Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A very hexy release roundup...with contest!

So many exciting new releases by various pals, cohorts and people I admire from afar... Yee hah!  It's time for one of my roundup contests. And be sure and wear your anti-hex boots, because there is a definite theme here...

Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery #3)
More from everybody's fave paranormal mystery series. I think I need to start shopping at Lily's store!!

BlurbWith her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery...

Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, and a black cat—superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society, was devoted to discrediting.

When the police identify a suspect from the Serpentarian Society, Lily is shocked to learn it's someone she knows. But with bad luck plaguing all its members, she begins to wonder if there's more at work than mere coincidence. And while there aren't many clues from the crime scene, Lily finds evidence of dark witchcraft and a hex on her friend's doorstep. With her friend's safety at stake, Lily is determined to use magic to find the murderer before everyone's luck runs out... Excerpt

Hexed - An anthology with novellas by Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn , Allyson James, & Jeanne C. Stein
Blurb: Four of the bestselling names in romance and fantasy come together in this collection of thrilling novellas featuring powerful women who know how to handle a hex or two.

From Publishers Weekly - Bestsellers Andrews, Galenorn, James, and Stein serve up stories set in their established magical worlds in this entertaining urban fantasy anthology. In Andrews's Atlanta-based "Magic Dreams," shape-shifting white tiger Dali Harimau battles a dark force to save the man she loves. In Galenorn's "Ice Shards," Finnish house sprite Iris Kuusi travels to the frozen Northlands to break a curse and confront the evil shadow of her former lover. Stormwalker Janet Begay struggles to save herself and her friends when they become trapped in a cursed Arizona hotel in James's "Double Hexed." Stein rounds out the anthology with "Blood Debt," in which San Diego vampire Anna Strong saves an innocent man and winds up on trial herself. 
~not to be confused with...

Hexed by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #2)
Hits the shelves to the sound of rubbing hand and squeees...the fun continues...

BlurbAtticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

Hunter’s Fall (Hunters #5) by Shiloh Walker
Oh, Hunters series! Determined, embattled characters, great romance and inventive worldbuilding. 

Blurb: Nessa lost her memory following a near-death experience. Dominic is a Hunter dealing with his own problems with memory and sanity. When the two are put together to battle the forces of darkness-while trying to restore what they've lost-their all-consuming passion becomes an even greater unknown.

From Publishers Weekly: Nessa is an old, powerful witch thrust into a sexy new body still occupied by the taunting presence of its previous owner and possessed by murderous urges. Young vampire Dominic is plagued by erotic dreams about a beautiful woman who is both familiar and mysterious, much to his frustration and confusion. Aided by characters from previous series titles, Nessa and Dominic attempt to discover the truth behind their psychic connection before evil forces destroy them both. Complex personal histories and a very solid paranormal world add detail and intrigue as beautifully well-rounded characters reach for clarity…  Excerpt

Chicks Kick Butt (anthology) - eleven original stories by various fabulous authors, including my talented galpal Jeanne Stein!!

Editors note/blurb: Chicks are awesome—and never more so than when they are kicking some serious vampire/werewolf/demon/monster butt. Chicks Kick Butt is an anthology that features one of the best things about the urban fantasy genre: strong, independent, and intelligent heroines who are quite capable of solving their own problems and slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be).

- Rachel Caine (with a story from her bestselling Weather Wardens universe)
- L.A. Banks
- Rachel Vincent
- Karen Chance
- Lilith Saintcrow
- Cheyenne McCray
- Susan Krinard
- Jeanne Stein
- Jenna Black
- Susan Krinard
- Jeanne Stein
- Jenna Black
- Elizabeth Vaughan
- Carole Nelson Douglas
- P.N. Elrod
- Nancy Holder

Nightfall by Ellen Connor (Dark Age Dawning #1)
Ellen Connor is the collaborative pen name of Carrie Lofty and Ann Aguirre. Shhhhhhhh! I'm really excited to check this out.

Blurb: First in a stunning new post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy.
Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

Money Shot by Susan Sey
My own hometown RWA chaptermate Susan Sey has been getting tons of buzz for her smart, sexy, fun work. I'm excited to crack open this book, set on a frozen island in the middle of Lake Superior. I love the idea of a female Secret Service Agent, too.

Blurb: Secret Service Agent Maria "Goose" di Guzman is assigned to Mishkawa Island on a goose-chase of a case when she encounters a greater mystery in sexy park ranger Rush Guthrie.

From Fiction VixenAfter reading Money Shot, the second book from Susan Sey, I can say for sure that she writes easy to love heroes, has a talent for writing some good fun snark, and leaves me marking her books all over the place with possible favorite quotes.  Excerpt here

Goddess with a Blade by Lauren Dane (ebook)
I'm really curious and excited to read this new UF by one of the most vertsatile and sexy writers around.

Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she's a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas's new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line—or she'll mete out her own brand of justice.

Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can't let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.

Shimmerlight by Jill Myles (a 99-cent novella; a companion to the erotic time travel novella Mirrorlight)

Loving the sound of this plot! Freaky and fun...

Blurb: Chloe Sorenson's just started a brand new job at Ms. Muffet's art gallery. However, no one told her that the latest auction piece - a sculpture of a handsome Roman soldier - comes to life. Think it's hard to explain to your boss why you're fondling a statue? Try explaining to the statue why you're holding his, uh, fig leaf. Chloe never thought that touching the statue would turn him into a sexy, aroused man, but she's not saying no to this delicious Roman soldier. The curse requires that she touch him at all times? Such a hardship...

But there's a problem in their lust-fueled relationship; she's falling dangerously in love with a guy that cursed to be hard as a rock - literally - unless she can somehow free him. And the statue of Titus just went up for auction. If she doesn't do something, he's going to be out of her life and trapped for all eternity... available for here, here and elsewhere soon!

Giveaway time! 
Okay, you can win one of these books! (Or the first book from one of these series, if you haven't started the series yet).
ADDED: Anne Aguirre has generously offered up a copy of Nightfall! So I'll pick two random winners - one to win NIGHTFALL, and one to win any book of their choice. Thanks Anne!

1. Leave a comment, any comment - you can talk about any or all of the books, or you can talk about your cat or fear of hexes or anything! Your comment doesn't 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 find it by clicking on your name.
4. Live somewhere in the world where book depository ships.

I will choose a TWO winners next week (June 14th) when I sit down with my tea and oats. I will email those people then. Hey, Happy release day everyone! 


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more - so many great authors all with releases at the same time - so exciting!! Thanks for the blurbs, very helpful... :) Thanks for the contest!!


Jackie Uhrmacher said...

My commentary will surround the necessary evil of coffee. It rules my life. Without it, I'm grumpy. With it, I have coffee breath. Why, coffee?? Why??

Aren't you so glad I stopped by your blog today. : )

Jackie - Um...not much makes it out to KS, but I'm pretty sure they ship out here. Maybe...


Book Savvy Babe said...

*reaching for my hex boots now* The books look great, so many good ones coming out! Thanks for the chance to win!
booksavvybabe AT gmail DOT com

Sara M said...

I'm really excited for both Books titled Hexed that cane out today. I already ordered Kevin Hearne's Hexed, but I would love to win a copy of the Hexed anthology. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Chris said...

Not entering - just stopping by to say "Hi!" and I hope you have good air conditioning in your new place...

Beth Woodward said...

Awesome giveaway, thank you :-) Hexed (both of them) is/are already auto-buys for me. I'm a huge Ilona Andrews fan, and Kevin Hearne's previous book hooked me in last month. But I've been wanting to check out Nightfall by Ellen Connor. I've been hearing good things about it, and it sounds like my kind of book.

Again, thanks for the giveaway! beth[dot]woodward[at]yahoo[dot]com

Unknown said...

All these books look really. thanks for the giveaway

Kaetrin said...

So many good books being released! I got my copy of Magic Slays in the mail today and I'll be getting started on it tonight. Woot! I'd love to read Hexed and Nightfall by Ellen Connor looks fun too.


Sullivan McPig said...

You evil person! you always make my wishlist grow dramatically with posts like this.


Mel said...

I feel like I'm hexed to see and buy so many lovely books but not have enough time in the day to read as much as I would like. Sometimes I pray for the train to be late so I can spend extra time reading without feeling guilty...it was the train's fault! :-)


Tez Miller said...

Totally have my eye on CHICKS KICK BUTT...

Random - very hard to peel store stickers off CDs and books when you've cut your fingernails off during the week. Wasn't easy, but I got the stickers off :-)

TezMillerOz at gmail dot com

LadyVampire2u said...

Lots of awesome books and most of these are on my wishlist. The ones that were not on my list are now. No cat to mention as I only have two dogs right now. And I dont have anyone really mad at me at the moment so I am not too scared of being hexed. ;)

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Danni T said...

A lot of great books coming out and I can't wait to read them. I would love to win a copy of Hunter's Fall by Shiloh Walker. Thanks for the contest.

danni0113 AT gmail DOT com

B.E. Sanderson said...

Oooo, more must-have books. I don't know whether to thank you or curse your hide. (Because I'm so far behind already and I just placed a book order. Arrgghh.) I picked up the Hexed anthology and finally broke down to buy Kevin Hearne's Hounded. At this rate, they'll find my dry bones under a collapsed TBR pile. ;o)

Carolyn Crane said...

Hey, I'm just laughing this morning at these comments, and right, so many good books are coming out right now!

Never That Easy said...

I'm sorry, but isn't everybody afraid of hexes? That just seems reasonable.

Rebe said...

June IS an exciting month for releases! My TBR pile keeps growing. Thanks for such a great giveaway!


Ann Aguirre said...

Carolyn, I'll kick in a copy of NIGHTFALL in addition to whatever book you end up giving away. Thank you for doing this!

Elishia said...

This is an awesome giveaway! This summer has some amazing books!


Unknown said...

Thank you for the great contest dear :) I would love to talk about my cat... hmmm, where to start *giggles*

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Okay, I'm greatful you are offering up one of these books! But to pick!?! Oh boy! I really want to start Kevins series with Hounded and I need Ellen Connors book Nightfall too! These both are amazing.

So many great books coming out too!

Golly geez... Thank you!


alanajoli said...

Two anthologies on my TBR list! I'd love to pick up Hexed (anthology) or Chicks Kick Butt, and I just found out about Nightfall. I'd be delighted with any of the three of them. Thanks for hosting this contest!

alanajoli at virgilandbeatrice dot com

Breezy1323 said...

Thanks for the opportunity go read some awesome books by these wonderful writers. :) breezyobreezy@gmail.com

Carolyn Crane said...

Hey, thanks Anne, for offering up a copy of Nightfall! That will be an awesome prize for somebody.

And everyone, thanks for stopping by and entering!

Mollie W said...

I have been dying to read Nightfall by Ellen Connor! Thanks for the giveaway!


elaing8 said...

Thanks for the chance to win one of these.So many great books listed.

kylie said...

Oh no - you brought up the topic of cats again. I'll refrain from commenting about my own furbaby and her crazy litter box antics of late.

A great roster of books you've got there. I already purchased Nightfall as I was highly intrigued by the premise (I love anything dark, apocalyptic and ghoulish). I'll have to check out the other titles as well.

OT: what is going on with the freakin' weather?! Going to hit close to 100 here tomorrow and don't get me started on the humidity! Have to buy another pack of elastics to tie up the frizzlicious hair.


Anonymous said...

When it rains it pours...so many good books all at one point in time! Can't wait to read 'em.

Thanks for the contest. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a big win.

gemsul AT yahoo DOT com

Karen said...

I have both Hexed books, Chicks Kick Butt and Goddess with a Blade on my list for my run to the bookstore tomorrow. I also have Shadowalker by Allyson James and Everdark by Elle Jasper. Eek. Next week is a list of 5 more. And then the week of the 28th, there are 9 books that are sequels to series on my 'must have' list.

Enter me in the contest. I could use a free book. :)


Anonymous said...

Oh what great choices!
I have been meaning to start Julie Blackwell's series. I have the first one unread and lonely on my shelf, If I have the third then I have a great excuse to buy the second and to start reading it :)

Jamie said...

I can't wait to read Hexed - I love Ilona Andrews. There are a lot of great releases this summer! Thanks so much for the contest.


kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

It's a tie between Hexed (that dude is hot), Nightfall (the pen name is plain awesome) and Goddess with a Blade (I heard a lot of goodness about the book).
Brilliant giveaway!

throuthehaze said...

So many great books to choose from! Thanks for the giveaway!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Renee said...

Lots of great books this month!

I've already read Nightfall, and it totally rocked.

I listened to Hounded by Kevin Hearne (book 1 in the series. It was really good! Reminded me of Dresden Files. I liked the audio, and I'll probably get book 2 in audiobk, too.

I've got Goddess with a Blade burning a hole in my nook waiting to be read.

Yes. My wallet is weeping. Big, fat, broke tears.

(Excited about the Hexed antho.)

Qwill said...

I bought 28 books the other day and could not find some of these (not in store yet or not on the shelf yet).

Thank you for the giveaway!!

qwill.qwill (at) gmail (dot) com

Amber said...

Lots of good looking books. Thanks for the opportunity to win one and reduce the number I'm going to have to buy.

lnxam97 (at) gmail (dot) com

Bookwyrm369 said...

Wow! What a great line-up of books :-) I'm most excited about "Nightfall" - I love anything Ann Aguirre writes and can't wait to delve into this new world :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

smaccall AT comcast.net

Edyta said...

I've been itching to get my hands on Mr Hearne's books. That series sounds great.
Thanks for nother great contest!
(I suppose I can't ask for the third Disillusionists book now ???)


LSUReader said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. Hope you're completely settled in the new place now. Stay cool.
(Email in profile.)

Donna said...

Wow, what great books! They would make lovely additions for my personal challenge reading list for 2011!
donnafisk at bellsouth dot net

Rachel said...

Ooohhh. booookkksssss.

Thanks for the contest. I'm super-mondo excited. really. And I WANT that Hexed anthology. Now.

That is all.

racheltmaloney (at) g m a i l (you know the rest) (I hope)

Janhvi said...

thanks for this awesome giveaway!!

i am soo looking forward to reading all these fabulous new releases!!
i especially wnt to read money shot by susan sey and hexes and hemlines!

thanks again!

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

evening-green said...

great new releases, I just bought Hounded by Kevin Hearne and haven't read it yet but the cover of Hexed looks awesome. Thanks for another great contest.

eveningreen AT gmail DOT com

Ren said...

Happy release day! So many book to read (and buy, of course)
I must said this week and next week will be hell for me, and I'd messed up one of my job. I hate to make people disappoint to me *sigh*. So to make things better, books always there to be my company :)

Thanks for the giveaway!
sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

LindaC said...

The amount of new books soon to be released is staggering. I sometimes long for the good old days where choices were smaller and I didn't have a TBR pile that took over half my room. But I wouldn't give up discovering all the wonderful new authors. Thanks for the giveaways.


Christine said...

I've been wanting to read Nightfall for sooo long and everyone keeps taunting me with their copy and giving them out all over the blog-o-sphere. It's very mean.


donnas said...

So many great new releases. Cant wait to dig in.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Carolyn Crane said...

The contest is closed. Winners are Alanajoli and Unseelieme! Congrats you two! You have been emailed.