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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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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 5/7/17

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.

Wow.  It’s been quiet this week.  It’s like a lot of people are off at a party somewhere and not working.  Oh, wait.  They are.  

RT Booklovers Convention is being held in Atlanta, GA this year.  May 2 – 7th…so today is the last day.  Everyone is getting ready to pack up and head back to their worlds.  I wish I was one of them, but not this year unfortunately.  Someday, maybe.  Next year is in Reno, NV.  Yep, you heard right.  “The Biggest Little City in the World”.

What do they do at the RT Booklover’s Convention?  Whoa.  EVERYTHING.  There is a giant book fair where a person could meet and greet up to 600 authors.  This year the list was A-Maz-ING!  I would have loved to see (just a few of my picks): Jenna Black, Shayla Black, Viola Carr, Jennifer Estep, Heather Graham, Molly Harper, Darynda Jones, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kris Michaels, Chloe Neill, Ella Quinn, Julia Quinn, C.J. Redwine, Diana Rowland, Jeanne Stein, Susan Stoker and that’s just a few.  There are rows and rows of authors.  It would make a reader quiver in excitement, I’m tellin’ ya.

Darynda Jones, Chloe Neill, Charlaine Harris, Jennifer Estep (not 1b2’s photo)

The RT Booklover’s Convention is for everyone.  Readers, Bloggers (that’s me), Reviewers (hey, that’s me too), Booksellers and Librarians as well as those folks out there that want to learn more about their craft.  Their writing craft.  The panels to sit and listen to sound amazing.   There are some geared towards the business and marketing areas.  There are some for the readers.  There are some for the booksellers and librarians.  Check out the agenda and I bet everyone could find something that would be interesting.

If it’s merchandise that would trip your trigger, there is a RT Bazaar.  It’s one of those things that a person would just have to peruse.  It’s too good to pass up.

Last year I went to Book Expo America in Chicago, IL.  It was an adventure that I will remember forever.  Everyone was so nice.  It was an incredible experience and one I hope to try again.  I’ve never been to RT, but at least two bloggers on this site have talked about going.  I believe that this convention would be an experience not to be duplicated either.  Afraid of getting lost? Of how it works? Of how much or little to register for?  Heck, there are FAQ‘s that would answer all the questions.  Those folks at RT Book Reviews are one of the best resources out there in the reading world.  They review and talk about all the genres.  Check them out.  You won’t be sorry.

Stop by next week and I’ll hopefully have something to write about as the authors get back to their desks.

 

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Nell’s Sunday Book Hunt 4/30/17

Welcome to One Book Two. This is a monthly reference guide for awesome new releases for next month.  Go get your calendar to schedule the sick days you need for the releases that you just HAVE to read.

Title: Cold Reign
Author: Faith Hunter
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11

Book Description: 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 Pellissier, 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.

And 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…

Title: Ruins & Revenge
Author: Lisa Shearin
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Series: Raine Benares #9

Book Description: An ancient power.

Beneath a mountain on an uninhabited continent is said to be a fabled city, a city occupied by an ancient goblin civilization founded for only one reason—to protect and defend the Heart of Nidaar, an artifact that can harness the forces of nature as a weapon.

An elite team of combat mages.

Chief mage and goblin duke Tamnais Nathrach must help the guardians keep the legendary power out of the hands of a malevolent goblin brotherhood and their otherworldly allies, whatever the cost. Together with his hand-picked team—which includes elf pirate (and team demolitions expert) Phaelan Benares—Tam descends into a vast subterranean world both wondrous and terrifying, a world laid with deadly traps and filled with apex predators from another age.

The countdown to the end of the world.

Some secrets are meant to stay buried. When the Heart of Nidaar is accidentally awakened, and aimed at the west coast of the Seven Kingdoms, Tam and his team are in a race against time to prevent the deaths of millions. To succeed, they must confront their deepest fears, unmask their darkest secrets, and reveal their shameful pasts, testing the bonds of friendship and beyond. To fail means death for them all—and the end of all life in the Seven Kingdoms.

Title: Owl and the Electric Samurai
Author: Kristi Charish
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Series: The Adventures of Owl #3 (and Captain too)

Book 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.

Title: Wilde Child
Author: Jenn Stark
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Series: Immortal Vegas #7

Book Description: Come away, O human child…

No matter the job, no matter the client, Tarot-reading magical artifacts hunter Sara Wilde has only one hard-and-fast rule: protect the children. But the newest strain of technoceutical drugs–specifically designed to alter psychic children’s DNA–has thrown the arcane black market into a frenzy. As mistress of the House of Swords, Sara pits the power of her worldwide criminal syndicate against insidious enemies and even more treacherous allies to combat the threat, but it’s not enough. To destroy these drugs at their source, she must break her cardinal vow and put a child at risk.

Guided by a boy altered by technoceuticals, Sara races to derail the modernization of an ancient ritual devoted to a malevolent god. Except the children aren’t her only responsibility any longer. The Magician of the Arcana Council and her own House demand her focus as the war on magic erupts violently in several hot spots around the globe. Sara’s pretty sure things can’t get more complicated, until she discovers who is leading one of the other four fabled mortal Houses of Magic…a discovery that brings her face-to-face with the mother she’s never known.

Family skeletons just won’t stop dancing when you’re a Wilde Child.

Title: The Darkest Corner
Author: Liliana Hart
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Series: Gravediggers #1

Book Description: The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise…

Solomon Lange is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Solomon Lange ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Solomon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Solomon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known—what’s known as The Day of Destiny—a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

 

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Book News and Author Announcements Faith Hunter

Don’t forget about Jane Yellowrock’s next adventure in Cold Reign released May  2, 2017!  Here’s some extra news you might not know.

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WhatCold Reign
Who:  Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
When: May 2, 2017

SUPER SECRET NEWS:  The first chapter is available on Faith’s website for your reading pleasure.  You can also pre-order a SIGNED copy directly from Faith’s desk to yours here.

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 of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Pre Order links:    Amazon Barnes and Noble | Kobo

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Book News and Author Announcements

Check out news on Author Lisa Shearin‘s Ruins & Revenge Raine Benares novel!

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WhatRuins & Revenge
Who: Lisa Shearin
When: May 2, 2017

SUPER SECRET NEWS:  The first three chapters of Ruins & Revenge will be posted on Shearin’s website April 26, 2017.  Hop on over there and get a preview dose!

Description:  Ruins & Revenge picks up where Treasure & Treason left off.

An ancient power.

Beneath a mountain on an uninhabited continent is said to be a fabled city, a city occupied by an ancient goblin civilization founded for only one reason—to protect and defend the Heart of Nidaar, an artifact that can harness the forces of nature as a weapon.

An elite team of combat mages.

Chief mage and goblin duke Tamnais Nathrach must help the guardians keep the legendary power out of the hands of a malevolent goblin brotherhood and their otherworldly allies, whatever the cost. Together with his hand-picked team—which includes elf pirate (and team demolitions expert) Phaelan Benares—Tam descends into a vast subterranean world both wondrous and terrifying, a world laid with deadly traps and filled with apex predators from another age.

The countdown to the end of the world.

Some secrets are meant to stay buried. When the Heart of Nidaar is accidentally awakened, and aimed at the west coast of the Seven Kingdoms, Tam and his team are in a race against time to prevent the deaths of millions. To succeed, they must confront their deepest fears, unmask their darkest secrets, and reveal their shameful pasts, testing the bonds of friendship and beyond. To fail means death for them all—and the end of all life in the Seven Kingdoms.

Pre-Order links:  Amazon, B&N, Google, Apple, Kobo