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I’m late on posting about some new releases and about the awesome Coastal Magic Convention that happened a week and a half ago now, because things have been BUSY!  That’s right, all caps.  Probably could use a few more exclamation points as well.  So, crazed here, but all in the best ways.

In case you’re crazed like me and you missed it, Rachel Caine’s amazing novel THE PRINCE OF SHADOWS came out in trade paperback (a reissue from the hardcover) on February 3rd and Chloe Neill‘s Ethan and Merit e-novella “Lucky Break” (with a couple of chapters from the upcoming Chicagoland Vampires novel DARK DEBT) released just yesterday.  If these don’t get you through the cold dregs of winter, I don’t know what will!

As for Coastal Magic, I will post pics, etc. on the morrow.

princeofshadows_lores THE PRINCE OF SHADOWS by Rachel Caine (NAL), Recipient of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence

A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series.

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

lucky break LUCKY BREAK by Chloe Neill (Penguin eSpecial, Chicagoland Vampires novella)

In this thrilling new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Games, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when a romantic trip to a secluded Colorado town turns deadly.

Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go. Their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door–covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband.

Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile pot. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell breaks loose…

princeofshadows_lores Before I even begin, a HUGE congratulations to Rachel Caine for receiving Romantic Times Magazine’s February Seal of Excellence.  According to RT (link here, though I’m not sure you can view if you’re not a subscriber), “Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. February 2014’s RT Seal of Excellence — the editors’ pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Rachel Caine‘s Romeo & Juliet retelling, Prince of Shadows.”  So awesome!

I’m also pleased to wish happy book birthdays to Susan Krinard, Christie Golden and Chloe Neill!

shadowmaster SHADOWMASTER by award-winning and bestselling author Susan Krinard

Third novel in Susan Krinard’s acclaimed Nightsiders series (starting with DAYSIDER and NIGHTMASTER)

Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war in this gripping series by New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard

In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains—and blood—to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people—and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance….

some girls bite mm SOME GIRLS BITE (first in the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill

This is the mass market reprint (read new, lower price!) of the book that started it all!  There are two days left to get into the giveaway Chloe Neill is hosting in celebration!

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,
four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?

My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

blackbeard Assassin’s Creed: BLACKBEARD: THE LOST JOURNAL by Christie Golden (Author) and Ubisoft (Creator)

Few moments in history have proven as timelessly fascinating as the lawless Golden Age of Piracy, which was largely played out in the Caribbean of the 16th and early 17th centuries. In this time of rebellion, fortune, intrigue, and adventure, Blackbeard stands as one of the most fearsome captains to have ever sailed the seas. Now, as the latest historical figure to take center stage in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Blackbeard joins the ranks of Edward Kenway — father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor — as they navigate troubled island waters and carve out their destinies. Thoughtfully crafted to resemble an authentic pirate artifact, this illustrated journal delivers a unique insider’s view into the world of the game through fascinating entries that provide a firsthand account of the day-to-day lives of the characters. This one-of-a-kind graphic novel — featuring beautifully etched illustrations and portraits, wanted posters, detailed ship’s logs and maps, newspaper clippings, Letters of Marque, and more — brings the bold worlds of Blackbeard and Kenway strikingly to life.