Darkness Clashes by Susan Illene

Exclusive Cover Reveal and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest – Darkness Clashes by Susan Illene

We are so excited that Susan Illene has given us permission to unveil her amazing new book cover of Darkness Clashes, book four in the Sensor series. Which is releasing on August 30th 2014.  Help her out and add Darkness Clashes to your Goodreads shelf! Be sure to tell your friends about this exciting new read. Leave a comment and tell us what you think of the new cover and enter the contest she is offering for our readers at the bottom of this post using the Giveaway Tools widget.

About Darkness Clashes:

“Between her service in the U.S. Army and her new life living with supernaturals in Alaska, Melena Sanders has had her loyalty and duty tested in every possible way.

Or so she thought.

Tensions among supernatural factions in Fairbanks are growing after the city’s recent attacks and she must pick a side. Her nephilim lover, Lucas, needs her help to search for his missing brother—whose disappearance may not be all it seems. And agents from the Department of Homeland Security are lurking about investigating the suspicious “earthquake” that rocked the region four months ago.

It’s not the best time to be planning a trip out of town, but troubles in Fairbanks aren’t her only problem. A greater supernatural plot is developing and only by attending an upcoming ball in New Orleans can she discover more. There’s no way to avoid it. Her loyalty and duty to those she cares for is about to clash.”

Books in the Sensor series in the order they should be read:
Darkness Haunts
Darkness Taunts
Darkness Divides
Darkness Clashes

Darkness Clashes Cover Reveal

About Susan Illene

Author Susan Illene

Author Bio:

Instead of making the traditional post high school move and attending college, Susan joined the U.S. Army. She spent her eighteenth birthday in the gas chamber — an experience she is sure is best left for criminals. For eleven years she served first as a human resources specialist and later as an Arabic linguist (mostly in Airborne units). Though all her duty assignments were stateside, she did make two deployments to Iraq where her language skills were put to regular use.

After leaving the service in 2009, Susan returned to school at the University of Oklahoma to study history with a focus on the Middle East. She no longer finds many opportunities to test her fighting abilities in real life, unless her husband is demanding she cook him a real meal, but she’s found a new outlet in writing urban fantasy heroines who can.

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  1. It’s not one of my favorites. They both have very intense expressions but the cover doesn’t imply why.

  2. I love the couple on the cover. They look great together.

  3. it captures you with their glare, I like it

  4. I like the intensity of the cover as it’s reminiscent of their relationship in general. Can’t wait for 08/30!!!

  5. This is my favorite yet since its the first with lucas and melena together and actually shows how you would see lucas would be when around melena. Plus theyre both hot so winning

  6. Love the cover and I have read all of the sensor series!

  7. I love Susan’s books and have read all of them. Just the right amount of action, suspense, loyalty, friendship and love!

  8. It looks AMAZING!! I cant wait for this!!!

  9. Very cool cover! They look fierce. 🙂

  10. lovely cover

  11. I love the cover. I am glad I saw this. It has introduced me to a new series I can read.

  12. It’s really scary and dark. I like it.

  13. I love the cover and I really love the new model for Melena, she really sums up how she looks for me, it s one of the most accurate of the UF series I follow.

    • Thanks, Sarah. I just got word from the photographer last night that both models are happy to come back and do more shots for the next book covers. Haley (the female model) has done a fantastic job of portraying Melena and I’m glad I can keep working with her!

  14. The cover art is great, but I think the author name could stand a bit larger font. As a thumbnail, it’d be a bit hard to make out.

  15. I actually really love this cover. It’s not an abstract image of guy or a girl. You don’t always see clear face forward shots like this. The characters don’t look like the cover characters we always see and that is such a great thing. I love when there are different looking people on the covers. It makes it more associative when reading about characters in the books that have unique looks. I have book cover issues (in case you couldn’t tell by the mini-rant), so that makes me happy.

    Nice to hear the models would be willing to come back. I know they can’t always be consistent with covers because of that, so it’s awesome when they can be.

  16. Oh, pretty cover! And the book blurb looks pretty good, too!

  17. Catherine (Cat) A Menz

    This series is new to me but from the cover I would say it’s one that I would most certainly be interested in. Covers are usually what catch my eye first then I will read the front/back/inside information and go from there.

  18. I’ve been with this series from the beginning, and I’m very happy for Susan. Not only she grows as an author with each book, her covers get better and better. Susan, thank you for a fabulous cover, and I’m glad it was the shot I liked the most :))) *wink* When you get proper models for the cover and not something abstract, it’s absolutely amazing. It makes you feel connected. Look at popularity of Jeaniene Frost series and Kate Daniels (specifically since they finally got a proper model for the cover) – easily recognizable and relatable to the image of the heroes you have in your mind.

    • Thanks, Karina. My design team and I had narrowed it down to the best shots, but it helped so much to get your feedback on which was the absolute best one to use. Glad you like how it turned out!

  19. Like the cover, dark and mysterious…

  20. Linda Szymoniak

    I actually really like the cover.

  21. I love the cover, very serious looking.

  22. Christine Troche

    I love the cover!!! It is so sexy and alluring!!!

  23. Allan Carpenter

    It is like they can see right through me. “Buy this book or else!” What is not to like!

  24. I admit, I often pick up books because the cover appeals to me. I like the fact they are facing the reader and the Gothic-ish, NOLA cemetery vibe.

  25. It sets a dark mood (of course the word ‘darkness’ probably helps with that, too.) They look like they’re ready to get down to serious business.

  26. Love the color scheme, and the sky!

  27. I think the young lady on the cover looks like her creator (author)!

  28. Love the cover !!!! 😀

    I read book #1 of the series and loved it …. I’m just a bit behind on my TBR list at the moment lol!!!

  29. Looks great!

  30. Over all I like the cover, he looks a little too “perfect” but I would have picked it up to read the back had I not known about the series and looked forward to the next book.

  31. This is the first I’ve heard abut this series. I like the cover, it looks mysterious, even a bit scary.

  32. The cover is gorgeous. Love the colors.

  33. I like the cover. The eyes says it all. I have read all of the books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I would and have recommended them to all my paranormal friends.

  34. Love the cover, I would pick up this book just from the cover alone.

  35. Oooooo, I love the cover. I have not read your books yet, but this really has me interested…

  36. Love the cover! This is definitely going onto my TBR list 🙂

  37. Great cover!

  38. I love the cover. It grabs your attention right away and makes you want to know the characters stories.

  39. the cover is seductive and fantastical

  40. I love the cover. It’s beautiful!

  41. The cover is awesome! I would love to read it.

  42. Love this cover. It kind of looks mysterious and yes, I would like to read this book. I love this type of reads, especially,supernatural.

  43. Caitlin McClure

    I love the colours and it looks interesting, I’d read it

  44. Honestly, no. First time I’ve heard of the author, in fact.

  45. I do like the cover, but the two people are too beautiful for me.

  46. I love the cover! The blues are bright and eye catching, but the shadows add darkness

  47. I love the cover, it really give the book a mysterious look

  48. I like the cover, except the characters maybe look a little too serious.

  49. Sweet! It draws the eye to it.

  50. I really can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  51. The cover is awesome. I love the colors.

  52. Linda Trinklein

    Its a dark cover, Dont really like the mans glare.
    I have not read the seires yet 😀 Sounds good

  53. Jacob LaFountaine

    I don’t mind the artwork but the N letter style bothers me

  54. It’s an awesome cover and I can’t wait to read this new book in the series.

  55. I love the new cover! I have loved all of the Sensor Series and I think this cover is just as fantastic as the last few!

  56. Cover looks great. Very striking.

  57. The cover is very dramatic with serious mysterious overtones.

  58. The cover makes me want to find out what those two are up to. I have not yet read the other books in the Sensor series.

  59. I think the cover looks very dramatic and mysterious. It makes me want to see what it’s about.

  60. The cover looks powerful.

  61. I like the intensity of the cover

  62. Cover looks dark and ominous

  63. I love the cover! I would pick it up to read the back.

  64. I love the cover and am looking forward to reading the book.

  65. Nicely done. Love that it’s captured a bit of the New Orleans Architecture and mystery while showing they bond of the main characters.

  66. The background reminds me of the Moon Kingdom from Sailor Moon.

  67. I like the cover, it looks mysterious, great colors.

  68. The cover is dark and compelling. Definitely draws me to the read the book.

  69. Valerie Taylor Mabrey

    I like the blue but think the guy looks like the star from vampire dairies.
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  70. I haven’t read any of the series. I love the cover. The tinting is eery.

  71. The cover is very striking. I have not yet read her books.

  72. Great cover, it really sets the mood for reading the book.

  73. really like the cover, haven’t read any yet

  74. I love it

  75. Very sexy haha

  76. I love the cover! It really draws your attention and makes you want to read the book.

  77. I like the cover. The coloring is especially appealing.

  78. Stephanie Galbraith

    I like it. It’s a good one.

  79. I like it makes you wonder what they are up to. No none of the other books yet

  80. I think it is intense sexy and intriguing

  81. Very intense–I love it!

  82. I love the cover, it really catches the eue

  83. I think the cover looks great and I haven’t read any other books in the series.

  84. I have not had a chance to read this series yet- but this cover has peaked my curiosity. I love the intensity and mood. The colors are great!

  85. i love the cover! it has a dark supernatural feel to it. i haven’t read them, but i want to now!

  86. michelle burkle

    you have my attention!

  87. The cover makes the book seem very dark and mysterious. I feel the couple on the front would really appeal to a younger crowd. I have never read any of the series, but I will check it out.

  88. I haven’t heard of the series before. Judging the book by its cover ( a no-no!) I would want to read it, as it is a slightly spooky and atmospheric look.

  89. I think the cover is intriguing and I would be interested. I have not read any of her books before!

  90. it for sure gets your attention.

  91. I really like the cover. It’s haunting and inviting. I haven’t read any of the books in the series yet but based on the snippet above it sounds like I would really like them.

  92. It looks awesome.. i haven’t read any books in the series yet but they do sound great

  93. I haven’t read any of the series – I am new to this genre, but the cover looks amazing and I would definitely pick this up when I saw it.

  94. I know it’s frowned on by some readers… but when I see a cover like this, that pulls me in, I am more likely to buy / read the book. I have not read these yet but it looks like I need to add another series to my TBR pile!

  95. I love the couple on the cover 🙂

  96. I love the cover, very eye catching, Now i must say I have not read any of your books but i love series, and this is a must read for me for a few reasons besides the fact that i love paranormal anything!! and am totally hooked I was born and raised in Alaska so I added this to my tbr list of course and i am super excited to read this series as soon as i can get them. I no longer live in alaska but it is still fun to read things with that as a backdrop and you don’t see it often thanks so much for your giveaway

  97. I think the cover does a great job of showing the intensity of the book.

  98. The cover grabs your attention

  99. The cover is very pretty and the guy hot, lol. Only thing, the author’s name looks sort of small and if you loo from afar, kind of light with the bluish night sky. But maybe it’s jsut me. 😉

  100. I love the cover, especially their eyes. It’s attention grabbing.

  101. has a nice dark a spooky feel to the cover and i like the blue color to the cover page.

  102. Looks amazing – love the background, and you definitely want to know what those 2 are up to.

  103. Melanie Montgomery

    I think the cover looks great, I love the blue/black combo.

  104. I enjoy the cover because it shows the toughness of the main character as well as a possible romance that we may encounter.

  105. The cover it’s nice and beautiful,have perfect match with content of this book ,blue darkness color of sky is amazing.

  106. Tracy Robertson

    I love the cover! it shows attractive people and looks so haunting. That would make me pick up the book and read the description.

  107. I think the cover looks cool. I haven’t read any books in the Sensor series.

  108. I really like the cover. I like the blue tones in it. I looks like a good read.

  109. The cover is very good.

  110. i like the cover and i think its hot ! 🙂 love it!!

  111. I like the dark cloudy background set against their demur young faces.

  112. It looks very interesting, I love reading new things and the cover is mysterious.

  113. Christina Sparks

    It looks very inviting.

  114. love the color.looks awesome to meee

  115. The guy looks like he could be an alien or demon and the woman a secret agent spy who falls in love with him or protecting him cause he knows the whereabouts of something powerful that she wants

  116. i really like the artwork. it is eye catching and makes me want to read it.

  117. stephanie baker

    I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but of course, we all do. This couple draws me in with their intense features & piercing eyes. I want to know more about why they appear so fierce! So glad to hear about this series so that I can get caught up before the new release!

  118. It looks awesome and I can’t wait to read it!

  119. cynthia Painter

    Beautiful cover, very mysterious! I have not read any of these books but hope to soon!

  120. Nicole Carter Weasley

    I love the cover! And no I haven’t read any of the books.

  121. I love the cover very haunting. I have not read any of her books yet but I would love to 🙂

  122. Would say that love the cover, and looks interesting just by looking at the cover

  123. It looks intriguing. Thank you

  124. I love the cover! Its sexy, dark and mysterious. I love the coloring as well. Very cool.

  125. I like this cover because I think it is a good reflection of the title.

  126. vickie @roscocat1201

    i like the cover i would read it

  127. I love the Mysterious Cover and I havent read the books yet but I’m sure I will.

  128. It’s a nice cover, esp. like the background.

  129. The cover looks intense !! 🙂

  130. Bonnie Hilligoss

    They look ready to do someone deadly harm! The coloring gives it that spooky feel – love it!! Sorry, I have not read any of Susan’s books, but I hope to remedy that soon.

  131. The cover is very eye catching. Makes the book look very enticing. Love the color contrast too!

    Thanks for the chance!

  132. I like the cover.

  133. I think it’s very dark and sensual. I’m reading the Lara Adrain series now and would love to read this one too.

  134. It’s a cool cover, I like it

  135. The cover appeals to me and I have not read any book from this author .

  136. Love the color and the overall sensuality of it.

  137. LOVE the cover !!

  138. I don’t know, first thing I think of is TWILIGHT since that’s how things seem to be nowadays. No, I haven’t read it & don’t know if I would or not.

  139. The cover is interesting. I love the Colors and the image. However, I don’t like the male model or his clothes. I think he is too nerdy and not rugged enough.

  140. Do not like the cover, my first thought is low budget and I would not give the book a chance just for that reason.
    I have not read any of the other books.

  141. Very cool cover artwork. Haven’t heard of this author before, but it looks interesting.

  142. It looks dark and brooding.
    Thanks for the contest.

  143. I haven’t read any of the other books. I like the cover but I always have to read a little to see if it is something I want to buy and read. The cover alone will never sell me.

  144. I have not read anything by this author and I chose my books by cover. I love the cover and it would get my attention especially with the somewhat sinister look on the faces of the couple on the front.

  145. I think this cover looks very nice! I haven’t read the other books in the series yet but they seem very interesting.

  146. love this cover, can’t wait for the book to come out