Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 1/24/21

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

  • Well, the cover is released on Jane Yellowrock #14.  The date isn’t set in stone and the description isn’t ready, but the cover art is awesome.  This has to be one of my most favorite series.

TitleTrue Dead
AuthorFaith Hunter
SeriesJane Yellowrock #14
Release date: July or August 2021
Description: no description available yet

  • So, since that last book is just a teaser, check out this one that I found as I was jumping from site to site.  I’ve never tried this author, but the description looks really tempting!

TitleHellishly Ever After
AuthorNadine Mutas
Series: Infernal Covenant #1
Release date:  December 24, 2020
DescriptionEver held a seance and accidentally trapped a demon into marriage? No takers? Just me? Crap.
Marriage is my idea of hell, at least until the day an unfairly hot demon shows up in my apartment and drags me to actual Hell—as his wife. I’d honestly rather have a root canal without sedation than marry anyone, least of all a surly—even if damnably attractive—demon, but I’m bound to the contract stupid teenage Me made with Azazel when I accidentally summoned and trapped him into marriage, to be consummated if I were still single at twenty-five.
I’d forgotten all about it.
He hasn’t.
And now he’s here to claim me.
Neither of us is thrilled about this marriage-of-inconvenience, but what I hate even more than the idea of being married…is being ignored. So when Azazel intends to simply park me out of sight and mind at the other end of his estate in Hell, I make it my newly eternal life’s mission to be as much of a real inconvenience for him as possible.
It’s all fun and games, until I find a soul that shouldn’t be in Hell, stumble smack-dab into the middle of a demon family feud…and the banter between me and Azazel turns so hot it might consume me.
 

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Morrigan’s Bite by Laura Bickle

Title:  Morrigan’s Bite
Author:  Laura Bickle
Series:  Crow’s Curse #2
Publish Date: October 23, 2020
Source: purchased by reviewer 
Pu
blisher’s Description:Becoming a vampire was the worst thing to ever happen to Garnet Conners. But does she have to become a monster, too?

Garnet had a beautiful life…and it was stolen from her when she was turned into a vampire against her will. Once a successful trauma surgeon with good friends, she now finds herself hiding out in the basement of a coven house governed by hostile witches. Struggling with her vampiric urges, she despairs of ever returning to her former life.

Garnet’s discovered that she’s an incarnation of the legendary Morrigan. She dreams in blood, of the Morrigan’s other bloodthirsty incarnations over the centuries. Garnet’s dreams reveal her previous existence as Erzebet Bathory, and Garnet fears becoming that monster once again.

With the help of the witches, she attempts to learn to use her magical powers to control her vampiric nature…an experiment that ends in disaster. When her sister and friend go missing, Garnet knows she’s being hunted by vampires who will stop at nothing to bring her back into their fold.

Merrel, the vampire who turned her, offers her a bargain. He will return the abducted women, but Garnet must agree to spend three nights with him, training as a vampire. Garnet reluctantly accepts, but she fears giving in to her vampire nature and becoming the killer of the previous lifetime she’s reliving in her dreams.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

What can I say?  Middle books of trilogies are always full of action. There is so much going on and the characters all have to stay alive until the last story is told.  Garnet is not happy.  She did not want to be a vampire.  Now that she is a vampire, she want’s to get rid of the whole schtick.  She wants to go back to being the best surgeon she can be and to live her live with her brown hair and no fangs or cravings for blood.

Since she’s unable to go back to the way things were before, she has to figure out what to do.  The vampires and witches are fighting a war.  They used to be allies, but the turbulence of the past centuries have done series damage.  Throughout this book, Garnet has to try and figure out who she is and what she is.  She has no help from Merrell or Sorin.  One is with the vampires and one is with the witches.  Both want Garnet for the power she wields.  Maybe they want more, but from where I’m sitting at this point, they want the power.

The Morrigan is a powerful goddess and she is the only one that can stop the war.  How she’s going to do that, is what I’m looking forward to in the last book of the trilogy.

There isn’t really any cliffhangers on the books, just lead ins to the next in the series.  There is blood (lots) and even gore (I didn’t flinch when the vampires are ripping on humans, but I couldn’t read the parts when the vampires feed on animals.)  So, just a heads up, there is one part in this book that is explicit with an animal.  Just skip a few lines, it’ll be ok.  There is no sex but there is violence.  Mostly, this book is about Garnet trying to find the world she belongs in.  I give it 5 stars.

Our reviews in this series…

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 1/17/2021

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

  • This book information was just released and although it’s not going to be ready to read until July, I thought a head’s up would be appropriate.

Title: Hex on the Beach
Author Kelley Armstrong, Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr
Series: Anthology (Cursed Luck #1.5)
Release date:  July 1, 2021
Description: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors Kelley Armstrong, Jeaniene Frost, and Melissa Marr deliver a sexy summer read with this novel-length anthology containing three all-new stories from their Cursed Luck, Night Huntress, and Faery Bargains worlds. Kennedy, Cat, and Gen are just trying to enjoy their respective getaways, but when immortals, vampires, and witches come out to play, things are bound to go awry. Let the supernatural hijinks begin! 

  • Now, if you happened to catch the Series name, you will see it’s book #1.5 in the series, so the question could be posed: “What’s book #1?”  (That’s what I did anyway.)  The first book in the series sounds really good even though I’m not a real Kelley Armstrong fan.  (I tried to like the Women of the Otherworld series, but it just didn’t stick.)

TitleCursed Luck
AuthorKelley Armstrong
SeriesCursed Luck #1.5
Release date:  March 27, 2020
Description: Kennedy Bennett comes from a long line of curse weavers. For centuries, her family has plied their trade in Unstable, Massachusetts, a quirky small town that’s welcomed paranormal practitioners since the dawn of spiritualism. Kennedy has recently struck out on her own, opening an antiques shop in Boston, where her speciality is uncursing and reselling hexed objects.

Then Aiden Connolly walks into her life with an offer she really should refuse. The scion of a wealthy family of luck workers, Aiden has a scheme to get his hands on the most famous cursed object of all: the mythical Necklace of Harmonia. He’s not the only one after the necklace, though. And he’s not the only one looking for a curse weaver to fix it. Kennedy’s sisters are kidnapped, she finds herself plunged into the underbelly of the magical world where even Aidan soon finds himself in over his head.

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Isabelle and Alexander by Rebecca Anderson

Isabelle and Alexander are married in an arranged marriage.  Alexander has a tragic accident after only 2 month being married.  Will love conquer all?

Title: Isabelle and Alexander
Author:  Rebecca Anderson
Publish Date:  May 4, 2021
Source:  NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:  London, 1850

Isabelle Rackham knows she will not marry for love. Though arranged marriages have fallen out of fashion, hers has been settled for some time to combine the upper-middle-class wealth of her father’s coal mines with Alexander Osgood’s prospering Northern country textile mills. Though not a man prone to romantic gestures, Alexander is well-known as an eligible bachelor. His good looks have turned more than one head, so Isabelle is content to think of herself as Alexander’s wife.

However, her marriage is not what she expected. Northern England is nothing like her home farther west in the lake country. Cold, dreary, and dark, the soot from the textile mills creates a gray hue that seems to cling to everything in the city of Manchester. Alexander is distant and aloof, preferring to spend his time at the mill rather than with her at home. Their few conversations are brief, polite, and lacking any emotion, leaving Isabelle lonely and desperately homesick.

Sensing his wife’s unhappiness, Alexander suggests a trip to his country estate. Isabelle hopes this will be an opportunity to get to know her new husband without the distractions of his business. But the change of scenery doesn’t bring them any closer. While riding together on horses, Alexander is thrown from his and becomes paralyzed. Tragedy or destiny? The help and care that Alexander now needs is Isabelle’s opportunity to forge a connection and create a deep and romantic love where nothing else could.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This a proper romance from Shadow Mountain Press.  Proper romance means that there are no sex scenes.  No hot and bothered kissing scenes.  It’s all about relationship building.

Isabelle was fully aware of the arranged marriage thing before she entered into the agreement.  What she expected was not what she thought she’d get.  Her marriage was a fairly distant one.  I’m not sure what drove Alexander to such lengths to not take the offered friendship and support of his new wife.  I guess that’s the answer maybe found in the history of the time.

Just because this is a proper romance doesn’t mean that there is no emotion.  There’s plenty of emotion and growth.  A woman learning to navigate in a world that she is not used to, with a whole army of people she doesn’t know.  At that time, there wasn’t much respect for women and their thoughts.  I could understand Isabelle’s reaction when Alexander started to warm up.  It was nice but when tragedy struck, it struck hard.

I got to hand it to Isabelle.  She was far stronger than she gave herself credit for – fighting for her husband and trying to build an impossible relationship.

I give this book a solid 4 stars.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 1.3.21

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

Let’s start the year with comedy.  Faith Hunter and several contemporaries have put this book together that takes place in the land of Jane Yellowrock.  Anything Jane Yellowrock is golden, so I’m pretty hyped about this new release.


Title
: Dirty Deeds
AuthorFaith Hunter, Diana Pharaoh Francis ,Devon Monk , and R.J. Blain
Release date: January 12, 2021
Description: Venture into a thrilling spinoff tale from the world of Jane Yellowrock, join vacationing gods in what appears to be a quiet, ordinary town, visit a supernatural hotel where the bedbugs could very well eat you, and dive into the zany, deadly world of the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series.

WHOO HOO!  A new Harbinger P.I. !

Title:  Grave Night
Author:  Adam Wright
Series:  Harbinger P.I. #10
Release date:  January 26, 2021
Description: If you can keep your cool when everyone else is losing theirs…maybe you don’t realize how bad the situation is

Rekhmire the Destroyer wants to annihilate the world (that’s what destroyers do) and he isn’t going to stop until he’s achieved his stretch goal of making everyone a part of his undead army.

Not on my watch. It’s time to send this walking piece of leather back to the tomb he crawled out of. But how am I supposed to do that when he’s immune to all magic and weapons?

A Harbinger’s gotta do what a Harbinger’s gotta do.

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