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The View From Monday - February 7, 2011

This is a good Monday! We have some 2011 Debut authors stopping by this week for interviews and giveaways:



Darynda Jones author of First Grave on the Right

Dianne Duvall author of Darkness Dawns

Allison Pang author of A Brush of Darkness.





We'll have comics and photos this week as well. Below are some of this week's releases.


February 7, 2011

The HeroesJoe AbercromieF


February 8, 2011

The End TimeP.W. CataneseYA - Books of Umber 3
A Discovery of WitchesDeborah HarknessUF
Zombie Ohio: A Tale of the UndeadScott KenemoreH
Thirteen Years LaterJasper KentHH - Danilov Quintet 2
Silver SmokeMonica LeonelleYA - Seven Halos 1
The Iron WitchKaren MahoneyYA


H - Horror
HH - Historical Horror
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Book trailers:







 






This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost - February 5, 2011

Jeaniene Frost posted a book trailer for This Side of the Grave at her blog yesterday. This Side of the Grave is the 5th book in the Night Huntress series and will be published on February 22, 2011. It's on my must by list.






Danger waits on both sides of the grave.

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.


Prior books in the Night Huntress Series:

Halfway to the Grave, Book 1 (10/30/2007)

One Foot in the Grave, Book 2 (4/29/2008)

At Grave's End, Book 3 (12/30/2008)

Destined for an Early Grave, Book 4 (7/28/2009)


Night Huntress World series

First Drop of Crimson, Book 1 (2/9/2010)

Eternal Kiss of Darkness, Book 2 (7/27/2010)

The View From Monday - January 31, 2011

January is almost over. It seems that it went by quickly... in between snow storms. There are a lot of books coming out tomorrow. There may be a New Release Tuesday Vlog this week. It's been hard to get books on release day lately though. The weather has been delaying shipments. So there may be a vlog, but maybe not on Tuesday. On February 1st, I will list the February Debut Authors that are part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. You have a lot to choose from in February.

On Wednesday, there will be some sort of giveaway. I haven't decided what though. We'll be surprised together. Thursday I'll write about comics, but no more about the True Blood collecting mania at least for now. On Friday, there will be photos. I may once again delve into the archive for sunny pretty pictures with no snow in them. There will also be some reviews scattered about during the week.

Here are this week's releases.

February 1, 2011

Midnight RiotBen AaronovtichUF - Rivers of London 1
ZombiesqueStephen L. Antczak (ed)
James C. Bassett (ed)
Martin H. Greenberg (ed)
Anthology
Haunting JasmieAnjali BanerjeePNR
Raven's QuestAnya BastEF
The Sea Thy MistressElizabeth BearF - Edda of Burdens 3
BlackveilKristen BritainF - Green Rider 4
UnseenRachel CaineUF - Outcast Season 3
Love BitesTori CarringtonPM - Sofie Metropolis 5
The Werewolf UpstairsAshlyn ChasePNR
Storm of ReckoningDoranna DurginPNR - The Reckoners 2
Darkness DawnsDianne DuvalllPNR - Immortal Guardians 1
Jane Goes BattyMichael Thomas FordUF  
Halfway HexedKimberly FrostUF - Southern Witch Book 3
Forest Moon RisingP.R. FrostUF - Tess Noncoire 4
Blood WyneYasmine GalernornUF - Otherworld 9
Witch BreedAlan GibbonsYA - Hell's Underground 4
The Midnight Mayor*Kate GriffinUF - Matthew Swift 2
CloserRoderick Gordon
Brian Williams
YA - Tunnels 4
Visions of MagicRegan HastingsPNR - The Awakening 1
Pandora Gets AngryCarolyn HennesyYA - Mythic Miss-Adventures 5
Road Trip of the Living Dead**Mark HenryUF - Amanda Feral 3
First Grave on the RightDarynda JonesPRS - Charley Davidson 1
Curiosity Thrilled The CatSofie KellyPM - Magical Cats Mysteries 1
License to EnsorcellKatherine KerrUF - Nola O'Grady 1
PrimalLora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong
Ava Gray
Anthology
UprisingSean McCabeUF - Vampire Federation 1
Reaper's JusticeSarah McCartyPHR - Reapers 1
EvenfallLiz MichalskiUF
Moon BurningLucy MonroePNR - Children of the Moon 3
The Demon Trapper's DaughterJana OliverYA - Demon Trappers 1
Blood of the RoseKate PearcePHR - Tudor Vampire Chronicles 2
666 Park AvenueGabriella PierceUF
Siren's SurrenderDevyn QuinnPNR - Dark Tides 2
Retromancer*Robert RankinF
Mists of VelvetSophie RenwickPNR - Immortals of Annwyn 2
NightshadeMichelle RowenPNR - Nightshade 1
On the HuntGena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen,
Deidre Knight
PNR - Anthology
Where Angels Fear to Tread**Thomas E. SniegoskiUF - Remy Chandler 3
The Curse-Maker*Kelli StanleyUF - Arcturus 1
Angel's VerdictMary StantonPM - Beaufort and Company Mystery 4
Absolutely, PositivelyHeather WebberPNR - Lucy Valentine 3
Jack: Secret Circles**F. Paul WilsonYA - Repairman Jack 2
Jack: Secret VengeanceF. Paul WilsonYA - Repairman Jack 3


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Anthologies



Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr - Book Trailer - Wicked Lovely Series - January 15, 2011

Melissa Marr's Darkest Mercy will be published on February 22, 2011. Darkest Mercy is the final book in the Wicked Lovely series.




Here is what I hope is a complete list of books, e-books, and manga for the Wicked Lovely world. Let me know in the comments if I missed something.

I'm listing the Trade Paperbacks (Paperback) for the first 4 books. The 4th book will available in Paperback on February 22, 2011, the same day that Darkest Mercy is released in Hardcover.

Wicked Lovely
Series:  Wicked Lovely 1
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  HarperCollins (April 29, 2008)
Price: $8.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN:  9780061214677

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.

But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.
 
 
Ink Exchange
Series:  Wicked Lovely 2
Format:  Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 31, 2009)
Price:  $8.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN:  9780061214707

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

   
Fragile Eternity
Series: Wicked Lovely 3
Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 23, 2010)
Price: $8.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN: 9780061214738

Seth wants to be with Aislinn forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Keenan stole Aislinn's mortality to make her a monarch. Now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and to each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.
 
 


 
Radiant Shadows
Series:  Wicked Lovely 4
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
Price: $8.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN:  9780061659249

Hunger for nourishment. Hunger for touch. Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers. Those same cravings also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies—including Devlin, the assassin who is brother to the faeries' High Queen. Ani and Devlin are drawn together, but as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?




 




 
   
Darkest Mercy
Series: Wicked Lovely 5
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
Price:  $16.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN:  9780061659256

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

 
There are also e-books that are part of the Wicked Lovely series: Stopping Time, Part 1, Stopping Time Part 2, and Old Habits.  They are available separately and will be released in one e-volume on February 22, 2011. 


Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales is a manga trilogy set in the Wicked Lovely world. The illustration is by Xian Nu Studio and Anne Hoppe is the editor. The final book in the trilogy will be released on February 22, 2011.

Sanctuary
Series: Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Vol. 1
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 21, 2009)
Price: $9.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN: 9780061493546

Discover Melissa Marr's mesmerizing world of Faerie . . .

The desert is far away from the schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that's how Rika likes it. Once a mortal and now a faery, Rika seeks isolation and revels in her ability to appear invisible to humans. Then, she meets him. Artistic and kind, Jayce is the last person Rika wants to hide from.

But change is coming, challenging Rika's freedom and her new romance, as her past pursues her, even into the heart of the desert. . . .

 
 
 
   
 
 
Challenge
Series: Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Vol. 2
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 26, 2010)
Price: $9.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN: 9780061493492

The stakes are rising, and Rika finds it harder to ignore Faerie politics. As a former mortal and now a solitary faery, she has relished the isolation and freedom of the desert. But new players are seeking power, and old allies are imperiled. As tensions mount, Rika must decide whether—and how—to act to save her independence and her romance with Jayce.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Resolve
Series: Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Vol. 3
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
Price: $9.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy - YA
ISBN:  9780061493508
 
The conclusion of Melissa Marr's manga series set in the world of her bestselling Wicked Lovely novels!
 
Hidden away from the concerns of the faery and mortal worlds, Rika has treasured the solitude of the desert. But now a threat imperils her desert home—and as a new romance blossoms, so does Rika's determination to face that threat head-on. The time for hiding is over.

J.K. Beck Announces Dates & Titles for More in the Shadow Keepers series - January 14, 2010

Author J.K. Beck has announced firm titles and release dates for additional Shadow Keepers books.

There are 3 books so far:

When Blood Calls
Series: Shadow Keepers 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing (August 31, 2010)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0-440-24577-3

Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion—until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.
 



 
When Pleasure Rules
Series: Shadow Keepers 2
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing (September 28, 2010)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0-440-24578-0

Seven innocents have been brutally murdered in Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. As the body count mounts, the age-old feud between vampires and werewolves threatens to explode.

Lissa Monroe—a strong-willed, ravishing succubus who entices men to surrender their souls—agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the mind of werewolf leader Vincent Rand, a ferociously alluring enemy who exerts a powerful hold over her. As the City of Angels teeters on the brink of apocalypse, these two adversaries must join together in order to survive an even more lethal enemy hidden in plain sight.

 
 

 
 
When Wicked Craves
Series: Shadow Keepers 3
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing (October 26, 2010)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0-440-24579-7

Petra Lang is cursed never to love. One touch of her skin unleashes the vilest demons. Sentenced to death by the Shadow authorities, who fear she’ll turn her curse against them, Petra is rescued by vampire advocate Nicholas Montegue. As their bodies merge and transform into mist, Petra feels an erotic longing.

Nicholas risked his own life to save Petra, yet he knows he can never give in to the explosive attraction he feels for her. But the deep yearning they share tempts them. Together, they must find a way to lift the curse. For only a love this strong has the power to overcome such monstrous evil.








Upcoming titles:

Shadow Keepers: Midnight - e-novella - May 2011

When Passion Lies - novel - January 2012

When Darkness Hungers - novel - February 2012

When Temptation Burns - novel - March 2012

To read a bit more about the titles and see the cover for Shadow Keepers: Midnight, head over to J.K. Beck's website.



This is the fun book trailer for the 1st three books in the Shadow Keepers series.

Trailers for December 28, 2010 Book Releases

Here are some trailers for books being published on December 28, 2010. The last one is the author talking about her book. I've no idea if these trailers help or hurt sales. Sometimes they are quite good. Other times not so much. Do you watch them?

Eternal Prey
(Gods of the Night 3)
by Nina Bangs



Deep Kiss of Winter
by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter
Mass Market Paperback release



Bloody Valentine
(Blue Bloods 6)
by Melissa de la Cruz



The Lost Saint
(Dark Divine 2)
by Bree Despain



Ruthless Game
(Ghostwalkers 9)
by Christine Feehan



Sapphique
(Incarceron 2)
by Catherine Fisher



My Fair Succubi
(The Succubus Diaries 3)
by Jill Myles



Ascension
(Ascension 1)
by Caris Roane



Once in a Full Moon
(Vampire Kisses 1)
by Ellen Schreiber

The View From Monday - December 6, 2010

Happy Monday... again. There are a lot of books coming out tomorrow. A list is below. You can copy and past it to carry it with you when you go book shopping. Covers and book descriptions are below the list. I've also included book trailers if available.

I will vlog on Tuesday and will more than likely include last week's books as well.

On Wednesday, Andrea Cremer, the author of Nightshade (review here) will be at The Qwillery. She has answered some questions about censorship. In addition, you'll have a chance to win a copy of Nightshade.

Thursday will be comics and Friday will be photos. I have a new point and shoot that I want to try out so you get to see the results.


December 7, 2010

StrangerArcher, ZoëBlades of the Rose 4PNR
Real Vampires Have More to LoveBartlett, GerryGlory St. Clair 6PNR
If Walls Could TalkBlackwell, JulietHaunted Home Renovation Mystery 1PM
Goddess of LegendCast, P.C.Goddess Summoning 6F
Right Hand MagicCollins, Nancy A.GolgothamUF
Alien TangoKoch, GiniAlien 2SFR
Songs of the Dying EarthAnthologyGeorge R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozios (Eds)
Last SacrificeMead, RichelleVampire Academy 6YA
Alanna: The First AdventurePierce, TamoraSong of the Lioness 1YA
Bleeding VioletReeves, DiaYA
The Buntline SpecialResnick, MikeSP
Primal SeductionSomers, SydneyPendragon Gargoyles 2PNR
Biting the BrideWillis, ClarePNR
The KeepWilson, F. PaulAdversary Cycle 1H
Demon UndergroundWright, S.L.Allay 2UF
Day of the DragonYork, RebeccaPNR

F = Fantasy

H = Horror
PM = Paranormal Mystery
PNR = Paranormal Romance
SFR = SciFi Romance
SP = Steampunk
UF = Urban Fantasy
YA = Young Adult



Stranger
by Zoë Archer
Mass Market, 370 pages
He protects the world’s magic—with his science. But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistry…

Looking For Trouble


Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story—even if the boys in Chicago’s newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she’s sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there’s magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn’t caught her eavesdropping…

Lighting His Fuse

Catullus Graves knows what it’s like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he’s a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he’s thinking of other types of science. Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma’s insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus’s inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway…


Real Vampires Have More to Love
by Gerry Bartlett
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Dangerous curves lie ahead in the latest hilarious novel from the national bestselling author of Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs.

Glory St. Clair is a vampire with man trouble. Between her on-again, off-again lover Jeremy Blade, smoking hot rock star Ray Caine, and former bodyguard turned apartment mate Valdez, there's enough man-candy around to make even a gal with a liquid diet feel a sugar rush.

Glory's got no time to enjoy it, though, considering that she's in the middle of planning her best friend's wedding. And let's not forget that there happens to be a hit on her head, thanks to when she took out a techno-freak billionaire. Now, between planning a bachelorette party and dodging stakes, Glory has to decide which man she really wants, before her love life meets an early grave...


If Walls Could Talk
A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery
by Juliet Blackwell
Mass Market, 336 pages

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line.

At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man-and not end up a construction casualty herself...








Goddess of Legend
by P.C. Cast
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
The new Goddess Summoning novel from the author of the multimillion- selling House of Night phenomenon.

After her car plummets off a bridge, Isabel, a world-weary photojournalist, struggles between life and death when she's saved by the Water Goddess-with one tiny caveat: Isabel must travel to another time to seduce the legendary Lancelot du Lac away from Queen Guinevere.

The handsome knight is a dream for any woman in any century. But Isabel is the one who's seduced by King Arthur. For Isabel, a deal is a deal. Now, the King watches as fate takes from him the mysterious beauty he has come to worship, knowing all too well that any interference on his part could destroy the kingdom he loves.

Right Hand Magic
by Nancy A. Collins
Mass Market, 304 pages
Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can't resist a good rental deal-even if it's in the city's strangest neighborhood, Golgotham, where for centuries werewolves, centaurs, and countless other creatures have roamed the streets.

Her new landlord is a sorcerer name Hexe, who is determined to build his reputation without using dark, left-hand magic. As Tate is drawn into Hexe's fascinating world, they both find that the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing-and avoiding darkness is no easy trick...







Alien Tango
by Gini Koch
Mass Market, 448 pages
It's been five months since marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt started working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri, and she and Jeff Martini are getting closer. But when an experimental spacecraft is mysteriously returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of her team are called in to investigate. Now the team must survive murderous attacks, remove a space entity from a group of astronauts, and avoid an unhinged woman with a serious crush on Kitty's high school boyfriend. And that's all before evil masterminds decide Kitty's extermination is vital.







Songs of the Dying Earth
George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Hardcover, 672 pages
To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology:Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance’s greatest novel.

Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.

This book contains original stories from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz.


Last Sacrifice
by Richelle Mead
Hardcover, 496 pages
The astonishing final novel in Richelle Mead's epic series!

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.














Alanna: The First Adventure
by Tamora Pierce
Trade, 272 pages
"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.
 

Bleeding Violet
by Dia Reeves
Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Love can be a dangerous thing....

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.



The Buntline Special
by Mike Resnick
Trade Paperback, 321 pages
The year is 1881. The United States of America ends at the Mississippi River. Beyond lies the Indian nations, where the magic of powerful Medicine Men has halted the advance of the Americans east of the river.

An American government desperate to expand its territory sends Thomas Alva Edison out West to the town of Tombstone, Arizona, on a mission to discover a scientific means of counteracting magic. Hired to protect this great genius, Wyatt Earp and his brothers.

But there are plenty who would like to see the Earps and Edison dead. Riding to their aid are old friends Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. Against them stand the Apache wizard Geronimo and the Clanton gang. Battle lines are drawn, and the Clanton gang, which has its own reasons for wanting Edison dead, sends for Johnny Ringo, the one man who might be Doc Holliday's equal in a gunfight. But what shows up instead is The Thing That Was Once Johnny Ringo, returned from the dead and come to Tombstone looking for a fight.

Welcome to a West like you've never seen before, where "Bat Masterson" hails from the ranks of the undead, where electric lights shine down on the streets of Tombstone, while horseless stagecoaches carry passengers to and fro, and where death is no obstacle to The Thing That Was Once Johnny Ringo. Think you know the story of the O.K. Corral? Think again, as five-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick takes on his first steampunk western tale, and the West will never be the same.


Primal Seduction
by Sydney Somers
Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Primal Hunger

Kennedy’s spirited nature sometimes gets her into trouble, but now she’s in real hot water. She needs to put her sexy, brooding boss out of her head—an impossible task when he offers her a ride home.

Gargoyle cat-shifter Tristan Callaghan has no time for anything but finding the Arthurian dagger that will free his brother. Now that Kennedy is sitting next to him in his car, though, his craving for her is sharper than ever.

The distraction is costly. In a split second, she is dragged into a hunt that marks her for death. To save her Tristan must sacrifice his quest…or the one woman meant to be his.

Primal Attraction

Sorcha lives to track and eliminate rogue immortals, but her latest target—a sexy gargoyle shifter— is convinced she’s his mate. For the first time, she’s unable to kill her target.

Cale Callaghan is stunned to find Sorcha is alive, but the woman he aches to possess doesn’t recognize him. Worse, she’s after the same Arthurian dagger he needs to save his brother. His only hope to protect his family and reclaim his mate—ruthlessly take advantage of her one weakness. Her desire for him…


Biting the Bride
by Clare Willis
Mass Market, 352 pages
Some men are worth sticking your neck out for…

Sunni Marquette has always been a little different. There’s the whole mind-reading thing, for a start, which comes in useful for a criminal defense attorney. Except that lately, Sunni keeps encountering people who are immune to her gift. Like Jacob Eddington, the star witness in her latest case. And her best friend Isabel’s new fiancé, Richard Lazarus, who’s as sinister as Jacob is attractive. Not that Sunni intends to interfere—until she learns that Richard is a vampire who’s made a centuries-long career of marrying wealthy women, then killing them for their inheritance.

Sunni is convinced Jacob is a vampire, too, and that he’s her only chance of saving Isabel. With his help, she’ll discover powers she never knew she possessed, an enemy who’s closer than she could have ever guessed, and the kind of love that’s worth staking everything on—if she can just stay alive long enough to enjoy it…


The Keep
F. Paul Wilson
Trade Paperback, 432 pp

“Something is murdering my men.”

Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims.

When an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find something that's both powerful and terrifying. Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore--who just happens to be Jewish--to shed some light on the mysterious happenings. And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way--a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny.

The battle has begun: On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the other...the unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened


Demon Underground
by S.L. Wright
Mass Market, 352 pages
Half-human and half-demon, Allay has finally warmed up to her new life feeding off the customers at her downtown bar whens he finds herself brokering a truce between New York City's most powerful demons. But when she senses assassins around every corner, Allay hides out of sight and underground-until combatants in the growing war tempt her back above the surface...












Day of the Dragon
by Rebecca York
Mass Market, 352 pages
Beautiful archaeologist Madison Dartmoor unearths an astonishing find, one of vast importance to a handsome stranger-a man who is not human, and who holds a dangerous secret that may break her heart.





Books previously listed for December 7 that were published earlier this month:

Beneath the Thirteen Moons
by Kathryne Kennedy
Mass Market, 384 pages
He's a ruler in a divided world...

In the magical, watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com'nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.

She's an outcast, but at least she has her independence...

Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn't think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of the Sea Forest, Mahri knows that this is her only chance to change the fate of her people...




Wolf Fever
by Terry Spear
Mass Market, 416 pages
She may be his destiny, but she's not his first choice…

Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he's the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her.

Why is he playing so hard to get?

The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders…

Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn't want anything to do with Carol unless she's willing to embrace her wolf nature—no matter how beautiful she is.

But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he's been not to seize the moment with the woman he's come to love. And now, it may be too late…

Book Trailers / Author Proflies for November 30 and December 1, 2010 Releases

Here are some book trailers for this week's releases. I've also included a couple of Author Profiles.

Eternal Flame by Cynthia Eden

Cynthia Eden Author Profile



Dark Side by Jonathan Green



Alexandra Ivy Author Profile



Wish by Alexandar Bullen



The Wolven by Deborah LeBlanc

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire 1) - Book Trailer - November 17, 2010

I just saw this wonderful book trailer for The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book 1). I find it majestic. I can't wait to read the book (which I will be picking up tomorrow).



The Greyfriar is written by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith. The cover of the book was created by my favorite cover artist: Chris McGrath.

In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once-great cities were shrouded by the gray empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya.

It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming.

Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to a man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is the Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans.

Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar is the first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, Vampire Empire brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.

From Pyr Books

The View From Monday - October 25, 2010

It's Monday ... again. Halloween approaches so we'll have a Halloween related giveaway with an interview on Wednesday.  Tomorrow there are a lot of new releases (see below) so there will more than likely be a New Release Tuesday Vlog. I've posted some book trailers that I've found below the release list. What do you think about book trailers?

Thursday will be comics. Friday will be photos. Of course, most of this is subject to change depending on what I'm reading, interesting events, and pure whim. At this point, I believe there will be no blogging on the weekend. Saturday is the 88th birthday of someone near and dear to me. Sunday is Halloween. I still need to decorate. I haven't even picked up pumpkins yet or candy for the Trick or Treaters. Lots to do this week. 


October 26, 2010

Daughter of Darkness**V.C. Andrews
GeistPhillipa BallantineBook of the Order
When Wicked CravesJ.K. BeckThe Shadow Keepers 3
Entice Me at TwlightShayla BlackDoomsday Brethren 4
Servent of the UnderworldAliette de BodardObsidian and Blood 1
Side JobsJim ButcherDresden Files Short Stories
A Highlander Christmas*Janet ChapmanHighlander Series 7
Secret LegacyAnna DeStefanoLegacy Series 2
How to Lose a Demon in 10 DaysSaranna DeWylde10 Days Series
The Light of Burning Shadows**Chris EvansIron Elves 2
Drink of MeJacquelyn Frank
Haunted by Your TouchAnthologyJeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, Sharie Kohler 
Harvest HuntingYasmine GalenornOtherworld 8
The Wolf PrinceKaren KelleyPrinces of Symtaria 3
Trio of SorceryMercedes Lackey
Echo CityTim Lebbon
Blood HeatMaria LimaBlood Lines 4
Dreamfever**Karen Marie MoningFever Series 4
HighbornYvonne NavarroDark Redemption 1
Vampire UprisingMarcus PelegrimasSkinners 4
Souls StealersAndy RemicClockwork Vampires 2
Road to BedlamMike ShevdonCourts of the Feyre 2
Ecstasy in DarknessGena ShowalterAlien Huntress 10
Shotgun SoceressLucy A. SynderSpellbent 2
His Darkest EmbraceJuliana StoneJaguar Warriors 2
Crown of Crystal FlameC. L. WilsonTairen Soul 5


October 27, 2010

Heaven's SpiteLillith SaintcrowJill Kisment, Hunter, 5


*reprint
** MM release


The Shadowkeepers Series - J.K. Beck



Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard



Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn



Highborn by Yvonne Navarro



Soul Steales by Andy Rmic



His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone



Crown of Crystal Flame by C L Wilson



And the cover of the only anthology:


Happy Monday! Happy Bookbuying!
The View From Monday - February 7, 2011This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost - February 5, 2011The View From Monday - January 31, 2011Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr - Book Trailer - Wicked Lovely Series - January 15, 2011J.K. Beck Announces Dates & Titles for More in the Shadow Keepers series - January 14, 2010The View From Monday - December 6, 2010The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire 1) - Book Trailer - November 17, 2010The View From Monday - October 25, 2010

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