Cover Candy, Edition 17

Friday, February 28, 2014

If we have to turn the calendar on a new month, I think the best way to end a month is to see some new pretty cover art...right!? After sharing some covers a few days ago, the bulk of popular Christian fiction publishing houses have released their crop (thanks Rel for making me aware BH released theirs) of upcoming (late 2014) covers concepts. In addition to publishing houses like Bethany House and Revell (still waiting on several of these but - squee! - we have a synopsis for Julie Lessman's next novel), I have added in a few others that I missed the first time around and there are some beautiful, upcoming designs. Take a look.

Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley
Synopsis: Not available
September 2014

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer
Synopsis: In the early 1940s, Jeremiah Prins was a 12-year-old living a content life as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). When Holland declared war on the Japanese in 1941, the situation changed swiftly. The Japanese army invaded, and Jeremiah and his family were placed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp-a camp Jeremiah finally escapes and returns to Holland. Yet wartime complications force him to abandon a marriage engagement with Laura Jensen. The young man flees to California, where he struggles with the lingering anger and war stress he faced as a child.

Determined to find some kind of redemption, a now-elderly Jeremiah tries to make sense of his life by journaling of all that he does not want to reveal to his children about his past, intending to leave his writings as an apology after he is gone.

An online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his true love from the war years, Laura, and when they meet again, it triggers the time bomb of long-buried secrets. Even seventy years later, if uncovered, these secrets can harm everyone who matters to Jeremiah. - Goodreads
August 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

*excited about this one since Amanda has said it's too be a contemporary!

Synopsis: Not Available

October 2014

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

thanks Grace for pointing out this pretty!

Synopsis: Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

May 2014
Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason
Synopsis: Not Available
September 2014

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Synopsis: Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all? - Goodreads

January 2015
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Synopsis: Violet Lasting is about to be sold. In the Lone City, young girls from the poorest Circle are taken from their families and auctioned off as surrogates for royal women, to live in the opulence and comfort of the heart of the City—the Jewel—where they must use their abilities, known as the Auguries, to make healthy children the royalty are no longer able have themselves.

But behind the Jewel’s glittering walls, Violet quickly discovers a world of secrets, lies, and cruelty, where surrogates are abused, humiliated, and even killed. When an unlikely friendship offers her an opportunity she never dreamed possible, Violet clings to the hope for a chance at a better life—until a forbidden romance changes everything. Suddenly, Violet finds herself in a different kind of danger, one far more powerful and deadly than she ever could have imagined. -

September 2014

Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz
Synopsis: Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. Then her father, Silas’s long-estranged son, Ansel, receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope. Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world— filled with family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantyne’s shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her own peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty in this final installment of the Ballatyne saga. -
September 2014

Take a Picture by Lena Goldfinch

Synopsis: A young (temp) paparazzi photographer falls for a teen pop star...

This lighthearted contemporary romance for teens and young adults points its lens at Troy Alexander (19), an aspiring singer turned temp paparazzi photographer, and teen pop diva, Ashlyn Sunshine (19 going on 25).

Troy Alexander is detoured on his road to fame as a lead singer, so he takes a job as a temp paparazzi to earn enough money to get home from his gap year in New York City. His assignment lands him in the path of Ashlyn Sunshine, pop music diva and former child actress. They end up spending one memorable summer afternoon together...

March 2014

Trails and Targets by Kelly Eileen Hake

Synopsis: After their father’s death, the four Darlyn sisters discover the family farm is mortgaged to the hilt. With an unscrupulous creditor proposing indecent solutions to their uncertain future, the girls leave their childhood home—and childhood itself—behind. Soon a unexpected hero finds himself saddled with the slew of sisters and their surprising skills. But only one thing’s for sure: the sharpshooter named Beatrix hits the mark of his lonely heart. Plagued by past failures and forced to make their own way, find out what happens as the Dangerous Darlyns take to the road in Trails & Targets! - Goodreads

October 2014

Deceived by Irene Hannon

Synopsis: Not Available

October 2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
Synopsis: Having fled a difficult home life, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart feels like her only friend in the world is sweet but gravely wounded patient Jeremiah Calhoun. Fearing he won't survive, the Confederate soldier's last wish is that Abigail look after his sickly sister at home. Marry him, return to his horse farm, and it'll be hers.

Left with few choices, Abigail takes him up on his offer and moves to Missouri after his death, but just as the family learns to accept her, the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears--puzzled to find a confounding woman posing as his wife. Jeremiah is determined to have his life back to how it was before the war, but his own wounds limit what he can do on his own. Still not fully convinced Abigail isn't duping him, he's left with no choice but to let the woman stay and help--not admitting to himself she may provide the healing his entire family needs.

December 2014

Synopsis: Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her--a longtime friend--has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play . . .

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem to know something about the manor's past, the only information they offer Abigail is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled
with treasure.

Hoping to improve her family's financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for the hidden room, but the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?
December 2014

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Synopsis: Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has. - Goodreads

November 2014 
Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman
Synopsis: From ugly duckling to swimming with the swans …

But is she over her head when it comes to love?
Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the District Attorney’s office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school—and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man? - Julie Lessman
October 2014

Dixie Belle by Debby Mayne

Synopsis: In book one of the Uptown Belles series, sparks fly when Cissy Hillwood arrives in New York City from her Alabama hometown and meets her uncle’s fiercest competitor.

In this fish-out-of-water contemporary romance series, three Southern belles living and working in New York City develop a friendship based on their fondness and homesickness for the South. Although they’re different from each other in many ways, they share a love for the South and faith in Christ. And they each fall victim to Cupid, one at a time and when they least expect it. At least they have each other for venting, laughing with, and…shopping. - Amazon

May 2014

Love Gone Wild by Amy Matayo
Synopsis: As the daughter of a well-known politician, Anna Lloyd has been groomed for success. There’s only one problem: for her, success never sticks. From her law school entrance exam to her ACT scores to her six attempts at a flippin’ driver’s license, she’s been on a first-name basis with failure her entire life. Well, she’s sick of being second-rate, and she wants a chance to prove herself before the responsibilities of real-life kick in permanently. And it just so happens that a new reality television show offers a way to test her strength…and the strength of her relationship. Now, all she has to do is convince her lawyer-boyfriend to swallow his pride and come along and hope they survive thirty days in the Alaskan wilderness. Maybe then, she’ll come home with some answers.

Texas-bred rancher Jay Maddox wants one last chance at fun. After a lifetime of being responsible for siblings, mortgages, and a dysfunctional mother, he’s ready for an adventure that’s all his own. So when his young, new girlfriend proposes a challenge—spend thirty days in Alaska with nothing but nature, wildlife, and each other to survive while cameras film it all—he agrees. Why not? They both like a challenge, and winning comes with money. Besides, maybe the experience will test their level of commitment to each other. Though truthfully, marriage is the last thing on his mind. After witnessing his parent’s messy demise and his mother’s subsequent breakdown, it might never be.

When both of them arrive with their significant others to begin taping the show, they’re joined by three other couples, and all are eager to get started. Until the producers make a decision that throws everything into chaos. Now Jay and Anna are alone in the wilderness—forced together against their will into a partnership neither one bargained for. How is Anna supposed to get her boyfriend to commit to her when she’s stuck with this southern cowboy instead? How is Jay supposed to survive a solid month with this big-city girl who gets under his skin in more ways than one?

And more importantly, where is God’s plan in this crazy, little arrangement?

March 2014 

A Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Synopsis: Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it's Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he'll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business
and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura's heart.
September 2014

My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

Synopsis: What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss. - Goodreads

June 2014

A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson

Synopsis: Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two men come into her life and both manage to stir her heart. Harrison Gable is a rich young lawyer who intends to travel the world and live a life of opulence. His ambitions match Jessica's dreams, but her heart has begun to change.
Austin Todd, former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he's drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Austin is well-thought-of and admired in the community. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes.
Will Jessica choose financial security or follow her heart?
September 2014

Emeralds and Ashes by Leila Rasheed

Synopsis: In the third and final book in our romantic historical YA series, heroes emerge and tragedies unfold as the servant and gentry at Somerton Court face World War I.

The murmurs of war have turned into a bloody conflict that will touch the lives of every member of the Somerton household.

Despite the pleas of his family, Lord Averley steps forward as soon as the call is made for men to fight the Western front. Mere weeks later, the news arrives: Lord Averley has been killed in the Battle of Marne. Without an obvious heir, Somerton falls into chaos. Half of the staff has already left for the war or industrial work.

Sebastian Templeton can no longer show his face in public. Ever since the publication of a now infamous photo of him and his former valet embracing, an unspeakable word has followed Sebastian everywhere--a word with the power to destroy a man's reputation forever. Knowing charges and a trial will soon follow, Sebastian does the only thing he can think of to escape: he volunteers for a war he feels is senseless and despicable, leaving beyind the boy he loves, but knows can never have.
Meanwhile, after a whirlwind romance with the Duke of Huntly, Rose Averley finds herself trapped in Egypt when war breaks out during their honeymoon. Alexander vows to return Rose to home and safety, but with no end in sight, Rose knows she cannot sit idle as those around her suffer.
In the final installment of the At Somerton series, the war to end all wars will take an unbearable toll on the household and leave each member forever changed.

January 2015

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

Synopsis: Lizzy, our heroine, is an accomplished chef who has lost her gift for cooking. Really, Lizzy has lost a lot, but she’s unaware of how much until she surprises herself and others by offering to help cook for Jane while Jane undergoes chemotherapy. In that place, Lizzy not only learns to connect with food again, but she also connects with others as her heart softens and heals. It was a delight to watch this sharp, spunky and sophisticated young woman put love, in all its wonderful and varied forms, back into her life.

- from Katherine Reay

October 2014

Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

Synopsis: "My name is Harriet Manners, and I'll always be a geek." It's the hilarious third book in the GEEK GIRL series! Harriet Manners knows more facts than most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is 'Ever Upward'. She knows that one in thirty-eight people living in the US lives there. But she knows nothing whatsoever about modelling in the Big Apple and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or 'becoming a brand' as the models in New York say. And even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures coming your way aren't from your boyfriend...Does geek girl go too far this time? The laugh out loud follow-up to GEEK GIRL and MODEL MISFIT will have you in stitches! - Amazon

March 2015

Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Synopsis: Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal. - Goodreads

October 2014

You're up, friends!

For those of you who haven't already seen these, give us your thoughts - or those who have, either way. Which of these caught your eye... which are going on your pre-order lists!?

Share any thoughts below.


  1. Oooh so many good covers. I seriously LOVE looking at new batches of book covers! I'm excited about a LOT of the ones you included, but especially Patricia Bradley's next book and Regina Jennings. Pat is a friend and just an awesome suspense writer. And I always adore Regina's books. Looking forward to several of the others, too.

    1. Same here, Melissa! Seeing a new cover just ups the excitement for a new book and you know, I love all this bookish excitement! ;) I'm super excited about Patricia's series; I wasn't able to read the first book but did order it from Amazon and will be reading it this summer - hopefully. Love the suspense genre and I've heard positive things from friends so I'm glad to have another recommendation. Haven't read Regina's books, though they sound and look adorable. :)

  2. LOVE GONE WILD!! Can't wait! :D

    Also, GO Lena! Take a Picture looks great.

    1. Love Gone Wild looks great plus I hear from you and Amber that Amy's books are very good, so... yes! Another author to read as soon as possible. :-)

      Lena's next book looks SO cute. Congrats to her.

    2. And WHOA Mortal Heart! I hadn't heard. It's awesome.

    3. It's awesome, right!? I've heard good things about Robin's books but well, I'm rather booked with novels just now. ;)

  3. Take a Picture looks intriguing!!! I also like the look of Thief of Glory.

    1. 'Picture' does look fun, Maria! I definitely agree - one of these days I'm going to read one of Lena's books; I've heard nothing but glowing reports. :)

      Me, too - 'Thief' has a very pretty tonal value that I love.

  4. So many pretty and exciting ones! Love Gone Wild sounds like fun. Surprised by Love - yay! Finally a summary. Julie won't disappoint!

    1. Love Gone Wild does sound fabulous, Courtney - have you read Amy's debut? I've heard sensational things about it!

      I love that Julie's next novel is about Megan. She has always been my favorite and I cannot wait to see how her story shapes up - sounds like it'll be a fun one! :)

  5. Fun! Love all the covers.

    Thanks for the shout out for Take a Picture, Rissi. :) *waves to Juju* Thanks!

    The summary is up on Goodreads now and the ebook comes out...this week (squee!!):

    I am looking for a few reviewers, so please drop me a line if you're interested. :)

    1. Me, too, Lena - seeing/watching for the new release covers is one of my guilty pleasures. ;)

      Happy to share Take a Picture - it SOUNDS cute, too. Oh, and thank you for sharing the summary, too - I was anxious to read it. It's now a part of this post.

      I'd LOVE to read this book though I have a lot to read just now so unfortunately I'll not be able to help (aside from Twitter! :D). Though I am grateful you shared the chance and am definitely hoping to get on one of your tours! Hopefully next time. :)

  6. Soooo excited for Julie Klassen's new book...and since I loved "Dear Mr. Knightley", I'm looking forward to "Lizzy and Jane" as well. :) I haven't had a chance to read any of Regina Jennings's books, but I really want to.

    1. Cool. Glad you're eager to read Julie's (it looks lovely) and like you, I'm eager to get my hands on Lizzy and Jane!!! Neither have I read any of Regina's books - they sound really cute. :)

  7. Seriously awesome picks!!! Several of these will be in my future WOWs. Can't wait for Julie Klassen's The Secret of Pembrooke Park along with several of the other ones!!

    1. If I was consistent with my WOW's, I'd use several of these, too. Tressa. Guess this works too. Now, I'm waiting on a few more covers before I post one more "Cover Candy" then I'll give readers a break from my cover art gushing. ;)


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