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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 8/23/20

 

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.

Not much going on in my book world this week.  There are a couple of new releases set for Tuesday.  One I covered last week and this one from Faith Hunter.

Title:  Junkyard Cats
Author: Faith Hunter
Release date: audio released January 2020, kindle released August 25, 2020
Description: From the author of the best-selling Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series comes a tough new heroine who is far more than she seems. Junkyard Cats is the first in a new novella series.

After the Final War, after the appearance of the Bug aliens and their enforced peace, Shining Smith is still alive, still doing business from the old scrapyard bequeathed to her by her father. But Shining is now something more than human. And the scrapyard is no longer just a scrapyard, but a place full of secrets that she has guarded for years.

This life she has built, while empty, is predictable and safe. Until the only friend left from her previous life shows up, dead, in the back of a scrapped Tesla warplane. Clutched in her cold fingers is a note to Shining—warning her of a coming attack.

With dread, Shining realizes: Someone knows who she is. Someone knows what she is guarding. Will she be able to protect the scrapyard? Will she even survive? Or will Shining have to destroy everything she loves to keep her secrets out of the wrong hands? 

  • I’m so excited for this new book.  The new Eve and Roarke book is delving into more of Roarke’s past and this time the TEAM is invited.  This is going to be good!!  We might even get to visit the aunt and cousins!!  Woot!

Title:  Shadows In Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #51
Release date:  September 8, 2020
Description: Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past.

As it often did since he’d married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities. Then again, Roarke supposed, the woman lying in a pool of her own blood a few steps inside the arch in Washington Square Park had a heftier complaint.

When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realises that this case is far from business as usual.

Eve has two complex cases on her hands – the shocking murder of this wealthy young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke’s hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . . .

 

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Book Spotlight on Spells for the Dead by Faith Hunter

One Book Two is spotlighting author  and her new release in the series.

 

 

 

 

 

TitleSpells for the Dead
AuthorFaith Hunter
SeriesSoulwood #5
Release date:  July 28, 2020
DescriptionNell Ingram faces a dark craft known as death magic in the newest pulse-pounding paranormal procedural in the New York Times bestselling Soulwood series.

Nell Ingram is a rookie PsyLed agent, using the powers she can channel from deep within the earth to solve paranormal crimes. Together with her team, she’s taken on the darkest magic and the direst foes. But she’ll need to tap into every ounce of power she has for her newest case.

Nell is called to the Tennessee mansion of a country music star and finds a disturbing scene–dead bodies rapidly decaying before everyone’s eyes. The witch on her team, T. Laine, knows this can only be one thing: death magic, a rare type of craft used to steal life forces. PsyLed needs to find this lethal killer fast. But when a paranormal-hating FBI agent tries to derail the investigation, they find themselves under attack from all sides.

 

 

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Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter

Jane is sick.  Everything is in flux.  People are missing.  She can barely sit up, how on earth will she be able to help?

 

Title: Shattered Bonds
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Jane Yellowrock #13
Publish Date:  October 29, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:  Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and vampire killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal–or to die–from the disease brought on by her magic.

But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and the younger Son of Darkness stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Yes, I did it.  I don’t regret it.  Was it fun? Dang skippy.

I stayed home from work yesterday and read Faith Hunter’s new release, Shattered Bonds.  It was great.  I don’t mean ”great” as a boring old adjective.  I mean ”great” as a super high flying, marvelously fantastic, descriptor to an awesome book.  Seriously.

To forewarn you, Jane Yellowrock #13 is the second to last book in the series.  There is no sex described but there is violence and bloodshed.  You know, typical Jane Yellowrock.  There is no swearing because, well, Jane doesn’t roll that way. One last warning: if you or a loved one are going through cancer treatments, this may not be the best escape for you. Then again, maybe it would as Jane kicks it’s butt.

I love Jane Yellowrock and Bruiser.  This story has them front and center along with the rest of the family.  It is a fabulous tale of family supporting family through everything.  I read this story in one sitting.  To clarify, it was an all day sitting.  The story, as all Jane Yellowrock stories, brought the world In which Jane lives into vivid pictures in my head.  I cannot reccommend this series enough.

Jane is sick. Very, very sick. She can put off her sickness by remaining in Beast form, but it’s not ideal.  Her family is trying every avenue they can in order to find her a cure.  Sometimes though, you just have to do it yourself.  There are wars brewing.  The vacuum Leo and Titus left is huge.  Jane was supposed to fill that void, but she didn’t. She chose to fight the tumor that was growing and taking her health and vitality. Until Edmund Hartley goes missing…and Jane finds out.

This book is different than the rest.  It’s got it’s violence, sure, but not as I’m used to.  Jane depended on her family a lot more.  It was serious teamwork that made things work.  Sure, there were a few nods to Leo and how Jane learned from him the art of deal making.  When Jane came to NoLA, she thought she knew what she was about. These past 10 years have seen her grow, change and then grow some more. This story reflected a lot on who Jane is now and where she came from.  How her past deeds, good or bad, has impacted her, Beast and their soul home.  As always this was a joy to read and I’ll be anxiously awaiting the final installment.  It makes me sad to say that, but all good things must come to an end.  Oh, and I hesitate to say this, but I do miss Leo. Dang fangheads.

 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

…you might try the  Soulwood series. Takes place in the same time and almost same place as Jane Yellowrock series.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter

Another fantastic trip into the life of Nell Ingram and the PsyLED team.  They have to solve a mystery with the vampires.  Can Nell handle the maggoty feeling long enough?

Title: Circle of the Moon
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Soulwood #4
Publish Date: February 26, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Netgalley

Publisher’s Description:  Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she’s been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned–and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank–he’s naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there’s a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This was again a fabulous addition to the Soulwood series. Nell is coming into her own after having a rough few years. She is a strong protagonist and I love how she can manipulate people by using the “church lady” persona. I like Nell because she has a lot of common sense and she uses it. She’s relatable. Her magic is of the land and grows like the land would grow.

This book developed more of the PsyLed connections than anything. Occum has moved up in her estimation and I delved into Ricky Bo’s past a little more. I have to admit that I do feel sorry for the guy even though he broke Jane Yellowrock’s heart. The story also involved some of Jane Yellowrock and alluded to things going on in her world. Things that will be coming up, I’m sure.

I loved this series as soon as I started reading them. Nell is a character that has flaws. She loves with her whole heart but she also has a pretty hot temper. I know I wouldn’t want to do wrong by her! This is a total 5 star book.

Oh, and my favorite part of the book is Nell taking tea with Ming of Glass.  That was Awesome!!

 

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 1/20/19

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

I got gossip!!  You know I’m not one to go around spreading rumors.  I’m really not the gossipy kind.  I’m not one to repeat gossip, so you’d better listen close the first time!

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon.  You know her, right?  She’s the famous author of the Dark Hunters novels and Dream Hunter and Were Hunter among others..

I have read her books, but I’ve not reviewed him here because they are more of a private guilty pleasure of mine.  Anyway, did you hear that she is going through her own nightmare that is so scary that it would make an excellent novel but worse in real life.

Her husband and his assistant have been spending the last few years POISONING her!  Can you believe it!

Quote from NBC news:

A best-selling author known for the “Dark-Hunter” fantasy novel series is claiming in a lawsuit that her husband, who has filed for divorce, and his assistant worked to sabotage her business and poison her over a period of years.

Sherrilyn Kenyon filed the lawsuit against her husband, Lawrence Kenyon, and two others on Jan. 7 in Circuit Court of Williamson County, Tennessee. It seeks damages not in excess of $20 million, according to the lawsuit.

Crazy, greedy people.

 

  • Next up is some gossip on the Jim Butcher front.  I read his short Dresden story on Christmas Eve.  A little treat for us fans.  Find it here:

TitleChristmas Eve
Author: Jim Butcher
SeriesThe Dresden Files
Release date:  December 24, 2018

So, we’ve been wondering about Peace Talks.  Harry’s #16th adventure novel.  Well, here’s the skinny:  we all have crap happen to us.  I was out with a broken leg that took forever to get over and then my husband’s cancer was diagnosed.  Life tends to wring the very life out of a person, am I right?  Well, Author Butcher had a lot of crap that happened to him.  It’s no wonder that his next book, Peace Talks #16 in The Dresden Files series, is so far only written to chapter #36.  It’s possible it won’t be ready for a couple of years, but that’s just a rumor.  You have to admit that Jim Butcher writes awesome books and they are worth the wait.   Here’s what has been said about what’s been going on in Jim Butcher’s world.

 

  • Next on the list, which is really more a release news than gossip, is that Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter will drop on February 26, 2019.  After the ending of the last book, Flame in the Dark, I wasn’t sure Nell was going to come back for awhile.  She had it pretty rough in that book.  Check out the review here.

TitleCircle of the Moon
AuthorFaith Hunter
SeriesSoulwood #4
Release date:  February 26, 2019
Description: Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she’s been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned–and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank–he’s naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there’s a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

 

That’s all for this week, folks!

 

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