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Sunday Reflections: Upcoming Books, Fun Stuff and Great Deals You Might Have Missed, Week Ending August 11th

11 Aug

Upcoming and New Books

The ever-wonderful Lauren Dane just released her latest book in the erotic paranormal Cascadia Wolves series, Unconditional, and the good news is that you can easily read it even if you haven’t been a devoted fan of this world (yet). Even more fabulous is the fact that Dane announced she will be producing several books centered on the Hurley boys from the Delicious series, and I’ve already pointed out that the world needs more of the brothers of Damien Hurley! Since she says in her announcement that the books will be contemporary romance (the Delicious series is definitely erotic romance) and that she will be working with Angela James, I’m wondering if this will be a Carina Press series, but anything Dane writes (and James edits) is always pitch perfect, so no worries on my end -except for the fact I’ll have to wait until 2015 to buy them!

Fans of historical romance know that Sarah Maclean is one of the most talented writers of her genre, and they can finally sit back and anticipate her latest book, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, which has gone up for pre-order on book sites everywhere. As we patiently wait for November 26th to roll around, read or re-read the first two books in the Rules of Scoundrels series and get ready to enjoy some of the best Regency romance on the market.

Fun Stuff

Enjoying your copy of Ilona Andrews Magic Rises? If you’re a Kate Daniels fan like I am, you’re already thinking about the next book in the series, Magic Breaks, and so is author Ilona Andrews. The husband and wife team already has a little teaser snippet from the upcoming book on their website and I for one would be happy to see what adventures my favorite couple gets up to when they go on vacation at Black Bear Lodge!

Contests and Giveaways

Sylvia Day’s latest Afterburn is tearing up Harlequin’s latest imprint, Cosmo’s Red Hot Reads (a partnership with Cosmopolitan magazine) and you can get in on the fun with their latest contest. Just write your ultimate wish and fill out the form and you may win $5000 toward making it come true!

A couple weeks ago I mentioned how Zoe Archer’s latest book in the Ether Chronicles, Skies of Gold, was debuting. Her publisher is offering a giveaway on Goodreads for a brand-spankin’ new copy, so check it out and get this one on your to-read list.

The Anatomist’s Wife was a critically acclaimed best-seller, and now readers have the second book in the Lady Darby series, Mortal Arts, to look forward to as it comes out on September 3rd. If you can’t wait that long, I’d suggest entering the Goodreads giveaway for the book, with a drawing happening on August 13th. Even with shipping time, you’re bound to be the first in your book group to read this one!

Also coming out on September 3rd are paranormal powerhouses Lyndsay Sands and Hannah Howell in their new collaboration, The Eternal Highlander, first in the new McNachton Vampires series. They are also offering a preview copy to readers prior to the release date, with their Goodreads contest concluding on August 15th, so vampire lovers, get a move on entering!

Biker romance fans love Julie Ann Walker for a reason, but if you’ve thought about reading her Black Knights series but not begun it, consider entering the Goodreads giveaway for the first book, Hell on Wheels. The drawing concludes on August 13th, so you won’t have to wait for long to discover if you can take this book on the road with you.

Vivian Arend has a new series, Adrenaline Search & Rescue, about a team based out of the gorgeous location of Banff, Alberta. The second book in the series, High Passion, is going to be published on September 3rd, but interested readers should know that there is a Goodreads giveaway for this one as well, with the drawing to be held on August 16th. It looks like you don’t need to read the first to enjoy the second, so if the scent of adrenaline gets your blood pumping, I’d enter this one.

Historical romance readers lamenting the glut of Regency books, might want to cleanse their palette with a Victorian romance, specifically Never Too Late by Amara Royce, set in London during the Great Exhibition of 1851. Starring a beautiful feisty widow who owns a bookshop and the aristocrat sent to investigate her inflammatory pamphlets, this sounds like a sexy romance with a lot more underwear than your usual Napoleonic Wars fare. There is a Goodreads giveaway with a deadline of August 16th for readers wanting to take a look at this novel which was published back in May (so if you don’t win, it’s easy to buy it).

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