Cover Spotlight: Fantasy For You, Fantasy For Me

I’ve still only read one adult Rachel Caine book, despite wanting more. This is the first ina  new series and it releases August 2, 2011. Go here for more info.

A brand new adventure from the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling Rachel Caine, author of the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden series …

Bryn Davis is new on the job as a funeral director, but even she knows that once you’re dead, you ought to stay that way. But Fairview Mortuary has a hidden backroom business: reviving the dead for profit, at extortionate rates.

Finding out may cost Bryn more than her life … it may just take away her death, too.

I’m not so sure about this one – but thought maybe you might be interested. Releases June 7, 2011. Author’s site here.

Dusty Carrick lived in the small town of Skene Falls, Oregon, her entire life. And, like many of the local children, she played with “imaginary” Pixie friends in Ten Acre Woods.

But the Pixies are not imaginary at all, and Ten Acre Woods is their home. Now, the woods are in danger, and if it falls, the Pixies too will die. Only Thistle Down, exiled from her tribe and trapped inside a mortal woman’s body, can save her people-as long as she can convince Dusty Carrick to help her before it’s too late.

This one did catch my eye, it might be fantasy for me! Releases September 27, 2011. Author’s site here.

A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case—a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.

Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.

This is definitely fantasy for me, sounds very appealing. Releases September 6, 2011. Author’s site here.

Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely…

I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place amongst her kind. They called me “soulless.” An abomination. Perhaps they’re right…I’m a wraith, a shadow who slips between worlds. I was given into the service of a Blood Lord who raised me to be his most feared assassin. Still, I’m nothing more than a slave to my master, and to the need that only he can fulfill…

Then he orders me to kill Simon DuCaine, a powerful sunmage. In the blaze of his magic, my own disappears. Instead of seeking revenge, Simon shows me mercy. He wants to free me. But that’s one thing my master and his kind will never allow.

And even if I thought I could trust Simon, stepping from the shadow into the light isn’t as simple as it sounds…

I just realized while setting up this post, that this is a reissue of the book it seems. I like the cover and figured some folks might not know about it, so here we go. Releases October 5, 2011. Author’s site here.

The dead and the monstrous will not leave Kyle Murchison Booth alone, for an unwilling foray into necromancy has made him sensitive to-and attractive to-the creatures who roam the darkness of his once-safe world. Ghosts, ghouls, incubi: all have one thing in common. They know Booth for one of their own . . .

It might just be me, but it seems like there’s a lot about post-Apocalyptic settings with vampires these days, both in books and movies. Not a bad thing, just noticeable maybe.

Releases July 26, 2011. Author’s site here. Apparently the author writes under a few different names.

It was called the New Badlands, home to the survivors of a cataclysm that altered the entire nation. Then the vampires arrived, and it was rechristened the Bloodlands. Not because of the vampire, but because of the gun-for-hire who’d decided to slay every monster in the country by any and every means necessary.

Sequel to the one above, apparently. I do like the covers, and despite the commonality of the premise, I think I’ll try to pick these up when the time comes. Maybe. Hopefully.

Releases August 30, 2011.

After the man named Gabriel came to the Bloodlands, Mariah Lyander was forced to face her true nature, and the horrible things she had done. To redeem herself, she embarks on a quest to find a rumored cure for her were-creatures hoping to recover her own humanity-and Gabriel’s love.

Even though it’s pretty busy, this cover is an eye catcher. And as much as I rarely find vampire books that are interesting to me, it does sound, well, interesting.

Releases September 27, 2011. Author’s site here.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré — a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

I also love the sound of this one!

Releases August 30, 2011. I couldn’t find a website for him, but you can find him here on Twitter.

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal’s and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men’s past lives. But these creatures aren’t here to help; they’re intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they’re being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

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    • Actually, Googled and it seems Winnie the Pooh was in the 100 acre woods. ;) Pooh has more land lol!

  1. Ooo awesome picks! I had half of these on my TBR list and I’m going to have to add the other half too.

    And I swear this is why I need to just give up on books that aren’t working for me. There’s just so many awesome new series coming out all the time.

    • April, that is probably the biggest dilemma, isn’t it? Whether to give up and move on or push through and try to finish. I have been DNFing more in the last year, though.

  2. The Bone Key was good, but I loved Monette’s The Doctrine of Labyrinth series and really wish those would be reprinted.

    I’m also interested in Blood Rights even though vampire books don’t normally appeal to me, either. That cover is quite eye-catching and it sounds good.

  3. I thought the same thing as KB, that the Ten Acre Wood was from Winnie the Pooh, so I’m glad to know that is the Hundred Acre Wood :)

    Ohhh, lots of lovely books. I thought The Bone Key sounded interesting. I didn’t realize it was Sarah Monette (who I adore) – the font used isn’t the easiest to read. (Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it :)

    I like the sound of Awakenings, although I may have read too much m/m recently because I’m kind of hoping it’s m/m :)

    • I agree the author’s name is hard to read, plus the font, now that I think about it, doesn’t seem to fit the cover very well anyway.

      As for Awakenings being m/m – one can hope! But considering it’s a mainstream publisher putting it on the market, I have doubts. But – never say never, right?

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