I do like pink with black covers -- or anything pink and black. Pink brings brightness and whimsy, and the black brings dark and dangerous. It's a great combo. For example, check out Kiki Hamilton's upcoming Faerie Ring, which will be released in September by Tor.
London 1871Hmm, the names Tiki and Kiki just make me want to put on some Jimmy Buffet music and stir up some Mai Tais. (Okay, I always feel like putting on retro music to match retro cocktails.)
Orphaned and picking pockets in London’s Charing Cross station to support not only herself, but her ‘family’ of orphans, sixteen year-old Tiki steals the Queen’s ring and thinks she’s solved their problems. That is, until Rieker, a pickpocket from the North End, suspects her in the theft and tells her that the ring is really a reservoir that holds a truce between the British and Faerie courts.
When he warns her that the fey will do anything, including murder, to recover the ring, Tiki is unsure whether to believe him or not. To complicate matters, Rieker seems to know something about the unusual birthmark on Tiki's wrist. But when Tiki and her family are threatened, the game changes.
This book sounds all kind of wonderful, right? The Faerie Ring is my editor's book so I'm sure I can get a Q&A with Kiki and a copy for a contest. In the meanwhile, you can visit Kiki's website, where she's always hosting giveaways.
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Almost two hundred years in the future, Nora Dearly lives in a world of bustled gowns, fake manners, watery tea, and uppity lords and ladies.I like this conceit: mixing Victoriana with the future and an adventure. I hope there's humor, too. The UK cover is orange/brown and sort of Gone with the Windish, and this is more girly listening to emo. While I think the US cover is prettier, the UK cover is a little more wry, showing a reader more about the story's actual content. Visit Lia Habel's website to learn more.
Thank God the zombies came to rescue her.
Dragged into the night by the living dead, Nora soon finds herself fighting for the father she thought long gone, the friend she was forced to leave behind – and the love of a handsome, noble young army captain.
Who just happens to be a walking corpse.
Released: June 24, 2011
Witches of East End follows the Beauchamp family—the formidable matriarch Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid. Freya, a sexy bartender, has a potion to cure every kind of heartache, while Ingrid, the local librarian, solves complicated domestic problems with her ability to tie magical knots. Joanna is the witch to see when modern medicine has no more answers; her powers can wake the dead. Everything seems to be going smoothly until a young girl, Molly Lancaster, goes missing after taking one of Freya’s irresistible cocktails. As more of the town’s residents begin disappearing, everyone seems to have the same suspects in mind: the Beauchamp women.Hmm, I think I like the US cover (left) better than the UK cover, but it all depends on the book. The UK is less imaginative, but shows that the book has humor. Melissa De La Cruz's website.
Release Date: February 11, 2011
Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.Visit Kimberly Derting's website.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
So the theme is evident: songs with pink in the title or by bands with pink in the name.
I feel bad about posting a video with music that makes me need several retro cocktails.