Cover Art Coverage: 7 New Titles!

August 2, 2017 Cover Art Coverage 1

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This week we’re joined by Marlene Harris, creator of Reading Reality.  Marlene is a librarian by day, blogger by night, and Reading Reality has a deliciously broad review catalog of all the genre fiction you could hope to find.  Thanks for guest commenting, Marlene!

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The Third Kiss (Love’s Mortal Coil #1) by Kat Colmer

Expected publication: August 7th 2017 by Entangled: TEEN

Source: Goodreads

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Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

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Marlene Says 

The old scroll and its title font kind of scream “historical”, while the clothes on the couple in the background are very definitely contemporary. Unlike a Reese’s cup, these two tastes do not go together, at least not on this cover.

Julia Says 

Romantic, though the scroll with the title seems like an afterthought.  Despite the purple haze, I wouldn’t peg this as paranormal.

The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole

Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Shadow Mountain

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For hundreds of years, all of our medical findings, our technological advancements, and even our weapons are a direct result of magical potions. Few people know about the truth because few people are aware of the hidden potion community known as B.R.E.W.–the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide.

Twelve-year-old Gordy knows all about the importance of cauldrons, flasks, and Bunsen burners. He has an extensive knowledge of hundreds of ingredients including Toadflax, porcupine quills, and catfish eyes because Gordy’s mother is the Director of B.R.E.W., and he is an apprentice potion master with a secret lab in his family’s basement.

When the world’s most powerful potion–the Eternity Elixir–disappears and then mysteriously ends up in Gordy’s possession, he must use all of his skills to protect the “forbidden potion” before enemies of B.R.E.W. find and use it to destroy the world as we know it.

Gordy recruits his two best friends, Max and Adeline, to assist him while his mother leaves to confront the most powerful elixirist of all time-the great Mezzarix-who happens to be Gordy’s grandfather.

The Eternity Elixir is the first book in the Potion Masters trilogy.

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Marlene Says 

I love the alchemical/brewing elements in the art. Even the contents of the shelves in the background add to the picture. There’s action here, the kid is just about to throw and the demon looks menacing. Even the title font fits the spirit of the thing. My only caveat is that the series title overwhelms the book title.

Julia Says 

This is gorgeous cover art, though I have two nits to pick.  I don’t like it when the series is bigger than the title (I still can’t quite believe this isn’t called POTION MASTERS), and that monster’s belt buckle is getting an uncomfortable amount of lighting.

Nathaniel (Dragon Hearts #1) by Carole Mortimer

Published July 28th 2017 by Carole Mortimer

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Nathaniel is the 1st book in USA Today Bestselling and Amazon #1 author, Carole Mortimer’s, NEW paranormal series, DRAGON HEARTS.

Warriors, from the mists of time?
Dragons, of myth and legend?
Or both?

Taking a much-needed holiday in North Wales, journalist Chloe Evans discovers a castle not listed on any of the dozen or so maps she has of the area. The nearest thing she can find is the remains of a castle that used to be there but crumbled into ruin many centuries before. Her curiosity getting the better of her, Chloe decides to find out more about this imposing grey stone castle and anyone who might live there.

The locals, she discovers, call it Pendragon Castle. When Chloe asks them more probing questions some say there are half a dozen male members of the original family still in residence, and that they’re brothers. Others claim there to be more, or less, than that number. But all, without fail, describe those men as being big and muscular, more handsome than any man has a right to be, with eyes capable of mesmerizing and seducing any woman who falls under their spell. Some of those people add a knowing wink, others a warning not to venture too near the castle, and to certainly keep her distance from the men living there.

Visitors staying at the same small hotel as Chloe talk of seeing bright lights and helicopters landing on the mountain late at night, and of hearing strange noises that sound like the roars of wild animals.

There was a story here, Chloe was certain of it.

Whatever the mystery is regarding Pendragon Castle and the men who live there, Chloe decides she isn’t leaving Wales until she’s discovered exactly what’s going on.

While exploring the area around the castle, Chloe is challenged by the dark and taciturn Nathaniel. A man who fits the description of the castle’s inhabitants exactly: well over six feet tall, handsome as sin, with shoulders wide enough to fill a doorway, and eyes the colour of the clearest emerald.

The moment she gazes into those mesmerizing green eyes Chloe realises she should have run while she still could.

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Marlene Says 

First, it’s boring. Second, the photo-manip of the character in front of the background looks really, really forced. Third, it looks like the jeans were photo-manip’ed onto the torso, and there’s something just not right about it. And the background is really, really meh.

Julia Says 

Normally I love the way muscles point down into a man’s pants, but this guy’s abs are practically floating off his torso.  Upsetting.

Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Kensington

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It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .

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Marlene Says 

My first thought when I saw this, was, “is there something wrong going on with his jaw?” because it looks like he has a terrible toothache. Otherwise, this is just another shirtless male torso shot that doesn’t particularly relate to the book or the series. But it is nice to see a guy doing that twisted, over the shoulder, booty shot (except that we don’t actually get to see the booty) that women normally get stuck in.

Julia Says 

That seems like a creepy range of motion for his neck, but given what I know and love about Laurenston’s world, he might just be a hybrid shapeshifter (they can do a creepy neck thing, it’s canon).

Tricks for Free (InCryptid #7) by Seanan McGuire

Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Daw Books

Source: Goodreads

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The seventh book in the funny and fast-paced InCryptid urban fantasy series returns to the mishaps of the Price family, eccentric cryptozoologists who safeguard the world of magical creatures living in secret among humans.

Penance, noun:
1. Punishment for past actions.
2. An attempt to pay for what can’t be bought.
3. See also “exile.”

Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her–including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course.

Some people would call Lowryland the amusement park. It’s one of the largest in Florida, the keystone of the Lowry entertainment empire…but for Annie, it’s a place to hide. She’s just trying to keep her head down long enough to come up with a plan that will get her home without getting anyone killed. No small order when she’s rooming with gorgons and sylphs, trying to placate frustrated ghosts, and rushing to get to work on time.

Then the accidents begin. The discovery of a dead man brings Annie to the attention of the secret cabal of magic users running Lowryland from behind the scenes. They want the fire that sleeps in her fingers. They want her on their side. They want to help her–although their help, like everything else, comes with a price.

No plan. Minimal backup. No way out. Annie’s about to get a crash course in the reality behind the pretty facade. If she’s lucky, she’ll survive the experience.

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Marlene Says 

This is a great cover. The picture grabs the reader with its familiar elements of the roller coaster and the fireworks, but sucks you into its details, which fit the book to a t. One of the character’s mice is even in the background, clinging to the side of the coaster. My one quibble with this cover is that I have to wonder why it was necessary for the heroine to be built like Lara Croft. Particularly with highlighting for added emphasis.

Julia Says 

I love the covers for this series, just enough zaniness to compliment the cryptid hunting shenanigans of the Price family.

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need (Nava Katz #3) by Deborah Wilde

Expected publication: August 18th 2017 by Te Da Media

Source: Goodreads

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Less Hopelessly Devoted, more Worse Things I Could Do.

Nava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin’s refusal to believe there’s corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond.

Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head… Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes.

Still, she’s got work to do:
Brotherhood: unmask.
Demons: slaughter.
Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice.

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Marlene Says 

This one feels like a photo-manip done right. This cover fits right in with the previous cover in the series, and has the same spirit of fun and playfulness. The magic looks like it is sparking right out of her, which matches the book. But what sells this one for me is the expression on her face – devilish and thoughtful at the same time, with just a touch of capriciousness.

Julia Says 

A little silly, a little magical, I feel like this cover does a great job establishing the tone of this series.

Thanks Fur Last Night by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, & Kate Baxter

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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Marlene Says 

I love the polar bear in the background, but this cover just doesn’t gel. The couple could be any clinch scene from any contemporary romance, so the two elements, the clinch and the bear, just don’t seem to relate.

Julia Says 

That title pun is less “fun” than they were hoping, ick.  Other than that, this is a pretty normal Paranormal Romance cover.

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One Response to “Cover Art Coverage: 7 New Titles!”

  1. Kim

    Oh my gosh, on the InCryptid cover that’s not a mouse, it’s the handsome Monkey-Man she met at the last carnival!! I mean, I KNEW they would see each other again, but it’s a great little wink to the readers.

    And I’m also excited for the Shelly Laurensten, even if he looks like he’s has his neck snapped by John Wick. Man.

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