Yes we’re back with this month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…
Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).
But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)
We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.
I know I’m a little late this month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff! And since I am a little late, I’ve included a peek at an October release I can’t wait for.
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.
Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The title really says it all. According to the description, when Ethan Wate returns home, Gatlin has gone haywire and is in complete chaos. If that wasn’t enough, his dreams, which are haunted, don’t seem to be staying dreams anymore.
But the worst thing of all is that the description promises, “this time there won’t be a happy ending.”
To get a look at the first thirteen pages, CLICK HERE.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book, Crown of Embers is slated for publication in 2012 and the third book, The Bitter Kingdom in 2013.
This is the story of a girl who is meant to fulfill a prophecy, who is secretly married to a king and whose enemies hunt her. It’s a story of a princess who meets a man who sees her differently from everyone else and to whom she may just fall in love.
To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.
Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Vincent and many, many more, will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.
Enthralled is an awesome collection of paranormal stories written by some of the top authors in the genre, including Rachel Vincent, Claudia Gray, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with the common thread of “journeying” to tie them together.
This has been a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on for months. I’m glad the wait is now less than two weeks.
To get a nice long look inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.
Cold Kiss is author Amy Garvey’s young adult debut and it sounds absolutely heartbreaking. Wren loses her boyfriend in a car accident. She brings him back from the dead, but it sounds as if Danny isn’t quite who he used to be and she begins to fall for someone else.
No matter what she chooses to do, I can’t imagine any of those choices being easy or being painless, and I do expect there might be some tears involved with this read.
Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.
Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.
Beautiful Days is the second book in the Bright Young Things series. If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (See the very next Extra in this post.)
This series is set in 1929 during the Jazz Age in New York and follows Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur and Astrid Donal. This sequel continues their story during an age when the nights are filled with parties and excitement.
And with a description that hints at even more danger, heartbreak and romance, this is a new series I can’t wait to discover.
To get a sneak peek courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen was released in the U.S. on October 12, 2010.
This is the first book in a series set during the Jazz Age in 1929 New York. Two small town girls, Cordelia and Letty, head to the big city, one seeking stardom and the other trying to track down her father. And when they arrive, they discover a world that is opulent, exciting and dangerous.
The story also introduces Astrid, a beautiful and wealthy flapper, who comes from a family with much to hide. Bright Young Things is just the beginning of each of their stories.
Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and includes Bonus Material.
To download the eBook from Amazon, CLICK HERE.
To download the eBook from Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE.
Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.
This new book, with its beautiful cover, by author Claudia Gray is set aboard the Titanic where the passengers consist not only of humans, but of werewolves. While the future of the ship is certain, the fates of Tess, the main character, and Alec, the boy she falls in love with, are not.
Whether it’s Alec’s dark past or the ship’s tragic end, things do not look promising for the future of these two characters, who have the odds seriously stacked against them.
HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.
Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.
Drink Slay Love sounds like it will be a whole lot of fun and a story filled with all sorts of sarcastic goodness. The main character is a teenage vampire who happens to develop a conscience after being stabbed by a unicorn. A unicorn! And since she is able to see her reflection and walk around during the day, she may just be becoming human.
As someone who is now straddling both worlds, she’ll eventually have to make a choice who to side with.
And according to the description there will also be a few “gorgeous vampires,” and “handsome were-unicorns.” Yum?
To take a peek inside on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.
And for another chance to take a peek at some of the books that are available now, check them out, below.
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey was released in the U.S. today, September 8, 2011.
This story had me hooked from its opening lines, which coincidentally can be found in the long look inside provided by the publisher. Braden Michaels leaves for Belle Dam in an attempt to protect his Uncle. What he finds there, aside from the utterly gorgeous Trey, is a town that is in the middle of a feud.
The line has been drawn between two families of powerful witches. Jason Thorpe on the one side and Catherine Lansing on the other.
And caught somewhere in the middle of it all is Braden, with an incredible power that is important that he hide. Witch eyes. Which give him ability to see the world as it actually exists and to unravel any magic spell he encounters.
To get a look at the first five chapters of Witch Eyes, which released today, CLICK HERE.
Vanish by Sophie Jordan was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.
This is the second book in the Firelight series by author Sophie Jordan. As I haven’t yet read the first book, I’ve been hiding from all conversation about this sequel and have refused to look at the description for fear of spoilers.
But if this sequel is anything like Firelight is described, then this story will be just as magical and heartbreaking as the first and will continue the story for Jacinda, a girl descended from dragons, and Will, a hunter and enemy of her kind.
The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.
Pitch Dark’s Dark Days Sampler features excerpts from Supernaturally, Fateful, Cold Kiss, A Beautiful Dark and Eve. It was released on September 6, 2011.
When I noticed this on Amazon last week I had to pre-order it. Although I have all the upcoming books pre-ordered, own a few of the ARCs, and have already read one of them, I just couldn’t pass up this free eBook sampler.
While I have links in this post to excerpts of a couple of the books in the sampler, those links are to online reads, and by downloading the sampler you can take it with you almost anywhere.
It is currently available as a free Kindle eBook download at Amazon, HERE.
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.
This book’s description tells a rather heartbreaking tale. It is the story of a teenage girl who loses her parents and her brother in a car accident. Her life in turmoil, she develops a connection with the boy whose mother also died in the accident and whose father is in a coma.
While this book sounds like it will be so terribly, terribly sad, I am hopeful that the connection these two characters make will bring a spark of joy to this tragic story.
The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.
Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.
Blood Bound is an utterly addicting new series by author Rachel Vincent, aimed at an adult audience. This new world she created in the Unbound series is dark, gritty and electrifying.
In this world, filled with the Skilled who have the ability to track you down with something as simple as a name, the danger of being found and bound to one of the two crime families that control the city is always present.
This first book is Liv and Cam’s story and is definitely one not to be missed.
To take a peek at the first chapter of this book on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.
This sequel to I Am Number Four in the Lorien Legacies is Seven’s story. The six that remain of the original nine who escaped from the Mogadorians are still in hiding. But Seven is ready to fight and has just been waiting for a sign.
And John Smith’s escape may be just that.
To check out the first five chapters on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.
Dream Dark by Karmi Garci and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.
This short eBook novella, which also includes a peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos, is the story of Link’s transformation and is set before the events in the upcoming third book in the series.
So as not to spoil anything for those who haven’t met Link, I have been purposely vague about just what kind of transformation Link’s going through.
But for those who want to know more, a quick peek at this novella is available, HERE.
Haunting the Night by Mara Purnhagen was released in the U.S. on August 1, 2011.
This novella in the Past Midnight series is set before Beyond the Grave, the third full-length book. According to the description, instead of going to Prom and spending time with her boyfriend Noah, Charlotte Silver is looking for answers about everything that happened to her and her family.
And it seems she may just get some.
It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Wildefire by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.
Really, what more can I say. Anyone who’s stopped by the blog knows just how much I love this book about these incredibly unique gods and goddesses and especially Ashline Wilde, a Polynesian volcano goddess with a serious kick-butt attitude.
And for anyone looking for an ending that will absolutely rock your world, Wildefire is a book not to be missed.
In case you haven’t yet decided to grab a copy, the publisher, Simon & Schuster, is still offering a nice peek inside, HERE.
I have read a few, but not all of the books in the above list. And I have grabbed all the free eBooks for both my nook and my Kindle – which at the moment is DOA – but that’s what the Kindle App is for.
I am super excited about these upcoming releases, and for those that have already released, well, they are some of my favorites. Most of these books I either own or I have pre-ordered, but for the ones I haven’t yet have a chance to discover, getting a free download or being able to take a long look inside is such a great thing.
So, for your reading pleasure, I’ve included them here. Happy reading!