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

Time for a little random cover lover post, starting with a new one from Jennifer Ashley. Guardian’s Mate is due out on September 6th.

guardian's mate

She wasn’t ready to lead…

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love…
 
A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger…and to each other.

Molly Harper‘s Where the Wild Things Bite, which is part of her Half Moon Hollow series, will be released on July 26th.

where the wild things bite

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Winthrop’s job description. You know what isn’t? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow…while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

Fortunately, Anna’s dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she’s stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner-or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they’re not out of the woods yet…

And Paige Tyler has one coming out on June 7th called To Love a Wolf. It is part of her SWAT series.

to love a wolf

And Heather Graham continues her Krewe of Hunters series with the release of Haunted Destiny on May 24th.

Haunted Destiny

Between the evil and the deep blue sea… 

A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line’s Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans—with a killer on board. He’s known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint’s medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he’s doing this.

Jackson Crow—head of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, a special unit of paranormal investigators—is assigned to the case, along with local agent Jude McCoy. Then Alexi Cromwell, who works in the ship’s piano bar, is drawn into the situation when a victim’s ghost appears to her—and to Jude. She and Jude share an attraction, and not just because of their mutual talent.

There are many suspects, but one by one they’re ruled out… Or are they? In the end, Jude and Alexi have to rely on each other to catch the killer and escape his evil plans for Alexi.

Next up are a couple of young adult books. Melissa de la Cruz‘s third Heart of Dread book, Golden, will be out out on April 5th.

golden

In this epic conclusion to the trilogy, Nat and Wes go on a journey to find the Rift, save the source of magic and defeat the Drau, the pirates, and the RSA—but at a great sacrifice. Wes is dying, and as he’s rotting the Drau will let the rot “cleanse” the source of magic, dooming Wes forever. Nat and Wes discover that the source of the magic lies in the Drakon—the key to the Blue, the protector, the soul of the world. But in order to close the Rift, a great sacrifice is needed. Nat must decide to sacrifice her beloved drakon in order to save the world, and to save Wes. In the words of the sylphs, death is life, and now the worlds can be reborn again. 

Kerstin Gier‘s next book is called Dream On, and it is due out on May 3rd.

dream on

Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home (and her new family) in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over–in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?

And this last one isn’t really paranormal, but it is from J.R. Ward‘s The Bourbon Kings series. The Angel’s Share is due out July 26th.

the angel's share

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…

No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior…or the worst of all the sinners?

Cover Lover – 9 New Titles

It has been a while since my last Cover Lover post, so a few of these have already been out and around for a while. I guess new-to-me counts for something, right? Let’s start with Jennifer Ashley‘s Shifters Unbound novella collection, Shifter Mates. It is a print bind-up of Lone Wolf and Feral Heat, and it is due out on March 3rd.

shifter matesPurchase at Amazon.com

Hunter Reborn, the next book from the Moon Shifter series from Katie Reus, will be released on February 3rd.

hunter rebornPurchase at Amazon.com

The Immortal Who Loved Me, the next book from the Argeneau Vampire series from Lynsay Sands, will be out on February 24th.

the immortal who loved mePurchase at Amazon.com

Molly Harper has another Half-Moon Hollow book coming out on March 31st, called The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire.

the dangers of dating a rebound vampirePurchase at Amazon.com

Viking Vampire Angels. Yep, there is another Sandra Hill Deadly Angels book due out on November 25th called Vampire in Paradise.

vampire in paradisePurchase at Amazon.com

I really liked Kerstin Gier‘s Ruby Red trilogy, so here’s hoping her new Silver trilogy is as good. Dream a Little Dream is the first book, and it comes out on January 6th.

dream a little dreamPurchase at Amazon.com

Megan Crewe also starts a new series soon called Earth and Sky. The first book is also called Earth and Sky, and it is due out on October 28th.

earth and skyPurchase at Amazon.com

Unchanged, the third book from the Unremembered series from Jessica Brody, will be released on February 24th.

unchangedPurchase at Amazon.com

The Eternity Key, the second book from the Into the Dark trilogy from Bree Despain, will be released in early 2015.

the eternity key

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.