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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.


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

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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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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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 9/22/19


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.

Ever go through one of those times where how you feel prevents you from picking up a book?  Yeah, I am on week 3 of that problem.  It sucks!  Something I enjoy so much has absolutely no appeal.  I have some really awesome choices in my TBR pile so that’s not the problem.  I guess I’ve weathered these storms before.  I am hoping this dry spell ends soon.

  • I really enjoyed Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews so I’ve been watching for new books in the series.  Here’s #4:

Title: Sweep of the Blade
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #4
Description: Maud Demille was a daughter of Innkeepers. She knew that a simple life wasn’t in the cards, but she never anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her daughter, Helen, had been exiled for the sins of her husband to the desolate planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud had spent a year and a half avenging his debts. But now all the debts are paid. Rescued by her sister Dina, Maud had swore off all things vampire. Except she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined.

Try as she might, she can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is a powerful vampire House, and Maud knows that a woman who turned down the proposal from its most beloved son wouldn’t get a warm reception. But Maud Demille never shied from a fight and House Krahr may soon discover that there is more to this human woman than they ever thought possible.

  • Here’s something that looks interesting, HOWEVER, be aware it’s a trilogy.  I have to get myself prepared to a trilogy instead of a lengthy series.  I don’t know why.  I’m weird.

Title:  The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl
Author: Theodora Goss
Series: The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3
Release date: October 1, 2019
Description: Mary Jekyll and the Athena Club race to save Alice—and foil a plot to unseat the Queen, in the electrifying conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Nebula Award finalist and Locus Award winner The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.

Life’s always an adventure for the Athena Club…especially when one of their own has been kidnapped! After their thrilling European escapades rescuing Lucina van Helsing, Mary Jekyll and her friends return home to discover that their friend and kitchen maid Alice has vanished— and so has their friend and employer Sherlock Holmes!

As they race to find Alice and bring her home safely, they discover that Alice and Sherlock’s kidnapping are only one small part of a plot that threatens Queen Victoria, and the very future of the British Empire. Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, Catherine, and Justine save their friends—and save the Empire? Find out in the final installment of the fantastic and memorable Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series.

  • If you thought this last book was interesting, check out this one from Kevin Hearne!

Title:  The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell
Author:  Kevin Hearne
Release date: October 9, 2019
Description:Shave the princess? Inconceivable! The hilarious bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell.

Once upon a time, a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses.

When she woke, she found no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails–which was, honestly, better than some creep who acted without consent. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape. But she kept the beard because it made a great disguise.

This is not a story about finding true love’s kiss–it’s a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.

But these are no ordinary pirates aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First there’s Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes in response to stress. Then there’s Tempest, who’s determined to become the first dryad lawyer–preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. They’re joined by Alobartalus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Sn’archivist who is said to take dictation directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and you’ve got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!

In this new escapade set in the magical land of Pell, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly skewer the tropes of fairy tales and create a new kind of fantasy: generous, gently humorous, and inclusive. There might also be otters.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 9/15/19


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 am a huge fan of Kris Michaels, author of The Kings of Guardian, Guardian Security Shadow World and now there is a new series making it’s way into the world: Guardian Defenders.  This looks like a very tasty book as it explores the founding father of The Guardians Security, Gabriel.  He has had cameos in every Guardian book, if by person or by mention.  He’s yummy and ready to tell his story.

Author: Kris Michaels
Series:  Guardian Defenders #1
Release date:  October 29, 2019
Description: David Xavier—and all those he loved or counted as friends—would forever be mouth-watering targets to men of evil intent. His wealth could settle a small country’s foreign debt. Because of this, from the moment of his birth, his mother obscured his identity. Reborn as the man named Gabriel, however, he walked free into a world where the innocents and the weak cried out for a defender, for the hand of justice, for a guardian angel.

In response, an elite, paramilitary operation, Guardian, rose to stand between the evil men did and those whom they would make their victims. Gabriel was CEO. His goal was worthy and all consuming, but fighting on the side of angels didn’t make his nights less lonely or soothe the ache in his heart for hearth, home, and family.

He needed a courageous woman of unflinching integrity, of goodness and honor, to stand at his side. He’d given up hope of finding such a person. He thought he’d found her years ago. The sex had been combustible, but they’d met at the very birth of Guardian, when he hadn’t time for a personal life. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.

Over the years, twenty-eight-year-old, Denver ER nurse, Anna Harriger, watched as all her friends, many of whom were former patients, found their soul mates, got married, and had children. Shoot, she’d been a bridesmaid six times. She figured she was destined to be the “crazy friend” that everyone liked but who, at the end of the day, went home to a solitary apartment. She wanted love. She wanted a family, but she refused to compromise her standards. She’d met her Prince Charming, but unlike the fairytale, after an incendiary night of sex, she’d never seen him again. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.

When events throw them together again, each find their attraction vastly more than simply physical, but once again, Gabriel’s responsibilities pull them apart. After an absence of almost half a year, Gabriel returns for Anna, but she has vanished. He will do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to find her and bring her home, but fear dogs his efforts. Who was she running from? Why did she disappear so thoroughly? He knew his Anna. She’d have a very good reason.

  • Adam J. Wright is releasing another Harbinger, P.I. novel on September 27, 2019.   I am very behind on this series but it’s on my TBR list anyway.  Why? Won’t I be crushed by my TBR pile? Yep, probably, but I can then read my way out!

TitleFaerie Storm
AuthorAdam J. Wright
Series: Harbinger, P.I. #8
Release date: September 27, 2019
Description: Be careful what you wish for…it might be inhabited by a demon

When a case takes me to the wilderness of Northern Maine, I’m not even sure there’s a paranormal angle. Two girls walked into the woods one night and only one of them came back. She’s so traumatized by what she saw that she hasn’t spoken a word since.

The police come up empty-handed so the girl’s father hires me to find out what happened. Getting out of Dearmont for a while seems like a good idea—especially when there’s an ancient wizard trying to force me into using a cursed sword—so I pack the mosquito repellent and head north.

But when my client ends up dead, surrounded by occult symbols, I realize this is no vacation. Evil forces are at work here and someone is going to have to deal with them.

Guess that someone will have to be me.

  • I used to read Lillith Saintcrow quite a lot.  My favorite series was Jill Kismet with Dante Valentine following a close second.  This new novel looks pretty good too and if you are quick, Lillith is offering the first 6 chapters for free for your reading pleasure.  Just hop over to her website and click the button.

AuthorLillith Saintcrow
Release date: unknown at this time
DescriptionFalling was only the beginning…

Jenna Delacroix is determined to keep her life as simple as possible. Maybe if she tries hard enough to be normal the nightmares and strange occurrences plaguing her all her life will finally recede. But then the monsters arrive—and with them, the man who says he’s her protector.

Lonely and disciplined, Michael Gabon is just a grunt in the Legion’s endless war, but now he’s stumbled across something special—a living, breathing Incorruptible, the first one he’s seen in more decades than he can count. She’s also being hunted. And now, so is he.

On the run without backup, the diaboli haunting their trail, their only hope is working together. Even that might not be enough, because the unclean seem to know more than they should. Whether it’s treachery or bad luck doesn’t matter to Michael. The only thing he cares about is seeing his Incorruptible safe…

…no matter who–or what–he has to kill.

  • I haven’t talked about the Alex Verus world for awhile.  Again, this is another series that has gotten away from me.  The last several books are on my TBR pile and each and every one are very tempting.

Author: Benedict Jacka
Series: Alex Verus #10
Release date: September 24, 2019
DescriptionFor Mage Alex Verus, everything is on the line in the tenth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Marked.

Once Alex Verus was a diviner trying to live quietly under the radar. Now he’s a member of the Light Council who’s found success, friends…and love. But it’s come with a price–the Council is investigating him, and if they find out the truth, he’ll lose everything.

Meanwhile, Alex’s old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Council, and he’s preparing a move that will bring Alex and the life mage, Anne, under his control. Caught between Richard and the Council, Alex’s time is running out. To protect those he cares for, Alex will have to become something different. Something darker…


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