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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 12/10/17

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

 

It occurs to me that I have quite a few of books on my TBR list.  With the holidays, I have extra curricular activities to get done, so I’ve been listening to audio books.  I’m sure that’s quite noticeable by the posts I’ve been doing.  With that being said, I’m going to focus on super audio books that I want to listen to.

I found a free audiobook that audible.com that might be kind of fun.  Normally, these kinds of stories aren’t my bag, but this is a short listen of a little over 1 hour.  This might be a good time to try out audio books with no expense.

Title:  Gather ‘Round the Sound
Authors: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
Narrators:  Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, Simon Callow, Dan Starkey, John Banks, Vern
Released: December 8, 2017
Publisher’s description: 2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently: a surprising and heartwarming documentary, a selection of stories from our partners around the world, and even some improvised comedic carols we hope will make you laugh as much as they did us.

The lineup includes:

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This mini-documentary centers around a peculiar holiday tradition at General Electric’s headquarters in Schenectady, NY. For two decades, GE has been receiving thousands of letters from kids – children who think they’re reaching Santa Claus. And every year, a handful of GE employees give up their December lunchbreaks to respond to each and every letter.

An Aussie Night Before Christmas, by Yvonne Morrison, performed by Magda Szubanksi

This rollicking rewrite of the famous old poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas gives the original version a hilarious Aussie twist. Magda Szubanski, Australia’s most trusted personality, caries this incredibly fun romp. Kangaroos pulling the sleigh, a beer for Santa, and all the over-the-top Australian lingo, it’s everything you’d expect.

The Music Coming from the House, by Paulo Coehlo, performed by Daniel Frances-Berenson

In this magical story from the author of The Alchemist – the master of the modern parable – a disguised king visits a poor village, and what he sees through the window of a house changes his life, and those of the occupants.

The Signal-man, by Charles Dickens, performed by Simon Callow, Dan Starkey, and John Banks

For literature lovers, the holiday season needs a little Dickens. We dug up a story of his that you may not be familiar with, originally published in the Christmas edition of a Victorian short story periodical. Of course, ghosts are involved in this 19th century work told by Simon Callow (Outlander) and Dan Starkey (Dr. Who).

A Very Improvised Holiday Musical

What would the holidays be without some carols? Vern, a New York City-based improv troupe, performs a few improvised holiday songs.

You think that anthologies only exist in print?  Nope.  One of my favorite authors got together a bunch of friends and put together the Monster Hunter Files.  I really love the Monster Hunters.  I’m behind in the Monster Hunter series, but I could totally get caught up with audio books.

Title: Monster Hunter Files
Authors: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam, Bailey Carr
Narrators:  Jane Yellowrock, Monster Hunter
Released: October 3, 2017
Publisher’s description: For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large – and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases to total newbies’ initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world’s most elite monster fighting force.

Discover what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis in World War II. Uncover how the Vatican’s Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. And find out exactly what takes place in a turf war between trailer park elves and gnomes. From the most powerful of mystical beings to MHI’s humble janitor, see the world of professional monster hunting like never before.

Featuring 17 all new tales based on Larry Correia’s best-selling series, from New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and many more.

Also includes stories by Larry Correia, John C. Wright, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Kupari, and Brad R. Torgersen.

Nora Roberts – oh, sorry, J.D. Robb – will be releasing the next In Death book in January.  Audible.com has pre-orders just like Amazon does.  It’s simple to do and, granted, audio books cost more than print books, but when the narrator is good and the author is a favorite, I’m in a zone.  Anyway, here’s the next In Death book – #46 – that I pre-ordered today.

Title:  Dark in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #46
Release: January 30, 2018
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Publisher’s description:  Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense, and takes on a case of death imitating art…

It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime – from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama – and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

Often the audiobooks are released days after the print version.  I’m not sure the reason for this other than expense and popularity.  Making an audiobook is probably quite an undertaking.  I don’t know the ins and outs, but hiring a good narrator is absolutely imperative.  Anyway, Faith Hunter released her print and audio of Flame in the Dark on the same days as print.  Thank you Ms. Hunter.

Publisher’s Description:

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times best-selling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED – the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead – and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more – or less – than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

You may not know that Audible has samples of the story just like print books.  That’s really a sweet gig when it’s a new author or new narrator.  I found this book that looked particularly interesting.

 

Title:  Born in Fire

  • Series: Fire and Ice Trilogy, Book 1
  • Author: K.F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Series: Fire and Ice (Breene), Book 1
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-01-17
  • Publisher’s description   Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options. Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old-as-sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case. Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

 

 

 

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Talking Books with Nell part 6

Welcome to another Talking Books with Nell. I’m continuing talking about book genres and then after that will be authors.  Any insights into any subject is welcome.

I know I’ve been gone for awhile, but God willing, I am back for good.  So…let’s talk books.

Last time we talked about Horror.  You now know how much of a scaredy cat I am when it comes to horror.  Some I can handle…some not so much.  So far in our visits we have covered:  Romance, HEA, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Hard Boiled, Thriller and on and on.  I can see how a person can get side tracked just trying to figure out the genre to read.

Fantasy covers a broad range of books.  You got your: Dark Fantasy, Dragons, Epic Fantasy,  Fairy Tales, Fantasy Of Manners,  Fiction, Heroic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Low Fantasy, MagicMythology, Paranormal,  Supernatural, Unicorns, Urban Fantasy,  and Weird Fiction.

Now why Unicorns get their own subgenre, I’m not really sure.  I mean if Unicorns and Dragons get their own then what about Shifters and Aliens?  Oh, never mind – that’s how I get side-tracked.  I could pick and choose which subgenre I like the best but really, I have learned that just because a book is labeled one category or another there is no way a person can really decide unless by trial. Listed is the genres that I use to differentiate my books.  Oh, who are we kidding.  I just read – I don’t catagorize.

Horror covers: Bizarro Fiction, Erotic Horror, Fiction, Ghost Stories, Gothic Horror, Lovecraftian,  Splatterpunk, Zombies

Romance covers: African American Romance, Category Romance, Christian Romance, Clean Romance, Contemporary Romance,  Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Fiction, Historical Romance, Interracial Romance, Lesbian Romance, M M Romance,  Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Science Fiction Romance, Time Travel Romance, Western Romance

Mystery covers: Amateur Sleuth,  Cozy Mystery, Crime, Detective, Fiction, Golden Age Mystery, Hard Boiled, Historical Mystery, Murder Mystery, Noir, Paranormal Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Whodunit

Are you tired yet? Basically, those are all the genres that I salivate over.  I know everyone has their favorites and we’ve not even touched on the non-fiction stuff.  I used to read biographies and true history, but I haven’t touched on them for quite awhile.  There are too many other books vying for my attention.

Now, if I was an author, how would I go about labeling my work?  That would be tough because I would be afraid that those that “vote a straight ticket” would miss my book because I put it in the wrong spot.  We all know that being an author isn’t all sunshine and unicorns (hee hee- get it? never mind.;)  Next time around let’s talk about what it’s like to be an author.

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Author Announcements and Book News

Listen up! New Author News right here! Right NOW!  Come on in, grab a cup of coffee and read the announcements!

 

Yesterday was the last day for the sale price of Blue Curse by Brad Magnarella.  If you missed it, sad face.  If you really aren’t into reading and rather into listening, have I got news for you!!

Blue Curse will be in negotiation for an audiobook that could be released as early as January 2018!  That is so exciting!  I have it straight from the author that Patrick Cronin, Prof Croft‘s voice in his own series, could possibly be the voice of Captain Jason Wolfe!  Why is it so exciting? Because this narrator is fab, that’s why.  Prof Croft’s narration was on the money.  I always look for narrators that add something to the book they are working with instead of just reading it.  Patrick Cronin IS Prof Croft in these books.  So, with that said, I will be sure to be on the lookout for news announcing the release of the audio.

Here’s the book description for Blue Curse:

ELITE SOLDIER TURNED DRAGON HUNTER

Cursed by a blind witch in a remote corner of Waristan, Special Ops Captain Jason Wolfe finds himself transforming into a creature of local legend, a lupine referred to in fearful whispers as Blue Wolf.

Faster, stronger, and more lethal, he’s the perfect soldier – but not for the U.S. military. To break the curse, Jason must join a war between ancient tribal foes: blue werewolves and the formidable White Dragon.

In a battle spanning from the peaks of Central Asia to the valleys of Manhattan, and with the help of a bookish wizard named Prof Croft, Jason will push himself to the breaking point. Because with the curse now spreading to his mind, he’s running out of time – and the stakes couldn’t be higher:

Win and he returns home to his fiancé, his family, and a future.

Lose and he dies a bloodthirsty beast…

 

 

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 11/19/2017

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

  • I received the newsletter from Faith Hunter.  Who is Faith Hunter?  Only one of the best authors ever!  She writes the Jane Yellowrock series and also the Nell Ingram series more well known as the Soulwood series.  Now, back to the newsletter.  Faith sent an excerpt from her book that will release on December 5, 2017.  The teaser was an incredible teaser and left me with a “Whaaa?”  I know that within the two books in the Soulwood series, I am hooked.  Faith creates a new character in Jane’s world.  A kind of “spin off” if you will. Dumb ol’ Ricky Bo makes regular appearances in Nell’s world and Faith even makes me feel sorry for him.  I love the overlap of the characters.  It feels like a reconnect with old friends.  A reader doesn’t have to read the Jane Yellowrock series to read the Soulwood series, which may eliminate some overwhelmed feelings since Jane’s series is up to book 12.  With that being said, read below for the info on Soulwood #3, Flame in the Dark as well as Jane Yellowrock #12, Dark Queen.

Title:  Flame in the Dark
Author:  Faith Hunter
Release:  December 5, 2017
Series: Soulwood #3
Book Description: Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

  • Jane has to save Leo’s carcass again.  We all know the European Vamps are coming to visit.  Don’t know when but sometime.  Their agenda is most likely to take over Leo’s territory and wreck havoc. Now, getting rid of Leo wouldn’t be half bad except he’s a danger that Jane knows vs the vamps from Europe who have an unknown agenda. Jane is a very well trained assassin that has assumed the role of Leo Pellisier’s Enforcer.  The pay is good.  The toys are helpful and Yellowrock Securities has made a name for themselves.  Jane started this adventure, for the most part, alone.  She has picked up a family along the way.  She has Bruiser, the Truehearts, her partners Eli and Alex, Edward and Brute.  They are known essentially as the Yellowrock Clan.

Title:  Dark Queen
Author: Faith Hunter
Release:  May 1, 2018
Series:  Jane Yellowrock
Book Description:  Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and as the chief enforcer for the Master of the city of New Orleans, she’s the woman that rogue vampires fear most. But now a blood challenge has been issued to Leo by the ancient emperor of vampires, and Jane must stand and fight.

  • Another new series that is being released by a favorite author is Blue Wolf.  It was released on November 12, 2017 and is worthy of checking into.

  Title: Blue Curse
Author:  Brad Magnarella
Series:  Blue Wolf #1
Release date: November 12, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  “I was leading my final mission when everything went to hell…”

Cursed by a blind witch in a remote corner of Waristan, Special Ops Captain Jason Wolfe finds himself changing into a horrid creature of local legend: a lupine referred to in fearful whispers as Blue Wolf.

Faster, stronger, and more lethal, he’s the perfect soldier – but not for the U.S. military. To break the curse, Jason must lead a war between ancient tribal foes: blue werewolves and white dragons.

In a battle spanning from the icy peaks of Central Asia to the valleys of Manhattan, and with the help of a bookish wizard named Prof Croft, Jason will push himself to the breaking point. Because with the curse now spreading to his mind, he’s running out of time – and the stakes are everything.

Win and he returns home to a fiancé to whom he’s pledged a family and future.

Lose and he dies a blood-thirsty beast.

  • I love series books.  Whether it be Jane Yellowrock, Nell Ingram, Prof Croft, or In Death – it doesn’t matter.  I love them.  One author that I am ever so excited to say I will get to meet in person next October is Kris Michaels.  She has just released Jade.  The last book was Jewell.  This family is all together in the business of security.  Jacob, Joseph, Adam, Jason, Jared, Jasmine, Chief, Jewell and now Jade. They are very serious about their business and about the loves of their lives.  The Kings of Guardian series is one of those series that I count down the days until release of the next book.  If you happen to read this Ms. Michaels – know you have a fan in Nell Justice.

Title:  Jade
Author:  Kris Michaels
Series:  The Kings of Guardian #9
Release: December 5, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  Jade King lives life at full speed. After over a year undercover for the DEA, she’s back in play and wants what any hot-blooded woman who’s gone a year without sex would want: an alpha bad boy who is convenient, delicious and disposable. A fun one-night stand, multiple orgasms, and absolutely no strings attached. Right? If only.

Nicolas DeMarco has a library stocked with little black books, and his bedpost is nothing but notches. His love ‘em and leave ‘em mentality served him well…until it didn’t. Now, forty years old and in charge of Guardian’s Domestic Security, he’s done with the biological catch and release game that used to thrill him…until Jade King let herself into his office and made him an offer. One he couldn’t refuse…but man, could he screw it up.

When one of the Guardian’s family members is targeted for death, Jade is pulled from her much deserved vacation and into Nicolas DeMarco’s world—a world complete with strings, attachments, feelings, and danger. When the elusive head of the Triad maliciously plans and executes an event that devastates an entire city, it catapults Jade and Nic into a Guardian sanctioned operation. An operation that they may not survive.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 11/5/2017

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Canflix by Kristi Charish

Title:  The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave
Author:  Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #12
Release date: October 31, 2017
Publisher’s Description: Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

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?

  • I have another author scheduled for tryout- J.A. Cipriano.  Well, actually, I’ve read book 1 in the series Half Demon Warlock and the series Thrice Cursed Mage is on my list to read.  This new series that was released looks really good.  I’ve got it on my TBR list now, too.

Title: A Ritual of Fire
Author: J.A. Cipriano
Series: The FBI Dragon Chronicles #1
Release date: October 22, 2017
Publisher’s Description: What happens when you cross a dragon shifter and a vampire with the FBI? You get The FBI Dragon Chronicles! It’s an urban fantasy written for the adult reader while still appropriate for teenagers. Alyson, dragon shifter, and Vlad, vampire two centuries old, investigate a series of strange murders, and discover something larger and darker going on.

 

  • John G. Hartness just published part 4 in Quincy Harker’s adventures for this year.  Harker has a huge problem on his hands and he deals with it the only way he knows how – go to church?

Title: Running with the Devil
Author: John G. Hartness
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter
The Search for Glory, part 4
Release date: October 24, 2017
Publisher’s Description: Quincy Harker’s Quest for Glory is going straight to Hell, and now he’s got to make it through Purgatory to get Glory’s wings back!

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.

Everyone’s favorite demon hunter is looking for a kidnapped Archangel, and he’s got to do something completely out of character to do it – go to church. It seems there’s a band of extreme religious zealots running around North Carolina, and their current target is a local event promoter who just happens the be the Archangel Uriel in disguise. When Harker follows the evidence to the extremists, he uncovers a lot more than a stuffed offering plate.

Corrupt cops, drunken demons, unholy ministers, and a LOT of leather and spandex make Running with the Devil one of the darkest Harker novellas yet!

Running with the Devil is the fourth installment in the Quest for Glory serial featuring Quincy Harker and the Shadow Council.
Part 1 – Calling All Angels
Part 2 – Devil Inside
Part 3 – Angel Dance
Part 4 – Running with the Devil
The Quest for Glory will traverse eight novellas in total over 2017 & 2018

  • FREE BOOK ALERT!  FREE BOOK ALERT!!

Found this book though an email notification and the cover and description look awesome.  Check it out.

Title: The Hunted
Author: Jessica Gunn
Series: Hunter Circles #1
Release date: June 19, 2017
Publisher’s Description: I’m Krystin Blackwood, and I’ve only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness.

But at twenty-four, I’m about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters. They don’t know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I’ve been carrying, they’ll definitely decide it’s safer if they don’t know me.

But unfortunately for them—and me—Darkness has other plans. Lady Azar, Darkness’s heir, stole my new team leader’s son two years ago. Now, she and her lackeys are rallying to exchange Ben’s son for me because of the power I wield. I’m one-half of a prophecy to save an ancient city the Powers of Good lost centuries ago. And if I fail or die before that happens, the destruction of that city will be felt across all planes of existence.

If we can’t find Ben’s son before All Hallows’ Eve and somehow save him without putting my life at risk, that existential explosion will absolutely happen. But it’ll be nothing compared to the destruction wrought if Lady Azar changes Ben’s son into a demon… and her minion.

Because the only thing more dangerous than me with a blade is a father’s wrath.

 

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