Cover Love: Tenth Edition

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Update: Hey, all! Added a few more pretty covers - if you all aren't bored of chatting about favorites, take a peek and let us know what you think!

Originally published on June 20th
Each time I contemplate putting another one of these "cover candy" posts together, I always have the thought that I won't possibly be able to find enough to make a "good" selection and variety. Once again, I was proven wrong! Wow - graphic designers and photographers sure have talent and a good eye these days, and of course, I don't mind drooling over the pretties they create. Been anxious to share this with you all for a while now but held back because I didn't feel like I had "enough" just yet. Finally I do (in BIG part thanks to the lovely Rel!) and am anxious for some great conversation if anyone is up for it.

There's some neat looks/concepts in this group. Everything from Christian fiction to YA/teen novels. There are a TON of Christian novels that have release dates and names but alas, no covers. If they get one shortly after I post (which forever seems to jinx me), I'll add them in here.

*As always, I am not endorsing all of these novels - just admiring the package they come in.
  • How pretty and girlish this cover is! While I think I prefer the lovely A Lasting Impression cover better for a "serious" historical (and if there is one thing Tamera does well, it's writing an intricate historical novel), the pink ensemble against a turquoise blue background is eye-catching.
Synopsis: She's plain, practical. No stunning Southern beauty. And she never wears pink...

Eleanor Braddock, a spinster at 30, has long since dismissed any hope of marriage. But when a dying soldier whispers his final words, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. But this compassionate deed takes a harsh turn, and Eleanor finds herself dependent upon the richest woman in America and the most despised woman in Nashville--her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion. A clandestine act of kindness leads Eleanor to an unlikely path for her life--building an orphanage, a place that will house widows and orphans from the Civil War. And while Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve.

Marcus von Quint, Archduke of the House of Habsburg and fourth in line to the Austrian throne, arrives in Nashville in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Collaborating with botanist Luther Burbank, Marcus seeks to combine his own passion for nature with his expertise in architecture. But his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the orphanage run contrary to the wishes of practical, frugal Eleanor, who sees his ideas as costly nonsense.

Yet as the construction project continues, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expected. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor to marry, and even if he were, someone who knows Marcus's secrets is about to reveal them all.

April 2014
Synopsis: Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve–the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.
Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife–a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Join the chase as this determined duo search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present and moving into a future filled with new hope and love. Readers will be swept into the sultry South in this debut novel from a promising and already award-winning writer.

February, 2014
Synopsis: In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.
Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

April, 2014

Synopsis: As the icy chill of winter, 1914, settles on the magnificent country estate of Summerset Abbey, three young women seek comfort and warmth in the smiles of friends, the fire in their hearts, and the promise of spring…

Victoria Buxton With her delicate constitution but strong, unflappable spirit, Victoria has never followed societal conventions, the rules of fashion, or the pursuit of a husband. Instead, she finds herself drawn into the controversial—and dangerous—fight for women’s suffrage. But her dream is compromised, and her heart divided, when her struggle for equal rights collides with unexpected love. Rowena Buxton After yearning to no avail for a certain young pilot to fly back into her life, Rowena fears her chances for happiness have been jeopardized by recklessness and scandal. Burdened with guilt for bringing her sister Prudence to Summerset Abbey as a lady’s maid while she herself led a life of privilege, Rowena hopes to one day make amends. But her desire to set things right is complicated by her passion for flight and a sudden engagement…to the wrong man. Prudence Tate Raised like a sister to Victoria and Rowena, then banished to the servants’ quarters when their father passed away, Prudence has seen both sides of life, upstairs and down. But once the truth about her parentage was revealed, Prudence forged a new life for herself, married to a penniless veterinary student. Living in poverty in a shabby London flat, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake—and there’s no turning back…

Synopsis: The laughter of summer lawn parties fades for the men and women of Summerset Abbey, as the rumble of cannon-fire sweeps across Europe. In a changing world, they soon find that only one thing is certain: none of them will ever be the same.

Rowena Buxton The female pilot’s upcoming wedding to Sebastian Billingsly is the talk of soci­ety. Rowena loves her kind, handsome fiancé, but memories of a dangerously passionate affair with a dashing flier still stir her heart. . . . Accepting a daring mission transporting British planes, she encounters the man whose touch sent her reeling—and whose return into her life may have disastrous consequences for her and Sebastian’s future. Victoria Buxton The defiant suffragette raises eyebrows once again by living on her own in London as a lady bachelor. Kit Kittredge is the one man who understands and adores Victoria’s fiery spirit—but she rebuffs her best friend’s offer of marriage time and again, choosing to join the war effort as a volunteer nurse. And on the battlefields of France, she will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice. Prudence Tate After a stinging betrayal at Summerset Abbey, Prudence has found love and contentment in working-class Camden Town as Mrs. Andrew Wilkes. But when Andrew enlists, everything that Pru cherishes is at risk—and she crosses a line attempting to protect him. Has she irreparably damaged their loving bond of trust?

August 2013
  • Could Julianna's novel covers be any more classic suave and vintage styled?! Love the "look" of them and am eagerly anticipating opening my email to find an opportunity to review it from the publisher.

Synopsis: Drew Farthering wants nothing more than to finish out the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement to Madeline Parker. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of another murder case. The family lawyer has been killed, a cryptic message stuck to the body with an antique hatpin. Drew is content to leave solving this one to the police, but when the dead man's widow asks for his assistance, he can't help but be pulled in.

Life at home is just as troubling. Madeline still hasn't decided whether she will accept his proposal of marriage, and worse, her formidable maiden aunt, Ruth Jansen, appears at Farthering Place with the sole objective of convincing Madeline to return to America.

When a second murder occurs, and another baffling message secured with a hatpin is found at the scene, the village of Farthering St. John is thrown into a tizzy. And it seems Drew and Madeline and their friend, Nick Dennison, are the ones who will have to crack the case before the Hatpin Murderer strikes again.
March 2014

  • Gorgeous! Always was a sucker for a couple locked in an embrace surrounded by snow.
Synopsis: Socialite Margaret Vaughn is the wealthiest heiress in London-or so everybody thinks. Saddled with debt left by her father, she agrees to marry a rich man who can save her family's estate. But when her fiancé turns out to be just another poor social climber, Margaret faces financial ruin-and social humiliation. Just when she thinks all is lost, she finds an unlikely angel in Tom Poole . . .

After amassing a fortune in the gold fields of Australia and surviving a harrowing shipwreck, Tom Poole is the toast of London society. Yet despite his newfound fame, he's never forgotten his own humble beginnings. When he learns of Margaret's plight, he offers her financial assistance-but his interest is not strictly business. Taken with her beauty and grace, the rugged adventurer wants nothing more than to win Margaret's heart. But can he convince the proper, refined lady that, despite their social differences, they are a match made in heaven?

September 2013

  • Okay, yes this one has been floating around for a long time and in my last one or two posts, I've forgotten to add it, so here is Julianne Donaldson's, Blackmoore! Isn't it gorgeous!? Love the detailing and pretty shades of blue - and that background seaside mansion? I want it.

Synopsis: At eighteen, Kate Worthington knows she should be getting serious about marriage, but her restless heart won t let her settle down. To escape her mother s meddlesome influence, she dreams of traveling with her spinster aunt to exotic India. But when the opportunity arises, Kate finds herself making a bargain with her mother: she will be allowed to go only if she spends a season at the family s wealthy estate, Blackmoore, where she must secure and reject three marriage proposals. Enlisting the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield, Kate sets out to collect her proposals so she can be on her way. But Henry s decision to help threatens to destroy both of their dreams in ways they could never imagine. Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to listen to her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue, and devotion.

September 2013
Synopsis: Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she’s been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?
The search for her husband–and answers–takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn’t know who to believe.
Always thrilling, Lynette Eason outdoes herself in this taut, breakneck story of lies, loyalties, and love that will have readers up all night to discover the truth hidden in the shadows.
January, 2014

  • Though not anything special, the puzzle piece idea is cute and the bright green attracts attention
Synopsis: FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.             

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.
  • I have a love/hate relationship with this cover. It reminds me of the movie One Day and I do like the reflective look. Not sure about the rest of it...
  • There is no doubt this one is one of my VERY favorites! I adore it. Since I just finished the first book in this series, seeing this now is so fun. Love the trees, fireflies (this was a must!) and Daniel's arms around Jade. Beautiful.

Synopsis: Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.

March, 2014

  • Cute, cute, cute! What more can be said about this one!? It sparkles with personality right down to the dusty boots hidden beneath the heroine's fancy red dress and the gorgeous (but understated) windows framing her.
Synopsis: The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring Nicholas Lovelace to the next victory in his life and career. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected--Anne Tillerton from back home in Prairie Lea.

Anne's been working as a buffalo hunter and hiding from polite society. She's only coming to town to talk their runaway cook into returning. Instead, the woman flees--and leaves Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person she knows in town who can help, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.

Both soon find themselves stuck in complicated situations. To care for the child, Anne's forced into polite society--and it's not going well. Meanwhile, Nick is being pressured on all sides of his business, and being seen with Anne isn't helping his reputation. Still he can't quite seem to forget her and must make a choice between the leading of his heart and his plans for the future.
April 2014

  • Again, I love this one. Since I am a sucker for anything that squeaks of rom-com, I am all for this book. Anxious to perhaps read it at some point.
  • Is there anything more heroic than this cover? (In the fictional world.) Oh, goodness! I love it! For once the hero is the focal point and if I am allowed to say, what a striking one he makes. Love the concept, the emblem and the basic title font (plus how cool are the character's names!?). It rules and my mother will be happy for another novel by Ronie Kendig
Synopsis: His mission; his team. Those elements are the laser-like focus of Captain Dean Watters’ life. So when a threat is launched against both of them, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the hackers coming after the military’s super-computer isn’t an option.
Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target.  Her expertise in algorithm cryptology makes her an unwitting pawn in the hacker’s deadly game.
When Zahrah is captured, which compromises the US military, Dean is forced to crack the box around his heart. A move that might come at the highest cost.
May 2014
  • Aw! I like Julie's latest - the mint green, the pose, the font. Everything looks "put together" and really attractive to the time period. Not sure I love the female models hair but then, that's been a nitpicker.
Synopsis: Finding himself the man of the family, and with no other options, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But Alec is stunned to learn the village is controlled by a wealthy widow who has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in Miss Julia Midwinter, the widow's daughter. While initially wary of Julia's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul--and a hidden sorrow of her own.

Julia Midwinter is instantly intrigued by the handsome dancing master--a man of whom her mother would never approve. She cannot fathom why he would leave London--or why he evades questions about his past.

Together, can Alec and Julia bring new life to this quiet village--and to one woman's hardened heart?
January 2014
Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman
  • EDIT: LOVE this one. It looks just as we'd picture the sassy Allison McClare! No cover for this one yet - *sniff sniff* - so I'll add it as soon as it appears on-line which I suspect will be right around the corner. Until then, there is a synopsis (sounds grand, right!?), so enjoy...
Synopsis: Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman, resorting to a mammoth hat pin for protection on her way to and from the school where she teaches. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast she quickly discovers she is no match for rum-soaked brute strength.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite jiu-jitsu, but it seems he has little choice in the matter. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But when Nick suddenly leaves town, Allison realizes he's a fraud just like all the rest of the men she's cared for. Does she dare love again?
January 2014
  • Beautifully matched to Elizabeth's first two novels in this series; the color combinations are soothing and gorgeous and I really like the Statue of Liberty in the background - one complaint would be the use of the statue and ship. I think both is unnecessary and only adds "clutter."
Synopsis: It's been two years since Tillie McGrath last saw Captain Keondric Morgan. He'd let her visit her ill fiancé before he died. Now the dashing captain has found her at the boarding house where she lives and has swept back into her life. But all is not well. He seems to be trying to protect her--from whom or what stays a secret.

Even years later, Keondric never forgot the heartbroken lass from his boat. When a crewmember's death-bed confession hints that her fiancé's death may have been murder, the captain knows he must try to save her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well, dangerous men who believe Tillie may have the last bit of evidence needed to put them away. And trying to stay safe may put them both in more danger than they could have ever imagined.
March 2014
Synopsis: Cannon James has a plan: Sign on as a contestant for his father’s new reality show, marry a blonde hand-picked by the producers, and walk away two million dollars richer. It’s all been arranged. Easy. Clean. No regrets. Until Ellie McAllister ruins everything by winning the viewer’s vote. Now he has to convince America that he’s head over heels in love with her. Not easy to do since she’s a walking disaster. Ellie McAllister has her own problems. She needs money, and she needs it now. Despite her parent’s objections and her belief that marriage is sacred, she signs on to The Wedding Game…and wins. Now she’s married to a guy she can’t stand, and if she wants her hands on the money, she has six months to make voters believe she loves him. Not easy to do since he’s the most arrogant man in America. It doesn’t take long for Ellie and Cannon to realize they’ve made a mess of things…even less time for their feelings for one another to change. But is it too late for them? More importantly, can God turn the worst decision they’ve ever made into something worth redeeming?

February 2014

Synopsis: When Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she decides to return home to Iowa with her young son. But what she finds there is equally terrible: the family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with few options. Relying on the kindness of the members of the Amana Colonies, she accepts their offer to live among them until she can make plans for her future. Andrea discovers so much goodness and contentment among the Amana people that she doesn’t want to leave, especially since the strong, kind tinsmith, a man named Dirk, has captured her heart. But is this cloistered life what she wants for her and her son’s future? Is she prepared to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another wave of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?

March, 2014
  • Except for the hairstyle, love this one! Perhaps enough to give another historical by Siri another chance after  mediocre reaction to her last novel.

Synopsis: Ellis Eaton has always felt she's been a disappointment to her stuffy, traditional Boston family. Her sights are set on something entirely different: Hollywood. Though she's captured the eye of Griffin Phillips, she knows that "dutiful wife" is one role she can't picture herself playing--even if he makes her head spin and her heart quicken. Besides, Ellis seems to make a mess of any situation, despite her good intentions. She's simply not worthy of an up-and-comer like Griff.

When a look-alike childhood friend begs Ellis for a favor, Ellis finds herself working shifts at the city telephone exchange. At first Ellis believes this will be the acting practice she needs to prepare for life in the movies, but the job is far more complicated than she'd ever imagined, and Ellis finds herself in her usual scrapes. After accidentally overhearing a call that makes her blood curdle, Ellis fears for Griff's safety. Then handsome policeman Jack Flanagan comes to the scene, adding to the mayhem. With her job on the line and her heart all a-muddle, Ellis unexpectedly discovers what might be her role of a lifetime.

March 2014

  • The "floating head" design is overdone. Time and again we've seen it on everything from favorite books to film posters. This one is still pretty and I like the estate pictured beneath the model.
  • Hello, vintage! This one is AWESOME! The concept and cool hues works to the advantage of the design. Though this is an old book, this cover is a re-publish and is WAY cooler than the original.
Synopsis: Three girls. Three boys. One of them's a total psycho.
It's teenage life as it really feels. Only funnier.

The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program was designed to bring together the "lowlife Brooker kids" (as they're known to the Ashburyites) and the "rich Ashbury snobs" (as they're called by the Brookfielders) in a spirit of harmony and the Joy of the Envelope. But things don't go quite as planned. Lydia and Sebastian trade challenges, like setting off the fire alarm at Brookfield. Emily tutors Charlie in How to Go On a Date with a Girl. But it's Cassie and Matthew who both reveal and conceal the most about themselves -- and it's their secrets and lies that set off a war between the two schools.
April 2014
  • There may not be anything "special" about this look but... I like it. The splash of blue on her nurse's uniform and the mountains in the background add character.
Synopsis: Gwyn Hillerman acts as a nurse at her father's medical practice in 1935 rural Alaska. Her family life has been rough ever since her mother, hating Alaska, took Gwyn's younger sister back to Chicago to live.

Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after he loses an affluent patient. In a snowball effect, he then loses his engagement to Gwyn's sister, Sophia. When the government decides to send a group of families to Alaska in hopes of making a better life, Dr. Hillerman sends a letter urging Jeremiah to join his practice. Thinking his secret would be safe in the isolated Alaska Territory, Jeremiah agrees.

Gwyn and Jeremiah soon recognize a growing attraction to each other. But when another suitor enters the scene and Jeremiah's secret is revealed, their hopes for a future are threatened.
January 2014

Synopsis: Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?

April, 2014
  • Must confess, I really like this one! The grayscales and the orange typeset blend nicely and I think this is one of the best concepts I've seen using the entire space/face of the book for the title. It's snazzy - and the post helps that along!
Synopsis: Sara’s an artist with a supportive husband and a house that folks on her block admire outright. But she’s restless and bored with life.
Then her legendary Aunt Bel shows up, wearing a smile after years without a word.
Twenty years ago, fresh out of college, Bel left for a summer missions trip and never returned. Now she’s on Sara’s doorstep, looking for a place to crash. Sara can’t say no to family, even if she hasn’t seen Bel since she was a nine-year-old girl. But saying yes to Bel turns Sara’s whole precariously-balanced life upside down.
The enigmatic Bel gives Sara’s family and their community a jolt of fresh thinking and clarity.
But Bel is hiding something. Though she won’t talk about it, Sara soon learns that Bel has been through a hellish ordeal. And she has the burn marks to prove it.
February, 2014
  • O, la-la! This one is pretty. Not only is it "rich" with the purple shades, I like the "look" of the heroine.
Synopsis: It wasn’t Cassie Haddon’s fault that she had managed to reach the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the war, she had always had servants to wait on her. Since then, she and her widowed mother had moved from place to place, relying on family to care for them. Now she’s forced to find work to support them both. What isn’t in her plans is falling for Jacob West, a local restaurateur and grocer. She needs a job and he needs help. But what they both need is love.
With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from very different backgrounds finding common ground and the hopes of a bright future together.
February, 2014
  • This unusual shot and the pretty pastels caught my eye for this piece of candy.
Coming March 2014
Synopsis: By her father's wish, Lady Daylily is betrothed to the Prince of Southlands. Not the prince she loves, handsome and dispossessed Lionheart, but his cousin, the awkward and foolish Prince Foxbrush. Unable to bear the future she sees as her wedding day dawns, Daylily flees into the dangerous Wilderlands, her only desire to vanish from living memory.

But Foxbrush, determined to rescue his betrothed, pursues Daylily into a new world of magic and peril, a world where vicious Faerie beasts hold sway, a world invaded by a lethal fey parasite...
Spring 2014
Read all about this debut author (including book links and synopsis information) on the post from earlier this month that spotlighted Bleeding Heart
The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson
  • EDIT: do you mind if I squeal over this one!? Love - the colors, pose... everything! Again there is no cover for this one (yet!) but there is a synopsis and title (yay!), and I cannot wait to get my hands on book two (coming this summer) and this, presumably the final book in Janice's current series.
Synopsis: A seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. When Jordan Spencer, the editor of Texas Bride magazine visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is devastated to lose her job in his very influential presence. Convinced she'll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement--especially from her friend Bella Neeley--to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well. Could it be that she'll have to design her own wedding dress soon?

February 2014

  • Aw! This is cute. The typeset is bland and the execution could have been sharper but I like the concept.

  • This one is adorable! The spacing of the word "distance" adds character as does the sun's glare and the heels on the girl. That being said... I am not overly fond of the posing. It pushes the edge of being "acceptable" for a teen novel - particularly one heralded as a "Cinderella" story. 
    Synopsis: Money can't buy a good first impression.
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know his interest won't last. Because if there's one thing she's learned from her mother's warnings, it's that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

July 2013

Synopsis: It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World.
Genevieve knows life won’t be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.
April, 2014
Synopsis: Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delevan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the folk songs of Chinquapin Peaks. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.
When strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, everyone in Wildwood, including Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set, Blake Fulton, seems to be hiding secrets, and Allie doesn’t know who she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself . . . with the most unthinkable results.
February, 2014
  • Again... really cute! In this collection, fans of Karen Witemeyer will be delighted to know that Neill's story will be told - he meets his love under the barrel of a shotgun. The trouble those Archer boys get into!
January 2014
....and it's your turn now!
Tell us which you like best. Either the cover or stories!
I'm all ears and would love to hear! 
If you missed any 'Cover Candy' posts or want to see some of the first books in these series, just click the 'cover candy' or 'cover love' tag and you can see them all.


  1. I like The Distance Between Us best... for me, the rest seem pretty... unoriginal, since they play it safe. :)

    1. Liked that one also, Charity! It was "sweet" and the coloring is nifty (plus the type is cool). Lots of concepts do "play it safe" BUT that doesn't stop me from loving them. ;)

  2. Oohh there are so many lovely ones this edition! I'm going to have to go through and put them on my TBR list, haha. I must say that the two I'm most excited about (having not heard about them previously) is the last one, the collection of western stories (including Karen Witemeyer and several other lovely author) and Julie Klassen's newest book. That one has me very excited, The Tutor's Daughter was her best yet (I've read all but one of her books) and I'm dying for this next one now!!

    Several other covers that stood out were Denise Hunter's beautiful night cover, the Summerset Abbey ones (they look interesting), Blackmoore's, Regina Jenning's newest with the intriguing cover, Tracie Peterson's, and The Distance Between Us (I just love the sun burst there). I just adore these posts!!

    1. I know, right!? Good golly, Sierra - I was sort of amazed how much this list kept growing as I was putting it together. Just before I was done, Bethany House released theirs and I may have squealed when seeing them - even if it was only in my mind. ;)

      Lots of fans will be delighted to read Neill's story - he's the last Archer brother not bound in matrimony. Guess their meet-cute involves a shotgun! ;) Not Julie's biggest fan (cannot say why) but I may read this new novel. It looks pretty and is likely meticulously written. Glad to know you liked 'Tutor's Daughter' - only one I read was 'Girl in the Gatehouse.' It was sweet but I think I gave it away.

      Adore Denise's but then I figured I would as Barefoot Summer was precious! Such a charming summer (or any season) read. Agree, those 'Summerset Abbey' books look/sound good and I've had good reports so you can bet they are going on my wishlists. ;) Blackmore is pretty; Regina's adorable (those boots! Should have known you'd like that!) and Tracie Peterson's could be good. Also, that last one? I really liked it also; the colors and type worked well. :)

      Your comment is lovely to read! Thanks for sharing.

    2. Haha, I usually clap and jump up and down at new book news :) And covers.
      I certainly will be excited for Neill's story! Hmmm, I didn't enjoy Girl in the gatehouse as much as her other books such as The Silent Governess and Tutor's Daughter. I hope they might be more to your tastes :) I can't wait to read more books from Denise! Yes the boots got me :) Haha.

    3. Me too - or I do in my mind if not physically. ;)

      Knew you would be curious for Neill's story - I think a lot of fans would have been disappointed had Karen not written it.

      Well... perhaps I'll try 'Dancing' next year. I think 'Girl in the Gatehouse' was the only book by Julie I'd read so... her stories deserve another chance. Thanks, Sierra!

      Wishing you happy reading from Denise Hunter's novels - sure have loved both I read by her. :)

    4. If you do try them again I will be excited to read what you have to say!! :) I just came back looked over the post and found several covers I don't think I had seen before! Did you add some more?

    5. Thanks, Sierra - yes, I am definitely going to try 'Dancing Master.' It'll go on my TBR pile in 2014. Excited for that - and the cover is pretty also. :)

      I did add some! Just this afternoon. I had been stalking the Amazon page for these and I guess, late this morning or last night, they finally showed up - excited for what's to come!

  3. Nice! The ones from T.J. Brown look really interesting. A bit of a Downton rip-off maybe, but I would like to read them nonetheless.

    1. As would I, birdienl! They sound/look really sweet - and as I am a die-hard fan of 'Downton,' I don't mind in the least. ;)

  4. There are quite a few lovely ones. I like Tamera Alexander's(pink!), Julie Klassen's(the green dress is pretty ), Regina Jenings(fancy dress with those boots!), Julianne Donaldson's(like the title too), Nancy Moser's, Anne Elisabeth Stengl's, and of course Amber's. :-D

    1. Tamera's was pretty, Grace - you have excellent taste. That burst of pink was so girly and attractive. Gotta love it. :)

      Julie's is elegant as is Julianne's. Regina's is adorable; Anne's is the prettiest yet in her series. And, oh, yes, Amber's is lovely! Wanted to include it with the previous "spotlight" post link. Just because. :)

    2. Pink is my favorite color, so I tend to be attracted to books with pink covers, lol.

    3. ...and what a great choice! Tamera's is very eye-catching and that's important - my conjecture is that it's because of the color combination. :)

  5. Wow, this is my favorite Cover Candy post yet!!

    For Such a Time is definitely my favorite, with A Year of Secret Assignments, Raptors 6 and Blackmoore quickly following behind. Although it's so hard to pick, because so many of them look so good! Love how the 20/30/40's era is becoming more popular in novels! Definitely finding that my reading niche is either in that time period or in current times.

    Oh, but I DO also love The Distance Between Us, too. Hopefully some of these will pop up at the right time when I have an available book request waiting to be filled. :D

    By the way, thank you for introducing me to book reviewing - I am thoroughly enjoying it and I'm like a mad scientist gloating over my growing-for-free book collection. ;)

    Oh, and lovely new banner (ok, it's not exactly new, but I just noticed it. Have you been watching Arrow? I was watching it but got way behind and so now my HuluPlus only has the current 5 episodes so I'll have to wait til I can find the older ones free somewhere else.

  6. OH, and by the by....Happy birthday, friendie!! I really DO hope that you feel crazy special today (because you are!) and that you find some time to go treat yourself (whether it's ice cream or an Amazon order splurge *wink*).

    1. For me as well, Kellie - aren't these gorgeous?! Even the ones that aren't favorites are attractive, bursting with pretty colors and fonts. :)

      Lovin' your thorough comment...

      Your favorite is nice looking - it honors the time period and subject matter and that is a lovely tribute. I like the vintage styling trends of cover design - it's neat and puts off cool vibes. (That's one of the reasons I like Julianna's and am curious to read her books!) Like you, I am finding what my niche is in fiction and the end result is much nicer - my time is worth something and no matter if I am buying the book or getting it in exchange for a review, I don't want to feel "forced" to finish it. I'll be getting rid of several books as a result of past buying choices.

      'Secret Assignments' and Blackmore are awesome for different reasons - I like the "mystery" of the first and the refinement of the second. As for Raptor 6!? Gah! Love it - does heroism come much greater!? ;)

      Agree 'Distance' is cute and sweet also - like it.

      That's the dilemma; will these tours come up at a convenient time... Usually I make the time because I cannot pass up the chance - those emails are too tempting. ;) Glad to share the information on book reviewing - it's definitely something any bookish blogger should participate in! :)

      Thanks - actually I just made/shared this header; the photo was too cute to pass up. Still love my last one though so it may show up again here before the summer is out. ;) No! I haven't seen Arrow yet, however many people (plus, now you!) whose opinions I trust have recommended it in addition to all the information I read so... I cannot wait to get my hands on the DVD set this summer! Have a feeling I'll fall in love. ;)

      Thank you, friend! This made me smile - appreciate you remembering! Mom made a lemon cake for me and earlier this week I saw Man of Steel... so fun times! :)

    2. Arrow is a good one, although there are several that are ahead of it on my favorite's list. But it's worth watching! :)

      Glad you had a good birthday! I can't wait to see Man of Steel in a few weeks! Colleen and I always wait about four or five weeks after a movie's release and try and hit up a just-before-6pm-matinee showing on a Monday night - we like have a nearly empty theater. ;) Still have to go and see Epic, and saw Star Trek this past Monday. Great movie. So many good ones coming out this summer, huh? Catching Fire, the next Percy Jackson, Lone Ranger, and of course, my long anticipated Thor 2! :)

    3. Given my fangirling over anything superhero or a caped crusader, I expect to enjoy Arrow very much. Knowing you did also makes it all the more awesome. :)

      I sure did - thank you again for the wishes! Not a big fan of "fuss" made over the day so it was simple but nice - just how I like it. :) Went shopping and dad was home for the afternoon - what more could a girl ask for!? ;)

      Oooh! Hope you and Colleen enjoy Man of Steel - I sure did despite its flaws. Star Trek looks epically good. Alas I live around NO ONE who likes it. Hence I settle for the DVD. Lone Ranger is going to be hilarious! Saw the trailer for it at MOS and am definitely going to rent it. 'Fire' and 'Thor' are naturally on my list also.

      *high five*

      Colleen, you and I would get along - that's when I like going to movies most. Matinees, after the first week and an empty theater. Most people think I'm nuts. :)

  7. Ahhh! Can you hear my giggles and excitement? I've been waiting FOREVER to see what the cover of "The Dancing Master" was to look like..I'm pleased. I think it's one of my favorites of Julie Klassen's covers.

    For such a Time sounds like an interesting book...I've never heard of the author before, but I'd be willing to read it. I can't wait to read Julianna Deering's book! I've been coveting the first in the series, waiting for it to come out..I can't wait. It looks like such a blend of Jeeves and Wooster and Agatha Christie!

    Regina Jennings' new book looks adorable, but the description doesn't really sound like it'd be my type of novel, so I don't know if I'll read it.

    Why do Tracie Peterson's book covers always have to look so pretty? I love the covers, but I NEVER like her books...

    I agree that Living London could have been sharper, but there's something cute about it all the same!

    And I may try a Match made in Texas just to read Neil's story :)

    Oh, and am I the only one who got a kick that "The year of secret Assignments" author's last name is Moriarty?

    Ah, well. That was quite a rambling comment. I think books get me too excited... :)

    1. Jumping in...nope, Hayden, you're not the only one who noticed and chuckled over "Moriarty!!" That name is forever doomed to be associated heavily with our very own Sherlock. :)

    2. Hayden - while putting this together, Bethany House's covers were revealed and it made my day that it coincided "just in time" to share them on this tenth edition of 'Cover Candy.' Been so anxious to see them all - including Julie's Dancing Master which I was intrigued by after reading the synopsis! We were rewarded since it's a gorgeous design!

      Neither have I - perhaps Kate is a debut author? Julianna's novels sound charming (her first debuts this summer I believe), crossing my fingers I'll get on a tour for it. :) Ooh, yes! And I love Agatha Christie! :)

      Much as I adore the cover of Regina's, I'd side with you. Westerns aren't my "typical" reads.

      Of late, I haven't been in love with Tracie's novels either. Used to be though. Her 'Ladies of Liberty' book was cute and I adored the Broadmoor Legacy (which she co-authored) beyond that... I am getting rid of her series.

      Ha! You are right - good catch (the last name)! That is an irony.

      Enjoyed your "ramblings." You are always welcome to do so here, Hayden. :)

      Kellie - that is odd isn't it!? Good grief, to have a last name that is engrained in pop culture... wow! What an irony. :)

  8. Oh, I love the cover for Blackmoore! It's so beautiful. I can't wait to read that book after loving Edenbrooke. Have you gotten to that one yet? Or do I just have a bad memory...?

    1. Isn't Blackmoore stunning, Hannah? It's very refined and elegant which I suspect will honor the story beautifully.

      You don't have a bad memory at all - I finally have Edenbrooke and am anxious to read it. Yourself included, so many have recommended it! Cannot wait to reach it buried in one of my TBR stacks. :)

    2. Just saw "The Wedding Game"--sounds very, very interesting! Maybe I'll put it on my reading list :)

    3. Cool, cool, Hannah! Being able to spot and add something new is always a blast, right?! ;)

      Hope you like it if/when you read the book. That was one I wanted to look into also.

  9. Some beautiful new covers. My favorite would be Regina Jennings cover. The color of that dress is so gorgeous! Second would be Lisa Wingate's cover, I love the simple outdoor covers of her novels.

    I love Julie Klassen's, Amber Stokes and Julianne Donaldson's covers too. And I can't wait to read all of their new books. : )

    1. They sure are, Cathy! So many to "oooh" and "aaah" over. :)

      Regina's is darling! The elegant dress (red = gorgeous!) and those cute boots peeking out instantly earned my attention. Lisa's is "naturally" pretty and of course, Julie's is a stunner - that mint green dress is lover-ly. :)

      Amber's is going to be a memorable read - I can just tell. :)

  10. I'd love to help make book covers if it meant wearing pretty dresses. Now that would be a fun job.

    1. So would I Jack! Point me to a place where I can sign up - we'll go together. :)

  11. Great post, Rissi - thanks for the shout out! So much fun putting these kind of posts together and I always love the comments they generate. I love hearing what others think.

    The staircase in TJ Brown's book reminds me of Ruth Axtell's Moonlight Masquerade. Different but it stands out.

    The model on Tracie's looks likes she's just sucked a lemon or is that just me? ;-)

    1. As do I, Rel - the conversation is the best part! :)

      I was thrilled to see Bethany House's prior to sharing this as it made the post a whole lot better. :) The elegance and class of their cover art is always noteworthy.

      Now you mention it, TJ's backing staircase does remind me of Moonlight Masquerade. It's quite elegant and oftentimes I do wonder if shoots are done in the same places - saw a photo the other day on Pinterest that reminded me of Melanie's upcoming 'Cinderella' novel; I swear it looked like the same model/dress, only a different angle/shot so it could very well have been from the same shoot.

      It's not just you; she kinda does. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Ooh... I LOVE this! Especially since I've gotten into graphic design lately. :D

    1. That's cool, Rachel - I always liked the idea of graphic design. Never gotten serious about it though. Wish you the best of luck. :)

  13. WOW, Rissi ... SOOOOO many books, SOOOOOO little time!! How am I supposed to get any writing done with all these fab books on the horizon???

    LOVE this VERY THOROUGH sneak peek into my future and thanks for including the synopsis for Dare to Love Again -- I was told the cover would be released in June, but June's almost over, so it should be soon ...


    1. I know, right!? There are so many good books and so little time - it makes choosing between them all oh-so-difficult. :) Fortunately I don't have to think about this line up just yet - got some time before picking what to read! These covers sure are tempting though... :)

      Selfishly may I just say, I hope you do get some writing done in-between all this great reading! :)

      I was giddy when I saw Dare to Love Again finally had a synopsis; anxious to read it next year. And I am hoping that what you were told holds out to be true; certainly excited to see the design.

      Thanks for dropping by, Julie - appreciate your comment!


  14. Cool cool cool. So many good ones. I'm a sucker for fireflies so that one is definitely my favorite.

    1. Mine too, Juju - I adore the "charm" of it! :) Have a feeling the inside will be just as lovely.

  15. The synopsis for For Such a Time intrigues me so much! So I think that's why I like the cover so well. They seem to match.

    Oh Blackmoore, sigh. So, so lovely! And cannot wait for the book itself!!! (Yes, my excitement is worth three exclamation points. Possibly a fourth! ;)

    I love Jaclyn Moriarty's new cover! It really is awesome and vintage and cool. I'd bye it for the cover alone, but the story is pretty awesome too. :)

    Runaway Saint. I really have no words for that one. So fabulous! As you said, the colors, the look, the words. It all looks terrific!

    The Distance Between Us I think may be my favorite though. The colors, the font, the synopsis. They all combine to stand out immediately for me! I'm looking forward to reading that one too.

    So many pretties! These posts are so fun, Rissi. I picked out my favorites, but they all are great. :D

    1. That they do, Kara - Kate's cover honors the time period really nicely. In this timeframe, that's an important thing to get right.

      Blackmoore is stunning! Love the pearls and the "class" of it. (I like your excitement! There's a fifth exclamation point for you. ;D) The colors and vintage vibe of Jaclyn's was too cool and you are right: what words can properly compliment Runaway Saint? It's neat. In this instance, grayscale is very interesting. Who said black-and-white was boring?! No dullness here.

      That last book is sweet, Kara. Thinking about reading it myself once it releases. :)

      Indeed - too many to keep up with, right!? :)

  16. YAY!! Thank you so much--so honored to see Raptor 6 on your list. It's not secret that I'm in love with the cover. The designer NAILED what I was hoping for in this series.

    I love the covers for several of the historicals, too!

    THANK YOU for taking the time to do this! How awesome!

    1. Wonderful! That's what is most important. I'd imagine, as an author, seeing the "right" cover for the story you labored over and put so much time into would be a thrill. Congrats - it certainly inspires great patriotism. :)

      Me, too - there are lots of pretties. How are we going to find the time to read all them!? :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Ronie! Appreciate it.

  17. Great post Rissi, thanks for sharing these titles and covers! I'm curious about A Bloom in Winter, For Such a Time and Death by the Book--will definitely check them out on GoodReads :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Lianne! These are always too fun to put together.

      I am *dying* to read Julianna's novels. They look and sound really fun - I mean, if it's anything like Agatha Christie, how could they go wrong!? I adore Miss Marple. :)

      I definitely added some of these to Goodreads. Fun times ahead.

  18. Wow! So fun to see mine on this list! Thank you so much for including me--as a debut author, every time I see my cover I get a little more excited. I really appreciate you!

    So many of the books so good!

    1. My pleasure, Amy! I get a little giddy myself when discovering new authors and their books/cover designs. While I have no vested interest in the book personally, it makes me happy to help spread the word! :)

      I hear ya' - how are we to keep up with all of these lovelies!? Bet they are as gorgeous on the inside as out. :)

      Thanks for popping by - appreciate that!

  19. Rissi, I gotta hand it to you, your Cover Love: Tenth Edition is SPECTACULAR, my friend, and I really appreciate you reposting it again after getting my cover in there.

    You're a sweetie!


    1. My pleasure, Julie! I may or may not have been stalking Amazon's page for its "reveal." ;)

      It turned out lovely - and in my humble estimation, I think it's quite cute, just how I'd have imagined the spunky Allison. :) Love the synopsis also! I'm a sucker for heroes who are in law enforcement. ;)

      Thanks for dropping by!


  20. New covers, yay! I like Julie Lessman's newest cover, as well as "The Pelican Bide" (that one is new, right? If not, I don't remember).

    1. Julie's is gorgeous, isn't it, Grace!? I like how it represents Allison - that's just how I imagined the sassy character. :)

      Yes, The Pelican Bride is also new - like you, I think it's quite pretty. :)

  21. wow. Some of those are just gorgeous!!! My favorites are Runaway Saint, Blackmoore, and The Distance Between Us. Beautiful! I love posts like this. x)

    1. Aren't they, Evelyn!? You singled out some great ones - all of those are among my faves as well. I particularly like Runaway Saint; it's pretty classy.

      Thanks for dropping by - already I cannot wait until I have enough to put together an eleventh edition. Should be fun! :)

    2. Glad to find we have the same taste! =) I like to call myself an artist, so I love artsy inspirational stuff like the cover of Runaway Saint. =)

      ooooh, can't wait for it!!!

    3. That's neat, Evelyn. Wish I were more artistic - I love seeing the talent and time people put into drawing and have often thought this work (graphic design) would be cool to learn about. So far, I haven't even tried to dabble in it. :)

      That cover is very artsy - it's got the "right" look.

      Cool! I'll look forward to your thoughts of "edition eleven." Whenever it comes to be. :)

  22. So many beautiful covers! My favorite is Dancing with Fireflies.

    1. Couldn't agree more Merry - that one is gorgeous! If you've not read it, the first book in this series is simply lovely and I expect 'Fireflies' will be also. :)

  23. Rissi... you are absolutely "the best"! And you certainly know how to get people talking... well typing and reading!

    There are some truly great covers here and I think you saved the best for last. I love all of Karen Witemeyer's books and can't wait to read "Match Made in Texas". We have to wait til Jan 2014... really? I love how she glimpses the lives of the other Archer brothers in the stories, too! Good touch - for readers who have read all of the books, too!

    Also, I am currently reading "The Tutor's Daughter" by Julie Klassen (loving it!) and have enjoyed other books by her, as well... so I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the cover of "The Dancing Master" - looks like a scene right out of Jane Austen's Emma. Lovely!

    I so enjoyed seeing all of these beautiful book covers! Thank you! Thank you!

    1. Hey, there, Net! Thank *you* for dropping by with these thoughts - it's because of readers like you that these posts and conversations are inspired. Here's a secret; it's such fun because of you all. :)

      Yes, indeed, there are some great covers here - I love all the details on some of them and enjoy gushing over favorites as much as the next avid book junkie. ;) Karen's is cute though I think some fans will be disappointed that the last Archer brother isn't going to have a full-length novel. I think it's always nice when authors write stories about each character when it involves a family of siblings rather than the standard "three books" that make up a series.

      Glad you like Julie's novels - I think The Dancing Master looks charming (good call on it being reminiscent of Emma - I see that!). Thinking I may read that one upon its release because it's so pretty.

      Thanks for dropping by - it's fun to know you found some books in this to look forward too! :)


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