December 29, 2010

Wednesday Wishes

Hunting for books is one of my favorite things. Finding a new title is my equivalent of "getting rich." Whether the titles been around for a while, brand spanking new, or just not that common Wednesday Wishes is here for me to share them with you.

 Hotter After Midnight

Hotter After Midnight (Midnight #1) by Cynthia Eden

In her sexy and suspenseful new novel, Cynthia Eden introduces readers to a seductive world where powerful night creatures ignite dark, dangerous hungers. . .

Dr. Emily Drake's patients tend to be a little unusual. Instead of the typical therapist's caseload of midlife crises and mother fixations, Emily treats vampires with blood phobias and sex-demons looking for meaningful relationships. But her gift for recognizing and healing the Other--those creatures of the night that most humans don't even know exist--requires a few house rules. First: Never trust a shifter. Especially not one like Detective Colin Gyth, whose gold-flecked eyes and predatory air make Emily realize how much she's been longing to lose control. . .

Colin can't believe the doctor he's been assigned to work with on the Night Butcher murder investigation is the one person who could expose his true identity as a wolf shifter. Smart, sexy, and stubborn as hell, Emily brings out the alpha male in Colin, unleashing a wild, heady desire that takes them both over the edge.

But in the shadows, the Night Butcher waits. . .eager to spill Emily's blood and taste her terror. And he'll use any means to destroy her, including the one person she has grown to trust. . .

Apparently Eden is a pretty hot PNR author, yet I’ve never heard of her before.  The description doesn’t really capture my attention, but all of the good reviews do.  Sometimes it’s good to leave the comfort zone.

Speaking of leaving comfort zones I have officially read my third historical romance and really enjoyed it.  So I’ve decided that this is a good sign and should keep my options open to the genre.  Since my blog really isn’t targeted to Historical Romance I’ve decided to just show the images of the books that I’m really curious to check out.  

Ruthless (The House of Rohan) Warrior (Blades of the Rose)
Seven Secrets of Seduction The Pirate Next Door
The Lover Ravishing in Red
As Luck Would Have It (Leisure Historical Romance) Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane)
That Scandalous Evening The Marriage Wager (Matchmakers)
A Lady Never Tells To Taste Temptation (The Legend of the Four Soldiers)
A Kiss at Midnight Wicked Becomes You

December 27, 2010

A Laugh and Some Teasers

As a reader I always want the download on what's going on with authors. Do they have new books coming out, how the latest tour going, any thing juicy! So, I decided to bring the news to my readers. I'm lurking around all of those author blogs anyway, might as well do something productive.

General Gossip:

Here’s the awesome trailer for My Soul to Steal.

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments)Cassandra Clare shares one heck of a steamy teaser!!

December teaser for City of Fallen Angels. This is the LAST TEASER. Jace and Clary, midbook.

The alley and the music all fell away, and there was nothing but her and the rain and Jace, his hands on her. . . He made a noise of surprise, low in his throat, and dug his fingers into the thin fabric of her tights. Not unexpectedly, they ripped, and his wet fingers were suddenly on the bare skin of her legs. Not to be outdone, Clary slid her hands under the hem of his soaked shirt, and let her fingers explore what was underneath: the tight, hot skin over his ribs, the ridges of his abdomen, the scars on his back. This was uncharted territory for her, but it seemed to be driving him crazy: he was moaning softly against her mouth, kissing her harder and harder, as if it would never be enough, not quite enough —
Does it end there? Well, the scene doesn’t but the teaser does. That’s why they call ‘em teasers. Have a happy holidays

You can check out all of the teasers here.

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9)

After reading book 1 of Kresley Cole’s fantastic Immortals After Dark series, I soon became one of the many readers sucked into this dark and witty world.  Let me say I am quite the obsesses fan now. 

For all of you obsesses fans it’s gives me great joy to give an excerpt of Dreams of a Dark Warrior which will be released in February.  So check it out here.

New Cover:

Here’s the German cover of one of my favorite Epic Fantasy series.  Let’s just say I do not like it.  I’ll leave a picture of the old cover so you can see why.

German Cover: US Cover:
german cover gilfeather Gilfeather (Isles of Glory, #2)

Kelly Gay’s book always make my heart race, and her covers always put me over the top.  So it gives me goose bumps of pleasure for the cover of the third book.

Hour of Dust and Ashes Cover  

What the author had to say:

I can share! Here is the cover for the third Charlie Madigan book. Once again, the art was created by Chris McGrath. And I'm in LOVE with the color. Remember when I said, "Intense"? Was I right or was I right? :D Big, big thanks to my editor, Ed, Chris M, and the Art Dept. at Pocket for creating another great cover for the series! There might be a few minor changes (blurbs, quotes, that sort of thing) but the artwork is done, so sharing is okay. Hope you enjoy!

Author Wit:

This was a fun little thing that was posted on author Jess Haine’s blog.


December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone

Thought about doing my usual Books and Babbles post this wonderful Christmas Eve, but I decided to keep this sweet and simple.  So in the spirit of Christmas have a happy thought before turning out the lights, because Disney and Christmas go hand in hand.

And for us single ladies, here’s some lusty thoughts for the night. ^_-

December 22, 2010

Wednesday Wishes and Beastly Trailer

Hunting for books is one of my favorite things. Finding a new title is my equivalent of "getting rich." Whether the titles been around for a while, brand spanking new, or just not that common Wednesday Wishes is here for me to share them with you.

Meant to post this for my Author Gossip post, but some how my mind forgot. 

It’s been a really long while since a movie trailer made me want to bow down in worship.  There’s no excuse not to read my copy of the book now.

Ascension: A Dark Breed NovelAscension: A Dark Breed Novel (Dark Breed #1) by Sable Grace

The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed -- vampyre, demons, shape shifters -- and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen... and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission -- to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity -- Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort... Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both...

This sounds like a great kick-booty UF book to look forward.  My one compliant is that it seems like more and more UF descriptions are trying to be romancey.  Is it just me or does it feel like I’m sometimes reading a PNR description?

Warcry (Chronicles of the Warlands)Warcry (Chronicles of the Warlands #4) by Elizabeth Vaughan

No description. However, it is a Vaughan book, to the Warlands series, need I say more.



Dead Iron: The Age of Steam (Cedar Hunt)Dead Iron: The Age of Steam (Age of Steam #1) by Devon Monk

No description of this one either, but I love the cover.



Blood LawBlood Law (Blood Moon Trilogy #1) by Karin Tabke

For all eternity, only one thing shall separate them—until the Blood Law is avenged…

The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.

One woman stands at the center of it all…

As undisputed Alpha, Rafael must choose a life mate to preserve the dominance of his Lycan pack. He never suspected, his mate would be a human, the same wounded, girl-woman he seduces from the brink of death. Falon is a dangerous combination of Lycan and Slayer—beings bred to destroy his kind. Even more, she’s a mesmerizing beauty whose sensuality tempts the seasoned warrior to take unnecessary risks. The primal heat between them is irresistible, yet surrendering to it could destroy them both…for a vengeful foe stands ready in the shadows to fulfill what is rightfully his by Blood Law.

The cover is so generic, we get hot yummy abs. Really wish the PNR cover designers would come up with other, creative, covers. Not sure what it is about this book that captures my attention. Probably the "two Lycan packs into war" and "spur two rival brothers into conflict." Something about warring packs and brothers fighting just does something to me.

Chosen By Blood (A Para-Ops Novel)Chosen by Blood (Para Ops #1) by Virna DePaul

United by fate. Bound by desire.

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting.

Para-ops is all I need to hear.

Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst, Book 1)Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst #1) by Bryan Davis

A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome an evil slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever. The kids at school call Billy "Dragon Breath" for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn't the normal, morning-mouth bad; it's the hot-as-fire, "don't-you-dare-get-near-me" bad. And hearing "Dragon Breath" ringing in his ears, he constantly tries to cool his oral volcano. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys' restroom at school, and his parents learn that they've kept their secret for too long. Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that's a piece of news a guy doesn't deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When his father reverts to his dragon form, and they're both chased by dragon slayers, he learns to trust his father again, battling the slayers with weapons of steel and spirit. Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity, her dragon wings, inherited from her now dead dragon mother. She discovers that her love for others and her faith in a Creator hold the answers she is looking for. Raising Dragons is a contemporary fantasy novel that inspires young people to dig deep within to find their God-given strengths and use them to overcome any obstacle.

Davis is a unknown author to me. If I wouldn't have stumbled across the gorgeous cover of Starlighter (Dragons of Starlight) I may have never found out about Davis's other books. If only my book store had more then just that one copy.

Fractured: Happily Never After? 3 TalesFractured: Happily Never After? 3 Tales by Joanna Karaplis

Everyone knows a fairytale or two. They’re the kind of stories that seem to stick with you. Maybe it’s the magic. Maybe it’s the handsome prince. Or maybe they’re just the absolute perfect place to lose yourself for a little while.

But what would happen if Snow White were around today? Would Cinderella still need a fairy godmother? And would the Little Mermaid show up on YouTube?

Joanna Karaplis has put an unexpected spin on Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid; she’s quietly fractured the stories and then reassembled them for the 21st Century. So, while there may not be a whole lot of horse-drawn carriages and magic potions, you can be sure that there will be at least one evil witch and maybe even a handsome prince (or two)…

I love fiarytales, especially if they're is a chance of a bad ending. That's right, me likes mean/evil fairytales.

Shift Shift

ra’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to. Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

I've been hearing great things about book one, even thought it's another ghost story.

WildefireWildefire by Karsten Knight

Ashline Wilde never received an instruction manual on how to be a 16-year-old Polynesian volcano goddess. If she had, it might have contained helpful warnings such as:

• Dreaming about your (thankfully) mortal boyfriend may cause your bed to spontaneously combust • Oven mitts should be worn at all times during heavy make-out sessions

Instead, Ash has to learn these life lessons the hard way as her dormant powers erupt at the most awkward times. In the wake of a hometown tragedy, Ash transfers to Blackwood Academy, a boarding school nestled in California’s redwoods, where a group of fellow gods-on-earth have mysteriously convened. As if sophomore year couldn’t get any worse, her storm goddess older sister, the wild and unpredictable Eve, resurfaces to haunt Ashline. With a war between the gods looming over Blackwood, Ash must master the fire smoldering within her before she clashes with her sister one final time, which leads us to life-lesson #3:

• When warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

This cover is simply stunning!! Plus this sounds like a hoot, teenage goddess anyone?