January 4th, 2011

New Book Birthdays and Contests!

Have holiday gift cards burning a hole in your pocket?  Have I got some new releases for you!  Happy Book Birthday to:

                                                      

HEXBOUND (Second novel of the Dark Elite) by Chloe Neill
(*Note: stop by Bitten by Books today to enter Chloe's contest.  Prizes are 2 $50 Amazon gift cards and 5 copies of the new novel.)

“If you are a fan of well written and original paranormal (who isn't?) this is a series you need to check out. You will be pulled into the world of The Dark Elite and Adepts from the very first page and you will be craving more after the last page. Don't miss out on this series!”    —Pure Imagination

Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia's School for Girls, but she's already learned that magic can be your best friend-or your worst enemy. That's why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities while fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago's nastiest nightlife-including the tainted magic users known as Reapers...

 

MERCY BLADE (3rd in the Jane Yellowrock series) by Faith Hunter
(*Note: Faith has terrific interviews up today at Literary Escapism and at Fiction Kingdom with chances to win free books!)

“Jane Yellowrock is one of the most intriguing heroines in urban fantasy, and Hunter skillfully doles out tiny pieces of Jane’s backstory to keep readers coming back for more. Mystery and action are at the forefront here, but the romance from the first book continues to build slowly. Readers eager for the next book in Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series may want to give Faith Hunter a try.”    —Library Journal, starred review

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind - a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living.  She's not comfortable that her new job has her working for the vampires, hunting rogues and getting far too wrapped up in vampire intrigues and deceits.

 

THE SOUL MIRROR (2nd novel of the Collegia Magica) by Carol Berg
(*Note: Carol has a contest on her website to win a copy of THE SOUL MIRROR and autographed cover flats.  Extra entry if you can answer the question she's posted.

"superbly realized leadoff to Berg’s quasi-Renaissance fantasy trilogy….  As in her widely praised
Breath and Bone, Berg shapes the well-worn elements of epic fantasy into a lush, absorbing narrative. Even her minor characters, caught up in fiendish plots and deathly secrets, ring regally true, and Portier oscillates between rueful, reluctant, ethics-bending service and painful but necessary revelations while his old world collapses and a new one struggles to be born.”       — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review for THE SPIRIT LENS 

In a kingdom on the verge of a grand renaissance, where natural science has supplanted failing sorcery, someone aims to revive the magic by whatever means necessary. Portier de Savin-Duplais, who’s always found magic just out of his reach, discovers his real talents lie in uncovering the truth, when his cousin, the king, charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances. Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.  Unfortunately, his two partners in the investigation, the profligate courtier Ilario and the brooding heretic sorcerer Dante seem to have dangerous secrets of their own.