January 2009 Book Releases

January 2, 2009 at 5:00 am 5 comments

January is such a great month for book releases!

For some reason, almost all the January releases that are on my radar are Urban Fantasy.

Here are the one’s I’m really looking forward to:

 
One More Bite by Jennifer RardinJanuary 5, 2009: One More Bite (Jaz Parks series, book 5) by Jennifer Rardin   If you want a little vampire romance with your CIA action novel, this series will fit the bill. I’m not usually big with CIA/Military forces action stories, but the characters of Jaz and Vayl make this kind of story worth it for me. They’ve got such great chemistry together, and Vayl is so sexy. He’s one of my favorite vamp characters.

I also love the ensemble cast of regular characters. Their interactions and snappy dialog often make me laugh out loud.

Here is a book description from the author’s site:       

Jaz and Vayl have been assigned to travel to Inverness to prevent an assassination that has the potential to upset the balance between the west coast vampire nests and allow another Raptor to emerge. In the power vacuum left by Edward “the Raptor” Samos’ death, a struggle for supremacy has begun between his former allies: The Coven of Inverness, the Valencian Weres and The Flock. The struggle takes on a new twist when Pete learns that the Valencians have hired an assassin to take out the Coven’s leader, a powerful witch named Floraidh Halsey. Jaz and Vayl must stalk a killer as wily and Gifted as themselves as they travel through the wild, stark beauty of the Highlands. Their travels also bring new heights to their romance, a new depth to their passion, and a bond they are both, at last, willing to seal.

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Lord of Misrule by Rachel CaineJanuary 6, 2009: Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires series, book 5) by Rachel Caine-YA   I love this YA series. It was one of my Best Reads of 2008. The stories are really involving, and I reallly like the characters of Clare, Eve, Shane, and Michael. I like how they really rely on each other and take care of each other in the Vampire town of Morganville.

Each book ends on a cliff hanger, so it’s really important to read them in order.

 Here is a book description from Amazon:      

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.

Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

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Mean StreetsJanuary 6, 2009: Mean Streets (4 novellas) by J Butcher, S Green, K Richardson, & T Sniegoski   I’ve been sort of overwhelmed by anthologies lately. However, I find myself gravitating more toward novella anthologies rather than short story ones. I like that the novella format gives the author more time to develop the story, and focuses on fewer authors. 

These authors are ones that I really like. Except for Thomas Sniegoski, whom I haven’t read, but have been interested in his Menagerie series that he co-writes with Christopher Golden.     

Here is the description from the publisher’s site:

The best paranormal private investigators have been brought together in a single volume—and cases don’t come any harder than this.

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher delivers a hard-boiled tale in which Harry Dresden’s latest case may be his last.

Nightside dweller John Taylor is hired by a woman to find something she lost—her memory—in a thrilling noir tale from New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green.

National bestselling author Kat Richardson’s Greywalker finds herself in too deep when a “simple job” goes bad and Harper Blaine is enmeshed in a tangle of dark secrets and revenge from beyond the grave.

For centuries, the being that we know as Noah lived among us. Now he is dead, and fallen-angel-turned-detective Remy Chandler has been hired to find out who killed him in a whodunit by national bestselling author Thomas E. Sniegoski.

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Plum Spooky by Janet EvanovichJanuary 6, 2009: Plum Spooky (A Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers novel) by Janet Evanovich.

I have to admit, the “Between the Numbers” novels aren’t my favorite Stephanie Plum books. But like my labrador retriever to peanut butter, I am helpless to resist the call.

I’m hopeful for this one, tho’, because unlike the other Between the Numbers books, this one is a full length novel, at 320 pages, rather than the usual approximately 170 pages. Actually, I listen to audiobooks for all the Evanovich novels. The typical BtN novels are 3 discs while Plum Spooky is 7 discs. 

Here is the description from the author’s site:

Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys.

Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground.

Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn’t made it out of the boys’ department at Macy’s. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn’t met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel.

Diesel pops in and out of Plum’s life like birthday cake — delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He’s an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He’s after Grimoire, and now he’s also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn’t mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs.

Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.

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Men of the Otherworld Anthology by Kelley ArmstrongJanuary 27, 2009: Men of the Otherworld Anthology by Kelley Armstrong                          

Kelley Armstrong is one of the best writers around. I love her Otherworld series, and this anthology showcases the male characters that are usually in supporting roles in her novels.

Here is a book description from the author’s site:

As a curious child, Clayton didn’t resist the bite—he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child werewolf was more than he could manage—until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. So begins this volume, featuring three of the most intriguing members of the American Pack—a hierarchical founding family where bloodlines mean everything, and each day presents a new, thrilling, and often deadly challenge. For as Clayton grows from a wild child to a clever teen who tests his beloved mentor at every turn, he must learn not only to control his animal instincts, but to navigate Pack politics—including showing his brutal arch nemesis, Malcolm, who the real Alpha is…

OK, just for this new story about Clay, I would get the book. 

The anthology contains short stories that were originally on KA’s site (they were removed to prepare for this publication), and a new story narrated by Jeremy. I read the short stories before they were pulled, and they add great detail to the Otherworld. There is still some great free fiction on her site that is set in the Otherworld.

All of Kelley Armstrongs proceeds from this anthology go to World Literary of Canada.

  • Kelley Armstrong’s site.

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Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie VaughnJanuary 27, 2009: Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (Kitty Norville series, book 5) by Carrie Vaughn    I really love this series. Kitty, a werewolf, has really evolved over the previous 4 books. She’s taken control of her life, her career, and her pack. Yet, now she’s facing her biggest challenge: planning a wedding!       

Here is a book description from Amazon:

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS?

Already the alpha pair of Denver’s werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life. 

I’m looking forward to this book, but I’ve really missed werewolf hunter (and Ben’s cousin) Cormac. I read somewhere that he won’t really be in DMH, but will be seen more in an upcoming book.

Book 6, Kitty Raises Hell comes out next month, on February 26th. After having to wait an entire year for Dead Man’s Hand, I’m so excited that I’ll get 2 Kittys, 2 month’s in a row!

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Well, lot’s of great stuff this month. For information on other future releases, check out my Upcoming Book Releases page.

Are there any books coming out that I missed that you’re looking forward to?

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  • 1. Little Willow  |  January 2, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Sniegoski is awesome! Definitely give him a try. His story in Mean Streets features Remy Chandler, a character he introduced in the full-length novel A Kiss Before the Apocalypse.

    And Chris has a new one in January too – The Map of Moments: A Novel of the Hidden Cities by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. 🙂

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  • 2. Renee  |  January 2, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Little Willow: Thanks for the info! I ckd out CG on Fantastic Fiction and, boy, he is prolific. I’m really intrigued by what I read over there about the first Hidden Cities novel. Sigh. More on booklist.

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  • 3. Christine  |  January 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Renee!
    I know I’m kind of leaving this comment in the wrong place, but I really enjoyed your “Yearbook” style of listing your favorite books of 2008. So clever. And I totally agree with you about Mercy. I’m totally crushing on her!

    As far as this post (LOL!), I’ve always wanted to read the Jaz Parks series, but didn’t want to spend money on the trade books. I hear the series is really good, though. I really need to find a used bookstore around here!

    Happy Reading!

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  • 4. Renee  |  January 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Christine: Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun putting those posts together, though at the end I was getting desperate for “superlatives”.

    I’m so excited! My husband saw the Mercy Thompson graphic novel at the comic bookstore yesterday. He said he’ll pick it up for me the next time he goes. Score!
    You know, that’s what my avatar is in the comments. Mercy holding wrenches. lol

    I’m with you on the pricier trades. I actually bought Jaz Parks 1 & 3, but was able to get 2 & 4 at the library. Figures, I couldn’t even buy the consecutive ones! This is what I love half.com for. When I don’t want to pay the full price. Usually you can find it cheaper there, even with the shipping.

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