Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Something wicked this way comes- but not soon enough!

The Devil Inside 11/27/07 I am very curious to see if this author can deliver like the excerpt promises. Read Chapter One. Watch the book trailer it's cool.

Exorcism isn’t a job, it’s a calling—and a curse. Just ask Morgan Kingsley, a woman who has a stronger aura than any demon. Or so she thought. Now, in a pair of black leather pants and a kick-ass tattoo, Morgan is heading back to Philadelphia after a nasty little exorcism—and her life is about to be turned upside down…by the demon that’s gotten inside her.Not just any demon. Six feet five inches of dark, delicious temptation, this one is to die for—that is, if he doesn’t get Morgan killed first. Because while some humans vilify demons and others idolize them, Morgan’s demon is leading a war of succession no human has ever imagined. For a woman trying to live a life, and hold on to the almost-perfect man, being possessed by a gorgeous rebel demon will mean a wild ride of uninhibited thrills, shocking surprises, and pure, unadulterated terror…

My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon- 12/26/07 Can't wait!!

What newly married couple doesn't dream of a romantic retreat where they can escape the world for a while—but what happens when supernatural forces intrude on their wedded bliss?

"I had to get rid of the mutt.Killing him would be easiest but, unfortunately, out of the question. If Elena found out, she'd be pissed.Ten years from now, I'd still be hearing about it: "Clay couldn't even get through our honeymoon without killing someone." She'd laugh when she said it . . . in ten years. Right now, she'd be furious."- excerpt from Kelley Armstrong's "Stalked". Her contribution to My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon.

Jim Butcher contributes a story named "Heorot," which is the name of the mead hall Beowulf defended from Grendel in the great epic.

"Her Mother’s Daughter" by P. N. Elrod- Gangsters, gats, and girls in Depression-Era Chicago means trouble even for an undead shamus.Jack Fleming relates his latest case from The Vampire Files

"Chicago, February, 1938
It’s been my experience that a blushing bride usually waits until after the honeymoon’s over before hiring a gumshoe to check up on her husband’s whereabouts.
When Dorothy Schubert, neé Huffman, plowed into the office still in her wedding gown I figured she was out to break a record along with anything else in her path.
She was the angriest woman I’d ever seen—which is saying a lot.
I’d only stopped by to pick up the mail and hadn’t bothered to turn on the light. She’d charged noisily up the outside stairs, shoving the door open so hard the glass rattled. Blindly she fumbled the switch, and the sudden brightness caught me behind the desk, envelopes in one hand, reaching under my coat for my .38 with the other. Chicago’s a tough town; even a vampire needs an extra edge at times."
read the rest of the excerpt.

Stories from * Rachel Caine * Caitlin Kittredge * Marjorie M. Liu * Katie MacAlister * Lilith Saintcrow * Ronda Thompson

Iron Kissed 1/2/08 It's too far away!
"Iron Kissed, the third book in the Mercedes Thompson series focuses more on the fae. The werewolves, of course, as Mercy's family (whether she wants them or not) also have a major role, but the vampires are conspicuous by their absence. The reason for their absence is that the events of Iron Kissed take place in less than a week -- and because I had enough to juggle and the vampire situation Mercy has put herself in is going to require more than a brief appearance will answer.
Like most of my books, this one held a lot of surprizes for me. I had intended for Mercy to choose her man in this book, but I didn't expect it to happen the way it did. I also found out a few things I didn't know about some of the characters. It made me like some of them more and others less. It also made me realize that one of the terrific things about writing a series is the ability to get to know more about the bit players. In a single book, or even a duology, there are only so many pages to develop characters and I have to restrict myself to only a few. A series is not so restrictive." author's comments.
Read a sample chapter.

Black Magic Woman 1/8/08 Has the strongest recommendation I've seen in a while. "Black Magic Woman is the best manuscript I've ever been asked to read. Keep an eye on Justin Gustainis. You'll be seeing more of him soon."
- Jim Butcher.

Occult investigator Quincey Morris and his "consultant", white witch Libby Chastain, are hired to free a family from a deadly curse that appears to date back to the Salem witch trials. Fraught with danger, the trail finds them stalking the mysterious occult underworlds of Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York, searching out the root of the curse. After surviving a series of terrifying attempts on their lives, the two find themselves drawn inexorably towards Salem itself - the very heart of darkness.

Unquiet Dreams 1/29/08 Been waiting a long assed time for this sequel.
In which we continue the saga of Connor Grey, ability-crippled druid and former agent of the fey-run Guild, and all that goes bump in the night in the neighborhood known as the Weird. Del Franco has yet to post an official synopsis of the storyline for Unquiet Dreams.

Happy Hour of the Damned 2/26/08 Most curious about.

"Donuts are deadly. One minute you’re getting your binge on, the next, you’re slipping on the box, cracking your skull, and in the weirdest turn of events, rising as a zombie. That’s just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six inch stilettos, bangin’ Balenciaga handbag) while satisfying a craving for decent vodkatinis and the occasional human flesh—Don’t judge. And no, not like chicken.
Navigating a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, celebrity blood donors, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters—not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo—isn’t easy. And the minute one of Amanda’s undead friends disappears after texting for “help” (the undead—so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.
Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hellbent on turning Seattle’s supernatural underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than donuts…" visit the author Mark Henry at League of Reluctant Adults or Burlesque of the Damned.

Madhouse 3/4/08 I wish it was now!

Small Favor- 4/1/08 Too far away!

Personal Demons -Stacia Kane 4/1/08 This sounds so good!
Megan promises listeners to her new radio call-in show that she'll "slay their personal demons," and they believe her. So do the personal demons... although she doesn't know it, Megan is the only human without a demon on her shoulder! Megan and her allies - a demon lover who both protects and seduces her with devilish intensity, a witch with poor social skills, and three cockney guard demons - have to deal not only with the personal demons, but a soul-sucker, ghosts of Megan's past, and a reporter who threatens to destroy Megan's career! Read an excerpt.

Darkest Kiss 4/29/08 I'm loyal! The next Riley Jensen Guardian book by Keri Arthur, I hope we can narrow down prince charming!

UPDATE! Romancing the Dead- 5/8/08 Woo hoo! These books are too good!

"I’m on the top of the world. The Vatican witch hunters think I’m dead, the FBI has closed my file, I might get to buy the occult bookstore I manage, I’m co-founding a brand-new coven—and the vampire I love has just proposed. How lucky can a girl get? Wait, wai—

Oh, crap. I’ve jinxed myself. My fiancé, Sebastian, is missing and I’m worried sick. Has he been kidnapped? Or could he have run off with that leggy blonde from the coven? Now I’ll have to seek the help of my future stepson—the same brat who once turned me over to the Catholics, all for a pimped-out Jag. Plus, the Goddess Lilith, who camps out in my body, has been making embarrassing appearances. Now all I need is some crazy killer on my tail. Hold on, hold—

Double crap." excerpt from Romancing the Dead. Read the excerpt.

The Host 5/6/08 Will it be as good as Bella and Edward? The Host takes place after a bodysnatchers-style invasion of the earth. We (the humans) lost. Our narrator is Wanderer, one of the invading "souls," who struggles to navigate all the bewildering challenges that come with living inside a human body. She was forewarned about these challenges—the overwhelming emotions, the stunning physical responses, the glut of senses, the too vivid dreams and memories… However, there was one challenge Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body, human survivor Melanie Stryder, refuses to fade away into oblivion the way she should. Melanie lingers as an angry presence in Wanderer's head, holding on to her human secrets and filling Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves—Jared, another human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for the man she's never met. Outside forces combine to make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, and, working together, they set off to search for the man they both love. It's possibly the first love triangle that only involves two bodies.- stephaniemeyer.com

Personal Demon 5/25/08 I worry that this heroine won't mean anything to me, and Lucas as the other protag? Doesn't get this engine revving fo sho.

Half-demon tabloid reporter Hope Adams has a secret. Like full demons, she loves chaos. She thrives on it. She needs it.
Most of the time, Hope feeds the hunger by helping the interracial council. But it's never enough. So when Benicio Cortez offers her a job infiltrating a gang of young supernaturals, she thinks she's found the perfect solution. Instead, she finds a tinderbox of greed, desire and ambition. And when it ignites, a world is going to explode. Read excerpt.

Underground 8/5/08 Ridiculously far away!
That's all I could dig up folks. Hope you have better luck with the titles that don't have any book descriptions. I'll keep my eyes open for clues.


Mark said...

Oh Perla, I read Sugar Skull an now I'm fairly certain you are my ideal reader. Urban fantasy and fashion fan? Perfect.

perla said...

Mark, you had me at Zombie and Balenciaga.