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10 New Covers

Have fallen behind in my covers posting, so you may have already seen these by now. Click on the images (behind the cut) to take you to the direct sources where I found them. Please note that Tales of the Otherworld and Tales from the Otherworld are the same book – I imagine the Oz version will switch to the UK cover before release.

Jennifer Armintrout: All Souls’ Night (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: Tales of/from the Otherworld (UK/AU) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Holly Black: White Cat (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Catherine Fisher: Sapphique (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Megan Hart: Naked Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Caitlin Kittredge: Second Skin (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Jessica Verday: The Haunted (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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[REVIEW] All Souls’ Night – Jennifer Armintrout

Jennifer Armintrout
All Souls’ Night (Blood Ties, Book 4)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 1st June 2008)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The Soul Eater needs a couple more souls before he can become a god, and he has some particular ones in mind. From Grand Rapids to Chicago and Italy, All Souls’ Night tracks the battle to prevent a Godpocalypse.

I last read a Blood Ties book two years ago, and while this is a decent catch-up, there’s still a muddle. So each vampire has two hearts: one human, and one vampire. The human heart is not required, and sires like to keep their fledglings’ hearts as some sort of power thing? The vampire heart may explain why vampires can bleed and shag, but I’m still confused.

Max and Dahlia are not at their most awesome here. The melodrama with Bella’s family just doesn’t seem to belong amongst the hardcore soul eating story. This also could’ve done without Ziggy’s point of view, though his relationship with Bill is sweet. Bill and Henry are both welcome additions to the series, but Carrie isn’t at her cleverest. She makes an obvious mistake here, but is supremely cool when in the doctor zone.

A heart transplant, skin grafts, golems, zombies, and some hot m/m shagging are the highlights of this sometimes difficult novel. The pace is slow at first, but definitely picks up as the ritual draws nearer. The golems provide welcome humour, and happily remind me of the clones in a Simpsons Halloween special.

Though the ending is a little too HEA, All Souls’ Night is a fitting finale for this effed-up four-part series. Check my favourite quote, from page 251: It was depressing to think that people actually chose to spend their free time this way, all trying to out-goth each other with their Hot Topic wardrobes and grossly inflated attitudes of made-up depression.

Lightworld/Darkworld – Jennifer Armintrout

Jennifer Armintrout is one awesome chick. This isn’t part of her official bio; just my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰ From the Blood Ties series, I could tell she had a decent sense of humour, and her blog confirmed that. And the PODcast ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jen has a new series (unrelated to the Blood Ties series) debuting this year, and the world building sounds new and intriguing. And since info of Lightworld/Darkworld hasn’t flooded the blogosphere yet…I’ll do it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Behind the cut (if you’re reading this on a feed) is info for all three Lightworld/Darkworld novels: Queene of Light, Child of Darkness and Veil of Shadows. Until then, you can purchase the Blood Ties series, and remind Jen that she’s awesome (in case she forgets) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The Turning: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Possession: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Ashes to Ashes: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
All Souls’ Night: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Blood Ties (Bundle): Kindle

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Happy Birthday, Jennifer Armintrout; Cat with Books; & Bring Me My Hookah

Today is July 15th – Jennifer Armintrout’s birthday. Give her the gift of royalties by purchasing The Turning, Possession, Ashes to Ashes and All Souls’ Night.

Manny with Elaura Niles’s Some Writers Deserve to Starve!, Michele Lang’s Netherwood, Jeff Somers’s The Electric Church and The Digital Plague, and the Hotter than Hell anthology.

Spent mucho time watching the videos at Bring Me My Hookah! (aka Lauren Dane & Megan Hart), and I so want to vlog. Do you need a webcam, or any kind of recording video camera? If so, what’s a good and cheap one? And what kind of video editing software do you need? Anyway, check out Lauren and Megan and their summer hijinks – they’re a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

June 2008 Releases

Have you got your May shopping list sorted? (If not, check May 2008 Releases.) Good. Now to sort out June:

Jennifer Armintrout
All Souls’ Night (Blood Ties, Book 4)
MIRA (1st June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

I have reached my breaking point. And now I will not, cannot be stopped. With the Soul Eater on the verge of god status, it’s time for me to take a final stand, even if it means losing everything I love. Even if it means losing my life. I’ve got plenty of power on my side, and some I didn’t know I could count on in the first place. But it’s nothing compared to the army of the undead the Soul Eater is building up. And time is running out. They say that good always triumphs over evil. I hope that’s true. Because the odds aren’t in our favor, and the fate of the world is in our hands.

Vicki Pettersson
The Scent of Shadows (Zodiac, Book 1)
HarperCollins (2nd June 2008 – UK Edition) – Paperback

When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert. By rights, she should be dead. Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset โ€“ a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow โ€“ seeking answers to whom or what she really is…and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure. But the nightmare is just beginning โ€“ for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful Shadows want her for their own…

Vicki Pettersson
The Taste of Night (Zodiac, Book 2)
HarperCollins (2nd June 2008 – UK Edition) – Paperback

Even mortal, Joanna Archer was nobody’s idea of a victim. But now, infused with the supernatural power to alter the battle between Shadow and Light forever, what she’s become is a target. And when a toxic virus invades the valley, her allies are targets are well. To find the cure that will save them, Joanna must embrace her Shadow side…even if it leads her into an all-out battle with the demons of her past.

Rachel Caine
Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires, Book 4)
Penguin (3rd June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though โ€” especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.

Patricia Briggs
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
Orbit (5th June 2008 – UK Edition) – Paperback

Mercedes Thompson runs a garage in the Tri-Cities. She’s a mechanic, and a damn good one, who spends her spare time karate training and tinkering with a VW bus that happens to belong to a vampire. Her next-door neighbour is an alpha werewolf – literally, the leader of the pack. And Mercy herself is a shapeshifter, sister to coyotes. As such, she’s tolerated by the ‘wolves but definitely down the pecking order. As long as she keeps her eyes down and remembers her place, the pack will leave her in peace. Hardly a normal situation, but then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself…and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Book 16)
Orbit (5th June 2008 – UK Edition) – Hardcover

Jason is a werewolf. He’s also one of Anita Blake’s best friends and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her – not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, but because his father is dying. Anita can make him look like an everyday guy, helping him say good-bye to the abusive father he never loved. The fact that Jason is not ‘everyday’ and Anita is far from being just a pretty woman is something they figure they can keep under wraps for a couple of days in a small town. How hard can that be? Really, by now, Anita Blake should know better. And this is the weekend that Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks to make a move. Somehow she has cut the connection that binds Anita and vampire Master of the City Jean-Claude, leaving them vulnerable. Dangerous even as she sleeps, buried in darkness for a thousand years beneath the old country of Europe, Marmee Noir reaches out toward power – she has attacked Anita before, but never like this. Anita has what she wants – and now she’s going to take it. Review

Marta Acosta
Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (24th June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Hip, funny Milagro de los Santos thinks she’s finally found love and a home at the California ranch of fabulous Oswald Grant and his urbane relatives, who have a rare genetic disorder that some call vampirism. But Milagro is bewildered when she’s excluded from an ancient and mysterious midnight ceremony whose participants include Oswald’s unfriendly parents, a creepy family elder, and Milagro’s ex-lover, the powerful and decadent Ian Ducharme. What skeletons are the vampires keeping in their designer closets? When Milagro’s life is threatened by a rogue family member, she flees to the desert to hide. Instead of solitude, she encounters an egomaniacal actor, a partying heiress, a sly tabloid reporter, and a lavish spa full of dark secrets – all of which might help her find a way home.

Kim Harrison (ed.)
Hotter Than Hell
HarperCollins (24th June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifyingโ€”and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely dark…and different. Hotter Than Hell gathers together a baker’s dozen of today’s boldest and best authors of supernatural fiction and paranormal romance in a breathtaking anthology that blends black magic with red-hot desire. From the tantalizing tale of a conflicted psychic vampire driven by a powerful, savage love to the strange saga of a Greek warrior woman battling to save the world, these are stories outside the limits, as hypnotic as the full moon…and hotter than the sun.

Marjorie M. Liu
The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1)
Penguin (24th June 2008) – Paperback

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment โ€” and one man โ€” changes everything.