Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Labyrinth of Stars quiz! I’ve really enjoyed promoting the world of Maxine Kiss and her ‘Boys’ over this past week and hope that my readers enjoyed it as much as I did. Hopefully I’ve been able to introduce a bunch of new readers to the work of Marjorie M. Liu as well.
Look for more tidbits about Labyrinth of Stars, the Hunter Kiss series, and Marjorie over the next little while. I’ll be posting a review of Labyrinth soon and I still hope to be able to get an interview or guest post from Marjorie after she returns to the States next month.
In the meantime, the winner of the “So You Think You Know Max” quiz is …
Congratulations, Diane! You were the only person to score 100% on the quiz! I’ll be sending you an email shortly. You have the option of an unsigned copy of Labyrinth to be sent next week or an autographed copy to be sent in April once Marjorie has a chance to settle in and unpack after her travels.
As I mentioned previously, we’re getting TWO Charley Davidson books from the awesome Darynda Jones this year. Sixth Grave on the Edge will be hitting bookstore shelves on May 20th and Seventh Grave and No Body is scheduled to be released on October 21st. (If only all of our favourite authors could produce two books in the same series in one year, I’d be in heaven! But I digress…)
The lucky gals over at Heroes and Heartbreakers had the pleasure of revealing the cover of Seventh Grave today and now I’m sharing it with you too.
I love the vibrant covers that artist Michael Storrings and St. Martin’s Press have come up with for this series. I’d recognize a Charley Davidson book even if the title was missing. Not many other authors are lucky enough to have such a distinctive look. Of course not many women are lucky enough to have such an awesome collection of skull themed accessories either!
Speaking of Charley’s skull accessories, how would you like to win the belt buckle featured on the cover of Seventh Grave? Head on over to HeroesandHeartbreakers.com to enter!
It looks as though March is going to follow in February’s footsteps as far as new paranormal releases are concerned. Both months start and end fairly strong, but the middle weeks are just that – weak. Oh well, at least we have a good selection to chose from this week to carry us though the slower parts of the month.
Happy Release Day to the following authors:
Anne Bishop, A Murder of Crows, The Others Book 2, Hardcover, March 4, 2014
Ashlyn Chase, Kissing With Fangs, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Bianca D’Arc, Keeper of the Flame, Dragon Knights, Paperback, March 4, 2014
J.D. Tyler, Cole’s Redemption, Alpha Pack Book 5, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Kimberly Frost, Halfway Hexed, Southern Witch, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Kira Brady, Hearts of Chaos, Deadglass, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Mary Behre, Spirited, Tidewater Trilogy Book 1, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Sarah McCarty, Reaper’s Vow, Shadow Reapers Book 2, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Seanan McGuire, Half-Off Ragnarok, InCryptid Book 3, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Shannon K. Butcher, Willing Sacrifice, Sentinel Wars Book 8, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Terry Spear, Silence of the Wolf, Heart of the Wolf, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Vicki Lewis Thompson, Werewolf in Las Vegas, Wild About You Book 6, Paperback, March 4, 2014
Kim Harrison released The Undead Pool yesterday, the 12th book in her Hollows series, and I can’t tell you how excited I am. I absolutely love, love, love this series! Luckily for her fans, Kim’s publisher, Harper Voyager, is sending her on a huge tour to celebrate the new release. Here is where you can find Kim near you:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014–ANN ARBOR, MI
7:00 PM–Launch Book Event & Signing
2513 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Wednesday, February 26, 2014–CINCINNATI
7:00 PM–Book Event & Signing
JOSEPH-BETH & DAVIS-KIDD BOOKSELLERS
2692 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208
The middle two weeks of February were so quiet where new paranormal releases were concerned that it wasn’t even worth making individual posts. Thankfully things have picked up a little as we near the end of the month however. Here are the titles to look for at the bookstore:
Dana Marie Bell, Bear Naked, Halle Shifters Book 3, eBook, February 11, 2014
Lynsay Sands, Vampire Most Wanted, Argeneau Vampires Book 20, Paperback, February 18, 2014
Dixie Lyle, A Taste Fur Murder, Paperback, February 18, 2014
Jaime Rush, Angel Seduced, The Hidden Book 3, Paperback, February 25, 2014
Keri Arthur, Circle of Death, Damask Circle Book 2, Paperback, February 25, 2014
Kim Harrison, The Undead Pool, Hollows Book 12, Hardcover, February 25, 2014
Leigh Evans, The Problem With Promises, MystWalker Book 3, Paperback, February 25, 2014
Marjorie M. Liu, Labyrinth of Stars, Hunter Kiss Book 5, Paperback, February 25, 2014
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Sun God Seeks Surrogate, Accidentally Yours Book 3, Paperback, February 25, 2014
Nalini Singh, Whisper of Sin, Psy-Changeling, e-Book, February 25, 2014
Today is release day for Labyrinth of Stars, the fifth book in Marjorie M. Liu’s Hunter Kiss series, and we’re celebrating by giving away a copy of Labyrinth to one lucky Hunter Kiss fan! How do you enter? By taking this little quiz to see just how well you know Maxine Kiss, the kiss-ass protagonist of the series…
The quiz will be available until March 4th and the winner will be chosen based on the highest quiz score. If there are multiple tying high-scores we will turn to Random.org to determine the winner. Winner will have their choice of an Autographed copy of Labyrinth (to be sent in April as Marjorie is currently in Tokyo), or an Unsigned copy (to be sent in March).
Unfortunately due to shipping restrictions this contest is limited to residents of Canada and the United States only.
I’ve been posting a few news tidbits on the Paranormal Bites Facebook page lately and I thought that I’d do a brief wrap-up here as well…
Marjorie M. Liu – Labyrinth of Stars, the fifth book in the Hunter Kiss series, releases on February 25th. We will be posting a review and hosting a giveaway to celebrate the release.
Kim Harrison – The Undead Pool, the 12th book in the Hollows series, also releases on February 25th. Stay tuned for the review, coming soon. In the meanwhile, enjoy a free Hollows short story, “Trouble on Reserve”
Darynda Jones - Seventh Grave and No Body, the upcoming Charley Davidson book, will be released in October so we’re getting TWO Charley & Reyes books this year! Darynda has also updated her website and invites everyone to stop by and see her “new digs”.
Winter isn’t over yet, Peeps, so you better stock up on books this week since there are very few new releases coming up over the next couple of weeks. Look for the following titles to hit the bookstore shelves tomorrow:
Saranna DeWylde, Claimed by the Wolf, eBook, February 1, 2014
Amanda Ashley, Night’s Promise, Children of the Night, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Bianca D’Arc, Dragon Storm, Dragon Knights, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Chloe Neill, Wild Things, Chicagoland Vampires Book 9, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Doranna Durgin, Lynx Destiny, Sentinels, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Jacquelyn Frank, Hunter, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Katie Reus, Avenger’s Heat, Moon Shifter Book 4, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Lauren Dane, Unconditional, Cascadia Wolves, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Lora Leigh, Rule Breaker, Breeds Book 29, Hardcover, February 4, 2014
Patricia Rice, Magic Man, Paperback, February 4, 2014
P.G. Forte, Now Comes the Night, Children of the Night Book 3, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Thea Harrison, Falling Light, Game of Shadows, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Theresa Meyers, One Night With the Shifter, Harlequin Nocturne, Paperback, February 4, 2014
Peeps, as you know I try to keep track of all of the paranormal books that come out and I post the New Releases on a fairly regular basis. I rely on Facebook and Twitter for much of this information, as well as various author newsletters, but most of it comes from trolling the Barnes & Noble site and their “Customers Who Bought This Also Bought” feature, as well as their New Releases page. And yes, I do check out Amazon on occasion as well. What this translates into is a phenomenal amount of time spent looking at book covers and researching more books than I’ll ever have the time to read.
Research purposes aside, it is very true that readers have a tendency to judge books by their covers and I myself have picked up more than one book/author just because I loved the cover art. Here is a list of my favourite paranormal covers of 2013.
Favourite Paranormal Covers of 2013
(Listed by reverse release date)
Keri Arthur, Darkness Splintered, Dark Angels, Paperback, November 5, 2013
Nalini Singh, Archangel‘s Legion, Guild Hunter, Paperback, October 29, 2013
J.R. Ward, Possession, Fallen Angels, Hardcover, October 1, 2013 – Cover by Anthony Ramondo
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Styxx, Dark-Hunter, Hardcover, September 3, 2013 – Cover by Ervin Serrano
Kelley Armstrong, Omens, Cainsville, Hardcover, August 20, 2013 – Cover by Anthony Ramondo
Chloe Neil, Biting Bad, Chicagoland Vampires, Paperback, August 6, 2013
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, Rise of the Gryphon, Belador, Paperback, July 30, 2013
Gena Showalter, The Darkest Craving, Lords of the Underworld, Paperback, July 30, 2013
Lara Adrian, A Touch of Midnight, Midnight Breed, Paperback, July 14, 2013
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cloak & Silence, The League, eBook, July 10, 2013
Laurell K. Hamilton, Affliction, Anita Blake, Hardcover, July 2, 2013 – Cover by Judith Lagerman
Jenn Bennett, Binding the Shadows, Arcadia Bell, Paperback, May 28, 2013
JR Ward, Lover at Last, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Hardcover, March 26, 2013 - Cover by Anthony Ramondo
Patricia Briggs, Frost Burned, Mercy Thompson, Hardcover, March 5, 2013
Lara Adrian, Edge of Dawn, Midnight Breed, Hardcover, February 26, 2013
Chloe Neill, House Rules, Chicagoland Vampires, Paperback, February 5, 2013
Kim Harrison, Ever After, Hollows, Hardcover, January 22, 2013 – Cover by Larry Rostant
The covers that I was drawn to at the beginning of the year tend to be a bit stark, with lots of white, black, and red being featured. I don’t know if this is a subconscious reflection of how I tend to feel during the winter months or just where I was emotionally at the time. As the year progressed though I was really drawn to golds, purples, and dark blues. And wings, apparently, but that’s no surprise as I love pretty much all winged creatures (and have the tattoos to prove it).
Over all though, I’d say my Top 3 choices are the covers for J.R. Ward’s Possession (those eyes!), Kelley Armstrong’s Omens (scenery is a refreshing change from people and we need more green on covers) , and J.R. Ward’s Lover at Last (again, Qhuinn’s eyes!) – and just by coincidence, all three covers happen to be designed by Anthony Ramondo. Fourth place would go to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Cloak & Silence (it’s stock photography and has been used on more than one cover this year but I love that man).
I wish that I could acknowledge all of the cover artists personally but unfortunately so few of them are publicly credited and I either don’t have the book in question or I simply can’t find their names. If you know the cover artists of the books on his list please share so that I can give them their due credit!
Ah, January… The time of year when every blogger reviews their favourite things from the year before…
Not one to buck a sound trend, I sat down this morning and had a look at all of the paranormal books that released in 2013 and made a list of my favourites reads of the past year. One of the things that I realized while doing this review is that while I did manage to add a select few contemporary and historical fiction writers to my reading repertoire (see Book Shelf for names), I only added one new paranormal author – Darynda Jones. Darynda has quickly become one of my favourite authors and I highly encourage my readers to pick up her Charley Davidson series if you haven’t done so already. The main characters of Charley Davidson (grim reaper) and Reyes Farrow (son of Satan) are sexy, funny as hell, and a delightful change from the usual vampires and lycans that seem to dominate the field of paranormal fiction. I read the first five books in the series this past year and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Sixth Grave on the Edge, when it releases this May.
So who else did I love in 2013?
Top 12 Paranormal Books of 2013
(Listed in reverse order of release date)
Larissa Ione, Reaver, Demonica Book 6, Paperback, December 17, 2013
J.R. Ward, Possession, Fallen Angels Book 5, Hardcover, October 1, 2013
Kresley Cole, Endless Knight, Arcana Chronicles Book 2, Hardcover, October 1, 2013
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Styxx, Dark-Hunter Book 17, Hardcover, September 3, 2013
Kelley Armstrong, Omens, Cainsville Book 1, Hardcover, August 20, 2013
Gena Showalter, The Darkest Craving, Lords of the Underworld Book 10, Paperback, July 30, 2013
Darynda Jones, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Charley Davidson Book 5, Hardcover, July 9, 2013
Kresley Cole, MacRieve, Immortals After Dark Book 13, Hardcover, July 2, 2013
Laurell K. Hamilton, Affliction, Anita Blake Book 22, Hardcover, July 2, 2013
JR Ward, Lover at Last, Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 11, Hardcover, March 26, 2013
Lara Adrian, Edge of Dawn, Midnight Breed, Hardcover, February 26, 2013
Kim Harrison, Ever After, Hollows Book 11, Hardcover, January 22, 2013
Now tell me, which books of 2013 made your personal list? I’d like to add a few more paranormal authors to my roster this year so please share!
Peeps, last week I shared a link to Darynda Jones short story, “Shimmer“, on our facebook page. It was a free Christmas gift from Darynda for her readers, and an appropriate one too, since the ending of Fifth Grave Past the Light left the majority of us yelling “No, Darynda, no! How can you do this to us!!?” (Don’t you just love books with endings that leave you yelling at the author’s picture on the jacket?)
Today Darynda offers us another gift to start off our new year on a molten note – “Glow” – it’s “Shimmer” as told from Reyes point of view (#GlowReyesPOV)! I’d advise that you don’t read this until you are alone as it’s just a tad steamy to be reading in company… Then again, maybe you’d like to start your year off with a bang as well as a glow, in which case, be my guest!
Once you get to the end of the story Darynda invites you to share it with your friends and she will enter you into a draw to win an iPad. She provides you with several ideas for sharing to make it easy for everyone. She also has included a link to “Shimmer“, just in case you missed it last week.