Thursday, 2 December 2010

Spotlight on Urban Fantasy: New covers of great series!

I have some beautiful new UF covers to share with you of the upcoming instalments of a couple of the fantastic UF series highlighted in the previous "Spotlight on Urban Fantasy" in October, here they are:

Deceived by the Others by Jess Haines
(book #4 in the H&W Investigations series)

They’re here, and they’re real…werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…

Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family–or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.

Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…
To be released on 5 July 2011
You can preorder your copy at Amazon

I confess though I liked the cover of the 1st book, I wasn't that fond of the 2nd cover, however, I'm in love with this 3rd one! I love the new cover model, her free and youthful hair, the way it seems to float and sparkle, the background with the wolf, the moon and the forest, and all the nice pastel colours (not very usual in UF novels..) and of course the fantastic font. A real winner cover!

Previous covers in the series:

Hunted By The Others    Taken By The Others (An H&W Investigations Novel)

Master and Apprentice by Sonya Bateman
(book #2 in the Gavyn Donatti series)

In the bestselling tradition of Jim Butcher, the second book in an exciting new urban fantasy series about a thief and an unlikely genie.

For the past year, “retired” thief Gavyn Donatti has been helping his partner Ian hunt down and destroy the Morai, a dangerous djinn clan bent on murdering them both. Instead of casting a simple destruction spell in a Virginia mountain cave, they uncover a bloodthirsty cult of djinn descendants that shouldn’t exist. And when the cult kidnaps Ian’s wife, the princess Akila, the race to save her becomes a desperate bid to stay alive and stop the Morai from taking more lives, along with the right to rule the world.
To be released on 29 March 2011
You can preorder your copy at Amazon

Yay!! As you know I am a huge fan of this series and await impatiently the release of the 2nd book, so seeing the cover makes it more real and easier for me to try to wait patiently ;-) I loved the 1st cover so much, that it took me some time to get used to this one, but now I like it just as much! Love the vibrant bold warm colours, that the wolf is back and love those mysterious symbols and what looks like flames in the background! Sonya has confirmed that it is Gavyn and Akila on the cover. Hm... though the male model looks quite fierce, based on the description and what could be seen of Gavyn in the 1st cover, I haven't pictured him like this. I imagined him looking more modern with shorter straight chestnut (or sandy brown) hair with a milder, nice expression. I am intrigued to see what will happen in Master and Apprentice to make him look so fierce and dangerous. :-D

Previous cover in the series:

Master of None

Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep
(book #4 in the Elemental Assassin series)

I’d rather face a dozen lethal assas­sins any night than deal with some­thing as tricky, con­vo­luted, and frag­ile as my feel­ings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assas­sin known as the Spi­der. Hov­er­ing out­side sexy busi­ness­man Owen Grayson’s front door like a ner­vous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my fore­head. Cold-blooded Fire ele­men­tal Mab Mon­roe has hired one of the smartest assas­sins in the busi­ness to trap me. Elek­tra LaFleur is skilled and effi­cient, with deadly elec­tri­cal ele­men­tal magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone pow­ers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t sur­vive this bat­tle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assas­sin to take out my baby sis­ter, Detec­tive Bria Coolidge, too. The only prob­lem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sib­ling … or that I’m the mur­derer she’s been chas­ing through Ash­land for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead …
To be released on 26 April 2011
You can preorder your copy at Amazon

I have always loved the covers in this series and love how they are consistent and that even without the title and author's name, one could tell they are part of the same series. This cover of the 4th book in the Elemental Assassin series is another great addition to the series. Gin looks sexy and feisty (the tattoo is back :-p), and I love the red background which looks like an abandoned small town in a Western movie :-D

Previous covers in the series:

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, Book 1)  Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, Book 2)  Venom (Elemental Assassin, Book 3)

Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams
(book #2 in the Oracle series)
The more you know about the future, the more there may be to fear.

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around - and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn't need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards - and Tara's increasingly ominous dreams - suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi's Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen...
To be released on 22 February 2011
You can preorder your copy at Amazon

Though I found the previous cover very mysterious and loved the colours and athmosphere of it I found Tara too severe looking, so I'm very glad t see this new cover model: she looks warmhearted and nice, love her friendly wavy hair and the colours and misty mysterious look of the cover is again fantastic! I'm in cover love :-)

Previous cover in the series:

Dark Oracle

So what do you think? Like these new additions to the series?

Which UF covers are your favourites, or what do you absolutely hate to see on an UF cover?

Do you mind the leather clad chick having a knife/sword in her hand or to the contrary, you love that?

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