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
*** Holy Crap, Peeps, Herself is coming to My city!!!! ***
*** No one ever comes to my city… I’m sooo Excited!!! ***
Please excuse the above Fangirl moment, Peeps, but this is HUGE news. Not only is Diana Gabaldon coming to Canada to promote Written in my Own Heart’s Blood, but she’s coming to Barrie, ON, and you can believe me when I say that absolutely zero NY Times best selling authors come here. I think I actually peed a little when I read this…
Don’t live close to Barrie and wondering where else you might see Diana? Get in line at one of these locations:
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
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.
It’s Friday, Peeps. The school buses were cancelled county wide today and our local weather reports are calling for freezing rain mixed with flurries for the next couple of days. What does that have to do with you? Nothing, really, but it feels like a fine time for a Flash Giveaway!
The very lovely Deidre Knight has provided us with an electronic copy of Parallel Attraction, the first book in her Parallel series, to give away to some lucky readers. Entry details at the end of this post…
Enter New York Times bestselling author Deidre Knight’s time-bending universe of warring worlds, intimate betrayals, and unspent desire with the first installment of her Parallel series. “…humorous…heart-wrenching…compelling…. What a page-turner!” – Gena Showalter, author of The Darkest Craving.
An unexpectedly sensual connection…
Finding a mate is the farthest thing from alien warrior Jared Bennett’s mind. After years of exile on Earth, the king is close to developing a weapon that will alter the fabric of time and hopefully bring peace to his own people. But a chance encounter with scientist Kelsey Wells ignites a scorching desire far more consuming than talks of rebellion.
To Kelsey, Jared’s heritage is exotic and alarming – nothing like the logical, scientific facts of her own world. But despite her fears, she can’t deny the heated response of her body every time the magnetic leader comes near.
A dangerous allure…
As the bond between them grows, Jared struggles with a shocking family secret that keeps him from claiming Kelsey as his own. And a visitor from the future escalates Jared’s battle for his people’s freedom to a fever pitch, forcing the lovers to face one inescapable fact: Time can save them, as much as it can destroy them.
The Parallel series has recently been given an update with new covers and Kindle editions now include updated scenes and bonus material.
To enter simply answer this question: What was the original name of the Parallel series?(Hint: The answer can be found on Deirdre’s site, or on Goodreads)
Fill out the brief Contact form and be sure to copy “Parallel Attraction Flash Giveaway” in the Subject field.
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”.
Between now and Monday, February 17th, read Mind Games by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White for FREE. The perfect chance to get prepped for the sequel,Perfect Lies, before it hits stores on February 18th!
Annie and Fia are as close as two sisters can be. Most importantly, they keep each other’s secrets, even the dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition—her first impulse is always exactly right. When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong … but she doesn’t grasp just how wrong.
At the Keane School, Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie’s life. Now Fia’s falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she’s ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won’t let them take her future.
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!