Cover Lover – 10 New Titles

It used to be pretty standard to do a cover lover post a week, but I find for the last while it is more like one a month or so. Not sure why, but it just feels like there isn’t as much info on new books coming out, either. At least for this batch, I found 10 covers to take a look at. Let’s start with the biggie of the group, which comes from Anne Bishop. Lake Silence is the 6th book set in The Others world, and it has a release date of March 6th.

lake silenceIn this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others—vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe—one of the shapeshifting Others—discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous—and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

Next up is Perfect Gravity from Vivien Jackson. It is the second book of the Tether series, and it has a release date of November 7th.

perfect gravityKellen Hockley usually keeps quiet about his past, but once upon a time he loved a girl named Angela. He hasn’t seen her in a decade, but now he has to break the news to her that his team of rogue treasure hunters accidentally killed her husband. He’s had better days…

It’s not the news that’s delivered to Angela Neko that breaks her apart–it’s the rumbly, Texas drawl delivering it. She can’t believe she’s hearing Kellen’s voice again. But there’s no time for distractions. When Angela’s own life is threatened, yielding up all of her lies and secrets, she and Kellen must figure out how to reverse the geopolitical firestorm she lit to save the world, to save Kellen’s cat…and just maybe to save each other.

And Isabel Cooper has a new one due out also on November 7th. Highland Dragon Rebel is the second book of the Dawn of the Highland Warrior series.

highland dragon rebelMadoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances. Targeted by an assassin, he needs a companion who can fight. When dragon shifter Moiread MacAlasdair returns from war, he knows she’s the best woman for the job. Duty and political strength compel Moiread to agree, but when they cross into the otherworld and Madoc’s life is threatened, Moiread jumps into protection mode-and will do whatever it takes to keep the man of her dreams alive.

This next one is from Kerrelyn Sparks. Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon is the third book of The Embraced series, and it will be released on March 27th.

eight simple rules for dating a dragonGwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…

Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?

This is another one on my “one day” list. Eileen Wilks‘ 14th World of the Lupi book will be called Dragon Blood, and it will be out on December 5th.

dragon blood

January 30th is the release date for Baby I’m Howling For You, which is the first book of the Alphaville series from Christine Warren.

baby i'm howling for youRenny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

This next cover is for Aliens Abroad, the 16th book of the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series from Gini Koch. It will be out on December 5th.

aliens abroad.jpgWith the human population growing and alien refugees pouring in from around the galaxy, Earth is becoming too overcrowded to sustain itself—and the solar system is filling up with the alien overflow. Advanced technology from the Alpha Centauri and Vatusan systems offers one possible solution. It’s time to explore new planets and see if any uninhabited ones can be claimed.

The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, aren’t supposed to be on this mission, but what looks like a snafu during a political photo op on the newly christened Distant Voyager spaceship turns out to be a call for help from a planet that might be Earth’s salvation…or its destruction.

The discovery of a world at the opposite end of the galaxy that seems like it could be a twin to Earth creates the usual issues for Kitty & Company. It also raises questions of Z’porrah and Ancient influence—not to mention cloning, the multiverse, and, scariest of all, whether or not the Black Hole Universe Police are starting to take too much of an interest in this particular universe.

For some reason, I thought this next one was young adult, but apparently I was mistaken. Bannerless, the first book of the Bannerless Saga from Carrie Vaughn, is an adult dystopian. It is due out this July 11th.

bannerlessDecades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn’t just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory.

Enid of Haven is an Investigator, called on to mediate disputes and examine transgressions against the community. She’s young for the job and hasn’t yet handled a serious case. Now, though, a suspicious death requires her attention. The victim was an outcast, but might someone have taken dislike a step further and murdered him?

In a world defined by the disasters that happened a century before, the past is always present. But this investigation may reveal the cracks in Enid’s world and make her question what she really stands for.

These next two are both young adult, starting with Inferno from Julie Kagawa. It is the 5th book of the Talon series, and it will be released on April 24th.

inferno

And the last one for today is from Kristen Simmons. Pacifica is a stand-alone young adult science fiction release which is due out on March 6th.

pacificaMarin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she’s meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council’s favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president’s son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam’s safe return.

When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.

There you have it. Any standouts for you? I admit that I like Lake Silence – it echoes the first five, but still has its own vibe. It is my favorite of the batch, for sure.

Cover Lover – 7 New Titles

This batch of cover is a bit of a mixed bag, ranging from decent to just plain awkward. Let’s start things off with a Nora Roberts release. Bay of Sighs is the second book of the Guardians Trilogy, and it will be out on June 14th.

Untitled-32.inddMermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star.

Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground…

And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled—the mermaid’s in the water and the traveler’s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.

Like a River Glorious is the second book of the Gold Seer Trilogy from Rae Carson, and it has a release date of September 27th.

like a river gloriousAfter a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

This next one is from Terry Spear. Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing is due out on July 5th.

billionaire in wolf's clothing

Shadow Falling is the next one from Rebecca Zanetti, and it has a release date of August 30th.

shadow fallingBefore the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Kennedy was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around her tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire.

Now we move into the young adult books. Metaltown is a new one from Kristen Simmons, and I do believe it is a stand-alone. It has a release date of Septmeber 20th.

metaltownThe rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

A Million Worlds Without You is the next one from Claudia Gray, and it is the third book of her Firebird series. Look for it on November 1st.

a million worlds with youA million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

Yep, this is the last one. Sea Spell is from author Jennifer Donnelly, and it is the 4th book in her Waterfire Saga. Look for it on June 14th.

sea spell

 I have to say, I do really like the covers in the Claudia Gray series, and while Bay of Sighs is nothing like the cover of the first book in the series, I like it, too. Metaltown is eye-catching, I think. Any favorites out of this batch? Anything you plan on picking up?

Cover Lover – 4 New Titles

Just a little post for today’s Cover Lover edition…which means I will probably find 10 new covers an hour from now. Usually the way that works, anyways. To get started, let’s go with a re-release from Dianne Duvall. Her Immortal Guardians short story, In Still Darkness, was originally released in the Predatory anthology, but it will be out in e-format on July 29th.

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Next up is Hunger’s Mate, the A.C. Arthur Shadow Shifters story which will be released on February 3rd.

hungerj's matePurchase at Amazon.com

P.C. and Kristin Cast will release their final House of Night novel, Redeemed, on October 14th.

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This final one is from Kristen Simmons. The Glass Arrow is the first book of a new trilogy, and it is due out on February 10th.

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New Release Dates…

For some reason (er, laziness? old age?) I had missed a few new releases for May. None of them were “biggies”, but there were some e-books that I added yesterday that might interest you. As for the other months…

  • the preorder links are up now for Jeaniene Frost‘s third Night Prince book, Bound by Flames. Look for it on January 27th.
  • March 1st is the release date for Bec McMaster‘s Of Silk and Steam.
  • March 1st is also the date for Vampires Never Cry Wolf from Sarah Humphreys. It is part of her Dead in the City series.
  • There will be an as-yet unnamed Lynsay Sands book coming our way on February 24th.
  • Originally, the next Chronicles of Nick from Sherrilyn Kenyon was listed as having the title Defiant, which totally broke with the “I” precedent. The new listing shows it as being called Instinct, still for release on March 31st.
  • Kristen Simmons‘ next book, The Glass Arrow, will be out on February 10th.
  • The third and final book from Jessica Brody‘s Unremembered series, Unchanged, is due out on February 24th.
  • Rosamund Hodge will follow-up her recent Cruel Beauty with another fairy tale retelling, this time focusing on Little Red Riding Hood. Crimson Bound is due out next year.

Site Updates and Cover Lover…

First, the usual stuff. I have finished updating the new release pages for 2013 (both monthly and yearly), and I am now working on getting through 2014. New covers and blurbs have been added, and the release dates have all been double-checked. It was just done at the end of June, but there were still quite a few that had had their release dates changed just in the last month (which is a pain, but anyways). I am also working on updating the Completed Series list, and so far I am up to I think the letter F. Most of those that I added were YA trilogies that are wrapping up soon, but there were a few adult series that are finishing, as well. I also happen to be way behind on the Character Guides, and I need to update the Breeds, IAD, Charley Davidson and Mythos Academy info. I am finding it hard to find the time, but I am hoping to get back into my old routine soon.

Now, for the covers. All of these are YA, and I found them during my updating (so you might have seen a few of these around already). This first one, Phoenix Overture, is a novella from the Incarnate series from Jodi Meadows, and it will be released on September 3rd.

phoenix overtureDecember 31st is the release date for Maria V. Snyder‘s Taste of Darkness, which is the third book of her Healer series.

taste of darknessIn at number three is, well, Three. It is the third book from Kristen Simmons‘ it is the third book in her Article 5 series, and it will be available on February 11th.

threeNext up is The Offering. It is from the Pledge series from Kimberly Derting, and it will be released on January 7th.

the offeringSigh. Bad Photoshopping is…bad. Secret, which is part of the Elemental series from Brigid Kemmerer, will be released on January 28th.

secretI thought this next one was rather striking. Covenant, from Sabrina Benulis, will be released on April 1st.

covenantThis next one is Vengeance from Megan Miranda, and it will be released on February 4th.

vengeanceUnforgotten, which is the second book in Jessica Brody‘s Unremembered series, will be released on February 25th.

unforgottenRounding things off is Cress. It is the third book of the Lunar Chronicles series from Marissa Meyer, and it is due out on February 4th. I have heard such good things about this series that I am hoping to start the first book maybe tomorrow night.

cressI think my favorite of the batch is Cress. Phoenix Overture is pretty and sticks with the cover theme for the series, and Covenant is dramatic, but I like the funky vibe of the Lunar Chronicles covers. I am looking forward to getting into this series even more now.

Cover Lover – 11 New Titles

A lot of these are recycled from All Things Urban Fantasy, so once again many thanks.  This first one is from new author Amanda Carlson and her Jessica McClain series.  Full Blooded will be released on September 11th.

Looks like someone got a bit wonky on the cropping for this one, but After Moonrise is the October 23rd duology featuring Gena Showalter and P.C. Cast.

The third book from Tami Dane‘s Sloan Skye series, Blood of Dawn, now has a cover.  It is due out on December 1st.

Darynda Jones starts up a new series this October called Darklight.  Book two, called Death, Doom and Detention, will be released on March 5th.

There will be another novella from Brigid Kemmerer‘s Elementals series, this one called Fearless.  It will be available on July 31st.

The second of three re-releases from Alexandra Ivy, My Lord Eternity is due to hit the shelves again on December 1st.

This one freaks me out a little.  Shatter Me‘s paperback cover is quite the departure from the Tahereh Mafi hardcover version, but at least it is attention grabbing.  This one will be re-released in paperback format on October 2nd.

Jana Oliver‘s next Demon Trappers book, Foretold, has been pushed back to a December 11th release date, and was also given a new cover.  I find this one works way better in keeping with the “theme” of the other covers in the series.

This next one is from author Susannah Sandlin and her Penton Legacy series.   Absolution will be released this September 18th.

Breaking Point, the second book from Kristen Simmons‘ Article 5 series, will be released on February 5th.

And this last one is quite the biggie for young adult readers.  Finale, the last book in Becca Fitzpatrick‘s Hush Hush series, will be out on October 23rd.

New Series Alert…

It must be because I didn’t have much to post last week, but it feels like I just did the last New Series Alert a couple of days ago.  That…or I am getting old.  Huh.

On the adult side of things, Kristen Callihan starts up her new Darkest London series this week with the release of Firelight.

Synopsis…

London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . .
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

There will be an e-book prequel available on February 1st called Ember, and a second book released on August 1st called Moonglow.

Also new this week is Cynthia Garner‘s Warriors of the Rift series.  Book one is called Kiss of the Vampire.

Synopsis…

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

Half-demon, half-human, Nix de la Fuente is accepted by neither and mistrusted by both. Determined to prove she’s more human than not, she devotes herself to solving crimes between the world’s mortals and its most unsavory undead. But her latest case brings her face to face with the one vampire she could never resist . . .

Called in to investigate a string of violent murders, special agent Tobias Caine isn’t interested in rekindling his relationship with Nix. Yet one look and the vampire knows his need for her is as strong as ever. Once, their all-consuming passion nearly cost Nix her fragile hold on her humanity. Now, as their hunger for one another intensifies, exposing them to an unimaginable danger, it could cost them both their lives.

It will be followed by Secret of the Wolf on July 1st, and Heart of the Demon after that.

On the Young Adult shelves, Jodi Meadows will be debuting the first book of her Newsoul series this week with the release of Incarnate.

Synopsis…

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

And finally, Kristen Simmons will start up her new Article 5 series with the release of the book of the same name.  No word yet on following titles in the series.

Synopsis…

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police — instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior — instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested don’t usually come back.

17-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. That life in the United States used to be different.

In the three years since the war ended, Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And what’s worse, one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.