Cover Shot! Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I really like the covers for Elizabeth Norris’ Unraveling series.  Now I just need to make the time to read them!

In stores April 2013

        

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

[PR] WARRIOR GHOSTS AND ANCIENT GODS COLLIDE IN 07-GHOST MANGA

{ED. – Viz rescued Go-Comi’s old license.  I will have to give the series another shot.}

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WARRIOR GHOSTS AND ANCIENT GODS COLLIDE IN GOTHIC FANTASY ADVENTURE 07-GHOST MANGA SERIES, NEW FROM VIZ MEDIA

Emotionally Complex Characters And An Action-Filled Story Will Appeal Equally To Shojo And Shonen Manga Fans

San Francisco, CA, November 12, 2012 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the launch on November 13th of its latest manga (graphic novel) series with the debut of the gothic fantasy action series 07-GHOST. The new series, written and illustrated by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

The paths of one evil god, two rival empires, three unlikely bishops and seven brave ghosts converge in the destiny of Teito Klein, a boy who vows to master a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Mikael in order to lay bare the secrets of the world’s – and his own – murky past. All Teito wants is to forget his dark past as an orphan and slave and to graduate from Barsburg’s military academy with his best friend Mikage. But when an overheard state secret triggers treasonous memories, he’s forced to flee from the very empire he once sought to defend!

“07-GHOST is an emotionally complex ongoing series that will appeal equally to shonen and shojo manga fans,” says Hope Donovan, Editor. “Fans have been eagerly awaiting this license rescue. With its varied and entertaining characters and action-filled plot, 07-GHOST will appeal strongly to readers looking for supernatural action with hints of romance and comedy. We look forward to new readers and fans diving into this series!”

Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara write and illustrate 07-GHOST, the duo’s first series. Since its debut in 2005, 07-GHOST has been translated into a dozen languages, and in 2009 it was adapted into a TV anime series that is also available in North America on Crunchyroll. The 07-GHOST manga series also won a rare double-first prize in the third Zero-Sum Comics Grand-Prix, meaning it was chosen for first place by both readers and editors.

For more information on 07-GHOST, or other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.viz.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

This Week’s New and Notable YA Releases

Oh, my!! So many good books releasing this week!  Black City, Matched, Renegade, Katya’s World, and Off Course are all on my list. What’s on yours?

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Ashes of Twilight (Ashes of Twilight – Trilogy) by Kassy Tayler (Nov 13, 2012)

Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris (Nov 13, 2012)

Black City (Black City Chronicles) by Elizabeth Richards (Nov 13, 2012)

Conspiracy Girl by Karen Chacek and Abraham Balcazar (Nov 13, 2012)

Echo (Soul Seekers) by Alyson Noël (Nov 13, 2012)

Execution: Escape from Furnace 5 by Alexander Gordon Smith (Nov 13, 2012)

Fitz by Mick Cochrane (Nov 13, 2012)

The Future We Left Behind by Mike A. Lancaster (Nov 13, 2012)

The Geomancer’s Compass by Melissa Hardy (Nov 13, 2012)

The Invisible Assassin: The Malichea Quest by Jim Eldridge (Nov 13, 2012)

Katya’s World (Strange Chemistry) by Jonathan L. Howard (Nov 13, 2012)

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (Nov 13, 2012)

Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman (Nov 13, 2012)

My Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young (Nov 13, 2012)

Night Letter by Meghan Nuttall Sayres (Nov 13, 2012)

Off Course: An A Circuit Novel by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka (Nov 13, 2012)

Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3) by Ally Condie (Nov 13, 2012)

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles) by J.A. Souders (Nov 13, 2012)

Secrets and Lies: A Capital Girls Novel by Ella Monroe (Nov 13, 2012)

Speed of Light by Amber Kizer (Nov 13, 2012)

Truancy City by Isamu Fukui (Nov 13, 2012)

Unleashed (Wolf Spring Chronicles) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (Nov 13, 2012)

Velvet by Mary Hooper (Nov 13, 2012)

Witch World by Christopher Pike (Nov 13, 2012)

Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind by Gary Ross and Matthew Myers (Nov 13, 2012)

Chocolate-Covered Baloney (The Confessions of April Grace) by KD McCrite (Nov 13, 2012)

Excerpt: Nights of Steel by Nico Rosso and Giveaway!

 

Nico Rosso’s latest release, Night of Steel, is in stores now.  This is the 4th book in the Ether Chronicles, which is a collaboration with Zoe Archer.  I have an excerpt to share, as well as a chance for you to win a copy of the first 3 books in the series.

Excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE

The remote hills south of Thornville, California.

“The only good place for a man is on the other end of my gun.” Anna Blue cocked the hammer of her .45, keeping the green dot of her prismatic sight hovering over “Dirty” Danny Malone’s heart. His partner in crime, Ron “Rat” Welles, stood on the other side of their little dead campfire. Anna had heard Malone was fast, but she had no doubt she could put a bullet in him before he reached the pistol on his hip. And he knew it, too.

Instead, Malone shot off his mouth again. “You ain’t too plain. Wash some of that trail dust off and you could be a pretty little flower.”

She kept her gun steady. The sun was high, but her tinted spectacles kept the glare down, as well as letting her see the green dot of her pistol’s sight. “I know you boys are stupid, but do you really think you’re the first to try to use what’s in your breeches to distract me from taking you in?”

Malone spoke up, thumbs casually hitched in his belt, but ready to draw if he had to. “Might want to reconsider that, sweetheart. A lot of things a man can do for you. A man like me.”

She laughed, but it didn’t break the tension in her body. She’d done this a hundred times—more, even. No one was better than she was at running down bounties. The image of a man with intense eyes, broad shoulders, and a two-gun rig flashed through her mind. Maybe one man was as good as she was.

“That’s right.” Welles’s nasal voice seemed to rattle in the pine needles around the campsite. “Laugh a little. Live a little. Got a bottle of corn liquor we could all share.”

“You boys could never earn the right to drink with me.” She hadn’t had a drink with a man in years. Something like that, sharing the heat of whiskey, the calm it soaked into her nerves, was more intimate than the tumbles she’d had with strangers.

Malone sucked a breath, shaking his head in disappointment. “Never met a more ornery woman.”

“That’s your problem,” she said. “Gotta stop thinking of me as a woman and start realizing I’m the bounty hunter who’s bringing your sorry hide in.”

Malone’s eyes narrowed. She saw the tendons twitch on the back of his hand. Welles shifted his feet in the dirt. Now they were serious. Even the horses that were tied on the edge of the campsite had the sense to paw at the ground and nicker nervously.

She kept the green dot on Dirty Danny’s chest. “What’s your play, Malone? Boxed yourselves in. You can’t run north. Up that way is Thornville, and everyone knows the law doesn’t even let mosquitos bite in that town. The ocean’s to the west, hunting parties to the east, coming up from New Mexico where they really want you dead.” Malone glanced in all the directions she mentioned, a tic developing at the side of his eye. She didn’t let up. “I imagine you wanted to run south, but I’m standing here.”

Welles’s nickname of “Rat” became abundantly clear when he showed his sharp front teeth in a mean sneer. “Not for long.”

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