Heroes, Heroines, and Valentine’s Day….Not


Are you doing anything special for the big day? I certainly am. I’ll be sending my last magazine on the day job to the printer, which means a long, hectic workday filled with semi-hysterical alumni (well, okay, that started late yesterday), needless interruptions, and the utter satisfaction of gettin’ that baby outta here.

I might have six weeks left on the day job, but after today, I’ll mentally begin the transition to full-time author. Well, except for that week I plan to do nothing but sleep.

I was trying to think about my various heroes and heroines, and how they had spent Valentine’s Day in my books and, well, they haven’t. It’s probably just as well. Alex would buy DJ a gun, DJ would get him a bacon-fryer, Rand would do something inappropriate, and, well, let’s not even talk about Rene or Jean Lafitte.

Glory would eat something full of bourbon and sugar and then Mirren would have a fine feast. She’d enjoy it too.

Will and Randa would argue over who got whose gift first.

Robin would pick a fight with Cage and they’d end up having hot monkey sex.

Cole and Cele would probably go out for a beer because Gentry and Jena would be staking out poachers or something.

Poor Aidan and Krys. I can’t even talk about them.

I don’t think I’ve even READ a Valentine’s Day book. Have you? And what do you have planned for your big smoochy day?

Nov. 6-12 New In Paranormal, UF, Fantasy–#Win Your Choice

Take a deep breath—it’s double-tour time! Note that these are overlapping tours, but the prizes for the tours are separate. So get ready to play!

On the BLACK DIAMOND tour, I have a list of 10 things you might not know about game wardens, aka wildlife enforcement agents, at the Creatively Green blog. There’s also a spotlight (no new material) at Lisa’s World of Books. You can enter for the Black Diamond tour prizes at both of these stops. (And this tour ends on Friday; winners will be notified by email within a few days.) Grand prize is a $50 Amazon or Visa gift card or Book Depository equivalent; there are also five $10 gift cards.

The same set of prizes will be given away at the end of the BELLE CHASSE book tour, which starts today! Look for reviews today at Reading Reality (which isn’t up as of 6:30 AM my time but check back) and at That’s What I’m Talking About, and a spotlight at The Cubicle Escapee. Remember if you spot reviews in the wild, I always appreciate getting the links, and if you see someone who is reviewing and ARC and thinks this is the last book in the series, a comment to let them know there will be one more book would be appreciated—inaccurate information was printed on the back of the ARC.

In the meantime, it’s still Reader’s Choice day. So take a look at this week’s new releases (cough, cough) and let me know which of these sounds most promising to you, and you could win it—or another book of your choice!

newmanAfter Atlas (Planetfall) by Emma Newman

Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’s entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’s departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room—and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation….To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy. There’s more to Casales’s death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes..

weberAt the Sign of Triumph (Safehold #9) by David Weber

The Church of God Awaiting’s triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than two percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels. But Charis had something far more powerful than simple numbers. It had a king, a crown prince, and a navy prepared to die where they stood in its defense. It had the Brethren of Saint Zherneau, who knew the truth about Safehold’s founding. Who knew that the Church of God Awaiting was a monstrous lie. And it had Merlin Athrawes, last survivor of long-vanished Earth. Merlin, the cybernetic avatar of a woman dead over a thousand years, who was determined to break the Church’s grip upon the human mind and soul. So after eight years of war, it is not Charis but the Church that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and — faced with the unthinkable — it’s decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far. In the end, it is simple, for only one can survive. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle between those who believe in freedom and those who would crush it forever.

johnsonBelle Chasse (Sentinels of New Orleans #5) by Suzanne Johnson

With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters. With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ—stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders—can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex. It’s time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.

collinsMystical Magic (Shades of Prey #2) – Anthology

From the sweet to the erotic, the romantic to the horrific, seventeen tales bring you all the shades of paranormal love—the lover and beloved, predator and prey, and more. Featuring vampires, mermaids, shapeshifters, fairies, reapers, and more. This set, part of the Shades of Prey collection, is available for a limited time only. Includes books from Anna Albergucci; Margo Bond Collins; Eva Chase; Rick Chiantaretto; Blaire Edens; Cate Farren; Erin Hayes; Hazel Hunter; Kallysten; Natasha Larry; Lindsey R. Loucks; Bella Love-Wins; Rachel McClellan; Rachael Slate; K.C. Stewart; Catherine Stine; Cecilia Tan.

feehanLeopard’s Fury (Leopard People #9) by Christine Feehan

With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance….Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.

bonesteelRemnants of Trust (Central Corps #2) by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Yet instead of a dishonorable discharge or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster and are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector. But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship—the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster—is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead. An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning. When the PSI ship and Galileo suffer their own “accidents,” it becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power . . . and deep into Shaw’s past.

neumeierThe Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier

Long ago the Kieba, last goddess in the world, raised up her mountain in the drylands of Carastind. Ever since then she has dwelled and protected the world from unending plagues and danger…Gulien Madalin, heir to the throne of Carastind, finds himself more interested in ancient history than the tedious business of government and watching his father rule. But Gulien suspects that his father has offended the Kieba so seriously that she has withdrawn her protection from the kingdom. Worse, he fears that Carastind’s enemies suspect this as well. Then he learns that he is right. And invasion is imminent. Meanwhile Gulien’s sister Oressa has focused on what’s important: avoiding the attention of her royal father while keeping track of all the secrets at court. But when she overhears news about the threatened invasion, she’s shocked to discover what her father plans to give away in order to buy peace. But Carastind’s enemies will not agree to peace at any price. They intend to not only conquer the kingdom, but also cast down the Kieba and steal her power. Now, Gulien and Oressa must decide where their most important loyalties lie, and what price they are willing to pay to protect the Kieba, their home, and the world.

kesslerThe Trouble with Ghosts (Here Witchy Witchy #3) by A.L. Kessler

Poltergeists, severed thumbs, and lies… PIB agents Abigail Collins and Nick Averin are rattled when a handful of severed thumbs are found at an abandoned house, but neither of them expected it to link to a decades old murder with strange ties to the paranormal world. When Abby’s greatest enemy seems to be helping her from afar, it’s clear that there’s more to this case than the duo first believed. …Past cases come back to life… Levi is avoiding questions and being even more vague than normal when a new vampire comes to town claiming to be on the case involving blood starved vampires. It’s a fight against time and lies for the two agents.

Leave a comment as to your preference—I’ll announce the winners on Sunday!

In the meantime, here are last week’s winners. If you see your name, please email me at suzannej3523 at gmail, or at the contact tab on this page. I’ll need snail-mail addresses for print books.

SMEEK won signed copies of both Black Diamond and Belle Chasse.

CELESTE KELLER won a signed copy of Belle Chasse.

EVA MILLIEN won last week’s Reader’s Choice and selected Cathy Clamp’s ILLICIT (or another book of your choice).

Now, what do you want to win this week?