Cover Candy: Edition Five

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Put together another edition of some "cover love" today. Found some really great new covers, and a couple that have been re-designed. Enjoy!
  • "Basic" and traditional as this cover may be, I am in love with the splash of yellow in the car. It adds a neat hue and brings everything together. Know nothing about this Christian market author but the story sounds fine...
Synopsis: The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie's comfort-especially since she's on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie finds that she is increasingly drawn in to the dramas of small town life. An old church lady who always has room for a stranger. A handsome bartender with a secret life. A single mom running her diner and worrying over her teenage son. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little hick town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?
July 2013
  • Love this concept but don't like how it was put together. Given my previous enjoyment of Sandra's novels, I'll likely read it but the theme isn't eye-catching.  
Synopsis: Julianne has been looking for Prince Charming all her life---and that doesn't change when she and her best friend, Will, agree to be law partners. When this Cinderella-in-training discovers a work boot, she's determined to track down its handsome owner---and meets handyman Paul. Will the shoe fit, or will he tumble off his princely pedestal?
April 2012
  • Ooo! Look, the hero is on the cover - and the heroine? Oh, yeah! She's back there. Somewhere.  
Synopsis: Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, bringing swarms of media, legal chaos—and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life.
For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. So he’ll expand his team’s lifeline of hope: K9 tracking, swift water rescue, even horse-mounted searches. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director.
May 2013
  • This is the perfect art for the storyline. It conveys that it deals with a teenager in a glance, and yet is somehow "chilling" after you read the synopsis.

Synopsis: Determined to pull herself and her hard-working single mom out of financial straits, 16-year-old Simi Fremont considers becoming a professional model. But what she thought was a real future in the fashion world begins to reveal itself as a front for human trafficking! Will Simi learn what it means to rely on God? 
     April 2013
  • Of late, I've been skipping out on western fiction because it's not my thing any more but this joyful design may entice me back to it. Plus, when I was a teen, Lori was one of my most favorite authors.
Synopsis: It's 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance. When a kind elderly man announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to go with him and start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she's ever known and sets out for the Northwest.

There she meets Noah Hughes, a handsome young man who has gambled everything he owns on the chance to make a fresh start. Living the rugged life of a lumberjack, he too is determined to one day make his fortune. The last thing he's looking for is a why can't he get Evie out of his mind?
May 2013
  • Cannot say much about this series as I've not read any yet but it seems very fitting with the "idea" of the three-book set.
Synopsis: N/A
May 2013
  • Since I've never read any of Rene's books, I can take or leave her. However, this concept caught my eye! It's unique and really different to most Christian fic. Then I read the synopsis - it sounds intriguing!
Synopsis: Filled with grief, Jules Bellano rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.

One day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules is bumped into by a fellow customer who apologizes profusely. She recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. Jules gushes and thoroughly embarrasses herself before Regan graciously talks with her.

And that’s the last thing she remembers—until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. She’s been kidnapped. And what she discovers will change everything she believed about her husband’s death . . . her career . . . and her faith. August 2013
  • Following suit with the novels prior to this in Robin's latest series, this cover isn't anything "special" but it's very classy and I love the simple touch of the hat.
Synopsis: N/A
September 2013 
  • This is an "old" re-vise but you may remember back in October, this book was featured and we chatted about the "awkward" ribbon over Lizzie's face. Michelle had it professionally removed; the improvement is a much better result!
  • Curious about this one since my mother has read this author's prior "Steeple Hill" publications. Should be a great mystery.
Synopsis: The deadliest animal in the jungle is the two legged kind.

Nina Truman is a missionary nurse, serving in a tiny Guatemalan town not far from the Mexican border. It's a fulfilling life tending to the village poor, a way to serve in the country from which she was adopted. The day she leaves on furlough, is the day her life falls apart. Her bus is ambushed and she must flee from forces who inexplicably wish her dead. Trapped between a ruthless drug lord and his assassins, a corrupt police chief, and colleagues with ulterior motives, her friends may prove just as deadly as her enemies as she uncovers a plot tangled deep in the roots of her own past.
June 2013
  • LOVE this one. It's mysterious and elegant wrapped in one great concept art.
  • Following the success of her novel in 2012, Beth follows up with this - and the "look" is very similar only better!
Synopsis: At 36, Dr. Kendall Haynes feels her dreams of finding a husband and having children will never come true. When former pilot Griffin Walker becomes the reluctant guardian of his 16-year-old brother, he wonders how his life got so off course. Will Kendall and Griffin discover there's been a divine plan all along?
May 2013

  • At first, I didn't love this cover art, something that disappointed me since Susan is always a favorite author but now... I am warming to it. Love the wording (and font) taking up so much of the space yet not seeming overwhelming - and the child is precious.
Synopsis: Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor-oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he's also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.

New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn't know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity's death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she's always longed for. And once she gets past Darek's tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife's case. 
May 2013     

  • According to retail sites, this is now the design for Marybeth's upcoming novel. It has more pizzazz than the prior concept but I also liked the hues and "breezy" beauty of the original cover. 
Synopsis: Ivy Marshall, a savvy, determined woman, finds out her husband has cheated on her on the same day her sister’s perfect boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy’s mother asks her to return to her family’s beach home to plan her sister’s upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape from the pain of her circumstances.
When her return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, brings her face to face with her former fiancĂ©, old feelings rise to the surface and she wonders if there is a future for them. However, her husband has started tweeting his apology to her and doesn’t want to give up on their marriage. As she helps prepare the wishing tree for her sister’s wedding, she must examine her own wishes for the future and decide what love should be. ....
May 2013
  • Here again, we have a re-vise design. Initially, the design was more... "playful." Which do you prefer?
Synopsis: On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?
May 2013

Now it's your turn, readers! Which struck your fancy? Is there a book coming out that you love the design? Share any and all thoughts below with some fun bookish talk. 


  1. The Girl With the Iron Touch -- wow, STEAMPUNK!

    But I think the cutest one is "Stealing the Preacher." =D

    1. Isn't it though!? Love the green shades.

      That last one is cuter than its original concept... or I thought it was. It matches the authors prior work better. Hey, what does your artist's eye think of the "headless" design? I quite like it if it's done right - some of my faves are this series and this sweet one. Many don't like it. For these, it lends an air of mystery and the latter is simply cute! Who wouldn't find the concept infectious!? :)

      (PS: Going to be emailing you ASAP!)

    2. I DO like the later design for the Preacher book better -- in part because it shows an action as opposed to just... pondering. (Plus, this costume fits the actress better!)

      I don't mind headless if, as you say, it's done right -- and it's hard to DO right. I'm more of a a fan of back-of-the-head shots on books when you do cut them off, since for some reason the composition is easier to accept. (See Libba Bray's covers for an example -- just don't read the books. =P)

    3. Never thought of it being an "action" as opposed to a mere thought! The dress is actually prettier also. Or I think so. :)

      Ha! Looking at Libba Bray's novels made me realize I've seen her "teen" beauty queen novel everywhere and always thought it looked a bit sketchy without actually knowing what it was about. Then her historical novels are LOVELY. Didn't read about them because I didn't want to be curious. ;D

  2. These posts are SO fun. Truly eye candy--& thank you for posting the synopsis', as well. "Welcome to Last Chance" looks neat, though I'm not as "into" contemporary fiction, this book & synopsis truly picqued my interest. "Sisters of Mercy Flats" is a beautiful cover, but the I think I've read too many "inspy" historical's set in the West. In the case of "The Wishing Tree" the cover didn't turn me off, nor appeal to me greatly. But the synopsis sure did!
    I need to read more Robin Lee Hatcher. I've read her revised Speak to Me of Love & *fell* in love with her writing.
    Stealing the Preacher; I like this cover a whole lot more than the original you linked to. But the synopsis doesn't hook me or make me want to read it. Same opinion on Western novels that I said about Sisters of Mercy Flats. ;)
    So many great little time!
    I got Tamera Alexander's latest To Whisper Her Name for Christmas & I'm still not finished with it--a fact that I wish wasn't true. ;) It's really, really good. I personally love Ms Alexander's writing style--though I've only ever read the first Belmont Mansion novel. I'm excited to finish her latest, & go back in time to read more of her novels.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. P.S: Mind if I pay you the highest form of flattery by playing a "copy-cat" & doing my own Cover Candy post some day soon? =D

    2. Love your comment and feedback on which are favorites, Meghan! Bookish conversation is the best. :D

      I've never heard of the author for 'Last Chance' but it interests me. Contemporary fiction is actually one of my favored genres while I am finding that I don't love prairie fiction any longer - eras more like the 1920's and 30's or late 1800's are more my style nowadays. And the Robin Lee Hatcher book you refer too? That is still one of my most memorable novels! Gosh, I love that story so much. Don't think mine was the revised version though.

      Feel similar to you about Lori's newest and even Karen's though the cover on the latter is sweet (and like you, I think this design is better).

      The Wishing Tree is one I think I'll pick up although I haven't read any of the author's other books... this one just sounds good! What'd you think of the first design?

      Glad you are liking Tamera's novels. I've read most of those and while I enjoyed them, the stories weren't always ranking among my favorites. She's such a respected author and I am excited about the two you mentioned!

      Please do post your "cover candy," Meghan! Would love to see your picks. :)

    3. I wholeheartedly concur with you about prairie fiction...been there, read most of it, & I'm over it. ;) I still have a few beloved reads from that genre but for the most part they kind of run together for me when I see them in the CBD catalog.
      Have you read much Karen Kingsbury? Reason I ask is because that is the author that got me *into* contemporary "inspy" fiction. Trying to branch out from her--so posts like this, & the CBD catalog, are very helpful in that regard.
      The 20's & 30's are two eras, I feel, are sometimes overlooked in the literary market. Both in readers & writers. I however *love* both--especially the 1930's. In fact my one novel is set during the Great Depression. My mother--influenced by my great grandmother--instilled in me a love for that era; the feedsacks, the frugality, & how America on the whole was truly tested as a nation. :)
      I'll be posting my own "Cover Candy" in two weeks or so. I still need to pore through the CBD catalog some more! =D

    4. My thought exactly, Meghan: Been there, done that! It's odd because authors like Janette Oke or Lori Wick were who I started out reading but now... I just cannot get past the prose or stories. It's no longer my thing.

      Karen Kingsbury is a well-respected author yet I have issues with most of her books. Loved how the Baily series ended and the 9/11 series but I cannot shake this thought that it's almost as if she is "afraid" to let her characters be... well, happy! Nevertheless, as I said, her 9/11 books were FANTASTIC!

      It surprises me that I like the 20's and 30's as settings. It's such a fascinating era though - part of that is probably due to the influence of 'Downton.' It has a lot of "power." :D Good luck with your WIP! Mine is set in modern times just because I don't want to be forced into research with my "first" story. :)

      Looking forward to your picks. :)

  3. Misery Loves Company has such an intriguing synopsis (and cover)! I am definitely curious about that one...

    And I really like the cover for Beloved. The girl is really pretty - love the ringlets! And her outfit is cute and "classy," as you say. :) Plus, I love trains!

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. That's one of my faves also, Amber - it's so... different than the norm! Love that about it.

      Robin always writes a compelling story and this cover art looks so classic, and perfectly suited for the story. So many great reads are coming in 2013. Cannot wait.

      Thanks for dropping by, friend. :)

  4. I love the cover for Susan M. Warren's new book! That kid is so adorable!

    Yes, I noticed the change in Karen W.'s new cover. Not sure if I like it yet. Maybe it's one that will grow on me. :-)

    1. At first I was not sure about Susan's latest novel but now, I think it's pretty, unique and depicts a simple but innocent moment. Cannot wait to read it!

      The new design for Karen's is really sweet. Love it. Hope it grows on you, Rosie. :)

      (BTW: Super glad to see you on GoodReads!)

    2. Me either! I just redeemed some of Tyndale's reward points for her novel "Reclaiming Nick" it will be my first read by her, so I'm excited. :-)

      It's getting there. I think I'm just disappointed that we no longer can gaze upon the character's full faces. lol!!

      It's good to see you too! ;D

    3. Really!? Neat! I've got that entire series and mom read it - as usual, I've not though. *sigh* Someday...

      Susan is absolutely one of my fave Christian fic authors. Have been reading her My Foolish Heart forever because it had to be put it aside in favor of a review book(s). Hoping I'll finish it soon (maybe even in this decade ;D).

      Sometimes, not being able to see the character's face is a good thing. My mother is very critical of a model if it doesn't match the authors description - and I don't disagree with that just because there shouldn't be a problem finding models who match the description - some of the time a brunette is on covers and the character is actually a blonde! That's a pretty easy "fix." With all this technology and creative designers, it shouldn't be a problem to design covers that aren't front-on shots if you don't have compatible models. Becky Wade's books are also some that I think are perfectly adorable yet feature "headless" characters. :)

  5. O I hadn't seen the latest Kady Cross cover. Fab.

    Melody, that cover is about trafficking? Whoa. It seems so sweet. Bravo for Melody always teaching young girls about the dangers in this world.

    I think the first cover is my fav.

    1. It's great right? Those books have been recommended and I still haven't read it yet. Love the greens.

      Melody's newest novel is "sweet" but once you read the synopsis, I think it has a hint of "terror" to it - simply because you realize that such an innocent action is leading her to danger.

      Love that first cover also, Juju! The splash of yellow with the gorgeous sky color is just... perfect. :)


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