Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!

August 28, 2013 Cover Art Coverage 1

 

Cover Art Coverage

Few extremes on these covers, more positive and middling reactions than anything else.  I’m completely jazzed to discover a Navy SEAL werewolf PNR that I didn’t realize existed, and despite not liking the cover, I’m dying to see if the intersection of two venerable genre tropes equal awesome or awesomely bad.  Can’t wait!

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The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchanted & Co. #3) by Lynn Viehl

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Pocket Books

Source: Author’s Blog

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Her Ladyship's Curse (Disen...

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Abigail Says 

Why did they have to add floating wolf eyes? The other covers had cool atmospheric London streets in the background. If she didn’t look so authentic, the eyes would kill this for me. 

Julia Says 

This cover does an excellent job setting genre.  The style of dress says “historical” (and given that “Clockwork” is in the title, I was also leaning “steampunk”, and the glowing amulet and translucent wolf bring to mind both UF and PNR.  But as clearly as this cover fits the novel, it doesn’t really grab me.  Something about the stagings, her eyes mimicking the wolf’s, seems a little… forced.  

Chris Says 

Like Abigail the wolf eyes in the background nearly ruin this cover for me.

Unravel (Linked #2) by Imogen Howson

Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Source: Amazon

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Linked (Linked #1)

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Abigail Says 

Trippy and sexy. I love the switch to these cool gray colors and the full body shot. 

Julia Says 

A perfect match to book one, but this one does a much better job connecting with the SciFi aspects of the story.  I thought her lower body was a machine (which is *perfect* considering the series’ plot).

Chris Says 

Sweet use of the mirror image effect. The typeface for the author font needs to be a bit thicker though.

Werewolf in Las Vegas (Wild About You #6) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Signet

Source: Amazon

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A Werewolf in Manhattan Werewolf in the North Woods Werewolf in Seattle Werewolf in Denver Werewolf in Alaska

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Win it all, or lose it all… 

Giselle Landry is in Las Vegas to haul her wayward brother back home. But casino owner Luke Dalton is also looking for her brother, who has run off with his little sister. The two should join forces, but Luke is unaware that Giselle’s brother is also fleeing his duties as the future alpha of the Landry werewolf pack—which includes his Were bride.

The Landrys don’t believe in Weres mating with humans, and Giselle is no exception. Though Luke is wealthy, gorgeous, and protective, Giselle can’t let herself get close to him, even to solve their shared dilemma. But the tension wears away her resistance, and after a wild night with Luke, she is shocked to find she’s fallen for him.

But Luke still doesn’t know Giselle’s true identity. And once their siblings are found, Giselle must return to San Francisco. Can they overcome the odds—or will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?

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Abigail Says 

The best yet. Usually these covers tip just on the side of too cutsey, but Vegas is is looking very good here. 

Julia Says 

Very cutesy contemporary romance, but this series has grown on me.  This cover has a strong sense of place, too, I like that.

Chris Says 

Vegas, baby! If your book involves Vegas or gambling of any kind I’ll probably give it an automatic thumbs up. Even if it features werewolves.

Cole’s Redemption (Alpha Pack #5) by J. D. Tyler

Expected publication: March 2014 by NAL/Signet Eclipse

Source: Amazon

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Primal Law Savage Awakening Black Moon Hunter's Heart

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Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts….

Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: leave the Pack forever.

White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain—she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. And she lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight—only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite.

Two damaged souls—one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living—are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely, turbulent bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried….

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Abigail Says 

It’s hard for a guy to pull off sexy in the middle of a hot pink forest. 

Julia Says 

A former Navy SEAL werewolf pack!  How did I not know about this?  If Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series has taught me nothing, it’s that these gentlemen are boss.  Lycanthropy not required. Still, this seems like such a perfect romance mix, I can’t think how I missed it.  Also, *perfect* cover for a former-Navy-SEAL-turned-werewolf book, though I would have liked a little less babyoil on the model.

Chris Says 

This cover looks like it was purchased at Generic Paranormal Romance Covers R Us.

Willing Sacrifice (Sentinel Wars #8) by Shannon K. Butcher

Expected publication: March 4th 2014

Source: Goodreads

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Burning Alive Finding the Lost Running Scared Living Nightmare Blood Hunt Dying Wish Falling Blind

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They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior weighs the price he will pay for love….

Theronai warrior Torr has never forgotten Grace, the human who stole his heart and nearly gave her life to save his. So when he is summoned to the aid of Brenya, the powerful woman who healed Grace, he is devastated to find that Grace’s cure has left her mind devoid of any memory of Torr or their love.

However, despite not knowing who he is, Grace is inexplicably drawn to the dark warrior. As they team up to stop the invasion that threatens the people Grace now considers family, her memories slowly start resurfacing. But sometimes the past is best forgotten—a lesson that Torr may learn too late….

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Abigail Says 

There is nothing raw about this cover. He’s too clean, too manscaped. 

Julia Says 

I’m rereading SUNSHINE at the moment, which had me thinking about Druidic symbolism and trees for a moment.  Of course, when I’m actually looking at the cover, I’m thinking about how this guy’s poor nipple is about to get nommed by a giant, tree tattoo (anyone else think it looks like a shadow puppet hand at just that juncture?).  Good choice for content, but the execution of the tattoo isn’t working for me.

Chris Says 

“You know what would be cool? If we took off our shirts, bought a sword and got tribal tattoos.” Said no one ever.

Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau #20) by Lynsay Sands

Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Avon

Source: Amazon

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A Quick Bite Love Bites Single White Vampire Tall, Dark & Hungry A Bite to Remember Bite Me If You Can The Accidental Vampire Vampires Are Forever (Argen... Vampire, Interrupted (Argen... The Rogue Hunter (Argeneau,... The Immortal Hunter (Argene... The Renegade Hunter (Argene... Born to Bite (Argeneau, #13) Hungry for You (Argeneau, #14) The Reluctant Vampire (Arge... Under a Vampire Moon (Argen... The Lady is a Vamp (Argenea... Immortal Ever After (Argene... One Lucky Vampire (Argeneau...

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Abigail Says 

I’m enjoying this latest design incarnation for this series. The moment captured here is very sensual and the way they shadowed their faces instead of cutting them off is a nice improvement for the genre. 

Julia Says 

A standard, well executed PNR.  These covers aren’t so much about the characters as the series, so I guess it’s ok that I can’t tell them apart?

Chris Says 

I’m not giving this one a down vote only because they didn’t show only the models’ torsos. Huzzah for progress, I guess.

Dark Bites: A Short Story Collection (Hellchaser #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Expected publication: January 21st 2014 by St. Martin’s Press

Source: Wanton Thoughts and Wicked Scribes

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Blood Lite (Blood Lite, #1;... DarkHunter: An Insider's Gu... Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunte... The Guardian (Dark-Hunter, ... Time Untime (Dark-Hunter, #...

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The fans asked for it…

All in one volume, all of the short stories that Sherri has written for St. Martin’s Press. Best of all, it will feature Fear the Darkness (first time in print) and a new short story with Acheron as the lead and updates on other fave characters as well as a sneak peek of Simi’s new love…

Includes:
Phantom Lover
A Dark-Hunter Christmas
Second Chances
A Hard Day’s Night Searcher
Until Death Do We Part
Fear the Darkness
Shadow of the Moon

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Abigail Says 

Why? Seriously, why? I’m thinking ‘Thing’ from The Adams Family would really dig this cover, but beyond that…. 

Julia Says 

Good lighting and shadow, and I spent some time thinking about the paranormal significance of that bracelet.

Chris Says 

That is one weird looking hand. Plus what does it have to do with the title?

Metawars: The Complete Series (Metawars #1-4) by Kelly Meding

Expected publication: November 11th 2013 by Pocket Star

Source: Author’s Blog

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Trance (MetaWars, #1) Changeling (MetaWars, #2) Tempest (MetaWars, #3) Chimera (MetaWars, #4)

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Abigail Says 

Maybe an original image featuring all four characters would have been better, but this way there in no confusion about whether or not this is a new story. Plus the neon colors work really well sliced up next to each other. 

Julia Says 

Well this is a straightforward and effective way to do an anthology cover.  But now does everyone see how odd the purple one is?  Vindication!

Chris Says 

Love the use of color on this cover and how the various powers are hinted at. Definitely would pick this book up on the store to find out more.

The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Source: Edelweiss

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The Beautiful and the Cursed

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Abigail Says 

I like the font. That is all. And can any body tell me what that overlay thing is? 

Julia Says 

Perfect image, given the title, and the fonts are very X Files.

Chris Says 

The model and background on this cover give it a cool, spooky vibe. Extra kudos for cool font and excellent use of my favorite color.

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Expected publication: April 8th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Source: Goodreads

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Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take on an impossible romance. Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves.

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Abigail Says 

Not a fan of the triangle pattern. I know time travel covers are challenging to convey…but it’s like they didn’t even try. 

Julia Says 

Dreamy but somehow dated.  This looks like it could be a copy of GO ASK ALICE.  Nice, but not specific.

Chris Says 

It reminds me of those 3D puzzle pictures where you have to cross your eyes to see the real image. Those gave me a headache to look at and so does this cover.

Bloodwitch (The Maeve’ra Trilogy #1) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Source: Goodreads

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A gripping tale about loyalty, power, and the quest for freedom
Vance Ehecatl was raised with every luxury he could imagine in a beautiful greenhouse within the powerful empire of Midnight. Vampires are the only guardians Vance has ever known since he was abandoned by his shapeshifter family as a baby quetzal, and he is grateful to them for generously providing for all of his needs. When an act of violence forces Vance from his sheltered home, he is startled to meet Malachi Obsidian, a fellow shapeshifter with conflicting ideas about Midnight and its leader, Mistress Jeshickah.

Malachi claims Vance is a bloodwitch, who Jeshickah and her trainers, Jaguar and Taro, are trying to control. Vance doesn’t know anything about the rare and destructive magic Malachi says he possesses, and he can’t believe Jeshickah would use it to hurt others. But when his friends begin falling ill, Vance starts to realize his perfect world may not be as flawless as it seems. Now Vance must decide who to trust-the vampires he’s always relied upon, or the shapeshifters who despise them.

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Abigail Says 

The title design is a little reminiscent of Richelle Mead’s Bloodline series, but I’m very intrigued by the way the feather looks like a knife. 

Julia Says 

This cover is giving me a strong “Peter Pan” vibe, there’s something about fantastical YA in the staging and colors.  Still, given the title, dressed up to adult.

Chris Says 

Even though I know there isn’t a lot going on on this cover it still feels too busy for my tastes.

Blindsided (Transparent #2) by Natalie Whipple

Expected publication: January 2014 by Hot Key Books

Source: Author’s Blog

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Transparent (Transparent, #1)

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What price would you pay just to look in a mirror? It’s junior year of high school, and Fiona has definitely had enough of being invisible. It’s pretty hard to have a normal relationship when the only photos of her and Seth show him kissing thin air. On top of that, old Arizonan gang tensions are threatening to spill over at any minute, which could put them all in serious danger. So when Fiona realizes that she and her friends know something that could change everything, she has to decide whether working with the criminal syndicates is too high a price to finally be seen.

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Abigail Says 

This design matches the UK cover for bk one, and it’s kind of fun in a kitschy way. Gotta appreciate the very obvious invisibly girl, but I probably wouldn’t think much of this if I hadn’t already read (and enjoyed the debut). 

Julia Says 

Wow, what a departure from book one.  This is a much more “cutesy” tone, which doesn’t make me want to read it, but I don’t mind looking at it.

Chris Says 

Fun. Fun use of color, fun use of the invisible man concept, fun fonts. Did I mention this is a really fun looking cover?

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One Response to “Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Titles!”

  1. Aly P

    I love this weekly post, it always cracks me up!

    Btw I totally agree with you on the Sherrilyn Kenyon cover. I can’t understand what the hand has to do with the blurb or the title[though I like the bracelet :D]