TBR List: Newest Additions

I have a huge TBR list. Most of you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. My problem is that I do hope to someday get to most of the books on my list, but the fact is that I’m probably going to be lucky to crack the spines (or the virtual spines, in most cases) of one percent of all the books I already know I want to read someday.

That, however, doesn’t stop me from adding new books to the list every chance I get. ;)

Here are some of the newest additions (and some of these books are most certainly not new, but they’re new to me).

  • Proxima by Stephen Baxter
  • Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Serpent by Clive Cussler
  • Star Bridge by James Gunn
  • Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna
  • Sex and the Single Earl by Vanessa Kelly
  • The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  • Goliath by Richard Turner
  • Psion by Joan D. Vinge
  • Claimed by Evangeline Anderson
  • Burglars Can’t Be Choosers by Lawrence Block
  • The Burglar in the Closet by Lawrence Block
  • The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes
  • The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
  • The Sword of Bedwyr by R. A. Salvatore

Some of these books are quite old, but since I’ve never read them, they’re still new to me. :)

Artful by Peter David, my June choice in the Kindle First program

Artful - Peter David

I chose Artful by Peter David this month from among the choices in the Kindle First program for Amazon Prime members.

There were other books to chose from, but I enjoy fantasy, and this cover appealed to me. The description also caught my attention. :)

Oliver Twist is one of the most well-known stories ever told, about a young orphan who has to survive the mean streets of London before ultimately being rescued by a kindly benefactor.

But it is his friend, the Artful Dodger, who has the far more intriguing tale, filled with more adventure and excitement than anything boring Oliver could possibly get up to. Throw in some vampires and a plot to overthrow the British monarchy, and what you have is the thrilling account that Charles Dickens was too scared to share with the world.

From the brilliant mind of novelist and comic book veteran Peter David, Artful is the dark, funny, and action-packed story of one of the most fascinating characters in literary history.

With vampires.

How could I pass this one up?

Deception Cove

By Jayne Castle (a.k.a. Jayne Krentz, Amanda Quick)

Book 2 of the Rainshadow Series

Deception Cove by Jayne Castle

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…

Book description from Amazon: Deception Cove (A Rainshadow Novel)

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. :)

Guinevere Jones Books from Jayne Castle to Be Released as Ebooks

I received an exciting email today from Berkley/NAL. In their announcement of a new eBook imprint, InterMix, they also mentioned Jayne Castle, a known pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick.

…later in the year [2012], 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!

Canyons of Night Released

Today is the official release date for Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle.

This book is the latest in the Harmony and the Arcane Society series.

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.

I mentioned this book previously, so click here for more about Canyons of Night.

Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz

In January 2012, Jayne Ann Krentz releases another novel of paranormal romance, the first book of the Dark Legacy series, Copper Beach.

A rare book. An ancient code.

Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz

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Copper Beach Book Summary

Within the pages of some centuries old, very rare books lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes while sometimes taking her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat.

Rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market. Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, a specialist in paranormal crystals and amber "hot rocks."

Passion flares immediately between them, but neither entirely trusts the other. When it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal abilities and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code, no one is safe.

Copper Beach is available as a hardback novel, an audiobook CD, and a Kindle ebook from Amazon.

I can’t yet tell if this is part of the Arcane Society but this is the start of the new Dark Legacy series. Considering the book description mentions amber "hot rocks" and the Harmony books make frequent use of amber, I believe this new series is somehow tied in to the rest.

Jayne Castle Book Canyons of Night is Book #3 of The Looking Glass Trilogy

Canyons of Night book cover

I have a soft spot for Jayne Castle books. When I discovered the release date for Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle is coming up very soon, I got excited. Another book in the world of the ghost hunters set on Harmony? I love the Harmony books. I still think my favorite is Dark Light, but that’s not to say the rest of the books in the series aren’t great. They are. Each one has a hero to die for and a heroine who isn’t afraid of a little mystery. Not to mention all the paranormal elements that make the books highly entertaining.

Buy Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle

Canyons of Night comes out on August 30, 2011 and is going to be available as a paperback, Kindle book, Nookbook, audiobook (from Audible), audio CD, and in other ebook formats from ebooks.com. See below for links.

About Canyons of Night

Growing up on Rainshadow, Charlotte Enright knew better than to ever go into the Preserve, until that one fateful night with Slade Attridge — a night neither of them would forget. Now, fifteen years later, both have returned to the island: Charlotte to take over her late aunt’s antiques shop and Slade to fill the police chief’s position.

Able to read auras, Charlotte senses something amiss in Slade, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting him — again. That is, as long as his dust bunny “deputy” keeps his paws off her merchandise.

Hiding a psi injury, Slade is afraid of his powerful desire for Charlotte. But a series of increasingly violent crimes draws them closer together — and into the darkness at the heart of the Preserve…

You can buy the Canyons of Night audiobook CD in abridged and unabridged format from Amazon, or the audio download from Audible.

Here are the links to make it easy to order Canyons of Night online.

Ghost Story Audio Book is Available

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher is the thirteenth book of his popular Dresden Files series involving wizard detective Harry Dresden.

Jim Butcher Ghost Story audio book coverBuy the Ghost Story audiobook

Penguin Audiobooks put together this audio book and it’s read by John Glover. At 17 hours and 52 minutes long unabridged, there’s plenty of story to keep you interested.

I haven’t quite caught up with the series yet, so I haven’t bought a copy.

James Marsters narrated the other books in the Dresden Files series, but not this one. However, John Glover has a great voice and I could see it working for this story. The sample audio sounds great but I have to admit, I’m a fan of Glover as an actor.

Some listeners didn’t like the switch and gave the book a low rating because of it; however, Glover is an accomplished narrator and most of those ratings are because the listeners couldn’t imagine Harry as anyone other than Marsters. If you can overlook that, then don’t miss this book. If you’re a fan, you’ll want it because it resolves a certain cliffhanger ending found in book 12.

Purchase the Ghost Story audio download at a discount if you sign up for one of the audiobook plans at Audible, or buy Ghost Story as an individual purchase. The link above works for either choice. Either way, you can get the Ghost Story audio book cheap.

About Ghost Story

The new novel in the #1 New York Times best-selling Dresden Files series from Jim Butcher.

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has no body and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends – and his own soul – Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic….

If you scroll down on the page at Audible, you can listen to the entire first chapter of Ghost Story.

The Complete Dresden Files Book List

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Ghost Story
  • Side Jobs (Short Stories)

You can also find out more about Ghost Story at Jim Butcher’s website page for the book but there isn’t a link to buy the Ghost Story audiobook.

Newest Hardcover Bargains for Library Building

These hardcover bargain books are a perfect way to build up your home library. The links are grouped by book price. Check out any of these links to see the newest hardcover bargains.

Hardcover books that cost $5 or less

There are a couple of really great books in this category right now. Although the available books will likely change as time passes, currently you can find hardcover books by Iris Johansen, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis, Joe Haldeman, and S. M. Stirling for $5 or less.

Hardcover Science Fiction Bargain Books

Hardcover Bargains in Mystery and Thrillers

Romance Hardcover Bargain Books

Hardcover books that cost $10 or less

There’s a good selection of books in this category of hardcover bargain books, including some from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, Jennifer Crusie, and Anita Blake. (Available books will likely change as time passes.)

Hardcover Bargain Books in Mystery and Thrillers

Hardcover Bargains in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Romance Hardcover Book Bargains

Check out any of these links to see all the great books available in hardback at cheap prices that make it easy to build up a good selection of books in your personal library. Library building is a passion of mine and getting books at such low prices always makes me feel good about buying books to fill my shelves.

In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz, The Looking Glass Trilogy Book 1

In Too Deep (Jayne Ann Krentz) begins another trilogy within a series as part of the Arcane Society series from Krentz/Quick/Castle.

Buy In Too Deep

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In Too Deep Bookcover

Featuring Fallon Jones and Isabella Valdez, In Too Deep finally gives us a story about the much mentioned Fallon Jones from previous Arcane Society novels.  Isabella is likeable and fun, while Fallon is a strong, intense man who runs the Jones & Jones agency with strategic focus. Isabella is a good foil for Fallon’s more sober, methodical personality.

I enjoyed the mystery and romance in this one. The paranormal aspects were interesting too, but although the psychic nature of the characters of In Too Deep, like in all the Arcane Society books, are essential to the story line, they aren’t my favorite parts. The overly mystical way Krentz writes these parts of the book bog me down in details I don’t really care to know. That’s about the only negative I have to say about the book, and it is definitely a recommended read for anyone who likes Krentz’s style: great dialogue, clever humor, mystery suspense, and romance.

The books started off strong and interesting, bringing in characters from previous Arcane Society books in a supporting capacity without overwhelming this story. The end sets up the continuing saga of the Arcane Nightshade conspiracy but that’s something I’ve come to expect from these novels. Although each story ends in a satisfactory way, the ultimate conflict between Nightshade and Arcane continues to fuel more stories in the series.

Buy In Too Deep

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Series: An Arcane Society Novel

Next Book in the Series: The book is followed by Quicksilver with Jayne Krentz writing as Amanda Quick.

Previous Book in the Series: Midnight Crystal

Quicksilver looks to be an exciting follow up in the Looking Glass trilogy and I’m anxious to get my hands on the book. Although I generally don’t buy Jayne Ann Krentz novels in hardcover, I do buy Amanda Quick’s books for my personal library when I find them for sale at a bargain. So, here’s to some bargain hunting in my future as I await my chance to purchase Quicksilver by Amanda Quick in hardcover at a super bargain price. ;-) LOL.