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Happy Release Day to Kelley Armstrong and VISIONS!

It’s a very quiet Release Day for paranormal fiction but that is alright as it allows me to focus on the release of Visions, the second book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, without feeling guilty for ignoring several other deserving books in the process. Kelley is not only one of my favourite authors, but she also has the distinction of being one of my favourite Canadian authors as well, and that list is considerably smaller. In a field that seems to be largely dominated by American authors it thrills me that Kelley more than holds her own. For those of you who may not be familiar with her as of yet, she is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series – a series that just happened to get it’s own cable television program, BITTEN, this past winterl, as well as the hugely popular Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising young adult trilogies, and the Nadia Stafford series. Starting to sound familiar?

 

Kelley Armstrong, Visions, Cainsville

 

As much as I love the Otherworld series – finally, a female werewolf! – I believe that the Cainsville series is surpassing it in my esteem. When I put the book down after reading the last page I found myself actually saying out loud, to an empty room, “Man, that was good!”, and I immediately wanted to find someone to discuss the book with. What is it about Cainsville that I love so much? Well, it’s best explained by having a quick read of my review for Omens, the first book in the series, followed by my review for Visions.

 

Read Visions Review

 
 

Posted August 20th, 2014.

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New Releases: August 2014 – Part One

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

 

Hannah Jayne, Under the Final Moon, Underworld Detection Agency Lara Adrian, Crave the Night, Midnight Breed Chloe Neill, Blood Games, Chicagoland Vampires Rob Thurman, Downfall, Cal Leandros Rhyannon Byrd, Dark Wolf ReturningKresley Cole, Dark Skye, Immortals After Dark Kat Richardson, Revenant, Greywalker

 

 

August 6th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Posted August 6th, 2014.

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Happy Release Day to Kresley Cole and DARK SKYE!

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

Shadow’s Claim

 

Kresley Cole, Dark Skye, Immortals After 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!

 

Read the Rest of the DARK SKYE Review Here

 

August 5th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Posted August 5th, 2014.

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New Releases: July 2014 – Part Two

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

 

Jennifer Estep, Poison Promise, Elemental AssassinIlona Andrews, Magic Breaks, Kate Daniels P.C. Cast. Kristen Cast, Kalona's Fall, House of Night A.C. Arthur, Shifters Claim, Shadow Shifters Richelle Mead, Silver Shadows, Bloodlines Deborah Harkness, The Book of Life, All Souls

July 31st, 2014 at 12:22 am

Posted July 31st, 2014.

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New Releases: July 2014 – Part One

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

 

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born of Fury, LeagueKeri Arthur, Fireborn, Souls of FireYasmine Galenorn, Night's End, Indigo Court Michelle Rowen, From Fear to Eternity, Immortality Bites Sierra Woods, The ResurrectionistMaggie Stiefvater, Sinner, Wolves of Mercy Falls Jenna Kernan, The Vampire's Wolf

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:00am

Posted July 2nd, 2014.

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New Releases: June 2014 Part Two

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

 

Lara Adrian, Marked by Midnight, Midnight Breed Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising, Grisha Triliogy Kevin Hearne, Shattered, Iron Druid Chronicles Molly Harper, Better Homes and HauntingsGena Showalter, Tempation in ShadowsDana Marie Bell, The Wizard King

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:31 am

Posted July 2nd, 2014.

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New Releases: May – June Catch Up

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

 

Sandra Hill, Kiss of Wrath, Deadly AngelsHeather Graham, The Cursed, Krewe of HuntersRichelle Mead, The Immortal Crown, Age of X Jenn Bennett, Banishing the Dark, Arcadia Bell Jill Archer, White Heart of Justice, Noon Onyx Alexandra Ivy, Hunt the Darkness, Guardians of Eternity Jim Butcher, Skin Game, Dresden Files

 

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

 

Laurell K. Hamilton, A Shiver of Light, Merry Gentry Bonnie Vanak, Demon Wolf, Phoenix ForceDonna Grant, Fire Rising, Dark Kings Gena Showalter, Tempt Me EternallyDiana Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, Outlander Sharon Ashwood, Possessed by an ImmortalNalini Singh, Shield of Winter, Psy/Changeling

June 17th, 2014 at 12:14 am

Posted June 17th, 2014.

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New Releases: May 2014 – Part Three

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

 

C.C. Hunter, Reborn, Shadow Falls After DarkDarynda Jones, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Charley Davidson Jennifer Ashley, Perfect Mate, Shifters UnboundJennifer Ashley, Double Hexed, StormwalkerLaurann Dohner, Mating BrandKami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Dangerous Creatures

 

Posted May 20th, 2014.

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New Releases: May 2014 – Part Two

It’s slim pickings for new paranormal releases this week in print but luckily a few eBooks were released. I suspect that RT Con 2014 has something to do with the scarcity… The majority of the US publishing industry is currently partying in New Orleans! Without me!!! Lucky b@stards…

 

Kate Douglas, Dark Refuge, eBook, May 12, 2014
A.C. Arthur, Part of Me, Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts, eBook, May 13, 2014
Holly S. Roberts, Crimson Warrior, Crimson Book 1, eBook, May 13, 2014
Moira Rogers, Enigma, Southern Arcana Book 6, eBook, May 13, 2014
Kristen Painter, House of the Rising Sun, Crescent City, Paperback, May 13, 2014
Rebecca Zanetti, Tamed, Dark Protectors Book 7, eBook, May 15, 2014
Christine Feehan, Air Bound, Sea Haven Book 3, Paperback, May 17, 2014

 

A.C. Arthur, Part of Me, Shadow Shifters: Damaged HeartsHolly S. Roberts, Crimson Warrior, Crimson Kate Douglas, Dark RefugeMoira Rogers, Enigma, Southern Arcana Christine Feehan, Air Bound, Sea Haven Rebecca Zanetti, Tamed, Dark Protectors Kristen Painter, House of the Rising Sun, Crescent City

 

 

Posted May 16th, 2014.

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Outlander Date Announced!

Ahem…

 

Outlander, August 9 2014

“Outlander” premiers on the Starz network

Saturday, August 9th, at 9:00 pm EST.

 

That is all…

“Outlander” will premiere on Saturday, August 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Posted May 8th, 2014.

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Chloe Neill’s RT 2014 Schedule

There is less than a week to go until RT 2014 takes over New Orleans. Chloe Neill will be in the Crescent City and she’s bringing some exclusive engraved Chicagoland Vampires dog tags. There are four tags in the set and she will be giving away a different tag each day, beginning with Wednesday, May 14th.

 

Chicagoland Vampire Dog Tags

 

If you are attending the convention here is Chloe’s schedule so that you can track her down to request your tag(s):

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 – GABRIEL TAG
3:45 – Fantasy Lovers Panel

THURSDAY, MAY 15 – MERIT TAG
10:00 – Mix It Up Panel
11:45 – Club RT
2:45 – Mastering Martial Arts Panel
4:00 – The Tortoise & The Hare Panel
6:30-8:30 – Pub Crawl – The Beach*

FRIDAY, MAY 16 – MALLORY TAG
10:30 – Club RT

SATURDAY, MAY 17 – ETHAN TAG
10:30 – Giant Author Book Fair
2:30 – Penguin Lemonade Social

 

Chloe Neill, Blood Games, Chicagoland Vampires

Posted May 8th, 2014.

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New Releases: May 2014 – Part One

We have a nice selection of new paranormal releases to begin the month of May with. Please join me in wishing the following authors a very Happy Release Day:

 

Bianca D’Arc, King’s Throne, String of Fate, eBook, May 5, 2014
Barb Hendee, Witches in Red, Mist-Torn Witches, Paperback, May 6, 2014
Charlaine Harris, Midnight Crossroad, Midnight Texas Book 1, Hardcover, May 6, 2014
Gini Koch, Alien Collective, Paperback, May 6, 2014
Heather Blake, The Goodbye Witch, Wishcraft Mystery Book 4, Paperback, May 6, 2014
Jessica Shirvington, Empower, Embrace Book 5, Hardcover, May 6, 2014
Kimberly Frost, Slightly Spellbound, Southern Witch Book 4, Paperback, May 6, 2014
M.J. Scott, Fire Kin, Half-Light City Book 4, Paperback, May 6, 2014
Paige Tyler, Her Perfect Mate, X-Ops, Paperback, May 6, 2014
Seanan McGuire, Sparrow Hill Road, Paperback, May 6, 2014
Paula Guran ed., Magic City, Paperback, May 7, 2014

 

Seanan McGuire, Sparrow Hill RoadM.J. Scott, Fire KinCharlaine Harris, Midnight Crossroad, Midnight Texas Kimberly Frost, Slightly Spellbound, Southern Witch Paula Guran, Magic CityJessica Shirvington, Empower, Embrace Gini Koch, Alien Collective

Posted May 6th, 2014.

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