Waiting on Wednesday: Nov 25

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking forward to coming out in the next few months.

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Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

Series: The Expanse #6

Publication Date: June 16, 2016

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante’s problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.


Why I want this booksci-fi-month-badge

  • I’ve only read the first book in this series, but own several more of the books. I hope to read book 2 in the series in the next few weeks.
  • The Expanse TV series premieres in December on the Syfy channel.
  • This is my favorite type of science fiction.
  • I’m also highlighting this book in November because it is Sci-Fi Month!

What books are you excited about this week?

I need to read more than one book from these authors . . .

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme which I take part in occasionally. It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!


I’ve only read one book from these authors, but I really need to read more of their books (in no particular order & links are to Goodreads):

1. Kate Elliott–I read Cold Magic and loved it. Ms. Elliott has written quite a few books and I own at least one more by her.

2. Susanna Kearsley–I listened to The Winter Sea. One of my favorite books in 2014 and I know I own three or four more of hers.

3. James S. A. Corey–I liked Leviathan Wakes and would really like to read the second book–Caliban’s War.

4. Martha WellsThe Cloud Roads is one my favorite books in 2014 and I’m eager to read the second book in this series.

5. Django Wexler–I own at least one other book by Mr. Wexler besides John Golden: Freelance Debugger.

6. Marko KloosTerms of Enlistment is a favorite book of 2013 and the second book was published in early 2014.

7. Brandon Sanderson–I listened to The Emperor’s Soul and many other bloggers have recommended Elantris to me.

8. Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald–I really like The Price of the Stars, a science fiction space opera book. There’s a second book in the series.

9. Deborah Harkness–I read A Discovery of Witches at the end of 2013 and love it. The whole trilogy is already published.

10. Julie Cross–Another book I love–Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross. I’d really like to read more of her books.

Do you have any of those one-book authors from whom you need to read more books?

March books on my radar…

RadarEach month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and other times I get excited by some new author I might try.

I don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read and sometimes these new books have high prices 😦

But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these books and I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too!

February 25

I didn’t love the first book in this series, but Nathan from Fantasy Review Barn reviewed the new book this week and convinced me to give the series another try…I’ve already bought the book!

honors-knightHonor’s Knight

by Rachel Bach

Series: Paradox #2

Published by Orbit

Genre: Science Fiction

384 pages

Synopsis: Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.

After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi’s not actually looking for it — trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she’s supposed to hate.

But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there’s worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.

I’ve liked a lot of what Deanna Raybourn writes. Plus I like this time period.

city-of-jasmineCity of Jasmine

by Deanna Raybourn

Series: City of Jasmine #1

Published by Harlequin Mira

Genre: Historical Mystery

354 pages

Synopsis: Set against the lush, exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the captivating tale of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world—and ends up finding intrigue, danger and a love beyond all reason.

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt.

With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history.

Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever…

March 4

The first book in this series was one of my favorites of 2013.

murder-of-crowsMurder of Crows

by Anne Bishop

Series: A Novel of the Others #2

Published by Voyager

Genre: Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard – Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader – wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet-and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

This is another book I discovered at the Fantasy Review Barn blog. My husband likes Star Wars books so this is one I may buy for him (and then read myself!)

core__jkt_all_r1.inddHonor Among Thieves

by James S. A. Corey

Series: Empire and Rebellion #2

Published by LucasBooks

Genre: Science Fiction

288 pages

Synopsis: Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck—writing as James S. A. Corey—make their Star Wars debut in this brand-new epic adventure featuring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia Organa. The action begins after the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance?

When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo—something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.

But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect—including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands.

But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire’s reign of darkness forever.

I haven’t read anything by Leah Cypress and this fantasy sounds interesting.

death-swornDeath Sworn

by Leah Cypress

Series: Death Sworn #1

Published by Greenwillow

Genre: Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

Sounds so interesting!

half-badHalf Bad

By Sally Green

Series: Half Life Trilogy #1

Published by Viking Juvenile

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

416 pages

Synopsis: In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

Seanan McGuire is one of my favorite authors, but I haven’t read any this series yet though I do have the first book in the series.

half-off-ragnarokHalf-Off Ragnarok

by Seanan McGuire

Series: Incryptid #3

Published by DAW

Genre: Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone…

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.

March 11

This is the other book I’m especially excited about this month. I will buy Night Broken and Murder of Crows when they come out!

night broken_front mech.inddNight Broken

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #8

Published by Ace Hardcover

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

March 18

Another new author. The cover is what first brought this book to my attention. After I read the synopsis I also thought it sounds interesting.


by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam

Series: Unknown

Published by Katherine Tegan Books

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

400 pages

Synopsis: A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

I loved the first two books by Rose Lerner–In For a Penny and A Lily Among Thorns–and I’ve been waiting for more books by her. Very excited to see this new book and that her older books are being rereleased!

sweet-disorderSweet Disorder

by Rose Lerner

Series: Lively St. Lemeston #1

Published by Samhain Publishing

Genre: Historical Romance

321 pages

Synopsis: Nick Dymond enjoyed the rough-and-tumble military life until a bullet to the leg sent him home to his emotionally distant, politically obsessed family. For months, he’s lived alone with his depression, blockaded in his lodgings.

But with his younger brother desperate to win the local election, Nick has a new set of marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver the beautiful Phoebe Sparks into a politically advantageous marriage.

One marriage was enough for Phoebe. Under her town’s by-laws, though, she owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to simply ignore the unappetizing matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl’s son, she can’t. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe’s last-ditch defense against her sister’s ruin is her vote—and her hand.

Nick and Phoebe soon realize the only match their hearts will accept is the one society will not allow. But as election intrigue turns dark, they’ll have to cast the cruelest vote of all: loyalty…or love.

Books I plan to buy this month:

Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner

What about you…what books are you looking forward to in March?