So there have been a lot of books that have hit the shelves in the past two weeks. Here are a few of them…
[Editing my original post, which mistakenly said that BLACK DAWN was the last of the Morganville books. I've never been so happy to be wrong! -- Jackie]
I’m so thrilled about the latest installment in the Morganville Vampires. I love Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael. I adore Oliver, even though (or because) he’s an evil bastard. And Amelie — can’t wait to see what happens to her. And then there’s Myrnin, one of the best characters EVER (especially when he’s wearing his vampiric bunny slippers).
BLACK DAWN (Morganville Vampires series) by Rachel Caine
With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…
Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.
Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…
Silver James is a longtime Deadline Dames reader and commenter — and we’re so thrilled about Silver’s new release! Werewolves! Covert ops! And hot sex! Check out this tagline: “Warning: Pursue an alpha Wolf at your own risk. Hot sex, bad words, and action of the blood and guts kind will ensue.” Woof!!! This e-book is going to be great!
BLOOD MOON (Moonstruck series) by Silver James
Army Major Hannah Jackson knows where the skeletons are hidden at the Pentagon and now she’s been tasked with keeping the secrets of Army Special Sci Ops Unit 69—the Wolves—and their secret is a doozy. That a civilian corporation wants to exploit the Wolves is a matter of pressing concern.
Sergeant Major Ian McIntire doesn’t trust Hannah as far as he can throw her—and that’s quite a ways considering he’s an alpha werewolf. The woman is a pain in his butt and with the Blood Moon coming, the unit needs to complete their mission and get home before tempers flare. While she might know most of their secrets, the one she doesn’t know about the moonstruck Wolf might just get them all killed.
When a covert operation goes wrong, Mac must trust Hannah to save his men—and his heart. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are more personal under the full moon, but when a Wolf loves a woman, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
I’ve been a longtime Sookie Stackhouse fan, way before HBO came out with True Blood. This is the penultimate book in the Southern Vampires series, and while I’ll be sad to see Sookie, Eric, and everyone in Bon Temps go, I’m also looking forward to resolving the storylines and seeing how my favorite blond, telepathic, quarter-fairy barmaid winds up. And Charlaine Harris is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
DEADLOCKED (Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris
It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…. Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on that there are things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see — like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet — Felipe de Castro, the vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard — especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank. Now it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world comecrashing down…
Super excited about this next book! Alethea is a fabulous person — and I covet her tiara — as well as a marvelous author. My kids adored ALPHA-OOPS (THE DAY THAT Z WENT FIRST), and so did I! I can’t wait to read this new YA novel from my fellow Harcourt author!
ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis
It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland — and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past — and hers?
I’ve loved Justin’s work ever since I read his first series, starting with BLACK MAGIC WOMAN. Justin was also the editor of the Those Who Fight Monsters anthology (which included a Hell short story), and he was terrific to work with. If you love supernatural crime procedurals, definitely read Justin’s books.
EVIL DARK (Occult Crime Unit Investigation series) by Justin Gustainis
My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also a crucifix, some wooden stakes, big vial of holy water and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.
A series of seemingly motiveless murders of supernatural creatures points to a vigilante targeting the supe community of Scranton. Markowski wouldn’t normally have much of a problem with that, but his daughter may be next on the killer’s list…
Jeri is a fabulous author and an amazing person (and she knows more about music than I ever will on my best day). I fell in love with Aura when she first appeared in SHADE, and then I continued to love her in SHIFT. And now, here we are at the end of the trilogy. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!
SHINE (Shade trilogy) by Jeri Smith-Ready
In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.
Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past. As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.
The first time I saw Kevin’s covers for the Iron Druid Chronicles, I knew I was going to like the books. Seriously nice covers. And they don’t hold a candle to the phenomenal stories within. Atticus is so freaking cool. I adore him. And I’d love to have a beer with him. I’d even bring sausages for Oberon, one of the best animal companions I’ve ever read in an urban fantasy. And congrats to Kevin for hitting the NYT list!
TRICKED (Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne
Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again.
Famous last words.
Dude — how did I not know about this???
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE (Dark Tower series #4.5) by Stephen King
In “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. Roland Deschain and his ka-tet — Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler — encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past. In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the “Magic Tales of the Eld “that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us. King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. “The Wind Through the Keyhole “is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.
What books are you looking forward to?