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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 5/28/17

This weekly installment is intended to help readers find out the news in the book world.  Pull up a chair and get in on the fun.  This Sunday, I feature new releases.  If you know of any that sound good and I missed, please let me know!

There are seriously so many good books being released that I feel my Mount TBR will avalanche all around me any minute.  I am happy to read them all, as I’m sure we all are!

  •  This title is released by Harlequin, but if you know the name Jeaniene Frost, you know exactly the amount of adventure involved.

Title:  The Sweetest Burn
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Broken Destiny#2
Release date:
June 27, 2017
Genre: Fantasy/Suspense/Romance
Publisher’s Description: Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his. 

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…

  •  I love Bec MacMaster’s books.  The adventure and mystery is more of the story than the actual romance.  Her world of London Steampunk is so vivid and colorful that I feel like I’m right there with them.

Title: The Mech Who Loved Me
Author: Bec MacMaster
Series:  London Steampunk: The Blueblood Conspiracy #2
Release date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy
Publisher’s Description:  Ava McLaren is tired of being both a virgin, and a mere laboratory assistant for the Company of Rogues. When a baffling mystery rears its head, it presents her with the opportunity to work a real case… and perhaps get a taste of the passion that eludes her.

Blue bloods are dying from a mysterious disease, which should be impossible. Ava suspects there’s more to the case than meets the eye and wants a chance to prove herself. There’s just one catch—she’s ordered to partner with the sexy mech, Kincaid, who’s a constant thorn in her side. Kincaid thinks the only good blue blood is a dead one. He’s also the very last man she would ever give her heart to… which makes him the perfect candidate for an affair.

The only rule? It ends when the case does.

But when an attempt on her life proves that Ava might be onto something, the only one who can protect her is Kincaid. Suddenly the greatest risk is not to their hearts, but whether they can survive a diabolical plot that threatens to destroy every blue blood in London—including Ava.

  •  A whole new series by Kathy Reichs? Who can say no to that! I love Temperance Brennan, but it’s time to meet Sunday Night.

Title:  Two Nights
Author: Kathy Reichs
Release date: June 30, 2017
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Publisher’s Description:  Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .
Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing.
But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie s help.
Is the girl dead?Did someone take her?If she is out there, why doesn t she want to be found?
It s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

  •  Don’t forget about the short story that Faith Hunter will be publishing in the new anthology released August 1, 2017.  The story is from Leo’s perspective.  If you don’t know who Leo is, pick up the Jane Yellowrock series that Faith writes.  You will not be sad because it is so very good.
  •  A new series crossover will be released from Susan Stoker on September 5, 2017.  This looks like another I’ll get hooked on.

Title:  Protecting Dakota
Author:  Susan Stoker
Series:  Sleeper SEALS Book 1 crossover with SEAL of Protection series 
Genre:  Contemporary Military Romance
Release date:  September 5, 2017

Publisher’s Description:  The Sleeper SEALs, are former U.S. Navy SEALs recruited by a new CIA counter-terror division to handle solo dark ops missions to combat terrorism on U.S. soil.

PROTECTING DAKOTA

Dakota James’s life has become the stuff of nightmares. The leader of the Ansar al-Shari’a terrorist group has become obsessed with her, determined to take her as his wife. On the run, she’ll have to pin her hopes on the retired SEAL charged with finding and stopping Aziz Fourati before he can carry out plans to bomb more US airports.

Recently recruited to join a sleeper SEAL team tasked with fighting terrorism on US soil, Slade “Cutter” Cutsinger, with the help of some Special Forces friends, has located the one woman who can identify the deadly Ansar al-Shari’a leader. That was the easy part. Keeping her safe proves more difficult than anyone ever imagined.

When she and her new friend, Caroline, are kidnapped by the terrorist group, Dakota can only pray Cutter and the SEALs will reach them before they’re taken out of the country–and away from Cutter forever.

Title:  The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
Author: Darynda Jones
Series:  Charley Davidson 
Release Date:  October 31, 2017
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Romance
Publisher’s Description:  Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

 

 

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Owl and the Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish

Owl is back.  Captain was taken, can she get him back? She’s wanted (IAA), she’s working for people she doesn’t want to work (Naga and Dragon) for and she’s being hunted by mercenaries.  Another day in the life.  Of course it couldn’t be simple – all supernatural factions seem to have a hand in the pie.

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

Title:  Owl and the Electric Samurai
Author: Kristi Charish
Series: The Adventures of Owl #3
Narrator:  Christy Romano
Released:  May 8, 2017
Description:  The third exciting novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. From the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus) and for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl.

Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.

Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…

Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I listened to this book in audio as well as read print.  The narrator for the audio does a fantastic job.  She distinguishes voices and the inflection is spot on.

This is an urban fantasy that has plenty of suspense, mystery and adventure.  No sex though there is a relationship between Owl and Ryan.  No cats were hurt in the reading or writing of this book.  There are some parts that are somewhat graphic with dismemberment.  There are Elves, Vampires, Zombies, Naga, Dragon and assorted other supernaturals involved.

Things are kind of hairy again with Owl.  It seems like she can never relax.  She has to find the video game masters because she’s afraid that if IAA get hold of them, they’ll be toast.  She has to find the Electric Samurai suit or she is toast.  Her elven friend may or may not be trusted.  Ryan acts weird – besides being an incubus.  Captain was taken, but he’s returned with his tail in a bunch, but otherwise unharmed.

I feel defensive of Owl through the book because it feels like Ryan isn’t always on her side.  Granted, she is a thief, but still.  Also, granted that Owl is not always the most mature and is heavily motivated by money and treasure.  I also feel like she’s often put between a rock and a hard place.  Her skills are used and somewhat abused, as is Owl herself.  She is one smart cookie and a tough one at that.

I can tell you that I love this series.  I usually don’t take to anti-heroes or “black hats” and that is what I’d categorize Owl as.  She is a thief and steals artifacts for other beings to use for their benefit, BUT if it is too dangerous, Owl will be sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

The writing is smooth and the action is fast.  It’s an easy read – I didn’t have to struggle to figure out motivations or hidden clues.  I could relax and take the ride without fear of missing any symbolic references or clues.

 

Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 5/20/17

This weekly installment is intended to help readers find out the news in the book world.  Pull up a chair and get in on the fun.

I have news!  Several updates from authors that adore.

Quincy makes another appearance in this new Harker novella.

TitleDevil Inside 
AuthorJohn G. Hartness
SeriesQuincy Harker, Demon Hunter #9
Genre:  Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Release Date:  May 19, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  Quincy Harker is back!

The Quest for Glory continues as Quincy Harker travels to Charleston looking for a missing Archangel and becomes embroiled in local magical turf wars and potentially murderous politics. Things really heat up when an evil wizard tries to burn the city to the ground, with Harker at ground zero in the conflagration!

Glory gave up her wings to save the world, now Harker and the Shadow Council are working to get them back. To do that, they have to locate eight AWOL Archangels and convince them to go back to work. But not all these angels want to get back to the business of Heaven, and not all of them even remember who they are.

 

Kris Michaels is one of those writers that I have to buy everything she writes.  She is releasing the next in the series of The Kings of Guardian. Watch for the review here after release date.

Title:  Chief 
AuthorKris Michaels 
Series: The Kings of Guardian
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Release Date:  May 30, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  Cloaked in the identity of David Xavier, a billionaire player in multiple world theaters, Mike White Horse worked to enter the Russian Mafia’s lair, by stalking a shadowy creature named “The Concierge.” The Russian woman brokered young innocents into slavery, and Mike meant to destroy her and the organization she worked for. He should have despised her for the atrocious crimes she facilitated, but too often love and hate are the flip sides of the same coin, and what Mike felt for Taty was not hate. It didn’t matter. He’d destroy the Bravata and all its associates–even if it meant part of his soul sat in prison for the rest of her life.

Driven by heartbreak, Tatyana Petrov joined the elite British M16 unit, and for eight years, wormed her way into the trust of the Bravata as she strove to identify the human filth selling those innocents to billionaires like David Xavier. She’d found it easy to loathe the wealthy men who bought her “toys”–until David. For reasons that she wouldn’t acknowledge, she wanted to protect this one man from the retribution rapidly approaching.

Neither knew the other’s true mission but even as mortal adversaries, they’d each given the other a part of their soul, and now only devastation and sorrow waited.

 

Look at this cover!  Isn’t it awesome!  That’s the first time I’ve ever seen someone with that many weapons.

Title:  Lawless Lands
Anthology
Release Date:  June 15, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  The cry of coyotes at moonrise. The whistle of the eastbound train. The heat of the desert sun. The western is the quintessential American literary genre, and now we’re turning it on its head. From sentient tumbleweeds to time-traveling schoolmarms, desert demons to werejaguars, space-faring herd drivers to gunslinger justice, there’s something for everyone.

Look for this anthology on June 15, 2017 with contributions from starring authors:

Desert Gods by Aubrey Campbell
Railroad by Matthew J. Hockey
Pixie Season by Seanan McGuire
The Men with No Faces by Alexandra Christian
Lost Words by David B. Coe
Boots of Clay by Laura Anne Gilman
Trickster’s Choice by Jo Gerrard
Wolves Howling in the Night by Faith Hunter
To Hear a Howling a Howling Herd by Gunnar De Winter
Calliope Stark:Bone Tree Bounty Hunter by Edmund R. Schubert
Cards and Steel Hearts by Pamela Jeffs
Bloodsilver by A. E. Decker
Volunteered by B. S. Donovan
The Stranger in the Glass by Dave Beynon
Belly Speaker by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Walk the Dinosaur by John G. Hartness
The Time Traveling Schoolmarms of Marlborough County by Barb Hendee
Rainmaker by Margaret S. McGraw
Out of Luck by Jeffrey Hall
Rollin’ Death by Jake Bible

 

CALLING ALL NATHANIEL CADE LOVERS!

It’s been awhile and I have been waiting and waiting for any news on The President’s Vampire , Nathaniel Cade, by Christopher Farnsworth.  

I loved the series and then it just stopped.  I got a feeling that the author got involved with another series but that’s ok because we still get to indulge in Farnsworth’s writing.  Anyway, the point of the story is this:  Nathanial Cade is BACK!  Christopher Farnsworth created a novella called Deep State.

Description:  It’s been four years since a new president ascended to the White House. Zach Barrows has not seen Nathaniel Cade, the President’s Vampire, since being fired from his position as Cade’s handler and sent to a small, cramped office in a government building in Nebraska.

Once, he and Cade fought a shadow war against the monsters, spies, and demons that threatened the United States. Now Zach pushes papers and listens to conspiracy theories from people who have no idea how dark the real world can get.

Then Zach is summoned to the Situation Room by President Lester Wyman, who is both the commander-in-chief and a possible traitor. 

But he and Cade are bound to follow Wyman’s orders. They are told to find out why a top-secret missile silo has gone offline. If they fail, a nuclear warhead will launch, and the world will die in a hail of fire.

In other words, it’s just another night on the job.

After a long absence, Cade and Zach are back in action together — for what might be the last time.

Sounds great, right?  Well, there is a catch.  A person can’t get Deep State unless Farnsworth’s book Flashmob is pre-ordered.  That is the sequel to Killfile.

Description:  Arriving at the wedding of Kira Sadeghi, a reality television celebrity he recently saved from kidnappers, Smith witnesses a group of gunmen open fire, hitting the bride and others. Though he’s unarmed, Smith cripples one of the killers and is able to pry one word from his mind: “Downvote.”

Eager to learn more, Smith hacks into the brain of an FBI agent to discover the Bureau has been investigating a nefarious new threat called “Downvote,” an encrypted site on the dark net that lists the names of celebrities and offers a hefty bounty for anyone who can kill them—unleashing an anonymous and deadly flashmob with a keystroke.

Finding a mastermind on the internet is like trying to catch air—unless you’re John Smith. Motivated by money and revenge, he traces a series of electronic signatures to a reclusive billionaire living at sea, accompanied by a scary-smart female bodyguard who becomes Smith’s partner in his quest. The hunt for their prey will lead from Hong Kong to Reykjavik to a luxury gambling resort deep in the Laotian jungle. Yet always this criminal mastermind remains one step ahead.

The only way Downvote’s creator can stop Smith is to kill him . . . because while this diabolical genius can run, there’s no hiding from a man who can read minds.

BUT WAIT – There’s more!  If you pre-order the book, you have to send in the receipt to flashmobpreorder@gmail.com , you’ll get on the list for the June 27 release of Deep State.  There are also more hooks in this deal.  You will also get excerpts from Codename: Nightmare Pet and a deleted scene from Red, White and Blood.

Here’s my opinion.  It’s really a winning deal all the way around.  The books KillFile and Flashmob both sound very interesting plus there’s the fact of the Cade add on.  It’s a deal that I can’t refuse.

 

 

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Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Yellowrock Clan is back to battle revanants, European Vampires, traitors, spies and conspirators.  Another day in the life of Leo’s NoLA Enforcer and her people.

Title:  Cold Reign
Author: Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
Publish Date:  May 2, 2017
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Source:  Reviewer purchased book and audio

Publisher’s Description:

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds… 

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


 

Nervous Nellie says…

Dang ninja vamp.

This is an urban fantasy with hints of sex – nothing descriptive, lots of blood and gore.  Plenty of scheming and manipulation – vamps are good at that and magic.  The ending isn’t a cliffhanger but the game has changed dramatically so it will be impossible to stay away from the next installment. There is only one word for this book and it has to be “EXCELLENT” or how about two words..”Solid Gold”.

I have loved this series since it began.  Jane Yellowrock has grown and grown into a force that no one can deny.  Even the fangheads have to respect her because she CAN and much to her independent nature WILL take them out.

This story threw me into the action right away with Jane and Eli fighting a revenant.  There are NCIS investigations into dead sailors and since the dead sailors were drunk dry, Yellowrock Securities or rather Leo Pellissier’s Enforcer were called.  That had me hooked from the get-go.  Seriously? NCIS and Jane Yellowrock in the same paragraph? I am SO in.

The action doesn’t stop there.  Nope.  Not even close.  The revenants are the main story line and why they are all of a sudden digging themselves out of their graves 200 years after they were put there is the million dollar question.  And then comes the riots.  And then the storms.  And then the attacks on Leo and his HQ.  The suspense and treachery reach a friendzied pitch and then back down just as I was on the edge of my seat.  When I finally relax a bit, here goes the action and mayhem all over again.  Jane and her team get thrown in head first time and time again while Leo sits back with his drink and his toys just waiting for Jane to fix things.  He’s such a jerk.

Leo doesn’t come out of this adventure unscathed, however.  He suffers some loss although the loss isn’t as great to a vamp as to normal people. They have games not relationships.  Now, I may be a bit biased because I don’t like Leo much.  I will concede that he does seem to treat his people well and he pays Jane well.  I hate the vamp politics and the long game they play to one up each other.  He’s just too devious for his own good.  And pretty.  And a schmoozer.  And a liar.  And just plain fangy.

Relationships expand in Jane’s household in this book.  She gets herself a Primo, a Secundo and to top it all off – an Enforcer.  Jane has worked dang hard for her place in vamp hierarchy and she deserves happiness.  Enter Bruiser.  *Swoon*  Yes, he is pretty and romantic as ever.  I think they make a super pair.  It makes me all warm and melty.  Of course I couldn’t get comfortable with that because THEN things so a bit sideways because Ricky Bo makes an appearance.  He makes it known that he wants Jane back and (this is the part that is cool) Jane is the one that tells him to…um…go jump in a lake.  Bruiser is not the one flexing muscles here and going all alpha protective over Jane because Jane can take care of herself.  Go Jane!

I cannot rate this any higher than 5 stars though I’d want to give it 20.  Faith Hunter’s writing is out of this world and her story line is one that is original and engaging.  Go Faith!

 

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Other recommendations…

…you might try  Soulwood series by Faith Hunter

 

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The Storm Bringer by Ken Lange

The adventure continues and the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place.

Title: Rise of the Storm Bringer
Author: Ken Lange
Series: Warden Global #2
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Reviewer purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionFor most people, a visit from their former in-laws is unpleasant at most. If only I were that lucky.

Mine have unexpectedly dropped by, leaving a couple of bodies in little bits and a message in blood as their way of saying hi.

Which is just great. Now I can add one more group to the growing list of nut-bags who want to tuck me in for a dirt nap. Simply put, if the in-laws don’t get me, a dead woman, the Loki, or any one of a legion of mythological beasties just might.

To top it off, I’ve learned that there’s a cosmic war that’s been raging since the dawn of creation, and somehow, I’ve found myself at the very center of it all. I know it’s gonna be a hell of a day when death might be the least of my problems.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

The only thing that matters is to do the best you can in the moment and realize that no one has all the answers.

This science fiction/urban fantasy/action adventure story takes place in NoLA,  There is death and dismemberment and often blood, gore and goo. The protagonist often gets the crap beaten out of him AND he’s almost (I said ALMOST) as clueless about what is happening to him than us readers.  Viktor is a smart ass and that’s what draws me to a good character.  The story is written like he’s telling the story to you personally. He’s got depth to him that comes from a lot of experience tending to the things that most don’t care to deal with.  Anyway, the story does have twists and turns that end up leading down a dark alley not knowing if a monster will pop out or not.  Usually does, though.  Just warnin’ ya.

There is a lot of name dropping in this book.  Brush up on your Greek and Norse mythology because it will help with the characters and where they fit into the whole scheme of things.  Actually, scratch that. You really don’t have to know the mythology, just know the individuals are important and it’ll be fine.  I happen to like to track down the mythology because I think knowing where they all came from makes the reading more fun.

There are several characters that are mentioned from book 1 as well as a couple from Accession of the Stone Born – another series from the same author.  In my opinion, the mention of other characters made my reading more like a family reunion.  I didn’t actually get to see the characters, but the mentioning made it fun for me.

It’s important, I think, to mention that it would be a good idea to start with the first book in the series, The Wanderer Awakens, because this is a series that would be hard to follow if it wasn’t started from page 1.

If you like a white hat that doesn’t really look at himself that way, with a team of good people that look out for the unknowing humans and supernatural, mythological and ancient people thrown in as well as a science fiction basis, this is a good series to begin.  Normally, I’m not one for science fiction, but I liked it.  It’s a challenging read.  It kept my brain engaged and every page there was a scene that would suck me in as quickly as the one the page before did.

Someone once said that this author makes writing look easy.  I really do believe it.  It’s complicated, but yet simple in the end.  It’s worth the time and energy.  I rate it a 5.

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