Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!

March 12, 2014 Cover Art Coverage 3

 

Cover Art Coverage

This week’s covers contain the holy grail of book covers: A Sexy Man.  I’m not talking about the bare-chested, contorted man-meat we’ve all grown adept at ignoring (though sometimes they work, too), I’m talking about a fully clothed, albeit headless, man who oozes sensual promise.  Kresley Cole’s anthology of shorts, THE PROFESSIONAL, has a cover so hot I squeaked out loud and then e-mailed it to my smut newsgroup (*cough*Kate*cough).  What’s the last cover that made you squeak outloud?

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Silver Skin (Cold Iron #2) by D. L. McDermott

Expected publication: April 14th 2014 by Pocket Star

Source: Goodreads

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Cold Iron (Cold Iron, #1)

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Helene Whitney has been losing time. Not losing track of time, but missing hours, finding whole blank spaces in her day she can’t account for. A year ago she would have put it down to overwork and exhaustion, but that was before she found out about the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Beautiful People, the Fae.

Ancient, immortal, tricksy and cruel, these creatures out of myth and legend rule the Irish enclaves of South Boston and Charlestown, and one of them has been using magic to abduct and control Helene for hours every day, gaining access to the collection at her museum and searching for ancient objects of Fae power.

Now, Helene’s only hope of escaping this unknown assailant lies with the Fae sorcerer, Miach MacCecht, a man she knows she can never trust—and who may prove impossible to resist.

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Kate Says

It kinda looks like he’s going to cut his head off with that sword. It’s just awkward looking.

Julia Says 

Some combination of all that skin and the slant of his sword and that suggestive title make me think everything on this cover is referring to his penis.  Is that just me?

Megan Says

I’m a fan of well-muscled arms, but the questionable perspective on the pecs combined with the self-inflicted beheading is a definite turn-off.

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones

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

Source: Heroes & Heartbreakers

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Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

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Kate Says 

I like the covers with the single items, even if this is a little pink. Plus I’m a huge fan of the font. 

Julia Says 

Nice pink and I want that belt.

Megan Says

Not loving the title font, and though I like the use of the belt as a focal point (hoping it actually plays a part in the book), I’m confused by the smoke coming out of the skull.

Cursed Loved (Cursed #1) by T. H. Snyder

Expected publication: March 26th 2014 by t. h. snyder

Source: Goodreads

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Lincoln Minzotto has the life everyone wants, yet he resents it.

He’s grown up as the youngest of three children to a wealthy congressman and successful lawyer. Pushed to his absolute excellence, Linc felt the real path for him was different than his parents’ hopes and dreams.

On the most important night of his father’s reelection, Linc makes a choice that will lead to a lifetime of regret.

Deciding to start a new life, he and his best friend, Daulton, purchase a rundown tattoo shop called Cursed Magic.

While restoring Cursed Magic, Linc’s faith in life is put to the test in more ways than one. Faced with the horrors of the bleak, starless nights and the women that come and go, he decides to give up all together, until one fateful night with a stranger.

Will one night shape his future forever? Can he turn the Curse he’s endured into a blessing even though all odds are against him?

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Kate Says

Holy man boobs Batman! The shadows make his chest look weird. But at least his head is in the shot. But I hate the font. Ugh how do I decide whether or not I like this?

Julia Says 

Cursed with being AWESOME.  I love this cover model, and his tattoos are well done.  Despite how over the top this cover is, it made me smile.

Megan Says

Again with the shadows! I’m afraid this model makes me think Abercrombie & Fitch, Ed Hardy, or another douchebag company and my gag reflex is instantly in play.

Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

Expected publication: December 16th 2014 by Month9Books

Source: Goodreads

 

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Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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Kate Says

I agree with Julia, those are some intense eyelashes. So she’s not blowing the stuff off her hands but it seems to be flying off anyway, and it’s distracting behind the title.

Julia Says 

Those are some ferocious eyelashes.

Megan Says 

It’s not the most original design for a book with ‘Ice’ in the title, but I dig the contrast between her skin and eyes, and she’s rocking the blue lip.

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

Source: Goodreads

 

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The Burning Sky (The Elemen...

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From acclaimed author Sherry Thomas comes the striking sequel to The Burning Sky, book two in the Elemental Trilogy, for fans of Cinda Williams Chima, Rae Carson, and Kristin Cashore.

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Sherry Thomas brings her trademark blend of dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and exciting action in this striking sequel to The Burning Sky.

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Kate Says 

In this case, I have to disagree with Julia, I like this one way more than the fire one, the colors and the water splash are awesome.

Julia Says 

These are some very cool covers.  I don’t like this as much as the fire dragon on book one, but it’s pretty great.

Megan Says 

I’m not familiar with the first book, but I’d want to read this one. Love the water dragon, and the way the font echoes the curve of waves.

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by Voyager

Source: Goodreads

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Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger

“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

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Kate Says

Steampunk covers really need to decide what exactly they’re going for – this one kind of looks like the girl is playing dress up and is that a UFO in the background? It certainly looks like a UFO.

Julia Says 

Her sidekick has a very fierce “Miss Thang” vibe going on, but steampunk thrives on camp.

Megan Says

If you’ve seen one steampunk cover, you’ve seen ‘em all… Any steampunk novel that features two leads inevitably looks like this, and I find the acid yellow off-putting.

Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3) by Kat Zhang

Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins

Source: Goodreads

 

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In the gripping final book in the Hybrid Chronicles, Addie and Eva come to terms with sharing a body as they fight for lasting change and hybrid freedom.

Addie and Eva barely survived the explosion at the Powatt institution, but they refuse to sit still as the nation ripples with rebellion. Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Addie and Eva the chance to go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution. The girls are hesitant—things didn’t turn out well last time they took such a risk. But Marion promises to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves, in return for their cooperation. As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.

This final installation in the Hybrid Chronicles explores the search for identity, independence, and love with beautiful language and emotional depth that will captivate readers and fans of Ally Condie, Lauren Oliver, and Scott Westerfeld.

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Kate Says 

I really enjoy these covers and the fact that they all go together yet are distinct. Plus, the purple and yellow color scheme in this one is great.

Julia Says 

I do enjoy the aesthetic of these covers, and the forthright eye contact really works for me.

Megan Says

I appreciate the consistency across the series, and I like the use of silhouette, but when I look at the smokey profile, the girl’s hair seems to sit in the wrong place.

Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Source: Goodreads

 

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The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The NutcrackerWinterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

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Kate Says 

This cover makes me really want to read this book. She is spectacular. The bird is a weird touch but I like the whole thing when it’s all together.

Julia Says 

This girl is clearly one bad fortune cookie away from explosive violence.  I’d like this cover if they zoomed in a bit closer on her, but that title and crow are fantastic.

Megan Says

Again, not particularly original for a book with a winter motif, and I think she’s holding that knife a bit high, but I like the splash of red from her hair, as well as the gate and the background.

Alien Collective (Katherine “Kitty” Katt #9) by Gini Koch

Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by DAW

Source: Goodreads

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Touched by an Alien (Kather... Alien Tango (Katherine "Kit... Alien in the Family (Kather... Alien Proliferation (Kather... Alien Diplomacy (Katherine ... Alien vs. Alien (Katherine ... Alien in the House (Katheri... Alien Research (Katherine "...

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Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they don’t want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries—handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried.

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Kate Says 

I’m slightly concerned she’s going to fall over sideways, but she looks pretty freaking badass here, and I appreciate how she’s actually using her weapon, unlike so many impractically held weapons on UF covers.

Julia Says 

Sweet heavens, this is a gorgeous cover!  Nothing says “business casual” like a Glock and an attack dog.

Megan Says 

Other than the fact that her dog looks like its sneezing, it’s nice to see that she’s ready to take action. I also like that there’s a guy on the cover, but he’s in the background and out of focus, just so there’s no confusion about who’s in charge.

Daring (Pax Arcana #2) by Elliott James

Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Orbit

Source: Goodreads

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Charming (Pax Arcana, #1)

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THE WEREWOLVES HAVE A NEW LEADER…AND HE CANNOT BE STOPPED. 

Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin.

Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar — keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind — who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile away…no knight except one.

John Charming. Ex knight. Current werewolf. Hunted by the men who trained him, he now might be their only salvation. But animal instincts are rising up to claim John more powerfully than ever before, and he must decide if this new leader of wolves is a madman…or a messiah.

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Kate Says 

So this totally works with the first cover, plus the book takes place in Wisconsin (I’m giving it bonus points just for that) but it is a bit dark.

Julia Says 

A match for book one, but this cover is so dark he practically disappears.

Megan Says

I think his sword is jutting out of his hip, and someone’s walking in front of him with a dry ice machine, but he’s got that sensitive bad boy look that all werewolves should have.

Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians #5) by Dianne Duvall

Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Zebra

Source: Goodreads

 

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Kate Says

That hair is terrible. Terrible. And fading out is almost worse than cutting off somebody’s head. 

Julia Says 

This guy’s pout and douche bag locks are bad enough, but what hideous feature did they soft focus out on the left?  I’m guessing a woman.  I would not tie this book to prior covers, the handling of this cover model is terrible.

Megan Says

There’s no possible way anyone’s supposed to take this cover seriously, right? Someone went overboard with the Photoshop blur tool, and he looks like he’s been stretched width-wise.

The Professional (The Game Maker #1.1-1.3) by Kresley Cole

Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by Gallery Books

Source: Goodreads

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The highly anticipated complete novel of The Professional—the first installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s scorching Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

He makes the rules…

Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken…

Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell.

Are you ready to play?

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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Kate Says

So if I hadn’t looked this book up on Goodreads, I would have had no idea between the cover and the description that this book is paranormal. Not at all. But holy hell is it hot.

Julia Says 

I uttered an audible squeal when I saw this cover, and I may have clenched up when I read the tag line.  I want to sit on his lap, there’s no polite way around it. And all this bounty for a collection of novellas?!  Dare I hope for full lengths? *cough*  Books, I mean.

Megan Says

You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this cover had me thinking ‘Mad Men,’ maybe ‘Goodfellas.’ Uh, not according to the description. Completely misleading.

Nightmare Ink (Living Ink #1) by Marcella Burnard

Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by InterMix

Source: Goodreads

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From “smoking-hot talent”* Marcella Burnard comes a dangerous and captivating new novel that will get under your skin.

With her art and magic, Isa Romanchzyk has the power to create or destroy. In her tattoo shop, Nightmare Ink, Isa helps those in need by binding the power embedded in their Live Ink—the magical tattoos that can enhance the life of the wearer, or end it. But binding tattoos has earned Isa the contempt of her fellow artists—including her former lover Daniel.

When a friend comes to the shop with a tattoo on the verge of killing him, Isa can’t turn him away. For the first time in years, she works Live Ink—something she swore she’d never do again. But a broken vow soon becomes the least of her problems.

The real nightmare begins when she’s abducted and inked with a Living Tattoo against her will. Now, saddled with a powerful, amoral entity willing to do anything to win his freedom, Isa must fight to keep her Living Tattoo from consuming her completely…

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Kate Says

Not a fan. She’s weirdly bent in one direction and the title just looks really flat.

Julia Says 

Her eyes kind of ruin this cover for me, taking it from “dramatic” to “creepy”.

Megan Says

Pretty dull – and how can a book about magic tattoos not feature a single tattoo on the cover? Major missed opportunity, looks like the artist just dialed it in.

Unraveled (Crewel World #3) by Gennifer Albin

Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Source: Goodreads

 

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Crewel (Crewel World, #1) Altered (Crewel World, #2)

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Kate Says

I kind of like this one, but not 100%. It’s strange, and the upside down V A is weird looking. But the colors are great.

Julia Says 

Are they kind of showing her legs on the bottom?  Or do they disappear?  This cover doesn’t really work for me (and for full disclosure, I still hate this series’ name with a fiery passion).

Megan Says

This cover matches the second one, but it’s awkward. I like the color, and the hourglass, but something goes wrong on the bottom half.

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3 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!”

  1. Aly P

    Kate, about the Professional, it’s not PNR, it’s erotic contemporary :)

    I love how you guys discuss covers, it’s one of my favorite blog posts of the week.

    • Kate

      Aly- I guess when I looked it up on Goodreads, the top shelf it was on was paranormal romance, and the second was paramormal – vampires, so I made the assumption that it had paranormal features to it. Guess we’ll have to get Julia to read it and let us know. ;)

  2. Mina

    I’m totally with Megan on the Steampunk-covers. Although I like to read them, there is only one series with great covers and that is the “Vampire Empire”. They are actually gorgeous.

    Love “Perilious Sea” and “Winterspell” too – the covers make me want to read them. “The Professional” however doesn’t say anything PNR, UF or the like. I would never pick that up, I’m afraid. Hot guy or not.