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Cover Candy: Edition Nine

Why I always have such a blast putting these posts together, I’ve not a clue! But, I do! While thinking about doing one, I thought to my self, “nope, not enough time has passed, I don’t have a good enough selection.” Huh, guess I was wrong! Below are some stunners and some I simply included because, well I am excited to read them. Everything from Sparks (because I kinda’ like his writing now!) to Christian fiction, there’s an eclectic blend below.

Before we get started, as always,  a disclaimer: just because I am sharing the cover of a novel does not mean I am endorsing an author or book.

  • The colors of this novel are stunning. Plus I admire this series of covers because the heroine is never facing forward. That is unique.

Synopsis: When socialite Emma Crowell stops the carriage on the way to Portland to ‘exercise’ her fussy poodle, she does not expect to become stranded in the woods in decidedly unsuitable attire. The pair of men who find her decide to take her back to their cave, where they’ve hidden sheep they rustled from a nearby rancher. The rancher turns out to be Peter Lowery, and he arrives, furious, to retrieve his property. But when he discovers Emma, he does the Christian thing and brings her, her dog, and the thieves back to his cabin. Peter may have to shelter the motley group, but he expects them to earn their keep until he can take them to Bountiful, the nearest town. Emma suddenly finds herself in charge of the house and the care of Peter’s imaginative young son Robert. She’s surprised to find that she enjoys the challenges of life at the cabin, and feels drawn to Peter. But though willing to learn, no matter how she tries, she can never seem to live up to expectations. As she seeks God’s guidance, she faces the picture of womanhood shown by the lady in the 31st chapter of Proverbs. Between that picture and the one of Peter’s late wife, Emma must decide who she has been, who she is, and who she really wants to be. What is to be her worth as a woman? What is to be her legacy?

January 2014

  • Had to add these in here! How could I not!? Aren’t they gorgeous?! Love how whimsical they are – so unlike how we think of classic literature. (Totally “stole” them from you, Kara! *grin*)
  • These two novels by Kate Brian intrigue me. I like the composition – especially for book one (Shadowlands) and the colors of both.

Synopsis: Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights  on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper  Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in  years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party  together. She’s also made friends with a local clique-including a magnetic and  mysterious boy named Tristan.

But Rory’s world is about to change again.  Picturesque Juniper Landing isn’t what it seems. The truth about the swirling  fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those  beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory’s every move is more terrifying than  being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it  means learning that she can never go home again.

From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the  second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the  pieces after the only life she’s ever known ends.

October 2013

  • LOVE this one. It’s classy and simple. The best kind.

Synopsis: Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the  serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on  the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister,  Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for  Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand  each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation  island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They  fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing,  partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re  starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a  coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

  • Again, how charming is this series of cover candy?! (Referring to the above Austen titles.)
  • Don’t love this one. Don’t hate it either. The colors blend nicely (the shade of her gown is gorgeous!) and its title logo is cool

Synopsis: When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a  kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe  for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes  to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is  suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine  soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with  unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out  whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for  all.

September 2013

  • Edgy but complimentary to Gail’s first book in this series. Interesting for sure… not sure I love how washed out the model is or mixing the gold ampersand with the steely silver and blue…

Synopsis: Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young  Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is  training her to be a spy (won’t Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got  mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her  in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the  dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine  climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school  trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire  implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her  training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London  Season with a full dance card.

November 2013

  • This one is just gorgeous! The ampersand is perhaps too “oversized” and therefore more distracting than it should be, but nonetheless, this design is eye-catching and that is what counts.
Synopsis: The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to  strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The  question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time  that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with  intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes  at hand.
September 2013
  • More classics done in watercolor!
  • Very dreamy but sweet. I like the lights along with the whimsical posing and font.
Synopsis: Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom  for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life  might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most  of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by  memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally  arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what  would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a  way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she  must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is  more than just a possibility.
September 2013

  • New author Jessica Dotta shared her trio of cover candy on her brand-new site and wow! These are lovely. Each one is shaded beautifully and they suit the era well.

Synopsis (Born of Persuasion): The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.

September 2013
  • Unique. Very eye-catching and the blue tones – oh, my!
Synopsis: Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.
October 2013
  • This is gorgeous! The colors and how the gown flows out, ending in fire is stunning. Not wild about the font or how the “sky” (background”) but the concept is rad.

Synopsis: Now that she’s gained mastery over her powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire  Santos faces her ultimate enemy, the Richters.  But on the horizon is a new and  even deadlier foe, a powerful prophet determined to help the Richters bring  about the end of the world.  And even worse, the prophet’s daughter is  someone painfully close to Daire…Dace’s ex-girlfriend, Phyre. With the odds  stacked against her and foes at every turn, will Daire survive long enough to  create the future she desires with Dace, and will love truly be enough  to conquer all? Find out in this stunning conclusion to New York Times  bestselling author Alyson Noël’s Soul Seeker series.November 2013

  •  Totally realize this one is “tagged” but I thought I’d share it nonetheless. I think it could be refined a bit. (Not sure I love the dude lurking in the shadows!) However… there is an idea there that seems befitting of the book.

Synopsis: One house, two worlds…book two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.

A house divided…

London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross’s sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.

January 2014

  • There is some debate over whether or not this is a fan-made cover or “the real deal.” Either way, it matches the prior books very well and the gorgeous shades of orange give it some “pop.”
    Synopsis: What if your whole world was a lie?
    What if a single revelation—like a single  choice—changed everything?
    What if love and loyalty made you do things you  never expected?

    October 2013

    • Not “wowed” by this one AT ALL. However, being a Sparks book, I had to add it. So long as he doesn’t break my heart (here’s looking at you, ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ or ‘Message in a Bottle’), I’m cool with a lacking cover.
    Synopsis: Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
    A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.
    Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    September 2013

    • Don’t love, don’t hate. The colors are pretty, the scripting (logo design)… not wild about it.
    Synopsis: N/A
    October 2013
    • Whimsical and cute. The sky is pretty and who could go wrong with the Eiffel Tower!?
    Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the  museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach  falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is  not hallucinating.

    The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a  beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio  and he can’t help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own  right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio  must save the world’s greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love  they’ve ever known.

    September 2013
    • The reflective, “moodiness” of this one is great – something I brushed aside when first I saw this one. Plus the scattered papers and composition are definite wins! Love this cover.

    Synopsis: When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

    September 2013

    …and finally, it’s your turn!
    Which – if any – do you all think the best of the best…
    Have any covers captured your fancy recently?
    Share all below.

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