Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

August 15, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 5

Cover Art Coverage

It’s a madhouse this week, and not just because AllthingsUF was down for a day and a half.  Abigail, Kristina, and I have all differed in our Best and Worsts, a testament to the broad array of covers revealed.  I admit, my hormones may have cast the deciding vote, but I can’t resist a man with stubble (let alone stubble *and* wings).  Which cover caught your eye?

Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: January 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

I won’t even bother saying much, since no words can compete with a cover reveal. Especially a cover featuring a shirtless guy.  So, here it is! I love it. LOVE IT. I hope you do too. :D” - Jennifer Rush

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The pop of neon against the B&W image is striking, and the branches lifting off from his skin is very cool.

Julia’s Thoughts 

A great image, though closer inspection has me wondering where those trees are coming from…

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I really like the branches on his back and that title is a neat contrast in design from the black and white of the rest of the cover.

The Mysterious Madam Morpho (Blud #1.5) by Delilah S. Dawson

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Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Pocket Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Wicked as They Come (Blud, #1)

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Taking place after Wicked as They Come, this original eBook features a mysterious lady and a reclusive mechanical genius who find love and danger in a traveling circus. An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I don’t hate this (even though it’s very generic), my problem is that has no connection to the full length covers.  I would never have guessed this was part of the Blud series.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I love the reflection in her eye, but I wasn’t crazy about the “brush stroke” effect on her face.  Still, for a novella, this cover is great.  Not as stark and steampunk as WICKED AS THEY COME, but a good cover overall.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the amber colored eye and the gears mixed in with the butterflies. The design on the butterflies almost looks ‘steampunky’ to me.

Wicked as She Wants (Blud #2) by Delilah S. Dawson

Cover Art: Tony Mauro

Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Pocket Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Wicked as They Come (Blud, #1)

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The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all….

“Did you like Casper in Wicked as They Come? YOU’LL LIKE HIM MORE.
Hate Casper in Wicked as They Come? YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE HIM NOW.
You’re a straight dude? Sorry. You’ll just wish you had his dimples.” – Delilah S. Dawson

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Yes, he’s wearing a puffy shirt.  Aside from that, this does fit with the first cover, though I would have liked a more ‘wicked’ looking guy like the debut had.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Thank you, sir, can I have another?  That smile and his stance are exactly as wicked as I could want, yum.  Less sleaze and more smolder than WICKED AS THEY COME, this cover is my favorite in the series.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

He doesn’t look very wicked in comparison to the guy on the cover of the first book. Not a big fan of his puffy shirt but its an okay cover.

Black Fallen (Dark Ink Chronicles #4) by Elle Jasper

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: December 31st 2012 by Signet

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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There’s only one thing more lethal than a vampire.
A Black Fallen. Rather, a fallen angel engulfed in the blackest of magic.

And three of the most dangerous have descended upon Edinburgh…

Tattoo artist, RILEY POE, has changed. After surviving the bites of three potent Strigoi, she has acquired traits from each that parallel those of the most lethal of vampires. Her strength, speed, hearing are unmatched. She’s a stick of dynamite, fuse lit. She’s about to put those unique powers to good use. And she’ll need them.

Now that the rogue bloodsuckers plaguing the Lowcountry are under control once more, and Riley, along with her guardian vampire, ELI DUPRE, Riley’s brother, SETH POE, and Eli’s brother, PHIN DUPRE, and Strigoi vampire VICTORIAN ARCOS agree to join JAKE ANDORRA’S elite WUP team. Worldwide Unexplained Phenomenon takes cases too powerful and dangerous for mere humans to handle. Comprised of vampires, humans with tendencies, immortal druids, werewolves and witches, there aren’t many situations the WUP members can’t handle. But there are unholy, lethal disturbances in the ancient city of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Riley and the others accept the mission.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The dress has me wondering about how much of this story is going to be more historical flashbacks…?

Julia’s Thoughts 

I love the use of color in these covers, and the pink highlights really kick next to the title.  The switch from tube tops to a ball gown seems incongruous, but her tattoos have gotten even better over the series.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Interesting how she is facing us and we get no back tattoo on this cover. Also nice dress…That’s also a contrast from the previous covers. Is this going to be a game changer book for the series?

Daughter of the Spellcaster (The Portal #2) by Maggie Shayne

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: November 20th 2012 by MIRA

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Mark of the Witch (The Port...

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Has a spell been cast?

Lena Dunkirk is a practicing witch, Ryan McNally a wealthy playboy. Logic says mismatch, yet from the first they share a passion that defies reason, as if they know each other from another place, another time. Then Lena gets pregnant and runs for the safety of home.

Months later, when Ryan appears at her door looking to help raise their child, Lena doesn’t know whom to trust–particularly now that “guru to the stars” Bahru has taken an interest in her baby, offering gifts forged of magic.

Soon she and Ryan are sharing eerie dreams of ancient lands, while a vengeful demon plots to take possession of their child. As the moment of birth approaches, the demon’s power rises, forcing the hand of love to wield the blade that will decide the fate of a child’s soul–and the future of the world.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

This one is my favorite from this series. It’s softly romantic.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The expressions are a little off for me, more sedated than seductive.  And that dagger looks like it may be an unpleasant surprise for our heroine…

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Very romantic looking. The gold helps make the cover feel very romantic and warm.

Blood of the Sorceress (The Portal #3) by Maggie Shayne

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by Harlequin MIRA

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Their Love was destiny. Was a curse to be their undoing?

As an ancient king’s favorite harem slave, Lilia committed the worst of all possible crimes: loving another man. When the king discovered her treason, her lover was sentenced to lose his soul and linger in eternal imprisonment, and Lilia herself was executed alongside her sisters. While they reincarnated through countless lifetimes, she lingered alone between worlds for thousands of years, waiting for the moment to rescue her beloved Demetrius.

Now that moment has come. Demetrius has broken free, but without his soul and in the thrall of the same high priest who betrayed them so long ago; he has become an icy, uncaring cad, devoting himself solely to pleasure and power. Somehow Lilia must convince him to reclaim his humanity, to abandon the enemy tempting him to give in to his selfish desires–or her life will be lost alongside his, both of them condemned to eternal damnation, eternal isolation, their love lost one final and irrevocable time.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Another beauty. Great pose again too.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Well, she doesn’t look into it either, but at least this hero looks like he wants to make out.  I like the lighting on her skin, she looks luminous.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Nice choice of red to go with blood and romance. Very romantic and beautiful cover.

Still Life with Shapeshifter (Shifting Circle #2) by Sharon Shinn

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Expected publication: November 6th 2012 by Ace

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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For her entire life, Melanie Landon has hidden the fact that her halfsister Ann is a shapeshifter—determined to protect Ann from a world that simply wouldn’t understand.

After months of no contact, Melanie fears the worst when a man shows up on her doortstep saying he’s there about her sister. A freelance writer, Brody Westerbrook intends to include Ann in a book about the existence of shapeshifters. While Melanie is immediately drawn to the stranger, she knows revealing Ann’s secret isn’t an option.

Protecting her sister has always been such an enormous part of Melanie’s life, but when Ann finally appears looking frail and sick, Melanie must come to grips with the fact that saving her may mean letting go…

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

This series has such interesting covers in the way they blend fantasy with urban elements. This one isn’t as strong as the previous cover, but the cool colors and white wolf front and center are eye catching.

Julia’s Thoughts 

This cover really makes it look like the wolf is the prey, which fits perfectly with the protective Melanie watching over her sister Ann.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

The nature scene is very cool and the white wolf really stands out. It has a earthy feel to it as well.

The Weird Girls: A Novella (Weird Girls #0.5) by Cecy Robson

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Expected publication: December 4th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Typical ebook cover. Nice that they carried over the same font, but some sort of focal image would have gone a long way.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Matching the sky with the author’s font color looks too monochromatic.  I like the title font, but it’s placement looks too “symmetrical” and lined up, and that rigidity overpowers the flow of the font.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the script for the title and the tree line against the purple sky.

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1) by Jordan Dane

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Expected publication: December 18th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

“This cover was inspired by the first appearance of the mysterious Gabriel Stewart in Indigo Awakening, a runaway boy who rescues my brave girl, Rayne Darby, from a gang of thugs after they follow her into an abandoned zoo at night.” – Jordan Dane

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I didn’t peg this as a YA initially, but I like the mystical/electric wolf…very unusual.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Very chilly and futuristic, this looks more like horror than UF to me.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love the wolf formed out of the smoke? energy? magic? And the top of the title becoming smoke is a neat touch.

Alchemy (Mercian Trilogy #2) by K. J. Wignall

Cover Art: Sammy Yuen

Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Egmontusa

Source: Goodreads

 

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Blood (Mercian Trilogy, #1)

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In the thirteenth century, William, heir to the Earl of Mercia, was attacked and turned into a vampire. For 750 years, Will has spent his life in the shadows. Until he met Eloise.

Together, Will and Eloise must destroy an ancient evil that has led them to Marland Abbey, where Will’s ancestors lived and Eloise attends school. Here they uncover the truth about the four vampire kings, Will’s past, and an uncertain future.

But the mysterious sorcerer, Wyndham, is still hunting Will and using Eloise as bait. To protect the girl he loves, Will goes in search of answers—but does that mean walking right into the enemy’s trap?

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I wish they would have added color to set the title off like on the debut, but otherwise the image is strong in a HUSH, HUSH sort of way.

Julia’s Thoughts 

This cover is too stark and one-tone to work for me, and the background elements (hallway and smoke) don’t seem to be apart of the same image.  As a novella this would be passable, but it really doesn’t work for a full length book.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Very gothic feeling and I love the title script for this series.

Blood-Kissed Sky (Darkness Before Dawn #2) by J. A. London

Cover Art: Sammy Yuen

Expected publication: December 26th 2012 by HarperTeen

Source: Goodreads

 

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I’m crazy about this font. The rest of the cover looks quite a bit like Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, but’s still very pretty in a a gothic way.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The rosy sky makes the cover model stand out, the division is a little stark for my tastes.  I like the title font, though.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Very gothic feeling and I love the title script for this series.

A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: May 1st 2013

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Heart of the Wolf Destiny of the Wolf To Tempt the Wolf Legend of the White Wolf Seduced by the Wolf Wolf Fever Heart of the Highland Wolf Dreaming of the Wolf (Heart... A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing (... A Howl for the Highlander (...

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“Hug a Highland Hunk Monday!  Or…any day, really!” – Terry Spear

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I can no longer distinguish one cover from the next in this series. It’s good for the covers to go together, but this just feels like the same cover over and over again.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I love how the cover model and the wolf have the same stare.  And a kilt, excellent.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Kind of boring.

Mating Instinct (Moon Shifter #3) by Katie Reus

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Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by Signet Eclipse

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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“My new cover!  Mating Instinct comes out in March 2013 and I’m so in love with the cover they’ve come up with. The NAL art department is absolutely amazing :) Love it!” – Katie Reus

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The cool grays and blues are beautiful. I also really like that they switched up the pose this time. Having the title banner across her hips helps tone down the overtly sexual position too.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The blue really works for me, and I love the color splash behind the titles in this series.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the colors and lighting in this one. It is a slight change from the previous covers with her kneeling and the wolf in the background. The added wolf is very nice.

Rebel (The Fallen #4) by Kristina Douglas

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: March 2013 by Pocket Books

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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Raziel Demon Warrior

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New York Times bestselling author Anne Stuart, writing as Kristina Douglas, delivers the fourth novel in the Fallen series—in a realm of fallen angels and ruthless demons, an eternal rebellion is brewing…A rebel angel who lives outside the world of the Fallen, Cain makes his own rules. Now he’s returned to make trouble, and he sets his sights on the unreliably psychic Martha. She has no interest in getting romantically involved with Cain, especially when she can tell he has ulterior motives. But when a mysterious figure tries to kill Martha, she and Cain must work together to uncover the villain. The heat between Martha and Cain grows undeniable, even as chaos and disaster threaten the very existence of the Fallen.

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

This is the best cover since RAZIEL. It captures his easy strength which I love. Anyone else think he looks like Aaron Eckhart?

Julia’s Thoughts 

That’s Sean Bean’s chin!  An angel with stubble?  I’m in love.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Wow. This is a really nice cover. I don’t know why but he just seems so powerful looking. Possibly his squatting position? Completely off topic but I wonder if leather pants are a hinderance to fighting? I guess if you’re an angel it doesn’t matter.

Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops #2) by Myke Cole

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by Ace

Source: Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

 

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Control Point (Shadow Ops, #1)

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The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed…but not for everyone.

Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier—cut off, surrounded by monsters, and on the brink of being overrun.

Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place—Oscar Britton, public enemy number one…

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Very cool. There is so much action on this cover.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like how we still have the model from CONTROL POINT in the team, a great detail.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

It looks like an action movie poster. It has a lot of action on it and very big guns which is awesome.

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5 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!”

    • Abigail

      It’ll be in the next post. We do these a few days in advance since we all have to comment. I did see HOT BLOODED though and it looks great. My review of FULL BLOODED will be up soon too–it was awesome.

    • Julia

      Thanks for the tip, I’m getting my thumb warmed up for next week!