Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lusting for Covers (1)

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Happy Sunday peeps! We're going to start participating in Lusting for Covers.

Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggers to share their current cover obssesion with fellow book lovers.

This meme is hosted by TBQ @ TBQ's Book Palace.

Jamie, Kati and Dane are lusting after...



Jamie:

Amazon | B&N | iBooks
indiebound | Audible

EXCERPT
Series: I-Team #5
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (May 3, 2011)

While investigating border violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Denver journalist Natalie Benoit is caught in a bloody ambush and taken captive. Alone in the hands of ruthless killers, she will need every ounce of courage she possesses to survive.

Betrayed by another operative, Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride has endured a week of torture and interrogation at the hands of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Ready to give his life if he must, he remains unbroken—until he hears the cries of an American woman.

Although Natalie is only a voice in the darkness of their shared prison, her plight brings renewed strength to Zach's battered body. With her help, he overpowers their captors, and they flee through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun.

But past loss and tragedy leave both of them reluctant to follow their hearts, even when the passion between them reaches its breaking point. Faced with feelings neither expected, they fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both…

Why? Judge a book by its cover? Yep. Totally do it. Have a half naked man on the cover then in probably going to pick up the book. Which is how I bought Breaking Point by Pamela Clare. Hello! And besides the sexy man with the abs and Adonis lines (Jed Hill ladies!) it introduced me to Pamela Clare and her wonderful I-Team series.

Now excuse me why I go stare at that cover.


Kati:

Amazon | B&N | iBooks
indiebound | Book Depository

EXCERPT
Series: I-Team #6
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (November 5, 2013)

Her past is a secret—even to her.
Discovering it will be the most dangerous move of her life.

TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the "Baghdad Babe," spent eighteen months in an Al Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she's still wondering why.

No rescue mission in Javier Corbray's fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura's rescue did. No woman has stirred his protective instincts the way she has. And he wants her more than he's ever wanted anyone.

As Laura and Javier's passion ignites, so does Laura's need to discover the mystery of her past. Especially when she learns that her abduction was not random—and that she's still a target for a killer with an impenetrable motive. Now Javier will have to rely on his skills to keep the woman he loves from being struck down before she dares uncover the truth.

Why? Do you even have to ask? There are three things going for this cover: 1) hot guy, 2) guns, and 3) he's dirty—probably sweaty if the dang cover was in 4D—and the sexy kind too. Pamela Clare has some of the best covers (here and here). Of all the covers I've ever stared, er, looked at, the guy is in a crouching position which is a bit unusual on a cover. Usually he's upright *giggle*, sitting or clutching a girl. Plus, I've been waiting impatiently for this book.

Dane:

Amazon | B&N | iBooks

EXCERPT
Series: One Universe #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Length: 393 pages
Publisher: LeighAnn Kopans (June 8, 2013)

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

Why? It's not just that I envy the painting on the wall of what I presume is this young lady's room. It's also not simply that I adore the sundress she's wearing, or that the fractals behind her intrigue me with their patterns. The coloring of this cover, for me, is spot on, and the image of her floating with her head thrown back and her arms out immediately makes me want to know what is happening. And reading the blurb for the book--and then seeing the cover for the second book in the series? I love, love, LOVE covers in a series that flow together into a cohesive image (I love it when the spines do this as well). Let me put it this way: 99% of the books I read and buy anymore are on my ereader. But this book (and the next one)? Are both on my list to buy in paperback. Because I want these covers.



So dear readers, which covers are YOU lusting after?
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