Cover Love and Giveaway


The lovely folk from Waterbrook Multnomah have kindly given me five copies of Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer’s new nonfiction book Praying for your Future Husband to give away.  (Note to Grandma, you cannot enter this one.)  The fab Ashley of Waterbrook Multnomah says this about the book, “If you’re familiar with the Christy Miller series, this book was born out of feedback from readers who started writing letters to and praying for their future husbands, just like Christy does.”  I know there are a lot of Christy Miller fans among us, so instructions to slam dunk a win at the end of this blog.

Let’s talk book covers. We are living in the age of Cover Art Amazingness, so I’m always seeing a book whose cover deserves an A plus. Here are a few that have caught my eye of late.


Pretty eh? As Ashley at Thomas Nelson says, I like covers with red accents. So true. But I love the alternate version of this cover too.


The vintage girl in me adores everything on that cover. Love that font. And no red!

Sarah Addison Allen wins the cover lottery with every single cover, every single time. Clearly she has made a pact with Lucifer and a graphic designer. No judgment here. For results like that, I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same. Here’s her latest. The-Peach-Keeper

What I love about Allen’s covers, besides the fact that they’re practically frame-able, is the whimsy. It appeals to the inner girl in all of us that never quite gave up believing in magical rabbit holes and yellow brick roads.

She got a cover update for the paperback version of Girl Who Chased the Moon. I like it a lot.


I’m pretty sure I saw this first on the Green Bean Teen Queen’s blog. She’s always so up to date on new and future releases.


The Amazon copy says this book is for those who are patiently waiting for part two of Downton Abbey (me! me!). I don’t have a complete picture what the book is about, but I wish I had written it just to get that cover. It’s so pretty. Kind of reminds me of this one by friend and co-blogger Beth Webb Hart, another beautiful cover.

This one is fun. Love the red with the aqua green/blue.


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet always catches my eye as well. The color scheme reminds me of art by Jack Vettriano.

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I stole this cover below from a blog post from Southern Belle View’s Marybeth Whalen.


Isn’t that an awesome cookbook cover? Makes me want to cook, so it must have mystical powers of fabulousness. Because the kitchen is not my favorite place. Unless it’s my mom’s kitchen. And she’s cooking.

This is a future release by Sandra Byrd. Class Act. I love it.


I mean, that is snazzy. Love the colors and that the girls heads aren’t totally visible.

One of my new favorites is this one, The Lady of Bolton Hill. Isn’t that gorgeous?


Here’s some interesting “how to” on the cover process. Really cool to see the inside story. If you’re interested in more of the process behind the final product, you must follow The Cover Girl. I liked this blog interview with graphic designer Alison Impey mucho.

This cover is fun. Interesting shoe choice with the dress and floor colors.


I’m pretty sure I stole the next two from Green Bean Teen Queen, but I like Elizabeth Berkley’s cover a lot. I like how it’s nonfiction, but it could totally be trending with current fiction YA covers right now.


In case you’re thinking, is that Elizabeth Berkley from Saved by the Bell, the same Elizabeth who starred in Show Girls? Why, yes. Yes, it is. And that experience has led her to advise teen girls of our great nation. But take heart, she’s also the same Elizabeth who gave us this American treasure:

That Zack Morris. Such a good boy.

SOOOO many covers in YA are so dark right now. Put them all together on a Barnes and Noble shelf, and you just want to call in a double order of Prozac. That’s why this one just pops from the crowd. Let’s hope this is a turning point.


A few summers ago I went to Versaille. I did not see this woman there.


I like how her hair doesn’t even fit in the shot. Kinda like my class pictures from 1987 and 1988. Madame Tussaud, I totally understand.

So those are my faves.

Now, on to the giveaway for the new book by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer. To be in the running for one of the five books to be shared, leave a comment telling me either:
1. A cover you are crushing on
2. An element you wished would be on more covers. For example, I find there are just not enough unicorns on books. I feel sorry for the mythical beasts and pray for them to get their due on a daily basis.
3. What you’d like to see less of on a cover. For example, I would like to see less of the Kardashians on a cover. I have a theory these girls are robots, and I think it’s high time Ryan Seacrest quit winding them up. (And don’t use specific book references please. We’re a Rated N for nice here on this blog. Usually.)

P.S. I want to see Disney’s Prom.


  1. Britni says

    One cover that I adore is The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Collen Coble. I don’t know what it is about that cover that just warms my heart!! An element that I wish would be on covers more would have to be to have more diversity! As an elementary teacher, I feel my students frustration when all of the characters on books “look the same”. I’d love to see more of God’s children represented! What would I like to see less of on a cover…skin!! Too many book covers have scantily dressed women on the cover and I think it’s a shame. Put some clothes on! : )

  2. Olivia says

    To Kill a Mocking Bird. Harper Lee. Pretty. Cool.

    I want to see more artistic covers. Not just pics of people. Maybe pics of an object that’s critical to the story but is not a huge part of the book. And Mustaches. I mean…c’mon 😉

    Less head on – looking right at you shots. BORING…

    I also want to see Disney’s Prom. And the newer movie, Lemonade Mouth.

  3. Grace says

    I like Eragon. Blue. Dragon. I think I made my point.

    I’m a sci-fi geek, so I like the Hobbit Cover, and the Witch and Wizard series cover. That’s it! 😉

  4. says

    I want to see Disney’s Prom, too! :)

    Okay, the covers I’m currently crushing on are almost all based on pictures taken by this dude:

    But my favorite, favorite right now is The Lightkeeper’s Bride by Colleen Coble. It’s stunning!

    P.S. Ashley from WaterBrook Multnomah (giver of good books) is one of my favorite people on the planet. Love that girl!

  5. Laura says

    I like Maggie Stiefvater’s covers with the hidden wolf. I also love colorful and old looking book covers.

  6. Abbigail says

    Hey Jenny, I just found out that The American Heiress is the American name of the book My last Duchess. (Daisy Goodwin lives in London.) Just thought I’d let you (and everyone else reading this post) know, in case you didn’t already! :) Google solves everything…lol :)

  7. bookwyrm14 says

    1: I love the covers for the Beth Patillo Jane Austen series, and the cover for the book The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble…her dress is just SOOOOOOOO gorgeous!

    2: I want more fantasy or even historical fiction books to have dark and mysterious castles on their covers. I LOVE castles and I’ve always wanted to live in one (but instead I’m in the suburbs. *sigh*) And I want more hot guys in armor on book covers, like the upcoming book Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren. You can never get enough of hot guys in armor. BTW, has anyone seen Bradley James on the BBC series Merlin? Hotness personified!! 😀

    3: I have seen enough gorgeous girls on book covers to last me a lifetime. I’m sorry, but all they do is make me feel insecure. Am I alone in this? Anyway, I will take a cool and eye-catching design over a girl with a too-perfect appearance that has been digitally edited.

  8. bookwyrm14 says

    Oh and I want to see Prom too! Thomas McDonnell looks hot 😀 and I’ve seen the guy who plays Lloyd (forgot his name) in a couple other movies and he always cracks me up.

  9. bookwyrm14 says

    Oh and I also love the cover for Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren. The girl is my only exception to my “I-hate-gorgeous-girls-on-book-covers” theory. She has such a dramatic look on her face, AND there is a medieval castle and a glowing tomb in the background! How cool is that!!!!!!!! And the book totally lives up to the awesomeness of the cover…an added bonus for me!!!!! 😀

    (Just in case you haven’t already guessed, I’m a medieval junkie. Castles, princesses, lords, ladies, battles, hot guys in armor, count me in! :D)

  10. bookwyrm14 says

    Wow. I totally have the longest posts ever (it just happens to be broken up). Beat that, Jessica! 😀

  11. Jerica says

    Right now my favorite cover is from “Thorn in my Heart” by Liz Curtis Higgs. Gorgeous!

  12. Liv says

    I also want to see more water on covers. I always think water is so artistic, so very amazing. One of God’s prettiest creations, to me, at least. It should be showcased on many more books!

  13. Joy says

    I’m a medieval nut too!!

    I also think Prom looks good.

    Also the cover for Rachel Hauck’s book, Dining with Joy is one of my favorite’s too. And it’s not because my name is joy. :)

  14. Allie Smith says

    Whoa.i just got back from working at church and i scrolled down to leave a comment,where it said “67”.im like,wow…thats alot of comments.but nywayz…
    *fav cover???uhhh…iv always liked the cover for “the convenient groom” by denise hunter.its rlly cute.nice colors, and the cover kinda tells the story.
    *what im tired of seeing on books?girls.faces in general, actually.its like they think there has to be a pretty girl on the front for it to sell well.
    *what id like to see?more still-life pictures.a dresser with pictures,a book,maybe some make up.things that make the character who they are.and some Converse like to see some purple Converse on the cover of a book.

  15. jessica says

    I forgot to mention this yesterday but i also love the cover of across the universe! It’s gorgeous and i love the colors. and the stars. and i love how the two main characters are on the cover but you still can’t see their faces. i don’t mind faces on covers, but i never thought of how perfect they were. thank you for making me self conscious posting people.

  16. jessica says

    The cover for sirensong by jenna black is another favorite of mine. Along with lauren olivers delerium cover. the book doesn’t look that good but the cover always attracts my eye. i also like the covers of Need, Entice and Captivate by Carrie Jones. The cover of nightshade is cool. i like how it’s mostly light colors with pops of color. Also, firelight, the hollow series, and haven.

  17. jessica says

    Also Halo (though the book doesn’t sound good) and wolfsbane. the green was an interestin color that you don’t see much of on book covers. sorry. keep finding covers. :)

  18. Darla says

    I don’t like seeing all of a character’s face on the cover. I want to see the character through my imagination based on author’s description. If I have to “look” at that face while reading, it has to be appealing to me and some cover shots don’t do that for me.

  19. Crystal says

    One of my favorite book covers is MATCHED by Ally Condie. I love the color choices with the green and silver. I wish some of the covers of YA books weren’t so provocative. Thanks!

  20. says

    Hmmm, I think we need to see more supermodel, perfect women on the covers. (yeah right). I’d love to see more “real” people.

    Cover elements: Clean crisp colors and pictures. I really don’t mind the face not being on the cover – let’s my imagination do the creating and wondering based on the author’s descriptive writing.

  21. Joy says

    Two tickets for the Christmas Ball by Donita K Paul has that fun whimsical element. Which is just perfect for the book.

  22. says

    I know I already posted, but I also like the cover of “Across the Universe.” Love those gorgeous stars!

    And, though I’m not a fan of faces on the cover, I do love “The Heist Society” cover, as someone else mentioned. It’s very Audrey Hepburn! =)


  23. says

    I like the cover of the book: Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
    It is simple. I love the writing and it is just amazing. Im looking forward to reading it although I have not read anything by her, but I heard about that book in the Revolve Biblezine :)

    Also, lately I have been loving ANYTHING vintage looking.

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  25. D Elizabeth says

    For starters let me say I work in one of the largest used bookstores in south Missouri and I see a LOT of books and I have to say that a lot of what determines whether or not I will read a book is what the cover looks like. That being said, here is my list:
    Not to be a complete suck up but I just finished reading Save the Date by this Chick Jenny B. Jones for the third time and I must say I absolutely LOVE the cover of that one. For one thing it’s a great color scheme, and for a second thing, I love the matte covers. I’m a huge fan of books that are non-glossy on the cover. Don’t ask me why, I think it might be a texture thing but I am not sure. One of the major things I love about it is that the girl on the cover is NOT perfect, but she’s definitely a show stopper. She doesn’t have flawless skin, ginormous breasts and a tiny waist. She’s NORMAL!!!!! And she’s wearing NORMAL clothes.
    I also love that the man pictured in the back is blurred out. It allows me to have some imagine with how he looks.

    Moving on, I also love the cover of Just Between You and Me. The color scheme is FANTASTIC and I love the placement of the girls face on the cover. It’s so unique.

    Also in my top list is The Patron Saint of Liars, by Anne Patchett. Interesting book. Once again, the major draw for me is the color scheme.

    I haven’t read the books personally but The Song of Albion series (the most recent printing) by Stephen Lawhead have great covers on them, and I must say I’ve also been attracted to two books by Brnnan Manning– The Ragamuffin Gospel and Ruthless Trust. The pictures are very appealing.

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