Posts tagged “upcoming novels

Who is Iris Smythe-Smith?

The final novel of the Smythe-Smith Quartet has a title! Julia Quinn has been hard at work on The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy for a while, but it’ll be some time before we actually get to read Iris and Richard’s story since the release date is tentatively set for January 2015.

Which begs the question…who are Richard and Iris?

Richard is a new-to-us, but well-known to Ms. Quinn hero…though she has revealed very little about him so far. In fact, all we know about him is his first and last name…as well as the fact that he will fall undeniably in love with Iris by the end of his story, or maybe even before that.

As for Iris – she’s the sarcastic, younger cousin of the Smythe-Smith family who makes her first appearance in Just Like Heaven, the book one of the series:

Marcus’s appearance the day before had been discussed, dissected, analyzed, and—by Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, Honoria’s cousin and one of her closest friends—rendered into poetry.

“He came in the rain,” Sarah intoned. “The day had been plain.”

Honoria nearly spit out her tea.

“It was muddy, this lane—”

Cecily Royle smiled slyly over her teacup. “Have you considered free verse?”

“—our heroine, in pain—”

“I was cold,” Honoria put in.

Iris Smythe-Smith, another of Honoria’s cousins, looked up with her signature dry expression. “I am in pain,” she stated. “Specifically, my ears.”

Honoria shot Iris a look that said clearly, Be polite. Iris just shrugged.

“—her distress, she did feign—”

“Not true!” Honoria protested.

“You can’t interfere with genius,” Iris said sweetly.

“—her schemes, not in vain—”

“This poem is devolving rapidly,” Honoria stated.

“I am beginning to enjoy it,” said Cecily.

“—her existence, a bane . . .”

Honoria let out a snort. “Oh, come now!”

“I think she’s doing an admirable job,” Iris said, “given the limitations of the rhyming structure.” She looked over at Sarah, who had gone quite suddenly silent. Iris cocked her head to the side; so did Honoria and Sarah. Sarah’s lips were parted, and her left hand was still outstretched with great drama, but she appeared to have run out of words.

“Cane?” Cecily suggested. “Main?”

“Insane?” offered Iris.

“Any moment now,” Honoria said tartly, “if I’m trapped here much longer with you lot.”

More of Iris’ sarcasm can be found in the rest of the Smythe-Smith backlist, including  A Night Like This and The Sum of All Kisses.

Rika Ashton

(aka The Self-Proclaimed Smythe-Smith)

 

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Bookworming: Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey

I am – as some of you can probably already guess – UNBELIEVABLY excited for the upcoming Johanna Lindsey novel, Stormy Persuasion. (The only downside is that I have to wait until June 10, 2014 to read it…)

I’m super glad that Ms. Lindsey is getting into the children’s storylines in the Malory series, and since Judith is one of the my fave characters, this novel is the cake and the icing!

James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.

Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret-and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.

When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.

I swear, it’s like Ms. Lindsey read my mind when she starting writing this book! Now, excuse me, while I go hyperventilate from excitement!

Rika Ashton

(aka, “I’m Having a Fangirl Moment!”)


Endless Knight by Kresley Cole: Blurb Reveal!

(…and a possible spoiler reveal. Shhh!)

For eager readers of Kresley Cole’s “Arcana Chronicles” series, we finally have a blurb for Endless Knight and it reveals a little more about why Death is on the front cover, including his relationship with Evie!

In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles, Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all.

In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight.

Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack.

Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Rika Ashton

(aka “Why isn’t it October yet?”)

P.S: If you would like to discuss your thoughts on the Endless Knight cover (part 1) or see the full cover flat (with Jack on the back cover, aka part 2), click the hyperlinks to visit past posts. 😀

P.P.S: If you’re even more eager, then there is an excerpt available at the end of the Kindle edition of Macrieve, involving Jack, Evie and a bathtub! 😉


Dark Lover by J. R. Ward: Hardcover Reissue

A little birdie – or rather, blogger (Reading in Pajamas, to be precise) told me that Dark Lover, the first Black Dagger Brotherhood novel is being reissued in hardcover format.

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed – leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate – Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead – a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

It’s releasing on March 4, 2014 – just in time for the release of The King on March 25, 2014 (also in hardcover). Since I still have to buy the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I can not get a matching set – with the same cover model on both of the Wrath/Beth stories! 😀

Rika Ashton

(aka The Very Pleased)


Covers Done Right: Showalter’s “Otherworld Assassins” Series

When I first saw Gena Showalter’s Last Kiss Goodnight resting on the bookshelf at Chapters, it was coverlust at first sight! In a flash, I grabbed the book and ran with it to the clerks desk – this is hard to do when you take a shortcut through the children’s section, where toddlers cling to you like leeches. (Really, whatever happened to “stranger danger”? These kids have no trouble grabbing an arm or leg and plastering themselves like barnacles on a rock.)

Anyways, back to the point at hand. Saving myself from clinging kids made me forget that how much I wanted – nay, needed – to rave about the cover for Last Kiss Goodnight! The model’s flowing red dress that turns into tendrils of smoke is genius! And the man in the cage, plus the trees and moon in the background is gorgeous. It’s an interesting cover for a romance because it breaks tradition. We get a hint of male abs, but the cover artist isn’t relying on echanting male flesh to get the reader’s attention. Plus, the cover clearly puts the female in the position of power – she’s not the one in a cage.

Last Kiss Goodnight (Otherworld Assassin, #1)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter ignites a thrilling new paranormal series with this breathtaking tale of a warrior enslaved by desire, and the woman who frees his soul.

The sweetest temptation…

Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction. Vika Lukas, the owner’s daughter, is tasked with Solo’s care and feeding. The monster inside him yearns to kill her on sight, even though she holds the key to his escape. But the human side of him realizes the beautiful deaf girl is more than she seems—she’s his.

The ultimate price…

Vika endures the captives’ taunts and loathing, hoping to keep them alive even if she can’t free them. Only, Solo is different— he protects her. But as hostility turns to forbidden romance, his feelings for her will be used against him…and he’ll be put to a killer test.

The story inside the cover was also a great read. Fast-paced, with action and characters that hold your interest. The heroine, Vika, who loses her hearing after recieving a brutal beating from her father, takes care of the hero – who’s imprisoned in her father’s circus of otherworldly creature, or “freakshow.” Vika’s also the primary caretaker of the other creatures, but knowing what it’s like to be imprisoned she secretly empathizes with them. Vika can’t leave the circus, she tried once – was found and returned to her father, hence the beating.

Solo, the hero, is bitter about being locked up and doesn’t trust Vika – so expect a few misunderstandings between the two. But Solo’s a classic alpha male who can’t resist “his woman” for long and so also expect explosive sex. 😉

The villain is Vika’s father, though he wasn’t always an evil man – was actually a good father once – so there’s more to his story as well. (Is it what you’ll expect? Maybe. Does he get what he deserved? Depends on who you ask.)

The fact that I immensely enjoyed the first novel had me anticipated the next, so when I saw the cover for Black and Blue it was a case of intense coverlust combined with wanted to know everything that was going to happen in the book – in other words, BOOKLOVE!

The sizzling second book in New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassin paranormal romance series.

He is every woman’s fantasy…

Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent…and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help?a woman with even more secrets than Blue.

She becomes his only obsession…

Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her own past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe – even though he’d rather die than live without her.

And this was the original art:

The cover artist for this series deserves a reward! I love the water motif in this one and, once again, the dress is beautiful! Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. 🙂

Black and Blue hits bookstores in October 2013.

What do you think of these cover? Am I the only one suffering from coverlust or have you fallen as well?

Rika Ashton

(aka Book Lover)

P.S: To see more work by the cover artist, Nathalia Suellen, visit her on Deviantart.


Up From the Grave: Upcoming Cat and Bones Novel

Hi folks,

Just a quick note for those of you who are Jeaniene Frost, “Night Huntress,” fans like myself. The next Cat and Bones novel will be released late 2013 or early 2014 entitled Up From the Grave and yeah, I am super excited!

Here’s your first look at the summary and cover art:

up from the grave

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

It’s a long wait, but I think Cat and Bones are worth it, don’t you?

Rika Ashton

(aka “BOOOONES”)


Cover Madness!

First of all, the next novel by Lydia Dare. I believe that is Lady Madeline Hayburn (introduced in Never Been Bit, Sorcha and Alec’s novel) and her hero, one of Dash’s brothers (not sure which one, yet…but you all are welcome to guess).

The next cover belongs to debut author, Susan Dennard. The first book of the Spirit-Hunters trilogy:

How could I forget Jennifer Ashley’s next Mackenzie series book…Hart and Eleanor:

And finally the next in the Chronicles of Nick series because I adore Nick: