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Cover Candy: Edition Eight

 Re-posting this from the “main” blog.

Morning, all you book-loving friends. So again, I have complied enough “new” book pretties to share yet another edition of “cover love.” Found some gorgeous ones and some that only rank “so-so.” Either way, there are some great, intriguing storylines. The greatest trend in Christian fiction that I’ve noticed is how “edgy” many of the upcoming releases sound.

You all may have seen most of these on the book “network” so many of us chat about – either on Twitter, Goodreads or our blogs, but if you spot some new ones, share what you think. Or share any other thoughts you may have.
I look forward to reading any impressions that you wish to leave. 

  • Okay, so I have to admit I don’t think this book really sounds very good (too moody for me) but the cover caught my eye. It’s shaded uniquely plus I think the model is rocking the full bangs!
Synopsis: A gritty, atmospheric coming of age tale set in 1980s New York City
Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream—she has her own
apartment on the Lower East Side and at night she’s club kid royalty, guarding
the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. The night with its
crazy, frenetic, high-inducing energy—the pulsing beat of the music, the
radiant, joyful people and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain—is
when Cat truly lives. But her daytime, when real life occurs, is more nightmare
than dream.
Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and
abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyone
or anything. But when someone comes along who makes her want to truly live,
she’ll need to summon the courage to confront her demons and take control of a
life already spinning dangerously out of control.
Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping tale and the reader
won’t want to look away.
April 2013
  • Sadly we do not yet have a high-quality, finalized look at Lisa’s upcoming dystopian novel (fist pump for Christian authors tackling new genres!) but this one looks like it has a promising start! The colors blend well plus it has a mysterious aura. Hopefully, we’ll be able to replace it with an HQ version soon
Synopsis: In the first novel of this YA futuristic/dystopian series by Lisa T. Bergren,
gifted teens known as Remnants have been chosen and trained to act as humanity’s
last hope to rectify the horrors that are now part of everyday life in 2095. The
Community has trained these teens as warriors and assigned them Knights of the
Last Order as protectors; together they are a force that will be difficult to
bring down. The Sons of Sheol, of course, are hell bent on doing just that.
October 2013
                                                                            
        • Aside from the color scheme, I don’t much care for this one. It’s a “cool” concept but was poorly designed – with a bit of tweaking, it could have been great
Synopsis: Officer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it’s personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes.
Detective Jack O’Reilly isn’t ready to return to his homicide duties, after losing his wife to a drunk driver. He’s on the downside of his career, and bent on revenge, when he’s assigned as Brinna’s partner. While on patrol, Jack struggles between his quest for personal justice and his responsibility to those around him, especially his partner. Skeptical of Jack’s motives, Brinna isn’t sure she can rely on her new partner, whose reckless abandon endangers the safety of those around him. But when a man surfaces with an MO similar to the criminal who abducted Brinna twenty years earlier, Brinna and Jack must cast aside previous judgments and combine efforts to catch the kidnapper, and finally allow Brinna the peace stolen from her as a child.
September 2013
                                                                                                          
        • I will confess that I am not the biggest fan of Kaye’s novels. I’ve enjoyed her rom coms but they never did completely interest me. This cover is lovely though. The sky in particular is gorgeously shaded
Synopsis: Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An
Honest Heart
is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era
novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian
age.
Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress
Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the
aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus
pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets
to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with
her.
Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart?
October 2013
        • Can we just say it: GORGEOUS! This is without question the best of Melanie’s covers. It’s “airy,” delicate and all-around beautifully complementary of the fairy-tale it is re-telling. Oh, and the coloring! It’s perfection. And as my friend, Amber pointed out, the prince in the left hand corner is a nice touch
Synopsis: Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela’s childhood was filled with
laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since
her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her
stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has
daydreamed about for years—is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she
vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll
never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around
the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other
forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela
in more danger than she ever imagined.
October 2013
        • Whimsical is the best way I can think to despite this. I like it. The colors, the “finger-paint” look, everything is really quite lovely
Synopsis: The table that once provided comfort and even shelter had become a symbol for all that was wrong with the Quimbly family.
In 1920, seven-year-old Josephine and her sisters sought protection from a raging prairie fire by hiding beneath their family’s beautiful Norwegian wooden table. She survived, but the terrifying experience planted a seed of mental instability in Josephine.
Just as WWII began, Josephine fell in love at a dance. Nel and Josephine soon married, but Nel was quickly drafted and sent overseas, leaving Josphine to work and care for their new baby, Saffee.
Nel’s absence was an additional strain on Josephine’s already precarious hold on reality. Though he returned safely, their family was never quite normal. Throughout their childhoods, Saffee and her sister learned to navigate their own personal “normal” from day to day—from their mother’s unpredictable spells of arguing with imagined tormentors to her frantic painting and repainting of the old heirloom table, handcrafted by her great-grandfather.
Not until Saffee went to college and met Jack would she begin to gain victory over the past and find the real gifts her troubled mother left behind.
December, 2013
  • Don’t know why but I absolutely LOVE this one. It’s cute, yet I admit it isn’t terribly well composed. It looks more like a mish-mash of elements thrown together without the benefit of great composition. Nonetheless, it goes well with the story and seems more suited that many novels can suggest
Synopsis: Hope Landon has been rewriting other people’s greeting cards since she was six years old — there’s always a funnier caption. She’s all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiancé in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can’t write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . .Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple’s monthlong honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her funeral — everyone in her life concluded Hope must have killed herself after being jilted. Needing a fresh start more than ever, she heads for the Big Apple only to discover it’s not that easy to rent a place when you’ve been declared dead.

Taking shelter at the YWCA, Hope soon lands a job at a Christian inspirational greeting card company as an assistant to Jake, a guy who shut down his organization’s humor department. She has lost her faith in love; he needs to find something or someone that will make him laugh.
October 2013

        • This is a lovely cover for a novel that has been released in E-book format and will have a follow-up release to paperback this fall, to coincide with the film release (which will star Jana Kramer). If the movie is as good as this book sounds, this will be one to anticipate
Synopsis: Faith and Luke Carraway have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming successful businessman. After taking his inheritance from his father’s stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, he’s on the fast track as a rising young executive, and Faith is settling comfortably into her role as his wife.When rumors of the Michovs’ involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, she turns to Luke for confirmation, and he assures her that all is well. But when Luke is arrested, Faith can’t understand why he would lie to her, and she runs home to the farm and the family she turned her back on years ago. Meanwhile, Luke is forced to turn to his own family for help as he desperately tries to untangle himself from his mistakes. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned, and will those families find the grace to forgive and forget? Will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere else to run but home?

September 2013
                                                                                               
        • Yay! Been *dying* to see this reveal. I really like it but am not fond of the “floating heads.” This concept is used a great deal but this one seems more “awkward” than usual. The colors are pretty though and again, we have another couple cover.
 Synopsis: Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.
She’s never said a word—to the cops, to her doctors, to family—about those four years.
A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.
Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate—and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her.. But nothing else is working in his favor—she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.
Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter. . .
October 2013

  • Very “sweet.” The hues are romantic and of course, the hero made it onto the cover, so that’s a plus!
 Synopsis: Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

October 2013
        •  Cannot explain my excitement for this one. Being a fan of Rebecca for years now, it was delightful to discover she has a fiction novel coming out. Like the cover, too. It’s a bit “edgier” than usual and that makes it stand out.
Synopsis: In the midst of pain, mercy is sweet relief.Kirsten Peterson was 16 the first time her life fell apart. The only release she could find was through the tiny lines she carved in her skin. Outwardly she seemed fine, but the scars remained. Hidden from everyone who loved her.

Then it happens again. On the night she’s certain her boyfriend will propose . . . but instead he kisses her best friend. Devastated, Kirsten falls back on the only source of relief she can imagine. When she lands in the ER, the secret she has so carefully hidden with her wit and bright smiles is laid bare.

Desperate to keep the news from her father and with few resources, Kirsten agrees to a treatment program on a sheep ranch where she’ll work to pay the costs of her stay. There, she’ll discover the amazing gift of mercy and its power to reshape pain into something beautiful and new.

  • Is this gorgeous or what!? Know nothing about the authors, but yeah. This is epic
Synopsis: Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
December 2013
        • Have no feelings one way or another for this one – sometimes simple is the best route, however, who can resist another fairy-tale re-telling!?
Synopsis: A dark, modern rendition of the classic fairy tale Beauty
and the Beast
!
“As the gates clicked shut behind them,
she heard the distant roar of a beast.”She bears no name. Her silvery
appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan
capital of Pevorocco in a fantasy realm. With her mother vanishing at the
instance of her birth, she is regrettably sent to live with the nouveau riche Ma
Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what.
Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to
massacre all Magics and journeys to the furthest point of the
country.

But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before
long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn
Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running
into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for
her life. But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time.

November 2013

  • Haven’t read this series however I know some reader’s who have liked it and much admit, the cover art is unique and eye-catching. Love the “pop” of red against the more calming shade of blue
Synopsis: The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn’t an object. It’s a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

July 2013
        • Don’t have much of a feeling one way or another for this one – the title is unique and the coloring pretty
Synopsis: What do you do when the gift you thought was bread turns out to be stones?
Liesl McNamara’s Wild Rise is not only a popular bakehouse and café in Vermont, it’s an extension of herself. Liesl is an artisan bread maker, like her mother and grandmother before her. Even though she lost her mother to suicide when she was eleven, she keeps this maternal bond alive as she bakes.
Liesl prides herself on living an uncomplicated, unattached life. But that changes when Seamus walks through the door of Wild Rise, lugging the large bags of whole wheat flour from the local food co-op. He and his daughter Cecelia have recently moved to the country seeking simplicity. Despite her best effort, Liesl becomes attracted to this teddy bear of a man who laughs easily and eats strange sandwich concoctions—on her bread, much to her dismay.
Her simple life is further complicated when a popular cooking show features her bakery. The publicity increases her business and brings several offers from larger businesses, all of which she turns down. But it also brings a completely unexpected phone call, one from a woman claiming to be her half-sister.
Liesl’s sense of identity dissolves as everything about her relationship with her mother—and the bread that held them together—comes into question. Has she been given stones rather than bread? And how can she ever take these crumbs and make them whole again?
November, 2013
        •  Love the simplicity of this debut novel. Hope it’s as delightful to read as it looks
Synopsis: Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous “Mr. Knightley” offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam’s true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her—a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own—secrets that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind either her characters or her letters.
November, 2013
  • Very delicate, and “airy,” this cover is really stunning!
  • This one is GORGOUES! The navy blue and gold “overlay” is perfect – and very regal
Synopsis: Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

September 2013
Which are your favorites? Have you seen any other book covers that stood out?
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