Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

Cover Lover time again. I found a couple of these late last week, but thought I would hold off until I found a few more. These first two are from Terry Spear, who is really great about keeping her readers updated (unlike some other authors who make me crazed). Hero of a Highland Wolf, from her Wolf series, will be released on August 5th.

hero of a highland wolfAnd it will be followed by Highland Wolf Christmas later in the year.

a highland wolf christmasI actually wasn’t real sure what was going on with Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s next League novel, Born of Fury. It was pushed back a couple of times, and then just sort of disappeared. Now it is being listed again on Amazon as a July 1st release, complete with a new cover and everything.

born of furyMolly Harper‘s next one will be called Better Homes and Hauntings, and it is looking like it will be out next June 24th.

better homes and hauntingsThe next two are YA. Richelle Mead‘s Bloodlines is a favorite of mine, but this cover is a little…empty, I guess. Silver Shadows is the fifth of six books, and it is due out on July 29th.

silver shadowsAnd the last one for today comes from Jessica Shirvington. Empower is (I believe) the fifth book in her Violet Eden Chronicles series, and it will be out on May 6th.

empowerSo, any of this batch catch your eye? I like the design change for Born of Fury away from the yellowish cover of before, but Silver Shadows still looks like it is unfinished, somehow. And Empower reminds me I have the first book of the series sitting on Mount TBR. Of course.

 

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Today is the usual day for my pick of the week post, but since I didn’t have one it looks like it is cover lover time, instead. For this post, there are seven newbies that I found between Goodreads and Amazon.com. Here goes…I enjoyed Amanda Carlson‘s first Jessica McClain book, and now it looks like the cover is out for the third, Cold Blooded, which will be released on October 8th.

cold blooded

This next one is actually the paperback cover for Karen Marie Moning‘s Iced, which will be released later this year. I was disappointed in this one, since the hardcover art was amazing, and this one gave me a home-made vibe. I am just finishing up Shadowfever, and then Iced is after that. Can’t wait.

iced paperback

And number three is from Molly Harper‘s Naked Werewolf series. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf will be released on December 31st.

how to run with a naked werewolf

Looks like Jaye Wells has a new series starting up early next year. Dirty Magic will be the first book of The Prospero’s War. I am going to have to look into this one a bit more.

dirty magic

And Kate Locke‘s next Immortal Empire book, Long Live the Queen, will be released on November 12th.

long live the queen

These next two are young adult titles. Got to say, this next one is not the most thrilling cover I have ever seen, but Erased is the second book from Jennifer Rush‘s new series.

erased

And this last one is from Kami Garcia‘s upcoming series, The Legion. Unbreakable will be released on October 1st.

unbreakable

A Triple Review

Doug Meeks has sent over not one, not two, but three great reviews. Looks like he has been a busy fella, but at least he hit a run of good books. This first one is called Blood Legacy from author Marianne Morea.

Blood LegacyWhat Doug said…

Blood Legacy

By

Marianne Morea

Summary:

A MAN TRAPPED BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK
Freedom fighter, Carlos Salazar, lived by his sword, fighting evil in the guise of righteousness and the atrocities carried out in the name of God—until the night he met true evil. Three hundred years later, he still walks in darkness, his only solace the hope that one day he will find absolution and a purpose under heaven for his cursed existence. Can forgiveness transcend time and heal a broken soul? Even if it is no longer human?

A WOMAN CHANGED FOREVER
Trina Markham’s life was ordinary—until a chance meeting with the man of her dreams. Alarmed by the intensity of their attraction, dangerous passions ignite when she falls head over heels for this dark stranger. But when she finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed, her life becomes a legacy of blood and lies, a nightmare where the monsters are real. Can she be saved from this nightmare, even if it means choosing death?

Review:

This story starts with just enough interest and action to keep you engaged but make no mistake, this is a romance.  The fact that it is filled with action in various places do not stop the main thrust from being Carlos’ attraction to Trina.  This is your usual entertaining story about love , romance and the problems that come with it.  Carlos’ was turned hundreds of years ago in a violent act and has been struggling with his humanity because he promised his first love that he would remain the decent person that he was before his life was changed forever.

This is a love story that spans hundreds of years and has several nice plot twists and peaks into the past that make you feel more a part of Carlos’.  Trina the girl with seemingly no real direction is working as a waitress at an old church turned nightclub which plays a part in the beginning to let Carlos’ know that Trina is more than she seems.

The story is engaging and even in the parts of introspection it stays interesting. There are a few surprises along the way which astute readers can see coming in a general sense but that does not take away from the entertainment value of this novel.

If I have any complaints it would be that the majority of the secondary characters are somewhat 2 dimensional (with a couple of notable exceptions).  This small note does little to impede the enjoyment of the reader but you got the feeling there was going to be more to some of them that never really materialized.

Blood Legacy combines romance, action and character development in a good mix that results in a very satisfied feeling at the end.  This is probably about 4.5 Stars (a bit more or less depending on the reader) but I consider it a highly recommended reading experience.  The sexual level of this novel is probably quite a bit above YA but short of erotic, good passion and emotional involvement.  This will feed your revenge junkie a bit and sooth your White Knight syndrome a bit also, got it all.

This second review is for a short book from Molly Harper called Driving Mr. Dead. It is part of the Half Moon Hollow series.

Driving Mr DeadWhat Doug said…

Driving Mr. Dead

By

Molly Harper

Summary:

Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation.

Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog! And she has to do it without letting her passenger—the most persnickety, stuffy, devastatingly handsome vamp she’s ever met—drive her crazy. As she and Collin find disaster on the roads, they also find an undeniable spark between them.

Could Miranda have found the perfect job and the perfect guy for her?

Review:

Well I am not sure what I expected when I grabbed this title and started reading since I was just looking for something that would give me a break from the blood and violence of my normal PNR/UF reading (which I love but you need a break every now and then to maintain).

I am sure I did not expect this to be the funniest stand alone PNR book I ever read.  It was all I could do not to wake “She Who Must Be Obeyed” with my laughter.  It was that funny.

This is the story of Miranda who seems to have a superpower of chaos and bad luck combined with a job of ferrying Collin, an arrogant and fastidious vampire half way across the country in a vampire safe vehicle dubbed “The Batmobile”.

The chaotic events that follow combined with the hilarity of Molly Harper’s writing would be a winner in any story but the myriad subplots along the way combined with exceptional bad luck result in an exceptional novel that only the most heartless among you could dislike.

In the end it is a story of romance and perseverance in the face of unbelievable circumstances (hence the power of chaos and bad luck combined), you will love it.  5 Stars with little if any reservation, this is not a literary masterpiece, it is pure entertainment done to perfection.

And this third one is one that Doug got a very pleasant surprise from. The Nightman Cometh was written by Tony-Paul de Vissage.

Nightman Cometh What Doug said…

The Nightman Cometh

By

Tony-Paul de Vissage

Summary:

In 1249, Damien La Croix willingly choses Undeath rather than perish of the Plague. Once risen as a vampire, he takes his betrothed into the dark with him, but something goes wrong and Antoinette perishes. Thus, Damien begins a solitary walk down the corridors of time in search of Antoinette’s replacement.

Beginning with Konstancza in 15th century Romania where Damien and his garde de nuit serve Voivoide Vlad Drakula, his search extends into the far future to a fateful meeting in a snow-filled Chicago. Until then, Damien meets, loves, and loses each person he thinks may be the one to replace his Antoinette—Kate in Colonial America, who avenges herself against her rapist but prefers to hang rather than become an Undead; Bess, a 21st century Goth, wanting both an Undead lover and a living one and dying for the wrong choice; Michel, a concentration camp guard where Damien and his kind are imprisoned in the human answer to the Vampire Problem; Alyss – descendant of his beloved Konstancza –lost to a rival vampire’s seduction.

All could be his but all perish, for when the Night Man Cometh, can Death be far behind…?

Review:

This novel was pretty much a gift from someone who suggested I read it, as with a lot of literary gifts I put it in my “To Be Read” stack and moved on until about 45 days later I pulled it out in my version of Kindle roulette.

It took me several chapters before I realized I had cheated myself out of one of the better literary treats of the last several months, possibly longer.  This novel covers such a huge scope of around 3500 years that it boggles the mind.  It is a changing genre novel of historical, horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and ending with a bit of science fiction.  Never read anything like it unless you want to count HG Wells masterpiece The Time Machine.

It starts out with a young man who only wants 2 things from his existence, he wants to live (this is during the Black Plague) and he wants to be with his love Antoinette.  He will get his wish and lose much more in the process.  Damien became a vampire by choice, making some terrible and soul killing decisions when he did and now he must live with himself.  There are some terrible things in this book but it is a more dark look at vampires.

This is not a short vampire romance novel with a great “happy ever after” this is a masterpiece of work that covers some horrible things concerning our hero Damien and tragic periods of history.  Life is not all roses and happiness, far, far from it.  Damien tries to retain a bit of humanity from time to time which serves to frustrate him as much as it helps him at times.

What he really wants is to find “the one”, that woman who will make him feel complete, the true love he has always wanted but seems to lose each time he comes close.

This is not a singular romance, this is a story of a vampire cut from the Dracula mold of Bram Stoker (garlic, crosses, holy relics, all hurt him) and his search through centuries for the woman he feels sure is out there if he can find her.  He is at times heroic, other times tragic and many times, just the vampire he has become.

A large part of the action takes place prior to the 20 century since that is the time that shapes his persona but we are taken on a ride through history and into the yet imagined future with this novel and all of it captures the imagination.

I give this 5 Stars because I cannot think of anything to compare it to and the scope combined with the highs and lows of Damien’s life is exceptional.  It felt like  the author may have rushed the ending a bit but then again it was almost to the point of “you gotta stop somewhere” and the ending was very fulfilling and satisfying to me.  Highly recommended but this is NOT a novel you will read in one session, it may take days to soak it in, but I loved it.

Did any of you try these titles for yourself, or do you plan to? I was eyeing the Molly Harper story, but I am trying to behave and not add to the TBR too much.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

I just got home from Twilight, Breaking Dawn part 2.  I was never a die-hard, camp out for a week to get a ticket fan, but I did enjoy them – in spite of the sometimes bad acting, bad writing, and general cheese effect.  There were a few unintentionally hilarious moments, but all in all a decent way to spend the evening (I did spend a good portion of the movie trying to picture Volturi Cassius as Jace in the Mortal Instruments, but I never could get there).  Anyways, I came home to see a couple of new covers, so back to business…

This first one is from Alexandra Ivy and her Guardians of Darkness series.  Darkness Avenged is Santiago and Nefri’s story, and it will be released on June 4th.

The cover is also out for Robin D. Owens‘ next Celta book, Heart Fortune.  It will be released on August 6th of next year.

Number three is from the Jane Yellowrock series from Faith HunterBlood Trade will be released on April 2nd.

And this final one is from Molly HarperA Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses is set in the same world as her Nice Girls books, and it will be released on May 28th.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Another day, another couple of covers to add to the pile.  I have been waiting for a glimpse of this one for a while, and I have to say that I really like it.  Gena Showalter will be starting an Alien Huntress spin-off series on December 26th with the release of Last Kiss Goodnight.  I would love to see the whole series follow this black and white trend, too.

Also, I just found the cover for the next Jeri Smith-Ready book, Lust for Life.  This one is due out on November 27th.

And the final one for this post is from the upcoming Undead in my Bed anthology, featuring Katie MacAlister, Molly Harper and Jessica Sims.  It will be released on September 25th.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Thanks for the first one goes to Literary Escapism.  It is the cover for the book Stalking the Others, the fourth book of the H&W Investigations series from Jess Haines.  This one is due out on July 3rd.

Regan Hastings has also released the cover for the next book in her Awakenings series, called Visions of Chains.  It is the third book in the series, due out on June 5th.

And the third one is from Molly HarperThe Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is more on the comedic side of things, and should be out on July 31st.

Cover Lover – 2 New Titles

Wow, what a dry spell for the last few days.  I dug and dug, but just didn’t find anything much to post.  Two new covers did manage to stumble my way today, however.  The first one is from Dianne Sylvan and her Shadow World series.  Shadow’s Fall is a March 27th release.

The second one is from Molly HarperNice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors is the fourth book in the Jane Jameson series, due out on February 28th.

New Series Alerts

Looks like just two new ones starting up this week.  Molly Harper starts up a fun looking new series called Naked Werewolf.  Book one is called How To Flirt With a Naked Werewolf.

Synopsis…

When a naked guy shows up on the front porch with a bear trap clamped on his ankle, it’s best to just do what he asks.

Recent Mississippi transplant Mo has moved to Grundy, Alaska to get away from her intrusive hippie parents. Now she finds peace, solitude, plus frustration in the form of Cooper Graham. Surly and unfriendly, Cooper also happens to be the self-exiled leader of a werewolf clan.

When Mo is clued in on Cooper’s furry little problem, she helps him reconnect with the pack that he’s rejected and tries to clear his name when several Grundy residents are attacked by a wolf. But if Cooper’s not attacking people in his wolf form, who is?

 

The next one up is from Rebecca Zanetti.  Book one of the  Dark Protectors series is called Fated, and it will be followed later this year by Claimed.

Synopsis…

Scientist and single mother Cara Paulsen is used to fighting for what she wants and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter, Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger.

Vampire leader Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. But his idea of a wedding night is more like a sexual taming—dominant and scorching hot. With shapeshifting allies, they must fight against an evil race of vampires that has discovered a way to venture into sunlight, in order to safeguard Janie…and the rest of humanity.