Hello my beauties! It’s pimpage time here at the Emporium, and the pimp hand is smacking down stronger than ever, thanks to all that zumba I’ve been doing. Check out some of the books written either by Leaguers or those beloved of me:
How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow Books #2)
Blurb: Lucy Harrison sells books by day and volunteers with the Cypress Hollow fire department by night. Her life is just the way she likes itâ€”full, even-keeled, and smoothâ€”until bad-boy ex-cop Owen Bancroft comes back to town. Lucy has always been fearless, never scared about diving in to help others. When it comes to risking her heart, however, she realizes she’s absolutely terrified.
In a small town like Cypress Hollow, everyone knows your businessâ€”and there is nowhere to hide. Then Lucy and Owen are thrown together by the discovery of the lost work of local legend, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter. Now Owen, adrift and struggling to redefine himself as a civilian without a badge, will have to learn how to open himself up to life’s new possibilities . . . while Lucy decides just how much of herself she’s willing to gamble on love
Never Again by Michelle Bardsley (Wizards of Nevermore #1)
Blurb:Â Welcome to Nevermore, Texas, population 503, where witches and wizards live side by side with humans, and where witch Lucy Rackmore is in trouble. Ever since her former lover snuffed out her magical abilities, everyone in town is looking to settle a score with her family. And Lucy’s only hope for survival may be her ex-brother-in-law-whom her sister betrayed and nearly killed.
“4.5 Stars! Top Pick! “This edgy and sexy series provides more evidence of Bardsley’s supreme storytelling chops!” ~ RT Book Reviews
by Dakota Cassidy (The Accidental Series book #5)
Blurb:Â Katie Woods never thought she’d be forty-one, divorced, and thrust back into the dating world. To start fresh, Katie uproots her veterinary practice to upstate New York-not exactly the hottest dating scene on the planet. But when an unconscious cougar appears at her clinic, Katie’s newly single life gets a much needed jolt of the supernatural kind.
After Katie examines the cougar and leaves him caged overnight, she’s shocked to find a big strapping specimen of young, hot man in its place. And when the scratch she got during the exam results in some unnatural side effects, Katie has more to deal with then her animal attraction to a much younger guy-she has to figure how to stop herself from becoming a cougar of the four-legged variety.
Hell to Pay
by Jackie Kessler (Hell on Earth #4)
Blurb:Â In this fourth and final Hell on Earth novel, everything changes.
After turning her back on Hell and becoming human, the former demon Jezebel – now the mortal dancer Jesse Harris – is ready to settle down with her true love, Paul Hamilton, and make with the Happily Ever After. But that’s not in the cards. Jesse is accidentally wielding her former Hellish power – with devastating results. Another former succubus has targeted Paul. Someone is killing the dancers at Jesse’s club. And the King of Hell is leading the world to the brink of Armageddon. All in all, it’s not looking good for Jesse, or for anyone she loves. And there’s going to be hell to pay.
Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and probably lots of other places…$2.99!
byÂ Richelle MeadÂ (Dark Swan #3)
Blurb: Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear. . .
by Anton StroutÂ (Simon Canderous #4)
Blurb: Simon Canderous, of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, is used to fighting vampires and zombies. But the strange murder of a professor has everyone stumped. And it’s making some people crazy. Literally.
â€œSimon Canderous is a reformed thief and a psychometrist. By turns despondent over his luck with the ladies (not always living) and his struggle with the hierarchy of his mysterious department (not always truthful), Simonâ€™s life veers from crisis to crisis. Following Simonâ€™s adventures is like being the pinball in an especially antic game, but itâ€™s well worth the wear and tear.â€Â – Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Check out Anton online here
Green-Eyed Demon byÂ Jaye WellsÂ (Sabine Kane #3)
Blurb: The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes.
Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina and her trusty sidekicksâ€“a sexy mage named Adam Lazarus and Giguhl, a Mischief demonâ€“head to New Orleans to begin the hunt for her sister. Once there, they must contend with belligerent werewolves, magic-wielding vampires andâ€“perhaps most frightening of allâ€“humans.
But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past wonâ€™t be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about most, she must save herself from the ghosts of her past.
“From the opening page, the story hurtles along at full throttle. Yet it is not without its funny moments, like the evolution of ‘Team Awesome.’ A seriously wild ride!Â 4.5 Star Top Pick!” ~Romantic Times Book Reviews
by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros Book #6)
Blurb: Half-human Cal Leandros has always walked a bloody line between keeping his mortal soul free and clear (sort of) and unleashing the horror of his otherworldly heritage. The one thing thatâ€™s always saved him is the memory of his brother, Niko, his friends, and those he lovesâ€¦ until now.Cal wakes up on a beach littered with the recently slaughtered remains of a variety of hideous creatures that were obviously looking for trouble. The fact that he was the one doing the slaughtering doesnâ€™t bother him. The fact that he feels like a natural-born killer doesnâ€™t either. What bothers him is that Cal doesnâ€™t remember Cal anymoreâ€¦
by Michelle Rowen
Blurb: Paranormal investigator and erotic novelist Emma Black is at a masquerade ball and looking for a coveted lust potion. Unexpectedly, she bumps into her former partner, the ridiculously sexy (oh so sexy!) Ryan Shephard. And, for added bonus temptation points, the rare lust potion is splashed on both of themâ€”with instantaneously hot results!
But is the incredible, mind-blowing sex between them only the result of the potion? Or are Emma and Ryan simply giving in to the inevitable?
â€œ4 Stars! If youâ€™re not afraid to set foot in X-Files/Fringe territory, youâ€™ll enjoy this hot, sexy paranormal romance.â€ â€“RT Bookreviews
AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR
Includes Anton Strout & Jackie Kessler
Blurb: Science fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good “bar story”. Now some of today’s most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales-from an alewife’s attempt to transfer the gods’ curse to Gilgamesh, to Odin’s decision to introduce Vikings to the Ur-Bar, from the Holy Roman Emperor’s barroom bargain, to a demon hunter who may just have met his match in the ultimate magic bar, to a bouncer who discovers you should never let anyone in after hours in a world terrorized by zombies.
Those who Fight Monsters
Includes Jackie Kessler!
Blurb: Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives, is your one-stop-shop for Urban Fantasyâ€™s finest anthology of the supernatural. 14 sleuths are gathered together for the first time in all-original tales of unusual cases which require services that go far beyond mere deduction!
Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them
Including Jeanne Stein and Jackie Kessler!
Blurb: In Whedonistas, a host of award-winning female writers and fans come together to celebrate the works of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog). March 15! By discussing the impact of Whedon’s work, their involvement with his shows’ fandoms and why they adore the worlds he’s created, these essayists aim to misbehave in Whedon’s rich, fantastical worlds. Essay topics include Sharon Shinn (“Samaria” series) and Emma Bull (Territory) elaborating on the perfection of Firefly, Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong Chronicles) revealing Buffy’s influence on Anna Strong, and Nancy Holder (October Rain, The Watcher’s Guide) relating on-the-set tales of Spike menacing her baby daughter while Riley made her hot chocolate.Other contributors include Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), Elizabeth Bear (Chill), Catherynne M. Valente (Palimpsest), Maria Lima (Blood Lines), Jackie Kessler (Black and White), Mariah Huehner (IDW Comics), Sarah Monette (Corambis), and Lyda Morehouse (AngeLINK Series). Also featured is an exclusive interview with television writer and producer Jane Espenson.
So many books! So little time!
It’s also because I cribbed a lot of this release information from her website, as it’s that time of year again, and I’m in my grading oubliette. But I am citing my source, which is Carolyn Crane.
Anyway, the contest is THIS:
Comment here about which of these books you’re most looking forward to, and I will let the Contest Can choose a weiner NEXT Friday, March 11th, 2011. That weiner can pick any TWO of these titles, and I will have them Amazoned straight to you. You can also choose from any of my three titles that are currently in print, just in case you’re some straggler who wandered over here not even knowing who I am.
This contest IS international, so start a-commentin’! And don’t forget, you have until TOMORROW, Friday, March 4th, to comment on Sophie Littlefield’s guest post
, below, to enter to win a signed copy of AFTERTIME!