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Cover Candy: Eighth Edition


Morning, all you book-loving friends. So again, I have complied enough "new" book pretties to share yet another edition of "cover love." Found some gorgeous ones and some that only rank "so-so." Either way, there are some great, intriguing storylines. The greatest trend in Christian fiction that I've noticed is how "edgy" many of the upcoming releases sound.
 
You all may have seen most of these on the book "network" so many of us chat about - either on Twitter, Goodreads or our blogs, but if you spot some new ones, share what you think. Or share any other thoughts you may have.
 
I look forward to reading any impressions that you wish to leave.
                                                                                            
  • Okay, so I have to admit I don't think this book really sounds very good (too moody for me) but the cover caught my eye. It's shaded uniquely plus I think the model is rocking the full bangs!
Synopsis: A gritty, atmospheric coming of age tale set in 1980s New York City
Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream—she has her own apartment on the Lower East Side and at night she’s club kid royalty, guarding the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. The night with its crazy, frenetic, high-inducing energy—the pulsing beat of the music, the radiant, joyful people and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain—is when Cat truly lives. But her daytime, when real life occurs, is more nightmare than dream.
 
Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyone or anything. But when someone comes along who makes her want to truly live, she’ll need to summon the courage to confront her demons and take control of a life already spinning dangerously out of control.

Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping tale and the reader won’t want to look away.
April 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
      • Sadly we do not yet have a high-quality, finalized look at Lisa's upcoming dystopian novel (fist pump for Christian authors tackling new genres!) but this one looks like it has a promising start! The colors blend well plus it has a mysterious aura. Hopefully, we'll be able to replace it with an HQ version soon
       
      Synopsis: In the first novel of this YA futuristic/dystopian series by Lisa T. Bergren, gifted teens known as Remnants have been chosen and trained to act as humanity's last hope to rectify the horrors that are now part of everyday life in 2095. The Community has trained these teens as warriors and assigned them Knights of the Last Order as protectors; together they are a force that will be difficult to bring down. The Sons of Sheol, of course, are hell bent on doing just that.
      October 2013
                                                                                                  
      • Aside from the color scheme, I don't much care for this one. It's a "cool" concept but was poorly designed - with a bit of tweaking, it could have been great
      Synopsis: Officer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it's personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes.Detective Jack O'Reilly isn't ready to return to his homicide duties, after losing his wife to a drunk driver. He's on the downside of his career, and bent on revenge, when he's assigned as Brinna's partner. While on patrol, Jack struggles between his quest for personal justice and his responsibility to those around him, especially his partner.Skeptical of Jack's motives, Brinna isn't sure she can rely on her new partner, whose reckless abandon endangers the safety of those around him. But when a man surfaces with an MO similar to the criminal who abducted Brinna twenty years earlier, Brinna and Jack must cast aside previous judgments and combine efforts to catch the kidnapper, and finally allow Brinna the peace stolen from her as a child.
      September 2013
       
                                                                                                
      • I will confess that I am not the biggest fan of Kaye's novels. I've enjoyed her rom coms but they never did completely interest me. This cover is lovely though. The sky in particular is gorgeously shaded
      Synopsis: Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

      Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her.

      Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart?
      October 2013 
       
  • Can we just say it: GORGEOUS! This is without question the best of Melanie's covers. It's "airy," delicate and all-around beautifully complementary of the fairy-tale it is re-telling. Oh, and the coloring! It's perfection. And as my friend, Amber pointed out, the prince in the left hand corner is a nice touch
Synopsis: Happily Ever After ...Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
October 2013 
                                                                                            
  • Whimsical is the best way I can think to despite this. I like it. The colors, the "finger-paint" look, everything is really quite lovely  
Synopsis: The table that once provided comfort and even shelter had become a symbol for all that was wrong with the Quimbly family.
 
In 1920, seven-year-old Josephine and her sisters sought protection from a raging prairie fire by hiding beneath their family’s beautiful Norwegian wooden table. She survived, but the terrifying experience planted a seed of mental instability in Josephine.
 
Just as WWII began, Josephine fell in love at a dance. Nel and Josephine soon married, but Nel was quickly drafted and sent overseas, leaving Josphine to work and care for their new baby, Saffee.
 
Nel’s absence was an additional strain on Josephine’s already precarious hold on reality. Though he returned safely, their family was never quite normal. Throughout their childhoods, Saffee and her sister learned to navigate their own personal “normal” from day to day—from their mother’s unpredictable spells of arguing with imagined tormentors to her frantic painting and repainting of the old heirloom table, handcrafted by her great-grandfather.
 
Not until Saffee went to college and met Jack would she begin to gain victory over the past and find the real gifts her troubled mother left behind.
December, 2013 
  • Don't know why but I absolutely LOVE this one. It's cute, yet I admit it isn't terribly well composed. It looks more like a mish-mash of elements thrown together without the benefit of great composition. Nonetheless, it goes well with the story and seems more suited that many novels can suggest
 
Synopsis: Hope Landon has been rewriting other people's greeting cards since she was six years old -- there's always a funnier caption. She's all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiancé in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can't write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . .

Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple's monthlong honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her funeral -- everyone in her life concluded Hope must have killed herself after being jilted. Needing a fresh start more than ever, she heads for the Big Apple only to discover it's not that easy to rent a place when you've been declared dead.

Taking shelter at the YWCA, Hope soon lands a job at a Christian inspirational greeting card company as an assistant to Jake, a guy who shut down his organization's humor department. She has lost her faith in love; he needs to find something or someone that will make him laugh.
October 2013
  • This is a lovely cover for a novel that has been released in E-book format and will have a follow-up release to paperback this fall, to coincide with the film release (which will star Jana Kramer). If the movie is as good as this book sounds, this will be one to anticipate
Synopsis: Faith and Luke Carraway have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming successful businessman. After taking his inheritance from his father’s stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, he’s on the fast track as a rising young executive, and Faith is settling comfortably into her role as his wife.

When rumors of the Michovs' involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, she turns to Luke for confirmation, and he assures her that all is well. But when Luke is arrested, Faith can’t understand why he would lie to her, and she runs home to the farm and the family she turned her back on years ago. Meanwhile, Luke is forced to turn to his own family for help as he desperately tries to untangle himself from his mistakes. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned, and will those families find the grace to forgive and forget? Will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere else to run but home?
September 2013
  • Yay! Been *dying* to see this reveal. I really like it but am not fond of the "floating heads." This concept is used a great deal but this one seems more "awkward" than usual. The colors are pretty though and again, we have another couple cover.
 Synopsis: Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.
 
She’s never said a word—to the cops, to her doctors, to family—about those four years.
 
A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.
 
Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate—and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her.. But nothing else is working in his favor—she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.
 
Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter. . .
October 2013
  • Very "sweet." The hues are romantic and of course, the hero made it onto the cover, so that's a plus! 
 Synopsis: Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.
October 2013 
                                                                                            
  •  Cannot explain my excitement for this one. Being a fan of Rebecca for years now, it was delightful to discover she has a fiction novel coming out. Like the cover, too. It's a bit "edgier" than usual and that makes it stand out.  
Synopsis: In the midst of pain, mercy is sweet relief.

Kirsten Peterson was 16 the first time her life fell apart. The only release she could find was through the tiny lines she carved in her skin. Outwardly she seemed fine, but the scars remained. Hidden from everyone who loved her.

Then it happens again. On the night she's certain her boyfriend will propose . . . but instead he kisses her best friend. Devastated, Kirsten falls back on the only source of relief she can imagine. When she lands in the ER, the secret she has so carefully hidden with her wit and bright smiles is laid bare.

Desperate to keep the news from her father and with few resources, Kirsten agrees to a treatment program on a sheep ranch where she'll work to pay the costs of her stay. There, she'll discover the amazing gift of mercy and its power to reshape pain into something beautiful and new.
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  • Is this gorgeous or what!? Know nothing about the authors, but yeah. This is epic
 
Synopsis: Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
 
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
 
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
December 2013

  • Have no feelings one way or another for this one - sometimes simple is the best route, however, who can resist another fairy-tale re-telling!? 
Synopsis: A dark, modern rendition of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast!
 
"As the gates clicked shut behind them, she heard the distant roar of a beast."

She bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in a fantasy realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is regrettably sent to live with the nouveau riche Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the furthest point of the country.

But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life. But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time.
November 2013
  • Haven't read this series however I know some reader's who have liked it and much admit, the cover art is unique and eye-catching. Love the "pop" of red against the more calming shade of blue
Synopsis: The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
July 2013 
                                                                                            
  • Don't have much of a feeling one way or another for this one - the title is unique and the coloring pretty 
Synopsis: What do you do when the gift you thought was bread turns out to be stones?
 
Liesl McNamara’s Wild Rise is not only a popular bakehouse and café in Vermont, it’s an extension of herself. Liesl is an artisan bread maker, like her mother and grandmother before her. Even though she lost her mother to suicide when she was eleven, she keeps this maternal bond alive as she bakes.
 
Liesl prides herself on living an uncomplicated, unattached life. But that changes when Seamus walks through the door of Wild Rise, lugging the large bags of whole wheat flour from the local food co-op. He and his daughter Cecelia have recently moved to the country seeking simplicity. Despite her best effort, Liesl becomes attracted to this teddy bear of a man who laughs easily and eats strange sandwich concoctions—on her bread, much to her dismay.
 
Her simple life is further complicated when a popular cooking show features her bakery. The publicity increases her business and brings several offers from larger businesses, all of which she turns down. But it also brings a completely unexpected phone call, one from a woman claiming to be her half-sister.
 
Liesl’s sense of identity dissolves as everything about her relationship with her mother—and the bread that held them together—comes into question. Has she been given stones rather than bread? And how can she ever take these crumbs and make them whole again?
 
November, 2013  
                                                                                            
  •  Love the simplicity of this debut novel. Hope it's as delightful to read as it looks
Synopsis: Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous “Mr. Knightley” offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam’s true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her—a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own—secrets that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind either her characters or her letters.
November, 2013
                                                                                            
  • Very delicate, and "airy," this cover is really stunning!  
  • This one is GORGOUES! The navy blue and gold "overlay" is perfect - and very regal
 
Synopsis: Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.
September 2013
 
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  1. Remnants -- hoping I like it better once they get an HD version. :)

    I kinda like the new Janice Cantore one...but I don't know if that'll convince me to read it.

    Kaye Dacus -- she has a lovely one as well! Classic (for Christian romance) but unique too.

    LOVE Captive Maiden. :)

    The Flipside one...meh, coulda been better? But it's a good start.

    Broken Stars -- fascinating. Weird. And I like it? I think? Same thing about Infinityglass.

    Stones for Bread -- also looks good. Not amazing, but not too bad.

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    1. I am sure Amazon or Goodreads will have a new, better quality up for Lisa's ASAP! Cannot wait for that one. The colors of Janice's is great - and as Rel pointed out, the model resembles Angelina Jolie! Kaye's is VERY classic. And it works. Captive Maiden is the best of the lot from Melanie - it's so delicate and well suited to the story it will tell. (Plus *eeep* there is a prince in the background!!! ;D) I do agree that 'Flipside' could have been better yet there is something unique about it - I think for me, it needed a bit more "polish" or pizzazz. Either way, the story sounds great! 'Broken Stars' is gorgeous (the colors!!!) and yeah, 'Infinityglass' is odd but does match the series well. 'Bread' isn't amazing. But it is quietly compelling.

      Love your input - thanks for sharing, Charity! :)

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  2. I admit, none of these covers appeal to me except the fairy tale cover.

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    1. You are referring to... Roses? Or Captive Maiden?

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    2. Captive Maiden. I like the gown and the composition. :)

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    3. Got ya! I do also, Charity - if you haven't seen Melanie's other covers, you should check them out sometime. I think I like this one the best; it's gorgeous and really "delicate" which seems to suit the Cinderella story well. :)

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  3. Yeah, I would like to see a better version of the Remnants cover... Anyway, OMWORD I love the cover for Captive Maiden. Zondervan has outdone themselves again. I'm also intrigued by Dee's next novel. I wasn't all that impressed with Full Disclosure so I'll hope for a better turn-out with Unspoken. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh, so would I, Rosie! It'll be out soon. :) Lisa's new series sounds like a wonderful, unique set of novels though - and I am super excited for it!

      Agree: Captive Maiden is gorgeous! I am so excited about that one - it is my favorite of Melanie's also. Still haven't gotten Dee's latest read however, I think disappointment was the general thought. My mom didn't like it as well as some of the author's prior books. Hopefully she'll be back up to her usual standard in this one. :)

      Thank you for sharing, Rosie - always love chatting with you. :)

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  4. So many beautiful covers!! Without a doubt Melanie Dickerson's is my favorite. It's such a beautiful cover! My favorite from her's so far :D It's just so beautiful and I might die :P I also really liked An Honest Heart, I love Jane Austen like covers :) I'm excited for Lisa's take on dystopian :) That will be one I definitely try! Greetings from the Flip Side looks interesting :D Heart of The Country is a favorite already...I love westerns! And Jana Kramer for the movie? That should be good! She has a nice voice :) Dee Henderson's looks exciting and I like the colors :) I love the bokeh and orange of time after time. Nancy Rue and Rebecca teaming up? Sounds great!! I'm looking forward to Infinityglass, I hope the author ends the series well :D To me the second book was a little disappointing when compared to the first book. Stones for Bread looks sweet. Dear Mr. Knightly? I want...
    Delicate and airy are the correct descriptions!!! And the last, I love the dark blue and gold together!! Love these posts Rissi :)

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    1. 100% agree, Sierra. It is a stunner. Whoever put 'Captive Maiden' together is a great talent as it only enhances the appeal of Melanie's books - and as an author, I would imagine you'd want that. :)

      'Honest Heart' is pretty; Lisa's new series sounds wonderful - and I applaud her for tackling a genre most Christian authors haven't. 'Flipside' is one I am going to be anxious to read and yes, Heart of the Country seems like it would be a great read (if it's anything like Colleen's western's, I'm all for it!). Haven't listen much to Jana's music but what I've heard is cute. Cannot wait for Dee's or Rebecca's which should be spectacular. Rebecca seems like such a wonderful Christian woman.

      Do you recommend Myra's books? I saw your review a while back and haven't read any in the series. Yet. ;)

      Oh, gosh, yes! 'Mr. Knightly' sounds like a keeper - plus that cover! Oh, it's lovely. 'Bread' is compelling in a "quiet" sort of way and sometimes that is the best sort.

      Thanks - as always - for reading, Sierra! I always enjoy your comments! :)

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    2. I would recommend them if you are interested. I liked the time travel elements and the plot is pretty interesting. I don't remember how much language if there was any...let me check...30 words for the first book. Didn't publish a review for the second yet :P They were good and interesting books with some "stuff" but not stellar.

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    3. They do sound intriguing, Sierra. Have to be honest. Perhaps I'll get the first one sometime and see how that goes - chances are if I don't much care for it, then the series isn't worth finishing.

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know! :)

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  5. Love the painted table, these broken stars, dear mr knightley, the chaos of stars... all very beautiful.
    And by the way, your new header is gorgeous too!

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    1. Hey, Mette!

      Agree: both of the 'Stars' novels are gorgeous! Something about Dear Mr. Knightly is lovely, simple yet whimsical as well as 'Painted Table.'

      Thank you - as usual, I have fun putting the headers together. It's more relaxing than the writing part. Sometimes. ;)

      Thanks for dropping by, Mette - always appreciate it.

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  6. Stones for Bread makes me want to bake while I want to leap into These Broken Stars :)

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    1. I love how you put that, Juju. I must agree: 'Stars' does inspire that thought. Well, said. :)

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  7. The only thing I don't like about these DELICIOUS book preview posts...is that none of them are released yet!! I'm terrible at waiting!! Thanks again, Rissi!! :)

    What are all the publishers that you review for?

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    1. Oh, I know what you mean, Kellie. That is the hard part. Fortunately, in the meantime, there are plenty of others to keep us busy. ;) Appreciate you stopping by!

      Okay, so here's who I mainly review for:

      Revell (Baker Publishing group)
      Bethany House (Baker Publishing group)
      Tyndale
      Booksneeze
      Litfuse

      If you'd like, I can send you links and any information. Each of the programs works a bit differently but the "main" result is the same. :)

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    2. Yes, please! I'd appreciate that so much, Rissi! :)

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    3. Sure thing! Sent you an email - if you have any further questions, just let me know! :)

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  8. 'The Captive maiden' cover is beautiful!
    I also really like the 'Welcome to the flipside cover' too.

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    1. That seems the unanimous pick, Ella! It deserves that. Must agree with you - 'Captive Maiden' is gorgeous! Makes me all the more anxious for the book.

      'Flipside' is unique - and the book itself sounds like a good read if not a bit different than the norm of Christian fiction.

      Glad you visited, Ella. :)

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  9. Oh my, this all very good!

    Personnal TOP cover picks

    1. Marylu Tyndal's! - thank you. Relaxing, awe-inspiring. The kind that makes you go 'Ah..' as if you are transported, entering an oasis. Even the title is evocative.. Elusive Hope.

    2. Time After Time Again. So sunny and glorious-looking.

    3. An Honest Heart. Very vivid. Can just picture myself in the setting.

    4. Heart of the Country. There is something about simplicity that draws me in personally. Same thing in this case.

    5. Stones for Bread. Same reason up there.

    6. The Captivate Maiden. Boom. How about that for the cover of a fairy tale inspired story? Very well, done!

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    1. Hey, Ganise! Lovely to see you over here. :)

      Mary's is lovely, I must agree - in its misty overlay, it seems to pull us in, assuming the mystery will be oh-so-good because of its packaging. :) Yes, your second pick is sweet - it has a nice "look." Also like the simplicity of Heart of the Country. Sometimes that is most effective. And, oh my, yes! How gorgeous is The Captive Maiden? Love that one lots. :)

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  10. Thank you, Rissi! Your blog is lovely.

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    1. Thanks for being the reason why, Ganise. Without you - the readers, I wouldn't be inspired to be out here blogging. So... thank you for your readership. :)

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  11. My favourite kind of post! Love the vivid colouring of MaryLu's cover. I love the ombre effect with the haze on the top. The merciful scar is a perfect fit for Nancy; I can tell be the cover that it will be a moody and emotional read. The typography of the title is perfect--it doesn't detract from the soulful look of the cover model. Christa's book sounds interesting but I have seen too many cover variations with a similar "hands" post.

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    1. These are always fun, aren't they, Lydia!? Love Rel for putting them all in one place for us. :)

      MaryLu's is lovely - it's that "ethereal" look that suits it so well. Rebecca and Nancy's is going to be awesome. I'd no idea that Rebecca was trying her hand at fiction so this is exciting news to anticipate - and yes, I LOVE everything about the cover. From the rain-pelted window to the font. It's gorgeous. Like you, I am not "wild" about Christa's cover. It's quietly simplistic, I guess and sometimes that says more than the prettiest cover. :)

      A trend I am noticing is Christian fiction becoming "edgier." Here alone, there is Crista's (suicide) and Rebecca & Nancy's which by its title alone implies a moody read. If done well, I think it will be brilliant. Either way, 2013 is shaping up to be another memorable year.

      Thanks for sharing, Lydia!

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  12. Oh, wow, Rissi! These are AWESOME! So diverse, but... awesome! Nice picks!

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    1. Hey, Serena! Aren't they pretty!? I'm loving so many of the upcoming novels of 2013 and am hoping that the books will be as wonderful as they look and sound. :)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  13. So many I love! So many I can't wait to read!!

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    1. Know the feeling, Melissa. Fortunately, there are many other titles to distract me from now until then. :)

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  14. Wow! Now your bookshelf is full!

    I love books, too, just about as much as Movies! I know it shouldn't, but the cover matters a great deal to me, too! Although, I do have a few favorite authors - that if they put it in a paper sack I'd still read it!

    My favorite covers you shared:

    An Honest Heart (has a Jane Austen appeal)

    The Captive Maiden (Beautiful... like Taylor Swift in Love Story Video)

    Time After Time (romantic looking)

    Elusive Hope (reminds me of BBC Emma Movie)

    Heart of the Country ( this cover completely stole this Country Girl's Heart - and it will be a Movie, too! I need details... off to Google this title... Thanks so much, Rissi, for the info!!! :) )

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    1. LOL! Tell me about it, Net! :)

      No matter what, I admit that I do judge books by their covers. If a gorgeous cover is sitting on the shelf, I am much more apt to pick that up than the book occupying the space next to it that is unattractive. However, it has to be really bad for the reader in me NOT to read the synopsis of a book (depending on he genre, of course) whatever it looks like on the outside. The best sort of books are beautiful inside and out. :) Love what you said about the paper bag "look" also - I completely agree! Certain authors no longer have to tempt me with pretty-ness, I automatically snag their books!

      Your "two cents" for each book you spotlighted is right on. Hadn't thought about 'Captive Maiden' resembling Taylor's 'Love Story' and yet it really does! Great catch. I'll look forward to perhaps sometime reading about the film adaptation of Heart of the Country on your blog - it sounds good, so *fingers crossed* it will be! Also Rene is writing a book titled Old-Fashioned that will also be turned into a film - and it sounds adorable!

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  15. Goodness, where do I begin?! Let's see....ones I like: The Captive Maiden, The Painted Table, These Broken Stars, Stones For Bread, and Elusive Hope.

    As for the synopsis': Remnants sounds awesome! And Dear Mr Knightly sounds remarkably similar to Daddy Long Legs (an old story, but awesome and fabulous nonetheless!). I'll definitely look forward to trying that one. These Broken Stars and Stones For Bread sound pretty intriguing also.

    Gracious! I have all these books I still need to read that are already out and meanwhile, all the upcoming books look awesome too! What's a girl to do?! ;)

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  16. Also! The Captive Maiden sounds pretty great too. And all of Myra McEntire's covers have been different. A good different though! They certainly stand out on a bookshelf. I've read the first one, but haven't gotten to the second one yet. Figured I'd wait til the series was done to finish it all together.

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    1. Good question, Kara: where do we began when gushing over these beauties!? ;)

      You've singled out some great ones. Anything fairy-tale related is my cup of tea (The Captive Maiden) and I am SO excited about Lisa's new series. It sounds unique and is certainly a genre previously untouched in the Christian fiction genre. That alone makes it exciting! Anything Austen-related I am up for so I'll be sure to keep an eye out for Katherine's novel. 'Stars' is one I am *dying* to read though I know little about it - that cover... oh, my!

      Good to know your thoughts on Myra's book. I am considering trying that one and yes, the concept of the covers does stand out. Guess as an author, you'd want that. It's better than blending in. :)

      Love your "two cents," Kara - thanks for taking the time to share it.

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  17. The Captive Maiden cover is so gorgeous I squealed! The best of Melanie Dickerson's covers, without a doubt. I can't wait to read it! :D

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    1. That it is, Hayden! It is one that deserves a sequel. Or two. ;)

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