Nell’s Gossip and Sunday Book Hunt 12/4
Welcome to One Book Two. I love gossip and what gossip is any better than book or author gossip? Normally, I’m not one to spread rumors, so be sure you listen close the first time.
This Weeks Gossip:
I get the ultimate honor of sharing a cover reveal with you today! I just found out recently that one of my fave authors is releasing a new book in the spring of 2017.
Elspeth never thought of herself as vengeful but when Charles, expert horseman and her childhood friend, dies after being thrown from his horse, she is determined to see justice done. Her discovery of a rock stained with his blood confirms her worst fears, and her suspicion soon turns to his beautiful but cold widow, Lady Chiswick. The widow hardly seems to care that her husband is dead and her flirtation with the Earl of Westmarch grows more obvious with each passing day. When the handsome earl stands in the way of Elspeth’s investigation, she can only assume that his fondness for the lovely widow is clouding his judgment, or worse, that he is involved in murder.
But like the widow, Elspeth finds it difficult to ignore the earl’s devastating charm, and she resorts to desperate measures to confront the killer. Unfortunately, her wayward heart betrays her, and she is torn between her desire for justice and her growing love for the man who may be responsible for Charles’s death.
Faith Hunter writes the trilogy is the Rogue Mage series. She released an anthology on November 28, 2016 called TRIALS and the authors include: Faith Hunter, Diana Francis, Misty Massey, Lou J Berger, Ken Schrader, Spike Y Jones, Christina Stiles, Tamsin Silver, Melissa McArthur.
The Rogue Mage world began long ago, when the epic battle between the High Host and the Darkness was won and lost. Now, nine writers—including Faith Hunter herself—take fans of Thorn St. Croix into the past, before the opening pages of . These stories, set in Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing dangers unimaginable. And they must save the world all over again.
If you ever wondered what happened between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, dragons and their creatures, and humans before the series, now is your chance to delve deeper and wider. The ebook TRIALS presents twenty-one vignettes and short stories. TRIALS will be followed soon by TRIBULATIONS, and then by the trade paperback omnibus TRIUMPHANT. Enjoy!
TRIBULATIONS authors are Lucienne Diver, Jean Rabe, Spike Y Jones, Christina Stiles, Faith Hunter.
Fave author Melissa Olson is releasing a new Scarlett Bernard trilogy in February of 2017! It’s also doubling as book 4 in the Scarlet Bernard series and the series/trilogy will be called Disrupted Magic. If you like Scarlett Bernard’s world and the Boundary Magic series, then prepare for some awesomeness!!
Title: Midnight Curse
Author: Melissa Olson
To Be Released: February 7, 2017
Description: Scarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett’s job is to keep the supernatural world hidden—at any cost.
On the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate. Molly, a vampire, had been living with twelve human college students…and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.
Scarlett believes Molly’s been set up, but no one else in the Old World agrees with her. And the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre—the penalty for which is death.
With less than two days to prove her friend’s innocence, Scarlett calls on former LAPD detective Jesse Cruz to help her dig into Molly’s past. But no one—Molly included—wants Scarlett and Jesse to bring the terrible truth to light.
NEXT big announcement from Melissa Olson is that Nightshades was a big hit for her (see our review here) and Tor Publishers has asked her to do 2 more!! Woot!! TWO more books in the Nightshades universe, tentatively called Switchback and Outbreak. Switchback will be late 2017, and Outbreak likely the year after. You can read the full release here. Exciting, huh!!
Description: Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.
Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.
Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.
Y’all know I love audiobooks. It’s an addiction that is shamelessly encouraged by Ivana. One of my favorite authors, Tina Folsom, included this in her last newsletter.
“Due to the new royalty structure at ACX/Audible (the Amazon company that independent authors like myself go through to get their audibooks made), I’m unable to continue producing audiobooks for my series. Because I carry all production costs, and ACX/Audible now only pays a tiny amount of royalties (in many cases between $0.50 – $1.50 per audiobook even on audiobooks that cost the listener $19.99), it would take over 3 years just to recoup my investment. Therefore, I have made the business decision, not to spend any more money on audiobook production.”
This is insanely disappointing for me, but Indie authors go through a lot of crap in order to be successful. I’m hoping Ms. Folsom finds an alternative company to go to in order to produce audiobooks, but if she doesn’t, it still won’t stop me from reading her books.
SQUEEE!!! COVER REVEAL!! And EXCERPT!
I miss my old Ford pickup truck but I had to ditch it after my previous host was destroyed by one of Jael’s button men – an angel named Sariel. There was also the matter of having been set up for the murder of a priest, so, yeah … switching bodies can save your bacon nine times out of ten.
Scott Richter did have a bit of money squirreled away – as in nearly a hundred thousand bucks in investments. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of his account numbers let alone his PIN so I’m poor again.
I would have loved to have splurged and bought myself a gorgeous condominium overlooking the Bedford Basin and a beautiful automobile like a Ferrari or even a Bentley. Instead, I bought used Ford Explorer for about three grand on his credit card because I’m not one for drawing attention to myself. I had to find a new place to live – I abandoned my old flat in Uniacke Square furniture and all. Now I reside in a furnished two bedroom basement apartment on Chebucto Road, about ten minutes from the old bridge over the harbour and in a thoroughly respectable neighbourhood.
We’ll see how long that lasts.
My landlord is a kindly old bird name Mrs. Gillings – she’s well into her 80’s now but I happen to know she’ll be sticking around until she’s 103 years old at which time she’s going to simply die in her sleep at 3:13 AM on February 6th to be precise. Frankly, that’s the best way to go. The souls of the departed are always docile instead of kicking and screaming about the fact they’re no longer alive or worse, heading for a first-class trip to eternal damnation. She makes me steak and kidney pies and something called Salt Cod and Pork Scraps which is quite possibly to most vile tasting dish I’ve ever consumed. I rake the leaves and tend to her property the best way I can and my rent here is only $500 a month. I always slip in an extra $100 and then insist that she take it for the power and oil for the furnace.
What’s this? Tim Reaper is going soft? Not really, I just think it’s wrong that I’m likely the old lady’s only company these days since her no-good children live across the country and her hubs has been dead going on twenty years now.
I threw on my cargo pants and a sweatshirt taking enough time to stare at my face in the mirror. I pulled at the bags under my eyes with two fingers and stuck out my tongue. The face gazing back at me looked like it had been dragged behind a truck for five city blocks. My host’s blonde hair hung limply over my ears and my eyes were bloodshot to the point where you couldn’t make out the whites anymore. Four days’ worth of stubble on my chin gave me the wino look, my teeth felt like they had fur growing on them.
“Classy, Reaper,” I grumbled. “You’re a bag of shit, did you know that?”
I could have hopped in the shower but there was an urgency to Spark’s voice that told me to haul ass over to the crime scene. I brushed my teeth, scrubbed my face the best I could and splashed enough water into my hair to run a comb through it. Then I grabbed a bottle of eye drops from the medicine cabinet and emptied its contents into both eyes.
“Fresh as a daisy,” I said quietly as I eyeballed by shoulder holster hanging next to my trench coat. I didn’t have a license to carry a concealed weapon and I was heading to a crime scene that was swimming with cops. Detectives who’d probably want to know how the name RICHTER managed to make its way onto the wall of a child’s bedroom not to mention the irony of it being my host’s last name as well. A concealed weapon wouldn’t go down too well so I decided to leave my guns at home and instead I slipped a boot knife into each of my boots.
In minutes I was cruising across the MacDonald Bridge and heading to North End Dartmouth. I’d grabbed a coffee from a convenience store and a fresh pack of smokes. Like all convenience store coffee, the black liquid in my paper cup tasted like concentrated roofing tar but it had enough of a kick to it that I got a sharp jolt just in time to stop at the toll booth on the Dartmouth end of the bridge. A morbidly obese man wearing a powder blue uniform shirt with the badge of the Metro Bridge Commission on each shoulder took one look at me and threw me grimaced as I handed him a five dollar bill.
“You look like shit, Mister,” he said, handing me five bucks worth of bridge tokens.
I deposited a token into the toll and gave her a quick once-over. “I get that a lot. Today is June 28th and you should probably mark November 21st on your calendar. I think it’s going to be a bad day for you.”
“What are you talking about?” he said, startled.
“Nothing,” I replied. “I look like shit, remember?”
The barrier swung up and I tromped on the gas pedal, leaving the toll booth guy in a haze of blue smoke. I lit a cigarette as I drove up Nantucket and then turned left on Victoria Road. I didn’t have to go very far because no sooner had I turned out of the intersection when my eyes were blinded by flashing blue lights that lit up the darkness about a block and a half in front of me. I managed to pull the Explorer in behind a florist’s van and I hopped out of my truck, coffee in hand and a cigarette dangling out of the corner of my mouth. I padded over to a uniformed officer monitoring the police line and took a sip of my coffee.
“Go home, sir. The area is cordoned off.” he said.
“I kind of figured that when I saw the yellow tape. I’m looking for Detective Sergeant Carol Sparks. She’s expecting me.”
I gave me a once over as he reached for his radio handset. “Marie, it’s Steve. I got some guy here who wants to see Sparks. She around?”
The radio hissed and a woman’s voice thick with an eastern shore accent replied. “I’ll get her, stand by.”
Another fave author, Steve McHugh, is tormenting all his fans with his blog post that is exposing what he’s working on right now. It’s Hellequin Chronicles book #7. Scorched Shadows. If you check his blog, you’ll see a screen shot of the title page. If only I could reach the mouse…
ANOTHER BOOK COVER REVEAL!! SQUEE!!! One more fave author announcement. Craig Schaefer posted the book cover for Glass Predator. If you remember, he writes the Daniel Faust series as well as the Harmony Black Series. Glass Predator will be released March 28, 2017. I think the cover is pretty cool. I didn’t much like the cover of the 1st book, but now that the series has progressed, I can see the big picture.
Title: Glass Predator
Description: For Harmony Black, practicing witch and government agent, defeating criminal masterminds and eliminating supernatural threats are all in a day’s work. She’s ready to fight, as long as she can count on her partner, Jessie Temple; her team at off-the-books special FBI unit Vigilant Lock; and her magic. But her latest case threatens it all.
A high-profile bank robbery reveals thieves with the same unnatural strength and turquoise eyes as Jessie, who was touched by the King of Wolves. Jessie becomes unstable, struggling with her inner Beast, and Harmony’s magic is threatened by unexpected interference. Even worse, the women uncover a secret their own handler may kill to protect, forcing Vigilant Lock to go off the grid.
From the smoky back rooms of Washington, DC, inhabited by the crooked elite, to the astonishing high-rises of corrupt upper-crust Manhattan, Harmony and Jessie fight to uncover and halt a mass conspiracy threatening US soil in a race against time—and hell.
now on to the part you really came here for:
BOOK HUNT! (I so want to read this book. Watch for the review in the future.)
Description: After untold centuries of absence, the evil Ancients have returned. Their magic appears unstoppable and their hunger for conquest is insatiable. To protect the country of Nia, Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug make a desperate journey to find a human legend: A man known to have destroyed these Ancient foes with a powerful army.
But legends can lie.
When Paug and Nadea revive their hero from sleep, his virtue is far from clear.
Is he really their Savior or their Destroyer?
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