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Yesterday was Release Day and I was so busy posting my review of Kresley Cole’s Dark Skye everywhere (here, our Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble) that I didn’t get the chance to post the full list of books that came out. Sorry, Peeps!
Obviously I was rather preoccupied by but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Dark Skye wasn’t the only big release for me yesterday. Lara Adrian’s Crave the Night, the latest installment in the Midnight Breed series, also hit the shelves. Being the dedicated fan-girl that I am, I made sure to make the rounds of my local booksellers to make sure that both titles were not only on the shelves, but faced as well. To be honest, my somewhat hick small town isn’t really very good at keeping up with new releases so I had to ask for the titles in more than one store. I consider it to have been a good day’s work!
Here are the paranormal titles that released yesterday:
Linda O. Johnston, Loyal Wolf, Alpha Force, eBook, August 1, 2014
Rhyannon Byrd, Dark Wolf Returning, eBook, August 1, 2014
Lara Adrian, Crave the Night, Midnight Breed Book 12, Hardcover, August 5, 2014
Chloe Neill, Blood Games, Chicagoland Vampires Book 10, Paperback, August 5, 2014
Hannah Jayne, Under the Final Moon, Underworld Detection Agency Book 6, Paperback, August 5, 2014
Kat Richardson, Revenant, Greywalker Book 9, Hardcover, August 5, 2014
Kresley Cole, Dark Skye, Immortals After Dark Book 15, Hardcover, August 5, 2014
Rob Thurman, Downfall, Cal Leandros Book 9, Paperback, August 5, 2014
August 6th, 2014 at 11:12 pm
It’s Tuesday, and book lovers everywhere know what that means – It’s Release Day! I’ll be posting a list of this weeks new releases shortly but first I wanted to take a moment to say “Happy Release Day!” to one of my very favourite authors, Kresley Cole.
Kresley’s Dark Skye hits bookstore shelves today and it’s the 15th book in her phenomenal Immortals After Dark series. It also marks the fourth book from this series that I have had the pleasure of reviewing. You can read my reviews of the following series titles by clicking on the links below:
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Demon From the Dark
I’ve been reading Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series for a few years now and this is the fourth book in the series that I have reviewed for Paranormal Bites. (I’ve also reviewed the first two books in her Arcana Chronicles series as well.) Why do I keep focusing so much on one author when the paranormal romance/urban fantasy/mystery genres are so rich with authors to choose from? That’s easy – Kresley Cole’s writing is just that good. Period.
The cast of characters in the IAD series is huge and it grows with each book (Dark Skye is the 15th, incidentally). All of the story lines merge and intertwine as the various character connections are revealed throughout the series. In fact multiple story lines occur simultaneously, allowing readers to encounter the individual books out of order without being completely lost, and I find this to be a rather rare occurrence. I’ve encountered far too many series in the past with story lines that are so linear that they must be read in order or the reader is lost, thus compromising reader enjoyment should they happen to pick up a mid-series book first.
Cole weaves her story lines so masterfully that I often imagine her as a giant spider spinning her opus web or as one of the mythological Fates themselves, creating diverse species and situations, and establishing rules just to bend or break them as she sees fit… If fact, if I had to chose one of her own IAD characters to identify Cole with, I’d have to say that judging by her writing, she reminds me a great deal of Nix, the supposedly crazy, “ever knowing” Valkyrie with the maddening habit of popping up unexpectedly, in the least likely places and circumstances, and stirring things up to the distress of her fellow Lorens. Nix is one of the most enduring characters of the series, by the way. I love her kind of Crazy!
August 5th, 2014 at 4:06 pm
New paranormal releases were pretty scarce during the second half of the month. There were a few however. Here are the titles that you may have missed:
Deborah Harkness, The Book of Life, All Souls Book 3, Hardcover, July 15, 2014
Jennifer Estep, Poison Promise, Elemental Assassin, Paperback, July 22, 2014
A.C. Arthur, Shifters Claim, Shadow Shifters Book 4, Paperback, July 29, 2014
Ilona Andrews, Magic Breaks, Kate Daniels Book 7, Hardcover, July 29, 2014
P.C. Cast. Kristen Cast, Kalona’s Fall, House of Night Book 4, Hardcover, July 29, 2014
Richelle Mead, Silver Shadows, Bloodlines Book 5, Hardcover, July 29, 2014
July 31st, 2014 at 12:22 am
Summer is officially upon us and here is a list of new paranormal releases that you can toss in your beach bag or tote up to the cottage with you this week:
Bailey Cates, Some Enchanted Éclair, Magical Bakery Book 4, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Caris Roane, Chains of Darkness, Men in Chains Book 2, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Heather Graham, Dead by Dusk, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Jenna Kernan, The Vampire’s Wolf, eBook, July 1, 2014
Jess Haines, Enslaved by The Others, H&W Investigations Book 6, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Juilet Blackwell, A Vision in Velvet, Witchcraft Mystery Book 6, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Keri Arthur, Fireborn, Souls of Fire, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Maggie Stiefvater, Sinner, Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 1, Hardcover, July 1, 2014
Michelle Rowen, From Fear to Eternity, Immortality Bites Book 3, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born of Fury, League Book 6, Hardcover, July 1, 2014
Sierra Woods, The Resurrectionist, eBook, July 1, 2014
Virna DePaul, Awakened, Belladonna Agency Book 2, Paperback, July 1, 2014
Yasmine Galenorn, Night’s End, Indigo Court Book 5, Paperback, July 1, 2014
July 2nd, 2014 at 9:00am
Wow – Where did June go? The month absolutely seemed to fly by. I got so wrapped up in my move, work, and end-of-school year activities for my daughter that I seem to have lost almost an entire month there!
Here are the paranormal titles that released in the last half of the month that you may be interested in:
Dana Marie Bell, The Wizard King, eBook, June 17, 2014
Gena Showalter, Tempation in Shadows, eBook, June 17, 2014
Kevin Hearne, Shattered, Iron Druid Chronicles Book 7, Hardcover, June 17, 2014
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising, Grisha Triliogy Book 3, Hardcover, June 17, 2014
Molly Harper, Better Homes and Hauntings, Paperback, June 24, 2014
Lara Adrian, Marked by Midnight, Midnight Breed 11.5, eBook, June 28, 2014
July 2nd, 2014 at 1:31 am
I’m baaaack! Peeps – I’m finally back online! So excited to finally have internet in my new home… It’s been a long couple of weeks but I’m finally back up and running.
I missed posting quite a few new releases while I was incommunicado so here is a quick update of the paranormal books that were released over the past few weeks:
Alexandra Ivy, Hunt the Darkness, Guardians of Eternity Book 11, Paperback, May 27, 2014
Caris Roane, Captured, Savage Chains Book 1, eBook, May 27, 2014
Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire, Mortal Instruments Book 6, Hardcover, May 27, 2014
Christine Feehan, Air Bound, Sea Haven Book 3, Paperback, May 27, 2014
Heather Graham, The Cursed, Krewe of Hunters, Paperback, May 27, 2014
Jenn Bennett, Banishing the Dark, Arcadia Bell Book 4, Paperback, May 27, 2014
Jill Archer, White Heart of Justice, Noon Onyx Book 3, Paperback, May 27, 2014
Jim Butcher, Skin Game, Dresden Files Book 15, Hardcover, May 27, 2014
Mary Janice Davidson, Undead and Unsure, Queen Betsy Book 12, Paperback, May 27, 2014
Sandra Hill, Kiss of Wrath, Deadly Angels, Paperback, May 27, 2014
Vivian Arend, Moon Shine, Takhini Wolves Book 4, eBook, May 27, 2014
Richelle Mead, The Immortal Crown, Age of X Book 2, Hardcover, May 29, 2014
Bonnie Vanak, Demon Wolf, Phoenix Force, eBook, June 1, 2014
Sharon Ashwood, Possessed by an Immortal, eBook, June 1, 2014
Gena Showalter, Tempt Me Eternally, eBook, June 2, 2014
Donna Grant, Fire Rising, Dark Kings Book 2, Paperback, June 3, 2014
Laurell K. Hamilton, A Shiver of Light, Merry Gentry Book 9, Hardcover, June 3, 2014
Nalini Singh, Shield of Winter, Psy/Changeling Book 13, Hardcover, June 3, 2014
Diana Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Outlander Book 8, Hardcover, June 10, 2014
Vivi Andrews, Jaguar’s Kiss, Lone Pine Pride Book 1, eBook, June 10, 2014
June 17th, 2014 at 12:14 am
We are so privileged to be chosen to participate in author Darynda Jones’ #6thGrave Blog Tour. We absolutely adore her quirky Grim Reaper (Charley) and sexy Son of Satan (Reyes) and are thrilled to be celebrating all things Charley Davidson with our fellow Grimlets! Thank you so much to Darynda for writing these characters and allowing us to participate in the festivities.
Thank you to Darynda as well for writing so quickly! There were only eight months between Sixth Grave and it’s predecessor, and we only have to suffer for five months until Seventh Grave and No Body will hit the shelves!
Can I get an “Amen”?
And speaking of Seventh Grave, here is a little sneak peek to tie us over until October…
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
Coming October 2014
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.
Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.
A blank is the only thing I draw well.
“A girl, a mocha latte, and a naked dead man walk into a bar,” I said, turning to the naked dead man sitting in my passenger’s seat. The elderly naked dead man who’d been riding shotgun in my cherry red Jeep Wrangler, aka Misery, for two days now. We were on a stakeout. Sort of. I was staking out a Mr. and Mrs. Foster, so I was definitely on a stakeout. No idea what Naked Dead Man was on. Considering the fact that he looked about 112, probably blood thinners. Cholesterol medication. And, judging from the state of his manhood, which I couldn’t stop seeing every single time I turned toward him, Viagra. If I were to hash-tag that moment, my status would read something like #impressed.
I gave him two thumbs up, then looked back at the house again, happy to be sitting in Misery. The Jeep, not the emotion. I’d just picked her up from the car hospital two days earlier. She’d had several surgeries to fix her broken girlie bits because a raving lunatic rammed into her. He’d knocked her into a state of mangled disrepair and me, as I was in the driver’s seat at the time, into a state of oblivion. I stayed in that state long enough for Mr. Raving Lunatic to cart me off to a deserted bridge to kill me. He failed and died in the process, but Misery had paid a high price for his nefarious machinations. Why did bad guys always try to hurt the ones I loved?
And this one had succeeded. Misery was hurt. Bad. No one wanted to work on her. Said she couldn’t be saved. Said to give her over to the scrap yard. Thankfully, a family friend with a body shop and a few incriminating photos, which just happened to have found their way into my possession, agreed with great reluctance to try.
Noni kept her for two long weeks before calling to tell me that he’d almost lost her a couple of times, but she’d pulled through with flying colors. When I got the green light to go pick her up, I tore out of my apartment so fast, I left a dust trail behind me, along with a flummoxed best friend, who’d been telling me about the couple in 3C. They were apparently newlyweds, if their energy to do it—her words—all night every night was any indication. I hurried back to her, however, because I didn’t have a car and I needed a ride.
When we picked up Misery, Noni tried to tell me everything he’d had to do to her to get her up and running, but I held up a hand to stop him, unable to bear it. This was Misery he was talking about. Not some random Wrangler off the streets. This was my Wrangler. My best friend. My baby.
Holy cow, I needed a life.
I had to hand it to Noni, though. Misery was good as new. Better than I was, anyway. Ever since that night, I’d been having problems sleeping. I suffered from debilitating nightmares that left me screaming into my pillow, and I jumped every time someone dropped a feather.
But at least Misery was okay. Like, really okay. It was weird. Her cough was gone. Her sluggish response time was no longer an issue. Her reluctance to wake up in the mornings as she sputtered in protest every time I tried to fire all engines was nonexistent. Now she started on the first try, no groaning or whining, and she purred like a newborn kitten. How Noni had managed to fix her insides as well as her outsides I’d never know, but the guy was good. And Noni was my new best friend. Well, after Misery. And Cookie, my real best friend. And Garrett, my kind of, sort of best friend. And Reyes, my. . . my . . .
What was Reyes? Besides the dark and sultry son of evil? My boy toy? My love slave? My 24/7 booty call?
He was all those things, but he was also my almost-fiancé. All I had to do was say yes to the proposal he’d written on a sticky note, and he would be my fiancé for reals. Until then, however, he was my almost fiancé.
No, my soon-to-be fiancé.
No! My nigh fiancé.
Yeah, that’d work.
I turned back to the naked dead man, stuffed a couple of Cheez-Its into my mouth, and confessed my latest sin.
“I’m just kidding,” I said through the crackers, regretting the fact that I’d tempted him and now had no follow-up. No punch line. “I don’t know any ‘girl, mocha latte, dead man’ jokes. Sorry to get your hopes up like that.” He didn’t seem to mind, however. He sat staring straight ahead as always, his gray eyes clouded and watery with age, oblivious of my charm, my clever repartee, and my intellectual wit. He was ignoring me!
“Cheez-It?” I offered him.
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Finally! It’s our turn on the Sixth Grave Blog Tour! Yay!
I was sooo excited to receive an advanced copy of Sixth Grave on the Edge to review. I was doing the Happy Dance pretty much all day and I read the entire thing is just about one sitting. Charley Davidson books are nearly impossible to put down and this one was no exception! I’ve been sitting on this review for almost two weeks and it’s been killing me to wait until today to share it with my Peeps. Without further delay, here is my official review:
I turned back to the menial task requirements of my most recent pink-
collar position and noticed a sticky note on the bar. The one he’d had
in his hands. That man loved Post-its. I read the note, thought about it,
tired to absorb its true meaning, its deeper message, then read it again
before turning the kitchen and shouting, “Marry you?”
Thus ends Fifth Grave Past the Light, the previous book in the Charley Davidson series. Charley may have been shouting at Reyes in disbelief, but I was shouting at author Darynda Jones from my bedroom, all the way up in Barrie, ON. She was probably in her own home at the time, all the way down in New Mexico, perhaps already working on this current novel, perhaps cuddling in her bed. I doubt that she heard me. I do like to think that she felt my agitation somehow and I’m certain that she’d smile, knowing that she hit just the button that she’d been aiming for… Witch. How dare she leave her devoted readers hanging like that?
Thankfully Sixth Grave From the Edge picks up a couple of weeks later. Charley hasn’t given son-of-Satan Reyes Farrow her answer yet but it’s very much on her mind. As it should be. Charley may have been mulling her future over for a few weeks but I’ve been waiting for her decision for the last eight months! Flighty and unpredictable as she is – come on, you all know that this grim reaper is a little cray-cray – her delayed response is keeping poor Reyes on edge. And that’s never a good thing.
Despite his centuries-long obsession with her and their obvious chemistry (smokin’ hot doesn’t even begin to describe), Charley is far from a sure thing. She is stubborn and likes to do things her own way, in her own time. She loves Reyes but that doesn’t mean that she’s going to do whatever he wants her to. And even though he is the cunning, über-attractive, gifted-in-every-way son of Lucifer, Charley is the one being who could crush him utterly. Poor Reyes!
Charley may be mulling over Reyes’ proposal, but it’s far from the only thing on her mind these days. She’s also investigating Reyes past. He’s an enigma that she just can’t stop turning around and poking at. Reyes wants her to leave his past alone, but who can blame her for her determination to learn more about the man whom she just might marry one day? He’s more than just a mystery to her. He holds the answers to her own past, present, and future. She may be the Grim Reaper, but Charley barely knows her own abilities. She has a destiny to fulfill and one can’t blame the woman for wanting every ounce of knowledge (a.k.a. tool/weapon) that she can get.
Charley also has her hands full with her extended family. Her father is acting strange and evasive, her step-monster suddenly wants to be her ally, her best friend is pinning away for her painfully romantically obtuse uncle, and the young people in her life are getting into trouble. She has also decided to finally find out more about her very dead roommate. Others around her have some insight into Mr. Wong’s possible identity but Charley just can’t see it. And let’s not forget about the rather well-endowed older gentleman ridding shotgun in Misery…
So we have romance and mystery, as usual. Throw in a little black-mail and kidnapping, along with yet another near-death experience for Charley, as well as the introduction of a hot new male character, and it’s easy to see how this is an incredibly difficult book to put down. In fact, I didn’t. I read it straight through in one sitting. The humour and action simply flow and I was carried away from the very first line to the end of the Reyes POV excerpt (yes – we get a glimpse of Charley as Reyes sees/experiences her!).
There is never a dull moment in Charley’s life, and never a dull moment in either this book or the series as a whole. Charley’s antics keep readers glued to the page and I can’t wait until October 2014 for Seventh Grave and No Body. Hell hasn’t forgotten about its escaped son and the mission set before him and neither has Heaven. If this wedding ever actually takes place it will be a miracle and it just may not be the only miracle that Charley and Reyes experience…
Stay tuned for an excerpt from Sixth Grave On the Edge and your chance to win an autographed copy of your own!
Posted May 27th, 2014. 1 comment
The Romantic Times Convention is over for another year and publishers have put a few titles out this week. The biggest and baddest being Darynda Jones’ Sixth Grave on the Edge, of course! (Join us May 27th when Paranormal Bites participates in Darynda’s official #6thGrave blog tour. You just might win an autographed copy of Sixth Grave of your very own!)
Here are the new paranormal releases out this week:
C.C. Hunter, Reborn, Shadow Falls After Dark, Paperback, May 20, 2014
Darynda Jones, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Charley Davidson Book 6, Hardcover, May 20, 2014
Jennifer Ashley, Double Hexed, Stormwalker, eBook, May 20, 2014
Jennifer Ashley, Perfect Mate, Shifters Unbound, eBook, May 20, 2014
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Dangerous Creatures, Hardcover, May 20, 2014
Laurann Dohner, Mating Brand, eBook, May 20, 2014
Hottest. Cover. Yet.
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet
Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.
She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean her end, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.
Charley Davidson and Reyes Farrow will be hitting bookstores shelves tomorrow, May 20th, in Darynda Jones’ Sixth Grave on the Edge. Darynda has launched an extensive blog tour to celebrate her latest book and Paranormal Bites is thrilled to be participating!
Readers can enter to win a signed copy of Sixth Grave at each stop! Blog links can be found on Darynda’s site.
Paranormal Bites’ official day is Tuesday, May 27th. Throughout the day we will be posting our review of Sixth Grave, as well as an excerpt from the book, and a sneak peek of October’s Seventh Grave and No Body.
We hope you’ll join us!