Deceptions Cover Reveal…and a Reader Question

First off, I have a quick question sent over by Peggy. She is heading to the Immortal book signing by J.R. Ward (lucky), and she was wondering if the books sold there were offered at discount or full price? I haven’t been to a book signing, so I had no clue. Can anyone else help Peggy out and tell her how things work?

I thought I had dug up most of the new covers, but Amber sent over a link to the new cover for Deceptions, the third book from Kelley Armstrong‘s Cainsville series. I haven’t made any secret of my love for this new series, and I am excited to get my hands on this one when it comes out…next October. Ugh. There has been a big design change for the US version, and that makes me wonder what the Canadian one will look like. I really liked the US covers for the first two, but this one looks very interesting, too.

deceptionsAnd a little blurby goodness to go along with the cover reveal…

Olivia’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she’s not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders, but also her stalker ex-fiancé.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating their triangle. Will darkness prevail or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?

Cover Lover – 11 New Titles

Usually Tuesday is the day I do my pick of the week post, but to be honest there isn’t much this week that I am too excited about. So, instead, I will do a cover lover post. Let’s start with the young adult books, for a change. The Winner’s Crime is the second book from Marie Rutoski‘s The Winner’s Trilogy, and it is due out on March 3rd.

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Next up is Rogue Wave, which is the second book of the Waterfire Saga from Jennifer Donnelly . It is due out on January 6th.

rogue wavePurchase at Amazon.com

Nil Unlocked is the second book from Lynne Matson‘s Nil series, and it is due out on May 12th.

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Elizabeth May‘s The Vanishing Throne, which is the second book from The Falconer series, is due out early next year.

the falconer's throneThe final young adult release is from Eve Silver‘s Game series. Crash is due out on June 9th.

crashPurchase at Amazon.com

Now for the adult covers, we start with Gini Koch‘s Universal Alien. It is from the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, and it is due out on December 2nd.

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This next one is from Caris Roane. Savage Chains will be released on March 31st.

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Faith Hunter‘s next Jane Yellowrock book, Dark Heir, will be released on April 7th.

dark heirPurchase at Amazon.com

And staying with the color scheme of the last couple of covers is Pure Blooded from Amanda Carlson. It should be out early 2015.

pure bloodedThe next Grimm Agency book from J.C. Nelson, Armageddon Rules, will be released on February 24th.

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And the final one for today is from Chris Marie Green. Every Breath You Take is from the Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire series, and it is due out on April 7th.

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Are any of these something you are looking forward to? Every time I see a Jane Yellowrock cover, I kick myself for not starting the series yet.

New Series Alerts…

Another Monday, another New Series post. We only have one for this week, and it comes from Claire Legrand. Winterspell is the first book of her young adult Winterspell series.

winter spellSynopsis…

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Purchase at Amazon.com

Into Darkness Giveaway Winner…

winner bannerThanks again to Morgan and J.T. Geissinger, who offered up a copy of the final book of the Night Prowler series, Into Darkness, for a giveaway. There were 9 entrants, and the randomly chosen winner (through Random.org) was number 7…

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Congratulations, michelle! I will contact you shortly for your info, which well then be sent over to Morgan so she can send you your copy.

Random Rant…

Mild spoilerish rant for those who haven’t read Rule Breaker…

Dear God…the Breeds make my brain hurt. I have finished the re-read of Rule Breaker so that I can update the Breed character guide, and I have started to add the information. Seems easy, right?

No.

So many changes in plot, random new developments that seem to come out of absolute nowhere and make you wonder what you missed. So many little errors in characterization, appearance, backstory. Eyes are brown. Nope, blue. What, they are totally green. Of course Dog and Dane have been partners for years, and working with Gideon. Who was left near dead in the Navajo desert but somehow found by Dane and Leo in Africa. Of course.

And the Navajo…stuff. Covert Law Enforcement Division. Law Enforcement Agency. Unknown Warriors. Secret agents. Undercover agents. Double agents. Aaaaaargh!

I have been trying to add the info, but I have to edit all of the previous info at the same time, because there is so much conflict between what was said in other books and what came out in this one. Gotta love ‘em, but they are hellish to make sense of.

Rant over. Now, what color are Dane’s eyes again?

October’s Book of the Month…

book of the monthI have been looking forward to October 28th ever since I realized that it was the day that both Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Shadows and Ilona AndrewsBurn for Me were being released (among some other great ones). I will be doing my annual get-away where I hit the book store, a pizza joint, and a hotel room and settle in all night to read. Can’t wait.

Anyways, it is time again to vote for your most anticipated book for October. The title with the most votes will then be the next giveaway book. I have listed 10 upcoming releases, but as always if your choice isn’t there just select “Other” and leave your pick in the comments section. A complete list of October’s releases can be found HERE.

Since I already got my ARC of Archangel’s Shadows (thanks to the kindness of Nalini Singh), my absolute must-read is Burn for Me. Actually, it is my pick for the rest of the year, to be honest. I can’t wait to dive into a new Ilona Andrews world, and the teasers I have read have gotten me even more excited for it.

Cover Lover – Midnight’s Kiss

Today was the big cover and blurb reveal for the next Elder Races book from Thea Harrison, Midnight’s Kiss. After the last book, I did figure that Julian and Melisande would be getting their own story, but I didn’t think it would be the next one. I was rather hoping for a return to the Wyr, actually, since I missed them in Xavier’s book. Either way, Midnight’s Kiss is due out on May 1st.

midnight's kiss

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed …

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them — and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances …

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

Hm, not quite feeling the cover, to be honest. And I have a quirk about books where the couple was a couple before and end up getting back together. I like to see the whole relationship develop, rather than have their past alluded to, but we shall see.

Wicked Giveaway…Into Darkness

giveaway bannerI got a really nice surprise yesterday when Morgan sent over an email offering a copy of the latest J.T. Geissinger book Into Darkness for a giveaway. It is the final book of the Night Prowler series, and I am looking forward to doing a marathon of the whole thing. Let’s make this contest run until Friday night at Midnight Atlantic time. This one is limited to North American entrants, though.

into darknessSynopsis…

In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.

And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.

Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past?but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.

Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.

But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.

As an extra bonus, Morgan also sent over a teaser excerpt for you, as well…

The hunter with the scarred face and penetrating dark eyes was perched high atop the street opposite the Hospice, on the crest of the sloped tiled roof of the Palais Hansen Kempinski, a former luxury hotel that now functioned as the IF’s media headquarters. Inside, the “news” was manufactured and distributed throughout the federation by a team of reporters on the company payroll, and through the soles of his feet he felt their scurried activity as scant vibrations, smelled their fear and fervor as commingled sour scents on the evening wind.
Some of them actually believed the propaganda they churned out. Most of them were simply too afraid to say they did not.
He watched the young woman leaning on the courtyard gate of the Hospice below with hawklike fixedness. Every sense hummed with the power of her. The elegant electrical thrill of the energy she emanated was like nothing he’d ever felt. He’d hunted Aberrants for more than twenty of his thirty-six years, and not a single one of them had ever set his nerves alight like this one.
Looking at her, he felt stung. He felt slapped. He felt for a moment, a jolt of terrifying elation, as if he’d flung himself from the roof and was free falling through space toward his death.
This was the one he’d been seeking. He’d found her at last.
She pulled herself upright for the first time since her uniformed companion had walked away, and passed a trembling hand over her hair. Even from this distance he saw how hard it shook. He saw the effort it took for her to straighten her shoulders and lift her chin. He longed to see her face but she had her back to him, and didn’t turn, even as she pushed through the gate and walked slowly up the cracked cement path to the Hospice entrance. She removed the glove from her right hand, placed her palm on the scanner beside the front door, then disappeared within the building as the door swung open and shut behind her. The chance to look at her face was lost.
No matter, he thought, rising from his crouch. He’d see her face soon enough. Besides, he already knew what she looked like. He knew everything there was to know about this imposter who called herself Lumina Bohn.
He made it his life’s mission to do so.

Pick of the Week…

My pick of the week is Sarah Rees Brennan‘s Unmade, which is the third and final book in her Lynburn Legacy trilogy. Actually, I got the first book of the series way back when on a whim, thinking that it was a historical young adult series, but in reality it was modern-day story with a Gothic feel. So far, the series has been one of the more pleasant surprises I have come across, and here’s hoping the third book doesn’t change that.

unmadeSynopsis…

Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

Purchase at Amazon.com

Any other fans of this one? What are you most looking forward to reading this week, new release or just new-to-you?

New Series Alerts…

There are only two new series starting up this week, and I have to admit that neither of them were even on my radar. Both of them are young adult releases, the first one being Michelle L. Johnson‘s Divinity. It is the first book of the Devine series.

divinitySynopsis…

When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she’s left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel.

With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.

Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A’nwel and protect the family she never knew she had.

What she doesn’t know is that Archangels have secrets too.

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The second newbie is Firebug from Lish McBride. It is a spin-off of the Necromancer series.

firebugSynopsis…

Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hitmen . . . and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her boss, Venus, killed Ava’s mother. When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum.

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That’s pretty much it for this week. I imagine next week will be a ton, just to make up for it.