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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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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 10/6/19

 

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 was browsing through some of my favorite author’s websites and Jeaniene Frost did something fun.  I’ve read this book years ago and with the back log of other great stories I have to read I’ve never thought of re-reading but this post has tempted me.  I wouldn’t have to read the whole book, just the first chapter.  I’m not sure I could stop at the first chapter, but Jeaniene Frost decided to re-write the first chapter from Bone’s viewpoint.  That is a must read.  Check out her website for the first chapter in Halfway to the Grave, book #1 in the Night Huntress series.  Scroll down for the first part of chapter one and then the second part of chapter one is toward the top.

http://jeanienefrost.com/category/blog/

 

Title:  Nyte Patrol
Author: Alex P. Berg
Series: Nyte Patrol
Release date: October 2, 2019
Description: After alienating her friends, getting benched by her coach, and nearly decapitating a teammate with a bat, college softball player Lexie Rodriguez’s life feels like it can’t get any worse.

Little does she know it’s about to get a whole lot weirder.

When she answers an online help wanted ad, she never expects it to lead to the revelation that magic exists. She certainly never expects to experience it firsthand. But after teaming up with washed-up sorcerer Larry Stuttgart, sword master Dawn Blayde, werebear munitions expert Tank Johnson, and immortal zombie head-in-a-jar Bill, Lexie’s about to discover what life is like on the supernatural side.

She’s about to join THE NYTE PATROL.

Adam J. Wright is releasing a new series at the end of the year.  It’s called Harbinger Academy.  Here’s the deets.

Title:  Skeleton KeyAuthor: Adam J. Wright
Series:  Harbinger Academy #1
Release date:  December 31, 2019
Description: BOOK ONE OF THE HARBINGER ACADEMY SERIES!

When a rag tag group of people receive an invitation to attend the mysterious Harbinger Academy, little do they realize that the fate of the world may be in their hands.

Learning to master the power of magic, they must learn to work together if they hope to survive.

 

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Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane

Rowan is back.  And she is ANGRY and wants revenge.  Will she get it?

Title:  Wrath of the Goddess
Author:  Lauren Dane
Series:  Goddess with a Blade #5
Publish Date: June 10, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  A wedding day should be one you remember fondly, but for Rowan Summerwaite, the fond memories are swept aside by the brutal murder of one of her dearest friends. She heads back to Las Vegas to track down those responsible for the death and finds there’s so much more than a killing. A multilayered conspiracy involving multiple groups of paranormals begins to show itself, and Rowan is on the hunt with her wrath burning from within like holy fire.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Lauren Dane is back with Rowan Summerwaite and her vampire husband, Clive.  They have to miss their wedding festivities because of a terrible tragedy.  SPOILER AHEAD!!!

Rowan’s friend is murdered over video at her wedding reception while she watches helplessly.  Can you freaking imagine!!  If I knew this aspect of the story, I’m  not sure I would have read it.  I guess that’s why authors spring things on  me and get me to read their books.  It was a horrible tragedy, but Rowan’s reaction was not what I expected.  I expected her to be angry.  Angrier than she was.  I expected a few gaskets to be blown and maybe a room or two destroyed.  She was angry but it was a flat kind of angry.  Everyone was asking her constantly if she was okay.  It felt so off.  She felt coddled and Rowan has never been coddled.  Once she got back to the US, things started falling into place better, but Rowan still didn’t act nearly as Rowan-esque as I expected.

The mystery was good. The characters were good, but the character that was killed is going and does leave a hole a mile wide.  I enjoy the banter between Clive and Rowan, but I enjoyed Theo much more this time around.

There was some pretty gruesome death scenes so there is that warning.  All it all, it was a good book.  I just didn’t feel it this time.  This “eh” book won’t stop me from following the series though.

Our reviews in this series…

 

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Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper

A short story from Molly Harper means a quick visit to the residents of Mystic Bayou!

Title: Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues
Author:  Molly Harper
Series:  Mystic Bayou #2.5
Publish Date: June 6, 2019
Genre: paranormal romance
Source: purchased by reviewer
Narrators: 
Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis

Publisher’s Description:  A hilarious new standalone novella brimming with otherworldly charm from the reigning queen of paranormal romantic comedy Molly Harper!

Ingrid Asher is the newest resident of Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shapeshifters, vampires, witches and dragons live alongside humans.

Ingrid doesn’t ask for much. The solitary tree nymph just wants to live a quiet life running her ice-cream shop in peace. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to shake her new neighbor, Rob Aspern, head of the League’s data science department and so good looking it just isn’t fair.

If there’s one thing Ingrid doesn’t need, it’s someone poking around in her business. But the more she gets to know the hunky mathematician, the more she finds herself letting her guard down. Can she trust him with her secrets, or will her past destroy everything?

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I’ve always heard of nymphs but I’ve never actually read a story about one.  I have been following the story as it unfolds in Mystic Bayou as it chronicles the mysteries within.

This was a short story and standalone, so there were really no advancements to the Mystic Bayou mysteries.  What this story line revealed was a newcomer to the Bayou.  She was a tree nymph who could command the plants and trees.

I can’t say with absolute honesty that I loved this story.  It felt like huge chunks were cut out and edited to hook the sentences together.  I guess what I’m trying to say was that it was ok.  It didn’t really add to the Mystic Bayou mysteries since the following book only mentions Ingrid as the ice cream shop owner, but come to think of it, none of the matched couples make an appearance unless it’s Zed and Danni or Bael and Jillian.

I’m having a tough time rating this book.  Maybe a 3 and 5/8.

Our reviews in this 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 9/29/19

 

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.

Hey, all.  Got a book done this week, so I’m feeling good about that.  There are some really good releases coming up which I’m excited about.

  • I think this series is a super series…super but *deep breath* a roller coaster ride.  Ms. Bateman really knows how to capture an audience.

Title: Dark of the Moon
Author: Sonja Bateman
Series: The DeathSpeaker Codex #9
Release date: September 23, 2019
Description: On the bright side, if this didn’t work, I’d be too dead to worry about forgiveness.

Heartbroken and furious on the heels of a devastating loss, Gideon Black heads to the Fae realm of Arcadia, reluctantly bringing along a pair of old friends who’ve sworn to help him even after he insists that he’s going alone. Because what he’s planning to do there has a high risk of deadly failure.

His self-appointed mission: to face down a god, and to restore a life that was stolen from him.

To bring someone back from the dead.

But nothing is simple when it comes to the gods of the Fae. The DeathSpeaker soon finds himself battling his way across the realm in search of the ancient keys, lost to the ravages of time, that will enable him to enter eternity and come back alive.

And through it all, the greatest challenge lies in what should be the simplest task: convincing the object of his quest that he’s worth saving.

  • Speaking about capturing an audience.  Jenn Stark is the QUEEN!  I love her Sara Wilde books and now her spin off series, Wilde Justice explores the exploits of the Arcane Council.

Title:  The Shadow CourtAuthor: Jenn Stark
Series: Wilde Justice #4
Release date: September 30, 2019
Description: Don’t you forget about me…

She’s a Tarot-reading artifact hunter finally willing to own her supernatural abilities. He’s the all-powerful Magician of the Arcana Council who once loved her…but now doesn’t remember her, the result of a battle to defeat a terrifying enemy.

Isolated and alone, Sara must race time to help the Magician uncover his ancient knowledge, but can she live with what she finds? Will his dark past destroy them both?

Worse, a rival council, known only as the Shadow Court, has emerged to wage battle against the Arcana Council. And if Sara can’t help the Magician recall how to combat this insidious, mind-bending threat, the world will descend into devastating war.

Love could be your last, best weapon when you confront The Shadow Court.

  • This type of book is not the kind I usually submit for review, but I stumbled onto this series and it looks delicious.  The next book is being released tomorrow, so it gives no time to read #1 or #2.  I read the descriptions and it looks like each book is sort of standalone so…I think this release might call for reading out of order.  It looks too good to pass up.  Besides, I might be on the track of something new to me and exciting!

Title:  Dark Ambitions
Author: Irene Hannon
Series: Code of Honor #3
Release date:  October 1, 2019
Description: Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently–leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn’t convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn’t want them to succeed–and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

With her trademark psychological suspense ratcheting up the tension on every page, bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon takes you on a search for a cold-blooded killer with an ambitious goal and deadly intent.

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