Revealing the Covers for’s May Releases!

We’re kicking off a week of cover reveals by showing off the amazing artwork we’ve lined up for our May titles! We have a new novella by Updraft author Fran Wilde set in a glittering gemstone world; the thrilling sequel to Tim Lebbon’s Pieces of Hate (out in March!); and a debut science fiction novella from S.B. Divya about the cyborg’s Tour de France.

Check out all the cover art below!

Watch out for more of our spring and summer cover reveals coming this week: on Tuesday, The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog will show off our June titles, and on Wednesday, SF Signal will give you a sneak peek at July.

All of these titles will be available worldwide in ebook, audiobook, and trade paperback.


The Jewel and her Lapidary

Written by Fran Wilde
Illustrated by Tommy Arnold
Designed by Christine Foltzer
Available May 3rd
Pre-order Now: iBooks | Kindle | Nook


From the catalog copy:

The kingdom in the Valley has long sheltered under the protection of its Jewels and Lapidaries, the people bound to singing gemstones with the power to reshape hills, move rivers, and warp minds. That power has kept the peace and tranquility, and the kingdom has flourished.

Jewel Lin and her Lapidary Sima may be the last to enjoy that peace.

The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. If she can assume her royal dignity, and if Sima can master the most dangerous gemstone in the land, they may be able to survive.


A Whisper of Southern Lights

Written by Tim Lebbon
Illustrated by Gene Mollica
Designed by Christine Foltzer
Available May 10th
Pre-order Now: iBooks | Kindle | Nook


From the catalog copy:

Death and destruction follow the demon wherever he treads, and Gabriel is rarely far behind, waiting for his chance to extinguish the creature known as Temple once and for all.

But in Singapore during the Second World War, a lone soldier in possession of a shattering secret gets caught up in their battle. The knowledge he holds could change the course of their ancient conflict… and the fate of the world.

A Whisper of Southern Lights is a standalone tale in the Assassins series by Tim Lebbon.



Written by S.B. Divya
Illustrated by Juan Pablo Roldan
Designed by Christine Foltzer
Available May 17th
Pre-order Now: iBooks | Kindle | Nook


From the catalog copy:

The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg’s Tour de France. Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top-of-the-line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada.

Marmeg Guinto doesn’t have funding, and she doesn’t have support. She cobbled her gear together from parts she found in rich people’s dumpsters and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race. But the race is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she’s ready to risk it all.


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