Books Are Food For The Soul. Eat Well.

Hello friends and followers! After a four year break for health and family reasons I will be returning to regular blogging soon. I am still obsessed with reading fantasy romance with emphasis on paranormal, dark or dangerous settings or characters, but I just haven’t been compelled to write for a while.

Sometimes life’s issues and tending those you love who are suffering in some way require so much of your outpouring that there isn’t much left to say or give to that which inspires you. But reading helps us break from reality for a while to explore someone else’s world in all its beauty and mystery, or struggle with them through darkness and tragedy to experience ultimate success, to know freedom (and hopefully enjoy some sweet and sexy diversions!)

I find that I am strengthened for my own journeys by surviving the difficulties of a fictional well-written character (and story) who often faces worse trouble than I do with far less resources or companionship to help them reach a better place, to find that inner strength that holds their faith and integrity of soul while battling life’s complexities.

The ability (and will) to survive whatever comes at you in life while staying true to yourself, remaining open to possibilities, and holding tight to those you love may very well be the meaning of life we all search for. I think we all have a need to unravel this mystery to understand our part in it and define goals, choose paths, and select companions and resources to make the journey and achieve our goals. Perhaps that is why we love role-playing games so much or at least the concept.

A truly well-developed character that we can identify with in some way and who evolves internally, even if not all their difficulties are resolved or conquered in the story, can somehow convince us we will be able to do the same one day.

I am thankful to all the authors who put themselves out there and risk sharing ideas, people, dreams and sometimes nightmares, and then somehow find a way to bring closure to each book, even while sometimes glimpsing an unknown development brewing in the future that may bring us back to fight or learn with them again.

We are all enriched by these stories in some way so be sure to keep plenty on hand for daily breaks and for a crisis. Good stories with great characters are as necessary as food and water to me.

November 2012 New Releases in Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

NOV 06: Days of Blood & Starlight
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone 2) by Laini Taylor
Magic for a Price (Allie Beckstrom 9) Devon Monk
Darkness Hunts (Dark Angels) by Keri Arthur
Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires 13) Rachel Caine
Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
NOV 13: Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
NOV 20:
Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance 4) Larissa Ione
NOV 27:
Steel’s Edge (The Edge 4) by Ilona Andrews
Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles 5) by Kevin Hearne
Wild About You (Love At Stake 13) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Shadow’s Claim (Immortals After Dark/Dacians 1) Kresley Cole
Drive Me Wild (The Others #7) by Christine Warren
Cold Days (Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher
Elixir: A Covenant Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout

October 2012 New Releases in Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

OCT 02: Death’s Rival (Jane Yellowrock 5) by Faith Hunter
Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound 4) by Jennifer Ashley
Fury’s Kiss (Midnight’s Daughter 3) by Karen Chance
Mortal Ties (World of the Lupi #9) by Eileen Wilks
Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles 1) by Kresley Cole
OCT 09: Into the Woods (The Hollows & Beyond) Kim Harrison
Twilight Saga Complete Film Archive -Robert Abele
OCT 16: Hidden (House of Night #10) by P. C. Cast
OCT 23:
Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures #4) by Kami Garcia
Destiny Rising (Vampire Diaries: The Hunters #3) L. J. Smith
OCT 30:
Forbidden (Nightwalkers 1) Jacquelyn Frank
Beneath a Darkening Moon (Ripple Creek 2) by Keri Arthur
Black Lament (Black Wings #4) by Christina Henry
Shadow Rising (Sisters of the Moon #12) Yasmine Galenorn
New Moon: Graphic Novel 1 (Twilight GN) Stephenie Meyer
Twilight: Graphic Novel Collector’s Edition  Stephenie Meyer

September 2012 New Releases in Paranormal Romance

SEP 4: Dark Storm (Dark 23) Christine Feehan
Ashes of Honor (October Daye 6) Seanan McGuire
Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter 2 HC) Sherrilyn Kenyon
Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter 5) by Nalini Singh
SEP 11: Hidden (Firelight 3) Sophie Jordan
The Secret Circle: The Hunt (5) L. J. Smith
SEP 18:  The Curse (Belador 3) Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle 1) Maggie Stiefvater
SEP 25:
Wolf Pact (book 1) by Melissa De la Cruz
Rapture (The Fallen Angels #3) J.R. Ward
The Undead In My Bed (Midnight Liaisons 1.5)
by Katie MacAlister

July 2012 New Releases in Paranormal Romance

JULY 03: Night Seeker (Indigo Court 3) Yasmine Galenorn
Samurai Game (Ghostwalkers 10) Christine Feehan
JULY 17: On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder
House of Night: Legacy Graphic Novel by Kristin Cast
JULY  24: Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White
Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld) Kelley Armstrong
JULY  31: Grave Memory (Alex Craft 3) by Kalayna Price
Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville 10) Carrie Vaughn
Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels 5.5) by Ilona Andrews
Shadow Rising (Dark Dynasties) by Kendra Leigh Castle
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper
The Lady Is a Vamp (Argeneau Vampires 17) Lynsay Sands
Beneath a Rising Moon (Ripple Creek Werewolf 1) Keri Arthur

June 2012 New Releases in Paranormal Romance

JUNE 2012
JUN 01: Blue-Blooded Vamp (Sabina Kane 5) by Jaye Wells
JUN 05:
Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake 21) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Undead and Unstable (Undead/Queen Betsy) MaryJanice Davidson
Accidentally Dead, Again (Accidental Series 2) by Dakota Cassidy
JUN 12: 
Rapture (Fallen 4) by Lauren Kate
Serpent’s Kiss (Witches of East End #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
The Golden Lily  (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead*
JUN 26: Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark #1) Gena Showalter
Darkness Devours (Dark Angels ) by Keri Arthur

May 2012 New Releases in Paranormal Romance

MAY 2012
MAY 1: Bitterblue (Graceling 3) by Kristin Cashore
Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires 12) Rachel Caine
Born of Silence (The League 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse 12) by Charlaine Harris
MAY 8: City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments 4) Cassandra Clare
MAY 15:
  Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses 9) Ellen Schreiber
FreeK Show (FreeK series 2) by Steve Burt
MAY 22: Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance 3) Larissa Ione
Shadow Bound (Unbound)  by Rachel Vincent
Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Fated (Soul Seekers ) by Alyson Noël
MAY 24: Frostbite Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy GN#2) – Richelle Mead
MAY 25: Dark Frost (Mythos Academy ) by Jennifer Estep
MAY 29: Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling ) by Nalini Singh
Dreamless (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini
All Spell Breaks Loose (Raine Benares ) by Lisa Shearin