More Lisa Kleypas Covers

I posted about Lisa KleypasHathaway UK and US covers recently, and was going to continue with her contemporaries, except I’ve just seen the UK cover of “Love in the Afternoon” and the re-issued Wallflowers covers, and had to add them.


519Zxl6S2XL._SL160_51JD0WgATLL._SL160_I included the first four covers in the Hathaway series, but left out the fifth book because I couldn’t find the UK cover. 

Well, here are both the “Love in the Afternoon” covers – no contest for me, I love the UK one (left)!  The colours really pop, and the style is pretty consistent with the last three in the series (we’ll put the UK cover of the first book to one side, shall we?).  So yes, total win.


As for the Wallflower books, here you go:

US covers












UK covers











What do you think?  I like how both US and UK covers work the “seasons” theme, but the UK ones appeal to me more.  I’m loving the vibrant colours of the summer cover and the mistiness of autumn.  I can’t find the UK cover of the fourth book, but I would imagine (and hope) it’s in the same style of the previous three.


And finally, before I forget, the contemporaries:

US covers – the first two are similar (and bright!), while the third has the same fonts but different design:












UK covers – and I am slightly confused, as there appear to be two sets, which I hadn’t realised before…

Original set:











The first two being rather women’s fiction (and even signalling a post-war setting, or it that just me?), and the third err… quite different.  I liked the first, though I believe it is a stock photo, as I recall having seen another very similar cover.  The first two certainly don’t scream contemporary romance, even if they do appeal to me – I like the image and the clean look.  Just doesn’t do the stories justice, IMO.  The third now, a bit too M&B for me, especially with the male/baby cover.


Latest UK ones, possibly mass market paperbacks:











Very different, huh?  A lot more contemporary, definitely romance for the first and the third, though the second still says women’s fiction to me.


Your thoughts?


Around the Web

Heather @ The Galaxy Express has asked for suggestions for “must read” science fiction romance, and the discussion thread is getting pretty interesting.  It’s been flagged that the list of authors is almost exclusively female as well, which, to be honest, is not a massive surprise to me. 

I’m thinking the list so far is very much a YMMV list – I adore some of the authors listed, but am more on the fence about others.  My standard SFR author recs – Catherine Asaro, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – are already on the list, though I did propose Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s Star of the Guardians quartet for inclusion.  Has anyone else ever read it?  I think they’re OOP now, but I remember being totally caught up in the whole saga and devouring all four novels within a very short period of time (seriously, Maigrey and Sagan set the standard for star-crossed lovers, and you then add a lost royal heir, intergalactic battles, and a gang of very cool mercenaries).  I’ve found the Wikipedia entry for the series (here, but major spoilers) and just reading the very terse plot summary makes me want to re-read (alas, my copies are packed away somewhere in my parents’ home – safely, I hope!).


On a different note, Kelley Armstrong is doing the graphic novel thing – she’s writing an original Otherworld story with the Dabel Brothers.  If my memory serves me correctly, the Dabel Brothers did the first of Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake graphic novels before they parted company with Marvel or something, and left the Anita rights with Marvel?  In fact, I think it’s the same artist, Brett Booth.  And they did the first Mercy Thompson graphic novel “Homecoming” too, before that moved somewhere else as well, IIRC.

Anyway.  As an introduction to the Otherworld universe, they’re doing a limited-edition Otherworld Primer, which is being exclusively offered to Ms Armstrong’s fans before being officially announced.  I’m sort of on the fence – it’s around £16, which is on the pricey side.  Decisions.

And a final link: While trying to verify my patchy information about Dabel Brothers above, I came across this interview linked on Patricia Briggs’ website – it’s with the writer doing the upcoming adaptations of “Cry Wolf” and “Moon Called”, David Lawrence.  There are some great sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes links.

Books for June

Here’s a much more timely post than I’ve managed for the past two months running.  However, is it just me or are June releases thin on the ground?


41JHNOwcdqL._SL160_The only book I have on my must-get list is Jacqueline Carey’s “Naamah’s Curse” (fantasy) – the second book of her latest Kushiel trilogy, this is an auto-buy for me. 

51Ezx8npQML._SL160_I thought the first book, “Naamah’s Kiss”, had a slightly different feel to Ms Carey’s previous Kushiel books, maybe because the narrator was Alban-born and had a more pragmatic worldview than the previous two narrators, but I was still pretty much swept along from the first page, and can’t wait to read the follow-up. 

I’m delighted the UK edition (cover on the left) is being released in the same month as the US one, else I’d be very tempted to shell out the cash for the US version. 

Out now US, June 24 UK (excerpt here)


51AQMVcQmPL._SL160_ I’ve already bought Sharon Lee & Steve Miller’s “Mouse & Dragon”, which officially hits the (physical) shelves June 1.  I’ve also seen their “The Dragon Variation” in-store – it’s an omnibus edition collecting “Local Custom”, “Scout’s Progress”, and “Conflict of Honors” into one volume.  I was tempted, but I do have slightly beaten-up paper copies of the three already, so decided to pass.  Though I have just noticed the ebook version is $6, which is really too good to pass up…


I grabbed Lynn Flewelling’s “The White Road” yesterday while browsing in the bookstore, and really, that was the last of the June releases on my list.

51sEN7yeML._SL160_ Janet Evanovich’s latest Stephanie Plum, “Sizzling Sixteen”, is out June 22 but I’m hesitant to buy hardcover because the recent books have been, well, lacking, shall we say?  Same with Laurell K Hamilton’s latest Anita Blake book, “Bullet”, which I’ve also seen out on shelves now, in its bright-red glory.  I’m holding out on both of these until I see more reviews.

I must be missing some June releases surely – what other books are you planning on getting this month?

A Tiny Book Haul

A really small one.  I mean, is it even a book haul if it’s only two books? 

I wasn’t really planning on getting any books, just killing some time in a bookstore… but when you find yourself reluctant to put a book down after reading the first few pages, that probably means something.

5120pOSEe9L._SL160_I picked up Holly Lisle’s “The Ruby Key” because the cover grabbed my attention, it’s sort of manga-like (to my untrained eyes, anyway!) and I was wondering if it was a graphic novel.  It’s not, but I started reading the first chapter and was promptly drawn into the world of Genna and her brother Dan.  The Kirkus Review quote on the back sealed the deal:

“[F]antasy fans will find both a satisfying adventure quest and the lively coming-of-age story of the reluctant heroine Genna.” 

I’m a complete sucker for coming-of-age stories.

I may have read some of Ms Lisle’s adult fantasy novels way back when, but nothing of hers recently.  Has anyone read this one yet?  It’s labelled the first book in the Moon & Sun series, and a couple of chapters in, I’m really liking it.  Genna is a very engaging lead character and the world-building very good.

51aq5G3nCmL._SL160_ And because I can never go to the till with just one book, I grabbed Lynn Flewelling’s latest Nightrunner novel, “The White Road”.  I was thinking of getting this in e-format, because I am rapidly running out of bookshelf space, but decided what the heck.

513BAuOK6lL._SL160_ Oh, and this made my jaw drop a bit when I spotted them on the new releases shelves.  Dorchester is re-releasing Dara Joy’s futuristic romance books – I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere, but does this mean the long-running battle between Dorchester and Ms Joy has been resolved?  Or has Dorchester just decided that it’s going to cash in on the current appetite for paranormals and is going through its backlist to see what’s available regardless of its relationship with the writer?