Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

It looks like the covers are starting to come out again heading into the new year, which is great. Scary that this year is almost a wrap, though. Let’s start this batch with some art from upcoming new series. Katie MacAlister‘s Dragon Fall will be the first book of the Dragon Fall series, and it is due for release on July 28th.

dragon fallYOU FLIRT WITH FIRE…

For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she’s seen some extraordinary things. It’s too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that’s both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon’s fire burns.

WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON

Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .

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This next one is from Lilith Saintcrow. Trailer Park Fae is the first book of her upcoming Gallow and Ragged series, and it is due out on June 23rd.

trailer park faeNew York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow returns to dark fantasy with a new series where the fairy world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae – by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.

Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

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The second book from Lori Handeland‘s upcoming The Summer of Witches series will be called Heat of the Moment, and it is due out on June 30th.

heat of the momentA spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift—and reignite a love long thought lost…

Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth—that she alone can hear the creatures’ voices. She’s always trusted her sixth sense… until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center.

Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she’ll have to fight for her life… and the man she will always love.

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Jennifer Estep‘s next Elemental Assassin book will be called Spider’s Trap, and it will be out on July 28th.

spider's trapKeep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

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For some reason, I had thought I had heard that Jessica Sims had wrapped up her Midnight Liaisons series, but Goodreads is listing Between a Vamp and a Hard Place as a new one. The blurb doesn’t read like it is part of the series, but what do I know? Either way, it will be released on August 25th.

between a vamp and a hard placeIn the wickedly funny spirit of bestselling authors Kerrelyn Sparks and Molly Harper, this sexy paranormal romance features an estate broker and a 600-year-old vampire out for revenge.

Lindsey Hughes loves antiques and couldn’t be happier to make a living in the estate sale business. But when her assistant accidentally buys an entire estate without her approval, Lindsey is forced to clean up the mess herself.

Lindsey travels to the newly purchased, age-old house in Venice, Italy, and soon discovers more than she (never) bargained for. While digging through the hoarder’s trove that fills every floor, she finds a secret staircase behind a wall that leads to a strange coffin…with an even stranger inhabitant.

Vampire Rand FitzWulf has been in his coffin for 600 years. But now that he’s awake, he’s ravenous, and there’s a delicious-smelling woman with a rare blood type in his basement. Luckily, Lindsey has more to offer than blood: she agrees to travel throughout Europe with Rand to help him get revenge on the one who turned him. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, will the billionaire vampire be overtaken by his thirst for blood—or his thirst for love?

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It has been a while since there was any Dianne Duvall stuff to share, but it looks like her next Immortal Guardians book, Shadows Strike, will be released on August 25th.

shadows strikeThe Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out…

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…

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Donna Grant continues her Dark Kings series with Soul Scorched, which is due for release on June 30th.

soul scorchedDarcy was floating on a cloud of pure passion. Everywhere he touched, Warrick was leaving a mark on her, forever changing her. She could feel it through her skin and muscle, through bone and into her soul. It was as if he was changing her. And she welcomed it…Her power is a blessing.

Born on the Isle of Skye, Darcy is a beautiful woman of many gifts. Fortune-telling is her forte, and she remains the only Druid who could unlock the secrets—and desires—of a Dragon King. His name is Warrick. And now that Darcy’s seen into his dragon heart, nothing will ever be the same…

His passion is a curse.
Warrick never intended to put Darcy in harm’s way. But ever since she revealed a shocking truth, Darcy has been hunted by the Dark Fae, who want to use her powers for their own evil purposes. Now it’s up to Warrick to do whatever it takes to keep the woman who sets his soul on fire safe. But protecting Darcy means putting himself—and his entire race—in jeopardy. Is his desperate longing for one woman worth the risk of losing everything…for eternity?

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Kitty Saves the World, which is the 14th title in the Kitty Norville series from author Carrie Vaughn, will be released on August 4th. And from what I am seeing, it looks like it will be the final book in the series, too.

kitty saves the worldIt’s all come down to this, following the discoveries made by Cormac in Low Midnight, Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But, when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike.

Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well.

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And wrapping things up for today is Night of the Highland Dragon, which is the 3rd book in the Highland Dragon series from Isabel Cooper. Look for it on June 2nd.

night of the highland dragonAcclaimed author Isabel Cooper’s thrilling paranormal romance series continues with a sexy Highland dragon shapeshifter and an inquisitive hero…

William Arundell is a detective working for a secret branch of the English government. When a young man is found dead, William’s investigation leads him to a remote Highland village and the intoxicatingly beautiful lady who rules MacAlasdair Castle.

The charismatic Judith MacAlasdair is not what William expected. The only daughter in a long line of shape-changing dragons, Judith is wary of William and his unrelenting questions. However, when William’s investigation takes an interesting turn, they must put aside years of bad blood and a mutual distrust of outsiders to band together to save the British Islands from its deadliest foe…

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Do you have any favorites from this batch? What is your take on the new MacAlister, Saintcrow and Handeland series? Do they sound like something that might interest you? I am going to try the Handeland books, I figure, and maybe the MacAlister one, too. They would both be new-to-me authors, and a new series is a good place to jump in.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

After a quiet couple of days, there are a few new covers to spotlight. Let’s start off with the next Leopard series book, Cat’s Lair, from Christine Feehan. It is due out on April 28th.

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This next one is from Jenn Bennett and her Roaring Twenties series. Grave Phantoms is out on May 5th.

grave phantomsPurchase at Amazon.com

Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne‘s On the Hunt anthology is due out on August 25th.

on the huntPurchase at Amazon.com

Heading into the young adult covers, this first one is from Victoria Scott. Salt and Stone is due out on February 24th.

salt and stonePurchase at Amazon.com

Next up is Torn from Avery Hastings, which is due out on June 23rd. It is the second book in the Feuds series.

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This one is Deviate, from author Tracy Clark. It is the second book of the Key Light Trilogy, and it is due out on March 3rd.

deviatePurchase at Amazon.com

And these final two are from Amanda Hocking. Ice Kissed is the second book in the Kanin Chronicles series, due out on May 5th.

ice kissedPurchase at Amazon.com

The third book of the Kanin Chronicles series is called Crystal Kingdom, and it will be out on August 4th.

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Which of these are you looking forward to? Any covers making you want to break down and pick up the book when it is released?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just a little post for today’s Cover Lover edition…which means I will probably find 10 new covers an hour from now. Usually the way that works, anyways. To get started, let’s go with a re-release from Dianne Duvall. Her Immortal Guardians short story, In Still Darkness, was originally released in the Predatory anthology, but it will be out in e-format on July 29th.

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Next up is Hunger’s Mate, the A.C. Arthur Shadow Shifters story which will be released on February 3rd.

hungerj's matePurchase at Amazon.com

P.C. and Kristin Cast will release their final House of Night novel, Redeemed, on October 14th.

redeemedPurchase at Amazon.com

This final one is from Kristen Simmons. The Glass Arrow is the first book of a new trilogy, and it is due out on February 10th.

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Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

I have gotten all of the new release pages updated to include the most recent cover art and blurbs, but of course in the process I noticed that yes – there seems to have been a bunch of release date shifts and push backs. Again. Sooo, looks like it is time to do a double check, and hopefully that will be done in the next couple of days. I mean, really, what is the point of setting a release date and then shifting it around by a week or two? That is just annoying.

Rant over. There are three covers for today’s post, and this first one is from the second book in the new Robin D. Owens series, Ghost Seer. Ghost Layer is due out on the popular September 2nd.

ghost layerThis second one is from Dianne Duvall and her Immortal Guardians series. Night Unbound is due out on…yep, September 2nd.

night unboundAnd this last one is from Amanda Ashley. Beauty’s Beast is once again due out on September 2nd.

beauty's beast

Reading Roundup…

Once again, time has slipped away from me, and it has been over two months since I have done a reading roundup post. I guess I will do a random selection of what best sticks out in my mind about what I have read.

Everneath_coverEverneathBrodi Ashton‘s debut book had sat on the TBR pile for quite a while. I was suckered in by the pretty cover, but didn’t expect much from the book after I had been through a string of sub-par YA debut novels. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I liked that it was a little different than the usual vamps/weres/dystopian YA fare, since it is somewhat of a retelling of the Greek myth about Hades and Persephone. It was something I hadn’t come across before, so for me it seemed like a fresh idea (but in fact there were a few other retellings done last year by other authors). This didn’t move to the top of my favorites pile or anything, but I definitely liked it enough to order the second book.

predatoryPredatory – This anthology featured stories from Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne, but I only read the Alexandra Ivy novella. This short story, called Out of Control, serves as the introduction to her new The Sentinels series. Stepping away from her Guardians of Eternity stories, The Sentinels are warriors who guard – and sometimes hunt – those beings of great power. This was fast paced and interesting, and made me look even more forward to the upcoming first book, Born in Blood, which will be released on December 31st. I do actually plan on going back to read the other novellas in this anthology, since all of them sounded interesting. Speaking of Born in Blood, I will be doing a spotlight post on that upcoming book as my next post, since both the cover and blurb have recently been made public.

edge of dawnEdge of Dawn – I have bored everyone before with my unique relationship with Lara Adrian‘s books. I pretty much always enjoy them when I am reading them, but for some reason they don’t stick with me (with the exception of Darker After Midnight, which definitely stayed with me). I was pretty hyped to get into Edge of Dawn and see the “new” Midnight Breed world…but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it was me, but I kept putting the book down and reading something else shiny that caught my eye. I know it was Lara Adrian’s usual well written and well thought out story, but my attention just kept drifting away. I think all told it took me over two weeks to finish, which doesn’t happen often. The good thing is that some of the new characters did get my notice, and I am still looking forward to their stories.

the sweetest darkThe Sweetest Dark – Talk about a surprise. I actually fought with myself to buy this one. My experience with Shana Abe is at the extreme end of the hit-or-miss spectrum. I go from loving one book, to being bored by the next, to disliking the next and enjoying the next. I figured that since my history was so spotty with her Drakon series, I would maybe just cut my losses and not bother with her YA spin-off series featuring new character Lora Jones. But…but…then my series would not be complete?!? That cannot be allowed – ever. Grudgingly, I ordered The Sweetest Dark…and I was hooked. Completely original, great story, great setting, beautifully written with characters I really enjoyed – and an ending that totally surprised me. I mean, I just didn’t see that coming, at all. This is in my top three favorite YA book so far this year, and I cannot wait to get my grubby hands on The Deepest Night when it is released on August 13th.

I am going to do up a reading round-up post next week to cover a few more of what I read this past couple of months. How about you? What did you read and love recently (or not love so much, for that matter)? Anything stand out for you?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Just a quick drive-by post to up a few covers I found over on Goodreads. Two have a “purple darkness” theme going on, and one is a re-vamp (uh, no pun intended). Dianne Duvall‘s next Immortal Guardians book, Darkness Rises, will be released on October 1st. I have heard such good things about this series, and yes, it is still on Mount TBR. One day…

darkness rises

And this next one is from Keri Arthur. The second book of her re-released Nikki and Michael series, Hearts in Darkness, will be coming out on August 27th.

hearts in darkness

And finally, this e-book from Cynthia Eden is actually a re-release of the story she contributed to the Entangled anthology. Her contribution was called A Bit of Bite, and the stand-alone re-release will be available for no charge very shortly. Amazon isn’t showing a listing for it as yet, but apparently it will be up very soon.

a bit of bite

I am actually kind of liking the purple thing going on – a little different, anyways. Hard color to pull off with a guy on the front, though. Any of these you are waiting for?

Random Updates…

As I am going through the Series Reading list pages and updating, I am coming across a bit of new info on some upcoming releases.  As you can probably tell, I am only through the first three pages (so A-F), but it still amazes me how much info I can miss.

  • The second book of Jocelynn Drake‘s new Asylum Tales series will be called Dead Man’s Deal, and it will be out next May 7th.
  • This coming January, Lenore Appelhans will release her debut young adult book, Level 2.  Well, Amazon is now listing the second book in the Memory Chronicles series for January 2014, and it will be called…Level 3.  Huh.
  • The second book of Jill Archer‘s new Noon Onyx series, Fiery Edge of Steel, will be released on May 28th.
  • From what I can tell, there will be an e-book only anthology released February 12th called Vampires Gone Wild.  It will feature novellas from Kerrelyn Sparks, Amanda Arista, Pamela Palmer and Kim Falconer, with the Sparks story being from her Love at Stake series.
  • I enjoyed Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, and now the preorder links for book two of the series, Of Triton, are showing a release date of May 28th.  Looking forward to this one.
  • From what I am seeing around, Jennifer Lynn Barnes is starting a new young adult series in January with the release of Nobody.  It is about young people no one ever notices, which makes them the perfect assassins.
  • Some are saying this is stand alone, others are saying it is the first of a series, but Rachel Caine will release a book next July called Prince of Shadows.  It is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet from the point of view of Benvolio and Rosaline.
  • There will be a second book of the Chimney Rock series from Stella CameronDarkness Bred will be out next May 28th.
  • Karina Cooper will have a new Dark Mission novella out next March 5th called Wicked Lies.  It will be followed by another full length book, One for the Wicked, on April 30th.
  • Sarah Crossan‘s second Breathe novel, Resist, will be out October 13th.
  • Fans of Coreene Callahan‘s Dragonfury series will be happy.  Looks like there will be at least three more books in the series.  Fury of Desire, Fury of Obsession, and Fury of Surrender will be released starting next spring.
  • A fourth book from Lauren Dane‘s Bound By Magick series will be out next November.  No word on the title, as yet.
  • Also unnamed is the fourth book from Dianne Duvall‘s Immortal Guardians series, but it has a release date of October 1st.
  • Lexi George will release another Demon Hunting book next February 1st called Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar.  I completely forgot to post the cover, too.  Duh.
  • This one seems to have been on the back-burner for quite a while, but the final book in Kate Elliott‘s Spiritwalker trilogy, Cold Steel, is now showing a release date of June 25th.
  • There will be an anthology featuring Jennifer Estep, Rob Thurman, and Rachel Caine coming out next July 30th called Carniepunk.  I have no clue what series the stories will be coming from, though.
  • And finally, it looks like the ninth book in Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series will be called Heart of Venom.  Look for it on August 27th.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have been a good girl and doing the updating, and on my quest I have found a couple of new covers over at Goodreads and Amazon.  J.A. London‘s third Darkness Before Dawn book, After Daybreak, will be released on June 25th.

Another one from the young adult isle is Shutdown from Heather Anastasiu.  This is the third book of the Glitch series, due out on July 2nd.

The hardcover re-releasing of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series from J.R. Ward continues on.  This time around it is book four, Lover Revealed.  Look for it on July 2nd.  I like the fact that they kept the same feel for the re-releases, the same art and colors.  I would not have been impressed if there had been a redo, since I do love everything to line up.

The Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill have great covers, and this next one is no exception.  Biting Bad, book number eight in the series, is due out on August 6th.

Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, and Hannah Jayne will release an anthology, Predatory, next May 7th.  I do know that in this one Alexandra starts her new Sentinels series, and Dianne continues her Immortal Guardians stories.  Sounds good.

Now, I was not kind about the cover of the first book in the Seven Signs series from Erica Hayes.  Dude had some sort of belly shirt…chain mail…thing…going on, and it was not a good look.  I can handle the Redemption cover a bit better, even though I can’t quite tell what he is wearing.  Except that it looks like it is made of human skin.  Aaand it is still better than the first book.  Look for Redemption on March 5th.

And the final one for today is from Kat Richardson‘s Greywalker series.  Possession is due out on August 6th.

Random Updates…

I have been updating the new release pages over the last week or so, and there were a few things that popped up worth noting…

  • Kate Daniels 6 now officially has a name, and any info on an upcoming Ilona Andrews‘ book is a good thing.  Magic Rises will be released next July.
  • It looks like the next Morganville Vampire book from Rachel Caine will be called Fall of Night, and it will be released in hardcover on May 7th.
  • Jean Johnson will be writing what appears to be a spin-off of her Sons of Destiny series.  This one is called Guardians of Destiny, and the first book is The Tower, which should be released on June 4th.
  • Kady Cross will release the third book of her Steampunk Chronicles series, The Girl With The Iron Touch, on June 1st.
  • Looks like the Zombies are back.  White Trash Zombie Apocalypse, the third book of Diana Rowland‘s White Trash Zombies series, will be released early next year.
  • Book number 22 (if I remember correctly) of Laurell K. Hamilton‘s Anita Blake series will be called Affliction.  Look for it in hardcover on June 4th.
  • The next Yasmine Galenorn Indigo Court book, Night Vision, will be coming out on July 2nd.
  • Book two of Kris DeLake‘s Assassin’s Guild series, Killer Rivals, will be released on July 1st.
  • Donna Grant will have at least four more titles in her Dark Warriors series.  Midnight’s Kiss will be out on June 4th, and Midnight’s Captive will be out June 25th, with two more to follow later in the year.
  • Alexandra Ivy‘s new series, called The Sentinels, will start off with a novella in the anthology Predatory.  It also features Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne, and it is due out on May 7th.
  • The third book of Jessica Shirvington‘s The Violet Eden Chronicles, Emblaze, will be out on March 1st.
  • Cold Copper is the title of the next Age of Steam novel from Devon Monk, and it will be on the shelves on July 2nd.

I finished my third read of the second Darynda Jones Charley Davidson book, Second Grave on the Left, and I will update the character guide for it by tomorrow night.  I had read both books two and three once for enjoyment, and then once for the guides.  Then I deleted all of the notes I had made, so this is actually round three.  I want to have them updated by the time Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet hits the shelves on October 30th.  Also, the Thea Harrison novella Hunter’s Season (I hate e-books) slipped by me, and that will be added to the Elder Races guide within the next couple of days, as well.  WordPress has been bitchy and not updating properly, so I had to take a bit of a break.  That will hopefully get back to normal tomorrow.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

Thanks to Lea, who pointed out that Dianne Duvall had upped the cover for her next Immortal Guardians book, Phantom Shadows.  This one will be available on October 2nd.

I found this one over on the blog of Deborah Cooke.  She upped the cover for her next Dragonfire book, Ember’s Kiss, also due out on October 2nd.

On a side note, check back on Monday to see the cover for the first book in Gena Showalter‘s new White Rabbit Chronicles series, called Alice in Zombieland.  The back cover and inside flap have already been posted on Gena’s Facebook page, and the big front cover reveal will be on Monday.  Looking forward to it, too.