Cover Art for Jes Battis’s A Flash of Hex

Book 2 in the Occult Special Investigators Series.

This sequel to Night Child will hit the shelves June 2009.

Author’s website.


Borders Online Bookstore Launches Today and More!


C.E. Murphy gives us the low down on the ever mysterious formula for writer royalties at the Magical Words blog.

Miladyinsanity interviews Jes Battis. Here is a snippet:

Jes: Welcome to the studio. I’d like to introduce Tess Corday and Derrick Siegel, who both work for the Central Occult Regulation Enterprise, or CORE. Tess, can you describe your job for the readers?

Tess: I’m an Occult Special Investigator.

Derrick: Level One.

T: [glaring]. Yes. Level One. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

D: I can read minds. Some people might think that’s much cooler.

T: But I get better hours. And I have a gun.

D: So do I!

T: But you couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with it–


Virginia at Bitten By Books reviews Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead and Rachel reviews Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta.

Xyeido reviews Tall, Dark and Dead by Tate Hallaway.

Dear Author reviews Night Child by Jes Battis.


Borders launches it’s online bookstore today.

From Smart Bitches: More on the disappearing reviews, now with more screen capture:

I’m sure some of you are going to roll your eyes and be like, “Dude, Bitch, take a Xanax and let it go already.” Me? Like a terrier! A terrier with screen caps!

Behold, the reviews that were taken down, should you be interested in reviews of Fearless Fourteen that did, but now don’t, appear on your local While some of the reviews delve into an area that makes me feel squidgy in which the writer presumes Evanovich’s motivation in writing Fearless Fourteen, most of them make perfectly adequate points as to why the reader/reviewer didn’t like the book. There are thirteen reviews in all below the fold, all in pop-up images.

BookLocker Sues Amazon, Free Book Friday and More!


Eos has a sneak peek at Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.


Jes Battis reviews Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Angieville reviews Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine.


SciFiChick is giving away a copy of Night Child by Jes Battis. Go to her blog and fill out an entry. Contest ends June 13.

IBookDB is giving away a signed copy of Jeaniene Frost’s One Foot in the Grave.

Fantasy Book Critic is giving away three sets, you read that right SETS, of Sergei Lukyanenko’s The Night Watch series: The Night Watch, The Day Watch and The Twilight Watch. European residents only. Contest ends June 19.

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Tuesday Briefs


Jackie Kessler as Jezebel interviews Jeri Smith-Ready as Ciara over at Cat and Muse.

Stephenie Meyer has posted an excerpt of The Host here.

Its Demon Week over at The League of Reluctant Adults. The Book Club is discussing Personal Demons by Stacia Kane.


Jes Battis reviews Greywalker by Kat Richardson.

Angieville reviews The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

Gladiolii reviews Uninvited by Amanda Marrone.

HBO’s True Blood Series Casting News and More!

Kimberly reviews the Weddings from Hell Anthology with stories by

  • Maggie Shayne
  • Jeaniene Frost
  • Terri Garey
  • Kathryn Smith

Kimberly also reviews Spectre by Phaedra Weldon and Night Child by Jes Battis.
Literary Escapism reviews The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur.
Sacred Monsters reviews Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, The Anna Strong Vampire Series by Jeanne Stein, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo, Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge, The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson and Dog Days by John Levitt.
Antick Musings reviews Small Favor by Jim Butcher.
The Book Girl reviews Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Dear Author and Thrifty Reader review From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.
Love Vampires reviews Embrace the Night by Karen Chance.
CheriPie’s Books reviews The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo.

Darque Reviews interviews Jeri Smith-Ready.
Jeri Smith-Ready and Wyrdsmiths interview Tate Hallway.
Jackie Kessler as Jezebel interviews Charlaine Harris as Sookie Stackhouse over at Cat and Muse.

From Literary Escapism:

Nothing is officially confirmed, but according to one of my groups, Kristin Bauer has been cast to play Pam in the HBO series True Blood. Bauer has been around for awhile, guest starring in a number of television shows such as: Crossing Jordan, Bones, CSI, and Boston Legal to name a few.

Again, nothing confirmed, but my source is saying True Blood will air on HBO September 6th.

The League of Reluctant Adults is having a contest to celebrate their new additions! They are giving away lots of books and swag. All you have to do is identify whose picture is missing from their new header! Contest runs through Monday, May 12.

Rachel Vincent is giving away a signed copy of Jeri Smith-Ready’s Wicked Game along with some Godiva Chocolate to one lucky commenter. The giveaway ends on Thursday, May 8th at 11:59 p.m.

May 2008 Releases

All dates are listed according to and therefore are subject to being incorrect. If you see something incorrect or missing, leave a comment at New Releases 2008 with the correct information, and we’ll update ASAP!

Some dates listed are for reprints; however, reprints are listed if they are new editions (i.e. paperback after hardcover) and not if they are additional print runs.

For releases after May, view New Releases 2008. And to find out what’s due in 2009, view Reading Wishlist (listed alphabetically by author surname).

Sorry: We accidentally listed Tate Hallaway’s Dead Sexy as a May 2008 release. Actually, it was a May 2007 release. Sorry for the confusion. Continue reading