Cover Spotlight: Fantasy & PNR Goods

Releases June 1, 2010 and is book one in a new series. See author’s site.

A sexy new adventure-packed romance with a paranormal twist-from the award-winning author.

Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches ancient relics. It’s how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins—the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an ancient artifact she doesn’t have, he drags her into a world where telekinesis and empaths are the norm. Now someone wants her dead, and her only hope of survival is an assassin who’s every bit as dangerous to her body as he is to her heart.

Ares DeLuca comes from an ancient Roman bloodline of telekinetic assassins. A Sicari, he’s honor bound to kill only in the name of justice. But when the woman he loved was murdered, Ares broke the Sicari code and used his sword for revenge. Love cost him dearly once before, and he’s not willing to pay the price again. At least not until hot, sweet, delectable Emma walked into his life. Not only does she hold the key to a valuable Sicari relic, she might just hold the key to his heart.

Releases September 7, 2010. Book 2 in Burns’ new PNR series.

The truth of the soul.

Lysander Condellarie never understood why he had telepathic and telekinetic powers until the night his Praetorian father tortured him and left him for dead. Now, the half-angelic, half-demonic face he sees in the mirror is a reminder of the monster he must keep hidden or face expulsion from the order of assassins know as the Sicari. But his dreams of Ancient Rome hint at a destiny he finds hard to accept, especially when it involves the woman he loves, but can never have.

The consequences of desire.

A gifted healer in the Order, Phaedra DeLuca witnessed her mother’s murder when she was just a little girl. The haunting memory makes her loathe everything Praetorian. When she travels to Rome in search of an ancient artifact, she must work alongside a man who once cruelly rejected her love and healing touch. But her dreams of Ancient Rome tell of an irreversible and possibly dangerous future. For the distant past and present are about to collide–with the one man she is destined to love.

Releases September 2, 2010. Author’s site here.

While in Romania researching historical superstitions, Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk comes upon the folk tale of Saloman, a seductive prince staked centuries ago, legend’s most powerful vampire. Now, in the ruins of a castle crypt, Elizabeth discovers supernatural legends that have come alive. Her blood has awakened him. Her innocence has aroused him. But Elizabeth unleashes more than Saloman’s hunger, and it’s going to unite them in ways neither could have imagined.

Releases November 2, 2010. I just couldn’t get into the first book, but there’s no denying that this is a pretty cover. Author’s site here.

From the author of the “deeply romantic”* And Falling, Fly—a stunning and sexy novel of passion and the occult.

In a Victorian Ireland of magic, poetry, and rebellion, Ida Jameson, an amateur occultist, reaches out for power—but captures Laura Armstrong, a modern-day graphic artist, instead. When Ida channels Laura into the body of celebrated beauty and Irish freedomfighter Maud Gonne, Laura falls in love with the young poet W. B. Yeats. Their love affair entwines with Irish history and weaves through Yeats’ poetry—until Ida discovers something she wants more than magic in the subterranean spaces between Laura’s time and her own. With Laura’s Irish past threatening her orderly present, she and Yeats must find a way to make their love last over time, in changing bodies…or lose each other forever.

Releases June 1, 2010. Author’s site here. This is book number three in the series – I believe. And I just gotta say, it must be a bitch to have survived the infamous potato famine only to be possessed. WTF, world? Best case scenario: no one will ever make him eat potatoes again, you can count on it.

The new novel in the seductively sinister paranormal romance series

After surviving the Irish Potato Famine, Liam Niall was possessed by a demon in search of redemption. Now, he heads the Chicago league of taylan in their fight against evil. Jilly Chan is a mentor to the local homeless youth-and warrior against the criminals who prey upon her charges. She’s already half-taken by a demon, so Liam reluctantly tries to guide her into full power.

Even as the proudly independent Jilly tries to remain true to her own soul, Liam’s fiercely passionate touch leaves a mark on her desirable flesh as enduring as her new demonic tattoo…

Releases September 7, 2010. Book three in her Ghostland series, the first of which I enjoyed a lot. I’ve got to catch up! Author’s site here.

The author of Spider-Touched and Ghostland continues her tale of a postapocalyptic world where the afterlife has come to life…

Born into a world of violence and paid-for sex, Rebekka longs for a family of her own and dreams of freeing those trapped in the shapeshifter brothels of the red zone. A witch’s prophecy claims she’ll one day use her gift to heal the Weres made outcast by their mixed human-animal forms. But Rebekka knows that everything comes at a cost. A plea to save five children sends her into the arms of Aryck, a Jaguar enforcer—and into territory controlled by pure Weres. It’s a place where humans and outcasts aren’t welcomed, where plague threatens and the fate of the Weres hangs in the balance. And where the choices Rebekka and Aryck make are paid for with their hearts…if not their souls.

Releases November 2, 2009. Author’s site here. And dudes, there’s a JEWEL IN HER BACK, a big’un. No, set into it. It’s making my back ache just thinking about it.

A new series of erotic magic and fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author.

In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift in manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may best her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in passion.

They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries. Rescued by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice: indulge in pleasure without limits.

Releases October 5, 2010. Author’s site here. Jezebeth – heh.

First in a sexy new series featuring four succubus sisters fighting demons and desires.

Jezebeth is living out the centuries as any succubus must—seducing men to survive and corrupting souls to make her quota with her queen, Lilith. But, when she’s attacked by a bounty hunter demon, it’s a handsome human who saves her.

Noah Halston is a horror writer who owes his life to Lilith. Now he must pay up by eluding the fearsome beasts of hell while escorting a very attractive and tempting succubus safely to Lilith’s lair—or else he will forfeit his soul to an eternity of torture.

Trouble is, if he spends too much time with the all too tempting Jezebeth, he may just lose his heart—or, even worse, his life.

Releases October 5, 2010. Author’s site here.

For a treasure-seeking relic hunter like Asrial, the thrill of the chase and the size of the score are immensely satisfying but can they compare to the excitement of true passion….

On the planet of Maj, Asrial stumbles across a hidden tower, untouched by scavenging hands. Finding a rare vase, she absconds with her treasure—only to discover that it holds something much more precious inside. The vase contains a djinn—an ancient warrior imprisoned there by powerful enemies.

Aboard Asrial’s ship, Romir discovers a new world–and unexpected freedom. Asrial doesn’t know what to make of her stowaway, save that she wants him in her bed…

But Romir’s freedom is temporary, and when the vase beckons him back, Asrial must find a way to release him completely. To do so, she must return to the dangers of her home world, and though Romir protests, the force of their love is too strong to resist.

Releases June 1, 2010. Author’s site here. I’ve always wanted to try this author’s work – anyone have any suggestions?

The fourth exciting installment in the tumultuous world of Crosspointe.

After the murders of the king and queen, the island empire of Crosspointe is on the verge of chaos. The ruthless Lord Chancellor has taken the throne and made slaves of most of the royal family. Now, in order to sabe the country they love, the king’s heirs are determihed to rally whatever allies they have left and overthrow the Lord Chancellor- before the Jutras invade.

Releases September 7, 2010. Author’s site here. The series appears to be a reprint. Gorgeous covers though.

Crispin is a master mosaicist, creating beautiful art with colored stones and glass. Summoned to Sarantium by imperial request, he bears a Queen’s secret mission, and a talisman from an alchemist. Once in the fabled city, with its taverns and gilded sanctuaries, chariot races and palaces, intrigues and violence, Crispin must find his own source of power in order to survive—and unexpectedly discovers it high on the scaffolding of his own greatest creation.

Releases October 5, 2010.

In the golden city of Sarantium, the renowned mosaicist Crispin seeks to fulfill his artistic ambitions and his destiny high upon a dome intended to be the emperor’s enduring sanctuary and legacy. But the emperor is plotting a conquest of Crispin’s homeland to regain an empire. And with his fate entwined with that of his royal benefactor, Crispin’s loyalties come with a very high price.

Releases October 5, 2010. Author’s site here.

New in the “enjoyable and creative cocktail”* of a vampire series—from the co-author of the USA Today bestselling Noble Dead saga.

A reluctant predator, Eleisha Clevon is determined to locate all vampires still existing in isolation, so she might offer them sanctuary at her home in Portland—and more importantly, so she can teach them to feed without killing.

But the beautiful and delicate Simone Stratford doesn’t want to be saved. Made into a vampire in the Roaring Twenties, she enjoys playing her own elaborate games with mortals, stoking their passion for her before finally draining them of their blood. And soon Eleisha and her protector, Philip Branté, find themselves caught up in one of Simone’s games, which turns into a battle for Eleisha’s life and Philip’s soul…

First of all – check this out! That is a COVER QUOTE by our peeps, The Book Smugglers! It says:

[Marillier weaves] magic, mythology, and folklore into every sentence on the page.

Wahoo! CONGRATS, ladies!

Ahem. *g* Releases December 7, 2010. Author’s site here.

Get swept away in the romantic fantasy of this national bestselling author’s world of Sevenwaters.

The young seer Sibeal is visiting an island of elite warriors, prior to making her final pledge as a druid. It’s there she finds Felix, a survivor of a Viking shipwreck, who’s lost his memory. The scholarly Felix and Sibeal form a natural bond. He could even be her soul mate, but Sibeal’s vocation is her true calling, and her heart must answer.

As Felix fully regains his memory, Sibeal has a runic divination showing her that Felix must go on a perilous mission—and that she will join him. The rough waters and the sea creatures they will face are no match for Sibeal’s own inner turmoil. She must choose between the two things that tug at her soul—her spirituality and a chance at love…

Releases October 26, 2010. Author’s site here.

The first short story collection in the #1 New York Times bestselling series—including a brand-new Harry Dresden novella!

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher—a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.

Releases October 5, 2010. Author’s site here. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for political intrigue, I like the sound of this one.

The “master”* and author of the Twelve Houses series welcomes readers to a new fantasy world, where the elements rule.

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king’s fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It’s there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood—and the secrets of the royal family—she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court.

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  1. I’ve read Bitter Night by Diana Pharoah Francis and I absolutely loved it! Its a different series from the Hollowed Crown though.

    • Thank you, Jen! I remember hearing more good things about that one. Will look it up again. :)

  2. I beta read the two Monica Burns books. I have to say that I really enjoyed them. Particularly Assassin’s Honor. Lysander is delicious!

    It’s an interesting premise, and the romance is very hot.

    • So Babs, do you prefer the manchesty covers? I was thinking about doing a post on the overall need of romance covers to grow and change beyond the sex sells mantra- what do you think?

  3. I love the look of Seer of Sevenwaters and Troubled Waters. Thank you so much for adding to my TBR so far in advance. :-)

  4. Oh, thank you KMont! I now have three books to add to my TBR list, those by Sharon Shinn, Juliet Marillier and Guy Gavriel Kay! *happy dance*

    • Great, I’m glad you’ve found some new goodies! :) Juliet Marillier, I have GOT to read her soon.

  5. Great selection of books!

    I’ve been curious about Diana Pharaoh Francis as well, and am also interested in what people can recommend.

    And, what’s this in the Side Jobs blurb:

    …novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes.

    Cliff hanger? *whine* I hate it when that happens.

    • Huh – I didn’t see the cliffhanger bit. Grrr. Hopefully it’s one that leaves things well enough despite the suspense. Some are worse than others. ;)

  6. A lot of those sound good, but argh. There is no quicker way to make sure I’ll never buy a book than sticking some half-naked hunk of muscle all over the cover. I don’t get embarrassed by a lot, but I just can’t let myself pick up those things–never mind I don’t remotely find them attractive.

    At least when it tends to be books like the Kushiel series, it seems a bit more classy…Maybe because they’re just in typical clothing (backless dress, etc), and expected to show a little more, whereas a half-clad male just looks trashy.

    Regardless! I hate books like that! I’m a huge fan of the Dark Hunter series, and I’ve loved the recent Acheron and Bad Moon Rising for their gorgeous, simple, glyph-featuring covers. It actually makes the books look a lot more stylish and respectable than the type of thing you’d see sitting on the Harlequin shelf.

    • Kia, you’re not alone. I myself feel I’ve grown used to them – but I’ve been wanting to write a post on the need for romance covers to grow and diversify. The covers with half nekkid anyone, male or female, don’t help the genre, not much anyway. The mantra that sex sells is just…tired.

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