Cover Candy: Edition Twelve

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Celebrating the upcoming release of Amber's new novella inspired me to look into some other newly released cover pretties. There aren't a lot but I found some I liked in this grouping. I'm finding more and more YA novels with tempting cover art. Ever SO slowly my TBR pile *is* shrinking which means I'll actually be able to browse the stacks of books taking up residence on my bedroom floor, pick one up and read it without being asked to review it! (Which may void itself since I'll probably not be able to "help" but review it.) That will be sort of awesome... cool... interesting ...and, seriously foreign.

Anyway, back on subject. Below are some random new and some not-so-new pieces of cover candy.

Take a look!
■ This one was just released; there's something about it that looks a little "off" but overall, it's pretty.
Synopsis: Not Available
Coming May 2014
Synopsis: While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn't expect, however, is for God's answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best. As they work together toward a cure, Abby's feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?
April 2014
■ While I'm not wild about the aqua color of the font, I like the concept of this series.
Synopsis: Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.
June 2014

■ This one is all "classy elegance." Love the roses in the hair. So pretty.
Synopsis: Not Available
Coming 2014
■ I know you've already seen this one (plus the one right below) featured here... but since it wasn't included in a collective "Cover Candy," I couldn't resist adding it in; it's just stunning. See the feature post.
Synopsis: The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.
May 2014

Synopsis: Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.

Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen's life within the palace walls--and the truth about a guard's world that America will never know.
February 2014
Synopsis: When Mary Todd Lincoln locks horns with equally formidable red-haired "first-lady-in-waiting" Kate Chase Sprague, who will prevail? Determined to help her father, secretary of the treasury Salmon Chase, unseat President Lincoln, Kate brings all her gifts to bear. She and Mrs. Lincoln share many resources: beauty, brains, abolitionist ideals---and the same dressmaker. Who will outshine whom?
January 2014
Synopsis: When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life. The backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she loves in San Francisco. She cares nothing for the new sawmill the townsfolk are so excited about. That is, until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. As she comes to know Jason, Kathryn can't help catching his vision.
But the future they hope for is anything but secure. There are some who see Seattle as a threat and will stop at nothing to make sure the sawmill fails. With the harsh and rugged weather, at times it seems even the land itself is determined to thwart Seattle's very existence. Kathryn and Jason's plans for a happy future become entwined with Seattle's struggle to survive in the midst of adversity, both manmade and natural.
April 2014
Synopsis: From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions. Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-me-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.
April 2014
Synopsis: The ability to follow orders---his orders---is the #1 job requirement for anybody joining cowboy Tucker Carmichael's cattle drive. He knows that on the Chisholm Trail a moment's hesitation can mean death. So when his partner's headstrong sister, Jessalyn, joins their team as chuck wagon cook, sparks start to fly! Is God "stirring up" romance?
April 2014

■ This book sounds a bit... "questionable" (especially considering the label of being a "teen" novel) but I liked the cover. I've got a thing for designs that use the font uniquely. This one fits that frame.

■ Love the simplicity of this one! The gorgeous shade of pink against his black and of course, that sky is stunning!
Synopsis: It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.
April 2014
Synopsis: Not Available
Coming in 2014
■ This one looks interesting. Without much of a synopsis I'm judging by the fact that it's about a military family. Love that.
Synopsis: When your world is shaken, will your foundation stand?
February 2014
■ Again this is another one that I've already featured in a separate post, but wanted to include here. Just in case. Feature Post.
Synopsis: Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past. 

 February 25, 2014
Synopsis: Bestselling author Lynn Morris weaves an inspirational Regency era romance rich in period detail. The Honourable Miss Valeria Segrave is truly the unwanted stepchild. When her mother married the Earl of Maledon, he took Valeria into his home, but he never accepted her. When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria must take charge of her gentle, distraught mother and the vast estate that now belongs to her six-year-old half-brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Valeria finds every day a struggle as she tries to establish authority with servants, stewards, and solicitors--all men. The only person that can help her is a distant kinsman of the Earls of Maledon, Alastair, Lord Hylton. Handsome and noble, she senses under the veneer of his flawless and gentlemanly behavior that she does not quite measures up to Lord Hylton's expectations of a refined lady. In light of that, accepting his help and feeling under a burden of gratitude to him is almost unbearable. When at last Valeria goes to London for the glittering Season, she gets into a series of escapades. To her chagrin, it seems that Lord Hylton is always there to witness, criticize, and correct her behavior. But if she must engage in this battle of wits and wills with Alastair, Valeria vows she's going to win--one way or another
May 2014
■ Again this is another one that I've already featured in a separate post, but wanted to include here. Just in case. Feature Post.
Synopsis not available
Coming Summer 2014
■ Aren't these pretty!? They are E-book novellas that are by some talented, wonderful authors. Best news of all? Eventually they will be made available in paperback! Squee!
A December Bride by Denise Hunter
A January Bride by Deborah Raney
A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant
A March Bride by Rachel Hauck
An April Bride by Lenora Worth
A May Bride by Meg Moseley
A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen
A July Bride by Beth Wiseman
An August Bride by Debra Clopton
A September Bride by Kathryn Springer
An October Bride by Katie Ganshert
A November Bride by Beth Vogt 
Synopsis: Not Available
Synopsis: Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this tantalizing sequel to Megan Shepherd's gothic suspense novel, The Madman's Daughter, explores the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save them from themselves.
Back in London after her trip to Dr. Moreau's horrific island, Juliet is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget her father's legacy. But soon it's clear that someone—or something—hasn't forgotten her, as people close to Juliet start falling victim to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes. Has one of her father's creations also escaped the island? As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.
January 2014
■ Read up on Amber's second book (novella) in its feature post

■ Again this is another one that I've already featured in a separate post, but wanted to include here. Just in case. Feature Post.
Coming Summer 2014

■ Again this is another one that I've already featured in a separate post, but wanted to include here. Just in case. Feature Post.
Synopsis not available.

May 2014
Synopsis: Rowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.

As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and performers. She feels like a fish out of water until Will, a quick-witted whip cracker, takes her under his wing. Then there’s Christian, a blue-eyed stunt jouster who makes Ro weak in the knees. Soon, it’s not just her gown that’s tripping her up.

Trading in the internet and electricity for stars and campfires was supposed to make life simpler, but Ro is finding that love is the ultimate complication. Can she let the past make way for her future?
June 2014
...and that's a wrap.
It's now your turn.
Which do you like? Any new favorites that stand out?
The comments are open and at your disposal.


  1. I love them allll. But I think my favs are My Faire Lady and Plots and Plans.

    1. Those are two of my VERY favorites also, Juju. I love the "cuteness" of both (plus the title of Plots and Pans, how CUTE is that!?) and My Faire Lady with it's bright, happy colors. :)

  2. First, thank you so much for including Forget Me Not in the lineup! :)

    Second, I'm with Juju - Plots and Plans and My Faire Lady are adorable, and I love the titles! The Butterfly and the Violin has a stunning cover. I think I originally thought it was a secular historical, 'cause you don't generally see covers like that in Christian fiction! And of course I love Michelle's, Melissa's, and Becky's covers! :)

    Third, I so agree about YA book covers catching my eye of late. I keep leaning toward them more and more. ;) I've found some really good stories among them, too!


    1. Scratch that - I meant Plots and Pans. ;) Too cute!


    2. My pleasure, Amber! I couldn't NOT take another small chance to promote it. Happy to include it here as well. :)

      Those two covers are some of my VERY favorites in this grouping. Both are "cute" but seem to do an excellent job of conveying their stories. That's ALWYAS a huge factor. 'Butterfly' is all class and elegance, and Kristy seems really nice (she's on Twitter). Same here; LOVE Michelle, Melissa and Becky's. :)

      The more I see the awesome YA cover art, the more I *want* to read them. One of these days I will. I'm pretty sure I have Paranormalcy so perhaps that will be one I'll read once I *finally* get to chose a book. Oh, what a day that will be! ;)

      The only thing I'm sad about with YA/teen fiction is that too much of it borders on being inappropriate for the age-bracket it's geared towards. When it's good, it's REALLY good. It's just too bad more authors don't consider what the impact of their novels could have on readers.

      Totally knew what you meant. That title is ADORBS! :)

    3. Rissi & Amber ~ WOW! Thanks for the comments! I apologize for not responding before now. My Dad was in the hospital for leukemia in October and I just missed this. But I'm honored to be included with this amazing list of authors you've compiled. And Thomas Nelson has a mega-talented cover design team. : ) See you in July when we release!
      ~ Kristy

    4. Hey, Kristy. No problem. It's nice of you to stop by no matter the "when." :)

      I hope your father is doing better - I'm so sorry he has been ill. From personal experience, my family can relate in some ways and know how tough it is when family is going through what yours has. Thinking of your family - hope things are better now.

      ...the design team at Thomas Nelson does seem awesome. July will be here before we know! Seems impossible. :)

  3. So that the real, "The One" cover. Well, I haven't seen it, so thanks for sharing it. :-D

    Others I like are "My Faire Lady"(It looks so comedic and fun. Like the bright yellow!) The Lynn Morris one(regency covers *sigh*) , "Of Nepune," and of course Amber's(It has a bit more of a darker look to it then I thought it would, though.)

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Indeed it is, Grace! This is the "official" The One cover art; Kiera wrote and debuted the post with this cover art in it, so we're going with it. :) This fake cover design was floating around for quite a while but the author assured us it wasn't the "final" design, still it was too pretty NOT to share on Twitter.

      I love My Faire Lady also. It's so happy-go-lucky. Regency designs are pretty (I really like the models red dress in this one); Of Neptune is romantic and soft-looking and makes me want to read Anna's novels all the more! Cannot wait. Love Amber's. Her books are "deeper" and more emotional than more in its genre so I think it's fitting that this cover design is "darker." Now, I cannot wait to read it! :)

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Always love your perspective.

  4. So many pretty covers! I'm excited to see mine included. :D I especially like Becky Wade's (love the angle of the photo), Myra Johnson's, Amber Stokes', and Dani Pettrey's. I've been amazed with cover art recently. It just seems to get better and better.

    1. These are gorgeous, Karen! Must agree. And it was a pleasure to include yours; I love how the design represents the era! (Thanks for RT-ing this post!)

      Becky's is a favorite of mine; like you, I love the angle (+ colors), it's so unique. Myra's has some pretty colors and a nice design; Amber's is pretty (that blue!), and Dani's are always favorites. :)

      Me, too! These designers have REALLY been outdoing themselves. Love that.

      Thanks for dropping by, Karen. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

  5. It's always so much fun to browse through upcoming covers! I'm captivated by the cover art for "The One". Wow - stunning. Definitely makes me want to read the novel. Thanks for posting these, Rissi!

    1. Must agree, Becky; I love doing this, perhaps a little too much! :)

      The One *is* stunning! I cannot wait for its release. Bring on May (for more reasons than one ;D).


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