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Monday Mentions: New Releases

I haven’t done a new releases post in a while, and as I don’t have any new posts to share, I figured today is a good day for it. All pictures & descriptions come from Goodreads.

Spiraled by Kendra Elliot – I’ve listened to the first 2 books in this series and have really enjoyed them. Looking forward to picking up this one as well. All are available on Kindle Unlimited with the narration included.

FBI Special Agent Ava McLane solves crimes; she doesn’t witness them. When she’s trapped in a mall without her weapon as a shooter picks off victims, she hides with a wounded teen and prays for her survival.

But that’s only the beginning…

An epidemic of mass shootings has been launched across Oregon. The young shooters terrify the public, committing random murders before taking their own lives. The task force assembled to solve the case—which includes Ava’s boyfriend, detective Mason Callahan—remains stumped. And on top of this chaos, Ava’s troubled twin sister reappears, throwing Ava’s already-tumultuous life into a tailspin.

An old-fashioned cop with a strong sense of duty, Mason struggles to find the cause of the shootings as the workaholic Ava spins ever closer to breaking down. But can one detective save the lives of countless innocents—and prevent the woman he loves from going over the edge?

 

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I enjoyed the first book in the series, though a lot of it had felt slow to me. Still, I’ve been looking forward to reading the next one. And I just realized it came out last week.

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

The Blade’s Memory by Lindsay Buroker – I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Lindsay(Flash Gold, Emperor’s Edge, Rust & Relics – only read the first 1, and now the Dragon Blood series). I just finished book 2 in this series last night. This is book 5, so I still have a little bit before I get caught up. But, I can’t wait to.

The king is missing.

A secret organization is hunting sorcerers.

The enemy has powerful new weapons to deploy, and the capital is more vulnerable than it’s ever been.

Worst of all, at least in Ridge Zirkander’s view, someone put that jackass Colonel Therrik in charge of the flier battalion.

Ridge, Sardelle, and their comrades have a lot of problems to fix, but they can’t show their faces in the capital without being arrested or shot. This time, it’s going to take a lot more than magic to save the country.

The Blade’s Memory is the fifth installment in the Dragon Blood series.

And this one actually comes out tomorrow, but I’m counting it(my blog, my rules)… Yours All Along by Roni Loren

Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.

But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.

Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…

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Monday Mentions: New Releases

I haven’t done a new releases post for a bit. I have 3 today. 2 of them I’ve read, the other is waiting on my kindle. All pictures, links, and descriptions come from Goodreads.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin – This one I actually listened to, and it wrenched my heart(and my mind) around so many times. I was happy with how it ended though.

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Rise of Orion – Rachel O’Laughlin – This is the other one I’ve read, and…forget about wrenching my heart. Rachel ripped it out of my chest and stomped all over it. There is one more book in the series, so hopefully she’ll be able to sew up my heart and put it back.

Soul Enslaved – Keri Lake – I’ve only read the first book in this series(this is #3) and a prequel(The Fallen). I do have the second book waiting for me. They were both on sale for .99 so I grabbed them at the same time(I usually one grab one in a series at a time, but I know I like Keri’s writing, so…).

Imprisonment in Obsidius. Enslavement to a soul-sucking succubus. A reproductive cycle that’d send a sex fiend running into the arms of celibacy. Given the choice, most demons would opt for death.

Gavin, eldest son of Wrath, has been sentenced to all three.

When the succubus decides its time collect, though, he fears his nightmares have only just begun.

And Sabelle’s timing couldn’t be worse.

With a bad case of uncontrollable lust, thanks to his Savidon, the last thing Gavin wants is a vengeful succubus stoking his darkest desires, but debts must be paid—he just didn’t bank on enjoying his punishment so much.

Because the swinging bachelor may have found his perfect mate in the sexy seductress.

However, just as things seem to be looking up, past sins resurface, plunging the two into a deadly game of power and deception. As their worst fears merge into one unexpected threat, Gavin is determined to protect Sabelle and win her freedom.

At any cost.

Any new releases you’re looking forward to?

Monday Mentions: New Releases

No blog posts to share this week, so I’ll be doing another new releases edition. I consider a new release to be anything published in the last month. So, I looked through my wishlist and recent buys to find some I’m looking forward to(or already devoured).

Claimed, by Lindsay Buroker: This is number 4 in her Flash Gold series. This series that introduced me to Lindsay’s writing(Thanks to Kait Nolan). Really love these stories and can’t wait to read this one.

After years on the hunt, Cedar Kartes is finally within striking distance of Cudgel Conrad, the criminal who slew his brother and framed him for murder. With the help of Kali McAlister, his business partner and the woman he’s mustering the courage to court, he believes he can finally rid the world of a bloodthirsty felon.

But nothing is ever easy in the Yukon. The new police commissioner has taken an interest in Cedar’s checkered past, a suspicious newspaperman is trying to make friends with Kali, and Cudgel may be laying traps for Cedar even as Cedar is trying to trap him.

Eventide, by Krista Walsh: This is the second book in Krista’s Meratis trilogy(and has technically been out for just over a month, but I’m still counting it as a new release). I loved the first book, probably more than I expected to. And the second didn’t disappoint. Krista is very good at twisting my heart around just before ripping it out. And still leaving me satisfied at the end. I can’t wait to read the third book.

Six months after he returns from his fictional world of Andvell, Jeff Powell is still plagued by nightmares, and an inability to write anything new. Cursed with permanent writer’s block, and on the verge of losing the woman of his dreams, he feels his life can’t get any more complicated. Until he comes home to find Jayden and Brady in his apartment with news that the evil sorcerer Raul is in Montreal.

In their search for the now-powerless villain, they find themselves cast back into Andvell, tasked by the Sisters with finding Raul before he regains his power and destroys the world.

As far as Jeff is concerned, he has greater issues. Cassie has a new admirer, his characters are keeping secrets, and he has become the target of a silent assassin. Without his creativity, Jeff doesn’t know if he’s up to the challenge. If he wants to save his world from ruin, he needs to prove he has more to offer than his imagination.

Past My Defenses, by Wendy Sparrow: I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Wendy. I haven’t started this one yet, but it’s waiting on my kindle.

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.
Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.
They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

 

Monday Mentions: New Releases

Something a little different for this week. Usually I share posts that I’ve found interesting or thought-provoking. But, I’d also like to use this spot to support my fellow writers. So, I may also share cover reveals or new releases here.

First up, Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert. I loved the first book in this series, Breaking the Reins. And looking forward to picking up this one.

All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.

But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.

However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.

 

So, just one new release for this one. I may make this a monthly feature.

Monday Mentions: Writing Cycles & New Releases

I decided to try out a new feature for the blog. I figured since social media is supposed to be, you know, social, I’d highlight what other people are talking about/have going on. So, I figured I could share some posts that struck me, or cover reveals/new releases. Things like that.

Last week, I read this post by Chuck Wendig and have to say I’ve gone through pretty much all these stages at one time or another. 🙂

Then, yesterday L.S. Engler posted this. And I have to say I agree with a lot of what she says. Particularly this:

Ultimately, all I care about is how my writing makes a person feel. While it would be nice if they didn’t, they can forget exactly what I said, what I created, what techniques I used or what words I put together, as long as they remember how the words made them feel. And I hope they make the reader feel joy and happiness and sadness. I hope they feel an incredible, lingering connection to their soul that sticks with them long after they set the book down, staying there in their hearts and minds even if they’re not consciously aware of it. And then, when they hear my name or see my books, they remember those feelings fondly.

That is what I want. Not seeing my book on a shelf in the store(although that would be nice one day), not even making it on a bestseller list(again, it would be absolutely great if that ever happened). I want to make people feel. I want them to be entertained, to laugh, maybe even to cry. Mostly I want them to enjoy the stories these characters have been telling me.

And this morning, from Lydia Sharp, about seasonal writing cycles. I think we all have these cycles. I do, even if mine isn’t tied to seasonal affective disorder. Although I like the way she explained:

Even during the worst bouts, I still have the ability to function day to day. It’s more like an itch I can’t scratch than a broken hip. Sometimes the itch is all I can focus on, and this hinders me, but it doesn’t cripple me.

I’ve felt like that for years. Never enough to really be considered clinical depression, but still there. My cycle seems to be more geared toward the school year. When I only have one kid at home all day, I can get more done. When both are home, and it’s warm out, I’m being dragged outside to play. Nap time will probably be non-existent this year, since the boy doesn’t like to nap when his sister is home.

I actually looked at last year’s numbers, and my highest was in the second quarter(so April, May, June), still mostly during the school year. My second highest was right in the middle of the summer, and I’m not sure how I managed that. Last year, it was the first quarter that was actually my lowest. But, so far this year, I’ve written over 92,000 words. I think my cycle may be even more affected by what I’m working on and what stage it is in, since I get less words while editing than when I’m first drafting. Still, I’m sure I’ll have to remind myself not to feel guilty if I’m not getting the words in while both kids are home. After all, I only have one more year before they’re both in school at least part time.

And finally, Emergence is here! This is the cover reveal I shared last week. It’s currently available on Amazon and I-tunes. It’s not yet available on Nook or Kobo but should be soon. I’m really excited for this one.

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