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Most Anticipated Releases of 2013: Sheila

Hello there, wonderful readers.  I realize that this post is slightly misleading.  There are MANY books I am looking forward to in 2013 that did not make this list.  Fear not, the ones that have been chosen are amazing in their own rights.  I present to you just a few of the hordes of reading awesomeness.  Here is to hoping that you will enjoy them along with me!



Title: CarniePunk Anthology

Author: Jennifer EstepRachel Caine, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole Peeler, and Jaye Wells

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 30, 2013


The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?

And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own

Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.


Jeez, didn’t you SEE the lineup? That should be worth it right there.



Title: Inferno

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chronicles of Nick (Book 4)

Publication Date: March 19, 2013


The heat is on, and a new threat to humanity has risen…

Nick has his driver’s license and he’s not afraid to use it. But turning sixteen isn’t what he thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he’s been told will ultimately kill him.

But life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. And those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. As the old proverb goes, fire knows nothing of mercy, and if Nick is to survive this latest round, he will have to sacrifice a part of himself. However, the best sacrifice is seldom the sanest move. Sometimes it’s the one that leaves your enemies confused, and you even more so.

And sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you?


I love all the Dark Hunter’s stories but Nick has a special place in my heart.  The whole spin-off to date has been whirlwind and driving me crazy with waiting for what will happen next.



Title: Wicked as She Wants

Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Genre: Steampunk / Paranormal Romance

Series: Blud (Book 2)

Publication Date: April 30, 2013


The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all….


Delilah S. Dawson may be new to the scene but she has knocked me off my chair.  Carnival style steampunk with vampires? Are you crazy?!? She could be writing down Criminy’s grocery list and I would totally still get it.



Title: Night Blade

Author: J.C. Daniels

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Colbana Files (Book 2)

Publication Date: March 4, 2013


Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse…literally.

People on the Council are dying left and right and she’s been requested to investigate the deaths. The number one suspect? Her lover, Damon. If she doesn’t clear his name, he gets a death sentence. Even if she succeeds? They still might try to execute him. Oh, and she’s not allowed to tell him about the case, either.

The stakes are high this time around, higher than they’ve ever been. Kit may be forced to pay the ultimate price to save her lover’s life…a price that could destroy her and everything she loves.


I’m having a hard time articulating the coolness that is Kit Colbana.  She is sarcastic, sassy, and reckless but oddly realistic.  She holds no delusions of grandeur or sporting an overly inflated ego that must be satisfied.  She is who she is, take it or leave it.  I want to know more.



Title: Blood and Magick

Author: James R. Tuck

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter (Book 3)

Publication Date: March 4, 2013


Taking out hellish creatures—not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything—except betrayal he never saw coming… Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. Just another day at the office for your friendly neighborhood occult bounty hunter. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake—and his soul on the line…


Oh my sweet Hard Case, Deacon Chalk.  He’s big.  He’s tattooed.  He’s a smart ass that can take you out before you even know what the hell is going on.  The “Sheriff of Monstertown” is self-appointed and protective of those he calls his own.  I’ve read him fight vampires and shape shifters and now he gets to try on magic and witches…. WITCHES!!!!!



Title: Magic Rises

Author: Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Kate Daniels Series (Book 6)

Publication Date: August 30, 2013 (tenative)




It’s Kate and Curran.  That is all needs to be said.



Title: Tempest Reborn

Author: Nicole Peeler

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jane True Series (Book 6)

Publication Date: May 28, 2013


Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she’s not about to give up. She’s ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he’s lost.

Luckily for Jane, those who’ve given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest

With a little help from her friends, the Universe, and lots of snacks, Jane embarks on her greatest adventure yet, confident that with great sacrifice comes great reward. The question is, who will be that sacrifice?


The ending of Eye of the Tempest was CRAZY!!!! This book had the biggest cliff hanger of any other book I have read outside of KMM’s Fever series.  Way to make me wait impatiently for the next book, Nicole!



Title: Tempt the Stars

Author: Karen Chance

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Cassie Palmer Series (Book 6)

Publication Date: October 1, 2013




I can’t believe I have to wait a whole YEAR to find out what happens to Cassie and Pritkin!!!! I love, LOVE, this series and cannot seem to recommend it enough.  WANT!!!!!!!!



Title: A Memory of Light

Author: Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Wheel of Time Series (Book 14)

Publication Date: January 8, 2013


Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.


If you have no clue what this series is than you must have been living under a rock for the last 22 years.  Even though Jordan has passed, his legacy lives on.  The FINAL book.  FINALLY!!!!!!!



Lover at Last (#11) By J.R. WardTitle: Lover at Last

Author: J.R. Ward

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (Book 11)

Publication Date: March 26, 2013


Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.


I have wanted to read this story since that very first kiss between Qhuinn and Blaylock.  It’s like seeing two of your close friends dance around their mutual attraction for years.  You heart breaks for them and all the time they have lost due to indecision and circumstance.  The overwelming desire to see them experience the love you know that is strong and true.  Quay DESERVES a happily-ever-after!  I need this almost as much as they do.

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3 Responses to “Most Anticipated Releases of 2013: Sheila

  1. DanielleNo Gravatar

    Good list! Especially looking forward to Lover at Last and Tempt the Stars.

    Merry Christmas!!

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  2. LovereadingNo Gravatar

    I can’t wait for Tempt the Stars and Magic Rises!

    Don’t know most of the others.

    Not excited about Lover at Last. I want V and Butch to be together.

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  3. SheilaNo Gravatar

    I do as well! Maybe that will be part of a future book? (crosses fingers)

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