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Cover Candy

Hello, my book loving friends! It seems that I never intend to put these together when I do and then I see a gorgeous cover that I want to feature which then leads to a search in the hopes there are more, so that I can justify a cover candy post. What you see below is the result of that. As always some of these have been around for a long time, others I forgot to include in my last entry of cover arts, or were added late to the post and some just caught my eye even though I know nothing about the books.

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin
"NOT BY SIGHT is another historical romance, this time set in WWI Britain. A beautiful Suffragette’s faith is tested when a mysterious aristocrat draws her into his world of suspicion and secrets." - from Kate's Facebook page
July 2015
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Embassy Row, by Ally Carter This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay -- in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved. - January 2015
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold  on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers? 

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher? - May 2015

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Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave. - January 2015

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We Can Work it Out by Elizabeth Eulberg

A return to the world of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB -- in a novel that gets to the heart of how hard relationships can be . . . and why they are sometimes worth all the drama and comedy they create.

When Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn’t need to define themselves by how guys looked at them, and didn’t have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she’d be an outcast for life . . . but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be.

But what happens when the girl who never thought she’d date a good guy suddenly finds herself dating a great one? She doesn’t need a boyfriend . . . but she wants it to work out with this particular boyfriend. And he wants it to work out with her.

Only, things keep getting in the way. Feelings keep getting hurt. Words keep getting misunderstood.

Penny Lane worked hard to declare her independence. Now she needs to figure out what to do with it -- and how to balance what she wants with what everyone else wants.  - January 2015

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The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

"It's about the intersecting lives of two estranged sisters. It's about God breathing life into a woman's faith while she breathes life into a derelict motel. It's about a God who orchestrates even the most trivial details of our lives for our greatest good. Inspired by the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37."
- from Katie Ganshert's Facebook page, releases April 2015
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu

Montana and her sister, Arizona, are named after the mountainous states their mother left them for. But Montana is a New York City girl through and through, and as the city heats up, she’s stepping into the most intense summer of her life.

With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana’s been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She’s everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa’s someone she can really trust.

In the midst of her uncertainty, Montana finds a heady distraction in Bernardo. He’s serious and spontaneous, and he looks at Montana in the way she wants to be seen. For the first time, Montana understands how you can become both lost and found in somebody else. But when that love becomes everything, where does it leave the rest of her imperfect life? - May 2015

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A Year of Weddings Collection by Denise Hunter, Deborah Raney, Betsy St. Amant, Rachel Hauck, Lenora Worth, Meg Moseley, Marybeth Whalen, Beth Wiseman, Debra Clopton,
Kathryn Springer, Katie Ganshert, Beth Vogt

All 12 "Year of Weddings" novellas in one e-book format

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The Trials by Stacey Kade

After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started-under the cruel control of Dr. Jacobs, head of the research facility that created her. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials; a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation. - April 2015

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Falcon by Ronie Kendig

Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence. - May 2015

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Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge
The Prom Goers Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy

It's Superbad meets Spaceballs in this hilarious extraterrestrial road trip!

Just a few days before prom, Bennett pulls off something he never imagined possible: his dream girl, Sophie, agrees to be his date. Moments afterward, however, he watches Sophie get abducted by aliens in the middle of the New Mexico desert.

Faced with a dateless prom (and likely kidnapping charges), Bennett does the only thing he can think of: he catches a ride into outer space with a band of extraterrestrial musicians to bring her back.

Can he navigate alien concert venues, an extraterrestrial reality show, and the band's outlandish egos to rescue his date in time for the big dance? Fans of King Dork and Winger won't want to miss this! - April 2015

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Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle.

But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut. - July 2015

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The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them. - March 2015

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In Good Company by Jen Turano


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A Love like Ours by Becky Wade
Deeply scarred from a day he wishes he could forget during his military service, Thoroughbred trainer Jake Porter has given up on love. He struggles against symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, returns to their hometown of Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tenderhearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake trusts her with his prized racehorse, Silver Leaf, then battles his hopes for his horse against his increasing fear for Lyndie’s safety.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend? - May 2015
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Love on the Mend (book 1.5) by Karen Witemeyer

After serving as a doctor during the War Between the States, Jacob Sadler wants nothing more than to establish a quiet country practice in rural Texas. But he knows he'll never find peace until he buries the pain of his past. To that end, he accepts a job in Cold Spring, Texas--the town he's avoided for seventeen years--and discovers his past is definitely still alive and kicking.

When a new doctor arrives in town and saves her brother's leg, Mollie Tate quickly puts him on a hero's pedestal. But then the new doc insults her "Uncle" Curtis. Years ago, Curtis Sadler rescued Mollie when no one else cared. How could he possibly be the villain the new doctor believes him to be?

Jacob doesn't know what to make of the young woman who assists him like a seasoned nurse one minute only to take a strip out of his hide the next. Yet the sparks that fly between them make him feel more alive than he has in a long time. As respect for his young nurse turns into something deeper, can he set aside the pain from his past to embrace this new love, or are some sins too big to be forgiven? - February 2015

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Which are your favorites?
I know several of these are going on my MUST pre-order list. Bring on 2015.
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  1. oooh, the Huntress of Thornbeck Forest cover looks different from the other version I saw. Do you know if this the final version? I'm not sure which I like better; they're both pretty :D

    Can't wait for Reservations For Two! (although I admit I'm a little disappointed that the cover wasn't in black-and-white. But I do like pink, so...)

    hmmm. I may need to look up this Winner's Trilogy series.

    And the models on Jen Turano's books always have the best clothes ;)

    1. I don't know for sure, Hayden. I would guess maybe this one is final... but no, I cannot say for certain. It IS pretty, isn't it!? The colors are gorgeous and I'm very intrigued by all of these "Robin Hood" like stories coming in 2015. :)

      Reservations for Two is one of my most anticipated - cannot wait. The pink and turquoise makes for a cute combo to my eye; hope you enjoy the story.

      Those Winner's Trilogy books look insanely good! Cannot wait to read book one - which I do have.

      I agree; wouldn't you like to be able to see these characters closets!? :)

  2. I think all of these are terrific covers! I hadn't seen Hillary Manton Lodge's new one, which is I think is great. And I'm intrigued by The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. The title and the art are both imaginative and evocative. Thanks for including A Love Like Ours in your post, Rissi!

    1. I agree, Becky. Hillary's is lovely - that combination of colors is so striking. Me too! I'm very intrigued by Melanie's new novel - especially since I adore Robin Hood-type story.

      Thanks for visiting, Becky - and it's my pleasure to take any chance to be a small part of promoting your books. They're keepers. :)

  3. My favorite is Pretending to be Erica! So cute!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. That's one of my favorites too, Missie. SO darn cute. :)

  4. Kate's, Becky's and Hilary's are all on my must-read list AND I'm super privileged to be getting an early read of Katie's The Art of Losing Yourself. I'm about half way through and it is absolutely stunning! I'm pretty sure I'm going to be telling everyone I know that they must get a copy!

    1. Ditto for my reading list too, Kara - the first because I heard such phenomenal things about Kate's debut and the latter two because they are now "auto buys" for me (anything they write!). Yay for having the chance to read Katie's book. That's awesome. I've no doubt her novel is stunning and thank you for sharing that - I'll anticipate it all the more now. :)

      Thanks a TON for stopping by.

  5. To say I'm excited for Ally Carter's next book would be an understatement!! Melanie Dickerson, Karen Witemeyer, Becky Wade, and I'm also anticipating Kate Breslin's, even though I wasn't too fond of her first novel. Maybe I'll enjoy this one more than the first. :)

    1. I'm right there with you, Alyssa; I cannot wait to read Ally's new book. Sounds awesome. Yay for your other anticipated releases as well, Karen has a full-length novel due out in 2015 as well, but there's no cover yet. Becky's is a MUST for me and I cannot wait to try BOTH of Kate's books. I heard lovely things about her debut. :)

  6. Wow, these are all certainly eye-catching! I'm intrigued with Melanie's The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest--I'm a huge fan of any story like Robin Hood. :) I also just got a peek at Becky's cover for A Love Like Ours and absolutely love it. Thanks so much, Rissi, for including Not By Sight in your list of "cover candy," too!

    1. They are indeed, Kate - and I agree! Love any Robin Hood-type story, so Melanie's interests me. Becky's is gorgeous - and so well suited to her books, plus yours is beautiful. Looking forward to read it next year. And thank YOU for stopping by. :)

  7. Kate Breslin's Not By Sight definitely caught my attention when I saw your post! Will definitely keep a look out for it in the new year :)

    1. Same here, Lianne; isn't it gorgeous!? It sounds good too, so I'm excited to read it next year. :) Thanks for dropping by - as always.

  8. Not By Sight is gorgeous! I haven't heard of Kate Breslin before, but that book sounds intriguing and like something I would enjoy.

    1. Ditto; I agree. Kate's book this past year was a retelling of Esther, Sereina, and I heard lovely things. Sure hope you enjoy both if/when you read them. :)

  9. I want to read every. single. book. on this list. I loved Kate Breslin's debut novel and had no idea she had another coming out. Thanks for sharing these, Rissi! I love all your cover candy posts and thanks so much for linking all of them to Goodreads! Saves me so much time... haha. ;)

    1. Most of these are on my eventual TBR as well, Bekah. Neither did I, but I'm excited for Kate and am looking forward to read BOTH of her novels.

      Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoy those you wish to read! :)

  10. So many books I can't wait for on here!!! I love these posts, Rissi. Now I have more books to add to my tbr shelves too. Some of these are super high on my list: A Love like Ours by Becky Wade, The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski, The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert, We Can Work it Out by Elizabeth Eulberg, and All Fall Down by Ally Carter. I guess that's more than some. Lol!

    1. Becky's, Marie's, Katie's and Ally's are all HIGH on my TBR as well. I cannot wait and am hoping Elizabeth's will be good as well. I've not read any of hers or Ally's, but I'm poised to love them with so many bloggers, who have hyped their respective books. :)

      Glad to help up that TBR... ;)

  11. SO excited for some of these!!! Especially...Melanie Dickerson's new one (just requested "Princess Spy" for Christmas!); Kate Breslin's (the one I read....and the title escapes me...Esther's story retold in WWII time period, SO good!); "Falcon" (such a good cover!); Karen Witemeyer's (one of my favorite authors for all time); Becky Wade's looks adorable, I need to read some of hers; Jen Turano's (that COVER!). So much goodness on my list. :D

    1. Me too, Charity. Me too. Yay for Christmas requests, I've been hearing grand things for Melanie's 'Princess Spy,' so you'll enjoy good reading; Kate's For Such a Time has been hyped wonderfully, so someday I still *need* to read that one; Falcon, I'm right there with you - so good; Karen's are ALWAYS darling; anything new by Becky I preorder and anxiously await; Jen's always enjoy beautiful color which makes them "pop." Glad you found some newbies to anticipate. :)

  12. The "Not By Sight" cover is gorgeous!

    1. I agree, Heather. So (so) pretty. :)


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