Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

October 3, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 2

Cover Art Coverage

Color is king this week, from a splash of bright green to highlight DEAD LETTER DAY’s title to the sun-drenched whirl of Andrea Cremer and David Levithan’s INVISIBILITY.  Kevin J. Anderson’s Dan Shambles series has two new covers to share, and we’re all impressed with how gorgeous the novella cover turned out.  Enjoy!

Beyond the Cell by Sara Tribble

Cover Art: N/A

Published September 23rd 2012 by Fire & Ice

Source: Publisher

 

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Sixteen-year-old Sonata Wilde is living in Hell. Not literally Hell, more like a prison stashed away in the mountains known as The Cell. All mythical beings were banished to live here nine years ago, segregated from the humans. Being trapped in captivity is breaking her down and the temptation of escaping grows stronger, regardless of what it might cost her. No one has ever made it out of The Cell, not with the extreme voltage on the wires and constant guards on patrol. It’s damn near impossible, minus one loophole. Sonata has a plan ready to set in motion, along with help standing by to make sure it all goes accordingly. The taste of freedom is within her grasp and she’s ready to embrace it once again.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I like the rainbow colors contracted with the barbwire, but it’s lacking something to draw me in.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I like the paper effect of the image, but not a lot to stand out on this cover.  It could just as easily be YA or a thriller.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Nice color combinations and I like the barbed wire. It adds some more grit to the cover.

Dead Letter Day (Messenger #3) by Eileen Rendahl

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Ace

Source: Author

 

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Melina’s missing friend Paul could just be taking a little werewolf me-time but her investigation yields something more sinister. Suspicions first fall on Paul’s wolf-pack rival. But that wouldn’t explain the sudden windstorms rattling Melina’s nerves. Or the ominous, shrieking crows that keep appearing. The clues lead Melina to a Delta-bound mermaid, a damaged and possibly deranged police officer, and patterns for Norwegian doilies. Finally bringing her to the realization that Melina may be dealing with the most powerful enemy she has ever faced.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Interesting color change up. I also like the forest background here.

Julia’s Thoughts 

This shade of green is a hard sell for me as an accent, but they did a great job with it on this cover.  I love how they’ve handled this reoccurring symbol, the accent, and title across the covers.  Complimentary, but not too “matchey matchey”

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Forest setting is nice and I like the blue tones on the cover. Plus that eagle is cool.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Cover Art: Maria T. Middleton & Symon Chow

Expected publication: April 2013 by Amulet Books

Source: Author

 

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In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her? Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

“The lovely cover model is portraying a scene in which my protagonist, Mary Shelley Black, begrudgingly poses for a photographer who claims to capture the spirits of lost loved ones with his camera.” – Cat Winters

Abigail’s Thoughts 

The Egyptian style font is so interesting paired with the 20th century background.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Very creepy, a little campy, this cover makes me think V. C. Andrews.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Creepy! It looks one one of those old time photos you’d see in some abandoned house…okay the one in my head at least…I love the ghost sneaking up on the girl.

The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama (Cleo Tidwell Paranormal Mystery #1) by Susan Abel Sullivan

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: October 16th 2012 by World Weaver Press

Source: Author’s E-mail

 

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Who knew one gaudy Velvet Elvis could lead to such a heap of haunted trouble? When Cleo Tidwell said, “I do,” for the third time, she had no idea her marriage vows would be tested by a tacky piece of art. But Cleo’s not the kind of woman to let a velvet-offense-against-good-taste just hang–oh no, she’s on a mission to oust the King. Trouble is, Elvis won’t leave the building. And he’s attractin’ all manner of kooks, fanatics, and lookie loos to Cleo’s doorstep, including the entire congregation of the Church of the Blue Suede Shoes. Everyone wants a piece of the painting, but Cleo’s starting to suspect that whatever’s haunting the Velvet Elvis wants a piece of her husband. Why else would her hubby trade in his car for a ’56 pink Caddy, moonlight as an Elvis impersonator, and develop a sudden hankering for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches? Certainly it can’t be anything as simple as a mid-life crisis, because Cleo is not getting divorced again–her mother would never let her hear the end of it. Cleo’s life is all shook up by crazies with death threats, psychic warnings “from beyond,” kidnapping attempts, invitations to join the Blue Shoe Loonies, and even murder! Cleo’s in a fight for her life, her marriage, and the perseverance of good taste everywhere.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

What is up with the little Elvis silhouette in the title? It seems totally at odds with the super clean/happy cover. Nothing is reading paranormal or mystery here.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Very Contemporary Romance, now I know why they added the word “Paranormal” to the series name.  I like reading contemporaries, but a cover this light, fluffy, and generic is a detractor for me.  I like a little more personality or heat on my romance covers.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like it but it also looks like it could be the cover of Home and Gardens magazine or something.

Undead and Unsure (Undead #12) by MaryJanice Davidson

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Berkley Hardcover

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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“I’m dazzled by the awesomness of it all!  (Wait, is there another e in awesomness?) It doesn’t hurt that purple is my favorite color. My only suggestion for a possible change would be to de-ruffle her top. But maybe I shouldn’t discount the readers who visualize Betsy the Vampire Queen as one third sexy, one third badass, and one third French maid.  Heh.” – MaryJanice Davidson

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I can’t keep complaining that I miss the earlier style of this series, so for this style, I do like the colors this time and the flames reflected in her sunglasses.

Julia’s Thoughts 

This series redesign is right up there with the Kitty Norvillebooks for instant recognition, but both series suffer from an “interchangeability” problem.  I realize this is a Queen Betsy book, but be damned if I can remember which one it is.  I like the Andy Warhol/Elmore Leonard feel to the covers, the colors and style are eye catching, but it doesn’t really say “vampire” to me.  Of course, Betsy is no average vampire…

Kristina’s Thoughts 

I like the graphic look of this cover and the fire reflected in the shades. Is that a ghost ship shadow on the right hand side?

The Loop by Shandy Lawson

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: April 2013 by Hyperion

Source: la femme readers

 

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Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them. As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart?

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Nothing is saying epic romance. The shattered clock does represent time/reincarnation, but where are the star-crossed lovers? This just looks like a thriller.

Julia’s Thoughts 

This cover says Thriller or SciFi, no Romance or Fantasy.  While the red is eye catching, nothing else really catches my attention.  I wish they had done something visual with the word “loop”, it implies so much movement.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Looks like a thriller/mystery novel. Its pretty good for that sort of cover. And I don’t see romance or anything else besides something about a shattered clock meaning time.

Stakeout at the Vampire Circus (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI #1.5) by Kevin J. Anderson

Cover Art: Mark Frederickson

November 2012

Source: Author’s Blog

   

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Death Warmed Over Unnatural Acts

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“‘Stakeout at the Vampire Circus’ is an original novelette, Dan on the case at a traveling monster circus, where the freak show may be the most normal part of the business!” – Kevin J. Anderson

Abigail’s Thoughts 

This is a novella cover? It looks every bit as good as the full novels. I totally dig the style of the series.

Julia’s Thoughts 

I love, love, love these covers.  I haven’t read one and I already recognize Dan Shambles.   Impressed they did such a good job for the novella, too, very well done.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

His smirk is adorable in a zombie PI kind of way. It looks like he is posing for a camera. On the plain side in comparison to HAIR RAISING but I like it.

Hair Raising (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI #3) by Kevin J. Anderson

Cover Art: Mark Frederickson

Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Kensington

Source: Author’s Blog

   

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Death Warmed Over Unnatural Acts

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“These are gorgeous illustrations that really capture the fun and craziness of Dan Shamble’s world.” – Kevin J. Anderson

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Where do I start? There is something cool everywhere I look from the classic wolfman, to the silhouette in the window, to the zombie chasing the dragon. Love it

Julia’s Thoughts 

Dan is looking a little beat up on this cover, maybe that’s why he needs the Zombie Bath House.  Still snickering.  I love everything about this cover, especially the cheesy tagline.  “This full moon, crime gets a comb-over.” hahahahahaha

Kristina’s Thoughts 

The zombie grabbing for the tiny dragon is hilarious. In fact the whole cover is really fun!

Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris #2) by Jim C. Hines

Cover Art: Gene Mollica

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by DAW Hardcover

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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“There are many things I like about this image. I’m happy that the artist, Gene Mollica, found an Indian model for Lena Greenwood. I love seeing her teamed up with Smudge.1 And I think this fits well with the look of the first book.

I’m particularly pleased that when I tried Lena’s pose, I was able to do it without pain. I love the expression on her face, and the fact that she’s actually got some muscle on her. And while the outfit she’s wearing is rather revealing, it’s also completely in character. Lena might be dressed sexy, but she’s not posing as a sexual object. There’s no unnecessary thrusting of hips or chest. She’s dressed the way she likes, and she’s stepping out of her oak to kick someone’s ass.” – Jim C. Hines

Abigail’s Thoughts 

Wow does this perfectly capture Lena’s dryad nature. Love Gene Mollica’s style.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Classic fantasy, this reminds me of Terry Brooks or Piers Anthony books I read in high school.  Throwing jean shorts in with all the  woodsy elements gave things a nice modern twist.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

So much yellow/gold! I like it. All the yellow magic mixing with the yellow leaves and the yellow sunlight. Also that’s cool how she appears to be coming out of the tree.

Blood and Magick (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #3) by James R. Tuck

Cover Art: Gene Mollica

Expected publication: March 4th 2013 by Kensington

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

Deacon always looks like a total action star on these covers (again thanks to the awesome Gene Mollica), but I really love the action captured here against the bright green background.

Julia’s Thoughts 

These covers are always bursting with badass, BLOOD AND MAGICK being no exception.  Love the movement and his facial expression.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Cool and action packed. I love these covers!

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: May 2013 by Philomel/Penguin

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

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Untitled (Divergent, #3)

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth. 

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

This is a reluctant thumbs down since I love this author pairing and the story idea, but I think they really missed an opportunity to create some emotion. The colors are too bright and the model looks a little too smugly happy.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Wow, this is a authorial mash-up I never expected.  I love the movement in this cover, and how Stephen just barely glimmers through wrapped in her arms.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Not a fan of the big blue letters. The rest is nice though I’ve seen the blurry cover a bit too much lately.

The Twice Lost (Lost Voices #3) by Sarah Porter

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Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Source: la femme readers

   

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Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem—by slaughtering all of them. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco.

There she finds hundreds of mermaids living in exile under the docks of the bay. These are the Twice Lost: once-human girls lost first when a trauma turned them into mermaids, and lost a second time when they broke mermaid law and were rejected by their tribes. Luce is stunned when they elect her as their leader. But she won’t be their queen. She’ll be their general. And they will become the Twice Lost Army—because this is war.

No Author Comment Available.

Abigail’s Thoughts 

I love mermaid covers. I just do. This one is especially pretty and ethereal with the iridescent tales.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Anyone else find it funny that a book called THE TWICE LOST is #3 in a series?  No, just me?  Ok, moving on…  I love the colors in these mermaids and the large, languid tails.  The description has me intrigued as well.  If the main character has been killing people, I wonder how the author will help us root for her?

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Wow. I love the colors on the mermaid tails! This is a very pretty underwater cover.

Trickster by Jeff Somers

Cover Art: N/A

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Pocket Books

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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From master storyteller Jeff Somers comes a gritty new urban fantasy series starring a pair of unlikely heroes: low-life blood mages caught up in a violent scheme not of their own making.

Lem has ethics in using his magic. Therefore Lem is hungry and broke most of the time.

Ethics in the world of blood magic, however, is a gray area. While Lemwill grift his way through life by using small glamours to make $1 bills appear as $20s, enabling him and his none-too-bright pal Mags to eat, hewon’t use other people’s blood to cast. Stronger spells require more blood, and hardcore magicians use Bleeders or “volunteers” to this end. Not Lem.

So when these down-and-out boon companions encounter a girl kidnapped and marked with magic rune tattoos, it’s not at all clear that they’re powerful enough to save her…or themselves. Turning to his estranged Master for help, it quickly becomes clear to Lem that not only is this beautiful, strange girl’s life all but forfeit, but that the world’s preeminent mage had big, earth-shattering plans for her—and he and Mags just got in the way. 

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Abigail’s Thoughts 

I think this is Chris McGrath, but I can’t confirm that. I like the gritty style and the concept sounds very cool, but I’m not feeling these three together at all. They feel totally separate from each other.

Julia’s Thoughts 

Very punk-McGrath looking, I love it.  The expression on the big guy’s face certainly fits the “none-too-bright” title, and the middle guy has a bit of a Bowie thing going on.

Kristina’s Thoughts 

Small, Medium,Large. That’s what I thought of at first when I saw the positioning of these characters. Its dirty and gothic looking which fits with the style of the book.

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2 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!”

  1. Stephanie Scott

    I agree on the Haunted Housewives; the house doesn’t look scary, the title image is weird and what’s with the Elvis?? So confused. It’s too bad the story is overshadowed by a bad cover.

    I’m also surprised by the Andrea Cremer and David Levithan pairing. I’ve seen both authors at a book event, and while Cremer seems wonderful I wasn’t a fan of the Nightshade series. I would definitely give her new book with Levithan a chance.