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Book Bits: Karen Mahoney, Karina Cooper, Stacia Kane, Kim Harrison, J.A. Saare

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Alpha Showdown 2012 at Vampire Book ClubThanks to everyone who provided feedback and suggestions on yesterday’s captcha-related post. I am going to look into utilizing additional spam filters before considering bringing back captcha.

Also, did you know Alpha Showdown 2012 starts on Monday? It does. And it will be epic. Have you started placing your bets?

Excerpt from Karen Mahoney
I enjoyed The Iron Witch and The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney, and now she’s shared a brief, spoiler-free excerpt from the upcoming The Stone Demon, the third book in the Iron Witch Trilogy. Have you started this series? If so, did the snippet whet your appetite for more?

Book trailer from Karina Cooper
I really enjoy Karina Cooper’s Dark Mission series — start with Blood of the Wicked — but she’s working on a new series, too. Her sexy steampunk series The St. Croix Chronicles starts with Tarnished and now we have a video tease for the book. Will you be giving Tarnished a shot? The book hits stores on June 26, but I suggest pre-ordering it.

Chess Putnam as a teenager
You read that right. On June 4, e-booksellers will have a new novella from Stacia Kane called Finding Magic. And it features an 18-year-old Chess. If you’ve always wanted insight into her background, here’s your chance. The official blurb is below, and I promise to shoot out the links to find it once the novella is available.

Karen Marie Moning has called Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series “dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest.” Now, in this breathlessly suspenseful eBook novella, Kane has written a prequel to her thrilling series. Before Chess Putnam was a magic-wielding Churchwitch, she was a student in the Church of Real Truth—with a keen sensitivity to magic, a strong rebellious streak, and a penchant for self-destruction. And in Finding Magic, a grisly ghost murder becomes Chess’s baptism of fire.

When eighteen-year-old Chess Putnam is offered the chance to train with a special team of investigators known as the Black Squad, she feels torn. She’s never been a team player and hates how one male Inquisitor condescends to “the new kid.” But at her first bloody crime scene, she gets a taste for investigation—and is hooked on the high. Though the seasoned Inquisitors consider the series of ghost murders random events, Chess starts to detect a pattern. Is a psycho killer summoning ghosts from the City of Eternity and using them as murder weapons? As Chess gets closer to the dark truth, she puts herself in grave danger and risks losing everything she’s fought so hard for.

Includes a special preview of Stacia Kane’s upcoming urban fantasy thriller, Chasing Magic!

Next Hollows novel hits shelves in January
Usually Kim Harrison’s The Hollows novels are a February treat. Things are changing, though. They’ve moved up the release date for Ever-After to Jan. 22, 2013. If you’re curious about how things are going to progress after the ending of A Perfect Blood (I am), then you now have one less month of waiting.

Crimson Moon re-released with bonus material
Earlier this week, I reviewed Crimson Sunrise by J.A. Saare. A few readers contacted me about trying to get the first book, Crimson Moon, on Kindle — and not being able to find it. That’s because the book was about to be re-released with new content. And, guess what, it’s now up on Amazon. So, if you haven’t started this one, go download it to your kindle now. Right now it’s just $2.99.

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