Cover Candy, Edition 19

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am such a book geek. No seriously. I am.

Since I decided to skip out on Top Ten Tuesday this week, I was searching for something else bookish to put together and what did I come up with? Another collection of cover candy. This down below is proof of my being a book geek-ish/ness. Well that and the fact that my mind has recently been occupied with thoughts of reorganizing my bookshelves because I currently have a pile or two or three sitting on my floor (what is the best way to shelve books, guys??). So. Without further ado, let's move on. Good morning fellow book addicts. I'm guessing most of you have seen most of these covers, but I put them all in one place regardless - I'm only adding a couple of my very favorite or anticipated Christian fiction titles as the awesome Rel always covers that superbly. As always if you're not tired of gushing over them or you are looking for the perfect place to gush over them, you've come to the right place! Have some thoughts? Browse away, then share.

Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

Where better to rebuild and face one’s fears than in 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes? Ruby Marshall, a young widow, is certain she’ll discover new purpose assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research, but she doesn’t anticipate finding new love. Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but he’d always hoped it would be a wife and children. In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the rooms are overflowing with extended family and friends left homeless by the disaster. When Robert’s widowed sister arrives, the close quarters seem close indeed. Ruby and Gerald’s fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they’re striving to cure. Together they must ask—is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short? - June 2015

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The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

Watch your Back by Tracy Bilen

When sixteen-year-old Kate hears the boom that ends her parents’ life, she doesn’t even realize it has anything to do with her. Until the police arrive at her front door.

Sent to live with her aunt at a ski school in Vermont, Kate tries to adapt to her new life. But then Kate’s aunt is hit by a speeding car and a rogue FBI agent tries to force Kate into his car at gunpoint. She’s saved by Ryan, the risk-taking skier she’s only just met.

On the run, the two must unravel the truth about her parents’ murder in order to stop a terrorist plot and save their own lives. - April 2015

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Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller—the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to. - February 2015

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Forged by Erin Bowman

New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu called Taken, Erin Bowman's debut novel, "an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end." The action and suspense rise to explosive new heights in Forged, the epic conclusion to the Taken trilogy—and the perfect next read for fans of sci-fi survival series like the Maze Runner and Gone.

Gray Weathersby knows the truth about the Laicos Project, the Order, and the Forgeries. And they all must be stopped. But with each generation of Forgeries deadlier than the one before, the most familiar faces—and even the girl he loves—can't be trusted. To make a stand against the Order, Gray will have to be ready to risk it all. - April 2015


Unchanged by Jessica Brody

So many secrets are buried within these compound walls. I used to be one of those secrets. After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera’s history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious past she longs to forget.

But as Sera and Kaelen embark on a nationwide tour to promote Diotech’s new product line—a collection of controversial genetic modifications available to the public—Sera’s mind starts to rebel. She can’t stop the memories of Zen from creeping back in.

As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved. - March 2015


Vines of Entanglement by Lisa Carter

A tangled web of lies characterizes the life Laura Mabry has built for herself and her son after the tragic death of her husband. But Laura’s carefully constructed world slides off its axis when she stumbles upon the body of a young college student on the recreational trails of Raleigh's Greenway. What's worse, Detective Jon Locklear is Laura's worst nightmare...and her dream come true.

Jon has spent years trying to forget Laura. Past experience has taught him that he can't trust her, but old habits - like old loves - die hard. When the killer turns his attention on Laura, Jon may be the only one who can save her.

Truth and murder lurk just around the corner for Laura. Can she find the courage to face her deepest fears and unravel the lies of her past before she and her son become the Greenway Killer's next victims? - February 2015


The Selection Stories*: the Queen & the Favorite by Kiera Cass

Two novellas set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, now available in print for the first time! In The Queen and The Favorite, discover untold stories from the lives of two of the Selection series' most beloved characters.

Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince. In The Queen, follow Prince Maxon's mother, Amberly, through the Selection that made her a beloved queen.

Marlee Tames came to the palace to win Prince Maxon's heart—but her own heart had other ideas. The Favorite goes behind the scenes of Marlee and Carter's life together, from the fateful night their secret was discovered to the events at the end of The One. - March 2015

*Can I just insert a serious fangirl moment here? I am beyond excited to be getting TWO more full-length novels in this series.


Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Arcadia “Cadie” Wells has one primary goal in life –– to escape the sleepy Florida town where she was born and raised. Since her mother's death, she's sacrificed her boyfriend, her spot on the soccer team, and even her plans for the future to raise her little brother and help her still-grieving father. On a rare night out at a party at the local state park, Cadie meets a couple of good-looking tourists and impulsively agrees to join them on their road trip from one end of Florida to the other. But when their adventure goes tragically wrong, Cadie’s new goal is to make it home alive. - June 2015


Lonely Hearts Novellas by Elizabeth Eulberg
From Me to You

Can't wait to read We Can Work It Out? Return to the world of Penny Lane Bloom with three all new e-book short stories that pick up right where The Lonely Hearts Club left off!

Four months ago, Penny Lane Bloom was heartbroken over a guy, had only a small handful of close friends, and was sure that, somehow, this year was going to be different.

Four months later, everything has changed. Penny's gone from a few friends to a huge group of girls who all have each other's backs, from a guy who thought nothing of cheating to a total sweetheart, and from the idea for The Lonely Hearts Club to a full-scale girls-rock revolution. Just think how much more she'll be able to accomplish by the end of the school year! And it's the holidays, which means Penny has two blissful weeks to spend eating cheese fries with her girls and kissing Ryan. The only thing she still has to do is survive Christmas with her family. - November 2014


A Hard Day's Night

Can't wait to read We Can Work It Out? Return to the world of Penny Lane Bloom with three all new e-book short stories that pick up right where The Lonely Hearts Club left off!

Penny Lane Bloom, founder of The Lonely Hearts Club, has never loved Halloween. Her dad's a dentist, so she's never been allowed much in the way of candy. And forget being a witch or a ghost or a superhero--Penny is always one of the Beatles, along with the rest of her family.

But this year, she's got the Club, and the support of an amazing group of girls who all have each other's backs. So when someone tries to ruin Halloween for one member, the Club sets out to prove revenge is a dish best served en masse. - September


Two of Us

Can't wait to read We Can Work It Out? Return to the world of Penny Lane Bloom with three all new e-book short stories that pick up right where The Lonely Hearts Club left off!

Penny Lane Bloom founded The Lonely Hearts Club, which means that she basically doesn't date. She's got her awesome girls to hang out with, she's got her hilarious (and sometimes annoying) family, she's working towards high grades to get into a great college - she'd never give up any of that to be with a boy.

But (spoiler alert!) all of a sudden, the rules of the Club have changed and Penny's not only allowed to date - she's going out with Ryan Bauer, longtime friend, all-around amazing guy, and her best friend Diane's ex-boyfriend. It's not like Penny hasn't been on plenty of first dates before, and it's not like she hasn't seen Ryan practically every day for years . . . so could someone please let the butterflies in her stomach know it's okay to calm down? - October


*These are currently FREE on Amazon Kindle

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

"It's about the intersecting lives of two estranged sisters. It's about God breathing life into a woman's faith while she breathes life into a derelict motel. It's about a God who orchestrates even the most trivial details of our lives for our greatest good. Inspired by the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37."
- from Katie Ganshert's Facebook page, releases April 2015

All that Burns by Ryan Graudin

All That Glows author Ryan Graudin returns with the fantasy novel's sequel, rife with intense romance and riveting action. As this alluring mortal-prince-meets-immortal-fairy love story continues, this urban London tale serves up irresistible chemistry and adventure. In this second book, Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, has sacrificed her powers to be with her soul mate, King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But as a strange, dark magic threatens all, Emrys must make the most difficult decision of her life.

The worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. As Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen's court and London's lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.

When a prisoner possessing dark magic breaks out of Queen Titania's labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must question the strength of true love's binds. Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard's life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames? - February 2015


The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.

To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all. - January 2015


Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life. - April 2015


An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart. - March 2015


Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes sequel to New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's Uninvited, is perfect for fans of James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.

Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she'll be ruled by the kill gene or if she'll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn't even know if she can trust herself. - February 2015

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Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis.  Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world. - February 2015

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The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan

For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near--and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. An now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone. - April 2015


The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, who is good—and who is actually Wicked?

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz.

But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission?

Kill Dorothy.

Except my job as assassin didn't work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn't wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down—and try to figure out what I'm really doing here. - March 2015

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Twisted Fate by Norah Olson

Two sisters. One mysterious boy.

Ally and Sydney couldn't be more different—one shy, the other popular and outgoing—and when a new boy moves in next door, tensions between the sisters escalate. Graham is attractive, peculiar, and perhaps a little dangerous, and both girls are drawn to him in ways they can't quite explain. As each girl's relationship with Graham unfolds, the more complicated the truth becomes—until a shocking encounter turns their sleepy coastal town upside down and questions everything the sisters thought they knew about themselves and each other.

Told in alternating points of view by a wide cast of characters, Twisted Fate is a tensely wrought psychological thriller, perfect for fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. - January 2015


First there was Forever by Juliana Romano

Perfect for fans of Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door, Juliana Romano's expressive debut is an absorbing and bittersweet story about first love, first loss, and the friends that carry us through it all.

Lima and Hailey have always been best friends: Lima shy and sensitive, Hailey funny and free-spirited. But Hailey abandons Lima to party with the popular kids and pursue Nate, her disinterested crush. As their friendship falters, Lima and Nate begin spending more time together. And before Lima knows what she’s feeling, she and Nate do something irreversible. Something that would hurt Hailey....if she knew it happened.

Lima thinks she’s saving her friendship by lying, but she’s only buying time. As the secrets stack up, Lima is forced to make a choice: between her best friend forever, and the boy who wasn’t meant to be hers. - April 2015


The Winner's Crime* by Marie Rutkowski

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince is the event of a lifetime. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit. She's a spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret. - March 2015

*Chances are this isn't the "final design" since this was an ARC picture via Twitter, but I'd guess it's similar.

Hold me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schimidt

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks. - May 2015

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Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be. - March 2015

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before. - February 2015
Always on my Mind by Susan May Warren
After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.

Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts—and the future of the resort.

Worse, one of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together? - February 2015
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The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship. - May 2015

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A Year of Weddings Novellas, Collection #2

All Dressed up in Love by Ruth Logan Here

Satin. Lace. Tulle. Pearl inlay, embroidered bodices, and Swarovski crystals.

The bridal shop business it took his mother three decades to build, the enterprise that covered his university and law degrees in full, was struggling because he might be part-genius when it came to contract law . . . But corset-style gowns with a mermaid flair? Shoot me now. Tara Simonetti hated law school, but loved the community grant funding her presence at Temple University's esteemed school of law. She could not fail. Would not fail. But when a notice for bridal store help appeared on the community notice board, Tara applied for the job immediately. While grants and loans helped pave her way, money for food was scarce. Legal precedence, moot court, and judicial clerking all had their place, but they were nothing compared to Alcenon lace, tucked silk skirts, and a well-placed peplum. - February 2015


In Tune with Love by Amy Matayo

April Quinn is thrilled to be her sister’s maid of honor, until the wedding coordinator quits and the responsibilities get dumped on her. It’s April’s worst nightmare—especially since her sister has more objections and opinions than a lawyer presenting a high-profile court case. When the wedding singer walks out at the last-minute, her sister hires a replacement. When April finds out who the replacement is, she’s ready to call it quits as well.

Because there’s only one person in April’s past that she never wanted to see again, and her sister just handed him a front row seat to the wedding.

Jack Vaughn finally has the career he’s always wanted. After playing in bars and singing in weddings as a struggling musician for half a decade, he’s just released his second album and sales are skyrocketing. But while visiting his parent’s Nashville home the weekend before his first headline tour, he runs into an old friend. When she asks him for a last-minute favor, he can’t bring himself to say no. Even though saying yes means he has to come face to face with April Quinn—the girl who hasn’t spoken to him in years.

And rightly so, since he stole something from her that he’ll never be able to repay. - March 2015


Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren't always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God's plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away.  When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton's heart still hasn't recovered. 

It was me. His younger sister's three words turn Ashton's world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love? - May 2015


Never a Bridesmaid by Janice Thompson

Mari’s older sister Crystal is getting married, and Mari is one of her bridesmaids – actually, the last in a lineup of five bridesmaids, but that doesn’t really bother her. Much. But Sienna Jameson as the maid of honor? Really? She might be Crystal’s best friend, but she’s ditzy and undependable on her best days. When the best man turns out to be hunky Derrick Richardson, the right fielder for the Houston Astros and one of Houston’s most eligible bachelors, Sienna abandons her duties as maid of honor to chase Derrick, and it’s up to Mari to make sure Crystal’s wedding day goes off without a hitch.

While Mari is wrapped up in dress fittings, bridal showers, and bachelorette nights, Derrick has taken notice of her devotion to her sister and her determination to make the wedding perfect. But between dodging Sienna’s advances and watching Mari running around like a madwoman, Derrick is left to steal moments whenever he can to get to know this beautiful bridesmaid.

When the maid of honor shows up to the ceremony late and more done up than the bride herself, Mari fears her attempts to make her sister’s wedding perfect have all been for naught. Will the bride be up-staged by the maid of honor? Will the fifth-in-line bridesmaid ever be recognized for all the work she’s done? And will Mari finally have a moment to revel in the magic of a wedding and dance in the strong arms of a man? - April 2015


The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start. - March 2015


Lies I Told by Michelle Zink

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous. - April 2015

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  1. Hold me Like a Breath - Wow, what a nice title and eye-cathing cover!
    Thanks for sharing these, Rissi. Always lovely to see new books.

    1. Fabulous pick, Ganise! I agree. It is lovely. :)

      Thank YOU for commenting/visiting. It's fun to get your perspective.

  2. Wow! I'm loving Hedlund's newest cover. I can't wait for Benton's newest book to come out, either. As always, you've added books to my wishlist! ;)

    1. So am I, Tammy. Authors beginning to work in the YA genre is an exciting change. Cannot wait to see what they do with it. Enjoy The Wood's Edge! I know many readers are anticipating that one. :)

  3. I love cover candy! The latest cover that I really fell in love with is All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant. The design is so clean, colors amazing, and a fabulous font is always a deal-breaker for me. :)

    1. Oo! That one is pretty, Heidi. I haven't read it, however have been seeing it make the blog rounds and it seems a very popular, well-liked read. :)

  4. Love these cover design posts! Wow, so many good covers and plots here. I love Jody's cover of her newest YA book. It sounds like a neat story, and it's cool to see her branching out into the YA genre. I'm also intrigued by the summary for Twisted Fate. Ooh, and I love that cover for Lies We Told too. I saw that it's "perfect for fans of Ally Carter" and I already can't wait to read it!

    1. Ditto, Jillian. I'm anxious to see what authors like Jody do with the YA genre since (for the most part), it's relatively untouched in Christian fiction. Eager to see what comes from the foray into it. As for Twisted Fate, it does sound intriguing! I may have to look into that one and YES! That last on you mention, I am *dying* now to read that. It sounds fabulous. :) I think it's even on Edelweiss should you want to request a reviewer's (e-book) copy.

  5. This has to be one of my favorite types of posts you do. I seriously gush through the whole thing! Lol! Several of these I've seen and several I haven't. It would take me a page to tell you which ones I'm most looking forward to or which covers I love the most. I do have to say that Always On My Mind might be my favorite cover for that series. Love how he's looking at her and the smile on her face. So cute!!!

    1. Oh, and I was going to say that I've been keeping my eyes out for Christian YA. That genre was so badly represented in the Inspy's at first last year and I've been trying to find books that I could add there. I'll have to check An Uncertain Choice. Is Watch Your Back just general or inspirational?

      Oh and Miss Mayhem... Love that cover! It totally fits that series which was so hilarious. Rebel Belle still makes me smile. :)

    2. YES! YES! YES! Tressa, I so agree - Susan's next book looks darling and while I'm a tiny bit worried at how this will play out, I'm confident Susan will work it out for the very best.

      Far as I know Watch Your Back is general, however I'm glad you're looking out with a mind to the INSPYs. I think the advisory board will need to share a little more on what "makes" a YA (or teen) novel vs. any of the other genres we have, because part of what happened last year was some of the YA books were nominated in other categories (for example Krista McGee's book was nominated in speculative fiction) and it works best if they're up against their own peers.

      Thanks - as always, for commenting. These are always a blast to put together. :)

  6. So many pretties! *can't look away* :)

    As always, another fabulous post, Rissi! SO excited for The Wood's Edge. Now that I've tasted Ms. Benton's writing, I need more of it stat! Also pretty excited for Jody Hedlund's. I've heard such great things about her books and the fact that she's writing a YA story? Color me intrigued for sure!

    I'm also very intrigued with the Dorothy Must Die books. Haven't read the first one yet, but I'd sure like to someday. Definitely original! Although I think I liked the first cover better than this one? But maybe in person I'll think it's great? Hmmm.

    Yay for Melissa Tagg, Susan May Warren and Kasie West! Looking forward to all of these!

    Looking back over this list, I think the most striking covers for me is: The Conspiracy of Us and Miss Mayhem. The colors and the design simply shout out at me. I like them! :)

    1. I don't blame you, Kara - aren't there some gorgeous newbies here!?

      I know many readers are anxious for Lori's new book - I hope you enjoy it. Same for me as regards Jody's book; I'm eager to see what she'll do with the YA genre. Betting it'll be excellent.

      The "Dorothy" novels have me curious as well, however something is holding me back from reading them. Not sure what. It's just cool to know someone is retelling the legend -and both covers are unique methinks. :)

      Melissa, Susan and Kasie - I cannot wait. I've heard delightful things about Kasie's novels, too.

      Good picks! I agree - first time I say The Conspiracy of Us, it "jumped" out. :)

  7. Fun, fun, fun, Rissi! As always, you do a stellar job. As you know I focus on CF books so I love coming by and seeing the additional covers you choose. Is it just me but the hero in Jody Hedlund's cover just looks awkward to me. The armour or the way he is standing throws me off :( Otherwise, so looking forward to reading her YA story.

    I adore the colours in Janice Thompson's Never a Bridesmaid!

    1. Thanks, Rel - always glad to have you visit, friend. I love your focus on Christian fiction, and since I know most of us see them through you, I didn't put many on this edition. Some of these I don't love but they're popular books, so I include them, others are new favorites! :D

      Now you say that, you are most definitely right! The hero does look awkward; I think its his stance. I'm eager to read it as well, because it's YA, which should prove awesome.

      Same here - I noticed the colors right off on Janice's - they really "pop." :)

  8. The Vines cover is totally a picture I would take myself!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. It is cool, Missie - I love the vibrant green. :)

  9. Thanks for including Beyond the Ashes! I'm in love with this cover. I'm thinking of making a big poster and hanging it over my desk. :) I'm also intrigued by Lisa Carter's Vines of Entanglement. The cover art has a delightfully spooky feel to it.

    1. My pleasure, Karen - first time I saw your new cover, I thought it was GORGEOUS! Nicely done to the designers - and yes! You totally should hang it. It's a pretty picture. :)

      I agree; Lisa's does have a spooky feel - I just like the green shading! :)

  10. Unique covers!
    Thanks for showing them:)

    1. Of course, Ella - it's always fun to share them in a post together. :)

  11. Arghh, why is there so many good-sounding books I want to read? I just added A Wicked Thing, The Wrong Side of Right, Always on My Mind, The Winner's Trilogy, An Uncertain Choice, The Conspiracy of Us, and Watch Your Back to my Goodreads TBR.

    Thanks so much for this fabulous list, Rissi! I had so much fun reading through this one and adding new fun books... will I ever actually get to all of them, I don't know. ;-D

    1. I feel what you're saying, Bekah. Ugh. It is such a tough life we have, right?? ;)

      A Wicked Thing sounds divine. I think I was tempted to request it on Netgalley (or somewhere) and never did *rethinks that*; The Wrong Side of Right sounds fantastic (Princess Diaries...!); Always on my Mind = a must read; An Uncertain Choice sounds intriguing and 'Conspiracy' has a cover that screams "look at me!" I'm interested in that Winner's series as well, I just haven't read book one. Yet.

      Yay for Goodreads TBR's. Those are the safest kind - it's the physical TBR's that scare me. ;)

      My pleasure; I enjoy putting these together - and even if we don't read them all, it's fun to gush over the pretties.

  12. Wow, the new Jody Hedlund one is so different from what I'm used to from this author. But I love medieval/fairytale like stories and I like her writing style, so definitely something to keep an eye on!

    1. This is actually Jody's first YA/Teen novel, so that's probably why the "look" is different. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about it - and I hope you enjoy it as well, Birdie. :)

  13. I had so many things to say, but I started flailing over the new Kasie West cover and can't stop! I hadn't seen it yet and it's so pretty and sounds so goooood. I devoured her first two contemporaries one weekend after the other, and I will devour this one too! Oh my gosh.

    I shelve my books oddly. I have one big shelf that has most books, where there are two shelves of hardcovers, with signed books in the front (they're doubled up), then a paperback shelf, then an ARC shelf, and then one with middle grade and adult books. There's no real organization to them, except I pull my favorites to the front, basically. :)

    1. I'm eager to read Kasie's books, Rachel since I heard they were delightful. Glad to know you're a fan too - and I agree; her new cover/summary sounds like TONS of fun.

      That's not a bad idea, Rachel - shelving books by hardcovers, then paperbacks, etc. I have my "must" read books kind of together now, but overall, there is no reason to them. Partially because nothing "fits" well together with the hardcovers among the paperbacks. Perhaps I should try that since I'll likely be reorganizing (again) when I get a new shelf unit next week. It IS kind of fun to reorganize bookshelves, so... I won't complain. ;)


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