Posts tagged ‘Patricia Briggs’
Here are a few things I’ve come across recently:
Gail Carriger unveiled the cover for Blameless, the 3rd book in her Alexia Tarabotti series.
There’s also an awesome YouTube video of the cover’s creation. Being the complete non-artistic person that I am, I love seeing creative processes like this one!
Last week saw the release of the first of a four excerpts for Jim Butcher’s Changes (Dresden Files, book 12) to be released April 6, 2010. I’m really excited about this book, especially given the surprising developments in this one!
It feels like this will be quite a pivotal book for Harry, given the title and subject matter.
I somehow missed this awesome excerpt for Patricia Briggs’ Silver Borne, until I saw it posted somewhere (I forgot where) last week. It’s a really good excerpt, and I can’t wait for the book, which will be released March 30, 2010. I was hoping to see Patricia Briggs again on her book tour, but unfortunately she’s going to be in my area on April 6 at the Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach. It’s on a Tuesday night, which just won’t work for me. Last year, I was able to talk my guy into making a day trip and we drove down to San Diego for her book signing at Mysterious Galaxy (an awesome SFF/Mystery bookstore). But, since this tour’s San Diego appearance is also mid-week, it won’t work either. Maybe next year!
There’s no cover yet, but Josh Lanyon has also released an excerpt for his spec fic novella, The Darkling Thrush to be released by LooseId next month (April 2010). Also, did you know that Josh Lanyon has an upcoming stand alone with Carina Press (Harlequin’s yet to be debuted ebook division)? Fair Game looks to be an m/m romantic suspense, and he’s already got an excerpt posted on his site. Carina Press is due to begin releasing books June 2010, so hopefully Fair Game will be released about that time.
Last weekend, I read the really fun and sexy Catch Me If You Can by LB Gregg. I won’t say too much here about it, since I’m planning a review of it for later this week. Caesar was charming and feisty (Dan’s word for him, which was so apt). It cracked me up how mad Dan made Ce when he’d say that! Caesar’s chemistry with Dan was wonderful, and I just loved how Dan revealed so much of himself emotionally during their love scenes.
Currently, I’m really enjoying the audiobook of Carrie Jones’ YA novel, Need. I’m loving Zara’s voice, which drew me into the book right from the beginning. Her way of using different types of phobias to mediate her world (and feel like she has some control over it, to my mind) is brilliant, and gives some great insight into her character. I won’t mind the Tues drive across town when I take the kid and his friend to and from choir practice during rush hour, half so much as usual this week!
Polar opposite to Need is Manna Francis’ Mind Fuck, an m/m futuristic dystopian novel. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, after reading Lesley’s post about it. (She didn’t steer me wrong about Jane Seville’s Zero at the Bone, so I listen closely to Lesley’s recommendations!)
Mind Fuck‘s protagonist Val, is a fascinating character. He works for the Orwellian-type government in the Investigation & Interrogation division. He is a professional torturer, and he loves his job. Yet, not in a serial killer ott way. He’s just a man who has lots of pride in being good at his profession. The moral implications abound. This is not a typical m/m or futuristic story. It’s not a romance, though it is about a relationship between Val and Warrick, a coolly composed corporate executive. The novel is dark and complex. It’s the type of book that needs a chunk of time to really delve in to, which I haven’t been able to do over the last few days, but I’m planning on rectifying that shortly, since I’m getting back to it as soon as I finish writing this post!
So, how is your week going so far? What are you reading or hoping to read that you want to share?
One of my favorite things about keeping a blog, is the opportunity to chat with others about books. Recently, Nath, from Books, Books and More Books and the buddy-review site, Breezing Through Books, and I got a chance to have a VERY SPOILERY discussion of Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs. We both love Urban Fantasy, and had so much fun with our buddy review over at Breezing Through of Jim Butcher’s Turn Coat a few months ago, we were really excited to do it again!
This review can also be read over at Breezing Through Books.
Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be, either . . .
|Nath: I really enjoy Hunting Ground. I love Anna and Charles together. I think they are a very interesting couple and I like how different their dynamics are from Adam-Mercy-Samuel.
Renee: I enjoyed to too, though it definitely was, imo, quite different from Cry Wolf, especially with regards to Anna and Charles’ relationship. They have definitely moved to the next step, and I loved seeing how they both are now opening up to each other.
Nath: Just to be sure, what do you mean by “quite different from Cry Wolf“? Are you talking about the atmosphere of the book, the characters, the relationship or everything? Personally, I don’t think it’s very different… simply, the relationship is progressing and it is reflected in the characters. I find it ironic a little how Anna is growing more confident, but Charles, more confused LOL.
Renee: What I mean is that a lot of the doubt about their relationship is gone. Especially on Anna’s part. There is much less of a, “What am I doing with this guy?” vibe to the story. She’s accepted that they are mates, and is now focusing on making their relationship work.
Nath: I like the timeline that Ms Briggs has chosen. Hunting Ground picks up only a few weeks after Cry Wolf and so readers get to witness every progress in Anna and Charles’ relationship. They’ve moved to the next step, but there are still some hesitations. However, what I like about Anna and Charles is that they work it out, talk it out and are determined to make it. The relationship feels very real in my opinion. It’s not just that they’re opening up to each other, but there’s also a deep sense of acceptance between them that’s very endearing.
Renee: I was really struck with how Charles, especially is for the first time in his very long life opening himself up to another person and making himself vulnerable. So much of his life is spent maintaining a wall between himself and others so that his job as Bran’s executioner is never compromised.
Nath: In my opinion, this mating is a bigger step for Charles than it is for Anna. I don’t think Charles expected to find a mate ever and then, opening himself and making himself vulnerable… It’s hard for him. As for Anna, her problems stem more from the fact that she was changed during an attack and then brutalized. She needs to learn how to trust again… but before her change though, I don’t see any reasons why she’d be afraid to get into a relationship. I wonder what would have happened if Anna was still human…
I find it surprising though that Charles had never had anyone during this 200 years… Perhaps his family was enough for him… Although he has walls up, I think it’s great to see that there are other people who cares for Charles asides from Anna and Bran. I like Angus testing Anna and being concerned about his choice of mate. It seems to me that although Charles has tried very hard to maintain his distances, he wasn’t completely successful :P By the way, Renee, did you ever wonder why Charles was the executioner and not Samuel? I mean, Samuel has been alive so much longer and by Bran’s side when he started his campaign to become the Marrock no?
Renee: Very good point, Nath. Really, I think that Samuel, being a healer, doesn’t have the ability to put his emotions in a box the way that Charles has been able to do. They really are very different. Even the issue with having family and a significant other. Samuel has had more than one wife and tried so many times over the years to have a family. I think his need for connection with others would make it impossible to take on the enforcer/executioner role. Charles is much more stoic, and seems to just do what needs to be done, in a way that Samuel doesn’t. Even with regards to Mercy, Sam defied Bran on more than one occasion. I just can’t imagine Charles doing that.
Anna, also grows in this book. She is really discovering her own power as wolf and as Omega. My only regret with Hunting Ground is that more time wasn’t spent with just Anna and Charles. But, maybe that’s just the romance reader in me. ;-)
Nath: I love Anna. She has this vulnerable side that makes her stand out. At the same time, she’s growing more confident and assured. I think that we’re seeing glimpse of who Anna was or would be if she hadn’t been brutalized. I love her protective side for Charles, very endearing.
Renee: Yes! I loved that whole “Mine!” scene with Dana.
Nath: Definitively. So far, she’s shown herself to be worthy of Charles, that’s for sure. As for the amount of romance, I actually think it was good given this was an urban fantasy novel. But then, that’s probably because my curiosity is being fed :) Of course, I wouldn’t complain if there’s been more.
I’m still not totally satisfied about what an Omega is LOL :) I guess I’m a bit like Anna and Ric… Speaking of Ric, he was funny. LOL, “You make us happy” and “You bring us joy” LMAO!!!
Renee: Yes, I’m really looking forward to this series exploring more about the role of the Omega wolf. I also liked that Anna could play a mentor role. It seems like she is always the one with the least amount of knowledge and information, so it was a nice switch.
Nath: What did you think of the plot? I like the political games in this one as well, seeing the werewolves from so different factions was interesting. It was fun to see the power play and all the “conniving” and plotting. I especially liked that it took place in Seattle, so we got to see Tom and Moira, two characters that Ms Briggs introduced in her novella Seeing Eye.
My only complaint though is that I think the relationship and Arthur plot weren’t weaved well together… It really took a while before the “action” started and you could feel the separation between the two storylines. Also, I think that Arthur’s motive as well as Dana’s were kind of weak ^_^; But then again, no doubt that longevity and sanity don’t go well together, LOL :)
Renee: The suspense plot was really good, and I loved the inclusion of someone from Charles’ past. I bought Dana’s motive more than Arthur’s, but maybe that’s just because fae are so capricious, that they don’t seem to need much to act violently or vindictively.
Nath: LOL, somehow, it seems that Charles got around no? Isabella in Alpha & Omega and now, Dana :)
I thought that overall, the plot was quite clever. I didn’t see it coming… but then again, I didn’t get the villains motives LOL. Hmmm, what can I say about Dana? I dislike fae… I don’t get them and I think their capricious side is a reason. Also, I’m very unfamiliar with the King Arthur story… so that did not help.
Renee: Yes, there’s definitely something to be said about the detrimental effects of immortality on one’s sanity! :-P
I was a little disappointed to see so little of Bran. I’ve been hoping for more development on him, but since most of the book took place in Seattle, and he wasn’t there, it didn’t really happen. Hopefully, in the next book!
Nath: I definitively want to see more of Bran. He is such a mysterious character!! Perhaps soon. I hope we get to see the werewolves from Seattle again soon. I was actually surprised at Angus. He was nothing like I imagined from “Seeing Eye.”
Renee: I still haven’t read that story. I really have to get through it, since it seems that Moira and Tom have a really interesting back story. Which anthology was it in? I like the idea of getting more info on the witches. They still seem pretty mysterious to me in this world.
Nath: The anthology is called Strange Brew and came out earlier this summer. I’m not sure how much I like the witches in this series, but I definitively liked Moira… and what she did to get more power took guts.
You know, there’s two things that are bothering me. First, the way Charles is written about – he’s very capable and strong… but somehow, in both Cry Wolf and Hunting Ground, he was “defeated” easily in my opinion and Anna had to save the day. Although it’s well explained and make sense in the plot, it annoys me. Having the heroine saving the capable and accomplished hero is okay, once or twice… but Ms Briggs does it also in the Mercy Thompson… I feel like she’s “dumbing” down the heroes to make her heroines look better :(
Renee: Hmm. . . I’m not sure about thinking Charles was “defeated.” Dana definitely tricked him.
Also, I love that often Patricia Briggs brings resolutions to her stories that are based on “thinking” solutions rather than using brute strength or firepower. It’s also something that happens with Mercys’ stories, too.
Nath: I get what you’re saying and I’m all for the heroine rescuing the hero… but when it happens in all the books by an author, it becomes annoying.
Second, I don’t get why the werewolves mate. I mean, no love is required between them – look at Bran and Leah. I’d understand it if the mating was forever or necessary to breed, but it’s not. It’s like marriage kind of… in which case, why make a big deal out of it? I’m just wondering…
Renee: Yeah, it’s still a bit of a mystery to me, even after so many books in the two series. Again, I think that a nice in-depth look at Bran and his situation with Leah would be in order! ;-)
OK, so the hard part for me will be waiting till August 2010 for the 3rd Alpha & Omega book.
Nath: Me too. I’m definitively looking forward to the next book.
What grade are you giving Hunting Ground? Solid A- for me. I love Anna and Charles and enjoyed most of the plot. However, I did have a few complaints about it and so I can’t give it an A :( I hope those will be taken care of in the next book :)
Renee: I think I’m with you with an A-. I wasn’t totally blown away by the book, but it was a really strong addition to the series as well as the Mercy Thompson/Alpha & Omega world. I think there was a lot added to the big picture we have of the werewolves, and the relationship of Anna and Charles in particular.
Thank you, Nath, for such great insights into the story. It was so much fun shooting emails back and forth, having a conversation with someone who really loves to talk about books as much as I do.
Have you read Hunting Ground? If so, what did you think? If not, I hope that we whetted your appetite at least a little!
A big thank you to Doug from SciFi Guy who brought this to my attention. He is always so on top of things in the SFF bookworld!
Silver Borne, book 5 in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs will be released March 30, 2010.
IDK, this cover is utterly gorgeous, and may replace Bone Crossed as my favorite. Dan DosSantos has outdone himself with the book cover art, once again.
When I attended Patricia Briggs’ signing for Bone Crossed at Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego back in February, she said that Silver Borne would deal a lot with Samuel. I can’t wait to read this one!
Here are a few interesting things I’ve come across in the last week!
The titles for Kelley Armstrong’s next two Otherworld books have been announced: #11 will be Waking the Witch and #12 will be Spellbound. Savannah has grown up enough so that she will finally be the protagonist in these books.
Waking the Witch will be released Aug 2010. The blurb is already up at Amazon UK:
A kick-ass thriller with a magical twist. Meet SAVANNAH. She’s strong, smart, sexy . . . and supernatural. In book 11 of the Women of the Otherworld series, Kelley Armstrong tells the story of Savannah – a young witch with a dark heritage. As the orphaned daughter of a black witch mother and sorcerer father, she has powers far beyond a normal witch, and a dangerous addiction to trouble . . . Will she be able to resist the darker side of her powers, and more to the point, is she right to deny that side of herself?
I also came across the excerpt for Instant Temptation (Wilder Adventures, book 3) by Jill Shalvis, while writing my Top 5 Contemporary Romances post.
In disappointing news, I discovered the eagerly anticipated (by me, at least) next installment of the Rev Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne mystery series, Once was a Soldier has been postponed. It is still listed on author Julia Spencer-Fleming’s site (which is often out of date) as being released Fall 2009 or Winter 2010, but Amazon and Fantastic Fiction both now have an April 13, 2010 release date. :-(
Here is the description for Once was a Soldier:
At the Millers Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she’s using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than simple migraines. Officer Eric McCrea is battling to keep his constant rage from affecting his life as a cop, and as a father.
High school track star Will Ellis is looking for some reason to keep on living after losing both legs to an IED. And down-on-her-luck Tally McNabb has brought home a secret — a fatal one. Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne just wants Clare to settle down and get married — to him. But when he rules Tally McNabb’s death a suicide, Clare sides with the other vets against him. Russ and Clare’s unorthodox investigation will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny Adirondack town to the upper ranks of the Army, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.
Man, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!
Lastly, Subterranean Press has done it again. Not only will they be releasing the original Kelley Armstrong Otherworld original novella, Angelic (featuring Eve Levine) at the end of the year, but later this fall they will also release a high end, signed, hardcover limited edition of Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega, the novella that was originally in On the Prowl. This novella is the story that introduced Anna of the Alpha and Omega series.
Don’t forget, time is almost up to enter my giveaway! Go to this post and enter to win TWO books from my Top 5 lists. I’ve gone ahead and added my Top 5 Contemporary Romances to the list of choices.
You have until Monday, August 31, 2009 to enter.
I was going to try to pick one or two books that are coming out this month that I’m most looking forward to, but I really couldn’t narrow it down. A few of my old favorites — Jeanne Stein, Patricia Briggs, Karen Marie Moning, Richelle Mead, and Kat Richardson, are releasing the latest installments on their series. Other, new to me authors — Victoria Dahl, Amanda Downum, and Sylvia Day, have some new releases that sound really interesting. I’m also excited that my recent discovery, Jill Sorenson, is releasing her second book, and that Rachel Vincent is debuting her new YA series
It used to be that I LOVED anthologies, but lately I just haven’t been able to work through all the stories. However, an anthology to be release this month has so many good authors, I just couldn’t leave it off the list.
Here are all of the August releases I’m looking forward to:
August 1, 2009: My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers series, book 1) by Rachel Vincent (YA)
August 4, 2009: Vanished (Greywalker series, book 4) by Kat Richardson
August 4, 2009: One Week as Lovers by Victoria Dahl.
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August 4, 2009: The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day (Mass market re-issue)
August 18, 2009: Dreamfever (Fever series, book 4) by Karen Marie Moning
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August 25, 2009: Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega series, book 2) by Patricia Briggs
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August 25, 2009: Set the Dark on Fire by Jill Sorenson
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August 25, 2009: Unbound -Anthology with novellas by Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake
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August 25, 2009: Retribution (An Anna Strong, Vampire Novel, book 5) by Jeanne C Stein
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August 25, 2009: The Drowning City (The Necromancer Chronicles, book 1) by Amanda Downum.
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August 25, 2009: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy series, book 4) by Richelle Mead
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