Posts tagged “upcoming releases

This Just In…Alexandra Ivy’s New Series!

Alexandra Ivy just announced that she will be starting a new series, set in the Guardians of Eternity world. Marked by Darkness kicks off in June 2015. This one also features another story from the Mark of the Vampire series by Laura Wright.


Yes, there will be more Levet!

Who’s excited?

Rika Ashton

(aka Novel Informant)


Please Don’t Let This Be a Joke! (Nalini Singh Announces Bonus Book!)

Nalini Singh announced that she has written a contemporary rock star romance titled Rock Addiction releasing in September – SIX weeks to be exact! And because it is not April Fool’s Day – even though I really had my hopes up for that were-rabbit novel – I’m thinking it’s for REAL!

So despite the hectic morning between battling spiders and bees, I now have something to look forward to -well, other than packing and pre-shopping for my trip to California next week. 😀

And without further ado…here is the blurb!

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

And if you’re a book blogger and would like an Advanced Review Copy of the novel, you can go to Nalini Singh’s blog to sign up and for more details.

Rika Ashton

(aka The Returned Hermit)

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!”)

Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh – Sneak Peek!

So the excerpt for the upcoming novel, Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh, was released today!

Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of  paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent  passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war. 

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover  the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their  people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy  archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the  city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New  York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the  world will never again be the same…

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, click here.

Elena blinked as she always did when she remembered she was rolling in it. Not in comparison to older immortals, of course, and way below Raphael’s league, but her personal fortune was more than respectable when it came to a fledgling immortal. Earned in the hunt that had broken her back, made her bleed until her throat filled with the iron dark fluid, and brought Raphael into her life, the money was currently amassing ridiculous amounts of interest in her Guild account.

“Damn”—she whistled—“I need to start thinking like a rich chick.”

“I will be most amused to watch this transformation.”

Narrowing her eyes, she said, “Just you wait. Before you know it, I’ll be one of the angels who lunch.”

I’m hoping I’m one of the people that Elena invites to lunch! (How cool would it be to interview her?)

And I know, the question on everyone’s mind is – did I squeal?

Yeah, I pretty much turned back into a piglet when I saw this excerpt – only this time it was in the middle of the library…and contrary to popular belief, librarians do not “shush” you when you make a fool of yourself out loud, they only stare at you as if you’ve lost your mind.

So who’s counting down the days to October 29 with me?

Rika Ashton

(aka The Library Piglet)

Tessa Dare: New Series and Cover Reveal

Historical romance author, Tessa Dare, is launching a new series! The series, titled Castles Ever After, arrives with the first installment, Romancing the Duke, in 2014. And here’s your first look at the cover!

Dare I say, there might be a duke in this one? 😉

Are you an avid Tessa Dare reader? Any predictions about the first novel of this series?

-Rika Ashton

(aka “Ooooh, pretty!”)

Cover and Blurb Reveal: When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries

I squealed – yeah, squealed – like a piglet when I saw the cover for Sabrina Jeffries, When the Rogue Returns, the second installment in the Duke’s Men series.

Though this isn’t the fully edited version of the cover, it’s still gorgeous, no?

But for a special bonus treat, Ms. Jeffries revealed that the second novel features a heroine who is a jewellery designer.

“The new cover of When the Rogue Returns, which is coming out late January 2014! She’s a diamond cutter/jeweler, hence the necklace.” (Sabrina Jeffries via Facebook.)

And then I found an official blurb on a UK bookstore website which revealed a little more…

It had been a decade since Victor Cale, first cousin to the Duke of Lyons, had seen his wife. After some royal jewellery went missing from the jeweller’s shop where they worked, Isabel Mertens disappeared. When Victor gets word of a woman who fits his wife’s description, he sets out to confront her. But he discovers that nothing is as it seems-and revenge is never as sweet as true love.

EDITTED TO ADD: Sabrina Jeffries visited by blog – excuse me while I take a moment to let that sink in – and read the blurb I’d posted. She then shared an even more comprehensive blurb with me that I could post, so here it is!

Victor Cale never imagined his sweet, shy wife, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels for criminal pursuits. But there’s no denying it was Isa’s handiwork that turned up in the scandalous and brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was all but undetectable, the sexy investigator heads to Edinburgh, where his cousin Maximilian has landed him a job tailing a wealthy baron’s bride-to-be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” in question proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluringly eligible young widow.

No longer the meek and mild newlywed he once knew, the daring woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her. Piecing together the past to prove Isa’s innocence reawakens a volatile passion, hotter than ever. With a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other in order to bring the scheming thieves to justice without getting burned themselves.

The first blurb is the one from the UK site and the second is the official -maybe – North American blurb that Ms. Jeffries was given with her cover flat.

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited for this novel!

Rika Ashton

(aka The Sabrina Jeffries Insider)

The Untamed Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley: Cover and Blurb Reveal!

If you’re like me and eagerly awaiting the next “Mackenzie” series installment by Jennifer Ashley, then be ready to rejoice! The blurb and Kindle cover has been revealed for “The Untamed Mackenzie” – a novella featuring Inspector Fellows and Louisa Scranton, Isabella’s sister.

Delicious, no?


To redeem her family’s disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family’s lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor.

But Louisa’s hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet – and she is shockingly accused of murder! Soon, Louisa’s so-called friends begin shunning her, because the company of a suspected killer is never desirable in polite society.

The problem comes to the ears of Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows, by-blow of the decadent Scottish Mackenzie family and an inspector for Scotland Yard. He has shared two passionate kisses with Lady Louisa – and vows to clear her name. For not only does he know she’s innocent, he recognizes he’s falling for the lovely lady.

Fellows is Louisa’s only hope of restoring her family’s honor – and it is he alone who intrigues Louisa in a way that may be even more scandalous than murder…

I’m now officially dying to read this one – have been ever since that kiss between Louisa and Fellows. Plus, any chance to catch up with the Mackenzie’s is worthwhile. 😀

If you have a favourite series with a new installment releasing, please do share! I’m always looking for new reading material. The wait between novels by favourite authors can be lonely without company. 🙂

Rika Ashton

(aka “OMG! September cannot come sooner!”)

Cover and Blurb Reveal: Heart of Stone by Christine Warren

I’ve always been a fan of Christine Warren’s “Others” series, in particular Big Bad Wolf, so I was a little sad when Ms. Warren decided to take a break from writing more novels in this series to explore new venues. However, as a writer, I know how important it is to keep a “fresh” perspective lest you suffer from incurable writer’s block.

And then I saw the cover for Ms. Warren’s upcoming Heart of Stone and nearly had a nosebleed…

Heart of Stone

And then I read the blurb and all but stopped breathing…

Kees is a gargoyle, one of a group of supernatural guardians created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. In an earlier age, he and his brother warriors defeated creatures and banished them. With their duty done, the guardians settled in to sleep until a new threat arose. So why on earth would he awaken to nothing more than a small female woman?

Gargoyles are the strike force of demons, but Kees cannot see the threat. It certainly isn’t coming from Ella, but something about her must have woken him from his sleep. She must be the key to uncovering his new mission. With her by his side, he begins to unravel of trail of clues that leads to only one conclusion: somehow, the portals he and his brothers had thought were sealed have begun to open.

And moments of hyperventilating later, I let out what can only be described as a “fangirl screech!” (A hybrid cross between a scream and an “eeep.”)

Gargoyles?! Gargoyles! These elusive creatures are rarely explored in paranormal romance, so I’m massively glad that when Ms. Warren discussed exploring “new” venues, she actually meant it. I can’t wait to read the story she’s come up with! 😀

Heart of Stone releases December 31, 2013.

What elusive supernatural creature do you think should be explored in paranormal romance? How do you feel about gargoyles?

Rika Ashton

(aka That Girl You Heard “Fangirl Screech” from Across the Ocean)

Breaking News – It’s J. R. Ward Time!

Hello fellow “Black Dagger Brotherhood” enthusiasts,

J. R. Ward revealed the cover of her upcoming novel, The King, today!

The cover rendered me speechless for a good while – which, if you know me, is pretty rare! It’s simply breathtaking! 🙂 I can’t wait to have this book on my shelf.

And would you look at the model for Wrath – he looks intense! The model isn’t exactly how I imagined Wrath, but I think he fits.

The story takes us back to Wrath and Beth and will be released on March 25, 2014. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to catch up with this couple, especially in the light of recent events on the BDB world.

What do you think of the cover? Are you happy to go back to Wrath and Beth, or would you have preferred to explore new characters?

Rika Ashton

(aka The Cover Lover)