Cover Lover – Four New Titles

Wow – new posts TWO days in a row! That has been a rare thing this month. This time around, it is a little cover lover post, with a couple of decent ones, too. First up is The Sea King, the second book from the Weathermages of Mystral series by C.L. Wilson. It is due out on July 28th.

the sea kingFrom the author of THE WINTER KING comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure, set in the mystical land of Mystral.

Summer Coruscate has grown up the daughter of royalty, a Princess of the Rose and a weathermage, but over the past three years of war, Summerlea has been rendered a shadow of its former self. Now, after the joining of her younger sister Khamsin and the Winter King in marriage, her kingdom is finally at peace.

A Calbernan warrior and seafarer, Dilys Merimydion has always possessed the ability to control the animals of the sea and uses their sight to chart his way through the dark, sometimes savage waters.

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This next one is from Seanan McGuire and her InCryptid series. Pocket Apocalypse is due out on March 3rd.

pocket apocalypseEndangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm. Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much.

Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex.

Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

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I didn’t even know there was going to be another book in Keri Arthur‘s Souls of Fire series, but it looks like Wicked Embers will be released on July 7th.

wicked embersCrimson Death, the plague like virus spawned from a failed government experiment to isolate the enzymes that make vampires immortal, continues to spread. Emberly and her partner, Jackson Miller, are desperately seeking the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic.

But their mission is jeopardized by another threat uncovered in Emberly’s prophetic dreams. A creature of ash and shadow has been unleashed on a murdering spree. Now Emberly must summon all her gifts and investigative knowledge to put an end to this entity’s brutal rampage—even if it means placing herself in harm’s way….

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And this final one is a young adult release from Rachel Caine. Ink and Bone is the first book of new The Great Library series, and it is due out on July 7th.

ink and boneIn an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

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Out of this batch, I like the cover for Ink and Bone, and I think it sounds interesting, too. I have been cutting back on my blind-buying YA books lately after hitting a few duds in a row, but I think I will be checking that one out.

Oh, do you like the addition of the blurbs to the cover lover posts? They aren’t always available when the cover is revealed, but I thought I would try adding them to see how it worked out.

New Series Alerts…

Time again to see what new series are getting their start this week, and we have three to look at. First up is Keri Arthur‘s Fireborn, which is the first book from her new Souls of Fire series.

firebornSynopsis…

From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

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Next up is Unwept, which is the first book from the Nightbirds series from authors Tracy and Laura Hickman.

unweptSynopsis…

Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.

Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.

Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?

Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.

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And the only young adult newbie this week comes from Kerry Wilkinson. Reckoning is the first book of the Silver Blackthorn series.

reckoningSynopsis…

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.

But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?

Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .

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On the other side of things, there are a couple of series wrapping up this week, as well. The final Edie Spence/Nightshifted book from Cassie Alexander, Bloodshifted, hits the shelves, as does the final Indigo Court book from Yasmine Galenorn, Night’s End. Are you checking out any of the new ones, or saying goodbye to the others?

This and That…

There has been a bit of info coming out on some upcoming releases lately, so I thought I would do a little post showing some of the tidbits going around…

  • For some reason, I had thought that Christina Henry‘s Black Wings series was wrapping up, but it looks like a new book will be out on October 28th. This one is called Black Spring.
  • Thanks to everyone who sent me the links to J.R. Ward‘s appearance in Cincinnati, where she shared some major spoilers. One of them was that the next BDB book will be called The Shadows, and it will feature both Trez and iAm.
  • Laura Resnick‘s next Esther Diamond book, Abracadaver, will be released on November 4th.
  • Also on November 4th is the second book from Chris Marie Green‘s new Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series. This one is called Another One Bites the Dust.
  • Well, Kim Harrison‘s final Rachel Morgan book is coming soon. The Witch With No Name is due out on September 9th.
  • The long delayed Walker Papers book by C.E. Murphy, Shaman Rises, will finally be released on June 24th.
  • November 25th is the release date for the Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane (Meljean Brooks) novella, Night Shift. Nalini’s story is about Mercy’s brother Bastien, and Ilona’s is about Jim and Dali.
  • The next Sandra Hill Deadly Angels book will be called Vampire in Paradise, and it is due out on November 25th.
  • A new Deadtown novel from Nancy Holzner is also coming this year. Firestorm is due out on November 25th, as well.
  • Aimee Carter‘s second YA Blackcoat Rebellion book, Captive, will be out on November 25th.
  • It doesn’t have a title yet, but the 16th Love at Stake book from Kerrelyn Sparks will hit the shelves on December 31st.
  • Fans of J.D. Tyler‘s Alpha Pack will be glad to know that book 6, called Wolf’s Fall, will be out on December 2nd.
  • December 2nd is also the release date for Darkness Falls from Keri Arthur. It is the final book in her Dark Angels series.
  • Universal Alien from Gini Koch will also be out on December 2nd.
  • Kate Elliott starts a new series next February called The Black Wolves Trilogy. The first book is called The Black Wolves.
  • Book one of Kelley Armstrong‘s new Age of Legends series just comes out this week, but it looks like the second book will be called Empire of Night. It is due out sometime next year.
  • I have been keeping an eye out for info about Anne Bishop‘s The Others, and I finally scored. It looks like book three will be called Vision in Silver…bad news is it is due out next year. Sometime.
  • Also coming sometime in 2015 is the 4th Alpha and Omega book from Patricia Briggs. It looks like this one will be called Dead Heat.
  • The third and final book from Alexandra Bracken‘s The Darkest Minds trilogy will be called In the Afterlight, and it is due out on September 16th. She will follow it up with a new YA time travel duology, with book one being called Passenger, and book two being called Wayfarer.
  • Way off next February is Chaos Choreography, the fifth book from Seanan McGuire‘s InCryptid series.
  • Kerstin Gier will have another of her series translated into English next year with the release of Silver: The First Book of Dreams. It is due out on January 6th.
  • And the UK version of Amazon has a new Christine Feehan listing. It shows the next (and very, very long awaited) Ghostwalker book, Viper Game, as a January 25th release. I am starting the countdown as we speak.

Anything interesting? Which ones are you most excited for?

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 – 4 New Titles

There weren’t any new series starting up this week, so it looks like there will be a small cover lover post instead. Let’s start things off with Faith Hunter‘s next Jane Yellowrock book, Broken Soul, which is due out on October 7th.

broken soulNext up is Darkness Falls from Keri Arthur. Goodreads lists it as a September 2nd release.

darkness fallsAuthor Kelly Meade (Kelly Meding) will start a new e-book series called the Cornerstone Run Trilogy this July with the release of the first book, Black Rook.

kelly meadeAnd the final one for today is from a new YA series from author Sara Raasch. Snow Like Ashes is the first book of the series of the same name, and it is due out on October 14th.

snow like ashesSo, just a drive-by post, but with a couple of decent covers. I always like the Keri Arthur covers, even though I get a strong Guild Hunter vibe from them (not that that is a bad thing, at all).

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Covers, covers everywhere. A few adult, and a few young adult. Let’s start this batch with Darkness Bound, the next book from J.T. Geissinger‘s Night Prowler series, which is due out on June 24th.

darkness boundThis next one is Burning Desire from Donna Grant‘s Dark Kings series. Look for it on September 30th.

burning desireKeri Arthur‘s re-releases continue with Generation 18, the second book of her Spook Squad series, which is due out on September 30th.

generation 18Son of No One, which is part of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s monster Dark-Hunter series, will be released on September 2nd.

son of no oneThe Three Fates of Ryan Love, which is the second book in Erin Quinn‘s Beyond series, will be released on September 30th.

the three fates of ryan loveI have been keeping an eye out for this one for a while now. How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back, from Diana Rowland, will be released on July 1st.

how the white trash zombie got her groove backLisa Kessler‘s next Night series book, Night Child, has seen more than its share of delays, but now it looks like it will be out in e-format on April 28th.

night childNumber 8 is the young adult release from Amalie Howard. Oceanborn is the second book of the Aquarathi series, and it will be out on July 29th.

oceanborn

New Series Alerts…

I imagine most of us are thinking more about the end of a couple of popular series, what with this being the release week of the final Night Huntress book from Jeaniene Frost and the final Blud book from Delilah S. Dawson, but there are a few new ones heading our way to make up for it. Anna Richland starts a new e-book series today called Immortal Vikings, and the first book is called First to Burn.

first to burnSynopsis…

A soldier with secrets

Immortal Viking Wulf Wardsen once battled alongside Beowulf, and now serves in Afghanistan. He’s trusted the mortal men on his elite special operations team to protect his secret, until an explosion lands Wulf in a place more dangerous to him than a battlefield: a medevac helicopter.

A doctor with questions

Army captain Theresa Chiesa follows the rules and expects the same from others, even special forces hotshots like Sergeant Wardsen. She’s determined to discover the secret behind his supernaturally fast healing, and she won’t allow his sexy smile to distract her.

An enemy with nothing to lose

Even as Theresa’s investigation threatens to expose him, Wulf is stirred by her passion. Dreaming of love and a normal life, he wants nothing more than to build a future with her. But the lost Viking relic needed to reverse his immortality is being hunted by another—an ancient enemy who won’t hesitate to hurt Theresa to strike back at Wulf.

The re-release of Keri Arthur‘s older series continues this week, and this time the restart is for her Damask Circle trilogy. The first book is Circle of Fire.

circle of fireSynopsis…

VISIONS OF TERROR

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

Next up is Cynthia Eden‘s Burn for Me, which is the first book of the Phoenix Fire series.

burn for meSynopsis…

Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .

Cain O’Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she’s a threat–in a way no one has been for him in years. She’s safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there’s no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts–and their hearts. . .

The under-rated Lynn Viehl‘s serialized steampunk story is now available in print format, and the first volume is called Disenchanted & Co.

disenchanted and coSynopsis…

In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

Previously released in e-format, this week is the print debut of Rebecca Zanetti‘s Sins Brothers series. Book one is called Forgotten Sins.

forgotten sinsSynopsis…

Josie and Shane’s marriage only lasted a few months before he disappeared on a mysterious military assignment, leaving her heart in shreds. Josie’s tough, though, and she picked up the pieces, building a new life around her high-powered number-crunching job.

When Shane turns up at the local hospital two years later with a concussion and amnesia, Josie agrees to take him home but only long enough for him to sign divorce papers. But they’re barely in the door when their old passion explodes.

Shane can’t remember why he left the beautiful blue-eyed angel glaring at him, but he knows it was to protect her. Every one of his strangely powerful senses tells him she is in danger. Shane knows he can’t be normal. Hearing the heartbeat of people in the next room isn’t normal. The only question is–is he the good guy or the bad?

The sole young adult entry of the bunch is from Sophie Jordan. Uninvited is the first book of the Uninvited series.

uninvitedSynopsis…

You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

I am being good and only have the Cynthia Eden title on order, but of course that can change at any time. Are any of these on your must-buy list for the week?

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Yesterday was the usual day for my pick of the week…but there wasn’t much to chose from, so that was a wash. I do wish that somehow the releases could be spread out a little each week, rather than the first and last weeks of the month having a ton, and the middle pretty bare.

On the cover side of things, there are six for today. This first one is actually a re-release from an older Keri Arthur series called Spook Squad. Memory Zero will be out (again) on August 26th.

memory zeroDani Harper‘s second Grim book, Storm Bound, will be released on March 18th.

storm boundI had truly thought that the Dragonfire series by Deborah Cooke had wrapped up last year, but it looks like I was wrong. She has upped the cover for the next book, Serpent’s Kiss, on her blog, with release info to follow.

serpent's kissThis next one is from Kathleen Collins. Death’s Daughter is the second book in her Realm Walker series, and it is due out in e-format on March 31st.

death's daughterThe next two are young adult. Jenna Black‘s third Replica book, Revolution, will be out November 11th.

revolutionThe final one for today is from Lesley Livingston. Now and for Never is the final book in her Never series, and it is listed on Goodreads as having a May 27th release date.

now and for never

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Another week, another cover-lover post, but just 6 of them this time around. The first one is actually a re-release from Keri Arthur. This new version of Circle of Desire will be out on April 1st.

circle of desireThe next one is from Hanna Martine. Drowning in Fire is part of her Elementals series, and it is due out on April 1st.

drowning in fireGini Koch‘s next Kitty Katt book, Alien Research, will be released on December 3rd.

alien researchBook three of Suzanne Lazear‘s Aether Chronicles, Fragile Destiny, will be released early next year.

fragile destinyI have heard good things about Moira Young‘s Dust Lands series, and it looks like the final book, Raging Star, will hit the shelves on April 15th.

dust landsAnd this last one is Phoebe North‘s Starbreak. It will be out early next summer.

starbreakI have ordered the first two books in the Dustlands series, which should be delivered shortly. But I am pretty much unfamiliar with the rest of the titles. Any fans of any of these.

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

Another quick drive-by cover lover post. Nalini Singh uploaded the covers for Texture of Intimacy and Declaration of Courtship, the two novellas that were previously released in the Wild Invitation anthology she released earlier this year. Texture of Intimacy will be released in e-format on November 5th.

texture of intimacyAnd Declaration of Courtship will also be released on November 5th in e-format.

Declaration of CourtshipI admit I haven’t tried Delilah S. Dawson‘s Blud series, but the covers are good, campy fun. Wicked After Midnight is no exception, and it will be released on January 28th.

wicked after midnightI tried the first book of Rhiannon Held‘s Silver series, but I just couldn’t get into it. This is the cover for the third book, called Reflected, which is due out on February 18th.

reflectedAnd this final one is from Keri Arthur‘s re-released Damask Circle series. Circle of Death is due out on February 25th.

circle of death