Category Archives: Wishing Well Wednesday

Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Bounty Hunter Babe

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


Bounty Hunter Babe, Anna Strong

If you don’t recognize the character name, Anna Strong, you are missing out on a great urban fantasy series!


Crossroads (Anna Strong Chronicles #7) by Jeanne C. Stein
Release Date: 30 August 2011

As a bounty hunter, Anna Strong knew how to find trouble. But now that she’s a vampire, trouble seems to have a knack for finding her…

The death of Anna’s old vampire mentor is causing ripples in the mortal world. His forensic report has brought up some anomalies and people are asking questions-questions that no vampire wants to answer. Anna needs to lie low, but the sudden discovery of a slew of drained bodies near the Mexican border brings an old flame back into her life and with him, a new challenge. Then, some stunning news from an unexpected source sends Anna and her friend Daniel Frey on a journey that may change both their lives-forever.



Happy Reading!


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Wishing Well Wednesday ~ The End is Here

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


We Say Goodbye to Georgina Kincaid


Final Book in the Series

Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead
Release Date: 30 August 2011

In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is. . .

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina’s boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can’t just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she’s being forced to transfer operations. . .to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina’s allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle—and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell’s most valuable assets, but if there’s any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it—no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won’t include the one man she’s risking everything for. . .


Happy Reading!


Related Post, Richelle Mead Series News, includes a sneak peek look at the first chapter of Succubus Revealed.

Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Space … the Final Frontier

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


“Space … the Final Frontier” ~ Star Trek

This week brings us the long awaited next book in one my favorite science fiction series!


Aftermath (Sirantha Jax #5) by Ann Aguirre
Release Date: 30 Aug 2011

DEAD HEROES GET MONUMENTS. LIVE ONES GET TRIALS.

Sirantha Jax has the right genes—ones that enable her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. But it’s also in her genetic makeup to go it alone. It’s a character trait that has gotten her into—and out of—hot water time and time again, but now she’s caused one of the most horrific events in military history…

During the war against murderous, flesh-eating aliens, Sirantha went AWOL and shifted grimspace beacons to keep the enemy from invading humanity’s homeworld. The cost of her actions: the destruction of modern interstellar travel—and the lives of six hundred Conglomerate soldiers.

Accused of dereliction of duty, desertion, mass murder, and high treason, Sirantha is on trial for her life. And only time will tell if she’s one of the Conglomerate’s greatest heroes—or most infamous criminals…


Happy Reading!


Wishing Well Wednesday ~ You Spin Me Right ‘Round

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


“You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round…” ~ Dead or Alive

When an author spins off a series you love, the excitement to read that new series increases.


Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels #1) by Keri Arthur

Release Date: 7 September 2011

Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.

They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.

Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.

As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems.

Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans.

And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side.


*Book #2, Darkness Rising is due the following month on 25 October!

Happy Reading!


Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Who Wants to Live Forever

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.

 

"Who Wants to Live Forever..." ~ Queen

 

If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) by Rachel Vincent

Release Date: 20 September 2011

No one wants to be this teacher’s pet . . .

Everyone else is talking about Eastlake High’s gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck, but Kaylee Cavanaugh has bigger things on her mind. Kaylee’s a banshee—her scream is a portent of death.

But the next scream might hit too close to home. Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline has almost run out.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself from her own problems, Kaylee is determined to defend her school against the latest supernatural threat. That hot new teacher is really an incubus, who feeds from the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s delinquent ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human either.

But Kaylee’s running out of time, and those who love her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

Soul Screamers: The last thing you hear before you die.


Happy Reading!


Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Who Said Bad Things Come in Threes?

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.



Who said bad things come in threes?

I am an admitted series whore, but trilogies are great too.
Not every story needs to go on past three books.


Shadow Kin (Novel of the Half-Light City #1) by M.J. Scott

Release Date: 6 September 2011

Description from Goodreads:

On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages…

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart…




The author has posted a preview of Chapter 1. In her post called “The Story Behind” she states, “I don’t know if any writer can truly explain where their ideas come from. For me, books are triggered by lots of things. By a mood or an image or by thinking about something I’ve read (a myth, a phase, a story). But some books just arrive unannounced.

Shadow Kin is one of those books. I knew I needed another book idea but was working on something else at the time. But there I was, lying in bed one night, drifting off to sleep when a voice in my head said “Revenge is silent.” At which I kind of half-woke up, thought “hmm, random writer thought” and rolled over, fully prepared to go back to sleep. But the voice was having none of that. “Revenge is silent”, she said again (she was a she now) and gave me a glimpse of her standing outside a door, getting ready to kill someone. That woke me up. And the brain started to whirl, wondering why revenge was silent, who this gal was and who was she going to kill. That was pretty much a clear signal that this wasn’t a random sleepy writer thought, and that I needed to get up and haul my butt to the computer and start writing.

Which I did. Got up, wrote about twelve pages in an hour then staggered back to bed. At first I thought I was writing an urban fantasy. But then, I realised they weren’t wearing modern clothes and when the first gun appeared it was an old fashioned, wooden handled, beautifully ornamented pistol. Things only got weirder from there. I believe I told my agent something like “I’m writing this weird book with mages, assassins, vampires, Fae, secrets and oh yeah, kind of quasi Victorian level culture.” She wisely said nothing discouraging and let me carry on. And thus Shadow Kin was born…”



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Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Love is in the Air

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


❧ Love is in the Air ❧


*Sigh*  It’s been a long time coming, but Strider (Defeat) is gettin’ his happily ever after!

That lucky little harpy!


The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

Release Date: 27 September 2011

The Lords of the Underworld return in this enthralling tale of an immortal warrior determined to win and the beautiful seductress he can’t resist.

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.

Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he has an agenda of his own – steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible…


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Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Anthologies

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies.

I love to read anything related to my favorite series and I love finding new series to read. In those regards, anthologies are my salve and savior. They give me a bit more or a behind the scenes looks at my favorite characters. They also provide a short introduction to series I would like to check out. Then, there’s the hate side of the coin. Anthologies are by definition a collection of short stories. Sometimes those shorts are a bit too short, leaving me more anxious for the next in series book than I was before I started. Others are just not that great. Some authors, in my opinion, are better at writing short stories than others. All that being said, I lust after any PNR/UF anthology that shows up on the upcoming lists. Here are a few that Ames & I have on our wishlists.



Kitty’s Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn
Release Date: 16 Aug 2011

The first-ever story collection featuring Kitty Norville and her companions from New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn, including two all-new works.





Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Melissa Marr (editor), Kelley Armstrong (editor), Rachel Vincent, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jeri Smith-Ready, Mary E. Pearson, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jessica Verday, Claudia Gray, Jackson Pearce, Carrie Ryan, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Ally Condie and Kimberly Derting
Release Date: 20 Sep 2011

Sixteen of today’s most popular writers of paranormal tales present stories with the common theme of journeys. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new landscapes and characters.

Whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.


Supernatural by Larissa Ione, Alexandra Ivy, Jacquelyn Frank and G.A. Aiken
Release Date: 30 Aug 2011

In this tantalizing collection, four New York Times bestselling authors invite you into the alluring worlds they’ve created in the Demonica, Guardians of Eternity, Nightwalkers, and Dragon Kin series. Each mesmerizing page will leave you craving more…

“Vampire Fight Club ” by Larissa Ione

When a wave of violence forces shapeshifter Vladlena to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice—with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge. Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can’t conceal the lust that simmers between them…

“Darkness Eternal ” by Alexandra Ivy

After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of hell, there’s no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by his touch…

“Kane ” by Jacquelyn Frank

Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his. . . just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon is stronger than reason, and Kane’s hunger is more powerful than any punishment…

“Dragon on Top ” by G.A. Aiken

Escorting the highborn Bram through deadly Sand Dragon territory will try Ghleanna’s patience. . . and her resolve. For Bram is determined to enhance the journey with a seduction no female could resist…


Home Improvement: Undead Edition by Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L.P. Kelner (editor), Patricia Briggs, James Grady, Heather Graham and Melissa Marr
Release Date: 2 Aug 2011

The editors of the New York Times bestselling Death’s Excellent Vacation bring home a new collection…with a never-before- published Sookie Stackhouse story!

There’s nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherwordly portals in the attic. Now, for any homeowner who’s ever wondered, “What’s that creaking sound?” or fans of “how to” television who’d like a little unreality mixed in with their reality shows, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner return with an all-new collection of the paranormal perils of Do-It-Yourself.

Sookie Stackhouse resides in these pages, in a never-before-published story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. And New York Times bestselling authors Patricia Briggs, James Grady, Heather Graham, Melissa Marr, and nine other outstanding writers have constructed more frightening and funny fixer-upper tales guaranteed to shake foundations and rattle readers’ pipes.


The Wild Side by Mark L. Van Name, Diana Rowland, Tanya Huff, Caitlin Kittredge, Gina Massel-Castater, Toni L.P. Kelner, Sarah A. Hoyt, Ticia Drake Isom, Dana Cameron and John Lambshead
Release Date: 2 Aug 2011

Take a walk on the “wild side” of urban fantasy. When the werewolf cubs are asleep and the baby vamps are tucked into their coffins, the adults come out to play! Feeling a bit undead and dying to shuffle off your toil and troubles and get it on? You’ve come to the right place! Spend some quality time lolling in the moonlight shadows with a love that only comes out at night. From light-spirited romps to black-hearted noir, from steampunk London to the bleeding edge of the present, tales of love, eros, betrayal and seduction in a beguiling vein. Best-sellers Tanya Huff, Caitlin Kittredge and Toni L.P. Kelner join Dana Cameron, Sarah A. Hoyt, John Lambshead, Diana Rowland and editor Mark L. Van Name create a dazzling cast of vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies, oh my. Oh my.


The Urban Fantasy Anthology by Peter S. Beagle (Editor), Joe R. Lansdale (Editor), Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman and Charles de Lint
Release Date: 15 Aug 2011

Star-studded and comprehensive, this imaginative anthology brings a myriad of modern fantasy voices under one roof. Previously difficult for readers to discover in its new modes, urban fantasy is represented here in all three of its distinct styles—playful new mythologies, sexy paranormal romances, and gritty urban noir. Whether they feature tattooed demon-hunters, angst-ridden vampires, supernatural gumshoes, or pixelated pixies, these authors—including Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman, and Charles de Lint—mash-up traditional fare with pop culture, creating iconic characters, conflicted moralities, and complex settings. The result is starkly original fiction that has broad-based appeal and is immensely entertaining.



Happy Reading!


Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Witchy Ways

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


“It’s a Kinda Magic” ~ Queen

Right about now, Ames & I are both wishing we had time to read!
Here’s a book which has managed to stay on our TBR list for a while, though not because of a lack of interest, and book #2 was just released July 5th.


Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1) by Kalayna Price
Release Date: December 2010

Not even death can save her now.

As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead-she’s even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she’s seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she’s raising a “shade” involved in a high profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn’t want her to know what the dead have to say, and she’ll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why…







Grave Dance (Alex Craft #2) by Kalayna Price
Release Date: 5 July 2011

After a month of down time, Grave Witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But when her new case forces her to overuse her magic, it might be the last mystery the Grave Witch ever gets to solve…











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Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Demon Delight

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


What girl doesn’t want to take a walk on the demonic side?


The Demon Trapper’s Daughter [US] / Forsaken [UK] (The Demon Trappers #1) by Jana Oliver
Release Date: February 2011












Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?


Happy Hunting!