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Typographical Pretties


First pretties post of the year is here! And just look at these elegant covers. I can hardly wait to get my hands on them. These three hail from two debut authors and one who is on her third novel, and I just have to hand it to their cover designers. That seal on The Queen's Gambit . . . that dripping ink on Traitor Angels . . . the stuff authorial dreams are made of, I'd wager.

The Queen's Gambit by Beth Brower
A young queen determined to protect her homeland. A mysterious traveler with a violent past. They strike an uneasy bargain, but at what cost to them both? I'm just going to go ahead and say that Beth is my dear friend (of the library painting fame) and that I had the opportunity to read a draft of this novel and that you do not want to miss it.
Due out January 19th

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Britta Flannery is a wanted woman. In exchange for her freedom after being caught poaching, she is to hunt down her father's killer. Of course, there are complications. A bit of a gender-swapped fantasy Robin Hood, this one sounds. Color me intrigued.
Due out December 27th

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman
Okay, John Milton training his daughter to sword fight by night even as she helps translate Paradise Lost by day? A secret code hidden in the poem? A dark Italian scientist? And it's a standalone? Take my money.
Due out May 3rd

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