Expected publication: May 8th 2018
Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Timesbestselling urban fantasy series.
Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.
Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.
Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.
For her child.
For the world.
by Lora Leigh
Expected publication: March 27th 2018
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breeds series delivers the novel fans have been waiting for–mixed Coyote/Wolf Breed Cassie Sinclair finally gets her story!
It’s been over a decade since she was introduced as an unforgettable eight-year-old in Elizabeth’s Wolf. Now all grown up, Cassie is unique among the Breeds as a Coyote/Wolf mix. She has long known that her mate was somewhere out there, but he’s stayed frustratingly out of sight and beyond her senses. Cassie has decided to make her move and her mate is ready to make his. The Breed world will be rocked to its foundation as dangerous secrets are revealed.
Expected publication: October 23rd 2017
To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.
Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.
But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.
Expected publication: April 24th 2018
The eleventh novel in the New York Timesbestselling paranormal romance series, Shifters Unbound.
Angus Murray, bouncer for a New Orleans Shifter bar, is sent to round up an elusive, Collar-less Shifter woman, Tamsin Calloway, who is causing trouble for Shifter Bureau, and possesses information they want. If Angus refuses, he risks losing his cub. He finds Tamsin but she’s slippery and not about to be rounded up quietly.
In fact, quiet is nothing Tamsin will ever be. She leads Angus on a wild chase, but he’s determined to bring her in to save his son.
Can Tamsin convince Angus she’s worth helping before she’s locked away by Shifter Bureau, Collared, or perhaps killed?
(Haven Brotherhood #4)
Expected publication: November 20th 2017
Live hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by: taking what they want, always watching each other’s backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce passion.
There’s no code Knox Torren can’t break. He knows no limits when it comes to uncovering intel, especially on anyone who crosses his family. But a skip tracer with a sketchy history presents a puzzle he can’t solve. When he finally meets the statuesque blonde with the intoxicating Russian accent, he’ll try anything to unearth her secrets.
Darya Volkova has been living under an assumed identity for years. Searching for a job that will take her out of the dangerous life she’s built, she has her sights set on Knox: the best hacker in the business. From their first meeting, though, something far more intimate than a professional connection develops.
Darya must overcome still-healing wounds to trust that Knox will take care of her in all the ways she needs. And Knox will do whatever it takes to make sure whatever—or whomever—she’s running from never touches his woman again.
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018
Mafia enforcer, Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business.
Cold, hard and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford—until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul.
Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. Daughter of the boss’s right hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?
Expected publication: September 19th 2017
Even before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…
As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes with Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.
Expected publication: January 23rd 2018
From New York Times Bestselling author, Kristen Proby, comes the first in an all-new trilogy in her beloved Big Sky Series!
Hannah Malone loves her new town. Despite living in Cunningham Falls for five years, she’s still considered a “move in” by most of the locals, and that doesn’t bother her in the least. She’s the “new girl”, and she hasn’t regretted it for one day. This town is her sanctuary. Her home. The one place she finally fits in and feels safe after a lifetime of being different and running from the memories and a past so far away it can’t haunt her anymore.
As the newly appointed police chief, Brad Hull has the responsibility to keep his citizens safe and to maintain order. His roots in this town are deep—five generations deep, to be exact. Cunningham Falls, Montana is his town, and being a cop and protecting what’s his is his passion. Everything’s running like clockwork until a sassy redheaded doctor moves in and disrupts the order—and Brad’s focus.
She’s not just beautiful, funny, and strong. Hannah’s everything he’s been looking for in a woman. The chemistry is undeniable, and the heat in the bedroom is off the charts. Brad knew the minute he met Hannah that she was the one for him. He’s tenacious in his pursuit of her. But when the past catches up with Hannah, will Brad be able to protect her and their hearts?
What do you think of the covers?
Do you have a favorite?
Is their a book you can’t wait for?
I'm using the spreadsheet I made in RL on BookLikes to track my Halloween 2017 Bingo reads and I've been asked by a couple of people how they can go about doing their own.
BookLikes supports HTML tables in posts, but it's not obvious how to go about doing it. There are basically two parts involved: knowing where to put the table and building the table (or copy/pasting).
I'm going to cover building the table - because there are a couple of different routes you can take to do that - first. Then I'll cover where to put it, because there's only one way to do that and it applies to everybody.
So first: the code. For advanced users, this is what I did: I created my spreadsheet and converted it to HTML**, then opened that HTML up in an editor (any text editor will work) and cleaned it up (most apps put a LOT of extraneous crap in that won't work in BL). For BookLikes you only need the table itself: the HTML tag, head tag and body tag will only mess things up.
(**Excel will export to web page. Mac users using Numbers app need a middle step: Copy the table from Numbers. Create a new document in TextEdit and make sure Rich Text Format is turned ON. Paste the table into TextEdit - make sure it looks like the one you copied. Save the document as an HTML page.)
For the person who does not want anything at all to do with the table creation: if you are willing to PM me your email address, I'll send you the code I used and you can paste that into your post and alter it to suit your books/style. It can also be had by doing a "view source" on my blog page and doing a copy/paste.
If you want to try building your own table from scratch, I'm assuming you know a bit about HTML and CSS. Below are two screenshots: one of the beginning of my table and one of the end of it (it's stupidly too long to put in as one screenshot). Feel free to use this as a guide to achieving the coloured rows, etc. Some of the styles are overkill, but it was easier to leave them than it was to delete them.
Note: I used a div tag to center the table in the post; span didn't work; I didn't try table align=center, ymmv
This post would go on forever if I explained each style, but if you are looking for a specific result, or want to know what any of them means, please ask in the comments and I'll be happy to explain further.
Now once you've decided how you're going to get your table, you need to know where to put it. On the Create new post page, in the toolbar, you want the button at the end:
When you click on that you'll get a pop up window for another text input box called Source Code. If you've already started your post, you'll see the text and HTML code in this window. It'll likely look messy.
If you've copied your table code from somewhere else, place your text cursor where you want the table to go in the post, and paste. If you are starting from scratch, this is where you start typing.
You can use this 'source code' button whenever you want to add a bit of flair, or tweak your post - I often use it to adjust the padding around my images (i.e. I want padding on the right, but not the left side of my image), or on the rare occasions when I want coloured text. BookLikes will take a fair bit of CSS, but sometimes it's hit and miss - what it doesn't like it just deletes, so your results may vary.
I hope this helps and if anyone would like to just use my code as a starting point, and adjust colours and styles, please let me know via PM and I'll email it to you (PM won't take the code either, so email is about the best bet).
New Release I'm reviewing and excited to read!
Title: Going Dark
Series: The Lost Platoon #1
Author: Monica McCarty
Format: Paperback & eBook, 352pgs
Published: Sept. 5, 2017 by Berkley
Like Rome's Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.
After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.
Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she'd intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .
She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven't exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he's the kind of man she can depend on. Because he's gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .
Title: A Taste of Honey
Series: Lively St. Lemeston #4
Author: Rose Lerner
Format: eBook, 93pgs
Published: Sept. 12, 2017 by Rose Lerner
Fire and ice cream...
Robert Moon risked everything, including his father’s hardwon legacy, to open his beloved Honey Moon Confectionery on the busiest street in Lively St. Lemeston. Now he’s facing bankruptcy and debtor’s prison.
When a huge catering order comes in, he agrees to close the sweet-shop for a week to fill it. There’s only one problem: his apprentice is out of town, so his beautiful shop-girl Betsy Piper must help Robert in the kitchen.
Betsy’s spent the last year trying to make her single-minded boss look up from his pastries and notice that she would be the perfect wife. Now the two of them are alone in a kitchen full of sweet things. With just one week to get him to fall in love with her, she’d better get this seduction started...
She soon discovers that Robert brings the same meticulous, eager-to-please attitude to lovemaking that he does to baking, but can kisses—no matter how sweet—compete with the Honey Moon in his heart?
Title: Ride It Out
Series: Desert Dogs #4
Author: Cara McKenna
Format: eBook, 315 pgs
Published: Sept. 19, 2017 by InterMix
There’s a new deputy in town, and she’s a law unto herself.
Jeremiah Church is still aching for justice to be served after his father’s murder. Though the killer has been caught, the authorities are no closer to knowing why the Churches were targeted—and if the family’s still at risk. When Miah receives an anonymous letter hinting at a darker conspiracy, he decides it's high time he seeks justice on his own terms, with the help of his fellow Desert Dogs.
Patrol Deputy Nicki Ritchey is new to Fortuity, and hoping to make a clean start for her and her son. Involved in the Church’s case, she's kindled a friendship with Miah that's evolving into something more. But Miah is crossing lines with his personal vendetta, and Nicki’s attraction is making it tough to tell right from wrong…
Title: Acting on Impulse
Series: Love on Cue #1
Author: Mia Sosa
Format: eBook, 288pgs
Published: Sept. 19, 2017 by Avon Impulse
After a very public breakup with a media-hungry politician, fitness trainer Tori Alvarez escapes to Aruba for rest, relaxation, and copious amounts of sex on the beach—the cocktail, that is. She vows to keep her vacation a man-free zone but when a cute guy is seated next to her on the plane, Tori can’t resist a little harmless flirting.
Hollywood heartthrob Carter Stone underwent a dramatic physical transformation for his latest role and it’s clear his stunning seat mate doesn’t recognize the man beneath the shaggy beard and extra lean frame. Now Carter needs help rebuilding his buff physique and Tori is perfect for the job. It doesn’t hurt that she makes his pulse pound in more ways than one.
Sparks are flying, until a pesky paparazzo reveals Carter’s identity. Tori is hurt and pissed. She wants nothing to do with another man in the limelight, but she’s still got to whip him into shape. Can Carter convince Tori he’s worth the threat to her privacy that comes with dating a famous actor, or will Tori chisel him down to nothing before he even gets the chance?
Grab the popcorn…
Title: The Duke
Series: Devil’s Duke #3
Author: Katharine Ashe
Format: Paperback & eBook, 416 pgs
Published: Sept. 26, 2017 by Avon
Six years ago, when Lady Amarantha Vale was an innocent in a foreign land and Gabriel Hume was a young naval officer, they met . . . and played with fire.
Now Gabriel is the dark lord known to society as the Devil’s Duke, a notorious recluse hidden away in a castle in the Highlands. Only Amarantha knows the truth about him, and she won’t be intimidated. He is the one man who can give her the answers she needs.
But Gabriel cannot let her learn his darkest secret. So begins a game of wit and desire that proves seduction is more satisfying—and much more wicked—the second time around…
Any you're excited about that I missed?
A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.
Game Format Changes!
We're going to be playing our game a bit differently this year!
The first difference is that all of the players will play with a different bingo card! OB & I have come up with 31 reading "squares" that are focused in four broad categories: mystery/murder, horror, Stranger Things (the television show) and supernatural/creature feature. Each card will have a combination of 24 squares, with a free space!
So, how do you get your card? You ask me to create you one! I'll be announcing all of the categories in tomorrow's post, and you will be able to request your card with as much or as little specificity as you desire! You can give me the list of 24 squares that you want, you can identify specific squares that you don't want, you can ask for a focus on one or two of the four broad categories, or you can just let me surprise you! The easiest way to request your card will be in the bingo group, where there will be a thread created for just this purpose!
Next - we're adding bingo calls to the game! Every other day, starting on September 1, 2017, OB or I will post the "square" that we are calling for the day. You do not need to finish the book before the next call & books can be read in any order. However, to "fill" a square, two events must both have occurred - the square must be called & you must have finished the book! Every square will eventually get called, so everyone will be able to "black out" their card by the end of the game!
Group reads are optional, but are a lot of fun! We'll be doing two group reads this year, one in September & one in October. The September read will be a classic noir mystery & the October read will be classic horror. Further details will be announced on this later - but the good news is that the group reads will operate as universal matches. You can fill any square with the group read if you participate by reading the book and posting in the group discussion at least once!
This game is just for fun - so no prizes. But the winners get full bragging rights, and reading and playing is its own reward!
The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago.
Instead, she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose--and she's running out of time.
With the help of a reclusive, brooding playwright, Lyn begins to untangle the mystery and is pulled into a world of Celtic legends, dangerous prophecies, and a child destined for greatness.
“Passionate, gritty, and emotionally gripping! Carina Adams returns to her writing roots and delivers one hell a phenomenal story!” - Read and Share Book Review
“I'm not sure what I was expecting going in to this books. But it surely wasn't this beautiful masterpiece!” - Linda from Goodreads
“I was completely and utterly blown away by this book.” - Melissa from Goodreads
-- A guest post by Jenn from Murder by Death
If you’re a BookLikes veteran or new to BookLikes but with a huge import of data, you might, like me, look back at all of that history and think “I really need to clean some of those posts up” or “shoot, I wish I’d been using ‘x’ tag on all of those posts”, but then you imagine actually doing it, shudder to yourself, and find that sorting out your sock drawer suddenly sounds exciting.
OR, like I’ve been doing lately, you’ve gone to tag a post, see the mile long list of previously used tags and think to yourself “WHY do I have all those tags? Was I drunk when I thought ‘tthhpphhhttt’ would make a good tag?” or you notice that you’ve collected multiple versions of the same tag and wish you could just clean that mess up.
Well, you can. Only tags that are actively used show up in that previously used menu - deleting those unwanted tags from all your posts makes them disappear from the list too. And you can do that easily using the Mass Post Editor - it takes the ‘tedious’ out of blog housekeeping and puts it back in the sock drawer where it belongs.
To get to the Mass Post Editor, use your Dashboard pull down menu to get to your dashboard blog page (not your fancy public blog) - (http://booklikes.com/blog). You can also go direct by using the following address (assuming you’re currently logged into BookLikes): http://booklikes.com/post/mass-editor/
On your blog page, look for the Mass edit posts and tags link on the right side of your page:
The Post Mass Editor page is pretty easy to use, but here's an overview of what you’ll see (if this is old news for you, scroll down for more information on cleaning up your tag list):
A: sort by: allows you to specify whether you want to sort your results by Publish Date or by Rating, ascending or descending.
B: The number of results you’d like to appear on a single page (max is 100).
C: status: allows you to narrow down your results to show only posts that are scheduled to be published in the future, currently published posts, or draft posts. Leave this menu at —select— to show all three.
D: type: allows you to narrow down which type of posts you want to display: Text, Photo, URL, Video, Quote, and Review. Leaving this at —select— will return all types.
Please note that the fields A-D are live update options. Your search results will update instantly after you make a selection from any of these four fields. Selections made using date from (E) and with tags (F) will require you to click Show (K).
E: If you know that the posts you want to work with were done within a certain time frame, you can use the date from and date to fields.
This is especially helpful if you’re trying to find posts from a specific game or challenge (and you remember the dates).
F: with tags: This will narrow down your post results to only the posts that currently have the tags you select here. You can select as many as you need to further narrow down your results, or leave it at —select tag— to display all.
The selections above, A-F are designed not only to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, but also to minimise the load on the BookLikes servers; the more specific your criteria, the easier it is for the databases to return your results as quickly and efficiently as possible.
G: select all / unselect all: Once you’re ready to work with your posts, you can either use the individual check-boxes on the left of each post entry to select them, or choose select all to choose all of the posts in the list. Likewise, unselect all will clear all the checkboxes.
H: x delete posts: Maybe blogging right after the cocktail hour wasn’t such a good idea, or maybe you just have posts that have expired content and you want to get rid of them. You can select those posts here and hit delete posts. Just be careful - you can’t undo delete posts. Once they’re gone - they’re gone.
I: x remove tags: remove tags from selected posts.
J: + add tags: add tags to selected posts.
K: Show: use this button to apply specific time frames or tags to your results.
L: Type and Title: Click on either the type or title of a specific post to go to that post.
M: This is a shortcut for the tag menu (F): clicking on the tags here will put them in the with tags section - just remember to hit Show to update the results.
N: Edit: Takes you directly to the edit post page so you can edit the post.
As I said at the start, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but I want to show you how you can use the mass post editor to clean up any superfluous tags you might have acquired over the years.
Using myself as the guinea pig, I’ve found that I have two tags: audiobook and audiobooks. I don’t need to have both so I want to edit all of my posts so they only use audiobooks, thereby deleting audiobook from my tag list.
I’ve searched for all published posts that use audiobook (the tag I ultimately want to get rid of):
I’ve used select all to check all (three) posts currently using audiobook, and then I clicked on + add tags:
Note that you can use this menu to create new tags and apply them to posts too.
I’ve selected the audiobooks tag I want to add and clicked Add tags.
Next, I’ve hit select all again (the checkboxes clear each time so you don’t accidentally change posts you didn’t mean to change).
This time, I’ve clicked x remove tags:
This looks a bit different; x remove tags only shows you the tags that are currently applied to the posts you’ve selected. So, I’ve checked audiobook and clicked Remove tags.
Now, it’s important if you’re trying to replace one tag with another that you add the new tag before you remove the old one because clicking Remove tags automatically updates your results list. What does this mean? Well, if I had removed the audiobook tag first, my result list after removing it would look like this:
As you can see - I no longer have any posts in my list to add my new tag to, because I no longer have any that are tagged with audiobook.
So, add first, remove last.
Once you’ve done this, and assuming you’ve applied it to all your posts, you’ll find that old tag is history. (To check, make a change anywhere in your search criteria - hit show if you need to - and force BL to search again. This will refresh your tag list.) Yay! Only about 100 more to go!
If you’ve been thinking your blog needed a bit of housekeeping, check out the Post mass editor. Even if you already run a tight ship, don’t forget it can be a valuable resource for finding posts that aren’t tied to books on your shelves. So if someone comes up to you someday asking you for that youtube link to that cat video… you know, that one - with the cat doing that cute thing?… you’ll have a place to start. ;-)
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Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…
Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.
With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one…
Aug. 7th, 2017
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Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović – Amazon, Kobo
Ferocious (Vicarious #2) by Paula Stokes – Amazon, Kobo
Blade (Bayou Heat #23) by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright – Amazon
Dominion Rising by Multiple Authors – Amazon, Kobo
Beneath The Truth (Beneath #7) by Meghan March – Amazon, Kobo
Hunger (The Energy Vampires #2) by Jacquelyn Frank – Amazon, Kobo
Aveoth (VLG #7) by Laurann Dohner – Amazon, Kobo
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