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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Death Mage by Brad Magnarella

End of the world is upon us.  Who is there to trust? The Order or the Front?  Who is the good and who is the bad? Bluff? Double Bluff?  Prof Croft has to figure it all out before Whisperer Magic takes over and makes everyone crazy.

 

Title: Death Mage
Author:  Brad Magnarella
SeriesProf Croft, #4
Publish DatePrint: May 7, 2017   Audio: August 3, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: James Patrick Cronin 
Source:  Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Sentenced to hunt down a cagey insurgent known as the Death Mage, I’m not feeling overly optimistic. Wizards with far more experience have tried and, well … died.

But overmatched or not, I want this assignment. The Death Mage killed my mother—he might also be my father.

I can’t lose my head, though. The mage wields an evil, mind-warping magic. A power that undermines his victims’ sanity while pledging their souls to an ancient being and devourer of worlds.

How would I even know if his magic was corrupting me?

Or is it already?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS). Read the rest of this entry

Savage Prophet (audio) by James A. Hunter

To listen or not to listen – there is no question about it. The audio of Savage Prophet is definitely one to listen.

Title: Savage Prophet
Author: James A. Hunter
Series: Yancy Lazarus, Book 04
Publish Date: September 19, 2017
Genre: Urban fantasy
Narrator: Charlie Kevin
Cover: Lou Harper Designs
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Legions of murderous undead, Haitian voodoo, and a 5,000-year-old serpent god.

Yeah, ’cause that’s exactly what Yancy Lazarus needs in his life: more complications. As if being the Hand of Fate and the newly appointed guardian over one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse wasn’t headache enough.

All Yancy wants is an easy life on the open road – chock-full of ribs, beer, cigarettes, and smoky bars blaring with gritty blues music – but that just isn’t in the cards. Nope, not anymore. He’s been charged with saving the world, and now that he’s got a no-shit demon riding shotgun in his head, he’s sorta committed to the cause.

If Yancy can’t sort through this colossal heap of bullshit, he’s coffin bound. But, he’s not dead yet. In fact, he even has a lead.

Turns out one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse – the pale Rider, Death – is slumming around in one of Yancy’s old haunts. In order to corner this new threat, though, Yancy’s gonna have to face some deadly supernatural nightmares from his distant past. And, to make matters worse, he’s not the only one trailing the Pale Rider. A powerful new mage with some serious magical chops is also aiming to find the Fourth Seal and he’ll do whatever it takes to win. Even if it means hurting those closest to Yancy…like FBI Agent Nicole Ferraro.

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



Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

“He could rot in that damn hole until the world imploded or mankind was finally eradicated by an army of tyrannical, laser-wielding monkeys riding cyborg dinosaurs. Or whatever. Though personally, I’ve got my money on the crazy monkey-dinosaur apocalypse thing.”

This book has graphic violence (to those who deserve it-except Yancy of course), no sex, a little bit of a cliffhanger (not bad), and a fabulous narrator.

Sometimes when I buy an audiobook I really hope that the narrator is invested in the characters enough to make the book come to life. I’ve listened to books where the accent the narrator uses to portray some characters muddies the listening experience so much that the dialogue is not understandable. This narrator does no such thing. As a matter of fact, if I listened closely (which I did) I figured out the identity of the person behind the secret brown robe. Charlie Kevin did such an amazing job of portraying Yancy Lazarus that I now hear Charlie’s voice in my head when I read Yancy’s words. That normally doesn’t happen unless the voice of the narrator and the character mesh.

James A. Hunter does an especially great job of writing…again. This series is a series that I can’t wait for the next release. Most of the time the heroes are threatened to be harmed but in the nick of time gets out of the jam. Not Yancy. Mr. Hunter, I think, enjoys putting Yancy through his paces and most of the time gets the raw end of the deal. Now, don’t get me wrong, Yancy does get his share of breaks but more often than not the danger outweighs any sort of a break he gets.

In this story, I felt like there is not one more thing that Yancy could possibly handle before he has a total breakdown. I totally understood his baser instinct of self-preservation and the idea of ‘just walking away’. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Yancy stuck with his destiny even though he knew it may be his final end. Oh – <spoiler> it’s not his final end yet. Thank goodness Brimstone Blues is released so I could move on to the next book without too much anxiety. I will really hate to see the end of this series.

Mr. Hunter is in negotiation for the audio of Brimstone Blues and it’ll possibly be released after the new year. Woot!!

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

If you like cranky urban fantasy detectives, check out the Dresden Files, Sandman Slim, or Alex Rains.

Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 10/22/17

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

  • I am in the middle of listening to Death Mage by Brad Magnarella.  Professor Croft is kind of half Indiana Jones, half Harry Dresden.  He’s not searching for relics, though.  He’s more about finding out who his father really is and avenging whomever killed his mother. Death Mage is working up to a major blowout.  I’m hoping that this isn’t the end of Prof Croft’s series.  I really enjoy him and his world.  I do know, however, that there will be a new series that will feature Prof Croft as a supporting character.  Author Magnarella has introduced me just recently.  Here’s what I found out.

Title: Blue Wolf
Author:  Brad Magnarella
Release date: November 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.

  • Speaking about Prof Croft, the latest Prof Croft adventure is here!  Also included is Yancy Lazarus’s first adventure called Strange Magic. The short novel Croft & Wesson and full length novel of Strange Magic is part of the just-released boxed set Eight in the Chamber, which features supernatural detective stories from seven other authors in the genre (plus a bonus eighth).The more astute among you might recognize the name Wesson, as in James Wesson, from Death Mage (Prof Croft, Book 4). That said, Croft & Wesson is a standalone that can be read independently of the prior books. Sort of your odd-couple wizard sleuths in a supernatural Wild West.

Title:  Eight in the Chamber
AuthorsMaxx Abraham, Chris Underwood, Alex Berg, Brad Magnarella , M.D. Massey , W.H. Lock , Kit Hallows , James A. Hunter
Released: September 11, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  Orcs, vampires, rogue mages, and strange familiars… The night’s filled with beasts looking for kicks, who trod the urban landscape with cloven hoof or sharpened claw, keeping a yellow eye out for easy prey. But what’s a citizen to do when dark shadows lie heavy, spells become useless, and wands lose their charm?

They call on the heroes of Eight in the Chamber.

These hardboiled cops and investigators specialize in a preternatural kind of justice. They aren’t afraid to delve into dark magic or wield a cursed instrument to save the pure and innocent. They won’t quit until every dark deed is punished, and the scales of justice are balanced.

In Eight in the Chamber, a cadre of your favorite authors have banded together to bring you all the thrills of the urban supernatural, with a twist of sci-fi noir, in a collection of full length novels, spellbinding novellas, and enough short stories to choke a bag of holding. Buy your copy today, and let them take you on a thrill ride through the dark that you won’t forget!

  • I don’t have a whole lot more news this week, so I’m going to share with you my book purchases.  Normally, that would not include more than one, but I kind of went nuts this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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