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NEW RELEASE TODAY!! Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

One Book Two has some news on a fantastic new release!! You gotta take a minute and check this out!

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TitlePeace Talks
AuthorJim Butcher
SeriesThe Dresden Files #16
Release date:  July 16. 2020
Description: Harry Dresden is back and ready for action, in the new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series. When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago–and all he holds dear?

 

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Listen Up! Waiting For Peace Talks – The Dresden Files ReRead

So, remember a few weeks ago when I posted the official Jim Butcher schedule for re-reading the Dresden Files novels plus all the short works in preparation for Peace Talks and now Battle Ground this summer and fall? That schedule has us reading one of fifteen novels each week plus all the shorter works that fall in chronological order between them, between January and August.

Yeah… Percy and I finished the entire re-read before March was over. All the novels. All the novellas and shorts. All the graphic novels that are unique stories.

We couldn’t help it! The series is SO good that neither one of us wanted to slow down!

brief casesThanks to Side Jobs and Brief Cases, just about all of the novellas and shorts are in audiobook format, so if I could find a short work in audio, I listened to it. Since this was hardly my first read of any of the works and not the only body of work I know James Marsters from, I’m probably as intimately familiar with Marsters’s voice as I am my husband’s. Fandom is a weird one-way intimate relationship, isn’t it? Marsters does such an excellent job as Harry and all the other characters that when some of the shorts in Brief Cases aren’t read by him, I get cranky. The ones read by others are told from a POV other than Harry’s, so I understand the logic. But Marsters has established the voices for every character so well that I just can’t help feeling a bit of dissonance.

Percy (my husband) and I don’t often read the same books at the same time, so even though he raced ahead of me (he read in ebook), it was quite fun to talk about the story and our observations as we made our way through the series.

So often, our conversations centered on what a thug Harry was being. Far too often, he is exactly the kind of arrogant, dangerous wizard the world thinks all wizards are. He resorts to force or threats before he tries diplomacy, and he thinks he alone must save the world because no one else really cares. And so often, even when you know he should know better, he tries to protect people by keeping them in the dark, which never seems to work out well.

SideJobsThough it can be easy to argue with his methods, it’s harder to argue with his morals. He does mean well, which the reader knows because we’re inside his head, but his experience and perspective are narrow compared to many of the other wizards he interacts with. The wizards with more life experience are more familiar with “unintended consequences” of rash actions and factor that into their decision making, whereas Harry is more likely to see the morality of the here-and-now and want to do something, anything, to fix it.

Being very familiar with the story by now, we found a couple of places where a character just spits out the answer, or at least a hint, to a question we as readers have been asking for a while. But it seems like a throw-away line because Harry never reacts to it, and as new readers, it’s hard to recognize the significance of it. But as familiar readers, it’s like a lightning bolt of understanding. X-files did something similar; on a rewatch, you realize you got all the answers you needed in the very first episode. So now I’m even more interested to see if and how those answers get to Harry in the upcoming books.

It’s been hard waiting for Peace Talks. We have our pre-orders ready and are chomping at the bit. But I know the wait will be worth it.

It’s Time To Start The Dresden Files Reread!

Hello, Book Lovers!

As you have hopefully heard, the long-awaited next book in the Dresden Files series, Peace Talks, is scheduled to publish on July 14. That’s fourteen weeks away. But since there are sixteen novels in the series, that means I’m slightly late in starting my reread of the series so I remember what the heck is happening in the Dresdenverse when the new book comes out.

UPDATE: Head on over to the EW website for an exclusive excerpt from the book!

The Jim Butcher website is hosting a read-along of all the novels starting this week, so if you feel so inclined, join the Goodreads group and have some great book discussions with other fans. The Goodreads group is only focusing on the main novels, though. If you are a completist like me, you may want to read all the novels, short stories, novellas, and graphic novels. So I’ve put together a schedule for those as well. It follows the Goodreads schedule, but includes more than just the one novel a week in some cases. I’ll post the schedule below.

Also, it’s the Year of Dresden at the Jim Butcher website. Every Tuesday they’ll be dropping microfiction, new announcements, and more. So if you’re a fan, head on over, sign up for the newsletter, and let the year of goodness begin!

Dresden Reread Completist Schedule

Dates Titles
Jan 13 – 26 “A Fistful of Warlocks” – short story in Brief Cases
“Restoration of Faith” – short story in Side Jobs
 Welcome to the Jungle – graphic novel
 Storm Front
Jan 27 – Feb 9  Fool Moon
 Ghoul, Goblin – graphic novel
 “B is for Bigfoot” – short story in Brief Cases
Feb 10 – 23  Grave Peril
Feb 24 – Mar 8  Summer Knight
Mar 9 – 22  Death Masks
Mar 23 – Apr 5  “A Vignette” – short story in Side Jobs
 Blood Rites
Apr 6 – 19  Dead Beat
Apr 20 – May 3  “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot” – short story in Brief Cases
 War Cry – graphic novel
 “Something Borrowed” – short story in Side Jobs
 Proven Guilty
May 4 – 17  White Night
May 18 – 31  Down Town – graphic novel
 “It’s My Birthday Too” – short story in any Side Jobs
Wild Card – graphic novel
“Mike” – short story at https://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2020/the-year-of-dresden-begins
*Dog Men – graphic novel. I’m unclear exactly where this story falls in the timeline, but it’s somewhere close to here.
 “Heorot” – short story in Side Jobs
 Small Favor
June 1 – 14  “Backup” – novella in Side Jobs
 “Day Off” – short story in Side Jobs
 “The Warrior” – short story in Side Jobs
 “Curses” – short story in Brief Cases
 “AAAA Wizardry” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Last Call” – short story in Side Jobs
 Turn Coat
June 15 – 28  “Bigfoot on Campus” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Even Hand” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Love Hurts” – short story in Side Jobs
 Changes
June 29 – Jul 12  “Aftermath” – short story in Side Jobs
 Ghost Story
Jul 17 – 26  “Bombshells” – short story in Brief Cases
 Cold Days
Jul 27 – Aug 9  “Cold Case” – short story in Brief Cases
 Skin Game
Aug 10 – 31  “Jury Duty” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Day One” – short story in Brief Cases
 “Zoo Day” – short story in Brief Cases
Peace Talks
“Christmas Eve” – short story at https://docs.google.com/document/d/12hNgNIqJM5jqHqC-J-jfLA0WNDG2zEW8TrK_uPzpUJg/edit (print only) or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pxLeRAWNPc86lY-h6cO75YbpkE8ShjHZ/view (illustrated edition)
“Monsters” – short story in Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within. I’m unsure where this story falls in the timeline.

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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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 7/1/18

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

Summer is the time to sit back with your favorite beverage and book and just chill. I love summer, I love to be outside, and I love to read. All a great combination. The hard part is picking a book. Oh, it SHOULD be easy with the mountainous TBR pile I have, but let’s face it… mountainous TBR piles are extremely intimidating.

…and then there are the new releases. What am I supposed to do?? Let’s see what’s being released:

Brief Cases is the sequel anthology of Side Jobs, and will be released before Peace Talks

Set to include the following stories:

An exclusive novellette from the perspective of Maggie and Mouse.

“Curses” — from The Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

“AAAA Wizardry” — from the Dresden Files RPG, published by Evil Hat
Harry teaches a group of young Wardens his procedure for dealing with supernatural nasties.

“Even Hand” — originally from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod. Reprinted in Beyond the Pale, edited by Henry Herz.
Gentleman Johnnie Marcone clashes with a rival supernatural power. Told from Marcone’s point of view.
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.

“B is for Bigfoot” — from Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
Takes place between Fool Moon and Grave Peril.

“I Was A Teenage Bigfoot” — from Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
Takes place circa Dead Beat.

“Bigfoot on Campus” — from Hex Appeal, edited by P.N. Elrod. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.

“Bombshells” — Molly-POV novella from Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Duzois.
Molly teams up with Justine and Andi to thwart a Fomor plot.
Takes place between Ghost Story and Cold Days.

“Jury Duty” — short story for Unbound, edited by Shawn Speakman.
Harry endures Jury Duty.
Set after Skin Game.

“Cold Case” — short story from Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes.
In Molly’s first job in her new role, she teams up with Ramirez to take on a Lovecraft-esque cult.
Takes place shortly after Cold Days.

“Day One” — short story for Unfettered II, edited by Shawn Speakman.
Butters’ first mission.
Set after Skin Game.

“A Fistful of Warlocks” — short story for Straight Outta Tombstone, edited by David Boop.
Luccio takes on necromancers in the Wild West.
Set long before the events of the series.

Avalon stands revealed, but the war is far from over. For Layla Cassidy, it has only just begun.

Thrust into a new world full of magic and monsters, Layla has finally come to terms with her supernatural powers—and left her old life behind. But her enemies are relentless.

Sixteen months after her life changed forever, Layla and her team are besieged during a rescue attempt gone awry and must fight their way through to freedom. It turns out that Avalon has only grown since their last encounter, adding fresh villains to its horde. Meanwhile, revelations abound as Layla confronts twists and betrayals in her own life, with each new detail adding to the shadow that looms over her.

As Layla fights against the forces of evil, her powers begin to increase—and she discovers more about the darkness that lies in her past. As this same darkness threatens her future, will she be ready to fight for everything she holds dear?

Alex Verus is tracking down dangerous magical items unleashed into the world by Dark Mages – however, when the Light Council decide they need his help in negotiating with the perpetrators, Alex must use all his cunning and magic to strike a deal.

A brand new novella in the New York Times bestselling series featuring vampires in the Windy City.

Merit, Sentinel of Chicago’s Cadogan House, is pregnant. She’s ready to meet her daughter, but also very excited about the possibility of seeing her feet again. But trouble always seems to find her…

Ethan and Merit have been married for eight months, and they’re preparing for life-with-baby. Ethan’s battling his overprotectiveness, while Merit’s hoping she can figure out how to be a loving parent given her family’s chilliness.

While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a human in need, only to find herself under attack. A sociopath with a debt figures pregnant Merit is an easy target–and Cadogan House would pay handsomely for her return…

Most think that newest VC Warrior, Ronan McDonald, is just a laid-back cowboy. What they don’t see is the inner turmoil that only his small ranch and horses can tame. At least that was the way it had been until a witch with a beauty none could deny walked into his life.

Running has been Kira Grail’s life for as long as she can remember. It isn’t until she meets a VC Warrior that she realizes she is growing weary, but the forces chasing her will never bend.

Ronan doesn’t believe in witches or curses. What he does believe is that only he can keep Kira safe. Together they fight to bring the once powerful warlock, Orjyll, to his knees releasing the women of the Dragonfly Coven. During their perilous journey Kira vows to keep her distance, but the vampire cowboy has other plans.

As a Shadow, Asp planned his assassinations with meticulous care. His work required one thing, that the Council direct his kills. The coded target became a “sanctioned hit” and that distinction was vital.

His most recent assignment took him to a remote area of the Andes Mountains in Colombia. He completed his assassination according to plan – more or less – but no amount of careful planning could have prepared him for the dire circumstances he found himself in. As he faded in and out of consciousness due to a life-threatening bullet wound, he knew he might not get home. He’d resigned himself to dying alone, just not this soon.

Lyric Gadson was an unwilling expatriate. She’d trade her grandfather’s farm in the foothills of the Andes for her old life in Jacksonville, Florida in a heartbeat. But, the cost of a return ticket was out of reach, and Lyric found herself maturing from carefree teen to responsible woman on a remote Colombia banana farm. When her beloved grandfather failed to return from his yearly pilgrimage to his wife’s shrine, Lyric thought nothing of packing her kit and hiking into the Andes mountains to find him. She found her grandfather—and an unconscious man near death. Her decision to stay and care for the dying man would usher in the greatest love of her life, but it could also threaten everyone else she held dear.

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