Monday, October 31, 2011

New books I'm INSANELY EXCITED ABOUT !! (that you can win in the next 36 hours)

Books, books! These are the books on my fangirl and friend radar, and I'm giving two lucky commenters who act before Tuesday night their choice. See directions below!

HEART OF STEEL by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas Series #2)
•Out November 1•

I am feverishly excited about this one--these characters are a couple of my faves from THE IRON DUKE, which was one of my top three favorite books of the year last year. Yes, I will be running to the bookstore to get this in paper so I can underline stuff and dog ear the pages and moon over it and totally ravish it as only an author fangirl can. This series rocks, and I'm not just saying that because Meljean is also my antho buddy. 

Top pick from RT Magazine“Rising star Brook has created two completely mesmerizing characters whose journeys in this gritty and treacherous world make for heart-stopping fun!”

Back blurb: Return to the gritty, alluring world of steampunk with the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke.

Growing up in the dangerous world of the Iron Seas, the mercenary captain of the airship Lady Corsair, Yasmeen, has learned to keep her heart hard as steel. Ruthless and cunning, her only loyalty is to her ship and her crew-until one man comes along and changes everything...Treasurehunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair-just the captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him. When it attracts a dangerous amount of attention, Yasmeen and Archimedes journey to Horde-occupied Morocco- and straight into enemy hands.

THE LADY'S SECRET by Joanna Chambers 
•out November 7th•

The amazing debut from my brilliant critique partner! I'll have a full write-up next week when THE LADY'S SECRET releases, but I wanted to put it in this group because I'm double-dip excited. 

This is the twisty and fabulously fun tale of Georgiana, who goes undercover as a boy valet to the devastatingly handsome, melancholy Lord Harland. Fun, sexy, awesome. And there are interesting things about classes and servants. And danger! And hugely fun reveals! Oh, this book! This book! 

Blurb: London, 1810
Former actress Georgiana Knight always believed she and her brother were illegitimate–until they learn their parents were married, making them heirs to a great estate. To prove their claim, Georgy needs to find evidence of their union by infiltrating a ton house party as valet to Lord Nathaniel Harland . Though masquerading as a boy is a challenge, it pales in comparison to sharing such intimate quarters with the handsome, beguiling nobleman.

Nathan is also unsettled by Georgy’s presence. First intrigued by his unusual valet, he’s even more captivated when he discovers Georgy’s charade. The desire the marriage-shy earl feels for his enigmatic employee has him hoping for much more than a master-servant relationship…
But will Nathan still want Georgy when he learns who she truly is? Or will their future be destroyed by someone who would do anything to prevent Georgy from uncovering the truth?

Releases November 7th. Excerpt here. Pre-order from Carina, for the Nook, for the Kindle.

BEAUTY DATES THE BEAST by Jessica Sims (Midnight Liasons #1)
•out now•

Jessica Sims (aka Jill Myles, my other anthology galpal) has a wonderful way of creating delightful and sexy set-ups - and then totally delivering. So I am eagerly waiting for this one to arrive (there is a lost book shipment out there with the Crane name on it). BEAUTY DATES THE BEAST is about a paranormal dating agency, and our heroine, Bathsheba has to date all these guys to protect her sister. *rubs hands* 

From Publishers Weekly: Jill Myles (The Succubus Diaries) debuts as Jessica Sims with a funny, sexy, and lively first book in a shapeshifter series. Bathsheba Ward’s mission in life is to protect her sister’s secret: Sara was bitten by a werewolf in a vicious attack six years earlier. Both work for the paranormal dating service Midnight Liaisons. After Bathsheba fills in on a broken date with cougar shifter Beau Russell, head of the Russell clan, her boss threatens to out Sara unless Bathsheba agrees to date a variety of paranormals who lust after her Alliance-certified virginity...  

The blurb: WANTED
Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.
Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.
You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.
My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.
Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

SWEET MAGIC by Penny Watson
•out November 4th•

It has become my own little Christmas reading tradition to pick up the latest in my author friend Penny's series - she's working her merry, sexy way through all of Santa's sons (this year it's extreme sporter Oskar Klaus) while tirelessly working to raise awareness of the sexiness of beards!  

Blurb: Oskar Klaus' job is killing him. Not even his favorite hobbies (extreme snowboarding and browsing old bookstores) are enough to snap him out of his funk. It's not easy living in the shadow of four successful older brothers and a father named Santa. Little does he know that a kiss on New Year's Eve is about to turn his life upside-down.
Kiana Grant's Manhattan life is a world away from her childhood in Oahu. She traded sunsets and surfing for a respectable career in library science, but Oskar Klaus is a temptation that's hard to resist. Before she knows it, she's in the midst of an outrageous adventure in the North Pole, dealing with mischievous elves, wicked demons, and a devastating attraction to Santa's youngest son.
There's just one problem...a bitter elf hell-bent on revenge threatens the future of everyone in the North Pole, even Santa himself... Ebook only. Releases this 11/4. Information and excerpt here.

IF YOU HEAR HER by Shiloh Walker

•out now•

Confession: I love plots about curious regular people who get involved in mysteries, and I also love the work of my galpal Shiloh Walker, so this is an oreo sandwich I shall not be resisting. (My lost book shipment out there has this book in it, supposedly coming my way.) I couldn't be more psyched!!

From Publishers Weekly:
First of a projected romantic suspense trilogy, this hefty superheated exercise in uninhibited abandon alternates between a serial psycho-killer musing over his unlucky victims and a titillating fling between sexy blind chef Lena Riddle and sexier state cop Ezra King in smalltown Ash, Ky. Ezra, trying to recuperate from wounds to body and soul, is so attracted to Lena that he can’t help plunging into an informal investigation of screams she hears outside her rural home in the middle of the night…

The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.
Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her—to be touched by her—but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close? When Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk—and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.

THE BLACK HAWK by Joanna Bourne
•Out November 7th•

Okay, this has only been one of my most anticipated books SINCE 2008!! Two other books in this series, Bourne's Spymaster's Lady and The Forbidden Rose are a two of my all-time favorite books, two of the best books in all the world. I don't feel like you have to read these in order. Some may differ. I understand from Katiebabs that THE BLACK HAWK is nothing short of fabulous. I am hyperventilating RIGHT NOW. I must have it. You must have it! 

Back copy: Attacked on a rainy London street, veteran spy Justine DeCabrillan knows only one man can help her: Hawker, who also happens to be the enemy. With London crawling with hidden assassins and someone out to frame Hawker for the assault, the two spies must work together to find who's out to destroy them...

From the Library Journal
Attacked and badly wounded by an assassin's blade, former French spy Justine DeCabrillac ("Owl") struggles through the rain to the home of the only man she can depend on to save her, English agent Adrian Hawkhurst, her longtime adversary—and unforgettable lover. But Justine is not the only one in danger; the killer is out to bring down Hawk as well. And it will take all of their finely honed skills and wary, hard-won trust to unearth—and destroy—the elusive, brutal villain. 

Vivid, illuminating flashbacks fill in the missing years of our protagonists' bond, developing the passionate, deeply conflicted relationship between Justine and Hawk with unparalleled insight and craft. VERDICT Beautifully flawed, intensely human characters, a deadly puzzle, and a love that survives incredible odds combine to make this another emotionally riveting page-turner from Bourne (The Forbidden Rose), whose novels always deliver. Fans of historical romance will be all over this one.

1. Leave a comment, any comment - you can talk about any or all of the books, or you can talk about your cat or anything! Your comment does NOT have to say what book you'll choose. 
2. You have to leave your comment here on the blog - if you are seeing this on Goodreads or Facebook, come over, cover over, Red Rover!
3. Make sure your email is in the comment, or else that I can get it by clicking on your name.
4. Live somewhere in the world where book depository ships.

I will choose a TWO winners Tuesday (November 1st) before I go to bed. I will email those people then and they will each get to choose what book they win, in what form.  Hey, Happy Halloween everyone! 


kindle-aholic said...

I have a girl-crush on Yasmeen - can't wait to read Heart of Steel! I want Beauty Dates Beast & If You Hear Her, too. I'll have to check out the other books on your list.

Josie said...

Ooh, I love Joanna Bourne. I love cosying up in bed with one of her books and I truly enjoy every page!

Thank you for such a lovely competition!

Sullivan McPig said...

You always make it so difficult to chose!
Please countme in for the giveaway and have a great Halloween!


Carol M. said...

Happy Halloween, Carolyn, and thanks for doing such a cool contest! I am very intrigued by Meljean's new series.

Teril said...

Oh these are fabulous books! I cannot wait for Heat of Steel. Yasmin! Yes!

terilhack at gmail dot com

Penelope said...

Hey you! I'm on your list!!!! Woo hoo!!!!!Thanks so much. Oskar sends his best. ;^)

joansy said...

What a Happy Halloween surprise! I love finding new awesome books!

joansy said...

My email didn't post!

It is

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Lil said...

Happy Halloween! These books look wonderful.

little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

Liz said...

I have half of those circled, starred, and highlighted on my calendar! I'd got to add the new Lynn Viehl to the list too. It's going to be a very big Tuesday.

Amazon80 said...

I loved Iron Duke. Can't wait to start Heart of Steel

ClaudiaGC said...

I'm really looking forward to the first book by Joanna Chambers. It sounds very promising. And I really should give Shiloh Walker a try. Have heard great things about her books. Thank you for the contest!

claudigc at msn dot com

Chelsea / Vampire Book Club said...

I'm all sorts of excited for HEART OF STEEL. I adored the first Iron Seas novel, and can't wait for Yasmeen to take the helm, as it were.

I have the Jessica Sims/Jill Myles book already. Her paranormal stuff is always so much fun.

And, while it's not listed there, you should add HEART OF DARKNESS by Lauren Dane to your Nov. 1 must-reads. I caught an advance of it, and it's light, sexy and clever. Big thumbs up.

azteclady said...

And a happy Hallows Eve to you as well! *crossing fingers*

(I want one of these desperately, but already pre-ordered a bunch of books that release during the next three months, and now I cannot afford to get it!)

As for the others, I'll tell you that I am forcing myself to savor If You Hear Her--February is awfully far off into the future, you know?

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

OOOOH, I'm torn between Meljean Brook and Joanna Bourne - both books are highly anticipated! :) I think Joanna wins, because I love Adrian!
Happy Halloween!
impy80 at hotmail dot com

mnjcarter said...

What a great choice of books!! This will be a difficult decision if I were to win!!

Thank you for the chance!

Happy Halloween!!

LSUReader said...

Happy Halloween, all!

The Brook and Bourne books are high on my TBR list. Thanks for a great giveaway. (Email in profile.)

Blodeuedd said...

I miss my cats :/

What else, well awesome books there!!!

Happy halloween :D

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

unseelieme said...

I want to win Head Rush! Oh damn...that's not an option...sigh.


I'm actually looking forward to a couple of books on your list and I don't which one I'd choose if I win.

Happy Halloween!

Sandy Williams said...

I, too, love Joanna Bourne's books! I'm so excited for BLACK HAWK. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to wait until December to read it (deadline woes). Don't enter me in the contest. I'll buy the book on my own. I'm just happy to see another author loves her as much as me!


Anonymous said...

Happy Halloween everyone! Btw I cannot wait for Head Rush. I need plenty of books in the interim to occupy my reading mind.

Anonymous said...

Happy Halloween everybody! Btw I cannot wait for Head Rush. I need plenty of books in the interim to occupy my reading mind.

Sara M said...

Happy Halloween! And thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read Beauty Dates the Beast.

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

Ladysmith said...

Me! Me! *waves arms* Pick me!

hope . waverly @ gmail . com

(My cat is a little snot.)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the contest Carolyn!

Happy Halloween

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

bookd.out at gmail dot com

Lizzielvr said...

Awesome Carolyn! Thanks for the giveaway!

Happy Halloween!

lizzielvr at

evening-green said...

I hadn'd heared about the Shiloh Walker book, the summary sounds interesting, need to investigate^^
thank you for the giveaway.

eveningreen AT gmail DOT com

kylie said...

What a great list of books. I'm glad to see books by Meljean and Jill! And happy boolaween!

kylie said...

goodness - forgot my email addy as my brain is in sugar shock...

Mariee said...

Happy Halloween!
Awesome giveaway, lots of great looking books!

marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

whateverfor said...

You know what I love about your site (and by a hopefully non-creepy extension, you)? That you're clearly a reader and you have the best taste in books. And your reviews always make me eager to get my hands on what you're reading.

IF YOU HEAR HER is so good, I know you'll eat it up. It's very wow. Also, the baddie is *creepy*! I hope you get your wandering package soon :-) (is it just me or did that sound wrong?)

what_ever_for at cox dot net

shaunesay said...

Those all look wonderful! Thanks so much for the contest!

shaunesay @ gmail . com

Rebe said...

I absolutely cannot wait for Heart of Steel! Loved the Iron Duke. Plus, I got to read Beauty Dates the Beast, and it was so cute! Can't wait to read the sequel to that. Thanks so much for the giveaway!


HockeyVampiress said...

I would love to pick them all....
in fact the Beauty Dates Beast is very intriguing but I know which one I would pick and her name rhymes with HiLO LOL

hockeyvampiress at hotmail dot com

Kaetrin said...

Heart of Steel looks so pretty.

I've been lucky enough to get a copy of Tumperkin's book from NetGalley and The Black Hawk is on its way to me from the Book Depository (that is, if Qantas planes are still flying). There are some wonderful books out this month!

thx for the giveaway Carolyn. :)

hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

Anonymous said...

Happy Halloween! I'm excited about a number of these books too. Loved If You Hear Her and am so glad everyone else can read it now too!
I'd say more but I'm panicking about - well everything right now. :P

Penny said...

Happy Halloween!! Good luck to all!

peppiedoodle said...

thanks for the giveaway! Happy Halloween!

Jennifer L. Bielman said...

I LOVE books. I want to die with a book in my hand. Preferably at 100 years old with a naughty book that freaks out my grandkids.


Anonymous said...

Heart of Steel & If You Hear Her are both on my to-buy list... I'll have to look at the others you mention!

Layla Messner said...

Oh, what a nice selection!
I love the "red rover" bit--nice touch.

e-mail: paanntherr (at)

Jacqueline C. said...

I so need Heart of Steel and The Black Hawk in my life! I've been anticipating those two for a while myself.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Marg said...

Gosh, that means I have been meaning to try Joanne Bourne for 3 years. I really should read the first book that has been sitting on my shelves all that time!

My email is in my Blogger profile!

Thanks for making this an international giveaway!