Cover Candy: Edition Eleven

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hey, hey! Happy Wednesday, everyone.
I hope you are having a terrific week! Been putting together another edition of cover pretties over the last couple of weeks, so I thought I'd share that with you all today. There isn't as much variety this go-round but we'll hope for more next time! Don't love all of these in this group but each are interesting if nothing else. Got a couple of revised covers and have added in some that weren't released at the publication of "edition ten" last round - so if you missed them, I'm willing to gush over them a second time. Just throwing that out there.
As always, I am not endorsing all of these novels, just admiring their general awesome-ness.
  • You knew this was coming - had to share my friend, Charity's shiny new cover! Love how she put together a sassy, contemporary design for Biblical fiction. Bravo! 
Synopsis: The nightmares began in my childhood…
Since then, they have grown stronger. Horrific dreams of blood and death, of dark specters and betrayal haunt me.
Mother wants me to become a seer in the temple of Minerva. I would much rather marry the dashing military commander, Pilate, instead. Every auger that sees me, fears me. They know, as I do, that something is different about me, something I cannot control, and that will haunt me until a Jewish messiah takes my hand in Judea.
Not even he can save me from what lies ahead in Rome, nor, I fear, can he save Pilate from a choice that will change the course of history forever.
My name is Claudia, and this is my story…
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Synopsis: When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is gunned down in a dark parking lot before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning. When she’s finally allowed to return home to break the news to her boys, she hears a voicemail that takes the situation from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack. ‘Mrs. Cole, we know you have access to the supply and the money. If you don’t turn fifty million over to us and give us the codes, then you’ll be burying more family members.’ Suddenly, Juliet realizes that she and her children could be in danger. She teams up with her sisters and PI Michael Hogan to dig into the sham Bob has been living for years. The more she learns, the worse the betrayal. A drug trafficking history, a fortune in cash, and a secret family all emerge to turn Juliet’s belief system on its head, and threaten the things she loves.
Are she and her sisters skilled enough as sleuths to get to the truth?
March, 2014
Synopsis: Nurse Lauren Barclay put her life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding physician assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family--and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forgive.

PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including one with his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother--or from making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.

But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?
March 2014
Synopsis: Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child -- whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.
March 2014
  • Cute, cute, cute! Love this one whimsical "feel." Plus the plot sounds like it revolves around a bookstore setting - what could be better!? I want this book.

Synopsis: Emma Burcelli has given up on romance. Not just because she's suffered over a decade of dating disasters. Not because her parents' marriage ended on New Year's Eve. No, Emma concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi passes away, leaving the last true romantic's other half, Nona Burcelli, devastated.

Emma helps by working in the family's bookstore, which Nona insists must be completely decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine's Day. Although Emma feels like a V-Day Scrooge, she quickly learns to enjoy the task with the aid of a handsome volunteer and friend of Poppi's, Lane Forester. As Emma spends time with Lane, sharing stories about Poppi, ice skating in the street, and hanging hearts to the tune of Dean Martin, she reconsiders the possibility that romance is alive.
But just as Emma's heart begins to lift she learns her sister has already staked a claim on Lane's affections. Emma's mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister-in-law, but Emma can't help wondering if it could be something more.
January 2014
  • Even though its totally fan made, isn't this one a stunner!? Hoping that come this winter (when the real deal is likely to be released), the cover won't stray too far from this and the original concepts. 

  • Really like the simplicity in this one!

Synopsis:  It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the ‘right’ college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.
Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?
February, 2014
  • Not up to par with Colleen's usual book covers... this one has grown on me.
 Synopsis: When Lilly Donnelly arrives at the Cutlers' famed Butterfly Mansion in 1899, the massive house and unfamiliar duties threaten to overwhelm her. Victorian Austin is lavish, highly political, and intimidating, but with the help of the other servants, Lilly resolves to prove herself to her new employers.
Then, while serving at an elegant dinner party, Lilly recognizes one distinguished guest as Andrew, the love of her life, who abandoned her without a word back home. He seems to have assumed a new identity and refuses to acknowledge her, leaving her confused and reeling.

Before Lilly can absorb this unwelcome news, she’s attacked. Could it be the sinister Servant Girl Killer who has been terrorizing Austin? Or is it someone after something more personal—someone from her past?
Does she dare trust Andrew to help or is he part of the danger threatening to draw Lilly into its vortex?
January 2014
  • Too cute! I adore the font and quirkiness of the "of" being off to the right - and the shading. It's lovely!
Synopsis: Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.
One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.
December 2013
Synopsis: Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.
Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?
Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...
March 2014
  • I like that this cover is "cuter" and more approachable than most Civil War era novels.
Synopsis: Emily Harrison's life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents' work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor's family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor's handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle's newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems--rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily's antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?
January 2014
  • Please say I am not the only one who finds this title a bit troubling!?
  • Oh. My. Word. So... everyone, what do we think of this one?! Not sure it "works" quite the same as book one (which was GORGEOUS), but this one is pretty also. As Rel pointed out, the red background on the heart should be swapped out (perhaps for a white or blue shade...?), however I am fond of the bare feet and how she is clutching the dress.
Synopsis: Regina Beswick is all about restoring old cars. But when Tanner Burkhardt asks her to restore an old nation, she must decide which destiny to follow. Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She is happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a local restoration shop. But the fairytale book, drawn by her great-grandma, makes her wonder if she’s destined for greatness.
Tanner Burhardt, Minister of Culture for Hossenberg, believes Miss Beswick is the least likely candidate to be his country’s long-lost princess. It’s up to him to transform the strong-willed Southern girl into a reigning royal if he wants to save his nation. As Regina and Tanner return to Hessenberg to fulfill their destinies, Regina quickly learns that someone playing princess isn’t what’s needed. This is a full-time role for a nation on the brink of financial destruction.
Unprepared for the responsibilities of running a country, Regina must look deep into herself and trust God if she is to fulfill her true destiny.
February, 2014
  • This one is GORGEOUS. Mostly.
Synopsis: Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom—all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.
Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. But even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, could she refuse her duty to kill him?
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny
January 2014
  • Can we say, CREEPY!?

Synopsis: A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching who?

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

January 2014
  • In like with this one. Big time. The graduated coloring for the back drop, the silhouette look of the characters (can I just say how cool I think that trend is!?) and title spacing. Everything is seamless.   
Synopsis: Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn't sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.
March 2014
Synopsis: For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.
But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?
February 2014

  • This is a revised cover art of Karen's latest novel - see the first one way back in the seventh edition of this meme, what do you all think?
Synopsis: Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.
Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster. Meanwhile, a former Fifteen Minutes winner is searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. Can she warn Zack about the real price of fame? Or will Zack lose everything he loves for his fifteen minutes of glory?

  • This one has been floating around a while, but I love the shades and somehow didn't get around to sharing it in the last edition. Wish the post was a bit different (her head lines up with the pinnacle of the distant building), yet it's still gorgeous.
Synopsis: Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she finds contentment teaching at her father’s school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to keep her father’s dream alive.
Confirmed bachelor William Sterling also knows what is expected of him, but mistake after mistake has left him teetering on ruin’s edge. As master of Eastmore Hall he owns a great deal of land but possesses little money to manage the upkeep. He is desperate to find a new source of income, including the sacrifice of land connected to Rosemere.
When her brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience is heartbroken to no longer be responsible for her beloved school and is forced to reassess God’s purpose for her life. After her sister-in-law’s matchmaking brings Patience and William together, they both learn new truths about their character and find a common goal in restoring  Eastmore’s legacy.

December 2013
  • Yes, this book was already spotlighted here, however, given it's late release, it was put into the mix well after "edition ten" was published. As a result, here's another chance to gush over its cuteness and picture perfect representation of Allison.
  • Note as eye-catching as book one, Anomaly, this series continues to intrigue. Love the reflection on her mask. (Plus why on earth did I think this wasn't coming until July!? *embarrassed*)
Synopsis: She was an anomaly with a death sentence. Now she's free.
Thalli was scheduled for annihilation. She was considered an anomaly—able to experience emotions that should have been eradicated by genetic modification. The Scientists running the State couldn’t allow her to bring undue chaos to their peaceful, ordered world. But seconds before her death, she is rescued.

Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed. A world where not even the air is safe to breathe. She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It's their only chance of survival.

Broken and exhausted after an arduous journey, they arrive in New Hope, a town that survived the nuclear holocaust. When Thalli meets the people there—people actually born to families—her small world is blown wide open.

Soon after their arrival to New Hope, the town comes under attack. She has escaped imminent death, but now Thalli is thrust into a new fight—a fight to save her new home. Does she know enough about this world of emotions, this world of chaos, to save not only herself, but the people she has come to love?

January 2014
  • The sky and colors of this, oh my! I adore it.
Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .

August 2013

Synopsis: Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.
Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.
January 2014

Synopsis: Cass and Luca are fugitives, on the run from the law and the deadly Order of the Eternal Rose. As they separate to pursue the only evidence that could save them, their worlds—and their romance—are torn apart by spiteful friends and murderous enemies.

When Cass finds herself ensnared in the Order’s twisted plot, Falco emerges once again as her only hope for freedom. But it turns out Luca has a shocking scheme of his own.

From ancient mercenaries to sly magicians, from clever courtesans to vengeful killers, no one can be trusted. In the breathtaking conclusion to the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, Cass must confront the Order and once and for all decide her destiny. Who will fly beside her when she finally finds her wings?

March 2014

Synopsis: Readers everywhere are clamoring for books like Downton Abbey, the hit PBS Masterpiece Theater series that's taken America by storm. Those readers have become enthusiastic about The Danforths of Lancashire by award-winning author Murray Pura.

In this stunning conclusion to the saga, we find Lord Preston and his family are gathered in London in the late 1930s for what turns out to be a homecoming.  The family is finally all together again, gathering in a way they haven't been able to do for years. But looming ahead is the summer and fall of 1940 when both the Battle of Britain and the Blitz will occur.  Though the family is blissfully unaware of this soon-to-be reality, Lord Preston, privy to top secret info in his position in the government, has grave concerns; the gravest he's ever had, that England will be invaded.  The Danforth family patriarch does his best to hide his fears with a cheerful exterior, but is he successful?

February 2014
  • Here's the cover of Leila' s second novel without being tagged. Much better.  
Synopsis: London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can't help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross's sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.
Ada should be happy. She is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William's expenditures. Her father's heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys' reputation.
Meanwhile, at Somerton, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him--for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.
January 2014

Synopsis: In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
September 2013

February 2014
  • Last Cover Candy post, this one was late to the party, but I had to share it a second time considering it's from one of my VERY favorite authors. Love Janice's writing and although the editing could have been a bit sharper, this cover captures the essence of Janice's style.
  • Squeee! In love with this one. It matches the first in the series beautifully plus has undergone a name change. Cannot wait for April and the lovely Eden's story!
Synopsis: Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.
April 2014

  • Interesting. Like this one. The colors and cool overlay. Yeah, it works.
February 2014 

  • Added this one post publishing the last "Cover Candy" edition. It bears a second spotlight. So pretty and classy - plus it's just lovely to see Beth White writing again. Some of you may know her as Elizabeth White.
  • This one is quite eye-catching. The "cool hues" and vivid blue eyes add to that effect.
Synopsis: The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.
February 2014
Synopsis: Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.

As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.

An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.
April 2014

Synopsis: Louisiana, 1890--Sarah Louise "Sadie" Callum is a master of disguise, mostly due to her training as a Pinkerton agent but also from evading overprotective brothers as she grew up. When she takes on a new assignment with international connections, she has no idea her new cover will lead her on the adventure of a lifetime.
Undercover agent William Jefferson Tucker is not looking for marriage--pretend or otherwise--but his past is a secret, his twin brother has stolen his present, and his future is in the hands of the lovely Sadie Callum. Without her connections to the world of upper-crust New Orleans, Jefferson might never find a way to clear his name and solve the art forgery case that has eluded him for years.
Only God can help these two secret agents find a way to solve their case and uncover the truth about what is going on in their hearts.
February 2014

Now, it's your turn!
What do you all think. Found any new favorites?
Let's gush over these in the comments, shall we?


  1. I'm first! A lovely (and large!) collection of new covers/books again. I love 'The headmistress of Rosemere', but you are right, the head of the woman on the front and the house in front of her: a bit strange. I really love the synopsis of 'Fangirl' as well. I've heard many good things about Rainbow Rowell's novels and this one seems really interesting.

    1. I've not read Rainbow Rowell's novels either, Birdie, though like you, have heard wonderful reviews. Sound like quirky, fun reads. :)

      While Sarah's has LOVELY shading, I think the placement could have been a bit different. Despite that, I've heard glowing reports of Sarah's novels also so I look forward to reading this series - a little thing like awkward head placement won't keep me away! :)

    2. Nah, covers can give a nice first impression, but there can be wonderful stories behind dreadfully composed covers (and the other way around ofcourse!)

    3. To be honest, I am one of those readers who is often swayed by a "pretty face" cover, Birdie. But, I also read the descriptions and decide whether or not a book is worth reading. Usually they are just as lovely on the inside as out. :)

  2. Great collection of new covers! Been hearing great things about Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl; I read her first book Attachments earlier this year and absolutely loved it =D

    I like the cover to Colleen Coble's Butterfly Palace; the synopsis is also curious, am going to get it out at GoodReads

    And yay for Charity's book! =D

    1. REALLY!? That's awesome, Lianne. Been curious about Rainbow's novels after hearing some glowing things. Great to add your endorsement to that. :)

      Colleen is a wonderful storyteller - save for one, I've liked each of her books. Hope you enjoy Butterfly Palace.

      Ditto! So excited for Charity! :)

    2. Yeah, I definitely recommend her book! (I was especially amused by the throwback to the 90s (when the novel was set) and it's just super cute, I was ridiculously happy reading Attachments) I've been hearing wonderful things about Eleanor and Park so I hope to get around to that at some point...and Fangirl kinda sounds like my life in a way so definitely need to add that to my list, lol ;)

      That's great to hear about Colleen's books, will definitely keep an eye out for her stuff! :)

    3. GREAT to know, Lianne - seeing such praise for a book can be either really good or lead to a let down when a reader goes into something with raised expectations. Like you, I've seen complimentary raves about E&P as well. Hope it lives up to those expectations! :)

  3. "The One" is fan made? Wow, it's pretty nice looking for fan made! I don't think I've read about "Sadie's Secret" before, but it looks interesting.

    1. I know, right, Grace!? The One looks so "right" to be the final book in the series. The author, Kiera Cass has assured fans that the "real deal" isn't public yet, so this one is obviously a fan made representation.

      Kathleen writes an amusing "western" novel! She's the only author I still make an exception for in that genre; have you read her prior books?

    2. Lol, it does look like it could be "the one," that is, the one book cover.

      I remember checking out "Beloved Castaway" from the library awhile ago, but I did not finish it. I'd like to finish it, but I've just got so many books I own right now and have not read/finished reading.

      I haven't read many westerns lately, but I like amusing books. I'll try to look into her westerns(for sometime after I hopefully finish a few of the ones I own, of course).

    3. Indeed. Wish it were, Grace - it sure is GORGEOUS!

      Haven't read that series by Kathleen, however I adore her "women of the west" books. Starting with The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper (which may also be the best in that series). Fiction that can be branded as "western" or "prairie" is no longer my favorite, however if it's REALLY good, I'll make an exception.

      Right there with you - I need to focus on reading the books I have. Hoping that will happen this fall. :)

  4. Of course, I LOVE Charity's cover, but you already knew that! ;)

    I like the cover for Diamond's Deceit, very nice, but not keen on the names being so similar, Rose and Ross. Even if Ross is his last name, people will call him by that rather than Alexander and that will get confusing fast. Otherwise, sounds like a neat read!

    It is a shame about the positioning on The Headmistress of Rosemere. Strange, I wonder why no one caught it. It's like those family photos where you realize too late dad is standing in front of the antlers in your uncle's house. ;)

    1. Indeed - Charity's "risk" in going quirky and contemporary for the genre paid off. Love this design! :)

      Similar names for characters is frustrating, Carissa. Must agree. You know, I read a book recently that had an "Elizabeth" and "Lizzie." Since Elizabeth is my cousin's name (but she goes by "Liz" or "Lizzie"), I found that too similar for my tastes. I am curious about this series by Leila - haven't read book one yet.

      LOL, I like what you said about family photos! That is what awkward family memories are made of, right!? ;) Yes, the placement is a bit "off" on Sarah's novel. Beyond that, it's LOVELY; I like the shading and concept of the character not facing forward.

  5. I love the sound of i Claudia. When does that come out?

    1. I am pleased to report that I Claudia is available for purchase on Amazon now, Hannah! My friend wrote it so I have every confidence that it's expertly written. :)

      Also, find a chance to win a copy here.

  6. I have too many favorite covers here! LOL But my favorite has to be the first Melody Carlson book. Oh.SO.vintage!!!!

    1. It is vintage isn't it, Meghan!? Anything old-fashioned like that is fun - and the older I've gotten, the more I like that "style." :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

  7. I am biased to Charity's ;-)

    And um......THE ONE looks GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! Oh gosh. You know who it reminded me of? Molly Quinn from Castle ;-)

    1. Well, of course, Ella! As am I - love that she went quirky and contemporary, going against the popular "look" of Biblical fiction.

      Doesn't that design look GORGEOUS!? Pity it's only fan made (or that's what Kiera says) because it suits the book well. The model *does* look like Molly Quinn. Great catch! :)

  8. These are all pretty cool (you're sweet to include mine) but I think The Promise of Amazing is my favorite. :)

    1. Me, too, Charity - ADORE that cover art. It's one of my very faves and I like the sound of the book also. :)

      My pleasure to include I Claudia; it's another favorite design.

  9. You're not the only one who thought we'd have to wait until July for Luminary...SO RELIEVED!!! Maybe there was something that said it was coming out next July, because I thought that, too.

    And I like the cover, in a neat, futuristic sort of way. None of these covers have quite caught my eye as much as I'd hoped (and it's a shame about the positioning about The Headmistress of Rosemere, but aside from that, I quite like it.)

    And I had no idea that Beth White was Elizabeth White! I thought she was a totally new, different author. Thanks for the clarification. :)

    1. Thank you, Hayden - I thought I was nuts about the release date for Luminary. Glad to know that it probably was posted somewhere as coming out in July. Either way - just happy it will be around in January instead. ;)

      Sarah's is pretty (and I for sure like it), that placement (the meeting of the head and the building) just looks "awkward." Beyond that, there are some favorites in this group and yes! I am also quite excited to know Elizabeth White (now Beth) has a new book coming - loved her contemporary novels. :)

  10. Dating Dining and Desperation makes me wish I could take a road trip in a classic car. (I've always kinda wished that)

    The Claudia cover is awesomeeee!

    1. Oh, how fun, Juju! When a book (cover) inspires a reaction like that, it makes the story seem more "real." :)

      Isn't I Claudia fab!? My friend wrote it in addition to designing it. I was very impressed. :)

  11. Gah, so many covers!! I had to narrow down my list of favorites. lol!

    OK, so I thought "The Promise of Amazing" cover is gorgeous. I love the sunlight. So. Cute!
    "The Sound of Letting Go" cover is really neat too I like all the colors with the dandelion.
    Squee! The cover for "Dare to Love Again" is beautiful. I'm really eager to read it.
    "Luminary" just looks cool. I think I agree with you the cover isn't as eye-catching as Anomaly however, I like the space suit. :)
    I'd already seen the cute cover for "Dream Dress" but I hadn't seen the one for "Had to Be You!" Oh, it's darling! I love the model for Eden.
    I like the update on "Fifteen Minutes" it looks much better now. :D Although, I did like the microphone from the first round.

    1. When it comes to books, can we legitimately "narrow it down," Rosie!? ;)

      The Promise of Amazing is A-mazing! I love that one - being cute may be an understatement. 'Letting Go' is very pretty in an unassuming way (which is what makes it attractive); in love with Dare to Love Again (seems just like Allison!). I like Luminary but so far think I prefer book one... not sure.

      Oh. My. Goodness. Rosie!! Me, too - I love the design and model for It Had to be You. And the title change is pretty. :)

      Not sure which '15 Minutes' cover I like better. I think this newer one - although the vintage vibe and purple shades was cool in the oldie...

  12. The Promise of Amazing cover is so sweet! It sounds sweet, too! I've got my hopes up on that one now.

    I can't wait for the last "Selection" book! I'm holding out on reading the second one until the last one comes out and I can read(re-read) them all together.

    I like the cover of "Princess Ever After", but to me it's not even close to on the same level as the 1st book. Is that dress blue, though? I could forget *all* disappointment if that's a blue wedding dress!!

    I love these lists. You put entirely too many new books on my wishlist, but I'll choose not to let that be a bad thing. ;)

    1. Yes! 'Amazing' one of my VERY favorites also, Tammy - it *is* sweet. :) Like you, I plan on reading it also.

      Neither can I wait to get my hands on the final (*sniff sniff*) book in Kiera's trilogy. The second book is sitting on my table tempting me but alas, I had to set it aside to read review copies and haven't gotten back to it! You've better restraint than I - I had The Elite delivered the day it released (which I NEVER do) and started reading it shortly thereafter.

      SO excited for Princess Ever After. It sounds like another keeper - like you, I am not AS fond of this cover like I was the first. But, I do like everything (especially the bare footed heroine same as with book one) about it aside from the red background on the heart. I just feel like it should be a different color perhaps!?

      Good way to look at a growing wishlist. :)

  13. I love the cover for "Fifteen Minutes".

    I really need to start the "Selection" series. I've heard so much about it. :)

    1. Not sure if I like this '15 Minutes' revised cover or the one for with the microphone better, Heather...

      Yes, you must read the 'Selection series.' It's really good! :)

  14. Loved this post! So many fantastic covers to some wonderful sounding books!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Kate! :)

      I am in the same boat as you - so many books to gush over and be anxious to read. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

  15. RISSI??!!! There are too many to choose from! How am I ever to choose?! ;)

    Okay, I'm calm now. (promise) Let's see....

    Love Charity's cover. Simple and awesome. Amy's is quiet and understated. I like it. Robin's is cool!

    Of course I love Rachel's!! Cannot wait to read it! :D But unlike you, I might like it better than the first one. Hmmmm.

    I think Cruel Beauty is very striking. And Stasia's is so pretty! I loved it immediately.

    I am sooo excited for Fangirl! The cover is way cute and the story sounds great.

    Of course I can't wait for Janice's next one! I'm thisclose to getting to read it since it's published really soon!! Yay!! :D

    And there are so many other pretty ones up there. But those are the ones that struck me the quickest.

    Love these posts, my friend. So many awesome covers to oohh and aahh over! :D

    1. I feel that dilemma, Kara - I mean, how can we chose which are the best of these!? So many pretties. :)

      (Calm or not, all reactions are welcome.)

      Love Charity's (especially that she went modern); Amy's is pretty though as you say, quiet and Robin's is a popular favorite in this bunch.

      Really? That's cool - there have been mixed reactions on Rachel's cover. I really like this second book (the tiara, the blue shades, the pose and bare-footed heroine) but... book one seemed "better." I don't know. I liked the colors and elegant gorgeousness of it. This second book seems more eclectic, perhaps...?

      You've picked some fabulous books; I love Janice's writing also and should be getting book two in the mail any day now (cannot wait!) and am curious about Cruel Beauty. Stasia's is pretty in (once again) an unassuming way.

      Glad you shared your impressions - having friends to gush with over such things makes these posts fun. :)

    2. I can tell that I'm in the minority for liking Rachel's newest cover. (And that's okay! I don't mind. :) But I really do. The colors are great, I even like the red heart. The green grass and the blue shades in her dress really stand out. I don't know, something about the colors just works for me. I LOVE that she's barefoot! And carrying her tiara. That makes her seem approachable, which would really go with the synopsis. Does that make sense?

      As much as I liked the cover of the first one, I do prefer this one for sure, now that I've looked at it a little longer. I guess I just like eclectic! :D My tastes kind of run that direction anyway, so that makes sense.

      Yay for you! For getting Janice's book soon. I'm quite envious and will look forward to hearing what you think. :)

      Again, I must mention Charity's. The first time I saw it, a few weeks back, I absolutely loved it immediately. The colors and the silhouette and the font. It all just really looks great together. Makes me smile every time I see it! :D

      I so agree. Having friends to gush with, whether about covers or reviews or whatever, is great fun. Thanks for creating a lovely spot to gather and chat. :)

    3. (Your analysis of Princess Ever After makes perfect sense.)

      Oh, I don't know, Kara... I've actually read some completely positive opinions on Rachel's new cover. The more I see it, the more it grows on me and I suspect that will continue. It's just... that first book really "glowed." Either way, it won't matter in my opinion of the story and I love that you like it - and hope that no matter how many books come in this series, they all follow that bare-footed heroine trend. So cute! ;)

      Been waiting on Janice's book for about a week now but was assured it was on its way, so... yeah, can't wait! We'll be getting to "compare notes" soon. So fun!

      Charity did a wonderful job with her novel cover. She talked about being limited considering she didn't have the resources most designer's do - clearly that didn't hold her back. Everything "pops" in the design.

      Thank you for being a part of that circle, Kara. Your support is not taken for granted. :)


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