress: An Official Mojang Book Craig Jelley Minecraft: Exploded Builds
Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus Zachary Jernigan SF
Belle Chasse Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 5
Rockabilly Hell (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
The Secret Life of Souls Jack Ketchum
Lucky McKee
Sons of Corax George Mann SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 3
The Jekyll Revelation Robert Masello Hist/Th
Silver Road James Maxwell F - The Shifting Tides 2
Promise of Wrath Steve McHugh CF - The Hellequin Chronicles 6
The Chemist Stephenie Meyer Th
A Garden Fed by Lightning Marshall Moore H - Collection
Last Song Before Night (h2tp) Ilana C. Myer F
The Mountain of Kept Memory Rachel Neumeier F
After Atlas Emma Newman SF - Planetfall 2
The Calorium Wars: An Extravaganza of the Gilded Age Dennis O'Flaherty SP
Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood Lara Parker P - Dark Shadows 4
The Iron Beast Andy Remic HistF - A Song for No Man's Land 3
Hearts of Darkness Andrea Speed SF/Meta/SH
Bridging Infinity Jonathan Strahan (Ed) SF - Anthology
Very Sensible Stories and Poems for Grown Persons Jason Taniguchi Poetry
Fireside Gothic Andrew Taylor Gothic - Collection
A Trail Through Time Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 4
Jim Henson's Labyrinth Artist Tribute Jim Henson et al. F/Film
Cyber World: Tales of Humanity's Tomorrow Jason Heller (Ed)
Joshua Viola (Ed)
CyberP - Anthology
New Eden William Vitka SF/AP/PA - Hellcat 3
Skinner Luce (h2tp) Patricia Ward UF/Th
Dark Titan Journey: Sanctioned Catastrophe Thomas A. Watson SF/PA/AP - Dark Titan 1
At the Sign of Triumph David Weber SF - Safehold 9
Alien Morning Rick Wilber SF
StarCraft: Evolution Timothy Zahn SF - Starcraft

November 9, 2016
Reverse Documentary: A Original (e) Marisela Navarro DF

November 10, 2016
Arista's Legacy (e) Deborah Cooke SFR - The Dragons of Incendium Short Stories 2

D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
Meta - Metaphysical
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17

This is the seventeenth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here

Elliott James (2013)

In Shining Armor
Pax Arcana 4
Orbit, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
This fairy godmother's got claws.

When someone kidnaps the last surviving descendant of the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar, it's bad news. When the baby is the key to the tenuous alliance between a large werewolf pack and the knights, it's even worse news. They're at each other's throats before they've even begun to look for baby Constance.

But whoever kidnapped Constance didn't count on one thing: she's also the goddaughter of John Charming. Modern-day descendant of a long line of famous dragon slayers, witch finders, and wrong righters. John may not have any experience being a parent, but someone is about to find out that he can be one mean mother...

IN SHINING ARMOR is the fourth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first three novels are Charming, Daring, & Fearless.

Legend Has It
Pax Arcana 5
Orbit, April 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
LEGEND HAS IT is the fifth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first four novels are Charming, Daring, Fearless & In Shining Armor.

Read more about this novel at Orbit's Cover Launch.

Hannah Jayne (2011)

Sourcebooks Fire, July 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Guilty until proven innocent…

Bex has always been her daddy’s little girl. After her mother left, it was just the two of them. Sure he spoiled her with clothes and jewelry, but what father doesn’t dote on his daughter?

Except Bex’s dad is alleged to be a notorious serial killer. Dubbed "The Wife Collector" by the press, her father disappeared before he could stand trial. And Bex was left to deal with the taunts and rumors. Foster care is her one chance at starting over, starting fresh.

But Bex's old life isn't ready to let her go. When bodies start turning up in her new hometown, the police want to use her as bait to bring her father in for questioning. Is Bex trapping a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?

Holly Jennings (2016)

An Arena Novel 1
Ace, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 5, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Now in trade paperback, the “thrilling” (New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough) near-future science fiction debut about the action-packed world of competitive gaming…

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death. Every kill is broadcast to millions. Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now she’s stuck trying to work with a hostile new teammate who’s far more distracting than he should be.

Between internal tensions and external pressures, Kali is on the brink of breaking. To change her life, she’ll need to change the game. And the only way to revolutionize an industry as shadowy as the VGL is to fight from the inside…

An Arena Novel 2
Ace, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Plug back into the dangerous world of virtual gaming, in the next thrilling novel from the author of Arena.

Kali Ling has faced down death hundreds of times for the entertainment of millions. She knows fear—and she knows what’s truly terrifying…

There’s a new game in town. A brutal, winner-takes-all, international video game tournament showcasing the world’s most elite players, promising fame, prestige, and unbelievable fortune. But there’s a catch. The game uses new VR pods guaranteed to push digital warriors to their physical and psychological brink—adapting every time a gamer makes a move.

As the first female captain and youngest team owner in VGL history, Kali is used to defying the odds. But as the all-star tournament heats up, her determination begins to waver and the pressures of media, sponsors, and the game itself begin to put cracks in her hard-set convictions—and strain on her relationship with the one person who matters most.

If Kali and her teammates are to survive, they’ll have to find a way to be stronger than ever before. But battling the system may prove too difficult for even the most hardened of fighters…

Zachary Jernigan (2013)

Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus
Night Shade Books, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 536 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Collected in a single omnibus edition, both novels set in Zachary Jernigan’s critically-acclaimed, genre-bending world of fierce sensuality, dangerous alchemy, and awakening gods.

The Needle extends over the heads of all who live upon Jeroun. Composed of iron spheres massive enough to affect the tides, it is the god Adrash’s ultimatum to the people on the planet below:

Prove yourselves worthy, or be destroyed.

Vedas is a member of the Black Suits, an order of men and women who show their opposition to Adrash by staging battles in the streets. After witnessing the death of a child in his care, knowing himself to be responsible, he sets off on a journey to the decennial fighting tournament in Danoor.
Traveling with him across the continent are Churls, a mercenary haunted by the ghost of her daughter, and Berun, a constructed man possessed by the soul of his creator. Both come to understand that Vedas’s victory would start an all-out religious war.

Unbeknownst to these three travelers, the aristocratic outbound mage Ebn and her protégé Pol use powerful alchemy to travel into space. Their plan: engage Adrash in ways that threaten to bring the god’s wrath down upon the world.

Meanwhile, one of the world’s deepest secrets is gradually revealed. A madman, insisting he is the link to an ancient world, a pantheon of forgotten gods, offers the most tempting lie of all…


Jeroun collects the two novels No Return and Shower of Stones in a single new omnibus edition. Together these works combine the mythic inventiveness of early Roger Zelazny and Samuel R. Delany, the dark weirdness of China Mieville, and the dramatic scope of George R. R. Martin, creating a literary science fiction epic that defies easy categorization, resulting in one of the most critically acclaimed narratives of recent years.

Suzanne Johnson (2012)

The Consort
A Fae Hunters Novella 1
Suzanne Johnson, July 29, 2016
eBook, 86 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Summoned to the Royal Palace of Faerie, Liandra arrives full of hope—only to learn that Florian, the Summer Prince, has purchased her as his annual consort. The price charged by her father? A horse.

Fleeing through the veil into the human world, Liandra knows she must not only escape the prince but also the fabled Fae Hunters, ruthless faery warriors whose job it was to track escaped members of the fae and return them to Faerie dead or alive.

Falconer, eldest son of Autumn, gave up his seat on the throne of the Autumn Court to become Captain of the Fae Hunters. Setting up his base in New Orleans, Faulkner—as he now calls himself—runs The Hunt Club, a fantasy nightclub that makes the most of the fae’s illusion magic and serves as a hangout for off-duty Hunters. All is going well…until Prince Florian stalks in, demanding the return of his lost consort.

Faulk takes the case, but soon finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture Liandra, the grown-up version of a shy, awkward girl he remembers from his youth. Can Faulk turn Lia over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her?

From the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy and Penton Legacy paranormal romance series comes the first in a new novella series, The Fae Hunters.

Belle Chasse
A Novel of The Sentinels of New Orleans 5
Tor Books, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Suzanne Johnson's "strong and intriguing" (Publishers Weekly) urban fantasy series continues with Belle Chasse. The Sentinels of New Orleans series has earned starred reviews from Library Journal ("a resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity") and PW ("vivid...a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists").

With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.

With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ—stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders—can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.

It's time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.

Suzanne JohnsonWriting as Susannah Sandlin

Wild Man's Curse
Wilds of the Bayou 1
Montlake Romance, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 284 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.

With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

Black Diamond
Wilds of the Bayou 2
Montlake Romance, October 18, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 266 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.

The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the second book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11

This is the eleventh in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.
Part 9 here.
Part 10 here.

Suzanne Johnson (2012)

Dark Secrets
A Paranormal Noir Anthology
      by Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, Suzanne Johnson,
               Jeffe Kennedy, and Mina Khan
September 29, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 563 pages

Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule.

MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine
Valentine is a detective with two major problems: he's been offered a kidnapping case that will probably get him killed, and his partner won't let him turn it down. He owes her that much … since his partner's a ghost, and he blames himself for her death. A dark, haunting noir mystery of love, hate and loss.

FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden
PI Mick Swayne has seen it all—his clients have included liars, thieves, and even killers. He thinks he can handle anything and anyone. Then she walks into his office. Savannah Moreau is beautiful, seductive, and…a vampire? The gorgeous vamp hires Mick to help her track down a killer who is hunting in Chicago, but as Mick slips deeper into Savannah’s paranormal world, he wonders if he can really trust his new client…

When the devil starts the music, you'd better get ready to dance.

Kathleen Murphy has sold her soul to the devil. Fame, fortune, success...everything she's ever dreamed of is hers, and all she has to do is the devil's bidding. When love comes knocking, the last thing in the world she wants to do is involve Jake in her twisted world, but the devil's started up the jukebox and Kathleen has no choice but to learn the steps.

THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson
Faulkner Hearne, the captain of the ruthless Fae Hunters, finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture the consort of Faerie’s cruel Prince of Summer when she flees across the veil into modern New Orleans. Can Faulk turn Liandra over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her?

An all-new novella set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse.

HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella
A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.

Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix.

With broken vows, anguish and dark secrets between them, Cavan and Nix struggle to find the magic to restore what’s gone terribly wrong... if it ever can be.

THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella
A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother.

Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?

Pirateship Down
Stories from the world of The Sentinels of New Orleans
Suzanne Johnson, November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages

French pirate Jean Lafitte is tall, cobalt-eyed, broad-shouldered, and immortal. What’s not to love? But New Orleans’ most esteemed member of the historical undead is headed for trouble. He’s determined to reclaim Le Diligent, his gold-laden schooner lost at sea in 1814 and recently found at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office might beg to differ.

New Orleans wizard sentinel DJ Jaco and her merman friend Rene Delachaise can either lock up their friend Lafitte or join him on a road trip to Cajun country in order to save him from himself. Terrebonne Parish—not to mention its jail—might never be the same after the events of the all-new novella Pirateship Down, presented here along with a collection of urban fantasy stories and essays.

Wizards and Cajun merfolk, sexy shapeshifters and undead French pirates. Welcome to the world of the Sentinels of New Orleans in this collection, along with a little Louisiana lagniappe.

As Susannah Sandlin

Wild Man's Curse
Wilds of the Bayou 1
Montlake Romance, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

[cover not yet available]

The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.

With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

J.A. Kazimer (2012)

The Lady in Pink
A Deadly Ever After Mystery 2
Lyrical Underground, August 18, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 222 pages

Coming home to find a dead body in your living room isn’t the best way to end a long day’s work, especially when that work is as New Never City’s premier blue-haired PI. It’s even worse when the corpse is your intern, electrocuted to death, and you’re the one with enough voltage flowing through your veins to power Fairyland.

Blue Reynolds has nabbed his fair share of criminals—with and without the help of his alluring half-fairy partner Isabella Davis—but this one is proving to be more slippery than most. As Blue and Izzy investigate who might have wanted a lowly intern dead—and why—they begin to uncover a diabolical plan that could put both of their lives in danger…and unearth shocking secrets that stretch deep into Blue’s shadowy family history.

A Very F***ed-Up Christmas Tale
A F***ed-Up Fairytale Novella
Obscure Publishing, November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 43 pages

From the author of CURSES! comes a very f***ed-up version of the Dicken's classic, A Christmas Carol.

She's not your fairy godmother's Scrooge, and this ain't no wonderful life.

On Christmas Eve, Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, plotting the murder of yet another husband, when along came a spirit with some bad news--tonight she will be visited by three ghosts.

According to the spirit, Miss Muffet, VP of Dastardly Deeds at New Never City's Villainous Union, must change her fiendish ways or else suffer a fate worse than curdled curds. As the bell tolls one, she begins her journey through her wicked past as a very short orphan, her depraved present, and a future terrifying enough to make her toss her gingerbread cookies.

Can she change? Better yet, will she?

The Fantastical Collection: Holiday Edition
      by J.A. Kazimer, Laura V. Keegan, Lisa Manifold, Corinne O'Flynn,
          and Bruce I. Schindler
Authors Collective; Limited Edition, December 20, 2015
Kindle eBook 

Do you enjoy fantasy? If so, you'll love The Fantastical Collection. Five books by five different authors of various fantasy subgenres like urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and other fantasy/supernatural elements.

  • J.A. Kazimer - Beyond These Walls
  • Laura V. Keegan - Haunting at Remington House
  • Lisa Manifold - Three Wishes
  • Corinne O'Flynn - The Expatriates
  • Bruce I. Schindler - Touch Stones
Beyond These Walls - Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
In a world divided by genetics and a concrete wall, enforcer, Indeara Adair, survives by kicking the occasional gnome ass, a job her mutated cells make her terrifyingly skilled at.

Life is good with a few exceptions, namely, the reappearance of a man who betrayed her three years ago. A man she must now protect from a plague developed by her own grandfather in order to save those she loves.

With the help of a ragtag group, she slips beyond the wall to unlock the truth behind her own genetic code in order to save thousands of lives.

Haunting at Remington House - Supernatural/Paranormal
Haunting at Remington House by Laura V. Keegan is a suspenseful thriller that weaves together the experiences of the living and the dead, telling a haunted tale of love, revenge, betrayal and supernatural possession. Against the backdrop of coastal New England the characters come to life in a darkly detailed ghost story that stirs the imagination with rich descriptive prose and supernatural happenings. Remington House harbors a violent secret and sinister spirits with malevolent intentions.

Three Wishes - Paranormal Romance

The Expatriates - Fantasy

Touch Stones - Supernatural/Paranormal
Grandma Charlotte, dead four months, looked at him, concern clearly evident. "You are sensitive but you have no control. You are sensitive to the entire house. If you stayhere, your sensitivity will be the end of you."
Frank stammered, "It'll be the end of me?"
"Association with an object imbues it with the person's thoughts, personality traits, and outlooks. A sensitive person sees that as a vision, but until they learn control, the vision saps their energy and kills them."
"You say this person, Madeleine, can save me?"
"It takes an act of total devotion, but yes, she can."

Jay Kristoff (2012)

The Lotus War Book 3
St. Martin's Griffin, September 1, 2015
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 25, 2014

With Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff came roaring onto the fantasy scene—he has been praised as "the master of unique and intense plots and huge twists" (, while critics raved about the novel, calling it "[A] fast-paced, fantastical adventure [that] is sharp as a Shogun's sword." (The LA Times). And with healthy sales in hardcover and electronic—fueled by Jay's inventive, enthusiastic, and relentless promotion on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere—we know readers are hungry for the finale to his wildly inventive Lotus War saga.

As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu's past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin's betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth. An exciting, vivid conclusion to a critically acclaimed series, Endsinger is sure to have fans racing through the pages to savor every last revelation.

   Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
The Illuminae Files 1
Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 20, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension.

“A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form.”Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Thomas Dunne Books, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

[cover not yet available]
In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church's halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she'll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires.


Shawntelle Madison (2012)

Windham Werewolves: The Complete Collection
Trade Paperback, April 30, 2015
eBook, May 29, 2015

For a werewolf hunter, falling in love with her prey is out of the question.

Contains all five parts of the Windham Werewolves story! This is the full 315-page story with no cliffhangers at the end.

Kaden Windham will do anything to protect his pack, including saving a dying werewolf hunter, but Cynthia McGinnis would rather take him down than become his mate. A fiery romance blossoms between the two, but things might end before they begin as they navigate the minefield of their new relationship, as well as the turbulent interrelationships among the Windham Pack and Cynthia's werewolf hunting clan.

This Wedding is Doomed!
   by Stephanie Draven, Jeannie Lin, Shawntelle Madison, Amanda Berry
InterMix, May 19, 2015

In these stories of matrimonial madness from four sensational authors, unexpected couples find their happily ever after at a wedding that’s counting down to disaster…

When a perfectionist and a troublemaker have to stick together in Amanda Berry’s The Wedding Planner: Flirting with Disaster, more than sparks fly…

In Shawntelle Madison’s The Maid of Honor: Lovers in Lockdown, two best friends trapped in a wine cellar decide to sample the wine—and each other…

Covering up the groom’s many misdeeds forces the best man to choose between loyalty and the love of a wedding singer in Stephanie Draven’s The Best Man: Sex, Lies and Karmic Catastrophe.

And finally, a runaway bride, a hunky caterer and a stolen cake hit the road in a hijacked van in Jeannie Lin’s The Bride: Love on the Run.

Stephanie Draven is a national bestselling, award-winning, two-time RITA-nominated author of historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance whose mission is to write very smart books for very bad girls.

Jeannie Lin is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author best known for bringing Tang Dynasty China to historical romance. She also writes Opium War steampunk.

Shawntelle Madison is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of speculative fiction and contemporary romance. She is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code.

Amanda Berry is a national bestselling author for Harlequin Special Edition books. Leaving behind a career as a public accountant, she followed her heart and began to write romantic fiction.

17 tales of Urban Fantasy, Magic, Mayhem, Demons, Fae, Witches, Ghosts, and more
Bayou Moon Press, LLC (September 21, 2015)
    by Annie Bellet, Deanna Chase, Sarra Cannon, SM Reine, Colleen Gleason, Selene Charles, Kate Danley, Anthea Sharp, Phaedra Weldon, Donna Augustine, Debra Dunbar, Hailey Edwards, C. Gockel, Helen Harper, Shawntelle Madison, Christine Pope, Colleen Vanderlinden
eBook, 418 pages

*Amazon Top 100 Bestseller* 17 original short stories by bestselling Urban Fantasy authors. Magic, mayhem, and mysterious doings, just in time for Halloween!

The Agency -Donna Augustine: Before Karma joins the agency, she's just another assignment handed to Fate from the Universe. But she's destined for far more.

De Facto -Annie Bellet: Verity Li's a bureaucratic cog, going through the motions until she interrupts a kidnapping next door, and now all the problems are hers.

Venom -Sarra Cannon: On the run from a coven of witches determined to capture and enslave him, Rend must overcome the limitations of the human world and embrace his true demon power. But will he survive?

Honeysuckle Memory -Selene Charles: Scarlett Smith's on a mission to track down the man who sentenced her to an eternity of purgatory, but first she needs to pass the mental health assessment board of the paranormal investigative department.

Spirits of Bourbon Street -Deanna Chase: It's Halloween and time to party, but when a spirit traps everyone in the past, white witch Jade Calhoun's forced to forgo the cocktails in order to save those she loves.

The Ghost & Mrs. MacKay -Kate Danley: It's Halloween and Maggie's mother has invited all the ghosts of the neighborhood over for a party. Unfortunately, one of the ghosts is wanted by the Other Side's finest. It's up to Maggie and Killian to find out what caused this soul's unrest and return him to his happy haunting ground.

Full Moon Mischief -Debra Dunbar: Getting summoned on Halloween isn't any demon's idea of fun especially when yanked from a rocking party into a coat closet. But rules are rules and Imp Sam must find a way to get rid of a gold-digger hussy then hope the pint-sized mage sends her back before the party's over.

Dog Days of Summer -Hailey Edwards: When a fae boy goes missing, Thierry is called to lead the hunt for the rogue. But the closer she gets to locating the boy, the further she gets from the truth.

Victoria Gardella: Vampire Slayer -Colleen Gleason: Balls, beaux, dance cards...and stakes? Lady Victoria Gardella must juggle her responsibility as a debutante in 19th century London Society while fulfilling her family legacy as a vampire hunter.

Atomic -C. Gockel: Sigyn is prophesied to be the consort of a king. Instead she marries a fool. Centuries after his chaos destroys their marriage, the fallout begins.

Highland Magic -Helen Harper: The Veil has kept the Highlands of Scotland free from demons for centuries, and ensured relative peace for the Sidhe Clans. However, a strange encounter on a dark, heather-strewn hillside might mean all that is about to change.

Contents May Have Shifted -Shawntelle Madison: Return to the Coveted universe in this tale featuring werewolf Natalya Stravinsky. Two werewolf shopkeepers in a mystical flea market encounter deadly merchandise that has no intention of being sold.

Illusions -Christine Pope: Warlock Damon Wilcox is plotting to kidnap the most powerful witch in a rival clan. But Damon's brother Connor has plans of his own.

Dying Night -SM Reine: Hell's trying to squeeze its way onto Earth via the Grand Canyon. Elise and James, a demon hunting team, haven't spoken about that thing that happened in Copenhagen for six months. With all the pressure boiling under the surface, something's sure to blow.

Brea's Tale:Arrival -Anthea Sharp: When a faerie girl is sent on a mission to the mortal world, she must learn to navigate the intricacies of life among humans - but will she survive undetected?

Angels and Demons -Colleen Vanderlinden: A mysterious woman haunts the streets of Detroit, dishing up her own version of vigilante justice. If the stories about her are true, she could end up being the city's biggest nightmare.

Dragon's Fury -Phaedra Weldon: A tragic part of Crwys Holliard's past is revealed when his lover becomes a target in a serial killer's vendetta against women who have crossed Crwys's path. Unfortunately, this also makes Crwys the prime suspect in their deaths.

Bound to You
An At Your Service Novel 1
Loveswept, May 10, 2016

Perfect for fans of J. Kenner, J. S. Scott, and Sylvia Day, this deeply sensual novel of pleasure and persuasion revolves around a high-stakes business deal in which the rules of negotiation are defined by desire.

Through grace, talent, and hard work, personal concierge Sophie Ashton has turned international corporate warfare into an art. But when she meets her new client, a suave CEO who radiates masculine heat, she knows this is no ordinary job. Given her painful past, Sophie tries to keep her professional relationships exactly that: professional. But Xavier Quinn is a man who knows how to get what he wants, and soon Sophie is tempted into his wicked dance of seduction.

Xavier needs Sophie’s charm and finesse to land a coveted contract with a Japanese tech mogul, yet he’s even more intrigued by the woman in front of him. He can tell that Sophie has a darkly sensual nature, that she’s been hurt before, that the passion inside of her is struggling to break free. Xavier is used to taking risks in work and in life, but the stakes have never been higher. Because the game he plays with Sophie will bind them together—or destroy them both.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Surrender to You (An At Your Service Novel 2) will be published on July 12, 2016.

Hanna Martine (2012)

Goddess Marked
Hanna Martine Books LLC, May 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 350 pages

William Everard was once a man of the sea. Then a terrifying incident in Egypt at the turn of the nineteenth century cast him out of the English Royal Navy and made him question his sanity. After stumbling into a hidden cave in the Nile valley, visions consumed his mind and directed his every action. When they compel him to commit theft in 1819 London, he is sentenced to the New South Wales prison colony, half a world away.

During a hellish five-month sea voyage, William is haunted by the face of a beautiful, troubled woman. He knows what he must do when he reaches Australia: Find the woman. End the visions. Regain control over his mind. But who is she?

When Sera Oliver awakes in a desolate, sun-baked land, she has no memory but her name. No possessions except the gold band with curious Egyptian symbols clamped around her arm.

She is reluctant to trust William—or anyone in this cruel, unfamiliar time and place—until an ancient enemy crosses continents and centuries to hunt her, and she must turn to William for answers, for life, and for love.

Two lives crossed, their souls knotted together…But will their connection bind the fraying strands of time or unravel the world?

Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015

Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good week. This was a big decision week for me and not just decisions about what I would read. I made the big decision this week to change jobs and nail biting was big on the agenda this week. I did enjoy a couple of good books that I would like to share with you.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015
If you read my WIR last week you will remember that I had received a copy of Pirate's Alley by Suzanne Johnson (Tor Books, April 21, 2015). It seems AGES since I read the last book Elysian Fields but its only been a year. This series has really grown on me and Pirate's Alley is another great instalment in the Sentinels of New Orleans series. This book starts not long after the events of book 3 where the hero of the tale and sentinel DJ gets blood bonded to an Elven big-wig, is left homeless after an undead axe murderer burns her house down, and is almost turned into a loup garou. It's a wonder that she can keep her disasters straight she has so many and in book 4 she is due for a few more.

In this instalment DJ is expected to guard the undead hunky pirate Jean Lafitte during a perilous time for the various supernatural factions. Lafitte is on the war path and out for revenge all while DJ is expected to stop him from doing just that. Her job becomes that much more difficult when her best friend Eugenie divulges a big secret that forges alliances and destroys relationships all over New Orleans. On top of this DJ's relationship with her shifter boyfriend, Alex, is strained by the brewing war between the supernatural races and the sense of duty they both feel towards their friends and loved ones. This instalment explores which will prevail.

I thoroughly enjoyed Pirate's Alley. I like DJ more with each new instalment. She is really torn between what she should do and what is better is better for her loved ones. This makes her seem all the more realistic and true to her character. I am glad that Johnson hasn't allowed DJ to become too self righteous or too much of a goody two-shoes. Pirate Alley is another great book in this series. Again, the book cover rocks....I LOVE this cover and appreciate that the model stays the same across all the books. This is one of the few models who looks exactly how I imagine the character to be.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015
Book 2 of the week was Midnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison (Berkley, May 5, 2015) which is the eighth of The Elder Races series. This instalment features the vampire king Julian and one of the princesses of the Light Fae, Melisande. The former lovers had an acrimonious separation twenty years ago but when Melisande gets kidnapped by the evil Justine, Julian is in hot pursuit. Escaping a dungeon, feral vampires and a  political coup are all in a days work for Julian but can love prevail?

I thought this instalment was just OK. I think this series is getting a little stale and formulaic as I there doesn't seem to be a series arc and every instalment is just two opposites attracting. Also, Harrison broke my number 1 romance rules - any woman who gets kidnapped, locked in a dungeon, almost killed and almost raped does not want to have sex with her extremely hunky ex-lover - but yet, that is what Melisande does. There is quite a bit of 'cave' sex and it just didn't come across as romantic. I hope that Harrison ramps up the excitement in book 9.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 10, 2015
I was looking on my Amazon recommendations (again, I know very naughty) when I came across Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards. I was mostly attracted to the 99p price of this Kindle edition and thought that Thierry sounded like an interestingly conflicted character. I was however, quite disappointed. This is a fairly standard young adult urban fantasy. Thierry is a half human/half supernatural who becomes a peacekeeper just like her estranged father. She is joined on her first case by the incubus Shaw, also her trainer and love interest.

I think the preview didn't really represent the story and I wouldn't have bothered reading it had I known that the plot was going to be 90% teenage angst and 10% character development. Thierry and Shaw can barely focus on the murders mystery they are trying to solve during several bouts of heavy petting. Overall, I find it quite dull. Perhaps a younger a reader would find it more enjoyable.

My final read for the week was Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. This book was reviewed last week by Qwill so check out what she thought of it.

That is it for me for this week. I hope you have had a productive week and until next week Happy Reading.

The View From Monday - April 20, 2015

Happy Monday!

There are 4 Debuts out this week:

Residue (Project Sentinel 1) by Steve Diamond;

Desert Rising (Desert Rising 1) by Kelley Grant;

The Vagrant by Peter Newman;


The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe.

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn;

The Machine Awakes (Spider War 2) by Adam Christopher;

Pirate's Alley (Sentinels of New Orleans 4) by Suzanne Johnson;


Angles of Attack (Frontlines 3) by Marko Kloos.

The View From Monday - April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015
Residue (D)(e) Steve Diamond DF - Project Sentinel 1

April 21, 2015
Within These Walls Ania Ahlborn H
Letters from the Dead (e)(ri) Campbell Armstrong H/Sus
The Wanting (e)(ri) Campbell Armstrong H/Sus
The Silver Witch Paula Brackston Hist/F
The Machine Awakes Adam Christopher SF - Spider War 2
Dark Skye (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 15
Sealed in Sin Juliette Cross PNR - Vessel Trilogy 2
Temporary Human (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 3
When We Were Animals Joshua Gaylord F/CoA
Desert Rising (D)(e) Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 1
Pirate's Alley Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 4
Damocles Phil Kelly
Guy Haley
Ben Counter
Josh Reynolds
SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Angles of Attack Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 3
After Midnight (Ke) Allan Leverone H
War of Shadows Gail Z. Martin F - The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga 3
The Night Mayor (ri) Kim Newman SF
The Miracle Girl (D) Andrew Roe F/Psy
Dark Bride Jonathan Ryan H -  3 Gates of the Dead 2
Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas Kazuki Sakuraba F
The Blondes Emily Schultz Satire/Ap
The Edge of Reason Melinda Snodgrass CF - Edge 1
Emergence (e) William Vitka H - The Hroza Connection 2
Positive David Wellington H
Poisonwell Jeff Wheeler F - Whispers from Mirrowen 3
The Affinities Robert Charles Wilson SF
The Architect of Aeons John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 3

April 22, 2015
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn: A Tor.Com Original (e) Usman T. Malik F

April 23, 2015
The Last Quarrel (e) Duncan Lay F
Melancholy: Episode 2 (e) Charlotte McConaghy PNR - Melancholy
The Vagrant (D) Peter Newman F

April 24, 2015
Scripture From the Past C. J. Gleave F - Alkoryn Chronicles 1
The Bones Would Do Lee Morgan Su - Christopher Penrose 2
After: Dying Light (Ke) Scott Nicholson PA/Th - After 6

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint

Ap - Apocalyptic
CF  - Contemporary Fiction
CoA - Coming of Age
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR -Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thirller
UF- Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6

This is the sixth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 7 will cover additional 2012 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here.
See Part 1.5 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6

Suzanne Johnson

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6
Pirate's Alley
Sentinels of New Orleans 4
Tor Books, April 21, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

After vanquishing undead serial killers and discovering the dark secrets of her family history, wizard sentinel DJ Jaco must now stop the coming preternatural war in Suzanne Johnson's Pirate's Alley.
Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear. Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world—the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae—DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal.

Her relationship with enforcer Alex Warin is shaky, her non-husband Quince Randolph is growing more powerful, and her best friend Eugenie has a bombshell that could blow everything to Elfheim and back. And that’s before the French pirate Jean Lafitte, newly revived from his latest "death," returns to New Orleans with vengeance on his mind. DJ’s assignment? Keep the sexy leader of the historical undead out of trouble. Good luck with that.

Duty clashes with love, loyalty with deception, and friendship with responsibility as DJ navigates passion and politics in the murky waters of a New Orleans caught in the grips of a brutal winter that might have nothing to do with Mother Nature.

War could be brewing, and DJ will be forced to take a stand. But choosing sides won’t be that easy.

Ted Kosmatka

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6
The Flicker Men
Henry Holt and Co., July 21, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

A scientist shocks the world with proof of the human soul—the discovery ignites a struggle between physics and theology, free will and fate, and reveals more than we were ever meant to know

A novel worthy of comparison to works by Michael Crichton and William Gibson, Ted Kosmatka returns with his best and boldest thriller yet. Eric Argus has one last chance. His earlier scientific work—groundbreaking and infamous—jeopardized his reputation and threatened his sanity. But an old university friend hires him at Hansen Research, a Boston laboratory that provides researchers a probationary period of free reign. Argus has a final opportunity to regain his standing and renew his faith in science.

He replicates Feynman's double-slit experiment that famously demonstrated the mysterious dual nature of light and matter. Building upon that work, Argus discovers a staggering and elemental difference between humanity and the rest of the animal kingdom. He proves the existence of the human soul.

His findings are celebrated and condemned in equal measure. But no one can predict where the unraveling truth will lead. Soon reports surface of "soulless" individuals, humans seemingly devoid of spiritual substance, known as "the Fated." Who are they? Why are they here? And what happens now that they are known? As Argus seeks answers, a powerful syndicate seeks him, and the race for the truth turns deadly—but for how many?

John Love

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6
Night Shade Books, January 6, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

A near-future thriller where those who protect humanity are not always completely human.

The future is a dangerous place. Keeping the world stable and peaceful when competing corporate interests and nation-states battle for power, wealth, and prestige has only gotten harder over the years. But that’s the United Nations’ job. So the UN has changed along with the rest of the world. When the UN’s “soft” diplomacy fails, it has harder options. Quiet, scalpel-like options: The Dead—biologically enhanced secret operatives created by the UN to solve the problems no one else can.

Anwar Abbas is one of The Dead. When the Controller-General of the UN asks him to perform a simple bodyguard mission, he’s insulted and resentful: mere bodyguard work is a waste of his unique abilities. But he takes the job, because to refuse it would be unthinkable.

Anwar is asked to protect Olivia del Sarto, the host of an important upcoming UN conference. Olivia is head of the world’s fastest-growing church, but in her rise to power she has made enemies:  shadowy enemies with apparently limitless resources.

Anwar is one of the deadliest people on earth, but her enemies have something which kills people like him. And they’ve sent it for her. It’s out there, unstoppable and untraceable, getting closer as the conference approaches.

As he and Olivia ignite a torrid affair, Anwar must uncover the conspiracy that threatens to destroy her, the UN, and even The Dead.

Douglas Nicholas

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6
Throne of Darkness
Something Red 3
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, this novel from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas continues the gripping dark fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews describes as “a more profound Harry Potter for adults.”

It’s 1215 in northwest England—the eve of the signing of the Magna Carta—and mystical Irish queen Maeve and her unlikely band of warriors must protect the region from a chilling fate. Word of a threat reaches the Northern barons: King John has plotted to import an African sorcerer and his sinister clan of blacksmiths, whose unearthly powers may spell destruction for the entire kingdom. Along with her lover, Jack, her gifted niece, Nemain, and Nemain’s newlywed husband, Hob (whose hidden talents will soon be revealed), Maeve must overcome a supernatural threat unlike any she’s seen before.

With his characteristic blend of historical adventure and intoxicating mythological elements, Nicholas once again “goes for the throat…with brilliant writing and whip-smart plotting” (New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry). This is a richly woven tale that will leave you hungry for more.

Daniel O'Malley

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6
The Rook / The Checquy Files 2
Little, Brown and Company, June 30, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...

The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.

Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist).

Melissa F. Olson

Boundary Crossed
An Old World Novel 1
47North, May 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

[cover not yet available]
After her twin sister’s brutal death, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie, from every possible danger. Then when two vampires attempted to kidnap the child, it quickly turned into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

Lex wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has somehow survived the fight; and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for evil creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee a safe future for Charlie, Lex makes a deal with the local coven. She sets out with the dashing—and undead—Detective Quinn to track down who’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become, threatening to destroy everything—including herself.

Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling glimpse into a magical world that will leave readers spellbound.

While you are waiting for Boundary Crossed, you can read a novella set in the Old World:

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6
An Old World Novella
Westmarch Publishing, December 26, 2014
eBook, 144 pages

All her life, Sashi’s mother warned her not to get involved with werewolf problems. But Sashi, a witch who uses magic to heal sick and injured bodies, has never made a habit of ignoring trauma. When she meets an abused shapeshifter that no one else seems willing to help, Sashi will risk everything –including a budding romance with a human, Will – to save a woman who can’t save herself.

The View From Monday - May 12, 2014

Happy Monday! The weather is delightful here in the Northeast, but it's supposed to be 20 degrees colder tomorrow. All I can say is the weather has been odd.

The View From Monday - May 12, 2014

There is one Debut out this week: Point of Direction by Rachel Weaver.

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans 3) by Suzanne Johnson is out in Trade Paperback;

Defenders by Will McIntosh;


Antitype: A Penguin Special from Dutton by M. D. Waters

May 12, 2014
In the Black (e) Sheryl Nantus SFR - Tales from the Edge 1
Sphinx: The Second Coming (e) James Thorton SF
Salvation (e) Stephanie Tyler PA/SFR - Defiance 3

May 13, 2014
Dead Man's Hand John Joseph Adams (ed) WW - Anthology
Clockwork Angels (ri) Kevin J. Anderson SP
Resurrection, Inc. Kevin J. Anderson SF - 25th Anniversary Edition
Obsidian Curse Barbra Annino PM - Stacey Justice Mystery 5
Part of Me (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts
The Kraken King Part V: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Wonderfully Wicked (e) C. J. Burright PNR - Wicked 1
Queen of the Dark Things C. Robert Cargill UF - Dreams and Shadows 2
Honour Imperialis Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Rob Sanders
Steve Lyons
F - Warhammer 40,000: Omnibus
The White List (e) Nina D'Aleo UF
Fire Rising: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Assassin King Elizabeth Haydon F - Symphony of Ages 6
Journey into Nyx: Godsend, Part II (e) Jenna Helland F - Magic The Gathering
Motherless Child Glen Hirshberg H
Elysian Fields (h2tp) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 3
The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology Stephen Graham Jones (ed) Neo-Noir - Anthology
The Goddess Chronicle (h2tp) Natsuo Kirino Myth
The Boy in His Winter: An American Novel Norman Lock F/TT/Mu
Hot Lead, Cold Iron Ari Marmell UF/M - Mick Oberon 1
Defenders Will McIntosh SF
House of the Rising Sun Kristen Painter UF - Crescent City 1
The Kraken Project Douglas Preston Th/SF
The Kill Switch James Rollins
Grant Blackwood
Th/SF - Tucker Wayne 1
The Official Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Space and Time Cavan Scott
Mark wright
SF - Doctor Who
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Antitype: A Penguin Special from Dutton (e) M. D. Waters SF
The Wizard Lord Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 1
Point of Direction (D) Rachel Weaver Th
The Very Best of Tad Williams Tad Williams F - Collection

May 14, 2014
The Litany of Earth: A Original (e) Ruthanna Emrys DF

May 15, 2014
Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces Susan M. Bernardo (ed) LC - Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

May 16, 2014
The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues Jason Barr (ed)
Camille D. G. Mustachio (ed)
SF - Science Fiction Television

D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MU - Mash-Up
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western

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