Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

October 24, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 5

Cover Art Coverage

Stark and powerful, Nekro’s cover for LAST BLOOD by Kristen Painter garnered unanimous “Best” ratings across the board.  Even more impressive, he was competing against his own work.  We picked the scarlet of LAST BLOOD over the blue of ASHES ON THE WAVES, which Nekro cover do you like best?

Unbroken (Ruined #2) by Paula Morris

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: February 2013 by Scholastic Inc.

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Ruined (Ruined, #1)

Welcome back to New Orleans.
Where the streets swirl with jazz and beauty.
Where the houses breathe with ghosts.

A year ago, Rebecca Brown escaped death in a New Orleans cemetery. Now she has returned to this haunting city. She is looking forward to seeing Anton Grey, the boy who may or may not have her heart.

But she also meets a ghost: a troubled boy who insists only she can help him. Soon Rebecca finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery from more than a century ago. But as she tries to right wrongs, she finds more questions than answers: Is she putting her friends, and herself, in danger? Can she trust this new ghost? And has she stumbled into something much bigger and more serious than she understands?

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

You have to click the cover and view the enlarged version to fully appreciate the myriad of beautiful details here. It’s arresting.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The wrought iron gate provides a good tie in to book one (and reminds me of New Orleans) while the light effects around the cover model do a good job establishing “paranormal”.  Good job!

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Very beautiful. I like the image of the ghost floating through the structures.

Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark #2) by Gena Showalter

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by HQN Books

Source: Harlequin Blog

 

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Wicked Nights (Angels of th...

“Combining passion, humor, pulse-pounding action and just plain fun, Gena Showalter’s books are always a refreshing escape!” - New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with another captivating Angels of the Dark tale, as a tormented warrior is brought to his knees by the most delicate of humans… 

His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned.

She is his last hope. Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo’s deliverance…and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola’s life-even if he has to sacrifice his own….

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

This is not as charged as the first cover, but I do love that she is literally ‘waking’ up to him

Julia’s Thoughts 

This one feels a lot more stiff than book one and the wings get more attention than the couple.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love the purple wings and then the hint of wing tattoo on his back.

Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Berkley Hardcover

Source: Author’s Twitter

 

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Guilty Pleasures The Laughing Corpse Circus of the Damned The Lunatic Cafe Bloody Bones The Killing Dance Burnt Offerings Blue Moon (Anita Blake, Vam... Obsidian Butterfly (Anita B... Narcissus in Chains (Anita ... Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake,... Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake... Micah (Anita Blake, Vampire... Danse Macabre (Anita Blake,... The Harlequin (Anita Blake,... Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Va... Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Va... Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire... Hit List (Anita Blake, Vamp... Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake,...

Micah is called back home by his estranged family, because his father, a county sheriff, has been attacked and is terribly injured. Anita and Nathaniel are going with him for moral support and to meet his family under very trying circumstances.

“We have the cover for Affliction, the new Anita Blake novel coming in June! I love this cover!” – Laurell K. Hamilton

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Not a big fan of the style of these covers. Her eye looks disproportional for her face here.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like this a lot better than KISS THE DEAD, though the eye effect is pretty weird.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

That paper or whatever is over her face is odd.

Last Blood (House of Comarre #5) by Kristen Painter

Cover Art: Nekro

Expected publication: 2013

Source: Orbit Pinterest

 

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Blood Rights (House of Coma... Flesh and Blood (House of C... Bad Blood (House of Comarré... Out for Blood (House of Com...

The fifth and final book of the House of Comarre series.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Nekro is one of my favorite artists and his covers for this series are a big reason why. There is so much texture and depth. One of his best.

Julia’s Thoughts 

My favorite yet!  The red dress is a gorgeous frame for her back.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

This is my favorite cover of the series. I like how this mirrors the first book where her back is to us.

The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow

Cover Art: Shirley Green, Craig White

Expected publication: May 21st 2013 by Orbit

Source: Orbit Pinterest

 

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The Iron Wyrm Affair (Banno...

The service of Britannia is not for the faint of heart–or conscience…

Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime in service to Queen Victrix, has a mission: to find the doctor who has created a powerful new weapon. Her friend, the mentath Archibald Clare, is only too happy to help. It will distract him from pursuing his nemesis, and besides, Clare is not as young as he used to be. A spot of Miss Bannon’s excellent hospitality and her diverting company may be just what he needs.

Unfortunately, their quarry is a fanatic, and his poisonous discovery is just as dangerous to Britannia as to Her enemies. Now a single man has set Londinium ablaze, and Clare finds himself in the middle of distressing excitement, racing against time and theory to find a cure. Miss Bannon, of course, has troubles of her own, for the Queen’s Consort Alberich is ill, and Her Majesty unhappy with Bannon’s loyal service. And there is still no reliable way to find a hansom when one needs it most…

The game is afoot. And the Red Plague rises.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Great continuation from the debut with just enough differences to make it interesting. Plus I love her sly expression.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Bannon and Clare both look a little happier on this cover, though their stance isn’t as dramatic as book one.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

It has a nice gothic feel and I like the little objects on the bookshelf too.

Tempest Reborn (Jane True #6) by Nicole Peeler

Cover Art: Sharon Tancredi

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Orbit

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Tempest Rising Tracking the Tempest Tempest's Legacy Eye of the Tempest Tempest's Fury (Jane True, #5)

Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she’s not about to give up. She’s ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he’s lost.

Luckily for Jane, those who’ve given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest.

With a little help from her friends, the Universe, and lots of snacks, Jane embarks on her greatest adventure yet, confident that with great sacrifice comes great reward. The question is, who will be that sacrifice?

“It is, I think, the hottest cover yet. I LOVE the black and there are DRAGONS and Jane looks HOT. Right????” – Nicole Peeler

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Interesting that they chose to go more muted with the colors in this final book. Great contrast between the left and right sides of the book with the dragons.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The black border looks a little “eBook Special” esque, but I’m sure in person it will look great.  Jane looks *kick butt*, it’s perfect how she stands strong on her own in this cover.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love the two dragons though what is she looking at? Interesting contrast with the ‘medieval weapons’ and the modern looking buildings.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Cover Art: Kristin Smith, Simon Alander

Expected publication: August 15th 2013 by Dial/Penguin

Source: Young Adult Books Central

 

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N/A

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

“I asked for, and received, a font-driven cover for BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Thank you Dial. Thank you Kristin Smith. The typeface was designed specifically for my book by Simon Alander, and I love it. Gothic. Timeless. And the crashing, pounding sea in the background perfectly represents the rotting-mansion-by-the-sea setting. The icing on the cake? They managed to fit my long, long, long name on the cover as well. “Genevieve” didn’t get cut. Awesome. ” – April Genevieve Tucholke

Abigail’s Thoughts 

So glad they created a custom font for a title this long. It really makes an impact. And I’m very intrigued by the tiny couple at the top.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The background image is completely overpowered by that title, and having the entire title in the same font is overwhelming.  It’s a well known phrase, do we really need to give equal emphasis to the little and’s and the’s?  I liked the header on the cover reveal better than the actual title, focusing on that couple draws my interest.  Reading the ornate title does nothing for me.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

The title font is beautiful and aptly matches the cliff scene behind it.

Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

Source: Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

 

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Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1)

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No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Few images are more chilling than a decaying school bus. Very eye catching.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The burned out school bus is such a striking image, I wish they had zoomed in to give it a bit more emphasis.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Eerie looking cover. What happened to the bus!

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris

Cover Art: Lisa Desimini

Expected publication: 2013

Source: USA Today

 

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Dead Until Dark (Sookie Sta... Living Dead in Dallas (Sook... Club Dead (Sookie Stackhous... Dead to the World (Sookie S... Dead as a Doornail (Sookie ... Definitely Dead (Sookie Sta... All Together Dead (Sookie S... From Dead to Worse (Sookie ... Dead and Gone (Sookie Stack... Dead in the Family (Sookie ... Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11) Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)

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No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

While the style of these covers has never been my favorite, this one is probably the best with the crazy bright colors and garden. I’m am a little concerned that neither Eric or Bill are featured, considering this is the final book in the series…

Julia’s Thoughts 

This cover deserves two thumbs up just for the squeal I let loose when I saw that tiger tail.  QUINN!!  I LOVE YOU!  I see Quinn’s tail, Sam, a werewolf, and vampire bats… looks like everyone is still in play.  Woot woot!

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the different creatures represented in this cover. Tiger(Quinn), dog(Sam), werewolf, and bats for vampires. I like the giant flowers and bright colors.

Of Shadow Born (Shadow World #4) by Dianne Sylvan

Cover Art: Gene Mollica

Expected publication: March 26th 2013 by Ace

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Queen of Shadows (Shadow Wo... Shadowflame (Shadow World, #2) Shadow's Fall (Shadow World...

Spread throughout the dark corners of our world lies the Shadow World, a society of vampires who feed off the living. In Austin, Texas, one woman must rise from the ashes of tragedy and confront an ancient evil before it destroys everything she holds dear…

After a heartrending night of loss and blood, Miranda Grey-Solomon, vampire Queen of the South, now stands in the ruins of her life determined to pick up the pieces and move on. David, her husband and Prime, is missing and presumed dead, and Miranda is lost without her soul mate by her side…But she has little time to grieve as enemies both old and new emerge to test her yet again.

Between vampires trying to take advantage of a Queen without a Prime, incursions by a mysterious organization of humans calling themselves the Order of the Morningstar, and the continuing threat from those within the Shadow World who have already tried to destroy her, Miranda and her allies are running out of places to turn. In order to save her territory and the ones she loves, Miranda must look to the ancient past, to the first days of the vampire race, and uncover secrets about the Signets that could change the course of history…

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

This almost looks like a different model, but I do like how strong she looks.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Full frontal badass, love it!

Kristina’s Thoughts 

She does look pretty tough. I also like the wind blowing the leaves and her hair around.

Flirting Under a Full Moon (Flirting With Fangs Trilogy #1) by Ashlyn Chase

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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N/A

Cocktail waitress Brandee Hanson has just been dumped via a text message. Dejected, she sits down with psychic Sadie who offers to cheer her up with a free tarot card reading. Sadie gets a premonition that Brandee’s true love is about to walk into her life. Brandee watches the door and in walks “One Night Nick.” A handsome playboy. Just what she doesn’t need.
Nick Wolfensen is a werewolf and a paranormal private detective. He and Brandee have been attracted to each other and flirting for some time. Brandee is put off my Nick’s reputation. He’s called “One Night Nick,” for a reason. What people don’t know is that he’s avoiding emotional involvement so he’ll be free when he meets his true mate.
His latest case is time sensitive, so he consults the psychic who practices out of a booth in his favorite bar. He’s been hired to find a kidnapping victim who has her own paranormal ability, although she’s unaware of it. The pre-teen is a fire-starter. Her power will erupt during the first solar eclipse after she reaches puberty—in other words, in nine days. Sadie narrows down the location of the girl to the theater district.
Cocktail waitress Brandee overhears enough to know that Nick is talking about her little cousin Katie who’s gone missing. Who else has white hair at the age of twelve? She wants to help, but he sees her as only getting in the way. Brandee’s passion is photography, and when she’s on her own time she can go wherever she wants, right? How can he tell her not to practice her techniques for taking night photos on her evenings off? So, she shadows him.
When Nick shifts into a wolf to use his powerful sense of smell, Brandee can’t believe her eyes. She tries to convince herself it’s just a trick of the light, but she doesn’t really believe that. Her camera will tell her the truth, so she snaps a few pictures.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I think it’s her too big smile that is keeping me from giving this a thumbs up. It doesn’t really fit with the way he is nuzzling her.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Light and fun, this wolf looks so much better than a floating head in the background.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

This cover looks so fun. I like her smile.

Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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N/A

England’s “vampire craze” causes much vexation for the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton. To save his reputation, Ian enlists aspiring authoress Angelica Winthrop without realizing she has hidden plans of her own.

Angelica Winthrop’s life goal is to ruin her reputation, avoid marriage, and become a gothic authoress like her idol, Mary Shelley. To find inspiration for her new story, she breaks into the home of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath, not knowing she will be coming up against the Lord Vampire of London. Romance sparks and reputations are at stake. But who knows the real difference between fact and fiction?

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Nothing says paranormal apart from the word ‘Bite’, some visual indication would have been nice.

Julia’s Thoughts 

The historical/paranormal cover is a tough one.  This one is dominantly historical, but the title, tagline, and feather hint at more…

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Looks like it could be a standard romance cover.

Charmed Vengeance (The Aether Chronicles #2) by Suzanne Lazear

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: August 8th 2013 by Flux

Source: Young Adult Books Central

 

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Innocent Darkness (The Aeth...

In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock’s relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V’s mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother’s air-pirate ship, the Vixen’s Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact–one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.

“Seeing this cover made me want to grab my goggles and go on an adventure (feel free to do the same, send me a picture.) Yes, the blond is V. What do you think?” – Suzanne Lazear

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Killer background and details once again. Her eyes look a little crazy in the goggles, but this is still very cool.

Julia’s Thoughts 

As colorful as the first cover was, I’m so happy this cover doesn’t have the female model looking like such a ditz.  Love it.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Solid Steampunk cover with the goggles and burning dirgible. Is he holding a navigation device?

Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

Cover Art: Nekro

Expected publication: June 27th 2013 by Philomel/Penguin

Source: iBook Blogging

 

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N/A

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I was very surprised that this was done by Nekro (Anna Dressed in Blood, House of Comarré), but it is gorgeous, especially his original image (click the cover to see it). The title font/detail is a big miss for me, but based on Nekro’s art I still give it a thumbs up.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I adore how her dress looks like waves.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Love it. I like how she is shooting out of the water and her dress almost looks like a wave the way it is shaped.

Emblaze (Embrace #3) by Jessica Shirvington

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: March 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Series Facebook Page

 

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Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1) Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters, # 2)

Once again Violet Eden faces an impossible choice … and the consequences are unimaginable.

Violet has come to terms with the fact that being part angel, part human, means her life will never be as it was.

Now Violet has something Phoenix – the exiled angel who betrayed her – will do anything for, and she has no intention of letting it fall into his hands. The only problem is that he has something she needs too.

Not afraid to raise the stakes, Phoenix seemingly holds all the power, always one step ahead. And when he puts the final pieces of the prophecy together, it doesn’t take him long to realise exactly who he needs in order to open the gates of Hell.

With the help of surprising new allies, ancient prophecies are deciphered, a destination set and, after a shattering confrontation with her father, Violet leaves for the islands of Greece without knowing if she will have a home to return to…

“TOTAL AWESOMENESS! Check out the gorgeous book cover for EMBLAZE.” – Jessica Shirvington

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Wings made of light…very ethereal.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Love the dark wings on her arm as much as the wings on her back.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I love the wings. Are those wing tattoos on her arms?

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

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  1. Breana M.

    February’s not the far away at least the second Ruined book is finally being published. :)

  2. fishgirl182

    the girl on flirting with the full moon has a lot of cleavage going on. and i agree about the devil and the sea cover. that font is totally overpowering. if they wanted an all text font, they should have done that instead of trying to stick a background image in there that no one would see. thanks for sharing these cool new covers!

    thuy @ nite lite

  3. Mary Lindsey

    Thank you for featuring the cover of Ashes on the Waves. When my editor told me Nekro was creating an original piece for my cover, I felt like I’d won the lottery. I’d been a huge fan of his for a while. When I saw the cover for the first time, I screamed until I lost my voice. He is an amazing artist and a lovely person to deal with online.