A roundup of some noteworthy reads soon to be released.

The Lightworld/Darkworld series by Jennifer Amintrout


These will be released in consecutive months from Harlequin, starting in October.  I thought the covers looked stunning together and were also an interesting direction for what’s presumably paranormal romance or fantasy romance–further evidence (in case you needed any) of genre blending.  The premise behind the series is that fairy-tale creatures were expelled from the human world and created two kingdoms – light and dark.

Sins of the Flesh by Caridad Pineiro

This is Pineriro’s debut with Hachette, to be released in November.  To me, the title and cover look like erotica.  But according to the back cover, it’s about a mercenary sent to find a genetically enhanced woman who’s been accused of murder.  A little sci-fi, some suspense, and probably pretty hot too. 




Night Tides by Alex Prentiss

This gorgeous cover immediately caught my eye in the kits for Bantam.  I originally had it marked as a December release, though it looks as though now Random House is listing it as February.

RH has changed their kits so that now many covers have no marketing information.  I’m not sure exactly how they’re categorizing this book, though it sounded like paranormal suspense.  According to the cover copy, a woman has an affinity for water spirits and in return for their protection, she has to help their people.  But now young women in her town are going missing, and she’s not sure whether the spirits are at fault.  The copy also made it sound as though there might be some erotic content, but again it was hard to tell.

But all of this does make you think about how important the cover image and copy are as tools to determine a book’s category and contents.