Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart
Series: The Diatous Wars #1
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction
Expected Date of Publication: February 28th, 2014
Designed by Mae I Design
Organized by Xpresso Book Tours
When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?
War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.
All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.
Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.
Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past…until her future seems to depend on it.
And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything – her home, her name, even her face…
…only to become the key to her dominion’s survival.
This cover is beyond amazing. I can’t believe how much I absolutely LOVE it! First, it is crazy at the level of detail that is fit into this cover, and yet doesn’t look busy. I adore the blend of reality (with the photographic quality of the bracelet) to the fantasy (with the jewels within the bracelets being snapshots into the story).
The white of the background draws all the attention to the details within each stone on the bracelet. The white also makes the font easy to read and reminds me of purgatory. It’s like Galena is at a crossroads in her life and that moment when she makes the ultimate decision is plastered on the cover for us to witness.
I love how the plane on the cover has relevance from reading the back cover and the apocalyptic city is symbolically behind broken glass.
There are so many layers to this cover that I can find myself reading the book and flipping back to the cover and seeing something new. Something relevant that the plot brought to my attention that I didn’t realize before. I can’t wait to get a hold of this book. Eye-candy for the shelf!
Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.Read More
A new author, a new tour organizer, yet I am hooked by the cover of the latest book by Daniel Pike. Check out the full image below!
The Wolf of Descarta by Daniel Pike
Release Date: November 21, 2013
Series: The Dream Box
Genre: Sci-Fi /Fantasy
Publisher: The Zharmae Publishing Press (Zharmae.com)
Cover Reveal organized by Coffee and Characters
Jaren Reese is just another red collar trapped at the bottom of Descarta’s genetic caste system. But in the Dream Box, he has forged a new digital identity for himself: Balmus, the Wolf Knight.
Balmus has long since carried a torch for the Linker Petra, but he doesn’t know her, not really. Outside of the Dream Box she is just another one of his fantasies. But Brea Morgen is the real thing– a living, breathing person who desires Jaren for who he truly is, not merely what he pretends to be.
When the Dream Box that Jaren depends on crashes due to the evolution of a hostile A.I. life form, a secret military branch commissions a team of gamers and hackers to go back into the corrupted Dream Box to eliminate the threat and Jaren is given the chance of a lifetime—though it comes at a price—and Jaren now needs to decide just how much he’s willing to lose because the war about to be waged will be one on two fronts – the corporeal and the virtual.
Finally a book cover with a male character that doesn’t have a bare torso and random tattoos. It’s so refreshing to have the lead character decked out in full battle gear. That’s exactly how I want to envision Balmus while I read the story — rather than him looking like he just rolled out of bed after a sex marathon. The Schwarzenegger-Fabio hybrid cover males from 80s sci-fi/fantasy novels were really cheesy, but at least the cover’s focus was more on creating mood and story than sex (like the covers models of many books in the last couple years).
I kind of wished that Balmus wore a helmet as the perfect hair and face seems out of place on the cover. His expression looks better suited on an aristocrat rather than a warrior.
I’m fond of the blue/black colors for the background and body suit. I wonder if that bright gold collar is story significant? The silver of the axe looks spectacular against the oversized moon. It’s the first thing I see when I look at the cover and it draws me into the rest of the forlorn scene like a noose.
Though simplistic, the font works great with the rest of the cover.
Daniel Pike is a high school English teacher, author, blogger, and father of two energetic daughters, Aurie and Kiera. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from ASU as well as his Masters in Education. His first novel, Repressed Memories, was written when he was 17 years old and high on anime. He openly admits that most of the writing took place in his Algebra class. We may forgive him for that.
His most recent offerings include The Wolf of Descarta, book one in his Dream Box TrilogyRead More
Can I get an AMEN, hallelujah? Finally a NA novel that isn’t contemporary!
Open Gates (P. J. Stone Gates #3) by D. T. Dyllin
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Expected Date of Publication: November 12, 2013
Bryn is gone. Jenna isn’t…herself, and the world has been taken over by the alien Riders. The only constant in P.J.’s life is Khol. But even he might not be able to help her pick up the shattered pieces of her life.
P.J. finally gets the answers to all of her questions, but will she be able to handle the truth? And will she be strong enough to face her own destiny when the time comes?
Other books in the series:
OMG! How amazing are the covers in this series. I’ve seen the image within an eye before, but never when the eye is the centerpiece of the cover. I absolutely love the vibrant colors of the series. The cooler blue hue of this book is captivating and portrays a cool facade to the inner turmoil within the eye.
And that man is LITERALLY eye-candy. Yum.
Although, I don’t think I could stare at this cover forever. I’m fairly certain I’d lose the no-blinking contest with the cover.
Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.
Today, I’m presenting a series that I hasn’t been on my radar until today. I love the combination of mythology and religion and I’ll most certainly have to check out this series in the future. If you’ve read any of the books, please let me know what you think of them in the comments!
Lost Eden (The Soulkeepers #5) by G. P. Chang
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal,
Expected Date of Publication: November 18th 2013
Cover designed by Steven Novak
Cover reveal organized b Xpresso Book Tours
Rules. Balance. Consequences.
When Fate gave Dane the water from Eden to drink, she did more than save his life. She changed his destiny.
Since the beginning, a compact between God and Lucifer has maintained a tenuous peace, balancing Soulkeepers and Watchers and the natural order of things. Dane upset that balance the day he became a Soulkeeper. Fate broke the rules.
Now, Lucifer is demanding a consequence, requiring Fate to pay the ultimate price for her involvement. God intervenes on the immortal’s behalf but in order to save her soul must dissolve the compact and with it the rules, order, and balance that have kept the peace. A challenge is issued. A contest for human souls begins. And the stakes? Earth. Winner take all.
The Soulkeepers are at the center of a war between Heaven and Hell, and this time, nobody, anywhere, is safe from Lucifer’s reach.
Other books in the series:
There is an obvious cohesiveness with the font choice and placement with the series that I like. Using a full sized model doesn’t seem to mesh well with the other covers, but it does fit the description quite well. It would be very difficult to portray the trademark signs of blind justice showing only a face.
I absolutely adore the girl’s white dress. It’s obviously venetian style, yet still modern and form flattering enough that I’d still wear it in public a few thousand years later. Wings are awesome. Love the fierce expression on her face. She definitely doesn’t look like the type of ‘justice’ to accept bribes. Wish that our current justice system actually was as blind to flattery as she seems to be.
I’m not a fan of the scales. They don’t seem as lifelike as the rest of the cover. And her other hand seems like it wants to hold something and balance out the image.
G.P Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series and variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding guinea pig.Read More
I’m happy to announce the fourth book in the Cornerstone series! This came as a huge shock to me, since I didn’t realized that book three had been released. You can check out my reviews of book 1 + 2 HERE.
Yes, it is a series worth checking out!
Misty Provencher also has a couple of New Adult books out, but they’re contemporary so…yeah.
Capstone (Cornerstone #4) by Misty Provencher
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Expected Date of Publication: September 30th, 2013
It’s supposed to stink. That’s what Cusps do.
The Ianua, Nalena and Garrett’s own community, have welcomed them back by charging them as traitors and chucking them into the Hotel Celare’s slammer.
And outside the fortress walls, it’s no better.
The Cusp is at full-boil as the world finally surrenders to The Fury’s lifestyle. Looting, riots, murders—every kind of crime has become the norm—and The Fury want to make it all permanent. They might even succeed, now that they’ve nabbed all thirteen of the Ianua’s Cornerstones.
To preserve mankind, the only chance the Ianua have left is to beat The Fury to the Earth’s Core and somehow trigger the Reset.
Like that’s easy.
There’s no manual on how to activate a Reset. Nobody even knows if there’s an actual Core to the Earth.
Shoot, it could be one big myth; an epic waste of effort.
But the Addo thinks there is one last hope.
So long as someone is willing to sacrifice everything to be mankind’s long shot.
Other books in the series:
Brutally honest – this is not my favorite cover in the series. I’m in absolute love with Keystone’s cover!
Okay, first I like how this is the first cover where Nalena isn’t whitewashed. I can actually appreciate her ethnicity here. Nalena is a very easy character to connect with in the series and I like how she finally looks like I envision her.
Secondly, I do like how rich the colors look.
Thirdly, this cover adds more cohesiveness to the series covers. Before this one was revealed, the third one looked way out of place. This cover takes the stone elements of the third cover and ties them with the picture elements of the first two books. I kind of wish that both the third and forth books were more similar to the first two, but returning completely to that style with this cover alone would have made the third cover stick out like a black sheep.
I also wish that there was some sort of interaction between Nalena and Garrett on the cover. They don’t appear to be a couple and I wonder if that ties to the book or if it was an artistic decision. Actually, this is the same pose from the first cover. Hm, that’s interesting. I didn’t notice that until now. Maybe the characters are coming full circle? I wonder…
Oh, and nipples. Tee-hee!Read More