Cover Shot! Riveted by Meljean Brook

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 love this cover!  It makes me think of pirates and danger and adventure.  Definitely something that I want to read! I haven’t read any of the Iron Seas yet,  but after seeing the cover for Riveted, I am going to have to make the time to get all caught up by September.  Are you following the series? Do you recommend it?



A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical—and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.

Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on an airship, searching for her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when scientific expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard, looking to expose Annika’s secrets. Then disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, with their very survival depending on keeping the heat rising between them—and generating lots of steam.


In stores September 2012

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Interview with Trisha Wolfe, Author of Destiny’s Fire

Trisha Wolfe is the author of Destiny’s Fire, an steam punk novel with shape-shifters, airships, and cute guys.  Trisha dropped by the virtual offices to tell us more about her book.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Trisha Wolfe] Extremely trivial and dramatic with moments of sheer clarity that results in determination and madness.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Destiny’s Fire?

[Trisha Wolfe] It’s really hard for me to sum it up. I’ve tried…many times lol. So how about the blurb? I worked on that for a long time:

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Trisha Wolfe] For me, the characters always come first. They just pop into my head, like I’ve known them my whole life, and then I start building the world around them. When Dez came to me, she came packaged with secrets and powers, and I had to find a way to implement that into a story. I made a list of things I loved, and ancient Egypt was at the top. I did some research, and then started the story.

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

[Trisha Wolfe] Dez and Jace’s relationship. I believe I struggled with it as much if not more than Dez. I love Jace, and there were some very difficult scenes that I wrote, that almost got cut or changed, but I decided to be true to the character and to people in general in the end. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes, and that’s a big part of learning and growing. It’s a part of life, and I felt that both Dez and Jace needed to go through some things to discover the truth. If it had been avoided, I feel it would have made a weaker relationship between them.

[Manga Maniac Café] Name three things Dez would never have in her pockets.

[Trisha Wolfe] Anything. She carries all her stuff in a belt bag ;)

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Trisha Wolfe] Anne Rice and Voltaire’s Candide.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

My bed. Reese’s Sticks. Coke.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Trisha Wolfe] Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Trisha Wolfe] I listen to a lot of music, and if I can fit it in, TV and movies. Once a year I must have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon, and I watch all the seasons in order. I do have a family, so I guess I take care of them, too.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!

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Cover Shot! The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lility Saintcrow

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?

This cover for The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow is not final, but I think it looks incredible just the way it is.  I am looking forward to getting my hands on this, because the premise looks as good as the cover.


Emma Bannon, Prime sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t much help that they dislike each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen. In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The game is afoot…

In stores August 2012


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Cover Shot! The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

Tiffany Trent’s August release, The Unnaturalists, looks like an awesome read.  I haven’t read enough steampunk, so it gets a nod for that, and the premise has me intrigued.  The cover, with the billowing smoke and ruffled shirt, caught my attention.  This was immediately added to my wish list!


In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

In stores August 2012


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Cover Shot! Wicked As They Come by Delilah S Dawson

Ah, take a look at this wicked hottie.  I like the cover for Delilah S Dawson’s debut, Wicked As They Come.  While I am getting tired of covers with half-naked men, and I think he would actually look more intimidating with a shirt on, I love the title font and the blood spatters.  It takes a certain roguishness to pull of the top hat, too, and I think this guy manages quite admirably.  What do you think of this cover?

Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)

Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.

When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?

In stores March 2012

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