Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt Draft 1/19/20

 

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.

I am starting off with news that is creating such a buzz that I can barely stand it!!  Unless you are under a rock, you know that Jim Butcher is releasing a new Dresden Files series book this year.  We have been waiting for YEARS but I am positive that the wait will be very worth minute.  Here is a link that will take you to an article with an excerpt of the new “Peace Talks” book.  I hazard to guess that if you read the excerpt, you will have severe craving for more Harry.  Maybe start the series again.  Harry has been through a lot.

Title:  Peace Talks
Author: Jim Butcher
Series:  Dresden Files #16
Release date:  July 14, 2020
Description: When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago–and all he holds dear?

Don’t forget to scope out the EW preview link

 

 

Here’s another legend adding to her series…

Title:  The Graveyard Shift
Author:  Darynda Jones
Series:  Charlie Davidson #13.5
Release date:  June 9, 2020
Description: Guarding a precocious five-year-old who is half-human, half-god, and 100% destined to save the world is no easy feat.

Garrett Swopes was the ultimate skeptic until he met a certain hellion and her husband. They vanished after stopping a catastrophic event and left him, a mere mortal, in charge of protecting their gift to mankind. But when she disappears as well, he needs the help of another breed of hellion. One who can see past the veil of space and time. One who betrayed him.

She will get a truce in the deal, but she will never earn his forgiveness.

Marika Dubois’s son—a warrior in the coming war between heaven and hell—was foreseen long before his birth. But to create a child strong enough to endure the trials that lay ahead, she needed a descendant of powerful magics. She found that in Garrett Swopes and tricked him into fathering her son. A ploy he has never forgiven her for. But when he knocks on her door asking for her help, she sees the fierce attraction he tries to deny rise within him.

And Marika has to decide if she dares risk her heart a second time to help the only man she’s ever loved.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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It’s Time To Start The Dresden Files Reread!

Hello, Book Lovers!

As you have hopefully heard, the long-awaited next book in the Dresden Files series, Peace Talks, is scheduled to publish on July 14. That’s fourteen weeks away. But since there are sixteen novels in the series, that means I’m slightly late in starting my reread of the series so I remember what the heck is happening in the Dresdenverse when the new book comes out.

UPDATE: Head on over to the EW website for an exclusive excerpt from the book!

The Jim Butcher website is hosting a read-along of all the novels starting this week, so if you feel so inclined, join the Goodreads group and have some great book discussions with other fans. The Goodreads group is only focusing on the main novels, though. If you are a completist like me, you may want to read all the novels, short stories, novellas, and graphic novels. So I’ve put together a schedule for those as well. It follows the Goodreads schedule, but includes more than just the one novel a week in some cases. I’ll post the schedule below.

Also, it’s the Year of Dresden at the Jim Butcher website. Every Tuesday they’ll be dropping microfiction, new announcements, and more. So if you’re a fan, head on over, sign up for the newsletter, and let the year of goodness begin!

Dresden Reread Completist Schedule

Dates Titles
Jan 13 – 26 “A Fistful of Warlocks” – short story in Brief Cases
“Restoration of Faith” – short story in Side Jobs
 Welcome to the Jungle – graphic novel
 Storm Front
Jan 27 – Feb 9  Fool Moon
 Ghoul, Goblin – graphic novel
 “B is for Bigfoot” – short story in Brief Cases
Feb 10 – 23  Grave Peril
Feb 24 – Mar 8  Summer Knight
Mar 9 – 22  Death Masks
Mar 23 – Apr 5  “A Vignette” – short story in Side Jobs
 Blood Rites
Apr 6 – 19  Dead Beat
Apr 20 – May 3  “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot” – short story in Brief Cases
 War Cry – graphic novel
 “Something Borrowed” – short story in Side Jobs
 Proven Guilty
May 4 – 17  White Night
May 18 – 31  Down Town – graphic novel
 “It’s My Birthday Too” – short story in any Side Jobs
Wild Card – graphic novel
“Mike” – short story at https://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2020/the-year-of-dresden-begins
*Dog Men – graphic novel. I’m unclear exactly where this story falls in the timeline, but it’s somewhere close to here.
 “Heorot” – short story in Side Jobs
 Small Favor
June 1 – 14  “Backup” – novella in Side Jobs
 “Day Off” – short story in Side Jobs
 “The Warrior” – short story in Side Jobs
 “Curses” – short story in Brief Cases
 “AAAA Wizardry” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Last Call” – short story in Side Jobs
 Turn Coat
June 15 – 28  “Bigfoot on Campus” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Even Hand” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Love Hurts” – short story in Side Jobs
 Changes
June 29 – Jul 12  “Aftermath” – short story in Side Jobs
 Ghost Story
Jul 17 – 26  “Bombshells” – short story in Brief Cases
 Cold Days
Jul 27 – Aug 9  “Cold Case” – short story in Brief Cases
 Skin Game
Aug 10 – 31  “Jury Duty” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Day One” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Zoo Day” – short story in Brief Cases
Peace Talks
“Christmas Eve” – short story at https://docs.google.com/document/d/12hNgNIqJM5jqHqC-J-jfLA0WNDG2zEW8TrK_uPzpUJg/edit (print only) or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pxLeRAWNPc86lY-h6cO75YbpkE8ShjHZ/view (illustrated edition)
“Monsters” – short story in Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within. I’m unsure where this story falls in the timeline.

Haunted be the Holidays by Heather Graham

When you’re looking for the victim of a mysterious murder in a theater, there is nothing like calling on a dead diva for help!

Title: Haunted be the Holidays
Author:  Heather Graham
Series:  Krewe of Hunters #26.5
Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Source: purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description: From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham comes a new story in her Krewe of Hunters series…

When you’re looking for the victim of a mysterious murder in a theater, there is nothing like calling on a dead diva for help! Krewe members must find the victim if they’re to discover the identity of a murderer at large, one more than willing to kill the performers when he doesn’t like the show.

It’s Halloween at the Global Tower Theatre, a fantastic and historic theater owned by Adam Harrison and run by spouses of Krewe members. During a special performance, a strange actor makes an appearance in the middle of the show, warning of dire events if his murder is not solved before another holiday rolls around.

Dakota McCoy and Brodie McFadden dive into the mystery. Both have a
special talent for dealing with ghosts, but this one is proving elusive. With the help of Brodie’s diva mother and his ever-patient father – who were killed together when a stage chandelier fell upon them – Dakota and Brodie set out to solve the case.

If they can’t solve the murder quickly, there will be no Thanksgiving for the Krewe . . .

Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series.

 

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


Nervous Nellie says…

 

I found this as a part as my Audible Escape package.  I’d never tried Heather Graham, so I figured to give her a shot.  I realize this is #26.5 in the series, but according to the description it is a stand alone.

I wouldn’t exactly believe the stand alone part.  There are plenty of references that I didn’t get.  It wasn’t an impactful book probably because I jumped into the middle of the series.

With that being said, it was a good book.  I got the drift mostly, although characters were a puzzle.  I got confused once or twice but I’m not the sharpest tack in the box either.  Anyway, this series obviously deals with the paranormal.  There were ghosts in this story so I imagine there are other paranormal things in the other books.  This story was a murder mystery.  No sex, no graphic gore but some really good writing.  That shouldn’t be a surprise since this is no indie author.  Heather Graham is well known and prolific author.

I think I’ll give the series a chance.  I feel like I’d be lying if I even rated this book because since it’s part of a series that sort of was a standalone but really not, I can’t really judge.  I thought it was good.  I’ll let you know more after I read more of the series.

 

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A Warrior Christmas by Teresa Gabelman

Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey!

Title:  A Warrior Christmas
Author: Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Protectors series #14
Release date: December 22, 2019
Description: Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey!

To have more Christmas fun dive into A Warrior Christmas to see which mate gets the perfect gift and which Warrior Grinch finds his holiday cheer.

 

 

 

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I’m going to be straight with you.  I was disappointed in this story.  I realize it was a short – 149 pages, but the writing was like a bunch of writers took a character and wrote their Christmas then smooshed all of the works together to complete the book.

It felt weird.  I’d be reading along about one character and at the end of the sentence the next character would start his/her thing.  It was just plain weird.  Fans of the Protectors series will want to read this just to get a Protectors fix, but it isn’t the best work our favorite vampires have gone and done.

There is a bit of innuendo and lead on to sex but no descriptive stuff.  There is a lot, and I mean A LOT of f-bombs dropped.  I didn’t recall that many in prior books, though I do remember them.  There wasn’t any death scenes.  Mostly everything that played out was at the compound and it was warriors and mates talking, growling or kissing one another.  There really wasn’t any development to the story, but it was good for a fix.

I don’t feel that I can rate this story very high since it appears like it was slapped together at the last minute.  Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. It’s still good for a tide-me-over til the next book comes out.

Our reviews in this series…

 

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Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

Set against the background of the youth-obsessed, drug-using fashion industry, this suspenseful tale sweeps from the glitzy to the seamy with all the flair and panache one has come to expect from Robb.

Title:Immortal in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #3
Publish Date: July 1, 1996
Genre: Fantasy suspense romance
Narrator: Susan Erickson
Publisher’s Description: When Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a top model, she is putting her career on the line, because the prime suspect is her best friend. Eve’s investigations lead her into the glamorous world of high fashion.

 

 



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


Nervous Nellie says…

Next on my re-read journey is Immortal in Death.

This book spotlights Mavis and hooks her with Leonardo.  Mavis is such a great person to be around.  Even though a grifter by trade, until meeting Dallas of course, she has the most up beat vision of life.  Eve loves her and is the first real friend Eve can count among her posse.

Mavis is accused of killing a bad tempered, vindictive and jealous model.  No possible way.  None.  Now, Mavis is scared out of her mind and Eve will prove her innocence come hell or high water.  This is also the book where Roarke meets Mavis and starts the long road to stardom for her.  What would we do without Roarke?

This is a good story, but it’s not as riveting as the ones before.  That doesn’t mean that it’s not worth it’s salt, though.  I enjoyed it and it created the link between Roarke and Mavis.  All of Eve’s friends will someday be Roarke’s friends too.  All these people that Eve brings with her into her relationship with Roarke makes him a happier man because none of them are after his money.  They love him because they love Eve.  I am fascinated at how the links are created and a family is built.

Our reviews in this series…

 

 

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