Cover Art Coverage: 17 New Titles!

February 20, 2013 Review 7

Cover Art Coverage

Anyone else feeling particularly hard to please this week?  Persnickety?  No?  Just me?  Ok, moving on… Most weeks I lean more towards Thumbs Up than Thumbs Down, but as I scroll through this week’s crop of covers it’s clear that I’m a Negative Nelly.  Kristina and Abigail find more to love, and luckily, even covers that make me crabby are fun to look at.  Enjoy!

Elisha Barber (The Dark Apostle #1) by E. C. Ambrose

Cover Art: Cliff Neilsen

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by DAW Hardcover

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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England in the fourteenth century: a land of poverty and opulence, prayer and plague, witchcraft and necromancy. Where the medieval barber-surgeon Elisha seeks redemption as a medic on the front lines of an unjust war, and is drawn into the perilous world of sorcery by a beautiful young witch. In the crucible of combat, utterly at the mercy of his capricious superiors, Elisha must attempt to unravel conspiracies both magical and mundane, as well as come to terms with his own disturbing new abilities. But the only things more dangerous than the questions he’s asking are the answers he may reveal…

“I have to say, I’m thrilled with the over-all effect of the cover–and I love the “Medieval Dexter” remark–may have to borrow that myself.  I think it will grab the right readers.  Cheers!” – E. C. Ambrose

Abigail Says 

I’m stealing Kristina’s line, because ‘Medieval Dexter’ is too perfect. 

Julia Says 

Wow, the clumsy spatter and water color effect on this cover didn’t work for me at all, especially when juxtaposed with the overly crisp title font.

Kristina Says 

Before reading the description I was thinking ‘Medieval Dexter’. Creepy and bloody image. I like the contrast of the holy and clean images behind him with his bloody tools and clothes.

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Gallery Books

Source: Author’s Facebook

 

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The Warlord Wants Forever A Hunger Like No Other No Rest for the Wicked Wicked Deeds on a Winter's ... Dark Needs at Night's Edge Dark Desires After Dusk Kiss of a Demon King Pleasure of a Dark Prince (... Demon from the Dark (Immort... Dreams of a Dark Warrior (I... Lothaire (Immortals After D...

In this next searing tale of the Immortals After Dark Series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves deeper into the mysterious Clan MacRieve, a family tormented by ancient agonies and forbidden wolven hungers.

Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate—a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he’d ever dreamed for himself?

“Here we go, folks, the MACRIEVE cover reveal!  Behind the cover: I asked them to show a broken warrior, a man with nothing to lose, and I love what they gave me. Poor MacRieve, his expression gives me chills! I also love the scroll work on the side, an IAD series continuity from LOTHAIRE’s cover. ” – Kresley Cole

Abigail Says 

I actually switched my rating from down to middle after my initial gut reaction. It’s not a terrible cover, but it’s really not what I was hoping for. He looks a little too much like an actual lady killer then a metaphorical one. 

Julia Says 

One woman’s “broken warrior” is another woman’s “hair band front man”.  Eye liner and cuirass?  I could also go with Chris Angel on this one. (And still laughing out loud from Abigail’s “actual lady killer” line).  

Kristina Says 

I like the border design but I don’t really feel anything from this image. He does look like an actual killer, someone I would not want to be near.

After Dark (Lords of the Underworld #4.5) by Gena Showalter and Kait Ballenger

Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin HQN

Source: Goodreads

 

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The Darkest Night The Darkest Kiss The Darkest Pleasure The Darkest Whisper

A timeless seduction A unique temptation And a whole world of dark desires… 

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

The Darkest Angel 

Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he’s never known desire-until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long….

And from debut author Kait Ballenger

Shadow Hunter 

Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs… and their newfound hearts.

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Abigail Says 

A little muted, but a good jaw line carries a lot of weight in PNR covers. 

Julia Says 

Doesn’t match the aesthetic of the series, but works for the

Kristina Says 

I am not a fan of the lights in the background. His six pack is very nice though.

My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding (Demon Slayer #5) by Angie Fox

Expected publication: May 1st 2013

Source: Author’s Website

 

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The Accidental Demon Slayer... The Dangerous Book for Demo... A Tale of Two Demon Slayers... Last of the Demon Slayers (...

Lizzie Brown is about to have the destination wedding her dreams. But as this former preschool teacher knows, being a demon slayer makes everything more complicated. The vengeful Earl of Hell is still on her tail. And now it seems that one of the guests at the eccentric, seaside mansion is possessed and trying to kill her. Maybe she should just elope.

The groom, studly shape-shifting griffin Dimitri Kallinikos, vows to protect her at all costs. Yet even he is acting suspicously. And minions of the devil are popping up everywhere. Now Lizzie must protect her socialite mother, her Greek inlaws and her grandmother’s gang of biker witches – all of whom are convinced they know what’s best for her, and her big day. As the wedding draws closer, Lizzie has to learn who is behind the attacks – and fast – or risk losing everyone she loves.

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Abigail Says 

It still fits the series look, but the wedding dress is super hard to pull off in this context. 

Julia Says 

The whole style of these covers isn’t aimed at me.  The boots and the dress and the dog and the halo around the font… the first two choices are to match the book, so I don’t blame them for that, but the way these elements come together looks pretty amateurish.

Kristina Says 

Okay this is a hilariously awesome cover. I think the doggie in the bow tie truly makes this cover.

The Havoc Machine (Clockwork Empire #4) by Steven Harper

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Roc

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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The Doomsday Vault (Clockwo... The Impossible Cube (Clockw... The Dragon Men (Clockwork E...

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No Author’s Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I wish they would have filtered the cover just a little to minimize the costume feel, but I still dig it. 

Julia Says 

Her outfit makes me think the havoc machine is a giant, robotic wolf.  Perhaps being controlled by grandma?  Anyone else see her pushing levers and turning dials in a giant, white nightie? That entire fairy tale makes so much sense with  steampunk overlay…

Kristina Says 

I like their clothes and that they decided to go with two people on this cover. More steampunkness is possible with two people.

The Brazen Amazon (Alliance of the Amazons #3) by Sandy James

Expected publication: May 6th 2013 by Carina Press

Source: E-mailed from Author

 

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The Reluctant Amazon The Impetuous Amazon

Zach Hanson is a tech wizard, capable of creating and improving gadgets—including remote nuclear warhead launchers. But he’s always known that he’s destined for something more, something greater, something—supernatural.

Powerful Air Amazon Gina Himmel is one of four sisters called to protect the world from those who would do it harm. Demigods in league with an Ancient have been taking over the bodies of leaders in the military and technological sectors, and Gina is sent to San Francisco to watch over Zach.

Under Gina’s protection, Zach is introduced to a world of ancient deities, rogue gods and the bold, brazen Amazons who keep humanity safe. Amidst the whirlwind of battle, Zach and Gina discover a love that could give them the power to save the world—or destroy it.

Meet Earth and Fire in The Reluctant Amazon and The Impetuous Amazon.

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Abigail Says 

Not bad. The bright neon colors actually work on this series. 

Julia Says 

Something is really off with her face, that looks less like an “expression” than a “symptom”.  

Kristina Says 

I also enjoy the bright colors used in this series. She looks so intense and scary.

Werewolf in Alaska (Wild About You #5) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Signet

Source: Goodreads

 

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A Werewolf in Manhattan (Wi... Werewolf in the North Woods... Werewolf in Seattle (Wild A... Werewolf in Denver (Wild Ab...

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Abigail Says 

I normally don’t go this style, but anytime the heroine is holding a book on her cover, I perk up. 

Julia Says 

I like these covers in general, and this one strikes me as a little extra funny (as the funky, contemporary style is showing the Alaskan wilderness).

Kristina Says 

I like to play ‘find werewolf’ with these covers. They should make it more difficult to find him though. Put him in a tree! I enjoy this style as its not too cutsie but still kind of fun enough to identify it as chick-lit.

Prince of Shadows (Paladin Warriors #3) by Tes Hilaire

Expected publication: December 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Wanton Thoughts & Wicked Scribes

 

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Deliver Me from Darkness (P... Deliver Me from Temptation ...

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Abigail Says 

The blurb in the corner describes the cover perfectly: Dark, sexy, and intense. This is exactly what I like in a PNR cover 

Julia Says 

A whole face, a big change for this series and I like it.  The hoodie is a casual look, but he looks like a dangerous enough to pull it off.

Kristina Says 

He does look dark and sexy…and intense. Also I like that they didn’t cut off most of his head like in the previous two covers.

My Lady Quicksilver (London Steampunk #3) by Bec McMaster

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source: Author’s Website

 

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Kiss of Steel (London Steam... Heart of Iron (London Steam...

Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out.

In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.

He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.

No Author’s Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

It’s unfortunate that we don’t have a larger image because IMO this is the best yet for the series. I love how sexy and fierce she looks. 

Julia Says 

Not a great image quality, but I don’t think a clearer picture would have have me liking her hair or expression.  It’s like Sweeney Todd and a crazy cat lady’s love child, and the bare leg doesn’t help any.

Kristina Says 

She definately is out sexy-ing that guy behind her. I love her dress and those blades she’s holding look awesome.

The Arrivals by Melissa Marr

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by William Morrow/HarperCollins

Source: io9

 

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Chloe knew she shouldn’t have gone into the bar last night. Now, in addition to a pounding headache and weak limbs, she’s got the guilt of five years sobriety down the drain.

When she wakes, she’s not in the world she knows. She’s in The Wasteland, a world populated by monsters and unfamiliar landscapes, in the company of people just like her, pulled to the Wasteland out of time and place, for reasons no one knows or understands. Once there, though, their mission is clear: keep the peace, protect each other, and try not to die, because sometimes, after six days of death, you might not wake up.

But things are changing in the Wasteland. And for Jack and Kitty, brother and sister from a Wild West frontier town; Edgar, a Prohibition rumrunner and Kitty’s former lover; Francis, a former hippie and general peacemaker; Melody, a mentally-unbalanced 50s housewife; and Hector, a former carnival artist, the careful balance they’ve been keeping for years is about to be upset. All of them, and Chloe, are about to get the answer they’ve been looking for years: why have they been brought to the Wasteland in the first place? And will it be possible for them to get back home?

No Author’s Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I wish this cover had more going for it than Melissa Marr’s name, but for me it doesn’t. I’m not getting monsters or a mix of time periods beyond the Old West. 

Julia Says 

The hoop skirt unbalances the shadows for me, but I get why the outfit is there.  I like the shadows, but I’m not sure if this new version of the classic, Western cover really pulls it off.  

Kristina Says 

I like the outlines of those four people but this really doesn’t make me want to pick up the book.

Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn #1) by Dana Cameron

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Expected publication: March 12th 2013 by 47north

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil. To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.

“When I first saw this image, it took my breath away.  My first thought was:  Ohhhh, it’s so beautiful!  The second was:  That’s FROM my book, Seven Kinds of Hell!  The third was:  That’s Zoe and she’s badass!  The fourth was:  That’s gonna be ON my book!  There were no more coherent thoughts after that, but lots of starry-eyed staring.  There may have been cooing, I’m not going to lie.  I flat out adore this cover.” – Dana Cameron

Abigail Says 

Chris McGrath delivers yet another hyper gritty UF cover. Love it. 

Julia Says 

I love the movement of wind through this image (through the leaves to the her hair).  The cover is a little stark and I’m not a fan of that shade of yellow, but I don’t think I’d normally see anything below the cover model.

Kristina Says 

The grit is looking good here! I love the panthers prowling in the back.

Taming the Demon by Doranna Durgin

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Harlequin

Source: Goodreads

 

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Their passion threatens her life and his tortured soul… Devin James wields a demon blade. Or does the demon blade wield him? The bond between man and steel is soul deep, the source of Devin’s power and an ever-present torment. Struggling against the evil forged within the blade, Devin patrols the dark streets of Albuquerque, searching for innocents to rescue. That’s how he finds Natalie Chambers….

Natalie is sure that helping Devin is another in a long series of very bad decisions, but she can’t abandon the man who saved her life-a man who believes that the demon blade might turn him into a monster. She is powerless to resist their fierce attraction.

But love is their only chance at salvation. Can they now find the faith to take that chance? And can they keep the demon blade from the man who would destroy them both?

No Author’s Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

It’s interesting how far back the couple is. Usually they are front and center. I’m wondering if they are trying to appeal to UF fans by visually implying that the setting will be just as prominant as the romance. 

Julia Says 

A very category cover, the banner and title take center stage.  The cover models have some tension (though I’m not sure about the hood up on this one), and I like the movement in the angle of this shot, but it still comes together to look a little cheesy Charlie’s Angels.

Kristina Says 

They do seem to be downplaying the ‘passion and love being their own salvation’ They look like they got spooked during a semi-illicit make out session by the old abandoned warehouse. Yes I know the sword doesn’t make sense in my senerio but still…

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Harper Voyager

Source: Goodreads

 

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There is another world than our own, as close and intimate as a kiss, as terrifying and haunting as nightmares, a realm where fairies and djinns, changelings and angels, all the stuff of which dreams are made is real…and where magic awaits in the shadows, just a hidden step away. Between this realm and that other lies a veil, a gossamer web that muddles the vision of mortal man and keeps him from seeing what is all around him. Sometimes, someone pierces that protective veil. But one glimpse of this world can forever transform lives. Just ask Ewan and Colby…

Once upon the time, the pair were once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, until they left that world behind them. Now, Ewan is a musician living in Austin, and has just met the girl he wants to marry. Colby is still coping with the consequences of an innocent childhood wish that haunts him all these years later. While their time in the Limestone Kingdom is little more than a distant memory, this supernatural world has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies and foul-mouthed wizards argue metaphysics, and monsters in the dark feed on fear, both will learn that fate can never be outrun.

The many fans of Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Erin Morgenstern, and Kim Harrison will love this fabulous debut tale of the magic and monsters in our world…and in ourselves.

No Author’s Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

I do like the font, but there isn’t much to look at beyond that. 

Julia Says 

I like how the sky looks like a soapy shop window and I spent awhile trying to piece the orange fire and wings.

Kristina Says 

Meh. The orange shapes are kind of weird.

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake #14) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Avon

Source: Goodreads

 

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How to Marry a Millionaire ... Vamps and the City Be Still My Vampire Heart The Undead Next Door All I Want for Christmas is... Secret Life of a Vampire Forbidden Nights with a Vam... The Vampire and the Virgin ... Eat Prey Love (Love at Stak... Vampire Mine (Love at Stake... Sexiest Vampire Alive (Love... Wanted: Undead or Alive (Lo... Wild About You (Love at Sta...

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Abigail Says 

The long hair is killing this for me. Not a fan. But the tattoo looks great. 

Julia Says 

I’m not a fan of this yellow (or the long hair), but I’m glad they got the tattoo right.  I’m betting that the hair is because of the character description.  At least I hope so, else, no freaking excuse.

Kristina Says 

He’s trying to be the next Fabio with that hair. Is that a mullet?!

Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Expected publication: September 1st 2013 by Tor

Source: Author’s Blog

 

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Like fog creeping in from the Bay, this ghostly, romantic tale of San Francisco past made the outside world disappear and sent shivery tendrils into my soul. A gorgeous and haunting book.” –Rae Carson, author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers

“Spirits seek vengeance while the young try to build a future in a fog-shrouded San Francisco shaken by more than the great earthquake. This bravura mix of ghost story and historical mystery will chill and grip its readers from first page to last.”—Chaz Brenchley , author of House of Doors and House of Bells

“Moyer creates a hauntingly real San Francisco, full of characters you can’t wait to get to know better. Except for the killer, of course. He’s just disturbing as heck. Delia’s Shadow is an engaging debut novel, one that cost me a good night’s sleep.”—Jim C. HInes, author of Libriomancer: Magic Ex Libris Book 1

DELIA’S SHADOW is harrowing and intense, vibrant both in light and shade. Moyer’s deft handling of her characters (all of them haunted in different ways, how clever!) had me rooting for them from the first page, and her depiction of turn-of-the-century San Francisco was pitch- perfect.—M. K. Hobson, author of Native Star, The Hidden Goddess and The Warlock’s Curse.

“Haunting and sweet, Delias’s Shadow pulls off the rare feat of combining a thrilling ghost story with a gentle romance. A lovely book.”—S. C. Butler, author of The Stoneways Trilogy: Riffen’s Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magicians’ Daughter

“I am the luckiest of lucky writers. I love this cover with all the love. More later when I don’t have to sleep.” – Jaime Lee Moyer

Abigail Says 

The dusty colors and Art Deco font really evoke the time period. And of course the costume is perfect. 

Julia Says 

Intense, gorgeous, mysterious.  I love how much they’ve done with shadow and shapes. I’d love to see this restrained, targeted style on steampunk covers.  No fishnets or thighs in sight!

Kristina Says 

I am in love with her hat and I really like the gloomy background.

His Clockwork Canary (The Glorious Victorious Darcys #2) by Beth Ciotta

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Signet

Source: Goodreads

 

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Her Sky Cowboy (The Gloriou...

History is repeating itself.

For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride—and redemption. After all, it was Simon’s failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys’ reputation.

Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it.

His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London’s sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future…as long as he can put their history behind him.

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Abigail Says 

Killer good. Love the colors and the way this cover is textured is exactly what I was missing in the HAVOC cover. 

Julia Says 

Fits the style from book one, I like the little mechanical bugs.

Kristina Says 

I love the details put in steampunk covers. Those are amazing colors and they look so cool in their black outfits.

Fiddlehead (The Clockwork Century #6) by Cherie Priest

Expected publication: November 12th 2013 by Tor Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Boneshaker Clementine (The Clockwork Century, #2) Dreadnought Ganymede The Inexplicables

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No Author’s Comment Available.

Abigail Says 

A series with awesome covers gets its best one yet. I love every single detail 

Julia Says 

Each cover in this series is perfectly complimentary to the whole while being eye-catching in it’s own right.  Awesome!  The angle and movement on this one reminds me of  Ann Aguirre’s AFTERMATH cover, in the best possible way.

Kristina Says 

Nice action scene and bonus points for the dirgibles.

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7 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 17 New Titles!”

  1. E. C. Ambrose

    Thanks for including me, though the book probably isn’t “urban fantasy” by most reckonings–now I’m wondering how to give you an official “author comment.”
    I have to say, I’m thrilled with the over-all effect of the cover–and I love the “Medieval Dexter” remark–may have to borrow that myself. I think it will grab the right readers. Cheers!

  2. Lily B

    Some of them are really great. Let’s just hope the once that are not so easy on the eyes are at least good ;/ cause some made me cringe ehhe

  3. Chris

    Fiddlehead is easily my favorite on this list. I really need to read some Cherie Priest one of these days.

  4. Tamlyn

    Forget the hair, why is he leaning back in relief with his hands positioned like that?!