Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

I haven’t been posting that many covers lately (at least, compared to what I used to). The thing is, it just seems like the last few months have been blah for cover releases – not much that jumps out at me, no big titles that I just can’t wait to get my hands on. Hopefully that turns around soon, but for this post I did find six newbies to show you.

I am obsessively trying to find the Divergent footage that was shown at Comic Con, or a teaser trailer, or something. But so far, all I found Veronica Roth related was the cover for the first of four e-novellas that will feature Four/Tobias. The Transfer will be released on September 3rd.

the transferC.C. Hunter starts a spin-off of her Shadow Falls series called Shadow Falls: After Dark next April with the release of Reborn.

rebornI admit, I tried a couple of Amanda Ashley books back when I first started to read PNR, and for some reason they just weren’t for me. Her next Children of the Night book, Night’s Promise, will be released on February 4th.

night's promiseAuthor Christine D’Abo will start her new Shadow Guild series this December 3rd with the release of the first book, called Gilded Hearts.

gilded heartsCynthia Eden is a favorite of mine, so anytime I see something new from her I am happy. This one is the cover for the first book in her new Phoenix series, called Phoenix Fire. Burn for Me will be released on January 28th.

burn for meAnd this final one gets my “Oh-crap-back-away-from-the-Photoshop” award for awkward cover of the week (maybe month). The second book in Kate Douglas‘s new Spirit Wolf series, Dark Moon, will be out on February 1st.

dark moonSo, likes or dislikes? Any favorites among this pile? Do you find the Dark Moon cover as oddly put together as I do, or am I just seeing things?

Review – Dark Wolf

In yesterday’s New Series Alert post, I did a quick little spotlight on the first book of Kate Douglas‘s Spirit Wild series, Dark Wolf. It looks like Doug Meeks got his hands on an early copy, and sent over a review for it last night. Great timing.

dark wolfWhat Doug said…

Dark Wolf
By
Kate Douglas

Summary:
It is a Bold New Beginning for the Chanku. For so long they kept their shapeshifting ability secret, but now they have assimilated into the world in ways they once never thought possible. Still there are those who want to destroy them, with dark powers of their own…

The CEO of Cheval International, Lily Cheval chooses to live alone, but a series of rapes and murders leave her wary and worried for her fellow Chanku. Then she meets Sebastian Xenakis and the connection is intense and immediate. The son of a charismatic cult leader, Sebastian is a mysteriously sensual man who uses magic to shift into wolf form. He and Lily come together in a moment of supreme ecstasy, succumbing to a primal passion that leaves Lily shaken but utterly alive. Is Sebastian her lifetime mate or is he her worst enemy?

Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes.

Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel. Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?

Review:
Let me start right off by saying that this is a great story.  You got the really evil, slimy villain (Aldo Xenakis).  You have the strong heroine (Lily) and conflicted hero (Sebastian) both looking for love (ahhhhhh) and a really good cast of secondary characters that are more than cardboard cutouts.

The story drops you right into a good scene from almost page one and continues pretty well as the mystery/action/romance shift around and take center stage from time to time.  Great stuff and a sure fire winner as a paranormal romance and thriller.  Right ??

OK, here is the parts that detract from this 5 Star story, the author known for her over-the-top sexual writing felt the need to do a few things to support her reputation it seems (the fact that they added nothing to the story other than distraction seems not to matter). First in the middle of the romance/story of Lily and Sebastian she keeps dropping us into the lives of her best male friend and HIS love life, not bad but all it does is take us away from the story we were reading while adding nothing. Second (and MOST irritating/distracting) we are sailing along on the story which is moving at a decent pace and it was like “WOW, damn I almost forgot to write the big sex scene I am famous for” and proceeds to immediately within about one chapter give us very graphic F/F – M/M – 3 Way – 4 Way plus add a touch of voyeurism and masturbation just to make sure we covered everything.

Now since we polished off that (all within less than 24 hours of story time) we can get back to the story we got the book to read about.

Bottom Line:  The book is a solid 4 Stars in spite of the author’s efforts to include distracting sexual scenes that did nothing for the story.  I enjoy well written passionate scenes but this was contrived dribble that had no purpose other than to support the author’s reputation from past books and add to the page count. Will I get the next book in the series?  Probably, since I did love the story but 80% or more of the sex was nothing but filler that added pages and kept you from the actual story.

New Series Alert…

I was surprised that there was only three new series getting their start this week, since usually the last week of every month is chock full. Ann Aguirre‘s new Apparatus Infernum gets its start with the release of the first book, Bronze Gods.

bronze godsSynopsis…

Before the Architect closed the door, there were regular crossings, and a great war decimated both humans and Ferishers. The native fae who refused to treat with the invaders faded; their bodies withered and died, stranding them as hungry, angry spirits that haunt the countryside.

That means there’s always trouble brewing in Dorstaad.

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. He’s a hardboiled cynic with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s determined to justify her promotion as the first female detective in her division. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city.

But when the second body surfaces, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood… and only Mikani and Ritsuko can unravel the intricate, lethal conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan, unleashing old, forbidden magic on an unsuspecting populace. If the maniac succeeds, it could mean the end of everything…

And on the more erotic PNR side, Kate Douglas fires up her new Spirit Wild series this week. The first book is titled Dark Wolf.

dark wolfSynopsis..

Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes.

Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel.Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?

And Suzanne Young‘s new Program series starts this week with the release of the first book, also called The Program.

the programSynopsis…

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone.

With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

I was hoping to find a couple of more covers to go along with this post, but no luck as yet (usually as soon as I make the post, I find a bunch more).  This first one is from Terry Spear, who has always been great about keeping her site updated with new release info and cover art, which is quite rare.  This cover is from her Wolf series, A SEAL Wolf Christmas.

a seal wolf christmas

And this second one is from a new series from Kate DouglasDark Wolf is the first book in the Spirit Wild series, due out on April 30th.

dark wolf

New Series Alerts…

After having absolutely nothing going on for last week, this week at least has a few new series making their debuts.  And a couple of those are biggies.  This first one is from Karina Cooper, and it is called the St. Croix Chronicles.  The first book is Tarnished.

Synopsis…

In Victorian London, where science skirts the line between magic and mechanics, one stubborn miss will face shadows from her past, demons from her desires, and choices that will forever shape who she is.

A brand-new, sexy series from Karina Cooper featuring fearless heroine Cherry St. Croix-debutante by day, bounty hunter by night-set in an alternate London where proper Victorian society sits above a seedy steampunk underworld teeming with dubious loyalties, advanced technology, and incredible magic.

The St. Croix Chronicles reading list can be found HERE.

Kate DouglasDream Bound is released tomorrow, as well.  It is the first book from the Dream series.

Synopsis…

They are creatures of light in search of an energy source to help them survive. So when the Nyrians discover amazing power in the extreme passion and sexual pleasure of humans, they come to Earth to satisfy their needs…

DREAM LOVER

For years, Mac Dugan has been trying to find the mysterious being he once loved and then lost. Now he has gathered a group of six highly intuitive and extremely sexual men and women at a secret mountain hideaway. Here he hopes to focus their potent sensuality into highly erotic fantasies that will summon his lover, Zianne. What he doesn’t anticipate is each team member making extraordinary sexual discoveries of their own…

The Dream Series reading list can be found HERE.

The next two are from much, much anticipated spin-off series.  Once Burned, by Jeaniene Frost, is the first book of Vlad’s Night Prince series.  I broke down and read the first 20%, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest.

Synopsis…

She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude… until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

The Night Prince page can be found HERE.

Having just finished The Darkest Seduction this past weekend, I can say that I am really ready to get my hands on Wicked Nights.  It is the first book from Gena Showalter‘s LotU spin-off series, Angels of the Dark.

Synopsis…

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed too dangerous, too ruthless, and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings.  But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred . . . until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never before known.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane.  Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her.  Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?

The Angels of the Dark page can be found HERE.

The only young adult offering this week is from Sarah ZettelDust Girl is the first book from her American Fairy series.

Synopsis…

This new trilogy will capture the hearts of readers who adore Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyleseries. Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she’s never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone, when her mother goes missing in a dust storm.

Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in “the golden hills of the west” (California). Along the way she meets Jack a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company—there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there’s also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.

The American Fairy reading list can be found HERE.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

I actually grabbed a couple of these from All Things Urban Fantasy, so thanks again.  This first one is from an upcoming series I am quite looking forward to.  Writing under the name J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout will start an adult series called Nephilim Rising, and this first book is called Unchained.  It will be released on October 16th.

I found a small version of this one a while ago, but only just found a decent one to post.  Lucy Monroe continues her Children of the Moon series with the release of Dragon’s Moon, due out on September 4th.

Jocelynn Drake starts up a new UF series this fall called The Asylum Tales.  The first book, Angel’s Ink, is due out on October 16th.

Dream Unchained is the title of the second book in Kate Douglas‘ Dream series, due out on October 30th.

And the final one for this post comes from Sarah AldersonLosing Lila is the second book in the young adult Lila series, and it is scheduled for release on August 2nd.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles…

Just a quick couple to add today.  Numero uno isnot exactly the best quality, but it gets the point across.  Crystalfire is the next book from Kate Douglas‘ Demonslayers series, due out on April 3rd.

Gini Koch continues her Katherine Katt series with the release of Alien Diplomacy nest April 3rd.

I read the first book of this series from Jessa Slade way back when, and found it interesting but hard to get into.  Darkness Undone is the fourth book of the Marked Souls series.

And finally, thanks to Nefertari who pointed out the cover for Rachel Vincent‘s upcoming book, Shadow Bound, due to be released in the middle of next year.

Random Updates…

I found a few more to add to the upcoming release pages…seems like there is some new info coming out now after a bit of a dry spell.

  • This is a big one – for me at least.  The pre-order links are up now for the next Christine Feehan Ghostwalker book, Samurai Game.  This one will be out on July 3rd.
  • The next Sabina Kane book from Jaye Wells will be called Blue-Blooded Vamp.  It is a June 1st release.
  • Tamara Hogan‘s second Underbelly Chronicles will be called Chase Me, and will be released on May 18th.
  • The fifth Clare Point book from V.K. Forrest, Voracious, is scheduled for release next July 31st.
  • Wanted: Undead or Alive is the 12th Love at Stake book from Kerrelyn Sparks.  It should be out next March 27th.
  • Next June will see the release of the second Bound by Magic book from Lauren Dane, called Chaos Burning.
  • Dream Bound is a new one coming from Kate Douglas next June 26th.  Not much other info available about this one as yet.
  • Lexi George‘s second full Demon book, Demon Hunting in the Deep South, will be out next July 31st.
  • The third Dark Dynasties book from Kendra Leigh Castle will be called Shadow Rising.  It will be out next July.
  • Coming on July 3rd will be the 4th H&W Investigations book from Jess Haines, called Stalking the Others.
  • The next Dark Brethren book from Tracey O’Hara will be called Sin’s Dark Caress.  It will be released on July 15th.
  • June 5th will be the release date for Tami Dane‘s next one, Blood of Innocence.
  • Donna Grant starts her spin-off of the Dark Sword series next May with the release of Midnight’s Master.
  • From Karen Kelley will come Where There’s Smoke, due out on May 1st.
  • June 21st is the release date for the next Stephanie Julian Forgotten Goddesses book, called Goddess in the Middle.
  • The second Shona Husk Goblin book, Kiss of the Goblin Prince, will be released on April 20th.
  • Elizabeth Naughton‘s Enraptured is now due for release on March 20th.
  • Lydia Dare starts a new spin-off series on March 20th with the release of the Wolf Who Loved Me.
  • Even as Terry Spear has signed on for three more Wolf shifter books, she will also be starting a new Jaguar series of at least three books.  The first will be called Heart of the Jaguar.
  • Kasey MacKenzie‘s third Shades of Jury book will be called Black-Hearted Betrayal.  It will be out in the middle of next year.
  • Even though Gail Carriger‘s Parasol Protectorate series is finishing up, there is a spin-off series starting in 2013.  Called the Parasol Protectorate Abroad, book one will be called Prudence, and book two Imprudence.
  • and Pamela Palmer will start a new series, Vamp City, on May 29th.  The first book will be called A Blood Seduction.

Random Updates

Been a while since one of these.  Not a ton to report, but still something…

  • Veil of Destruction, the next book from Shiloh Walker‘s Veil series, has been pushed way, WAY back to December of next year.  However, her Hunters book, Hunter’s Rise, is still on schedule for release on April 3rd.
  • Seduce Me In Shadows, the third Three Worlds novel from Jacquelyn Frank, will be out next September 25th.
  • Lisa Hendrix will have her next Immortal Brotherhood book, Immortal Defender (see cover in post below) coming out in August 2012.
  • The third Dark Angels book, from Keri Arthur‘s new series, will be hitting the shelves next June.  It will be called Darkness Devours.
  • Vicki Lewis Thompson continues her Wild About You series next June with the release of the third book, Werewolf in Seattle.
  • There has been a bit of a change for the next Katie MacAlister Light Dragon book.  Originally called The Curious Incident of a Dragon, it is now titled Sparks Fly.  Either way, it is due out on May 1st.
  • The next Kristina Douglas Fallen book, Warrior, will be hitting the shelves next April 24th.
  • April 3rd is now the release date for Crystalfire, part of the Demonslayers series from Kate Douglas.
  • Looks like Shelly Laurenston‘s next Pride book has a title and date.  Bear Meets Girl (featuring Crush and Cella), will be out next April.
  • and Terry Spear is still rolling along with her wolf books.  SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing is due out next March 15th.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Only four this time around.   The first one is from the anthology Nightshift, featuring stories from Kate Douglas, Crystal Jordan, and Lynn LaFleur.  This one is due out on November 29th.

I am a big fan of Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity series, so I was glad to see the cover for Bound by Darkness.  This one is coming our way on November 29th, too.  I am getting a whole X-Men/Wolverine vibe, which is not a bad thing.

I found a smaller version of this one a while back, but this is the first decent sized one I could get my hands on.  Blood Right is the second book in Karin Tabke‘s Blood Moon Rising trilogy, due out early next year.

And finally, the cover for the Dianne Duvall book Night Reigns is out.  This is the second book of her Immortal Guardians series, due out on December 6th.