[Original, Nov. 2011] I recently ran across a series I hadn’t read before, The Iron Druid Chronicles fantasy series by Kevin Hearne. I downloaded the free sample available (for my nook, but there’s a free sample for the kindle too) and read it. I now know that I’m going to read this book, because the sample of chapter one that I read was excellent. The writing was crisp and the story entertaining. Atticus is a hero I want to spend some time getting to know, so the Iron Druid Chronicles has just made it onto my must-buy list.
The Iron Druid Chronicles is about a long-lived Druid who has made a home in Tempe, Arizona running an occult shop. Atticus O’Sullivan is 2,100 years old and has made a point of staying out of the way of certain other unpleasant magical beings but in Hounded, he’s just been found by Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love, who wants Atticus’s magical sword.
[Updated] This is an urban fantasy series that includes 7 books to date. Each book follows Atticus and a myriad of trials and troubles. The books seem to have a wide appeal and lots of readers who enjoy the humor and fun, along with the excellent writing. I loved Hounded.
The Iron Druid Chronicles Books
Click the title for the book info at Amazon, to read reviews, or to buy the books.
By Jayne Castle (a.k.a. Jayne Krentz, Amanda Quick)
Book 2 of the Rainshadow Series
In the world of Harmony, Rainshadow Island is home to a mysterious preserve, secrets that have been kept for centuries, and a treasure worth killing for…
As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself—a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini.
Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears—and he needs her.
On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a Marriage of Convenience.
Alice’s honeymoon on Rainshadow is guaranteed to be memorable, as the island—and the passion between her and Drake—is about to explode…
So, sounds entertaining enough, huh? I’m actually in the middle of this book right now. I started it a while ago, and I’m not really sure why, but I let other stuff take precedence and haven’t finished the book yet! I’ve read plenty of other stuff in the meantime, but thinking back on it, I think it was because I’d just finished Crystal Gardens (by Jayne Castle’s pseudonymous alter-ego Amanda Quick). I enjoyed that book a lot, and although Deception Cove was good, it wasn’t historical and I was in the mood for historical.
Now that it’s come back to my attention, I think I’m going to spend a few hours and finish the book. :)
If you haven’t noticed, there are a few posts missing, all of them the newer ones. I’ve made a few back end changes that necessitated a site rollback to a previous version. Then I updated a few things, starting with the site’s look. It’s a little plain and simple, but it’ll do for now. :)
Anyway, expect to start seeing the occasional update again soon. That really was the purpose of the changes—to make it easier to throw a post up when I want.
Copper Beach is in stores on January 10, 2012. I’ve had my preorder in on Copper Beach for a couple of months now, since my birthday when I used a gift card to stock up on upcoming favorites.
Since I’m a total fan of Jayne Ann Krentz (I think even her bad stuff is better than most other authors’ good stuff, LOL), I’ve been waiting for this since In Too Deep, which is now finally available in paperback. Now’s the time to start keeping an eye our for a bargain priced hardback for that one too.
After this book, JAK will be releasing Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street) as Amanda Quick in April 2012. Both are paranormal romance and mystery, and it looks like Arcane Society is finally out of the picture for now. Although I have enjoyed the series, I’m definitely ready for a break from it. I’ll be sure to post about whether or not Copper Beach is a stand-along beginning to another series. The book is being called A Dark Legacy Novel, implying this is the beginning of a series and not identifying itself with any affiliation to Arcane.
Due out April 2012, Crystal Gardens is the first of a new series called Ladies of Lantern Street.
(Click the image for book details or to order the book.)
Although the book sounds interesting, I’m not a big fan of the cover for this book, which is sad, because I’ve always loved the covers for Amanda Quick’s book. Whoever designed this one should have spent more time on it. Or maybe it’s prettier when you see it in person. One can only hope.
Right now, the book is pretty heavily discounted, so it’s definitely the right time to go ahead and buy Crystal Gardens if you’re a fan. I own almost every one of JAK’s Amanda Quick books, with my favorites being Mistress and Ravished, both excellent examples of near perfect books of romance and mystery.
Crystal Gardens, the Start of a New Series
Ladies of Lantern Street is the name of the series that begins with Crystal Gardens. Book #1 is the story of Evangeline Ames and Lucas Sebastian.
Evangeline Ames has rented a country cottage far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds pleasure in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety.
Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property. Quickly disposing of her would-be assassin, he insists they keep the matter private. There are rumors enough already, about treasure buried under his garden, and occult botanical experiments performed by his uncle â€” who died of mysterious causes.
With Evangelineâ€™s skill for detection, and Lucasâ€™s sense of the criminal mind, they soon discover that they have a common enemy. And as the energy emanating from Crystal Gardens intensifies, they realize that to survive they must unearth what has been buried for too long…
One of my favorite authors of paranormal romance is Kresley Cole. I became hooked when I read A Hunger Like No Other and ever since, I have been in love with her Immortals After Dark series. It wasn’t until later that I went back and read the short novella "The Warlord Wants Forever" that started it all.
See below for the newest book, Lothaire, in hardcover!
Here’s a list of Kresley Cole’s books in the Immortals After Dark series. If you want to buy the book or read reviews, just click the included links. These books are worth it. ;-)
Immortals After Dark Books
The Warlord Wants Forever (novella) in Playing Easy to Get (paperback or ebook)
â€¦later in the year , InterMix will bring back four novels in the classic Guinevere Jones series from bestselling writer Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle, that have long been out of print and have never been available as eBooks
Guinevere Jones Books
A short list of the 4 books in question. Click the links to go to Amazon, where you’ll find more information. I wouldn’t buy just yet, because all these books are out of print and sell for ridiculously high prices. Unless you’re a collector of course, then you might want to buy the Guinevere Jones books just to add them to your collection. Who am I to judge?
About Reading the New Jayne Castle Book Canyons of Night
Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle is in my hands and next on my to-be-read list. That means I could get to it as soon as tomorrow night, assuming I can finish the non-fiction book I’m in the middle of. I am practicing patience, so I will finish that book first before I move on to Canyons of Night but to be frank, I’m very excited. If you’ve read anything here on this site, you probably realize how big a fan I am of the Jayne Castle books.
So between the news about the Guinevere Jones books and the prospect of reading Canyons of Night finally, this has been a really nice day!
I’m glad I didn’t realize this book had been published right away. A devastating upheaval in my personal life happened only a week before the release date back in June and there’s no way I could have enjoyed this story if I had picked up a copy right then. And I would have, because I love Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea series. No personal upheaval is going to change that.
Now, however, I’m ready to read again and Forgotten Sea is one of the first books I’ve read since late May.
Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra follows Immortal Sea, probably my favorite book of the entire series (although Sea Lord was absolutely wonderful). In Forgotten Sea, we’re introduced to Justin and Lara, and there’s a mystery there right away. Justin can’t remember anything from his life prior to seven years ago, while Lara is introduced as one of the fallen children of the air, a fallen angel.
As a reader of the series–this isn’t my first Children of the Sea book–I could feel that Justin’s story was tied to the events of Sea Lord, and any fan is going to figure it out quickly, who he is and what happened to him seven years previous.
There’s a lot to like about this book. Kantra writes with the same flair that made the other Children of the Sea books special. She also introduces plenty of interesting backstory for Lara’s people, leaving me wondering if there’s going to be future stories there. At the moment, it seems that she’s run out of people to continue the selkie / finfolk stories, but just because I think that doesn’t mean it’s true.
Forgotten Sea didn’t disappoint me. I read it in one sitting and don’t regret a moment I spent with the characters, living the romance, the mystery, and the excitement of another great book in Kantra’s Children of the Sea series.
What is your favorite paranormal romance novel published in 2011?
I’m going to leave this post open to comments for the rest of the year. I would like to know what book you think is the best paranormal romance novel of 2011.
Novel should be a paranormal romance novel (I’m asking that you don’t add futuristic sci-fi romance to this post unless the book has strong paranormal elements that make the book more fantasy than sci-fi)
Should be a novel, not a short story or novella
Original publication date should be 2011 and it should not be a reprint or reissue of a book published in a prior year.
That’s it! Have fun telling me and everyone else about your favorite paranormal romance read of 2011.
I’m excited about this latest book, because I really love the heroes and heroines in Jayne Castle’s futuristic/paranormal books. If you’re a fan, you’re probably as excited about the new book too. Well, it’s finally here for all of us to enjoy.