Cover Spotlight: Fantasy Across the Shelves

Releases August 31, 2010. Book one in a new duology. Visit the author’s site.


Though gifted with an uncanny intuition that allows her to discern when someone is lying, Lara Jansen is sure there’s nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What’s more, Dafydd ap Caerwynn claims that Lara is a truthseeker, a person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood. Dafydd begs Lara to help clear his name by solving his brother’s murder, of which Dafydd himself is the only suspect.

Acting against her practical nature, Lara agrees to step through a window into another world. Now caught between bitterly opposed Seelie forces and Dafydd’s secrets, which are as perilous as he is irresistible, Lara finds that her abilities are increasing in unexpected and uncontrollable ways. With the fate of two worlds at stake and a malevolent entity wielding the darkest of magic, Lara and Dafydd will risk everything on a love that may be their salvation—or the most treacherous illusion of all.

Releases September 9, 2010. First book in a trilogy. This cover may not be final. Visit the author’s site. And yes, this one is steampunk.

Cat and her cousin Bee are young women attending college at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Though they know of magical beings among them, like mages and trolls, they have no idea of the magical forces that control their world—or the war that is brewing between these forces. That is, until Cat is taken from her home and married to a powerful Cold Mage to fulfill a contract that was drawn up decades ago. In the course of her adventures, Cat enters the spirit world to protect Bee, and discovers her own unique powers. These two young women will be the key to mankind’s survival in the coming war.

Releases July 1, 2010. This is book five in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Visit the author’s site.

With signs and traditions pointing to an all-out war set to break out among the kingdoms, Rosamund, the king’s daughter, is “playing dead” as two princes show up at the palace intent on waking her with a kiss. But, as the two of them start to fight it out, Rosa’s godmother cuts them all short and takes charge. Now, with two princes competing for the hand of Sleeping Beauty-one of them, the one with roving hands (Prince Leopold) probably “should” be her prince, while the other (Prince Siegfried) doesn’t seem to belong here at all-more complications occur. The king dies and the neighbors start looking at Rosa’s kingdom. But with the palace filling with young and old princes intent on winning Rosamund’s love, invading the kingdom and putting those young men in peril would mean incurring the wrath of thirty other countries!

Releases January 21, 2011 – yeah, that’s 2011. This cover may not be final. Visit the author’s site.

In the depths of night, officers board a galley. They find a naked boy chained to the bulkhead. Stunningly beautiful but half-starved, the boy escapes after they release him. The city of Serenissima is at the height of its power. Duke Alonzo commands the seas. In a chapel, Alonzo’s cousin prays—but it is her bad fortune to be there when pirates break in and kidnap her. Marco, the Duke’s chief assassin, prepares to kill the man who let in the pirates. After he cuts the traitor’s throat, he turns back, and fi nds a stranger drinking blood from the dead man’s wound. The speed with which the boy scales a pillar stuns Marco. He knows he has to fi nd the boy, because only he could be fi t to be his apprentice.

Releases July 6, 2010. Visit Lackey’s site. Visit Edghill’s site.

Spirit White has survived from a deadly car crash that has killed her mother and father and her sister. She has been discovered by a school with special talents, called magic. A couple of months after staying, people begin to disappear, some vanish to be never seen again, so Spirit and her new friends begin the investigation. But will they find out the truth of what is going on? Or will Spirit and her friends suffer a terrible fate from which they don’t know about yet?

Releases November 8, 2010. This will be the seventh and final book of the series. This cover may not be final. Visit the author’s site.

Jaz. Is. Pissed. Just as she and Vayl arrive in Morocco to secure an ancient artifact, Vayl wakes up calling Jaz by another woman’s name. But since any form of argument transforms Vayl into an unholy terror, Jaz is forced to play along until she
and the gang can fi gure out what kind of power has so vastly altered his perceptions.

Almost as soon as they settle into their hotel, they’re called back to the States. Which is when our heroes realize Vayl’s issues aren’t spirit-induced, but directly related to the Oversight Committee.

What follows is a hair-raising, breathtaking bullet train ride to the fi nish as the crew battles on multiple fronts. Jaz now knows what she has to do. She must return to Hell one last time.

Releases October 12, 2010. Visit the author’s site. And I’ve got to say – a drug dealing grandma? Holy crap.

There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them.

But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie.

There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning.

This gripping novel from thriller writer Sophie Littlefield blazes a trail from small-town Missouri to the big city as Hailey battles an evil greater than she ever imagined, while discovering strengths she never knew she had.

Releases October 18, 2010. Book 3 in the Moorehawke trilogy. This cover may not be final. Visit the author’s site.

Finally reunited with her childhood friend Alberon, now a wanted fugitive, Wynter finds herself suddenly at odds with her companions. It rapidly becomes clear to her that no one member of this complex group has the solution to the Kingdom’s problems. It is increasingly likely that her friends’ personal differences will serve to pull them apart and the Kingdom with them.

Caught between one prince’s complex diplomacy and the other’s desire for strength of arms, Wynter finds herself torn. Is it possible for her to combine all these philosophies, and find a way to heal the rift between the King and his Heir? Or will each side destroy the other, causing Wynter to lose everything she loves in the process?

Releases May 1, 2010. I couldn’t find a site, but if you know of one feel free to drop it in the comments and I will update most appreciatively.

The land of Aedyn is a paradise beyond all imagining. But when this paradise falls, strangers from another world must be called to fight for the truth. Peter and Julia never suspected that a trip to their grandparents’ home in Oxford would contain anything out of the ordinary. But that was before Julia stumbled upon a mysterious garden that shone on moonless nights. It was no accident that she fell into the pool, pulling her brother along with her, but now they’re lost in a strange new world and they don’t know whom they can trust. Should they believe the mysterious, hooded lords? The ancient monk who appears only when least expected? Or the silent slaves who have a dark secret of their own? In a world inhabited by strange beasts and magical whisperings, two children called from another world will have to discover who they truly are, fighting desperate battles within themselves before they can lead the great revolution.

Releases June 8, 2010. Yes, another monster mash up featuring a beloved historical figure. Visit the author’s site.

Something wicked this way comes . . . and it keeps coming and coming and coming. . . .

William Shakespeare was one of history’s greatest writers, a master of words with a body of work that is truly impressive . . . some may say a little too impressive for a single man to accomplish in one lifetime. Perhaps, as many have speculated, he had assistance. Or perhaps the explanation is more . . . unusual.

Who was William Shakespeare?

Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets?

Why are the undead stalking the alleyways of London?

And can they be stopped?

Something is definitely rotten in the state of Denmark.

So brace yourself for a wild ride through twisted streets and shadowed graveyards of Elizabethan London, where you’ll discover how the Bard got his Bite.

Releases October 19, 2010. Visit the author’s site.

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack’s world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches’ War that surrounds them all.

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  1. Thank you KMont, for completely screwing my TBR list *grin* That’s a good thing :) I love the sound of Truth Seeker, Cold Magic and The Fallen Blade!

    • LOL, glad to…er, help! :D I’m really curious about Cold Magic as well, just for the steampunk elements. I thought Truth Seeker would be interesting as well. I’ve never read Murphy’s work, and a new series sounds like a good place to start.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to post these. I like to pencil it in my calender. So excited!

  3. LOL! Yes, the steampunk elements of Cold Magic do sound interesting. I’ve read a few of CE Murphy’s books. I love the Walker Papers – I have the fourth on my TBR list. I didn’t like The Negotiator series, but my best friend did. (I had an issue with the female protagonist running through that big park in New York at night.) I haven’t read the others. Truth Seeker sounds good.

  4. OK, Truth Seeker, Cold Magic, and the Jaz Parks book are going up on my upcoming books list! Nightshade also sounds interesting. I like the teen-girl alpha thing. A refreshing change from somewhat passive teen heroines!

    Thanks for the info! :-)

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