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May 2011 Releases, part 2

I’ve fallen a little behind (what else is new?) but I’m really excited about some of the releases that came out at the end of May, and wanted to share them!

GraveminderMay 17, 2011: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

This is Melissa Marr’s first adult novel, and if it’s half as great as her faerie court series, I’ll be thrilled. The story is about Rebekkah, who returns to Claysville, her hometown, after her grandmother’s death. She comes to realize there is more to Claysville than she thought, and that her grandmother played a key role in keeping the peace between the living and the dead. And, it falls to Bek to uphold the family tradition.

I’m on the library waitlist for the audiobook, and can’t wait to listen to it!

America PacificaMay 18, 2011: America Pacifica by Anna North

I think I’m at the point with YA (which I love) that the first thing I’m looking for in a story is originality. And, when I read the description of America Pacifica, I knew I had to read it.

North America is in a second ice age, and Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica. It’s a place of haves and have-nots, and is ruled by a mysterious dictator. When Darcy’s mom disappears, she searches for her mom, and finds much more than she bargained for.

Rhapsody for Piano and GhostMay 24, 2011: Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost by ZA Maxfield

ZAM is one of my favorite m/m authors. She always writes with so much heart, creating characters I really care about.

While gifted pianist Fritz is studying at a conservatory and looking for a little peace, he finds himself surrounded by family and friends (possibly including a couple of well-meaning imaginary ones) who complicate his life.

It sounds like this story is told with ZAM’s trademark sense of humor.

Between Sinners and SaintsMay 29, 2011: Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton

I’ve recently discovered Marie Sexton’s Coda series, and LOVED every one of them. Her new release is a stand alone, and sounds like it’s as angsty and will pull at my heartstrings as her Coda books.

Bartender Levi is has left behind his Mormon roots behind and encounters Jamie, a loner who is haunted by his past. It’s an opposites attract love story (one of my favorite kinds) and of course the heroes find common ground, healing, and love.

Kiss of SnowMay 31, 2011: Kiss of Snow  (PsyChangeling series, book 10) by Nalini Singh

Hawke’s book!

Need I say more? I do? Oh, ok.

Well, I’ve already read it, and it’s as awesome as all the hype led me to believe.

Read it. You won’t be sorry.

Enough said.

Magic SlaysMay 31, 2011: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels series, book 5) by Ilona Andrews

I always say this about the Kate Daniels series, but here we are at book 5, and it’s still true: each subsequent book in this series gets better (and I really liked the first book).

I’m really interested to see where the author goes with Magic Slays, especially since we are sort of moved to the post HEA part of the story line with Kate and Curran.

I’m looking forward to see the new life that they will build, what Kate is going to do with her new business, and what will happen with the bigger story arc involving Kate’s background.

Just Like HeavenMay 31, 2011: Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith quartet, book 1) by Julia Quinn

The legendary Smythe-Smith family (and their notorious musicales) has always been the comic relief in Julia Quinns more recent books. The poor Smythe-Smith girls are now getting their own stories, and Lady Honoria is the heroine in Just Like Heaven. Another of my favorite romance tropes is the younger sibling/older sibling’s friend pairing, and Marcus (Honoria’s brother’s best friend) starts out keeping an eye on Honoria in her brother’s absence, and finds himself falling in love.

I always enjoy Julia Quinn’s historical romances. They’re light, funny, and romantic. I’m currrently listening to Just Like Heaven (narrated by Roslyn Landor) and so far it’s exactly what I expect.

My Dangerous PleasureMay 31, 2011: My Dangerous Pleasure (Witches/My series, book 4) by Carolyn Jewel

This is one of my favorite parnormal series. I love the unique world, the strong heroines, and the sexy demons.

My Dangerous Pleasure is Iskander’s story. The author has really put him thru the mill in this series, and I was excited that he finally gets a HEA. And, Paisley is a worthy heroine.

If you haven’t picked this series up yet, I highly recommend that you start with book 1, My Wicked Enemy.

My review for this book will be posted in a couple of days.

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That’s a lot of books, isn’t it? Lots of good stuff, here.  What’s recently been released that you’ve been looking forward to?

June 4, 2011 at 5:00 am 18 comments


Sayuri (Damn Heart blog) is currently holding a cowboy-themed competition to celebrate Lorelei James’ August 3, 2010 release of Corralled (Blacktop Cowboys, book 1).


She requested that many, sexy cowboy pictures be used. Now, I’m not a big cookie poster here on the blog, but what immediately came to mind were the number of sexy, wonderful cowboys featured on the covers (like the VERY nice one, above) of some of my favorite read books and books on my tbr.

So, here’s a stroll through some of my books…

The Tin StarThe Tin Star (The Ranch series, book 1) by JL Langley

One of my all time favorite cowboy books! Jamie is the little brother to Ethan’s best friend, and he has come back into Jamie’s life, all grown up. (One of my favorite themes.)

Ethan lives a quiet life running his ranch, and when Jamie shows up on his doorstep, he throws Ethan’s life into confusion. Jamie’s unapologetic attitude is something Ethan both admires and worries about. It has already alienated Jamie from his father, and the small ranching community that Ethan is a part of could be next.

I love how Ethan and Jamie come to love and support one another, and stand together against some bigoted members of their community.


Long Hard RideLong Hard Ride (Rough Riders series, book 1) by Lorelei James

This is on my tbr, and I was lucky enough to win it from the author! (Yes, I REALLY need to read it!) I was so happy when I won a DABWAHA prize pack that included 3 of her books. I loved No Mercy (written as Lori Armstrong). And, I’ve heard great things about the Rough Riders series.

Channing, a woman looking to shake up her life, gets more than she bargained for with Colby, a cowboy on the rodeo circuit. Especially, when he comes as part of a package deal with Trevor and Edgard.


BarebackBareback by Chris Owens

Another one on my tbr!

This story sounds SO good! I love 2 strong heroes together, and this romance has that. It’s the story of Jake, a ranch foreman in Arkansas, and a cowboy named Tornado.

Here’s a quote from the book that I found at Goodreads:

Jake wasn’t about to be seduced like some schoolgirl. Not by a man who went by the unlikely name of Tornado, not by anyone. He stood as firmly as he could in the mud and tore his mouth from the kiss, staring into too dark eyes. As his hands made their way into Tor’s wet jeans he said, “This doesn’t mean I like you, you know.

Works for me.


Black Heels to Tractor WheelsBlack Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman

This real-life cowboy romance is told by “heroine”, Ree Drummond.

Also known as The Pioneer Woman, Ree tells the story of meeting her husband, Marlboro Man, when she returns from California. She’s a single city-girl who finds herself thrown into life on a cattle ranch. Her engaging style sucked me in one Saturday afternoon, and I spent hours reading her story. Be sure to check out her amazing pictures of life on the ranch, as well.


InfamousInfamous by Suzanne Brockmann

Another upcoming release!

This story is a fish out of water, cowboy-meets Hollywood story. And, it’s by Suzanne Brockmann. WIN!!

I blew through Suze Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series over the last year, and was so excited to see her come out with this new stand alone.

What’s not to like about a brash cowboy with a mission? AJ is set on confronting Alison, a history professor  about the movie on which she’s acting as a consultant. I’m willing to bet that sparks will fly.

I’ve already got Infamous on request from the library. I’m sure it will keep me satisfied until Izzy’s book comes out next year.


Oh, OK, if you insist, here are a couple of pics,  just for your enjoyment:

A Classic Cowboy done Hollywood style: James Dean

James Dean

A Cowboy Cookie


Be sure to visit Sayuri’s place to see where you can find other cowboy posts! And, don’t forget to check out Corralled. It’s already on my list of Upcoming releases. Here’s an excerpt for Corralled. It’s really good!

July 18, 2010 at 1:00 am 11 comments

Happy Release Day!

Congrats to LB Gregg for today’s release:

In and Out

In and Out (Men of Smithfield series, book 4)

Here’s an excerpt. Enjoy!

I know what I’ll be reading this weekend. ;-)

May 14, 2010 at 11:33 am 8 comments

May 2010 Releases (Part 1)

Continuing to shake things up around here, I’m breaking up my monthly releases post. Part 2 to come next week!


May 4, 2010: White Cat (The Curse Workers series, book 1) by Holly Black

Here is a book description:

White CatCassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.


May 4, 2010: Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires series, book 8 ) by Rachel Caine

Here is a book description:

Kiss of Death
Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he’s been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael’s all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell…


May 14, 2010: In and Out (Men of Smithfield series, book 4) by LB Gregg

Here is the description from the author’s site:

In and OutThey were star-crossed lovers from the start.
Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light begins to glimmer in Holden’s dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men together, and Holden finds his world turned inside out—by his inappropriate longing for his awkward, young employee, Adam Morgan, and by a threat growing around them both. All of Smithfield believes Holden has something to hide, and Adam is determined to bring everything—including Holden Worthington—into the open.


May 18, 2010: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy series, book 5) by Richelle Mead.

Here is the description from the publisher’s site:

Spirit BoundDimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won’t join him, he won’t rest until he’s silenced her…forever.


May 18, 2010: Shade (Generation Ghost series, book 1) by Jerri Smith Ready

Here is a book description:

ShadeBest. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone. Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.


OK, so I totally averted my eyes while formatting the descriptions for Kiss of Death and Spirit Bound, since I’m behind on both those series. I think I may have to take a page out of Tracy’s book, and have my own “finish the series” challenge.

I’m really excited about White Cat, about which I read such great things at The Book Smugglers. I’ve got the audiobook on request from the library, and hope it comes in soon!

The book I know I’ll be buying today (on its release day) is In and Out. I can’t get enough of the Men of Smithfield! :-) ETA: As Chris has pointed out in the comments, I seem to not know what date it is. I think the kid’s little league dramas have drained what’s left of my tenuous hold on sanity.

Did I miss any books coming out this month that you’re looking forward to?

For information on other future releases, check out my Upcoming Releases page. For information about other previously released books, check out my Released in 2010 page.

May 11, 2010 at 4:00 am 18 comments

Just finished reading . . . By Degrees (mini-review)

By Degrees by J.B. McDonald

This review cross-posted from Goodreads.
My Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars
View all my reviews at Goodreads >>
By Degrees by JB McDonaldOrphaned at eleven and bounced around the foster system, Tim learned young that the only thing he could control was himself. It was a lesson he took seriously, and it’s the only thing that keeps him safe from more heartbreak. Conner doesn’t understand this desire to control things, but he doesn’t need to. He loves everything about his control-freak friend, even the way he quirks just one eyebrow. He has for years.
With Con’s arrival, everything starts unraveling in Tim’s life. He’s questioning his sexual orientation, wrangling with emotions from his past, and fending off questions from Con’s well-meaning family. Drowning in a world out of his control, his one hope is to let go and trust that love will save him. But after so many years of burying his feelings, he’s not sure it’s possible.

This book was recommended by Orannia (Walkabout blog) in her post which inspired my If You Could Give a Book to Someone post & giveaway.

By Degrees was a wonderful romance that really developed the characters of both Tim and Con. The book did not gloss over the issues that Tim was dealing with, nor did it take the easy route of “love heals all”. The book explored the development of Tim and Con’s relationship and really showed them working through their challenges. This was a wonderful friends to lovers story, and I’ll definitely be reading the companion book to By Degrees, In the Rough.

April 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm 7 comments

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