Cover Crushin’

August 6, 2013 20 Comments

Cover Crushin’

August 6, 2013 20 Comments

Good evening, friends. I hope you all had a spectacular weekend enjoying something fun. Mine was nothing special in the sense that anything big happened but it was relaxing and wonderful. I thought about seeing a play, then didn’t. Managed to finish some books and finally started DOON after re-watching the classic movie BRIGADOON last weekend. In addition to family time and church, that was my weekend.

The purpose of this post is to share a few new cover pretties I found. Yes, I realize this is more of a “mini” edition compared to the crazy cover love posts that usually appear here, but I couldn’t keep these to myself… and I just couldn’t resist. Take a peek and then chime in with your thoughts.

  • Not sure if this is Katie’s “final” cover design or not (it’s on various sites like Amazon and Goodreads), but it’s lovely. The sunset and shading are absolutely stunning. (The title is also beautiful – loved it from the moment Katie posted it!)
Synopsis: N/A
April 2014

  • ADORABLE! This is definitely a favorite. The colors, the pose, everything.
Synopsis: From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair comes a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice—until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who think they belong anywhere but home…

Despite their difference of opinion on the role of women, Hunter and Billy find a growing attraction between them—until Hunter discovers an abandoned baby in the corner of a White City exhibit. He and Billy team up to make sure this foundling isn’t left in the slums of Chicago with only the flea-riddled, garbage-infested streets for a playground. As they fight for the underprivileged children in the Nineteenth Ward, an entire Playground Movement is birthed. But when the Fair comes to an end, one of them will have to give up their dream.

Will Billy exchange her doctor’s shingle for the domesticated role of a southern wife, or will Hunter abandon the wide open spaces of home for a life in the “gray city,” a woman who insists on being the wage earner, and a group of ragamuffins who need more than a playground for breathing space?

May 2014
  • GORGEOUS! What else can be said!? Seriously my favorite of the bunch so far. 
Synopsis: In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
February 2014

  • This one is really “sweet” looking. I like the windblown, free and breezy appearance.
Synopsis: In this beautifully rendered, affecting novel, a young widow’s world is shattered when she meets her late husband’s identical twin—and finds herself caught between honoring her husband’s memory and falling in love with his reflection.
Haley’s whirlwind romance and almost three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he is killed in Afghanistan. As she grapples with widowhood and the upcoming birth of her son, her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her that Sam had been killed?

After a twelve-year estrangement, Stephen hopes to make things right with his brother—only to discover Sam died without revealing Stephen’s existence to Haley. As Haley and Stephen struggle to navigate their fragile relationship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. Haley is unnerved by Stephen’s uncanny resemblance to Sam, and Stephen struggles with the issue of Haley loving him as Stephen—and not as some reflection of his twin. How can Haley and Stephen honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?
May 2014
Tell me, friends, which of these are your favorites?
Rissi JC

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  • Rebeka B. August 6, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Cress' cover is so beautiful! *sigh* Really have to read these books–bought Cinder on sale, but gave it to a friend as a gift, so I haven't finished it yet, lol. XD Every book in that series sounds better than the last!

    • Rissi August 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Must agree, Rebeka – and I am in the same boat! I have Cinder but haven't gotten around to reading it. From everything I've read, it sounds like a winner, so I'll have to hop to it. :)

      This cover for Cress is GORGEOUS! Cannot wait to get my hands on that one.

  • Grace M August 6, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Deeanne's next cover definitely shows the charm like her other covers have. Her last cover was nice, but it just did not have the delightful looks of her other ones.

    • Rissi August 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Deeanne's last cover was very… mature. It had a classic refinement that her prior ones lacked. You are right, Grace in suggesting that. This new one is more "cutesy" and in the same vein as her older works. Love the colors for Fair Play. :)

  • Raquel August 6, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Oh, I love that first one!

    • Rissi August 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Me, too, Raquel. So pretty. :)

  • Charity August 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Cress has a gorgeous cover… but the sci-fi aspect threw me for a loop; I expected some sort of Repunzal fairy tale!

    • Rissi August 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Isn't that one a stunner?! Love it. I think all three of Marissa's novels have been "sci-fi," right? Not sure. Have to read them yet – and traditional or not, they sound unique. :)

  • Juju at Tales of August 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Whoa. Cress is awesome. I love it.

    • Rissi August 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Isn't Cress gorgeous!? Must agree with that, Juju – I am so in like with that one. It's probably my favorite so far in this series. :)

  • Ganise C. August 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm


    BETH VOGT! KATIE GANSHERT! O my gosh. Oh my gosh.

    Cover-wise, Ganshert's is my favorite BUT look at that synopsis for Somebody Like You!! That right there is creative. Oh I can't wait. I'm going on Goodreads to add both to my TBR pile today. So excited to see this, Rissi! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    • Rissi August 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Knew you'd like these covers/new books, Ganise – thought of you when seeing them. So glad you are excited by them.

      Katie's new cover is LOVELY and yes, Beth's sounds like an excellent read. As I've still not read Beth's – or Katie's for that matter, I shall make it a goal to read all four of their combined books prior to these spring releases. :)

    • Ganise C. August 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      :D Thank you! That's nice to know! :))

      I hope you find their writings lovely, as well. Happy reading, Rissi!

    • Rissi August 7, 2013 at 12:54 am


      Thanks – me, too! Definitely going to look forward to reading them. I thought I won Katie's second book in a giveaway then never received it. Anxious to read book one and Beth's. :)

  • Rel August 7, 2013 at 12:42 am

    There are some lovely covers and even better stories in this bunch, Rissi. My post has been sitting ready to go for a few days now but waiting on some other covers and giving my favourite authors the time to reveal their covers on their own blogs first.

    Beth's story sounds so intriguing and I know she will such a complex and unusual storyline complete justice – can't wait. Same with Katie's – love the title, too!

    • Rissi August 7, 2013 at 12:52 am

      …cannot wait for your post, Rel! :)

      You know I need to pay closer attention when I share these by being considerate of when authors reveal their covers. I will admit I'm bad at knowing if/when the authors post the big reveal. I see the covers on Amazon or Goodreads, and automatically assume, "oh, they're out for the world to see!" My bad.

      Beth's sounds wonderful. Definitely need to read her first two books; oh, my, yes! In love with Katie's title as well as her book cover. Anxious for next spring already. :)

  • Rel August 7, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Of course, you would assume that, Rissi. I've only learned through hard experience when an author has contacted me saying my post is the first time they have seen their final cover. I only ever pull covers from Amazon or the publisher's website and if it's up there there's nothing wrong with assuming it is public, because it is!!

    I've even had a publisher contact me asking how on earth I got my hands on their covers. They didn't know they were posted on Amazon and on one occasion, even their own website – LOL! It is not just one publisher either, this has happened across multiple publishers. It would seem that their internet teams don't always communicate with their marketing teams ;-)

    So now, for the authors that I know personally, I always check to get their okay to post. It's an inhouse publishing issue, Rissi, not yours!!

    Hugs xo

    • Rissi August 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      There does seem to be a lot of miscommunication between departments even in the limited contact I have with publicists and you know, that just happens. From what I've gathered, I think some authors are disappointed when they see their covers on Amazon or anywhere before they have revealed them. I remember once last year an author asked me where on earth I saw her new cover because she hadn't had opportunity to share it or see the final design or something.

      In future, I should take a cue from you and better care to remember to check with those authors I've gotten to know prior to sharing their cover debuts because I totally understand them wanting to have the chance to reveal the cover first or at least to be consulted prior to seeing their new book plastered everywhere. :)


  • Hayden August 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    How did I miss this post??? The Lunar chronicles sound interesting…have you read them? Are they any good?

    • Rissi August 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      …I'm terribly glad you saw it now, Hayden. :)

      I've not read the "Lunar Chronicles." However have heard many good things about the series so I am planning on reading Cinder ASAP. We'll have to chat about them if/when we get around to reading the books. :)

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