Amazing Cover Art Reveal

A year ago, two bestselling authors had a dream. No, actually, a strange Twitter conversation about a girl in love with a spaceship.

 

Out of that spun a vibrant, exciting, Guardians of the Galaxy meets Star Wars style adventure, and we can’t wait for you meet Zara Cole and Nadim. In partnership with our publisher Katherine Tegen Books and HarperCollins, we’re so thrilled to present to you a cover sure to launch a thousand epic space journeys (or at least, a three-book series):

 

Jacket copy:

Zara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

 

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan–a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

 

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, dangerous truths that lurk behind the glitter of starlight.

 

Honor Among Thieves is the first book in a daring new sci-fi series by bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.

An excerpt from Honor Among Thieves:

 

I feel the stars.

 

Energy pulses against my skin, murmuring secrets about this small galaxy, about orbits and alignments and asteroids streaming in space. Impulse makes me want to dive and swim those currents, but I control these urges.

 

I shift my attention to the flutters of life within my skin.

 

Marko glows orange with crimson streaks. He is warm, always the easiest to find. Just now, he stands and stares at the blue-green orb swirling below us. I cannot swim down to see what he remembers of this place. The planet’s gravitational pull would break my bones. But he shows me flashes: smiling faces, a field of flowers, an old woman with eyes like slices of sky.

 

“I’ll miss you,” I tell him.

 

He starts, surprised to hear me, as if he’s ever truly alone. “Me too. It was a good run.”

 

He once told me that it’s strange when we talk; he thinks I should find him as insignificant as he does the bacteria in his stomach. But I have had time to acclimate to the strangers in my system. I safeguard the small voices, as is my privilege and duty. There will be more to my life, but only when I’ve proven myself.

 

The stars sing again, this time in strong, seductive harmony. I resist their melody, but the call is growing stronger.

 

Despite my passengers, I am empty in a way I cannot name. Marko tells me it is because our voyage is over; he calls this sadness. Perhaps I have learned this feeling from him. My first Honor gave me a human name, Nadim, and I have kept it safe, along with the other words and shapes and colors that shade my new existence. Like sadness.

 

I do not like this low orbit, but I must wait. I have been ordered to wait.

 

My new Honors will come.

 

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About the authors:
 
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

 

Rachel Caine is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in Accounting, believe it or not. She’s been a corporate communications executive, an insurance investigator, and a professional musician, among many other things, and has a specialty interest in pet lizards. She grew up on the move in a military family, and now lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, artist/comic historian R. Cat Conrad. She apparently shares a brain with Ann Aguirre, because they like all the same stuff, and as Honor Among Thieves proves, their styles mesh seamlessly. She, like Ann, writes all manner of fiction (including adult suspense), but has a special place in her heart for YA.

 

Between them, they’ve published about 90 novels to date.
Rachel’s website: www.rachelcaine.com

Thrilled to Announce

My new series, Ars Numina!

I’ve been teasing you with this revelation for a while, seems like since May or so, which is when the idea first took root.  But it takes time for a project to pass through various stages of completion, and happily, we are there! So without further ado, let me tell you about the secret project I’ve been working on. I haven’t written any romance since my NA series, and I miss it. So I hope you’re eager to read some paranormal sexytimes because I am all over it.

Welcome to the dangerous, delicious world of Ars Numina–with the fae Eldritch, ferocious Animari, and brutal Golgoth fighting for their happy endings. If you love paranormal romance and shapeshifters, this series is for you. The most notable aspect is that there are no human characters. They do exist elsewhere in the world, but these stories are set exclusively in paranormal territories. The books are both futuristic and alt-world, with enough intrigue, passion and action to sate an eager appetite.

The fae Eldritch have inspired elven and fairy lore over the years. They have strange tech and an ancient culture. A long-lived people, they are elegant and inscrutable to other supernatural powers. They also train an order of legendary assassins, known as Noxblades, and their ultimate goal is unknown.  The Animari are shifters with three main groups in power: the Ash Valley pride (cats), the Burnt Amber clan (bears), and the Pine Ridge pack (wolves). There are other shifters, but they are not part of the official alliance, and therefore lack political leverage. The Golgoth are the most feared, known to be brutal and relentless in their drive to conquest, and when they transform, it is into draconian or monstrous reptilian forms.

Tentatively, I have planned a six book arc, each about a different couple. The titles follow:

The Leopard King  (On sale at $2.99 during preorder period and release week only)
The Demon Prince
The Wolf Lord
The Shadow Warrior
The War Priest
The Jaguar Knight

And here is the blurb for book one!

Proud. Imperious. Impassioned.

Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame. Now he’s wrecked, a leopard king in exile, and he wants nothing more than to die.

Fierce. Loyal. Determined.

Fortunately for Dom, those words still apply to Pru Bristow, his dead mate’s best friend. She’s had her heart broken too, but she never quits. With the conclave approaching, alliances with the Pine Ridge pack and Burnt Amber clans on the verge of collapse, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to drag their leader back, before his second can start a war.

At best theirs seems like a desperate alliance, but when their mate bond turns hot and fierce, there’s no end to the questions and the doubts. Neither of them expects to fall in love. But sometimes people don’t know what they’re looking for until they find it.

Here’s the cover art reveal!! A thousand thanks to Kanaxa.

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thedemonprince_digital_largeHere’s what an early reader had to say about book 1:

“I really enjoyed the story. It was exactly where my current reading glom is. Lots of detailed world building like I’d find in UF but all the romance, sex, and HEA I need. It gave me the same happy feels as Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling series.”

I’m so excited about this project and hope you are too! Now for the most important part… the first book will be out on…

SEPTEMBER 28!!

I’m adding the preorder links I have now and will update this post with more as they come from the vendors.

Preorder from Amazon

Preorder from Kobo

Preorder from iBooks

Preorder from BN/Nook

Preorder from 24Symbols

(More links to come)

Feel free to post your thoughts about the series or ask questions. I’ll give away 5 preorders here, too! (Random winners) Since I’m doing this series independently, I request your support, readers. Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

Shiny Razorland Give-a-palooza

First, the shiny:

To celebrate my long-awaited cover reveal, I’m running an epic contest. Details below:

 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And that’s it, really. Just follow the instructions to enter. Winners will be announced on Cinco de Mayo. (And if you don’t win the ARC, you can always pre-order OUTPOST.)

I’m so excited! I hope you guys love this cover as much as I do. I adore everything about it.

ETA: Here’s a link to the free Razorland novella, Endurance, featuring Thimble & Stone, now on Heroes and Heartbreakers. I hope you enjoy it! (It’s free for now.)

The Last Jax Cover Reveal Ever

Typing those words made me a little sad. This is a bittersweet revelation, but I’m so happy for Jax, and so moved by all you readers who tell me how much you love her. Thank you for sticking with us through six books, but do come back for the Dread Queen series in 2013, okay? It’s a spinoff set in the Jax universe, so you won’t want to miss it.

Now, without further ado, here’s the final Jax cover, my lovelies.
Endgame cover

Squee! Isn’t it AMAZING? Scott Fischer has done all my Jax covers, and he outdid himself on the last hurrah. This might be my favorite cover of the whole series. I love everything about it: her expression, her intensity, her battle readiness, the gritty feel and the pose, the gorgeous background detail, and the stark colors. I could go on.

What do you guys think? In fact, I care so much about your opinions that I’ll run a contest around this cover reveal; the giveaway will run until Tuesday, April 17th. I’ll pick a winner then. What do you get?

I’ll send the first five Jax books to a lucky winner! What do you have to do to enter? Speak up in comments, don’t be shy. Just answer this simple question:

What do you think of the Endgame cover, and which of the Jax books has your favorite art?

The Art of Nightfall

Nightfall art

The Change is coming.

[You may notice that I’ve switched this page from blog to news. There’s a reason for that. I can write books or I can write entertaining articles on the internet. For obvious reasons, I choose the former.

I’ll be posting when I have exciting stuff to announce. Otherwise, I’m offline and working. That’s how it has to be for me to keep my schedule. So enjoy the pretty NIGHTFALL art for now! I’ll have a cover for SHADY LADY shortly, too. And there are some really exciting goings-on related to RAZORLAND percolating behind the scenes. So keep checking back, as there may be contests, or revelations of thrilling secrets, but don’t expect me to entertain you otherwise. That’s what my books are for. So maybe go re-read one of them, ‘kay? Catch you on the flipside.]

Razorland Unveiled

Razorland

Here’s my lovely, lovely cover. There will be tweak(s) in the final version, but nothing major. What do you think? Does it make you want to read the book? I’ll have some ARCs to give away soon and I’m looking to take your temperature on it. It’s dystopian post-apocalyptic YA with a tough girl heroine, Deuce, and the brooding emo boy, Fade, who fights beside her as her partner in the subterranean tunnels where they live.

Anyone interested in this?

ETA: I’ve made a Razorland Sampler (first two chapters) available on my website in both .pdf and .epub.