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For paranormal romance — it’s Super Tuesday! May 1, 2012

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I’m traveling but still trying to blog! Inspired by Twitter chatter between my gal pals from Last Bite Podcast, here’s a list of books coming out Tuesday that we were talking about. We can’t figure out how we’re going to read them all. Figure this will just be added to our TBR lists!  I’m going to try and get through DEADLOCKED — who else is going for it? Let me know if you’re reading any of these books  — or others being released — on Tuesday!

DEADLOCKED  — By Charlaine Harris (Sookie book No. 12)

INSURGENT — By Veronica Roth (Book No. 2 in the Divergent trilogy)

BLACK DAWN  — By Rachel Caine (Book No. 12 in the Morganville Vampire series)

SPARKS FLY  — By Katie MacAlister (Book No. 3 in the Light Dragons series)

5 paranormal romance books for 2012 January 9, 2012

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Lots to read and see in this new year but here are the five paranormal romance books I’m looking forward to reading in 2012. I’m posting them by release date. Let me know what books you’re looking forward to this year! (These don’t include any of my YA picks or fantasy/sci-fi paranormal reads. I’ll post those picks later this month!)

LOTHAIREKresley Cole (Jan. 10)

Next up in her IMMORTALS AFTER DARKNESS series is the tale of the evil vampire Lothaire, who has cropped up in several of the IAD books. I love this series because Kresley Cole has a wicked sense of humor and her stories feature strong heroines.  I thought the last book she did  — DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR  — was way too dark for the series (read my review HERE) but I’m hoping she gets back on track with LOTHAIRE.

Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness — until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience

THE DARKEST SEDUCTION Gina Showalter (Feb. 28)

This is one of those over-the-top but entertaining series if you like SUPER Alpha heroes, tortured souls and the women who rescue them. Showalter’s LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD is about immortal warriors who were naughty and opened Pandora’s box. Now each must live with a demon released from the box. With THE DARKEST SEDUCTION, we finally get the story of Paris — the seducer. (Read one of my interviews with Showalter HERE.)

Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price.  Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die.  And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach … until now. Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet, in Paris’s arms the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up. Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally– or tear them apart?

FAIR GAMEPatricia Briggs (March 6)

Most of us know Briggs for her  Mercy Thompson series, which chronicles the adventures of her shape-shifter/coyote/auto mechanic heroine. But in Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series — which is loosely connected to Mercy’s story but in a slightly earlier time frame — Briggs focuses on werewolf Samuel’s brother Charles and his newly acquired mate Anna. This is the third book in the series. (On her website, Briggs said she set the story in Boston — a city she’s never visited. CLICK HERE to read her author’s note about how she selected Boston.):

They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind. Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights.

DEADLOCKED Charlaine Harris (May 8)

Last year I was disappointed with DEAD RECKONING, book No. 11 in the Sookie Stackhouse series. It was my stinker of 2011 because I have come to expect so much from this series. (CLICK HERE to read my top books of 2011 and what I said about the stinker!)  So why is this on my “to read” list for 2012? Because I enjoy the characters that Harris has brought to us and am so hoping that she can restore some magic and intrigue to Sookie’s story for us. Remember — she’s said she’s planning to end the series with book No. 13. And we all want to know if Sookie gets a happily ever after and who she winds up with in the end:

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard — especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank. Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

ICEDKaren Marie Moning (Oct. 30)

Fans of Mac and Barrons from KMM’s FEVER series will be happy to know that the spinoff series for Dani O’Malley — the super fast sidhe-seer — comes out right before Halloween. Last month on her Twitter feed, KMM said she was about halfway done. (Other titles in Dani’s series — but no release dates: BURNED and FLAYED.) Here’s what KMM says on her blog about the series — and other FEVER storylines that are coming:

I’m currently working on a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious ‘Dancer,’ set primarily in Fever-Dublin. Each installment in the trilogy is a stand-alone mystery, however there are larger plot arcs unfolding in the background. Where Mac was introspective and her story could feel somewhat esoteric, Dani is down and dirty in the streets. Lots of details, lots of action. There’s a different feel to the two series, totally different vantage points. I’m having a blast writing it.

For those of you who have been worrying—the trilogy is not YA. If I had to categorize it, I would say it straddles the line between YA and adult uneasily. I don’t pull any punches. It may be controversial in some ways. But whose teen years weren’t? LOL! Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.

Exciting news: I’ve agreed to write two more books after that. Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

All in all, there are five more books coming about the Fever World!

Because I know you guys, I know this is going to make some of you as nervous as it makes you excited. Trust me. I’m making no compromises with the characters or the story. It’s all unfolding exactly as it should, true to itself-which means, it’s a sometimes rocky road. Dark times ahead, guys. But I write it all with genuine love for the characters, the world, and you the reader.

Charlaine Harris posts excerpt from ‘Deadlocked’ December 17, 2011

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Charlaine Harris has posted Chapter 2 from DEADLOCKED — No. 12 in the Sookie series and due out in May. Some of my Sookie friends over at www.sookiestackhouse.com have wondered why she posted Chapter 2 and not Chapter 1. (Did we miss something?) To read the excerpt (think fae, fae, fae), go to Charlaine’s website HERE. Interesting chapter, especially toward the end. Let me know what you think.

In book No. 12 — ‘Deadlocked’ — Sookie gets kidnapped … August 11, 2011

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Eric & Sookie in Season 4 of HBO's True Blood. Photo: HBO

I’m a little behind on Sookie news but Charlaine Harris says book 12 is done, and we have a working title!!! From her blog:

As of last night, Sookie 12, now known as DEADLOCKED, is DONE!
Of course, that’s a relative term. I’ll have to do more work on it as it’s read by various editors and my agent.
But 90% of the work on it is over, thank goodness.

And here’s what she said on her Facebook page:

What a relief to send DEADLOCKED into my editor(s). Now I can rest easy for a little while, until I get the revisions back. A writer’s dream — to have your editor tell you there’s not a single change necessary . . .

 And just before finishing she posted this on her blog:

I didn’t have a chance to read a lot this past week, because I was working hard to finish DEADLOCKED, Sookie 12. I’m always experimenting with different ways to organize my work so I can keep track of what’s going on during the course of the action in the book. This time, I think I made real progress.

The day I send a book to my editor (and my agent, and my continuity maven, and to Dana and Toni) is just about better than Christmas. Of course, the minute it’s gone, I think of five things I should have done differently, but I’ll have chances to make changes. All of those people will have suggestions, and I’ll have days of slogging through the manuscript again trying to decide which changes to adopt and which ones to let fall by the wayside. I’ll have plot holes to fill, factual errors to correct, and clumsy sentences to rewrite. And I know all this when I hit “send.” But there’s always the delightful feeling of accomplishment, the happiness of having done my best.

For a couple of weeks I can maintain the illusion that this time I haven’t made any mistakes: that I haven’t miscounted and had the action take place on Sunday (when Merlotte’s is closed) or put Sookie’s birthday on the wrong day, or made any of the million errors possible when a series has gone on for so many years with such a large cast. (I have no idea how George R.R. Martin is doing it.)

I’ll probably get five or six sets of comments simultaneously, and I’ll want to tear my hair out. But that’s part of the job, too. You’re never really through with a book until you hold the printed copy in your hand. (Even then, sometimes, you have to make corrections for the next edition, if you’re lucky enough to have another edition.)

And in an even earlier post, she gives us some direction on what is going to happen in book no. 12:

While I know where I want to be at the end of each book, I don’t always know how I’m getting there. Sometimes I surprise myself. Last night, Sookie got kidnapped, and I’m going to see how that shakes out. A character I thought was dead is probably alive, and I’m real happy for him. Then again, if the work doesn’t go so well today, he may be dead again. This is the fun (and the panic) of being a writer. Every day brings decisions, and I have the power of life and death and procreation over all these people I’ve invented.

OK — so who is the character who was dead and who is now alive? It’s a him …. Any guesses?

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