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Other genres include mystery, paranormal romance, and crime thrillers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

* Anxiously Awaiting as of late April 2011

I've marked the new finds in red, in case you're just looking for the new stuff. If there is new information - a link to Amazon, a release date, an excerpt, or something has changed, then it's red.  I've also put an (e) next to the books that have an excerpt out, clicking the (e) will take you to my listing of excerpts.

Tangled Threads will be out next week, you can read my review of it here. Next up is Dead Reckoning, which I'm actually kind of blase' about, though the excerpt has tweaked a bit more interest.  But then Magic Slays and Kiss of Snow both come out on the same day and I have no idea which I will read first. 

04/26/11 Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, Book 4) by Jennifer Estep (e)  (review)
05/03/11 Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse Bk 11) by Charlaine Harris (e)
05/31/11 Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, Book 5) by Ilona Andrews (e)
05/31/11 Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling #10, Hawke's book) by Nalini Singh (e)
06/07/11 Hit List (Anita Blake book 20) by Laurell K. Hamilton  
06/21/11 Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum #17) by Janet Evanovich (e)
06/28/11 Kitty's Big Trouble (Kitty Norville Book Nine) by Carrie Vaughn
06/28/11 Crave The Moon (Nightcreature Novels, Book 11) by Lori Handeland (e)
07/05/11 Vampire Instinct (Vampire Queen Book 7) by Joey W. Hill (e)
07/05/11 Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy by Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Melissa Marr, etc
07/05/11 Vision Impossible (Psychic Eye Mystery Book 9) by Victoria Laurie
07/26/11 Ghost Story (Dresden Files, Book 13) by Jim Butcher (e)
07/26/11 Spell Bound (Savannah) (Women/Otherworld Bk 12) Kelley Armstrong
07/26/11 Shadow Fall (Shadowchaser book 3) by Seressia Glass (e)
07/26/11 Eye of the Tempest (Jane True Book 4) by Nicole Peeler
08/02/11 Home Improvement: Undead Edition by Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Melissa Marr, etc.
08/02/11 Retribution (Dark Hunters #20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (e)
08/16/11 Kitty's Greatest Hits (Kitty Norville series) by by Carrie Vaughn 
08/30/11 One Grave at a Time  (Cat & Bones #6, Night Huntress) by Jeaniene Frost 
??/??/11 Blood Rock (Dakota Frost / Skindancer series book two) by Anthony Francis (e)
??/??/11 Demons at the Gates (Phoenix Chronicles, Book 5) by Lori Handeland
Fall/11 The Renfield Syndrom (Rhiannon's Law series book 2) by J.A. Saare (e)
09/27/11 Untitled Second Diesel/Unmentionables book by Janet Evanovich
09/06/11 One Salt Sea (October Daye, Book 5) by Seanan McGuire
09/06/11 Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter series) by Nalini Singh
09/20/11 Heat Rises (Nikki Heat book 3) by Richard Castle
09/27/11 Spider's Revenge (Elemental Assassin, Book 5) by Jennifer Estep (e)
09/27/11 Darkness Unbound (Dark Angel series - new Risa books) by Keri Arthur (e)
10/04/11 Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files book 4) by DD Barant 
10/04/11 In Charm's Way (A Bewitching Mystery #8) by Madelyn Alt
10/04/11 Angels of Darkness by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn
10/04/11 Down These Strange Streets by Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, Diana Gabaldon, etc.
10/18/11  Double Dexter (Dexter book 6) by Jeff Lindsay
10/25/11 Darkness Rising (Dark Angel/Risa book 2) by Keri Arthur
11/01/11 Magic on the Line (Allie Beckstrom Book 7) by Devon Monk
11/29/11 Killing Rites (Black Sun's Daughter Book 1) by M.L.N. Hanover
11/29/11 Virtual Virgin (Delilah Street #5) by Carole Nelson Douglas
11/29/11 Fate's Edge (The Edge series) by Ilona Andrews
12/06/11 Bound by the Vampire Queen (Vampire Queen Book 8) by Joey W. Hill
12/??/11 Unnamed (Justine Jones Disillusionist Book 3) by Carolyn Crane
01/03/12  Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, Book 4) by Faith Hunter  
01/10/12 Lothaire (Immortals After Dark book 12) by Kresley Cole
01??/12  Fair Game (Alpha and Omega Book 3) by Patricia Briggs
03/??/12 Unnamed Cal book #7 by Rob Thurman
??/??/12 Liquid Fire (Dakota Frost / Skindancer series book3 ) by Anthony Francis (e)
??/??/12 Tempest’s Fury (Jane True Book 5) by Nicole Peeler 
??/??/12 Unnamed Jaime story (Women/Otherworld Bk 13) Kelley Armstrong
??/??/12 Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville Book 10) by Carrie Vaughn
09/01/12 Daemon's Angel (Dark Hunters) by Sherrilyn Kenyon 
09/01/12 Ashes of Honor (October Daye, Book 6) by Seanan McGuire 
Spring/13  Unnamed Mercy Thompson Book 7 by Patricia Briggs
09/01/13 The Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, Book 7) by Seanan McGuire
10/01/13 Alpha (Dark Hunters, Daria's story) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Not all of the series I keep up with have another book listed as coming out. The authors have stated there will be more, but to my knowledge they haven't said when, or given a title name. I've listed those series below.
* Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton (taking a year off) 
* The Hollows / Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison
* Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
* Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman
* Bronwyn the Witch series by Candace Havens (teaser in email about upcoming news)
* Caruthers Sisters series by Candace Havens (teaser in email about upcoming news)

Below are series I follow, but it is unclear whether there will be more books in the series:

* Nadia Stafford series by Kelley Armstrong
* Nature of Desire series by Joey W. Hill

* Daughters of Arianne series by Joey W. Hill
* Felix Gomez series Mario Acevedo
* Spellman series by Lisa Lutz (Spring 2012?)
* Anya Kalinczyk / Embers series by Laura Bickle
* Succubus Diaries by Jill Myles
* Master of None series by Sonya Bateman

You can read an excerpt of many of these books, to see my list of excerpts please go here

If someone wants to send me an ARC of one of the books on my Anxiously Awaiting list, I will read it within a day or two of it arriving (assuming I'm home and I'm not sick or anything), and will get a blog post up of it as soon as I've finished reading it. You may send me a digital version at chained lightning at g mail dot com, or to send a hard copy you may contact me at that email address to ask for a shipping address. If you have an ARC you would like to send that is not on my Anxiously Awaiting list I will attempt to read and review it in a timely manner but it may not be placed topmost in my TBR pile. Feel free to email me to see if I'd be interested in reading something, as well. I've found a few authors this way that I may not have read had I not received a review copy -- and now I'm hooked on a few of those series, just waiting for the next book.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

* Excerpts, First Chapters, and Sneak Peeks

Some of the books on my Anxiously Awaiting list have excerpts available at the author's or publisher's websites. I've listed the excerpts and snippets below, as well as a link to my review where I've had access to an ARC.

I would love to have an ARC for any of the books on this list, or on my Anxiously Awaiting list. See my Review Policy for more information about sending books for review.
Penguin has put a page up for Hit List. I like the cover better than the cutting implement covers of late. I wish they gave us more than a one sentence synopsis, though.  6/7/11

McMillan has a page up for Kitty's Big Trouble. Just a synopsis though, no excerpt. 6/28/11

Kelly Armstrong has a page up with cover art and blurb (but no excerpt) for Spell Bound (Savannah) (Women/Otherworld Bk 12)   7/26/11

Nalini Singh has a page up for Archangel's Blade, but just a blurb for now, with a promise of an excerpt to come.

Hyperion has a page up for Heat Rises, the next Nikki Heat book, but no blurb or excerpt. Entertainment Weekly has a blurb for it though, and it sounds like a pretty good set up.

In case you haven't read them yet, there are also some excerpts up for books released in 2010, and 2011 to date: