Tuesday, October 23

Pre-Release Discussion: Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook

Very Important Note: this post is filled with very significant spoilers for the Guardian series by Meljean Brook. If you haven’t read the books, don’t read it (it won’t make sense if you’re unfamiliar with it, so you’re not missing much).

Nath: If you’ve been around blogland in the past weeks, you’re probably aware that Meljean Brook finally unveiled the cover for her last book in her Guardian series, Guardian Demon. But the cover wasn’t alone, we also got a blurb. Brie from Romance Around the Corner, being a huge fan of the series, was so excited that she shot me an email wanting to discuss and do some guesswork about what might be happening in this final installment. She also had the bright idea to share this discussion with fellow fans and have you join us! So feel free to add your two cents on the comments!!

For those who have not yet seen the cover or read the blurb, here it is:

In this thrilling conclusion to the Guardian series, New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook delivers another stunning page-turner, in which the fate of humanity depends upon a tortured warrior winning the trust—and heart—of the woman he wounded…

After a terrifying encounter in Hell destroys her trust in Michael, the Guardian’s powerful leader, former detective Andromeda Taylor is ready to call it quits as one of the angelic warriors and resume her human life again. But when demonic forces threaten her closest friends and she uncovers a terrifying plot devised by Lucifer, Taylor is thrown straight into Michael’s path again…

To defeat Lucifer, Michael needs every Guardian by his side—and he needs Taylor more than any other. The detective is the key to keeping his own demonic side at bay, and Michael will do anything to protect her and keep her close. And when Taylor manifests a deadly power, her Gift might tip the scales in the endless war between Heaven and Hell…or it might destroy them both with a single touch.
Nath: First thing first, the cover! What are your thoughts, Brie?

Brie: The first thing I thought was that the “u” in Guardian is smaller than the rest of the letters. I like that it matches the series and that it’s monochromatic. Love the colors and the wings and that the models look like the characters. I don’t like the guy they chose for Michael, though, he’s kind of thin and has Elvis hair. But overall I like it. I don’t really pay much attention to covers and I don’t care if they are not perfect, so I’m fine with it.

Nath: Interesting that the first thing you noticed was the “u.” Although you’re absolutely right... the fact that it’s smaller makes it really weird ^_^; I too like the cover. I like that it matches the last few covers in terms of feel and colors and I also think it’s pretty. I actually quite like the pose the two models are in. As for their physical appearances, while they don’t match what I had in mind -- for the longest time, I thought Michael was black... but turns out it’s his wings and his obsidian eyes, oops LOL -- they do look good. What I would have liked is for Michael to be in a toga, though, and for his sword to be more prominent as it is kind of hidden behind the author’s name.

Brie: Funny you should mention Michael’s small sword, because I also thought it should have been bigger... Let’s stop talking about it, though, it’s starting to sound dirty. I’m sure Michael’s sword is big and powerful and awesome.

Nath: Sure... it sounds so much proper now LOL.

Brie: Let’s talk about the blurb!

The first part says that
“the fate of humanity depends upon a tortured warrior winning the trust—and heart—of the woman he wounded…”

Do you think this refers something that happens in this book? Or maybe to the fact that he tricked her into becoming the new Doyen and all that happened in the past few books?

Nath: Well, I think it’s confession time... While I’m a big fan of the series, I kind of had a mental blockage when it came to Demon Forged. As a result, I didn’t really read it and I’m not totally sure what transpired between Michael and Taylor, Michael bounding himself to her ^_^; However, I would say that the wounding part is the fact that he tricked her and everything that has happened since. What’s your take?

Brie: What? You are a bad fangirl, bad!

Nath: I know, I know!! I really tried reading Demon Forged and I was so excited about its release! But I don’t know, there’s just something about Irena... Sigh.

Brie: Well, I say he tricked her because when he made her into a Guardian he failed to mention that he was also creating a bond between them that would allow her to be the new Doyen.

I don’t think the blurb refers to this, though. I think something happens between them in the new book. Because next it says:
“After a terrifying encounter in Hell destroys her trust in Michael, the Guardian’s powerful leader, former detective Andromeda Taylor is ready to call it quits as one of the angelic warriors and resume her human life again”. What do you think that terrifying encounter is? Last time we saw him he was a dragon, maybe he attacks her? He’s also half demon so maybe she sees that part of him?

Also, I can’t believe you don’t like Irena. She’s so cool, and slightly scary!

Nath: It’s not that I don’t like Irena per se... But there’s just something about her and Alejandro. I can’t pinpoint it, but when it comes to their book. Sigh ^_^; 

By the way, you’re really taking apart this blurb! LOL. First, did she know that Michael was part demon? Because it could be a similar reaction as Irena’s. Discovering that the one you look up to is not only a demon, but can also transform into a dragon!? (Brie: I think the dragon part was because of the torture and not an actual power or secret) We’re running out of villains. Who’s left? If I remember correctly, Michael’s sister is out, so that means Lucifer and Belial. I can’t see either of them being so terrifying... but a dragon?. I just think that as a Doyen, Taylor has seen a lot... and for her to want to turn her back on Michael and go back to her “human” life, it’s more than just a terrifying encounter. It must have to do with trust.

Brie: Guardian Demon’s villain has to be Belial --I think--. Although the blurb mentions Lucifer, but we know that blurbs are not to be trusted. Michael's sister is trapped in Chaos, right? I assume she's going to play a role in this book, but I’m not sure. What I do know is that whatever happens at the end, they won’t defeat evil. They can’t kill Lucifer, that would be bad for business! 

Nath: I’m still unsure who’s worst, Belial or Lucifer. One thing is sure though, Hell needs a master, so of course, you can’t get rid of both... and facing the evil you know is always better, so I’d get rid of Belial and keep Lucifer.

The next sentence is:
“But when demonic forces threaten her closest friends and she uncovers a terrifying plot devised by Lucifer, Taylor is thrown straight into Michael’s path again…” So I can’t see Taylor being terrified by either Lucifer or Belial. By the way, Taylor has met Lucifer in Demon Angel right? Also, for Taylor to go back to her “human” life, this means Michael is not longer stuck in Hell right? Sigh, my memory is so fuzzy, I really need to re-read the series before Guardian Demon comes out.

Brie: Taylor does know that Michael is half demon, that cat’s been out of the bag for a while now. But I don’t think Taylor and Lucifer have met. She’s been in Hell, though. I assume that Michael gets out of Hell and goes back to his regular body early on in the book, because a romance between Taylor and Dragon-Michael would be weird. I don’t mind kinky, but dragon sex is too much. That part about Taylor going back to her “human” self means that she wants to fall, like Hugh did in the first book. Remember that Guardians have that option.

Nath: I thought perhaps Taylor had met Lucifer in the first book, you know at the end when they wanted to sacrifice Hugh to get access to the portals with his blood. Lucifer chopped off Sir Pup’s heads and Taylor and Preston rescued those... It was quite chaotic, but I think Lucifer was there and Taylor at the same time. So they haven’t met formally, but Taylor has seen him.

And you think Taylor would fall? I guess it makes sense... If she goes back to being human, she can still re-integrate to her old life since not much time has gone by. Also, being a Guardian at the moment isn’t a very attractive prospect, especially given everything she went through.

Oh, by the way, thanks for the dragon-sex image ^_^; I’m pretty sure yes, he goes back to his human form, because I doubt many would follow him otherwise. Plus, how would he get out of Hell?

Brie: Now let’s talk about the most intriguing part of the blurb: "And when Taylor manifests a deadly power, her Gift might tip the scales in the endless war between Heaven and Hell…or it might destroy them both with a single touch."

What do you think it’s her power? I bet it has something to do with the symbols. Although the first thing I thought when I read that part was Sienna from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling books. The “destroy them with a single touch” sounds like she has one of those superpowers of mass destruction.

Nath: My reaction was the same as yours, Brie! For some reasons, I thought about fire... If not, it’d be something like turning stuff into ashes or dust, but I think that’s taking it a bit too literal. So I think that you’re onto something about her power having to do with symbols.

Brie: We could speculate all day, but I’m sure the book will surprise us, or at least I hope so. This is one of those series where I can’t see the twists and revelations coming, and I hope Ms. Brook was saving the best for last. I really can’t wait to read it.

Nath: I’m sure Ms Brook is going to surprise us. And I hope this book concludes the series well. I’m kind of sad it’s ending, though.. I’m happy for Ms. Brook’s success with The Iron Seas series... but the selfish voice in me can’t help but lament over the premature end to the Guardians series :(

Brie: I’m sad the series is ending and I can already hear tiny violins of despair playing behind me. These books are special and I’ve yet to read something that comes close to them. However, I disagree with you regarding the premature ending. Part of what makes the series so good is that it’s planned. This is the land of the never ending book series, and I’m glad this one didn’t follow that path. She’s ending it with a bang and on a high note, instead of stretching it until the original spirit of the books is almost unrecognizable.

Nath: I agree with you that Ms Brook is ending it with a bang, which is always preferable. However, I do feel there were still more stories to be told before Michael’s book. Not that it matters now... All that matters is that May and Guardian Demon get here very soon!!


What do you guys think? Are you excited about the book? Do you have any theories or thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, October 1

New Releases - October 2012

Wooohooo, October 1!! I'm so happy we're at the beginning of a new month! I've been in a reading slump the past couple of weeks and one explanation that I have was the poor new releases schedule of September. I mean, there was almost nothing after the first week!! Lucky for me, it looks more spread out in October. By the way, are you ready for Christmas? LOL. I'm always surprised they start releasing Christmas-theme books so early...

October 1

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

After a scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Series: connected to Catching Jordan

Ames:  I luuuurved Catching Jordan so I'm really looking forward to Stealing Parker.  It sounds interesting!

Nath: Ms Kenneally impressed me with her debut novel, Catching Jordan. I have to say, I'm not sure about this blurb and Parker's journey, but I'm intrigued. Also, the book still revolves around sport, so that's interesting to me :)

October 2

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?
Genre:  Fantasy Young Adult
Series:  Darklight, Book #1

Nath: Death and the Girl Next Door is on my radar because the author is Ms Darynda Jones who was one of my favorite new-to-me author in 2011. I'm curious to see how her writing will translate into YA, if it's going to be as funny. It's interesting that "death" will still play a bit role in her YA series.

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Published by Hyperion
Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.
Genre:  Fantasy Young Adult
Series:  Heroes of Olympus #3

Ames:  I'll be picking this one up for my brothers.  :P

Nath: Well, I'll be picking this one up for myself, LOL, and then perhaps, my sister will read it when she's finally caught up on the series :P I'm looking forward to The Mark of Athena and see what adventures Annabeth and Percy are going to face. Also, it's going to be interesting to see the two camps mix! I just hope this book is as good as The Son of Neptune :) Also, is this the first time we truly get Annabeth's POV?

Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
Published by Signet (New American Library)
Cathleen Chase is no killer—but as Cat O’Banyon, she is a ruthless bounty hunter who always gets her man. Catching one lowlife after another, she continues her search for the only man she really cares to locate. The one whose voice she will never forget; the man who murdered her husband. She’ll stop at nothing to find him. Con artist Alexi Romanov taught Cat every trick she knows. He is a master of deceit, disguise, and desire. He’s difficult to trust, and even more difficult to resist, but he has news she can’t ignore. The man she’s after has placed a bounty on her head. To get him before he gets her, she’ll have to team up with Alexi again....And just like before, the two of them together are nothing but trouble
Genre:  Western Historical Romance
Series:  Once Upon a Time in the West, Book #1

Ames:  Oooh, I hadn't heard of this one.  It has a interesting premise.  And I like that the hero is a con artist.

Nath: I saw this book featured on someone's blog and it caught my attention :) First, there was the cover - pretty. Then, the heroine is a bounty hunter and I do like con artist as well! This one sounds like a winner :)

Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
Published by ROC
The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.
Genre:  Fantasy
Series:  Agent of Hel, Book #1

Ames:  Carey is an autobuy author for me.  This sounds like a good new series.  I love all those magical creatures.

Nath: This one sounds interesting :) I've been looking for new Urban Fantasy series. Although jeez, Norse mythology and Vikings seem to be in fashion!

Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
Published by ROC
Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.
Genre:  Fantasy
Series:  Fated Blades, Book #1

Nath: Not sure if I'll really pick this one up, guess it's going to depend on the review. But gotta say, the cover is very nice and I like things related to Japan.

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas
Published by Berkley
Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation.

Helena has despised David since they were children—the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart.

A carriage accident the day after their elopement, however, robs Helena of her memory—the slate is wiped clean. At last David dares to reveal his love, and she finds him both fascinating and desirable. But what will happen when her memory returns and she realizes she has fallen for a man she has sworn never to trust?
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Fitzhugh Trilogy, Book #3

Ames:  Sherry Thomas is another auto-buy author for me.  And even though I'm not a fan of amnesia plots, this one sounds good!

Reflected In You by Sylvia Day
Published by Penguin
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction...my every desire...mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...
Genre:Contemporary Romance
Series: Crossfire, Book #2

Monroe: LOVED the first one of this series and cant wait to read this one!!!

Ames:  I was torn over the first one.  I thought it was super hot and the h/h definitely had chemistry.  But I got annoyed with the pattern of them fighting, her running away, him chasing after her.  Hopefully things pick up in this installment.

Laid Open by Lauren Dane
Published by Penguin
All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time.

And that’s what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other.

They’ve got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  The Brown Siblings, Book #5

Ames:  Erin, Ben and Todd are from the very first book.  And I wowee were they scorching together!  Can't wait to read this novella.  :P

October 8

Until There Was You by Jessica Scott
Published by Loveswept
He plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed army captains will prove that opposites attract...

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye.

He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
Genre:  Category romance, Contemporary Romance
Series:  Coming Home, Book #2

Ames:  I like when female characters are soldiers or warriors.  I enjoyed Jessica's first book so I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Nath: I've heard a lot about this author, her debut novel, Because of You, really was a hit in blogland, so I'm definitively keeping an eye on this one :)

October 16

Hidden by PC and Kristin Cast
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Neferet’s true nature has been revealed to the Vampyre High Council, so Zoey and the gang might finally get some help in defending themselves and their beloved school against a gathering evil that grows stronger every day. And they’ll need it, because Neferet’s not going down without a fight.Chaos reigns at the House of Night...
Genre:  Fantasy Young Adult
Series:  House of Night, Book, Book  #10

Monroe: Im so behind in this series but I do want to catch up! 

Ames:  Me too!  I think I'm 4 books behind now.  :(

October 19
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Published by Courtney Milan
Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.

The Duchess War is the first full-length book in The Brothers Sinister series. It’s about Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont. Robert is the half-brother of Oliver (book 2: The Heiress Effect) and the cousin of Sebastian Malheur, the Earl of Rane (book 3: The Countess Conspiracy).
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Brothers Sinister, Book #1

Ames:  The blurb for this one leaves a lot to be desired.  LOL  But whatever, I like Courtney's writing so I'm gonna get it.

Nath: I really love the covers of Ms Milan's books, but unfortunately, I never clicked with her writing. So this is a maybe, maybe not book for me.

October 23
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Patrick Riordan always thought that nothing could match the adrenaline rush he gets from his job. But this Christmas, Patrick's pulse is really racing...

The Riordan brothers may have a reputation for being rough-and tumble, but Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. These days, his easygoing manner is being tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot. But for the Riordan brothers, when the going gets tough…the tough find the love of a good woman.

Except the woman who has caught Patrick’s attention is Jack Sheridan’s very attractive niece.

Angie LeCroix comes to Virgin River to spend Christmas relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet instead of freedom, she gets Jack Sheridan. If her uncle had his way, she’d never go out again. And certainly not with rugged, handsome Patrick Riordan. But Angie has her own idea of the kind of Christmas she wants—and the kind of man!

Patrick and Angie thought they wanted to be left alone this Christmas—until they meet each other. Then they want to be left alone together. But the Sheridan and Riordan families have different plans for Patrick and Angie—and for Christmas, Virgin River–style!
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series:  Virgin River, Book #20

Nath: I haven't read the last couple of books in this series - yes, I know, shocker!! Tell you the truth, I'm still a bit undecided about this one, but I do like the Riordan and Sheridan families... So who knows :P

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Christmas in Icicle Falls... Between Yuletide traditions, winter sports and mistletoe hanging everywhere, Christmas is the best time of year in Icicle Falls, Washington. But this year it's not so merry-for three of its residents, anyway.

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter, Danielle's, wedding...until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? And, since every B and B is full, it looks like he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass.

Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left her a year ago, running off with the hostess from her restaurant, Zelda's, to start a new life (and restaurant) in Seattle. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe!

And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't so easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, who's newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell, and they are still fighting over all the things they fought over when they were married. The love is gone. Isn't it?

But Christmas has a way of working its magic. One of these women is about to rediscover love, another is going to remember what's important in life and the third will find a new dream in the new year. Merry Ex-mas, ladies!

Between Yuletide traditions, winter sports and mistletoe hanging everywhere, Christmas is the best time of year in Icicle Falls, Washington. But this year it's not so merry-for three of its residents, anyway.
Genre:  Women's Fiction, Chick-Lit
Series:  n/a

Nath: Ms Roberts is an author I read when I'm in the mood for Women's Fiction/Chick-Lit. I'm not sure I'll be picking this one, but at least, it's on my radar. And isn't the cover pretty? :P

October 30
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Published by St. Martin's Press
Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.
Genre:  Fantasy
Series:  Charley Davidson, Book #4

Nath: I've really been enjoying this series. It has a very great balance between the humor and the mystery and the characters are very interesting :) Looking forward to see how Charley and Reyes work it out... I really hope for some romantic moments between Charley and Reyes. I think it's time they communicate more together!

What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander
Published by Kensington
Camille, Lady Lydingham, knows precisely what she wants for Christmas—an official engagement to a handsome, dashing prince. Her very proper suitor expects a proper English family and the perfect Dickensian Christmas, which leaves the lovely widow with a slight problem. The last thing Camille wants is for the prince to meet her unconventional relatives. But with the aid of a troupe of actors, Camille intends to pull off a Christmas deception of massive proportions.

At least until Grayson Elliot shows up. A dozen years ago, he declared his love on the day before her marriage to another man, then vanished from her life. Now he’s back, gate-crashing Camille’s already chaotic house party, playing absolute havoc with her scheme—and with her heart. Because for Grayson, losing Camille once was quite bad enough. Losing her twice? Unthinkable. And he’ll find a way to show her they belong together—for this season, and every Christmas yet to come …
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  n/a

Nath: I'm a huge fan of Ms Alexander :) Her last Christmas book wasn't great, but she came back strong with My Wicked Little Lies. So I'm hoping this one will surprise me :)

Suddenly You by Sarah Mayberry
Published by Harlequin
The definition of a happy man?The guy who knows exactly what he wants and has it. That's Harry Porter. He's got the perfect job, the best buddies and no commitments beyond the next good time. It's the ideal life.

Then he stops to help Pippa White when she's stranded by the side of the road. He's known—and liked—her for a while, but as the ex of a friend, she's entirely off-limits. And as fun as the banter with her is, Harry knows single moms are out of his league.

So why all the excuses to see Pippa again...and again? And why can't he stop thinking about her? But most puzzling of all is how Harry suddenly wants to swap a night with the boys for one with only Pippa!(
Genre:   Category romance, Contemporary Romance
Series:   Connected to All I Need

Ames:  LOL  I read the hero's name as Harry Potter, not Porter.  hahaha  I love the set up for this one and Sarah Mayberry writes great contemporary romances.  I'm very excited for this one!

Nath: LOL, I read the same, Ames! I bet it's going to be a running gag in the book :P After Her Best Worst Mistake, Ms Mayberry is on my auto-buy list :) I loved that book and am looking for the same magic!

Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale
Published by Harpercollins Publisher (Avon)
He’s the only man she’s ever loved...

For ages it seems advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly from a distance. Determined to finally attract her employer’s attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions…from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!).

She’s the only woman he never noticed...

Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she’s exquisite…and he can’t get Annabelle out of his mind! She must be pursuing someone, but who? For some inexplicable reason, the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely jealous.

Will Dear Annabelle find her happy ending?

But Knightly’s scandalous periodical has been targeted for destruction by a vengeful Lord Marsden, and the beleaguered editor now faces a devastating choice: either marry Marsden’s sister to save his beloved newspaper...or follow his heart and wed his Writing Girl.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  The Writing Girls, Book #4

Ames:  LOL This is a cute blurb and it definitely makes me want to pick up this book.  I like when wallflowers get some love and I love jealous heroes.

Nath: It's cute right? I've enjoyed the first two books because they were light and fluffy... but was thinking to give up on the series since I have no interest in the third book ^_^; However, after reading this blurb, there's no way. I'm getting Seducing Mr. Knightly for sure and I'm hoping the quartet ends with a bang! :)

A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long
Published by Avon
She rose to spectacular heights...

From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor house in Pennyroyal Green.

He never expected to fall so hard...

He has the face of a fallen angel and a smolder the devil would envy, but Vicar Adam Sylvaine walks a precarious line: resisting temptation…and the wild Eversea blood in his veins. Adam’s strength is tested when scandal, aka the countess, moves to Sussex. But when a woman who fiercely guards her heart and a man entrusted with the souls of an entire town surrender to a forbidden desire, will the sweetest sin lead them to Heaven...or make outcasts of them forever?
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Pennyroyal Green, Book #7

Ames:  Julie Anne is an auto-buy author and this series in particular is a favorite of mine.

Princess in Love by Julianne MacLean
Published by St. Martin’s
She’s engaged to be married—to the wrong man

Leopold Hunt, Marquess of Cavanaugh, is a secret Royalist with a distant hereditary claim to the throne. He has been groomed to one day overthrow the king and rebuild his family’s dynasty. Only one thing stands in his way: the king’s daughter, Rose.

Princess Rose has loved the marquess her entire life, but she is about to enter a political marriage—one that promises to help keep her father in power. There is virtually no way for Rose to escape her fate…yet she cannot resist the unstoppable passion she feels in the arms of the handsome and charming marquess. When a dangerous plot unfolds and puts their love to the ultimate test—Leopold must make a desperate choice: To honor his family or follow his heart.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  The Royal Trilogy, Book #2

Ames:  I really like that cover!  And this one sounds interesting as well.  :P

Iced by Karen Marie Moning
Published by Delacorte Press
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities. Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
Genre:Urban Fantasy
Series:Fever World, Book #1

Ames:  Ooh me and my mom are probably going to fight over who gets to read this one first.  LOL

Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
Published by Avon Impulse
In Eloisa James's companion story to The Ugly Duchess, Sir Griffin Barry, captain of the infamous pirate ship The Poppy, is back in England to claim the wife he hasn't seen since their wedding day . . . but this is one treasure that will not be so easy to capture.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Fairy Tales, Book #4.5

Monroe: I just started reading this series and LOVE IT! Cant wait to continue! 

Ames:  I'm so glad you started reading Eloisa James, Monroe.  She's one of my historical writers.  I like pirates too, so this is a no brainer for me.

'Twas The Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries
Published by Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books)
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” Somewhere between trying to seduce the beautiful Camilla and struggling with the cruel memories of his childhood Christmases, Pierce discovers that not only does forgiveness go two ways, but that love can blossom even in the coldest of winters.
Genre:  Historical Romance
Series:  Hellions of Halstead, Book #6

Ames:  I'm behind in this series although I keep buying the books as they come out.  LOL  Totally hopeless.  But yeah, I'll probably be buying this one too.  :P

Nath: I gotta say, I'm not happy this one comes out in hardcover. I'm happy for Ms Jeffries, but as a rule, historical romance in hardcover? Ugh. I might wait till its release in paperback - if I have the will LOL. It's going to be difficult though since Pierce Waverly has been an interesting character in the series so far ^_^;


Any books that we've missed? What are you going to add to your new releases list? LOL.