Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

I have gotten the new release pages updated with the latest blurbs and links, and while I was hunting I came across some new cover art, as well. Let’s start with Deadmen Walking, the first book of Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s upcoming Dark-Hunter: Deadman’s Cross trilogy, which will be released on May 30th. And this is one long honkin’ blurb…

deadmen-walkingHell On Earth

When the Chthonians brought the primal gods to a truce at the end of their great war, part of the pact they forged was that the worst of the evil the gods had unleashed against each other and mankind would be forever banished.

But forever is a long time. And nothing can contain those determined to find a way back.

To catch evil, it takes evil . . .

While Thorn is able to contain the demons unleashed on the ground, the ones who prey on the innocent sailors and sea faring travelers are beyond his reach.

For the sake of humanity, he makes a shaky alliance with an old foe, Marcelina. In the form of the ship they sail upon, she assembles a team under the command of Captain Devlyn Nathaniel Bane, one of the most notorious and bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the high seas.

Damned and murdered by his own, Bane is out for revenge. With his own secret agenda, he agrees to take charge of the motley crew of pirates and brigands, and to protect the seas from the preternatural terrors that seek to devour every unwary soul they can take.

Theirs is a sacred and deadly task, as they are hunted by their prey and human authorities alike. If they fail, the world will fall to the ancient gods of chaos, and anarchy will reign. Most of all, the Southern gate, where the greatest, most powerful darkness is imprisoned, will be opened and there will be no stopping it.

It’s yo ho ho and a bottle of high seas stakes where the souls of all humanity are the ultimate prize and bargaining chip.

This second one is from Amanda Ashley. Fire in the Blood is due out on April 25th.

a-fire-in-the-blood“I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you.” The gypsy’s hand gripped Tessa’s tighter. “He will bring you death,” she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. “And life.”

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he’s after or her blood?

Kate Baxter has a new one coming out, as well. The Untamed Vampire is the fourth book of the Last True Vampire series, and it will be released on May 2nd.

the-untamed-vampireChelle is not your typical vampire. Turned not with a bite but an age-old magic, she’s the only one of her kind―and more powerful than most. Still adjusting to her endless thirst and lethal fangs, she’s desperate to discover what sets her apart. When she encounters a brutally virile alpha werewolf, she soon learns that she’s not immune to the mating call―and her own primal longing…

The leader of the ancient Forkbeard pack, Gunnar is stunned by Chelle’s lush beauty. The wild wolf inside him howls for her, but unions between vampire and werewolf are strictly taboo―even if their clans weren’t on the verge of war. Desire has never been so dangerous…but, as a malevolent new power rises, Chelle and Gunnar face an even more frightening threat. Together, they might find a way to save their clans. But can they claim their passion?

Although the end of the Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill is in sight, there are a few stories yet to look forward to. Phantom Kiss is a novella, due out on January 17th.

phantom-kissVampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…

Another novella is Shadow’s Seduction, the M/M story from Kresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark series, which will be released on January 30th.

shadows-seductionA night of debauchery
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend Caspion the Tracker comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare.

Changes them forever
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone—and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles—ranging from a death sentence, to exile on a war-torn dimension—threaten to destroy their lives, much less the vulnerable promise in that one kiss.

How long can they resist the fire that blazes between them?
Even if Mirceo can accept Caspion as his fated mate, the sensual vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer…

And next up from Shona Husk is Lady of Silver, the first book of her new Blood and Silver series, which is due out on February 21st.

lady-of-silverA man on a mission
A brutal crime is haunting detective Dale Morgan. A young woman has been murdered on the city’s outskirts, and her blood drained. Dale suspects the leader of a depraved cult may be to blame. Yet with barely a shred of evidence at the crime scene, Dale will have to turn to the one person despises almost as much as the killers he puts behind bars.

A woman with secrets
To humans, Saba Venn is a psychic, but she’s Albah, a race long forgotten by humans but who live amongst them, her powers fueled by blood and silver. She agrees to help Detective Morgan, if it means stopping the vampire cult she believes is behind the killing. But the attraction she feels with Dale is immediate, and as their relationship intensifies she begins to doubt she can keep her secret from him.

Yasmine Galenorn is staring up a new one, too. Souljacker is the first book of the Lilybound series, and it has a release date of March 7th.

souljackerLily O’Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker–an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before–has escaped to reclaim his “artwork,” Lily knows she’s next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn’t expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim…

These last two are young adult. Night Magic is a new one from Jenna Black, and it comes out May 30th.

night-magicJenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape.

Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city—and of having killed her onetime best friend—had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away—along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?

Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her—even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.

And this final one is from Keirsten White. Now I Rise is the second book in The Conquerer’s Saga, and it will be out on June 27th.

now-i-riseLada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

I really cannot believe that there will be another offshoot of the Dark Hunters. I can barely keep track of what is already on the go, let alone another trilogy, but I guess we will see how it goes.

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Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

There aren’t any big “wow” covers in this batch, but there are some decent ones. Let’s start with the cover for the first book of Deborah Blake‘s Baba Yaga spin-off series, Dangerously Charming. It has a release date of October 4th.

dangerously charmingEver since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her…

For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own…

To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts.

This second one is from Heather Graham‘s Krewe of Hunters series. Deadly Fate is due out on July 26th.

deadly fateWhen Clara Avery, an entertainer working on the Fate, an Alaskan cruise ship, goes to nearby Bear Island, she comes across a scene of bloody mayhem. She also comes across Thor Erikson, who will soon be a member of the FBI’s elite paranormal unit, the Krewe of Hunters.

Thor’s been sent from the Alaska field office to investigate several grotesque killings, with the dead posed to resemble the victims of notorious murderers. The prime suspect is a serial killer Thor once put behind bars. The man escaped from a prison in the Midwest, and all the evidence says he was headed to Alaska…

Thor and Clara share an unusual skill: the ability to communicate with the dead. Their growing love—and their contact with the ghosts of the victims—brings them together to solve the case…and prevent a deadly fate of their own!

Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb is part of the Demon Hunting series from Lexi George, and it has a release date of May 1st.

demon hunting with a dixie debWay down south in the land of cotton, one belle’s plans are soon forgotten–when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer’s ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi! But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That’s just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he’s a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down? Most importantly, what’s a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim…

Jenna Black will release a complete collection bind-up of her Nikki Glass series called Descendant, and it will be out on June 28th.

descendantFor Immortal Huntress and cunning private investigator Nikki Glass, vengeance trumps all in this complete collection of acclaimed author Jenna Black’s addictive urban fantasy series!

The omnibus edition of all four Descendant novels, as well as the e-novella Pros and Cons that takes place between the events of Deadly Descendant and Rogue Descendant, is a must-have for all urban fantasy fans.

These last five are all young adult releases, starting with a new one from Anna Banks. Nemesis is the first book of a duology, and it will be out on October 4th.

nemesisPrincess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

And this next one comes from Juliet Marillier. Den of Wolves is the third book in the Blackthorn and Grim series, and it will be out next November.

den of wolvesHealer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life.

Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task—repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems—the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies…

Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice—to stand once again by each other’s side or to fight their battles alone…

This one is from Gwenda Bond. Girl in the Shadows is the second book in the Girl on a Wire series, and it will be out on July 5th.

girtl in the shadowsEighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.

Rosamund Hodge‘s Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is the first book of an as-yet untitled series, and it will be out on September 27th.

bright smoke cold fireWhen the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

And this final one is from Josephine Angelini. Witch’s Pyre is the third and final book of the Worldwalker series, and it will be released on September 20th.

witch's pyre

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Only four covers for this post. I have been holding off waiting for some really good covers to be released in the new year, but no luck. That usually means that they will come the day after I finally do a post, but that is pretty much standard. Let’s start off with the new one from MaryJanice Davidson. Deja Who is the first book of her new Insighter series, and it has a release date of September 2nd.

deja who

You couldn’t arrest someone for killing in a past life. You couldn’t bring a civil suit against them, either. They could only be legally penalized for what they did this time around—and what a dark circus the legal system had been before that legislation passed! (It was still a dark circus, but perhaps not as dark.)  But you could spot them, and watch them. You could set traps for them.
 
Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients’ pasts are a mess, Leah’s is nothing short of tragedy. She’s been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it’ll happen again. Leah wants to know who’s been following her through time, and who’s been stalking her in the present…

P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah’s mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again.

Now going full-on “rewind,” Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she’s grown fond of this life—and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone.

This next one is from Yasmine Galenorn. Shadow Silence is part of her Whisper Hollow series, and it will be out this October.

shadow silence

Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead…

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and I’m a spirit shaman. It’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people-and secrets-don’t always stay buried.

My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake. As Bryan-my guardian and mate-and I work to break the hex, we stumble over a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to stop us from bringing to light.

Divine Descendant, the next book of the Nikki Glass series from Jenna Black. It will be released in e-format on May 16th.

divine descendant

And the final one for today is from Molly Harper. Big Vamp on Campus will be out on June 26th.

big vamp on campus

Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning has some epic covers (except for that one cheesy misstep, Burned), and this one is no exception. Actually, it was the covers that drew me in in the first place, and this one is a beauty, too. It has a different vibe than the previous ones, but it is pretty. Feverborn is due out on January 19th.

feverbornJenna Black has a new young adult release coming out next April called Nightstruck. I have to admit, I am tempted by the pretty cover on this one.

nightstruckThis next one is from Jennifer L. Armentrout and her New Adult Titan series. The Power is the second book to feature Seth, and it is due out on February 23rd.

the powerAnd the final one for today is from Rebecca Zanetti. Mercury Rising is the first book of the new Scorpius Syndrome, and it is due out on January 26th.

mercury risingI forgot about this one. The next Otherworld book from Yasmine Galenorn, Darkness Raging, is due out on February 2nd.

darkness ragingSo, which one is your favorite from this batch? I like Feverborn, even though I wish they had kept the same vibe as the earlier covers (those were awesome). To be honest, I actually am interested in getting all of these books, which is strange for me.

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 – 7 New Titles

I have been chugging right along. The New Release dates have been updated for both 2013 and 2014, and all of the covers and blurbs are up to date as of yesterday. I am about a third of the way through updating the Completed Series section, too (I think I am on authors whose last names start with “I”). Most of those added to the Completed Series section were Young Adult, though. Oh, and I added about 90 new titles to the new release pages, as well.

In the process of updating, I did come across a few new-to-me covers. I do have to say that there wasn’t much in this batch that I got excited over, though. Some of them are pretty enough, but I don’t see myself running out to buy any of them.

Well, this first one is a re-release for Jenna Black. Watchers in the Night is the first book from her re-releasing Guardians of the Night series, and it will be out on January 14th.

watchers in the nightThis second cover is also a re-release, and while it looks YA it is apparently not. A Dance in Blood Velvet by Freda Warrington will be released on April 8th.

a dance in blood velvetI have to admit, this next one is a beauty. I have heard next to nothing about it, but it is eye-catching. Dangerous was written by Shannon Hale, and it will be released on April 1st.

dangerousAaand this next one is from author Lainie Bross. Fates will be out on February 11th.

fatesFebruary 4th is the release date for Landry Park by Bethany Hagen. It is described as “Downton Abbey meets The Selection”.

landry parkThis is actually the second version of the cover for Julianna Baggott‘s Burn. The first version was similar in design, but much paler colors. Burn will be released on February 4th.

burnThe final one for today is from Carrie Vaughn and her Golden Age series. Dreams of the Golden Age will be released on January 7th.

dreams of the golden age

New Series Alerts…

Well, I did play around a bit with the design again today, even though I had thought I was done. I really like the text-based design, but the lack of some sort of image at the top made things look unfinished. A simple Google search turned up a couple of images that I whipped into a header. Hope you like. I also played around a bit with the drop down menu, trying to make things stand out more. The tinkering never ends, I guess.

Now, on to the new series coming our way this week. There are two to look forward to, one adult and one young adult. The adult release is called Mist, and it is the first book in the Mist series by Susan Krinard. For some reason, I thought this one was being released in hardcover, but it is actually paperback. Not sure where I got that idea from.

mistSynopsis…

Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

When a snowy winter descends upon modern-day San Francisco in June, Mist’s quiet existence starts to feel all too familiar. In quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets…and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he’s been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the great god Odin. Mist is certain of one thing: Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. But the fight is even bigger than she knows….

Because Loki wasn’t the only god to survive.

And the new young adult series is from the very popular Jenna Black. Replica is the first book of the series of the same name.

replicaSynopsis…

Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.

Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.

Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, Nadia was the last person to see him alive.

When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

I am eyeing Mist, but trying to control myself. I am going to be a good girl and check the reviews for this one, but it does sound very interesting. Do either of these sound like something you would be interested in this week.

February’s E-novellas…and Used E-books?

lost to the graySo, after bugging everyone about how they keep track of the ever growing e-book releases, I think I have my technique down (down-ish, maybe). I am not even going to attempt to list all of the PNR, UF and YA digital books being released, but I do hope to get a handle on the novellas that are coming for the popular print series (and some of the better known authors). I ended up using a couple of different sources and searches (thanks for the ideas, everone). This is what I came up for in February…

February 5th

February 12th

  • Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, Kim FalconerVampires Gone Wild (Love at Stake #13.5, Vamp City #1.5)

February 18th

February 25th

February 26th

So, what did I miss? If you can think of any novellas that I skipped, feel free to list them here.

And, on a related note, I saw a little article over on Publisher’s Weekly that had me scratching my head. It looks like Amazon has plans…to sell used e-books. Huh?

         Amazon’s business model has long been dependent on resellers of used books and other merchandise. But a U.S. patent that Amazon Technologies in Reno, Nev., received last week indicates that the mega-retailer has its sights on digital resale, including used e-books and audio downloads. According to the abstract, Amazon will be able to create a secondary market for used digital objects purchased from an original vendor by a user and stored in a user’s personalized data store.

Boston-based ReDigi opened the first marketplace for pre-owned digital music, which it launched in late 2011, redigi.com. Once a lawsuit that Capitol Records filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan over the way it handles music downloads is behind it, ReDigi plans to expand into e-books and other digital items. In a press release issued yesterday, ReDigi commented that “the Amazon patent is further proof that the secondary market is the future of the digital space and that there is no turning back.”

I must admit, this seems strange to me. I guess there is a market for everything, though (and Amazon pretty much covers it all).

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

Meh, maybe I should have said new-ish for the titles.  This is sort of a mixed bag post, to say the least.  This first one is from a favorite of mine, Cynthia EdenAvenging Angel is the fourth (and apparently final) book in her Fallen series, and it is due out on May 28th.

avenging angel

This next cover is from the Noon Onyx series by Jill ArcherFiery Edge of Steel is the title of the second book, and it will be available on May 28th, as well.  I get a real video-game vibe from this one.

fiery edge of steel

I have been seeing this next one popping up everywhere lately.  Carniepunk is an anthology featuring a number of top writers, including Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, and Rob Thurman.  It will be released on July 30th.

carniepunk

Well, I have to admit that this cover for Darynda JonesFifth Grave Past the Light isn’t quite what I expected.  Maybe it is because I loved the reaper outfits on the previous covers, but this one doesn’t live up to the rest of the series for me.  In fact, it actually gives me a young adult vibe.  Anyways, it will be hitting the shelves on July 9th.

fifth grave past the light

On the young adult side of things, Replica is a new one coming from Jenna Black on July 16th.  I am not sure as yet if this is a stand alone title, or the first book in a series.

replica

Melissa West‘s first book, Gravity, has only recently been released, but the cover for the second book is now out.  Hover will be hitting the shelves next August 6th.

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And this final one is from Aprilynne Pike.  She is starting up a new series called Earthbound next July, with the first book also being called Earthbound.

earthbound

Did any of these ones catch your eye?  Are you a bit disappointed in the Fifth Grave cover like I am (I do so love those reaper outfits), or do you think it is a nice change is style?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Ok, I am pretty sure no one who reads this blog is going to be surprised that I love covers.  I get a total fangirl moment when I see a beautiful cover.  Hell, that is pretty much what started me reading young adult – I had to have those pretties on my shelf (I only decided that I actually liked the books later).  But things have been mighty slow cover wise lately, some have been decent, some pretty good, but none that have really jumped out at me.  That is pretty much why there haven’t been as many Cover Lover posts lately…I saw what was out there and thought, “eh”.  So, in the spirit of trying to get back into things, here are four more covers…the first two of which came from Nefertari.  Thanks again.

I like the direction the covers for Vicki Pettersson‘s Celestial Blues series is going.  Retro and fun.  Book two is called The Lost, and it is due out on March 19th.

I had seen this second one around for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t think it was finished yet.  A blurb or quote or something on the top would have finished up Jenna Black‘s Rogue Descendant nicely.  Look for it on April 30th.

Aimee Agresti‘s second Gilded Wings novel has a cover.  Infatuate will be released on March 5th.

And the final one for this post is from Sara Humphreys.  Her Amoveo Legend series continues with the release of Undone on May 1st.