Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 11/10/19


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 so glad there are authors because I just LOVE books.  Ebooks, audiobooks, paperbacks – love ‘em.  Last week I told you about the Other Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.  It’s on her website and it’s free.  It’s the first 4 chapters (so far) of the first book she wrote, Halfway to the Grave except it’s from Bones’ point of view.  It’s incredibly fun to read what the stoic, no nonsense, centuries old master vampire Bones thinks as he falls in love.  Hee hee.  Bones with hearts circling his head.  *snicker* How hard they fall.  HA!

Full disclosure here. I gotta tell you one drawback.  You and I know about our stash of books on our TBR pile. You know that pile – the pile we sometimes hide from loved ones in case they think we need an intervention. Yeah, that pile.  I’m not reducing it when I come across these kinds of tempting novellas  You ask why on earth would that be a problem? Well, from reading these three chapters, I couldn’t help myself and went back to my old books from the series and started re-reading them.  I’m now halfway through the second book in the series.  I forgot how good that series really is.  With that being said, any newbies that are looking for a good romance and action packed series, the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost would be a excellent recommendation.

From the escapades of Bones and Cat, we meet a LOT of vampires.  We meet Ian, Mencheres (who are Bones’ sire and grand sire respectively) and Spade to start.  The Night Huntress series spawns The Night Huntress World where Mencheres and Spade find their special someones.  The Night Rebel series focuses on Ian.  The first book in the Night Rebel series is called Shades of Wicked.  It was released October 30, 2018.  Now, book #2 will be released early next year and that book will be called…

Title: Wicked Bite
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Night Rebel #2
Release date:  January 28, 2020
Description: Some promises are meant to be broken…

Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she’s about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

Some vows are forever…

Ian’s memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn’t about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared. So what if demons, other Law Guardians, and dangerous, otherworldly forces stand against them? Come hell or high water, Ian intends to remind Veritas of the burning passion between them, because she is the only person seared on his mind–and his soul…

While surfing around, I found another similar kind of read.  It’s from 2012, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.  Check it out.

Title:  Wicked as They Come
Author:  Delilah S. Dawson
Series:  Blud #1
Release Date:  March 27, 2012
Description: When nurse Tish Everett forced open the pesky but lovely locket she found at an estate sale, she had no idea she was answering the call of Criminy Stain, from the far off land of Sang. He’d cast a spell for her, but when she’s transported right to him, she’s not so sure she’s ready to be under the spell of another man. (It didn’t go so well last time with controlling, abusive, domineering Jeff.) If only Criminy wasn’t so deliciously rakish….

Half the inhabitants of Sang are Pinkies—human—and the other half are Bludmen, who in Tish’s world would be called vampires. But they don’t mess with any of the bat/coffin/no sunlight nonsense. They’re rather like you and me, just more fabulous, long living, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.) But when the evil Mayor of Manchester (formerly Bludchester) redoubles his efforts to rid Sang of the Bludmen once and for all, stealing Tish’s locket in hopes of traveling back to her world himself for reinforcements, Criminy and Tish must battle ghosts, sea monsters, wayward submarines, a secret cabal, and thundering Bludmares to get the locket back and allow Tish to return home…but has she found love with Criminy? Could she stay in Sang forever?


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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 11/3/19


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.

  • Oh, my gosh.  Lisa Shearin has come out of the writing cave and announced two book releases for 2020!  I’m so excited!!

The first is the new series she’s working on.  This will be a paranormal thriller and the title is The Entity Game. There isn’t a description yet, but the title sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?  Anyway, the release date will hopefully be in June 2020.  Keep watching and when I hear, you will too.

Second, is news about the SPI files!  I know we’ve talked about this before, but the next book will be called The Solstice Countdown.

It’s going to be released later in 2020, but I’m rather jazzed that Mac is taking Rafe  home to her family.  This relationship is getting more serious!!

Now, here is a surprise for 2021! She’s working on a new Raine Benares book!  I know that 2021 is over a year away, but with the other two books to keep us busy, the time will go fast.

  • I believe that we’ve also discussed Jeaniene Frost’s first chapter of Halfway to the Grave from Bones’s point of view.  She got such a response, she’s writing more!  She’s even named the novella The Other Half to the Grave.  I’m thinking that she’s not expecting to publish this little story.  I think it’s more of a stress reliever for her.  Kind of a comfortable chair with a blanket.  Or coming home to family. Just remember, I don’t know how long these chapters will stay up on her website.  Also, every week she’s going to publish another chapter.  What could be better??

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

  • Kris Michaels released the BIG bang origination story of the Kings of Guardian.  Gabriel started the business and now we will hear his story with his lovely Anna.

Title:  Gabriel
Author:  Kris Michaels
Series: Guardian Defenders #1
Release date: October 29, 2019
Description: David Xavier—and all those he loved or counted as friends—would forever be mouth-watering targets to men of evil intent. His wealth could settle a small country’s foreign debt. Because of this, from the moment of his birth, his mother obscured his identity. Reborn as the man named Gabriel, however, he walked free into a world where the innocents and the weak cried out for a defender, for the hand of justice, for a guardian angel.

In response, an elite, paramilitary operation, Guardian, rose to stand between the evil men did and those whom they would make their victims. Gabriel was CEO. His goal was worthy and all consuming, but fighting on the side of angels didn’t make his nights less lonely or soothe the ache in his heart for hearth, home, and family.

He needed a courageous woman of unflinching integrity, of goodness and honor, to stand at his side. He’d given up hope of finding such a person. He thought he’d found her years ago. The sex had been combustible, but they’d met at the very birth of Guardian, when he hadn’t time for a personal life. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.

Over the years, twenty-eight-year-old, Denver ER nurse, Anna Harriger, watched as all her friends, many of whom were former patients, found their soul mates, got married, and had children. Shoot, she’d been a bridesmaid six times. She figured she was destined to be the “crazy friend” that everyone liked but who, at the end of the day, went home to a solitary apartment. She wanted love. She wanted a family, but she refused to compromise her standards. She’d met her Prince Charming, but unlike the fairytale, after an incendiary night of sex, she’d never seen him again. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.

When events throw them together again, each find their attraction vastly more than simply physical, but once again, Gabriel’s responsibilities pull them apart. After an absence of almost half a year, Gabriel returns for Anna, but she has vanished. He will do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to find her and bring her home, but fear dogs his efforts. Who was she running from? Why did she disappear so thoroughly? He knew his Anna. She’d have a very good reason.

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Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter

Jane is sick.  Everything is in flux.  People are missing.  She can barely sit up, how on earth will she be able to help?


Title: Shattered Bonds
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Jane Yellowrock #13
Publish Date:  October 29, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:  Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and vampire killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal–or to die–from the disease brought on by her magic.

But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and the younger Son of Darkness stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.

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

Nervous Nellie says…

Yes, I did it.  I don’t regret it.  Was it fun? Dang skippy.

I stayed home from work yesterday and read Faith Hunter’s new release, Shattered Bonds.  It was great.  I don’t mean ”great” as a boring old adjective.  I mean ”great” as a super high flying, marvelously fantastic, descriptor to an awesome book.  Seriously.

To forewarn you, Jane Yellowrock #13 is the second to last book in the series.  There is no sex described but there is violence and bloodshed.  You know, typical Jane Yellowrock.  There is no swearing because, well, Jane doesn’t roll that way. One last warning: if you or a loved one are going through cancer treatments, this may not be the best escape for you. Then again, maybe it would as Jane kicks it’s butt.

I love Jane Yellowrock and Bruiser.  This story has them front and center along with the rest of the family.  It is a fabulous tale of family supporting family through everything.  I read this story in one sitting.  To clarify, it was an all day sitting.  The story, as all Jane Yellowrock stories, brought the world In which Jane lives into vivid pictures in my head.  I cannot reccommend this series enough.

Jane is sick. Very, very sick. She can put off her sickness by remaining in Beast form, but it’s not ideal.  Her family is trying every avenue they can in order to find her a cure.  Sometimes though, you just have to do it yourself.  There are wars brewing.  The vacuum Leo and Titus left is huge.  Jane was supposed to fill that void, but she didn’t. She chose to fight the tumor that was growing and taking her health and vitality. Until Edmund Hartley goes missing…and Jane finds out.

This book is different than the rest.  It’s got it’s violence, sure, but not as I’m used to.  Jane depended on her family a lot more.  It was serious teamwork that made things work.  Sure, there were a few nods to Leo and how Jane learned from him the art of deal making.  When Jane came to NoLA, she thought she knew what she was about. These past 10 years have seen her grow, change and then grow some more. This story reflected a lot on who Jane is now and where she came from.  How her past deeds, good or bad, has impacted her, Beast and their soul home.  As always this was a joy to read and I’ll be anxiously awaiting the final installment.  It makes me sad to say that, but all good things must come to an end.  Oh, and I hesitate to say this, but I do miss Leo. Dang fangheads.


Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

…you might try the  Soulwood series. Takes place in the same time and almost same place as Jane Yellowrock series.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.



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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 10/27/19


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 have a favorite author that has been unleashing books unto the world.  So  much so that I have not kept up.  He writes pure magic…literally.  Meet Steve McHugh, again.

The last Hellequin Chronicles book WAS officially Scorched Shadows, but then came The Avalon Chronicles, which is listed as books 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3.  Steve is tricky that way.  After the trilogy of The Avalon Chronicles, Steve moves on to The Rebellion Chronicles.  Further down this post I have attached the first couple of paragraphs in Sorcery Reborn, obtained directly from Steve’s website. This is the first book in The Rebellion Chronicles.  After that is the link to Steve’s website in order to read the whole first chapter.  I tell you this with one warning.  You will not be able to read Sorcery Reborn until after it’s released November 28, 2019.  This first chapter will suck you in quickly.  You will want the book right away to continue on the journey.  Good thing there are plenty of books in the series prior that you can re-read.  Just warnin’ ya.

Title: Scorched Shadows
Author: Steve McHugh
Series: Hellequin Chronicles #7
Release date:  October 17, 2017
Description: In the final chapter of the Hellequin Chronicles, secrets will be revealed, friendships will be tested, and destinies will be fulfilled.

Avalon is under siege. A shadowy cabal, headed by a mysterious figure known only as “My Liege”, has launched a series of deadly attacks across the globe, catching innocent human bystanders in the crossfire.

Emerging from the debris of battle, Nate Garrett, the sixteen-hundred-year-old sorcerer also called Hellequin, and his friends must stop My Liege once and for all. But powerful forces stand in their way. To save Avalon, they will need to enlist the help of Mordred, once Nate’s greatest nemesis, now his most formidable ally. But Mordred is grappling with a dark prophecy that could spell Nate’s doom…

The fate of the world hangs in the balance. Even if Nate can halt the war, will there be anything left worth saving?


Title:  Sorcery Reborn
Author: Steve McHugh
Series: The Rebellion Chronicles
Release date: November 28, 2019
Description: He doesn’t need a weapon. He is the weapon.

After losing his powers in an epic battle between good and evil, former sorcerer Nate Garrett finds himself living as a humble human in Clockwork, Oregon. While the world thinks Nate is dead, his friends continue to fight against Avalon and the evil it’s intent on spreading.

Avalon’s forces turn up in Clockwork, and Nate’s frustration grows with every passing day his magic doesn’t return. He finds himself trying to stop Avalon’s plans while hiding from enemies who would destroy everything in their path to see him dead.

Avalon’s darkness begins to threaten the people Nate cares about, and an old nemesis returns; magic or no magic, he has no choice but to fight. But will Nate see his magical powers reborn before the entire town—and everyone he loves—is destroyed?

Paragraphs obtained directly from Steve McHugh’s author website.

Chapter One

Nate Garrett


A year. I’d been told it would be a year. Gotta be honest: that hadn’t turned out so well, had it?

Clockwork was a town of just over seven thousand people, the majority of whom appeared to be quite nice. Acknowledging that being a solitary loner who never spoke to anyone was a pretty good way to screw up your mental health, I’d made sure to make a few friends in my time here. While the last two years had sucked on more than one occasion, having friends was one of the good parts.

I’d introduced myself to Clockwork as Nate Carpenter, Nate Garrett being, for all intents and purposes, officially dead. I’d used the surname of my best friend from my old life. Tommy was one of the people I missed seeing the most.



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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 10/13/19


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.

It’s Craig Schaefer day!  He is a writing maniac!  I’ve got news on 3 new releases.

  1.  Harmony Black is back!

Title:  Right to Kill
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: Harmony Black #5
Release date: October 22, 2019
Description: When two operatives go dark in Tampa, chasing the trail of an oligarch with ties to the demonic underworld, Vigilant Lock — the nation’s first and last line of defense against occult attack — sends their best to the rescue: Harmony Black, a troubled investigator and an elemental witch with a keen but tangled mind; and her partner Jessie Temple, the daughter of a supernatural slasher and the inheritor of her father’s powers.

The trail of clues leads them to the doorstep of Judah Cranston, a wealthy scientist with dark secrets and a darker agenda. Toss in an alluring marine biologist with eyes for Harmony, and a pair of demon-blooded troubleshooters on a hunt of their own, and Tampa Bay is heating up fast. As the mission takes Harmony and Jessie from the sun-drenched Florida coast to a gloomy New England fishing town steeped in forgotten history, they find themselves up against a threat far greater — and more otherworldly — than they ever expected.

2.  Daniel Faust

Title:  The Locust Job
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: Daniel Faust #9
Release date: maybe January 2020

3.  Charlie McCabe

Title:  The Insider
Author: Craig Schaefer
Series: Charlie McCabe #2
Release date: July 7, 2020

ALERT!! ALERT! ALERT!  New anthology! 19 authors including Jim Butcher!  Gotta check this out!

Title: Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within
Author: L. J. Hachmeister (Author), R.R. Virdi (Author), Aaron Michael Ritchey (Author), E.A. Copen (Author), Russell Nohelty (Author), Todd Fahnestock (Author), Colton Hehr (Author), Jody Lynn Nye (Author), Jim Butcher (Author), D.J. Butler (Author), David Afsharirad (Author), Neo Edmund (Author), Sarah A. Hoyt (Author), James A. Hunter (Author), Christopher Husberg (Author), Gama Ray Martinez (Author), Christopher Ruocchio (Author), Josh Vogt (Author), Yudhanjaya Wijeratne (Author)
Release Date:  October 8, 2019
Description: Heroes and villains are not always on the opposite ends of the spectrum of good and evil. Sometimes, all that separates them is a fine line. The stories within “Parallel Worlds” explore the lives of such heroes and what drives them — and what keeps them from crossing over to the other side.

This anthology features nineteen stories from bestselling, award-winning, and emerging authors, and includes brand new, never-before seen stories from Jim Butcher’s, “Dresden Files,” Robert Asprin’s “The Myth-Adventures” by Jody Lynn Nye, and Neo Edmund’s “Red Riding Alpha Huntress Chronicles.”

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