Sunday, June 2, 2024

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Joe Abercrombie, RJ Barker, J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien And TJ Klune

This lot of the Cover Reveal News Round-Up includes books by authors that I really love. This list includes a new series opener by Joe Abercrombie, a sequel by RJ Barker, a Christmas children's book by J. K. Rowling, a standalone novel by TJ Klune, and the collected poems of J. R. R. Tolkien.

The Devils by Joe Abercrombie

The Devils by Joe Abercrombie

Synopsis

Europe stares into the abyss.

Plague and famine stalk the land, monsters lurk in every shadow and greedy princes care for nothing but their own ambitions. Only one thing is certain: the elves will come again, and they will eat everyone.

Sometimes, only the darkest paths lead towards the light. Paths on which the righteous will not dare to tread . . .

And so, buried beneath the sacred splendour of the Celestial Palace, is the secret Chapel of the Holy Expediency. For its congregation of convicted monsters there are no sins that have not been committed, no lines that will not be crossed, and no mission that cannot be turned into a disastrous bloodbath.

Now the hapless Brother Diaz must somehow bind the worst of the worst to a higher cause: to put a thief on the throne of Troy, and unite the sundered church against the coming apocalypse.

When you're headed through hell, you need the devils on your side.


The Devils by Joe Abercrombie will be released on May 6, 2025.

Warlords of Wyrdwood by RJ Barker

Warlords of Wyrdwood by RJ Barker

Synopsis

'You fear the forest.. It is not foolish.' His words rang like bells in the clearing, each face reacting to their din. 'But the forest does not hate you, it does not hunt you. It simply does not care about you.'

The Forester known as Cahan led the village of Harn in rebellion against the all-powerful, oppressive forces of the Rai. A great victory was won, but to avoid retaliation, he must now lead the people of Harn into the forest.

Cahan never wanted this responsibility, but fate and his gods have conspired against him. Without him, the people will be helpless against the great beasts and poisonous traps of the forest - not to mention worse things that dwell there. A corruption grows in the fungi and decay of the Wyrdwood, a magic unlike any Cahan has ever seen - can he resist its deadly pull, while avoiding his pursuers, and trying to turn his charges into true people of the Wyrdwood?

Warlords of Wyrdwood is book two in a new fantasy trilogy set within the bounds of a forest straight out of darkest folklore - with outlaws fighting an evil empire and warring deities. RJ Barker is the British Fantasy Society Award-winning author of The Bone Ships and Age of Assassins.


Warlords of Wyrdwood by RJ Barker will be released on September 12, 2024.

Christmas at Hogwarts by J. K. Rowling

Christmas at Hogwarts by J. K. Rowling

Synopsis

'Christmas was coming. One morning in mid-December, Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow.'

So begins Chapter 12 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the story of Harry Potter's magical first Christmas at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. From the wonder of the Great Hall decked with sparkling, decorated fir trees to cosy evenings by the fire in the Gryffindor common room and the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning, it's a school holiday filled with warmth, friendship, treats and magical surprises that Harry will never forget.

With text drawn directly from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and luminous artwork by Ziyi Gao, this favourite moment, showing Harry's very first Christmas amongst friends, is now fully illustrated for the whole family to enjoy. Sure to be treasured by Harry Potter fans of all ages, it's the perfect gift to put under the tree or read together at Christmas - the beginning of an enchanting new festive tradition.


Christmas at Hogwarts by J. K. Rowling will be released on October 15, 2024.

The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune

The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune

Synopsis

A spine-tingling standalone novel by bestselling author TJ Klune―a supernatural road-trip thriller featuring an extraordinary young girl and her two unlikely protectors on the run from cultists and the government.

There's nothing more human than a broken heart.

In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: his parents are dead, his only brother wants nothing to do with him, and he's been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington, DC.

With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family's summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon, to try and find some sense of direction. The cabin should be empty. It's not.

Inside is a man named Alex. And with him is an extraordinary ten-year-old girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vader. Artemis, who isn't exactly as she appears.

Soon it becomes clear that Nate must make a choice: let himself drown in the memories of his past, or fight for a future he never thought possible. Because the girl is special. And forces are descending upon them who want nothing more than to control her.


The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune will be released on February 4, 2025.

The Collected Poems of J. R. R. Tolkien

The Collected Poems of J. R. R. Tolkien

Synopsis

World first publication of the collected poems of J.R.R. Tolkien, spanning almost seven decades of the author’s life and presented in an elegant three-volume hardback boxed set.

J.R.R. Tolkien aspired to be a poet in the first instance, and poetry was part of his creative life no less than his prose, his languages, and his art. Although Tolkien’s readers are aware that he wrote poetry, if only from verses in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, its extent is not well known, and its qualities are underappreciated. Within his larger works of fiction, poems help to establish character and place as well as further the story; as individual works, they delight with words and rhyme. They express his love of nature and the seasons, of landscape and music, and of words. They convey his humour and his sense of wonder.

The earliest work in this collection, written for his beloved, is dated to 1910, when Tolkien was eighteen. More poems would follow during his years at Oxford, some of them very elaborate and eccentric. Those he composed during the First World War, in which he served in France, tend to be concerned not with trenches and battle, but with life, loss, faith, and friendship, his longing for England, and the wife he left behind. Beginning in 1914, elements of his legendarium, ‘The Silmarillion’, began to appear, and the ‘Matter of Middle-earth’ would inspire much of Tolkien’s verse for the rest of his life.

Within The Collected Poems of J.R.R. Tolkien almost 200 works are presented across three volumes, including more than 60 that have never before been seen. The poems are deftly woven together with commentary and notes by world-renowned Tolkien scholars Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond, placing them in the context of Tolkien’s life and literary accomplishments and creating a poetical biography that is a unique and revealing celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien.


The Collected Poems of J. R. R. Tolkien will be released on September 12, 2024.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By J. C. Cervantes And Mike Chen

The young and the young-at-heart will find this Cover Reveal News Round-Up edition to their satisfaction... This list includes Marvel: What If... re-imagining of Venom by author Mike Chen and another entry by author J. C. Cervantes for the never-failing Rick Riordan Presents imprint.

The Daggers of Ire by J. C. Cervantes

The Daggers of Ire by J. C. Cervantes

Synopsis

A rich and exciting new Latine middle grade fantasy about sisterhood, magic, and the power of kids to face what grown-ups refuse to see—by J. C. Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of the Storm Runner series

Esmerelda Santos is a rare bruja, born with Chaos magic in her veins. She and her family are direct descendants of one of the four original witches—a mysterious legend about the night magic was born in San Bosco. But since the death of her mother, Esme is more concerned about healing their father’s spiraling grief.

When Esme finds a heart spell in a forbidden grimorio, she thinks it could be the answer to making her dad whole again. But before she can try, she and her best friend, Tiago, discover that their families and all the town’s witches have vanished—along with their magic, which keeps San Bosco alive. The only way to save them and the town is to find an original witch—impossible, since no one has actually ever seen one.

With a witch hunter on their tail, Esme and Tiago journey to a banished realm where forbidden magic runs wild. Here the two must embrace their powers and confront the legend’s terrible truths... or risk losing their families and their magic forever.

Perfect for fans of Witchlings and Amari and the Night Brothers!


The Daggers of Ire by J. C. Cervantes will be released on September 3, 2024.

Marvel: What If... Marc Spector Was Host to Venom? by Mike Chen

Marvel: What If... Marc Spector Was Host to Venom? by Mike Chen

Synopsis

Marc Spector and Venom engage in a battle of wills in the next adventure of an epic multiversal series reimagining iconic Marvel origin stories.

So many worlds, so little time. Infinite possibilities, creating infinite realities. Long have I watched Marc Spector cheat death in the name of the Egyptian god Khonshu. But... what if Moon Knight was subsumed by a Venom from another universe?

Marc Spector is used to voices in his head. He’s used to waking up disoriented, unsure what his alters, Jake and Steven, might have been up to. He’s used to having an Egyptian god command him as Moon Knight, his avatar of justice and revenge. What he’s not used to: staring into the face of a literal out-of-body doppelgänger.

Another Marc crash-landed from an alternate reality, begging for help? Yeah, that is a new one, even for him.

But before he can really process anything beyond Khonshu’s incessant alarm bells, it becomes clear this other Marc didn’t travel solo. Some kind of alien—a symbiote named Venom—casts off its current host and begins to merge with Marc, forcing Khonshu away from his chosen champion and claiming Moon Knight for its own. The formerly stark white suit that struck fear into the hearts of criminals now looms as a jet-black shadow over friends and foes alike. Marc’s lethal prowess, fueled by Venom’s penchant for violence, carves a trail of chaos as they comb through the vigilante’s torturous past.

Yet a sliver of hope remains: Finally free of Venom’s control, the other Jake and Steven regain consciousness to find themselves in a strange reality, without their Marc but with a strange bird-like god insisting that “they will do.” Desperate, lost, and running out of time, the pair make a deal: become Khonshu’s new avatar to track Venom’s path of destruction, save this universe, and just maybe figure out a way back to their own.


Marvel: What If... Marc Spector Was Host to Venom? by Mike Chen will be released on October 22, 2024.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By John Grisham And Jim McCloskey, Maureen Johnson, Anthony Ryan, Terry Pratchett, Adrian Tchaikovsky, And Ben Aaronovitch

A variety of genres are rocking in this edition of cover reveal new round-up. We have a collaborative non-fiction work from John Grisham and Jim McCloskey, a starter to a new series from Maureen Johnson and Anthony Ryan, a redesigned classic from Terry Pratchett, a sequel from Adrian Tchaikovsky, and a novella set on a beloved universe from Ben Aaronovitch.

Framed by John Grisham and Jim McCloskey

Framed by John Grisham and Jim McCloskey

Synopsis

In his first work of nonfiction since The Innocent Man, #1 bestselling author John Grisham and Centurion Ministries Founder Jim McCloskey share ten harrowing true stories of wrongful convictions. Impeccably researched and grippingly told, Framed offers an inside look at the injustice faced by the victims of the United States criminal justice system.

A fundamental principle of our legal system is a presumption of innocence, but once someone has been found guilty there is very little room to prove doubt. Framed shares ten true stories of men who were innocent but found guilty and forced to sacrifice friends, families, wives, and decades of their lives to prison while the guilty parties remained free. In each of the stories, John Grisham and Jim McCloskey recount the dramatic hard-fought battles for exoneration. They take a close look at what leads to wrongful convictions in the first place, and the racism, misconduct, flawed testimony, and the corrupt court system that can make them so hard to reverse.


Framed by John Grisham and Jim McCloskey will be released on October 8, 2024.

Death at Morning House by Maureen Johnson

Death at Morning House by Maureen Johnson

Synopsis

From the bestselling author of the Truly Devious books, Maureen Johnson, comes a new stand-alone YA about a teen who uncovers a mystery while working as a tour guide on an island and must solve it before history repeats itself.

The fire wasn’t Marlowe Wexler’s fault. Dates should be hot, but not hot enough to warrant literal firefighters. Akilah, the girl Marlowe has been in love with for years, will never go out with her again. No one dates an accidental arsonist.

With her house-sitting career up in flames, it seems the universe owes Marlowe a new summer job, and that’s how she ends up at Morning House, a mansion built on an island in the 1920s and abandoned shortly thereafter. It’s easy enough, giving tours. Low risk of fire. High chance of getting bored talking about stained glass and nut cutlets and Prohibition.

Oh, and the deaths. Did anyone mention the deaths?

Maybe this job isn’t such a gift after all. Morning House has a horrific secret that’s been buried for decades, and now the person who brought her here is missing.

All it takes is one clue to set off a catastrophic chain of events. One small detail, just like a spark, could burn it all down—if someone doesn’t bury Marlowe first.


Death at Morning House by Maureen Johnson will be released on August 6, 2024.

A Tide of Black Steel by Anthony Ryan

A Tide of Black Steel by Anthony Ryan

Synopsis

A NEW AGE HAS DAWNED. AN AGE OF BLOOD AND STEEL.
AN AGE OF WRATH.

The land of Ascarlia, a fabled realm of bloodied steel and epic sagas, has been ruled by the Sister Queens for centuries. No one has dared question their rule.

Until now.

Whispers speak of longships of mysterious tattooed warriors, sailing under the banners of a murderous cult of oath-breakers long thought extinct. A tide of black steel that threatens to vanquish all in its path.

Thera of the Blackspear, favoured servant of the Sister Queens, is ordered to uncover the truth. As Thera sails north, her reviled brother, Felnir, sets out on his own adventure. He hopes to find the Vault of the Altvar - the treasure room of the gods - and win the Sister Queens' favour at his sister's expense.

Both siblings - along with a brilliant young scribe and a prisoner with a terrifying, primal power - will play a part in the coming storm.

The Age of Wrath has begun.

A Tide of Black Steel begins a new blockbuster epic fantasy series from international bestseller Anthony Ryan, whose books have sold more than a million copies worldwide.


A Tide of Black Steel by Anthony Ryan will be released on September 26, 2024.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Synopsis

Now in a brand-new gift edition, part of the Discworld Hardback Library.

THE SEWER IS DODGER’S WORLD...

He hunts treasure there – coins and jewels lost in the dark and dirty drains. It’s a good life, if you don’t mind getting your hands (and arms and feet and face) dirty.

But one night, Dodger helps a young woman flee two ruffians. Now, a street urchin dressed as a gentleman, he must discover the secret behind her escape.

Along the way he’ll befriend Charles Dickens, outwit Sweeny Todd, and reach the giddy heights of Victorian society.

Dodger may be living in the gutter, but he’s heading for the stars…


Dodger by Terry Pratchett will be released on April 25, 2024.

Days of Shattered Faith by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Days of Shattered Faith by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Synopsis

Welcome to Alkhalend, Jewel of the Waters, capital of Usmai, greatest of the Successor States, inheritor to the necromantic dominion that was the Moeribandi Empire and tomorrow's frontline in the Palleseen's relentless march to bring Perfection and Correctness to an imperfect world.

Loret is fresh off the boat, and just in time.

As Cohort-Invigilator of Correct Appreciation, Outreach department, she's here as aide to the Palleseen Resident, Sage-Invigilator Angilly. And Sage-Invigilator Angilly - Gil to her friends - needs a second in the spectacularly illegal, culturally offensive and diplomatically inadvisable duel she must fight at midnight.

Outreach, that part of the Pal machine that has to work within the imperfection of the rest of the world, has a lot of room for the illegal, the unconventional, the unorthodox. But just how much unorthodoxy can Gil and Loret get away with?

As a succession crisis looms, as a long-forgotten feat of necromantic engineering nears fruition, as pirate kings, lizard armies and demons gather, as old gods wane and new gods wax, sooner or later Gil and Loret will have to settle their ledger.

Just as well they are both very, very good with a blade.


Days of Shattered Faith by Adrian Tchaikovsky will be released on December 5, 2024.

The Masquerades of Spring by Ben Aaronovitch

The Masquerades of Spring by Ben Aaronovitch

Synopsis

New York City, New York.

Meet Augustus Berrycloth-Young -- fop, flaneur, and Englishman abroad -- as he chronicles the Jazz Age from his perch atop the city that never sleeps.

That is, until his old friend Thomas Nightingale arrives, pursuing a rather mysterious affair concerning an old saxophone -- which will take Gussie from his warm bed, to the cold shores of Long Island, and down to the jazz clubs where music, magic, and madness haunt the shadows...


The Masquerades of Spring by Ben Aaronovitch will be released on September 5, 2024.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Agatha Christie, Philip Reeve, Ed McDonald, Lev Grossman, Naomi Novik, Kerri Maniscalco, And James J. Butcher

There is a lot going on in this edition of cover reveal news round-up. We have some gorgeous covers of the books by Agatha Christie, Philip Reeve, Ed McDonald, Lev Grossman, Naomi Novik, Kerri Maniscalco, and James J. Butcher. Have your pick of the best one in this lot!

The Last Séance by Agatha Christie

The Last Séance by Agatha Christie

Synopsis

From the Queen of Crime, all of her spookiest and most macabre stories collected in one volume, including her earliest published story, 'The Wife of the Kenite', which is exclusive to this collection.

'From behind the curtains there still sounded the terrible high long-drawn scream – such a scream as Raoul had never heard. It died away with a horrible kind of gurgle. Then there came the thud of a body falling...'

For lovers of the supernatural and the macabre comes this collection of ghostly and chilling tales from Agatha Christie. Acknowledged the world over as the undisputed Queen of Crime, in fact she dabbled in her early writing career with mysteries of a more unearthly kind – stories featuring fantastic psychic visions, spectres looming in the shadows, encounters with deities, eerie messages from the Other Side, even a man who switches bodies with a cat…

This haunting compendium gathers together all of Christie’s spookiest and most macabre short stories, some featuring her timeless detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Finally together in one volume, it shines a light on the darker side of Agatha Christie, one that she herself relished, identifying ten of them as ‘my own favourite stories written soon after The Mysterious Affair at Styles, some before that’.


The Last Séance by Agatha Christie will be released on September 12, 2024.

Witch Queen of Redwinter by Ed McDonald

Witch Queen of Redwinter by Ed McDonald

Synopsis

Having been saved from execution at the hands of the Draoihn - powerful magic users Raine used to count as allies - Raine finds herself in the Fault, a vast magical wasteland, which is falling apart before her eyes.

Alongside her two closest companions, they are searching for the only person Raine believes can help them get back home: the enigmatic and infuriatingly elusive Queen of Feathers.

But what home are they trying to get back to? Ovitus LacNaithe, power-hungry traitor that he is, has taken control of the Draoihn and is unwittingly doing the bidding of a darker master. He is soon to take control of the Crown of Harranir and plunge the land into unending darkness.

The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance. The stakes have never been higher. It's going to take Raine's dark, terrible powers, as well as the unbreakable bond of three friends, to ensure everyone lives to see the dawn.

The epic conclusion to Ed McDonald's Redwinter Chronicles, Witch Queen of Redwinter brings together breathtaking magic, unflinching fellowship and the gruesome spectacle of war in the most thrilling of fantasy adventures.


Witch Queen of Redwinter by Ed McDonald will be released on November 14, 2024.

Thunder City by Philip Reeve

Thunder City by Philip Reeve

Synopsis

An edge-of-your seat adventure set in the iconic world of Mortal Engines!

Tamzin Pook is a fighter in the Amusement Arcade. And what she does best is killing Revenants.

All she knows is survival, having arrived in the Arcade as a small child. She pushes away her memories, her hopes, and her fears, and she emerges into the arena to battle the Revenants--dead brains nestled in armored engine bodies. She doesn't dare to hope or wish for anything more than to survive another day.

Meanwhile, the wheeled city of Motoropolis has been taken over by a rebel faction who killed its leaders and commandeered the city. Its only hope is a teacher named Miss Torpenhow who's determined to find the Mayor's good-for-nothing son and force him to take back what's rightfully his. But to get to him, she'll need to find someone who's skilled at fighting Revenants.

With a daring abduction, Miss Torpenhow and Tamzin Pook's destinies are entwined, and so begin their adventures together...

This stand-alone Mortal Engines novel follows an unlikely crew of fighters-turned friends: Tamzin Pook, Hilly Torpenhow, mayor-to-be Max Angmering, and washed-up mercenary Oddington Doom. Together, they must find a way to outwit the assassins that are determined to drag Tamzin back to the arcade, and try to take back Motoropolis.

Readers, hold onto your seats--it's going to be a wild ride.


Thunder City by Philip Reeve will be released on November 12, 2024.

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy returns with a triumphant reimagining of the King Arthur legend for the new millennium

A gifted young knight named Collum arrives at Camelot to compete for a spot on the Round Table, only to find that he’s too late. The king died two weeks ago at the Battle of Camlann, leaving no heir, and only a handful of the knights of the Round Table survive.

They aren’t the heroes of legend, like Lancelot or Gawain. They’re the oddballs of the Round Table, from the edges of the stories, like Sir Palomides, the Saracen Knight, and Sir Dagonet, Arthur’s fool, who was knighted as a joke. They’re joined by Nimue, who was Merlin’s apprentice until she turned on him and buried him under a hill. Together this ragtag fellowship will set out to rebuild Camelot in a world that has lost its balance.

But Arthur’s death has revealed Britain’s fault lines. God has abandoned it, and the fairies and monsters and old gods are returning, led by Arthur’s half-sister Morgan le Fay. Kingdoms are turning on each other, warlords lay siege to Camelot and rival factions are forming around the disgraced Lancelot and the fallen Queen Guinevere. It is up to Collum and his companions to reclaim Excalibur, solve the mysteries of this ruined world and make it whole again. But before they can restore Camelot they’ll have to learn the truth of why the lonely, brilliant King Arthur fell, and lay to rest the ghosts of his troubled family and of Britain’s dark past.

The first major Arthurian epic of the new millennium, The Bright Sword is steeped in tradition, full of duels and quests, battles and tournaments, magic swords and Fisher Kings. It also sheds a fresh light on Arthur’s Britain, a diverse, complex nation struggling to come to terms with its bloody history. The Bright Sword is a story about imperfect men and women, full of strength and pain, who are looking for a way to reforge a broken land in spite of being broken themselves.


The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman will be released on July 16, 2024.

Buried Deep and Other Stories by Naomi Novik

Buried Deep and Other Stories by Naomi Novik

Synopsis

A thrilling anthology of thirteen short stories that span the wide-ranging imagination of the New York Times bestselling author of the Scholomance Trilogy, including a sneak peek at the world where her next novel will be set.

From the dragon-filled Temeraire series and the gothic, magical halls of the Scholomance trilogy, through the realms next door to Spinning Silver and Uprooted, this stunning collection takes us from fairy tale to fantasy, myth to history, and mystery to science fiction as we travel through Naomi Novik’s most beloved stories. Here, among many others, we encounter:

• A mushroom witch who learns that sometimes the worst thing in the Scholomance can be your roommate.
• The start of the Dragon Corps in ancient Rome, after Mark Antony hatches a dragon’s egg and bonds with the hatchling.
• A young bride in the middle ages who finds herself gambling with Death, for the highest of stakes.
• A delightful reimagining of Pride & Prejudice, in which Elizabeth Bennet captains a Longwing dragon.
• The first glimpse at the world of Abandon, the setting of Novik’s upcoming epic fantasy series—a deserted continent populated only by silent and enigmatic architectural mysteries.

Though the stories are vastly different, there is a unifying theme: wrestling with destiny, and the lengths some will go to find their own and fulfill its promise.


Buried Deep and Other Stories by Naomi Novik will be released on September 17, 2024.

Throne of Secrets by Kerri Maniscalco

Throne of Secrets by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis

Two rivals torn apart by a dark memory reunite on a deadly hunt—and in an irresistibly twisted fairy tale—in the next steamy standalone fantasy romance from New York Times bestselling sensation Kerri Maniscalco.

A wicked prince determined to save his kingdom.

Gabriel Axton—infamous as the Prince of Gluttony, the self-proclaimed rake of rakes—has always lived for indulgence: in delicious food, in tantalizing women, and most of all, in the thrill of the hunt, where his love of danger can take over. But when his favorite adventure takes a deadly turn, he realizes something is very wrong in his demon court. With the clock ticking, he must turn to the only one who might uncover the truth: a journalist he has spent a decade avoiding…

A reporter hell-bent on finding the truth.

Adriana Saint Lucent has been on the hunt for years—if she could just report something damning enough about that no-good scoundrel Gabriel Axton, she knows others would finally see the demon as she does. But she never expected to turn up a rumor too terrifying to be believed: could the ice dragons to the north be growing restless? Drawn into the secrets of the Underworld, Adriana’s investigation leads her into the place she dreads most…Axton’s infamous court.

A dangerous rivalry—and deliciously twisted fairy tale.

To stop darkness from falling over their kingdom, Axton and Adriana will have to unite against an escalating danger. But with each holding tight to their own secrets, can they find the truth before it’s too late? And what will they do with an equally troubling rumor: that they might not actually hate one another, after all?


Throne of Secrets by Kerri Maniscalco will be released on September 24, 2024.

Cold Iron Task by James J. Butcher

Cold Iron Task by James J. Butcher

Synopsis

Grimsby, a junior Auditor in the magical Department of Unorthodox Affairs, finds himself on the other side of the law in this spellbinding urban fantasy.

Grimshaw Griswald Grimsby may have one case under his belt, but he’s still a novice Auditor in Boston’s Department of Unorthodox Affairs. And he’s already made mistakes.

Desperate to repair his fraying friendships, he doesn’t ask too many questions when a mysterious patron offers him the chance to join a heist of an otherworldly vault—and in the process find answers that could make things right.

Complications arise when Grimsby learns that his partner, Mayflower, is keeping secrets about his past. Between facing new demons, old horrors, and monsters—both Usual and Unorthodox—Grimsby soon realizes nothing is how it appears and that not asking enough questions just might be his downfall.


Cold Iron Task by James J. Butcher will be released on October 1, 2024.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Richard Osman, Agatha Christie, And Susan Dennard

Richard Osman, Agatha Christie, and Susan Dennard offer us a brand-new series, a redesigned classic, and a finale to a trilogy respectively!

We Solve Murders by Richard Osman

We Solve Murders by Richard Osman

Synopsis

A brand new series.
An iconic new detective duo.
And a puzzling new murder to solve...


Steve Wheeler is enjoying retired life. He does the odd bit of investigation work, but he prefers his familiar habits and routines: the pub quiz, his favourite bench, his cat waiting for him when he comes home. His days of adventure are over: adrenaline is daughter-in-law Amy’s business now.

Amy Wheeler thinks adrenaline is good for the soul. As a private security officer, she doesn’t stay still long enough for habits or routines. She’s currently on a remote island keeping world-famous author Rosie D’Antonio alive. Which was meant to be an easy job . . .

Then a dead body, a bag of money and a killer with their sights on Amy have her sending an SOS to the only person she trusts. A breakneck race around the world begins, but can Amy and Steve stay one step ahead of a deadly enemy?


We Solve Murders by Richard Osman will be released on September 12, 2024.

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Synopsis

Agatha Christie’s sensational mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

On holiday in Cornwall, Poirot meets a pretty young woman with an unusual name, ‘Nick’ Buckley.

Upon discovering a bullet-hole in Nick’s sun hat, the great detective decides the girl needs his protection. He also begins to unravel the mystery of a murder that hasn’t been committed. Yet.


Peril at End House by Agatha Christie will be released on June 20, 2024.

The Whispering Night by Susan Dennard

The Whispering Night by Susan Dennard

Synopsis

The forest is more dangerous than ever as secrets are revealed in this highly-anticipated, pulse-pounding, and swoon-worthy conclusion to the bestselling Luminaries trilogy.

The Whispering Night by Susan Dennard will be released on October 1, 2024.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Agatha Christie, Jeff Kinney, And Olivie Blake

A Redesigned novel, a wimpy sequel, and a collection of short stories--what more can you ask for from this edition of cover reveal news round-up? Give way and behold the following books by Agatha Christie, Jeff Kinney, and Olivie Blake!

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Synopsis

Agatha Christie’s seaside mystery thriller, based on the Devon location of Burgh Island, now reissued as a hardback ‘Special Edition’ with a gorgeous new artwork cover.

’It is peaceful. The sun shines. The sea is blue. But you forget, there is evil everywhere under the sun.’

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun… she had been strangled.

Ever since Arlena’s arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent ‘crime of passion’ have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?


Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie will be released on April 25, 2024.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hot Mess by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hot Mess by Jeff Kinney

Synopsis

International bestselling author Jeff Kinney serves up heaps of laughs in Hot Mess, the 19th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Greg Heffley is caught in the middle as the two halves of his extended family come together in a sidesplittingly relatable summer story!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hot Mess by Jeff Kinney will be released on October 22, 2024.

Januaries by Olivie Blake

Januaries by Olivie Blake

Synopsis

Januaries is a collection of new and iconic short stories and novellas from New York Times bestselling author Olivie Blake.

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, the tutelary spirit to a magical bridge rapidly approaches burnout. Meanwhile, congress enacts a complex auditing system designed to un-waste your youth, a banished fairy answers a Craigslist ad, a Victorian orphan gains literacy for her occult situationship, and a multiverse assassin contemplates the one who got away. Escape the slow trudge of mortality with these magical ruminations on life, death, and the love (or revenge) that outlasts both, featuring modified fairytales, contemporary heists, absurdist poetry, and at least one set of actual wedding vows.


Januaries by Olivie Blake will be released on October 15, 2024.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Samantha Shannon, Peter S. Beagle, Stephanie Garber, And James Rollins

Redesigned collector's, anniversary, or author's preferred text editions are a hit right now. At least the latter is true for Samantha Shannon's first four books in the The Bone Season series. Of course, nothing beats original and books published for the first time--and for this type we have Peter S. Beagle, Stephanie Garber, and James Rollins to highlight in this edition of cover reveal news roundup.

The Mime Order (Author’s Preferred Text) by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Synopsis

A stunning new edition of the second novel in the bestselling Bone Season series with gorgeous new cover artwork and updated text, by the bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree.

A fugitive who will not be silenced

It is a dark time for clairvoyants. Scion is in league with the Rephaim, an extraordinarily powerful, otherworldly race that intends to make humans its slaves.

In an unprecedented feat of bravery, Paige Mahoney has succeeded in leading a mass break-out from the brutal camp, Sheol I, where she and other clairvoyants were systematically imprisoned.

Paige is desperate to reach the safety of the London underworld, but the ruthless leader of the Rephaim, Nashira Sargas, is not likely to let her escape so easily.


The Mime Order (Author’s Preferred Text) by Samantha Shannon will be released on May 9, 2024.

The Song Rising (Author’s Preferred Text) by Samantha Shannon

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Synopsis

A stunning new edition of the third novel in the bestselling Bone Season series with gorgeous new cover artwork and updated text, by the bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree.

A rebel who becomes a queen

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it.


The Song Rising (Author’s Preferred Text) by Samantha Shannon will be released on May 9, 2024.

The Mask Falling (Author’s Preferred Text) by Samantha Shannon

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

Synopsis

A stunning new edition of the fourth novel in the bestselling Bone Season series with gorgeous new cover artwork and updated text, by the bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree.

Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Programme has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim--her former enemy--at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them - and could end with them...


The Mask Falling (Author’s Preferred Text) by Samantha Shannon will be released on May 9, 2024.

I'm Afraid You've Got Dragons by Peter S. Beagle

I'm Afraid You've Got Dragons by Peter S. Beagle

Synopsis

Dragons are common in the back-water kingdom of Bellemontagne, coming in sizes from mouse-like vermin all the way up to castle-smashing monsters. There are so many of them, the romance is long gone. They're pests, infestations, nuisances.

Gaius Aurelius Constantine Heliogabalus Thrax (who would much rather people just call him Robert) has recently inherited his deceased father's job as a dragon catcher/exterminator, a career he detests with all his heart in part because he likes dragons, feeling an odd kinship with them, but mainly because his dream has always been the impossible one of transcending his humble origin to someday become a prince's valet. Needless to say, fate has something rather different in mind...

Falling in with a beautiful princess who has no desire to be a damsel, and a handsome prince who would rather not engage in heroics, Robert's attempts to grease the wheels of their courtship in exchange for help improving his employment prospects throw him into the way of a far greater adventure than he could ever have imagined.


I'm Afraid You've Got Dragons by Peter S. Beagle will be released on May 16, 2024.

Spectacular by Stephanie Garber

Spectacular by Stephanie Garber

Synopsis

Welcome, welcome back to the mysteriously enchanting world of Caraval! Return to the legendary magic and the whimsical wonder with this beautifully illustrated holiday novella.

Snowflakes are falling.
Invitations are arriving.
And holiday magic is swirling in the capital city of the Meridian Empire.

It’s Great Holiday Eve Eve. Scarlett Dragna is planning a spectacular Holiday celebration for the city. Donatella is searching for the perfect gift. Julian is looking ridiculously handsome in green. And Legend...

Well, sadly Legend is not fond of the Great Holiday. Tella is hoping her perfect gift will change his mind. Unfortunately, she hasn’t found this perfect gift just yet. But it is Great Holiday Eve Eve . . . surely there’s some holiday magic swirling around.


Spectacular by Stephanie Garber will be released on October 22, 2024.

Arkangel by James Rollins

Arkangel by James Rollins

Synopsis

From the #1 New York Times master of international thrillers comes the story of a global hunt across the top of world, pitting nation against nation, as ancient myths of a lost continent prove all too real.

The execution of a Vatican archivist within the shadow of the Kremlin exposes a conspiracy going back three centuries--to the bloody era of the Russian Tsars. Before his murder, he manages to dispatch a coded message, a warning of a terrifying threat, one tied to a secret buried within the Golden Library of Tsars, a vast and treasured archive that had vanished into history.

As combative forces race for the truth behind this death and alarming discovery, Sigma Force is summoned to aid in the search--not only for this missing trove of ancient books, but to follow a trail far into the Arctic, to search for the truth about a lost continent and a revelation that could ignite a global war. But Sigma Force has its own difficulties at home after an explosive attack on the National Mall--one aimed at the heart of their covert agency--has left them vulnerable and exposed.

The growing conflict--both on Russian soil and deep in the Arctic--will reignite a centuries-old war between the newly resurgent Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican, while sabers rattle across the nations of the Arctic Circle, threatening to turn those icy seas into a fiery conflagration.

Facing enemies on all sides, it will be up to Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force to unravel a mystery going back millennia--and uncover the truth about a lost civilization and an arcane treasure that could save the planet... or destroy it.


Arkangel by James Rollins will be released on August 6, 2024.