Cover Lover – Two Kenyons and an Armentrout

Well, it is time for an updating of the new release date pages. I recently added quite a few new titles, and over the next couple of days I will be doing a date-check to make sure things are still coming out when they said they were going to. I try and do it every 6 weeks or so, just because publishers love nothing more than switching the dates around. So, if you see disarray for the next couple of days, you know what is going on.

These new covers remind me it is time to update the author pages. Again. Anyways, a while back I had posted what I thought was the final cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s The Return, the first book of her Covenant spin-off series featuring Seth. Looks like there was a change of plans, though, and the new cover will be looking like this…

the returnThe Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

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And next up are two Sherrilyn Kenyon covers. This first one has actually been out for a few days, but I couldn’t find a decent sized version. It is from her League series, and it is called Born of Defiance. It will be out on May 12th.

born of defianceBorn an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.

But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.

Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

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And this last one is from Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series. Dragonbane is #37412 of the series (or close to it), and it due out on August 4th.

dragonbaneOut of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

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Yep, two more Kenyon’s to add to the pile. But, I have a plan. I am considering 2015 to be the “Year of Kenyon”, and I am determined to read all of the Kenyon books on Mount TBR…and do a character guide for the Dark-Hunters.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Cover time again, and a couple of these are on my must-read list, which is always a bonus. Let’s start with The Ruby Circle, which will be the sixth and final book in Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines series (even though you just know there will be a series about Eddie and Jill. Right?), which is due out on February 10th.

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I was surprised a few weeks ago to see perennial favorite Jennifer L. Armentrout announce a new series she has in the works that will start on December 10th of this year. The series will be called A Wicked Saga, and the first book will be called Wicked.

wickedMarcella Burnard‘s next Living Ink book has a cover, too. Bound by Ink will be released in e-format on November 18th.

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Next up is Jennifer Ashley and Mate Bond, which is from her Shifters Unbound series. It has a release date of April 7th.

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And wrapping things up for this post is Miss Mayhem, which is the second book in the Rebel Belle young adult series from Rachel Hawkins. Look for it on April 7th.

miss mayhemI have heard many people say that they find the Bloodlines covers ugly. I didn’t think they were amazing, but I never found anything particularly wrong with them, either. But Ruby Circle? Might be able to make a case for that one being a bit on the fugly side, honestly. And the Miss Mayhem one is a bit tacky looking, but it does fit the fun feeling of the series so I think it works. And a new series from Jennifer L. Armentrout is always something to look forward to. I swear that woman must write 24 hours a day, though.

This and That…Covers, Release Dates, and Other Stuff

Yep, I have been snooping around and come across a little new info…

  • One thing I do NOT like is when a series I like shows an upcoming release with “End” in the title. Nope. Alexandra Ivy‘s next Guardians of Eternity book will be called When Darkness Ends, and it has a release date of May 26th.
  • The Chicagoland Vampires novella from Chloe Neill featuring Merit and Ethan now has a title. Lucky Break is due out on February 3rd.
  • Rumor has it that there will indeed be another Charley Davidson book from Darynda Jones, and it will be called Eighth Grave After Dark, and it is tentatively scheduled for next May.
  • I have to admit, I had my doubts it would ever come our way, but it looks like The Return from Jennifer L. Armentrout is a go. I thought (wrongly) that it was from Entangled Publishing, which meant I had pretty much decided that it would never see the light of day. I love being wrong sometimes. This Seth-centric spin-off from the Covenant series will be out on February 17th.
  • I had also (wrongly) gotten it into my head that Shannon K. Butcher‘s Sentinel Wars series must’ve ended, mostly because there hasn’t been any word on new titles for a while. Wrong again, since Binding Ties is due out on March 3rd – and there is both a cover and blurb available…

binding tiesThey are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect his onetime enemy—without succumbing to his darkest desires.

Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. Yet she has a secret—and it could make her a slave to their power. But when a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. So she strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai—one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever.

Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful, hot-blooded Lyka. One misstep could send their races straight back to war. But now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely—otherwise she will never truly be his.

  • Sherrilyn Kenyon has co-authored the previous four Belador books, but it looks like number five will be a solo effort for Dianna Love. Demon Storm is due out this October, but here’s a quick peek at the cover…

demon storm

  • Devon Monk is starting up a new series soon called House Immortal, but word is already coming about the second book. Infinity Bell will be released on March 3rd, and yep, it’s cover time…

infinity bellSo, that about wraps things up for now. Are any of these tidbits something you are looking forward to?

Pick of the Week…

It is always hard to say goodbye to a series from a favorite author, but on the other hand it does free them up to start something new. Such is the case with Jennifer L. Armentrout, who wraps up her Lux series this week with the release of the fifth book, Opposition. There were a lot of great books coming out this week, but my sentimental vote is going to this one.

oppositionSynopsis…

In the stunning climax to the bestselling Lux series, Daemon and Katy join forces with an unlikely enemy to ensure the survival of not only their love for each other, but the future of all mankind. Opposition will bring forth a new dawn to the Lux universe, where man must stand with alien to survive, and the future, no matter the outcome, will never be the same.

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I still have to read the last book of her Covenant series, too, so it looks like I will be doing a goodbye marathon soon. Ugh.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Cover time again. Let’s get started with the cover for Otherworld Nights, a collection of novellas from Kelley Armstrong‘s Otherworld series. It will be released on October 28th.

otherworld nightsNext up is the final book from Kim Harrison‘s Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series. The Witch With No Name will be released on September 9th.

the witch with no nameLove the series…the new cover style not so much. The fifth and final book from Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series, Opposition, will be released on August 5th.

oppositionMarissa Clark starts her new Underveil series with the release of Love Me To Death on October 28th.

love me to deathNot much has been known about the upcoming series from author Ally Condie until now. It looks like the first book of the Rio series will be called Atlantia, and it is due out on November 4th.

atlantiaMeh, not feeling the Opposition cover. Can’t wait for the book in a way, even though it is the end of the series, but the new cover design gives me more of a magazine vibe than a book cover. Not sure that that is the best angle to shoot cover-dude from, either, since he looks a little on the bloated-and-scruffy side. Just saying…

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

It looks like it is time for another cover post. There are seven in this batch, but nothing that really jumps out at me and says “you must read me!”. This first one is from the upcoming Hellhound series from Caitlin Kittredge, Black Dog. It is due out on October 28th.

black dogUp next is the cover for Low Midnight, which is the next book in Carrie Vaughn‘s Kitty Norville series. It is due out next January.

low midnightKeri Arthur‘s re-releasing of back titles continues with Penumbra, the third book of her Spook Squad series. Look for this one on October 28th.

penumbraMelissa F. Olsen‘s Hunter’s Trail is up next. It is the third book from her Scarlett Bernard series, and it will be available on September 2nd.

hunter's trailThese next two are young adult novella covers. Outcast is a novella from C.J. Redwine‘s Defiance series, and it will be out on July 1st.

outcastAnd Stardawn is a prequel from Phoebe North‘s Starglass series, which will be released on June 3rd.

stardawnAnd finally, we have the cover redesign for upcoming Lux series bind-ups. The first four titles in Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series will be re-released into two volumes called Lux: Beginnings and Lux: Consequences, on June 3rd. This is the cover for Consequences. I have to say, I liked the original ones better. These look like magazine covers to me, for some reason.

lux consequencesSo, there you have it for today. Anything stand out for you? What is your take on the new Lux design?

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Just a few covers for this post, starting with Jennifer Estep‘s Black Widow. This installment of the Elemental Assassin series is due out on November 25th.

black widowLolita Lopez‘s next Dragon Heat book, Wicked Dark Dragon, will be out on July 1st.

wicked dark dragonThis final one is the redo cover from Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s Lux series. Lux: Beginnings is a bind up of the first two stories, Obsidian and Onyx. It will be released on June 3rd.

lux beginnings

 

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

So, the unexpected treat of finding the Archangel’s Shadows cover also lead to a few more covers turning up. This is sort of a mix of adult, young adult,  the whole works.

This first one is from the MoonBound Clan Vampires series from Larissa Ione. Chained by Night is due out on August 1st.

chained by nightNext up is Summer Moon, the second book from Jan DeLima‘s Celtic Wolves series. It is due out on September 30th.

summer moonHm, not quite sure I can put my finger on why, but I am not feeling these covers from the new Kristen Painter series. Anyways, City of Eternal Night is due out on December 2nd.

city of eternal nightI am reading the first book of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s new Dark Elements series now, and I am quite enjoying it. Book two will be called Stone Cold Touch, and it has a release date of October 28th.

stone cold touchAre you looking forward to the Divergent novellas from Veronica Roth? Four: A Divergent Collection is due out in print on July 8th.

four divergent collectionThere is a new series starting soon from author Lindsay Cummings that caught my eye called The Murder Complex, and The Fear Trials is the prequel novella. Look for it on May27th.

the fear trialsAnd this last one is from author Amy Rose Capetta. Unmade is the second and final book in her Entangled series, and it is due out next January.

unmadeSo, good, bad…or ugly? Any stand-outs for you, or nothing catch your eye in this batch?

Pick of the Week…

I have already done a new series post for Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s White Hot Kiss, which is my most anticipated book, so that means my second choice is actually from a series I haven’t read. Yet. Kim Harrison‘s 12th Rachel Morgan/The Hollows book, The Undead Pool, comes out this week. I haven’t heard anything bad about this series at all, and that is something you can’t say often.

the undead poolSynopsis…

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

–Rachel Morgan reading list HERE

Anything in particular you are looking forward to this week? What is your take on the Rachel Morgan books?