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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 2/11/2018

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

  • First thing out of the chute today is the audiobook release of Blue Curse (Blue Wolf #1) by Brad Magnarella.  I cannot wait to listen to this!! Oh, and just a little gossip: the sequel to this book will be released in March 2018 with the audio released a month after that!

 

 

Title: Blue Curse
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Blue Wolf #1
Release date: January 31, 2018
Narrator:  James Patrick Cronin
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.

  • Next up is a book sale!  Who doesn’t love book sales?  Author Ken Lange is putting his first book of the Vigiles Urbani Chronicles on sale from February 9-16, 2018 for 99 cents in honor of the release of book 2, Dust Walkers, releasing February 20, 2018.

Title: Accession of the Stone Born
Author: Ken Lange
Series: Vigiles Urbani Chronicles
Publisher’s Description: Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after twenty-eight years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace.
Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours, one populated by vampires, mages, and bloodthirsty werebeasts.

Now, Gavin finds himself recruited by the Biblical Lazarus, leader of this hidden community. He must track down those who seek to disrupt the fragile peace keeping these nightmare horrors at bay. If he fails, more than his life will be forfeit.

Title: Anubis
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Guardian Security Shadow World, book 1
Released: January 20, 2018
Publisher’s Description:

Title:  Summer Reign
Author: John Conroe
Series: Demon Accords #13
Released: January 20, 2018
Publisher’s DescriptionDemon Accords book 13. Faced with writing college papers, prepping for tests, and teaching testy witches, Declan O’Carroll has enough on his plate. Not to mention the magical withdrawal of leaving his very own magical kingdom behind on Fairie. But when he and his friends are attacked from creatures out of folklore and fable it seems the Queens of Summer and Winter aren’t done with him yet. But if they’re so eager to mess with Earth, maybe it’s time to Earth came to them. After all, he’s got some lessons to teach. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accession of the Stone Born audio by Ken Lange

A fantastic combination of good and evil fighting against the even more evil.  How can one man control his darkness?  How can one man with such darkness fight for the good? Hop on the Stone Born train and find out.

Title: Accession of the Stone Born
By: Ken Lange
Narrated by: Paul Clewell
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 10-13-17
Language: English
Publisher: Ken Lange
Source: Purchased from Audible.com

Publisher’s Description: Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after twenty-eight years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace.

Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours, one populated by vampires, mages, and bloodthirsty werebeasts.

Now, Gavin finds himself recruited by the Biblical Lazarus, leader of this hidden community. He must track down those who seek to disrupt the fragile peace keeping these nightmare horrors at bay. If he fails, more than his life will be forfeit.

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


Nell 100Nervous Nellie says…

I’ve already read this book.  And reviewed this book. Accession of the Stone Born was a good book before, but the author did a “book overhaul” and tightened up the story and made it flow much better.  I read the book again and then I listened to the audio.  I have to tell you…it was marvelous!  I didn’t really notice that it didn’t flow smoothly before the ‘overhaul’ but it was certainly a page turner the second time I read it.

Annnnd then I listened to it.

I really love audiobooks.  The narrators give dimension to the characters my imagination can’t always achieve.  Paul Clewell was amazing. Gavin was great in print but even more dimensional with a voice to go with the character in my mind. The narrator absolutely nailed the villain in this book.  And Andrew.  I already loved Andrew, but the narrator smoothed him out to be a true southern gentleman.  A dangerous southern gentleman that with his magic and very little effort, could most likely snap me in half like a twig. To be totally honest, I believe that I loved this book as a print and audio equally.

This story is just one link in a chain of a series of stories that encompasses a lot of characters and a much larger picture.  Author Lange’s story telling leads the reader on until they find themselves deep into a web filled with dangerous power hungry creatures. Each corner turned will expose characters that are connected in the most unexpected way.

The other published link in the chain is the series, Warden Global, starring Viktor Warden.  Both of these series are mostly contemporary with references to the past to keep things interesting.  Gavin Randall is a newbie to this world, but Viktor Warden is a seasoned professional.  It doesn’t matter which series a person starts with but I do suggest both series because it makes the overall picture a much richer experience.   There is violence but not consistently one scene after another.  There is a mystery to figure out and pieces to the puzzle to uncover, so if that is something you enjoy – you’ll get it.

Other books in this series:

Warden Global series:

 

Book News of Ken Lange, Dust Walkers

Oh Boy!  Listen up!  Author News right here! Right NOW!  I’ve got a good one for you! Come on in, grab a cup of coffee and read the announcement!

Cover and book description reveal!  Tell me, doesn’t that cover just suck you in?

Title: Dust Walkers
Author: Ken Lange
Series: Vigiles Urbani #2
Release Date: February 20, 2018
DescriptionWhen newly minted vigil Gavin Randall is summoned to a small town in New Mexico, the last thing he’s expecting is to have to fight a cartel of necromancers. Their undead horde tests the limits of his powers and shows him just how vulnerable he really is…and that’s not the worst of it.

His enemies have spent centuries preparing for a war no one within the Archive has foreseen, and he has yet to learn to control his abilities or figure out his place in this ancient conflict. With time running out, will he be able to forge the alliances he needs to survive the coming storm?

Other books in the series:  Accession of the Stone Born

My review of Accession of the Stone Born

 

 

Warden Global series occurs in the same place and time as The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles.  Some characters from within each series appear in the other, so it’s like being in the thick of the adventures.

Warden Global books include:

 

 

 

The Wanderer Awakens
Sleipnir’s Heart
Rise of the Storm Bringer

 

 

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 1/28/18

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

There are a lot of things I want to share with you today.

James A. Hunter has a new audiobook series coming your way.  It was introduced on Audible at the beginning of this month.

Title: The Artificier
By: S. R. Witt, James Hunter
Narrated by: Matthew Broadhead
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 01-05-18
Language: English
Publisher: Shadow Alley Press Inc.
Genre:  LitRPG

Description: October, 2042

In two weeks, the world will die, murdered by a nine-mile-wide, extinction-level asteroid.

And Robert Osmark—billionaire and savvy tech-genius—couldn’t be readier for the fiery apocalypse.

Unlike the shortsighted masses, he’s been diligently preparing for this day from the moment the asteroid first appeared. Through his relentless efforts, digital salvation now awaits anyone bold enough to take the leap and permanently transition into the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. And Robert Osmark will lead this new world he has created.

But even with every advantage skewed in his favor, Osmark faces powerful opposition. A rogue faction of global elites led by US Senator Sizemore isn’t content to merely survive the apocalypse. They have their sights set much higher, and are recruiting dangerous allies, undercutting Robert’s efforts at every turn, and hiring VGO’s most deadly assassins to get what they want. To win, Osmark will need to viciously crush all opposition before his plans turn to ash.  

While this book is released in audio, it’s also in print.  If audio is not your game, don’t worry, James A. Hunter has thought of you too.

Next up is:  Jennifer Estep

If you’ve not tried the series Elemental Assassin, you really should think about it.  I know, the heroine is an assassin and that may turn a person off of the story just like that.  But, give Gin a chance.  Here’s what Jennifer has to say:

Assassins might not be the most sympathetic characters or the easiest to identify with, but I think they are some of the most fascinating. Plus, I wanted to write a really smart, strong, tough female character, which I think that I’ve done with Gin Blanco.

Jennifer has introduced the next Elemental Assassin book.  It’s #17 in the series and it’s called:  Venom in Her Veins.

Venom in Her VeinsElemental Assassin #17 —Spring 2018 (no cover available at this time)
Gin and the gang will be back with a new adventure.

As of right now, after this book, there will be two more books in my Elemental Assassin series.
Also, starting with Venom in Her Veins, I will be self-publishing the series. I am hoping to release the book in spring 2018, but we’ll see what happens.
Note: The title of this book has been changed from Cold Sting to Venom in Her Veins.

 

NEXT: Lara Adrian

For us romance lovers, Lara Adrian has released Claimed in Shadows on January 23, 2018.  This is one series I haven’t tried although I want to.  You know, my TBR list is really, really long! 😉  Anyway, those that have a penchant for Vampire romances, check it out!

Title:  Claimed in Shadows
Author:  Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #15
Released: January 23, 2018
Description:  In this pulse-pounding new Midnight Breed vampire romance novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian, passion explodes between a daywalking member of the Order and a fiery female warrior whose shadowy past will test the bonds of both duty and desire. 

As the son of a formidable Breed warrior, Aric Chase has been devoted to the Order all his life. With his training completed, all he needs is one successful mission before he can join the fight to destroy the Order’s chief nemesis, Opus Nostrum. His rare ability to daywalk lands Aric an assignment in Montreal, where he learns he’s to be teamed with another new recruit, a beautiful, but tough-as-nails Breedmate named Kaya Laurent.

Independent and driven, Kaya wants nothing more than to become a full-fledged member of the Order. Having grown up in squalor and neglect on the streets of Montreal, she longs for the close-knit family she’s found during her training to be a warrior. Eager to prove herself, she is thrilled to be given the chance at a key operation—even if she must share the mission with an arrogant, far-too-seductive Breed male who’s practically Order royalty.

Their unwanted partnership soon erupts into a desire neither of them can resist. But when Kaya’s past reaches out from the shadows to call her back, she must decide between protecting a dark alliance that could shatter her dreams of joining the team and a truth that could not only forfeit Aric’s faith in her, but bring the enemy right to the Order’s door.

Another thing:  Lisa Shearin, author of SPI Files (just released #5, Myth Manifestation,  on January 16, 2018) and the Raine Benares series has released the titles of SPI’s best seer, Mac Frasier’s personal files that are upcoming:
SPI Files #6:  The Phoenix Illusion
SPI Files #7:  The Solstice Countdown
SPI Files #8:  The Pandora Predicament
SPI Files #9:  The Demon Directive

Obviously, there are no descriptions or covers yet.  Stay tuned.

 

Check in tomorrow for the cover reveal and description of Ken Lange‘s new book, Dust Walkers.  This is book #2 in the Vigiles Urbani series.

 

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Author Giveaway Bulletin

Who doesn’t LOVE a giveaway?  Ken Lange is celebrating a sale on Amazon and we all get to benefit!

Details on the giveaway starting November 22, 2017 is here and the winner will receive:

First prize will be a signed copy of the second edition of The Accession of the Stone Born, Vigiles Urbani Chronicles #1 and a very cool coin to go along with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second and third places will get a free audio book.

One Book Two’s review

Title: Accession of the Stone Born
Author: Ken Lange
Series: The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles Book 01
Publish Date: May 16, 2016 (original)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Military

Publisher’s Description: Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after twenty-eight years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace.

Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours, one populated by vampires, mages, and bloodthirsty werebeasts.

Now, Gavin finds himself recruited by the Biblical Lazarus, leader of this hidden community. He must track down those who seek to disrupt the fragile peace keeping these nightmare horrors at bay. If he fails, more than his life will be forfeit.

Book 2 will be called Dust Walkers and details will be coming soon…

If you’ve read Accession of the Stone Born already and want to experience more of Ken’s writing, check out the following books in the Warden Global series:

Wanderer Awakens review by One Book Two

Title: The Wanderer Awakens
Author: Ken Lange
Series: Warden Global, Book 01
Publish Date: November 15, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
CoverDanielle Fine
Publisher’s Description: My name is Viktor Engel Warden, and I’m here to tell you that there’s more to this world than you might suspect.

 There are things that slither and pass unseen through the night, and it’s my job to stop them. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Twenty years ago, I ended a nightmare that would’ve brought the world to its knees. I thought it was over . . . but I was wrong.

 The Cult of Fenrir has returned, and they’re stronger than ever. Now I’m in a race to find the survivors of that day so I can stop them again. Permanently. If I get things wrong . . . which I won’t . . . but if I do . . . it might just bring about the apocalypse. But, hey, no pain, no gain, and all that BS. Right? Yeah, I’m not buying it either.

Sleipnir’s Heart Review by One Book Two

Title: Sleipnir’s Heart
Author: Ken Lange
SeriesWarden Global
Publish Date: March 18, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction/Action Adventure

Publisher’s Description: When I crashed on this planet fifteen thousand years ago, I thought that my friend—the living spaceship Sleipnir—was destroyed. But it turns out the mysterious signal I’ve been receiving for the past nine years is his cry for help. It’s led me back to Romania, back to the mountain I almost died on, and—just maybe—back to the legendary being who once saved my life.

 

 

One Book Two’s review of the Rise of the Storm Bringer

Title: Rise of the Storm Bringer
Author: Ken Lange
Series: Warden Global #2
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Reviewer purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionFor most people, a visit from their former in-laws is unpleasant at most. If only I were that lucky.

Mine have unexpectedly dropped by, leaving a couple of bodies in little bits and a message in blood as their way of saying hi.

Which is just great. Now I can add one more group to the growing list of nut-bags who want to tuck me in for a dirt nap. Simply put, if the in-laws don’t get me, a dead woman, the Loki, or any one of a legion of mythological beasties just might.

To top it off, I’ve learned that there’s a cosmic war that’s been raging since the dawn of creation, and somehow, I’ve found myself at the very center of it all. I know it’s gonna be a hell of a day when death might be the least of my problems.