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Peeps – one of my favourite series is quickly coming to an end, with the September 9th release of Kim Harrison’s The Witch With No Name. While I am very sad to be saying goodbye to Rachel, Trent, Jenks and the rest of the Hollows gang, I am happy that Harrison knows when to end a series. Several authors that I read like to beat a dead horse and have on-going series that rank in the mid-twenties and counting. I begin loving the series and characters but somewhere in the high teens/early twenties many of them fail to continue to hold my interest. Thankfully that isn’t the case with Harrison’s Hollows series!
Join Kim on the road to celebrate the last hurrah and send our beloved characters off in style at the following locations:
September 8, Monday PM 10:00-12:00 midnight
2692 Madison Rd
September 9, Tuesday 6:00 PM
Grand Rapids, MI
2660 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
September 10, Wednesday 7:00 PM
Barnes and Noble
14790 US Hwy 31 N
September 11, Thursday 7:00 PM
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
September 12, Friday 7:30 PM
Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Ave
September 14, Sunday 3:00 PM
Barnes and Noble
Colonial Plaza Market Center
2418E. Colonial Dr, Orlando
September 15, Monday 7:00 PM
Tampa, FL (Carrolwood)
Barnes and Noble
11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway
September 16, Tuesday 12:00 noon
161 Lexington Green Circle
859 273 2911
Book Signing/Lunch event
September 16, Tuesday 6:30 PM
Bowling Green, KY
Warren Public Library – Bob Kerby Branch
175 Iron Skillet Court
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Books hosted by Barnes and Noble
September 17, Wednesday 7:00 PM
757 Brookwood Village
September 25, Thursday 6:00 PM
Portland, OR (Beaverton)
Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
800 878 7323
Joint event and signing with Richard Kadrey
September 26, Friday, 6:00 PM
Highland Ranch store
9315 Dorchester St
Joint event and signing with Richard Kadrey
September 27, Saturday 7:00 PM
140 Kentucky St
Joint event and signing with Richard Kadrey
September 29, Monday 7:00 PM
The Poison Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101
408 947 2974
Joint event and signing with Richard Kadrey
September 30, Tuesday 7:00 PM
Santa Fe, NM
Jean Cocteau Cinema (GRRM theatre)
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Interview, Q&A, Book Signing
Admission: Free with purchase of a hardcover book, $5 with purchase of a paperback, $10 without book purchase
Comic Con NY
October 11 and 12th
Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy: Keynote speaker Kim Harrison
900 E. Lookout Dr
October 13, Monday 7:00 PM
7404 S. Olympia Ave.
October 28, Tuesday 6:30
Murder By the Book
2342 Bissonnett St
Joint signing with Ilona Andrews
October 30, Thursday
Ann Arbor, MI
Nicola’s Books for the End of tour Devil’s Night Party
2513 Jackson Rd (Use Jackson Ave for your GPS)
September 5th, 2014 at 10:45 am
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Our fall reading lists are off to a strong start with the following titles, released this week:
Michelle Rowen, Echoes, eBook, September 1, 2014
Christine Feehan, Dark Blood, Carpathian Book 26, Hardcover, September 2, 2014
Devon Monk, House Immortal, House Immortal Book 1, Paperback, September 2, 2014
Dianne Duvall, Night Unbound, Immortal Guardians Book 5, Paperback, September 2, 2014
Kay Hooper, Haunted, Bishop/SCU Book 3, Hardcover, September 2, 2014
Patricia Briggs, Shifting Shadows, Mercy Thompson, Hardcover, September 2, 2014
Robin D. Owens, Ghost Layer, Ghost Seer Book 2, Paperback, September 2, 2014
Seanan McGuire, The Winter Long, October Daye Book 8, Paperback, September 2, 2014
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Son of No One, Dark-Hunter, Hardcover, September 2, 2014
Thea Harrison, Night’s Honor, Elder Races Book 7, Paperback, September 2, 2014
September 4th, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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Can you believe that it’s already September? Where did summer go? Between the excitement surrounding the wedding of a family member and getting my daughter ready to attend a new school the second half of the month just escaped me.
Here are the titles that you may have missed towards the end of August:
Jaye Wells, Cursed Moon, Prospero’s War, Paperback, August 12, 2014
Susan Krinard, Black Ice, Midgard Book 2, Paperback, August 12, 2014
Kelley Armstrong, Visions, Cainsville Book 2, Hardcover, August 19, 2014
Christine Warren, Stone Cold Lover, Gargoyles Book 2, Paperback, August 26, 2014
Cynthia Eden, Playing With Fire, Phoenix Fire Book 3, Paperback, August 26, 2014
Jayne Castle, The Hot Zone, Rainshadow Book 3, Paperback, August 26, 2014
Jeaniene Frost, The Beautiful Ashes, Broken Destiny Book 1, Paperback, August 26, 2014
Jessica Sims, Wanted: Wild Thing, Paperback, August 26, 2014
Kristen Callihan, Evernight, Darkest London Book 5, Paperback, August 26, 2014
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Accidentally…Over?, Accidentally Yours, Paperback, August 26, 2014
Simon R. Green, Voices From Beyond, Ghost Finders Book 6, Paperback, August 26, 2014
September 4th, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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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?
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
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
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July 18th, 2014 at 12:26 am
Apparently J.R. Ward shared the cover for her upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood novel, The Shadows, on the weekend but I just found it today. In case you missed it as well, here it is:
The Warden listed the release date as April 20th, 2015 but Amazon has it listed as April 7th (and yes, it is available for pre-order from Amazon). Regardless of the exact day, my birthday is in April so I know what my “To Laurie, Love Laurie” gift is going to be, lol.
July 8th, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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
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