Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

For the second time in a week, instead of making a new post, I have made a new page. Duh. Anyways, it is time for a quick little cover lover post, starting with one that will be released this November 15th. Christian is the 10th book in the Vampires in America series from D.B. Reynolds.

christianTexas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive.

With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.

This next one is from Lilith Saintcrow. Roadside Magic is the second book of the Gallow and Ragged series, and it is due out on January 26th.

roadside magicThe Seelie and unSeelie Courts are both in plague-ravaged tatters. The Wild Hunt roams unchecked, taking who and what it will, and the walls between the human world and the world of the sidhe are thinning rapidly. Gallow is the only hope of human and sidhe both.

But all Jeremy wants to do is find Robin Ragged . . . and survive. Unfortunately, everyone who meets him has other plans. Including the Ragged, who is fleeing for her life—and the King of Unwinter, whose poisoned blade has cut deep into Jeremy’s flesh…

Wicked Burn is the third book of Rebecca Zanetti‘s Realm Enforcer’s series, and it is due out on June 7th.

wicked burnForevermore is the next book of Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, and it is due out on June 28th.

forevermoreMiss Layla Starling, the young, beautiful, and extremely wealthy heiress, is the talk of London. Until now, she’s managed to evade the marriage noose. Despite the fact that she is unfortunately American, she’s received a staggering number of offers. And turned down every one. St. John Evernight does not want to admit the relief he feels every time he hears that she has rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he can not offer her happiness. He will never be normal, never be anything but a freak in her world. So St. John resolves to keep his distance, until he is recruited by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to guard Layla. For she is in grave danger, and he is about to learn the full extent of his powers.

That wraps up the adult books, and leads us to the young adult covers. Starting things off is The Vanishing Throne from Elizabeth May, which is the second book of the Falconer Trilogy. It is due out on June 7th.

Vanishing Throne_final front cover.pdfAileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

Victoria Schwab starts a new series called Monsters of Verity next year. The first book is called This Savage Song, and it is due out on June 7th.

this savage songThe city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it. When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.

Heir to the Sky is a new book from Amanda Sun, and it has a release date of April 26th.

heir to the skyAs heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

And the final one for today is from Mary E. Pearson. The Beauty of Darkness is part of the Remnant Chronicles, and it is due out next August 2nd.

the beauty of darknessSo, which of these will you be picking up? I have plans try the Darkest London books one day, and there are a couple of others that look interesting.


Doug’s Review – Evernight

review iconSometimes I think that I spend too much time writing about books and not enough time reading them, because there are so very many series that I say “one day” about. And that list just keeps growing. One of the series on that list is Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London, which I can honestly say I have never heard anyone say less than glowing things about. Even a friend of mine who doesn’t like PNR or UF loves it, which is a good sign in itself. Doug Meeks reviewed the lasted book, Evernight, which is due out on August 26th. As Doug pointed out, however, it is one of those titles caught in the Amazon/Hachette battle, so pre-ordering through Amazon isn’t available at this time.

evernightWhat Doug said…

Kristen Callihan seems to excel at bringing together couples who really don’t like each other at the start of these novels in the Darkest London series (which seems to get a bit darker as this series progresses).
William Thorn and Holly Evernight are a extreme example of that talent since their first meeting in this novel he is trying to kill her, not a great opening line in most instances since her feelings are close to his,  but this is Darkest London and it only raised the bar a bit higher than the others in this series.
You also do not get wilting flower heroines; the women are strong but still vulnerable.  Holly Evernight is possibly one of the strongest of these heroines and still the author was able to build a believable romance here.
What you get is a soaring romance that is wrapped in a mystery with a couple of subplots being moved along at the same time.  The lack of the legion of secondary characters that you saw in some previous novels is pretty much missing here and the emphasis is mainly on the main couple which is understandable since the distance from trying to get a couple from “I want to kill you” to “I love you” is an awful long way but Ms Callihan pulls it off right nicely but not without dragging the reader through some pretty emotionally gut wrenching situations and a surprising twist of an ending, throw in an almost Cinderella vibe and you have an amazingly great reading experience that will stay with you for a long time.  I would warn you to take nothing for granted in this story and the last page leaves you with a inkling for what I expect will be a series changing next novel along the lines of Acheron (sorry if you don’t know that reference).
Bottom Line:  An exceptional novel, well written, a romance that will roll around in your mind for days or longer, an alpha male, a exceptionally strong heroine and it all works together.  I only had one complaint, you left us in the dark on the maid, I expect some detail next novel.  The ending was a bit of a dark premonition for the next novel and left me a bit unsettled but I guess that was the purpose, hold on to your seat for the next one.  This may be the best book of the series to date so don’t miss it, the previous novel would give you some better background but is not a requirement I do not believe since most of the important things are revisited.
So, who else loves this series? There is at least one more book, Soulbound, which is due out next February, to look forward to.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

Covers, covers, covers. That time again. Let’s start with a biggie for most people…Vision of Silver from Anne Bishop. This one is due out on March 3rd.

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Cover number two is Soulbound, from Kristen Callihan. This one is due out on February 24th.

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Nicole Peeler starts up a new e-book series this November, and the first book is called Jinn and Juice.

jinn and juice

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J.T. Geissinger is up next with Into Darkness, which is part of her Night Prowler series. It is due out this November.

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I haven’t heard of this one before, but Rachel Vincent will be releasing The Stars Never Rise next June.

the stars never riseThis one is funky. Stolen is the second book in Melissa de la Cruz‘s Heart of Dred series, and it is due out on November 18th.

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Next up is Kerry Wilkinson‘s Renegade, which has a release date of January 6th.

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And wrapping things up for today is Victoria Aveyard‘s Red Queen, which is due out on February 10th.

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Well, what do you think? I sort of thought that Vision in Silver might be, well, silver, but that is nit-picking since at least it matches the first two in the series. I am liking the trend in YA covers to move to a single strong symbol on the cover rather than a model shot…when it is done well, it looks great.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

According to Facebook, Kresley Cole will be releasing not only the title for the third Arcana book soon, but she will up the cover for Dark Skye on Saturday (and it involves wings. Nice). To tide us over until then, I do have 6 new covers to show, including this new one from Amanda Bonilla and her Shaede Assassin series. Against the Dawn is due out this May.

against the dawnThis next cover seems to have a different feel than the previous ones in the Walker Paper series, but C.E. Murphy‘s Shaman Rises will be out on June 24th.

shaman risesCheryl Brooks‘ next Cat Star Chronicles book, Rebel, will be released on July 1st.

rebelI have heard good things about Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. This is the cover for the fifth book, Evernight, which will be out on August 26th.

evernightI like the noir feel to Vicki Pettersson‘s Celestial Blues covers, and this one for The Given is no exception. It will be released on May 27th.

the given
The final book in Deborah Harkness‘s All Souls Trilogy, The Book of Life, will be released on July 15th.

the book of lifeThis final one is from Stacey Kade‘s Project Paper Doll series. The Hunt will be out on April 22nd.

the hunt

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

I have to say, I like this batch of covers. I grabbed most of them at Goodreads, and a couple at Amazon, too. Let’s start with the YA titles first, for a change. The first book of Aimee Carter‘s upcoming Blackcoat Rebellion series, called Pawn, will be released on November 26th.

pawnThis second one is from Alivia Anders. A Shard of Ice is the first book in the Black Symphony series, and it is due out next April.

a shard of iceThere is a novella coming from Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series on November 5th called Entwined.

entwinedThe re-releasing of some of Keri Arthur‘s early work continues. The first book of her Damask Circle series, Circle of Fire, will be hitting the shelves again on January 28th.

circle of fireThe Problem With Promises, the third book of Leigh Evans‘ Mystwalker series, will be released on February 25th.

the problem with promisesI still have to tackle the first book, but the cover for the second book in Thea Harrison‘s second Game of Shadows series, Falling Light, is out. It will be released on February 4th.

falling lightAnd the final one today is my favorite. Bite Me, the next book in Shelly Laurenston‘s Pride series, will be released on March 25th.

bite meWhich one of these are you most looking forward to? I am going to start the Mystwalker series soon, and The Pride series is always a favorite. I find myself interested in Pawn, probably because I love the funky cover, but I will wait and see on that one.

Cover Lover – 8 New Titles

This is a bit of a different Cover Lover post. All three of the covers from the upcoming The Baskerville Affair from Emma Jane Holloway have been made public. Book one will be called A Study in Silks, and it will be released on September 24th.

a study in silks

It will be followed bybook two, called A Study in Darkness, on October 29th.

a study in darkness

And will wrap up on November 26th with the release of A Study in Ashes.

a study in ashesAnd Lynn Viehl also has a double-header posting today. The first two covers from her upcoming Disenchanted & Co. e-book series have been released. Her Ladyship’s Curse will be released on August 12th.

her ladyship's curse

And it will be followed by His Lordship Possessed on October 14th.

his lordship possessedRebecca Zanetti starts a new e-series this July with the release of Forgotten Sins. This one gives me a Ghostwalkers vibe, with soldiers enhanced with special abilities.

forgotten sinsThe fourth book from Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, Shadowdance, will be released on December 17th.

shadowdanceAnd the final cover for today’s post comes from Tessa Adams and her Lone Star Witch series. Flamebound will be released on December 3rd.


Guest Review – Winterblaze

Douglas C. Meeks has found another great read, this time from author Kristen Callihan. Winterblaze is the third book of her Darkest London series, and it will officially be released on February 26th…

winterblazeWhat Doug said…

Winterblaze (Darkest London)


Kristen Callihan

Darkest London Series

Firelight (Darkest London) Book 1
Moonglow (Darkest London) Book 2
Winterblaze (Darkest London) Book 3


Once blissfully in love . . .
Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy’s secrets are revealed, leaving Winston’s trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.
Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy’s love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.


Poppy Lane has been heading up a secret society since she was a young girl and the need to keep that hidden overrode all else in her life, until Winston was attacked then she was forced to reveal her true nature which made her husband Winston believe that their whole life had been a lie. This is a myriad story with a broken romance at its heart while trying to resolve several life threatening situations.

The action is heavy in this novel and the motivations of the characters are laid out for the reader to enjoy (and to add to the angst and frustration of the human condition). There is a bevy of creatures to choose from and the demons, werewolves, and vampires are just a few of them.

You will enjoy the banter between the 2 main protagonists and the eventual realization to both of them that they were both much more than they seemed and a few surprises from their past add to the stress of this addition to the Darkest London series (which is one of the better written series on the market IMHO).

There will be a few subplots that will be resolved and a couple that will most likely play out in the next installment of this series since the author always leaves you with a tidbit of what to expect from the next novel without any cliffhangers (which I am thankful since I hate cliffhangers.)


This was a long awaited novel for me since I hated to see the last book end without resolution, but I can see why now, this is a very long book for paranormal romance/urban fantasy at around 450 pages, but it was worth the wait.

This is an excellent novel and even with its length it seldom wastes the readers time although it does drag in a few places to convey needed information. Bottom line is this is a 4.5/5 Star reading and to many readers it is more, I will most likely round it up to 5 Star level in many of my reviews since most don’t allow half stars .

Order this book and make sure you have read the previous 2 novels (ignore the “prequel” since it was just a publishers money grab and gives you nothing).

I do know that a friend of mine loves this series, and she is not a PNR lover (straight historical romance). It sounds like it is a cross-genre treat, with something for everyone.

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Hmm, I have been hoping for a really, really good cover to post for the last month or so, since this last while has been a bit iffy.  Some have been ok, some cheesy, and some downright ass-ugly.  Pretty much what I have found this go round, actually.

I actually don’t mind this first one…pretty, but sort of a flashback to the old historical romance bodice-rippers of yore (Lord, did I just yore in a sentence?!?).  Er, yeah, so this is Winterblaze from Kristen Callihan‘s Darkest London series, which is due out on February 26th.

I am not quite sure about this one.   I don’t hate it, but it seems to be going for the same vibe as Winterblaze (above), but doesn’t quite pull it off.  I am not sure if it is the grainy effect, or the bad font for the title, but Gilded, the second book from Karina Cooper‘s St. Croix Chronicles, isn’t a great cover.  It will be hitting the shelves on December 26th.

This one is Jaguar Fever, the second book from Terry Spear‘s new Jaguar series.  I actually don’t mind this one, since the photoshopping is well done and everything is clear and easy to read.  Pretty much standard, with intense shirtless dude, smoke and animal in the background, but it works unlike the next one…

Yep, saved this one for last.  Good lord, this is so very, very wrong.  I think that Pamela Palmer‘s A Love Untamed holds the distinction being the only book whose cover model scares me.  There’s intense, and then there’s serial killer mug shot scary.  I stopped reading this series a while back, and this one won’t make me want to pick it up again.  This Feral Warriors novel will be released on December 26th.

This and That

Things have been a bit on the quiet side around here for a few days.  Between working extra and just a info lull, I didn’t have much to post.  The downside is that things are not as up to date as I would like.  So, tomorrow is updating day.   Yep.  I plan on one whole day of nothing but blogging.  Not everyone’s idea of fun, but I can’t wait.  Love it.  The plan is to add the almost 100 new book release dates I have found, update the covers and blurbs, and add something like 20 new authors to the the Series Reading Lists pages.  And, if there is time, I have to update the Mythos Academy Character Guide to include the info from the last book, Kiss of Frost.

I did find a couple of little tidbits on my hunt for new info, however.

  • Shea Berkley will have two more Keepers of Life books coming out.  The Lost Prince will be released this coming August, and The Bastard King will follow in August of 2013.
  • March 2013 will see the release of the third Kristen Callihan Darkest London book, this one called Winterblaze.
  • Megan Crewe‘s second Fallen World book will be called The Lives We Lost, and should be available next January.
  • For the followers of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s Caster Chronicles, the title of the fourth book has now been revealed.  Beautiful Redemption will be released on October 23rd.
  • The fourth (and supposedly final) The Edge book from Ilona Andrews will be called Steel’s Edge.  Look for it on November 27th.
  • Tes Hilaire‘s second Paladin Warriors book will be called Deliver Me From Temptation.  It is due out on December 4th.
  • A Savage Hunger is the title of the first book in a new jaguar shifter series from Terry Spear, and it should be available on October 1st.

Cover Lover – 3 New Titles

Thanks to All Things Urban Fantasy for the first couple of these.  Diana Rowland‘s second Zombie book, Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues, looks like a fun one.  It should be available on July 3rd.

The second one is from Kalayna Price and her Alex Craft series.  Grave Memory is due out on July 3rd.

And the final one for today is the second book from Kristen Callihan‘s new Darkest London series.  Moonglow will be available on August 1st.