Fantasy Friday First Look at New Books

We're starting something new here at A Cup of Tea and Sorcery. On the first Friday of each month, I'll be bringing you exciting news from the fantasy world. Book releases, author signings, intriguing tidbits of news, anything!

If you're an author and have a new book coming out, let me know. I'd love to promote you.

This month is full of fantasy goodness. On Monday, September 10th, the handsome Fabio Bueno is releasing his first book, Wicked Sense.

Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity’s immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.


Myndi Shafer recently released her book, Shrilugh to rave reviews.

A recent high-school graduate wrongly accused of trying to murder her step-sister flees her vengeful stepfather with an otherworldly stranger through a mystical Door.

Nothing can explain to Aydan Fulbert how she survived the savage attack in the woods. Why her left eye, instead of being blinded by the injuries she’d sustained, had simply turned a shocking shade of silver.  And nothing can explain the fact that she can hear the Stranger speaking in her mind – or that she can answer him back without using her mouth.

Nothing can explain it – unless he’s telling the truth.

Nothing can explain the things the Stranger knows about her – things that she, until just a few hours ago, hadn’t known herself: that she’d healed faster from her injuries than was humanly possible.  That the cruel family she’d been raised by isn’t biologically hers.  That her stepfather is now hell-bent on bringing her to his own form of justice for a crime she didn’t commit.

Nothing can explain it – unless he’s telling the truth.

Nothing can explain why she so easily agreed to go with the Stranger.  Why she didn’t find the notion of another world ludicrous and impossible.  Why she didn’t cut and run the minute he explained where he wanted to take her.

Nothing can explain it – unless she believes he’s telling the truth.

Aydan knows she’s being intentionally naive.  She knows her decision to follow the Stranger is at best, reckless.  At worst, deadly.

…unless he’s telling the truth.

Coming out on September 20th is Angela Peart's stunning new book, Forged by Greed. I don't know about you, but I totally want that necklace!
Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.

Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.

The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.

Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love.

The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict.

The forces of nature are disrupted. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world.  The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.


Because I know you read more than just fantasy, today I'm also going to give a huge shout out to three remarkable ladies who have books either out right now, or coming out soon.

Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.

Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.

Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.

It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.

And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker.

A hot, mysterious man keeps flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together.

And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.

But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Tiffany White has a new YA mystery that's got me itching to read it! I love the cover picture. So sweet. So innocent.
High School Football can be MURDER

Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year. She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it-they'll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.

Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her. As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella. Was it Ella's current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance? Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup? The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella's journal, but she must break her best friend's secret code to reveal their identities.

Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed. Ella's abductor is watching and waiting. Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced-making her the next target?


Also coming September 20th, a little something to chill your Fall evenings. Amy Shojai's thriller, Lost and Found.

An autism cure will kill millions unless a service dog and his trainer find a missing child… in 24 hours.

AN AUNT searches for her lost nephew—and dooms her sister.

A MOM gambles a miracle will cure—and not kill—her child.

A DOG finds his true purpose—when he disobeys.

Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything—husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot—and flees to Texas to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher’s promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect. As September races the clock, the body count swells. Shadow does his good-dog duty but can’t protect his boy. Finally September and Shadow forge a stormy partnership to rescue the missing and stop the nightmare cure. But can they also find the lost parts of themselves?


There you have it for this month! What a great month for Fall reads. I can't wait to read them all. Next month I'll have exciting news featuring Brent Weeks, Angela Wallace, and more!

Have you read any of these books?  If so, please share your thoughts…  Do you have any other new releases that you think the rest of us should read or that you can’t wait to crack open?  I’d love to hear from you!

36 thoughts on “Fantasy Friday First Look at New Books”

  1. Fabio BuenoFabio Bueno

    Tameri! Thank you so much for the shout out (and for the compliment:)! I’ve finished FORGED BY GREED (5-stars!) and am reading STALK ME. SHRILUGH and FOOTBALL SWEETHEART are next. I’ll add LOST AND FOUND to my to-read list.

    September 7, 2012
  2. amyshojaiamyshojai

    Awesome-Sauce! Thanks for the mention in such fantasy-tastic company. *s* I’ve already got these on my TBR list, too. Oh, and I JUST got the full-cover-design for the print book of LOST AND FOUND and (…wait for it…) the kitty is included, woot!

    September 7, 2012
  3. susielindaususielindau

    What a fantastic month! Congratulations to you all!

    September 7, 2012
  4. EmmaEmma

    I’m looking forward to reading Tiffany’s book.

    September 7, 2012
  5. MarciaMarcia

    I’m reading Stalk Me and the others are on my TBR pile! I love that we have so many talented friends and they have exposed me to new-to-me genres! Great posting series, Tameri!

    September 7, 2012
    • Angela Orlowski-PeartAngela Orlowski-Peart

      Marcia, I can’t wait to read The Sins of Eve. Hurry up, girl and publish it ASAP 🙂

      September 7, 2012
      • MarciaMarcia

        I’m working on it, Angela! 🙂

        September 7, 2012
  6. Angela Orlowski-PeartAngela Orlowski-Peart

    Thank you for including Forged by Greed, Tameri. This is an awesome list of novels, and I want to read all of them. I believe I have each of them on my Goodreads TBR list.

    September 7, 2012
  7. patriciasandspatriciasands

    Tameri, you can begin a new career as a book reviewer any time you wish. Fabulous! I want to read every one of them and am off to download the ones that are out right this minute … oh wait, I already have some of them … they’ll be moving to the top of my tbr list immediately!

    September 7, 2012
  8. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Such a fantastic series, Tameri. And I LOVE today’s picks. 😉 I’m planning to read Amy Shojai’s book soon, and cannot wait. A fab author, suspense and dogs… How can life get any better?!?
    Hope you’re having a brilliant weekend.

    September 7, 2012
  9. Patricia CavigliaPatricia Caviglia

    A great start to Fantasy Friday. I’m looking forward to reading a few of those books.

    September 7, 2012
  10. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    Wow! What a great month for book releases. Lots of great talent here in the group. I’m looking forward to getting some great reading in.

    September 8, 2012
  11. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    Tameri – I’m delighted you’ve started this delightful mix for your Friday blog. I’ve been looking for a fantasy or other genere mix to add to my Booker list — I wanted more to offer than just women’s fiction. You’ve hit the mark. The list will be out in a couple weeks. Stay tunned for more.:)

    September 8, 2012
  12. JulieJulie

    Thank you for the reminders of our fellow WANA’s books! Going to get them all! 🙂

    September 8, 2012
  13. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    Fab.u.lous! I can’t wait to read them all. They are all on my TBR list…so much goodness coming out, so little reading time…must find more hours in the day!
    GREAT post Tameri, I love having everything in one spot. BAM!

    September 10, 2012
  14. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    This is just plain awesome. I’ve read Myndi’s book already and really enjoyed the story. I was just over reading Fabio’s launch post, and I didn’t know Angela had a book out, so now I’ll be adding that one to my TBR list.

    September 10, 2012
  15. David N. WalkerDavid N. Walker

    Hey, Tameri, you featured two people from my six-member writers’ group – Jill and Tiffany. Not a bad average for us. If you do a column on Christian devotionals or historical fiction, you might check me out on goodreads at

    September 10, 2012
  16. Tiffany A WhiteTiffany A White

    Thank you so much for including Football Sweetheart, Tameri!! All of these books are on my TBR list! 🙂 HUGS

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