Cover Love and Giveaway

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Katherine - April 13, 2011

The cover I am loving most right now is Maureen Lang’s “Whisper on the Wind.” It is just sooo gorgeous!!! I agree with the red accent thing! so true!!

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Kristin - April 13, 2011

I’ve recently become one of those people who’s obsessed with book covers. =) Right now I’m loving the covers to the Jane Austen-inspired series by Beth Pattillo (Jane Austen Ruined My Life, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, and the Dashwood Sisters Tell All). They’ve been out for a while, except the last one is a new release. I haven’t read them yet…but I love the covers!

~Kristin

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Jenny B Jones - April 13, 2011

Kristin, those Patillo covers are some of the BEST out there in Christian fiction (and secular). I love, love them.

Katherine, that is a good pick!

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Amy - April 13, 2011

I love the cover for ENTWINED as well as WITHER and the one for THE BIRD SISTERS. Oh, so many covers to love!!! Actually, I adore the cover of Just Between You and Me, too.

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Bethany Ellis - April 13, 2011

What I want to see less of is people’s faces! I prefer to imagine what they look like instead. 😛 I would love to see more designs and “Art” like a lot of the covers you posted. My favorite cover is still Stars in the Night, but I also love Colleen Coble’s covers of the Mercy Falls series.

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Suzanne Schaffer - April 13, 2011

I want to see more old Hollywood styles on covers (like the 30s and 40s). There’s just something about that era that fascinates me. I’d LOVE to win a copy of this book for my 14 year old daughter, we were just talking about praying for her future hubby the other night 🙂

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Em - April 13, 2011

My favorite cover right now is The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble. I also like Tamera Alexander’s A Lasting Impression. I really like those deep dark colors on them. I wish more covers used colors that were eye-catching. I would like to see less faces on covers, sometimes my imagination is different than the face on the cover.

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Jennie - April 13, 2011

I love cover art by Cornelia Funke. They always portray a magical land trying to pop off the cover and that appeals to me. Sometimes you just want to go to a different world and fight evil with your awesomeness. I like what you said about the unicorns but personally I want to see more goblins on covers. Everyone thinks they are mean, evil, and gross. I think inside every little goblin is a creature that just wants to be loved. I would like to see fewer people that are scantily clad on cover art work. Please, it is just indecent when I am walking through Meijer’s looking for milk and I see books that are plastered with scantily clad people.
Also, I loved the cover art of some of these books and am going to have to look them up in amazon. :-).

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Lizzie - April 13, 2011

I really like Elizabeth Berkley’s cover. Seems very youthful, and definitely does fit right into the bookshelf! I would pick it up. I’m kind of a cover snob, if it doesn’t jump out at me, I don’t pick it up! So people gots to make it good! 🙂

Lizzie

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Katie P. - April 13, 2011

I feel that there’s not enough cute animals! Seriously! So many books have pretty girls with beautiful dresses, and it’d be nice to see something that is adorable….Can you tell I’m jealous? 😉

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Joy Andrea - April 13, 2011

I feel that there’s not enough heads. I mean, really, so many teen books have a picture of a girl….(wait for it)….but with no head!!!!! That is sooo freaky, is it not? 😀

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Brittany - April 13, 2011

I love the covers they have for Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series. Actually, all of the books I have by her have such beautiful, glossy covers. I wish more covers had vibrant colors, or at least I’m always attracted to the book covers that have beautiful, stand-out color palattes. I’m in love with covers that are really unique and different, like DUFF by Kody Keplinger (only 17 when she wrote this, amazing!) The Fancy Nancy series and Pinkalicious picture books are really well done as well, pretty and glittery! Also, I wish that when they put people on the cover that are supposed to portray characters, they would at least attempt to pick a model that looks like her physical description in the book!

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CarolM - April 13, 2011

I love the cover of book 2 in the Lake Manawa Summer series by Lorna Seilstad – A Great Catch – Fun looking gal and baseball – what more do you need?

What I’d like to see more of? Covers with my name on them ;). Okay, I’d settle for one at this point =D.

I think cutting off the heads is weird. I get it. Understand why, but still not crazy about it. So I’d like to see less headless people.

I’ve got three daughters. I’ve also got a son I sure hope someone’s praying for. Would love a copy of the book.

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Paris - April 13, 2011

My favorite cover right now is Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Staurt. I really like the wacky hair. Sorta reminds me of my old Barbie dolls.

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Jess - April 13, 2011

I just got a copy of Colleen Coble’s The Lightkeeper’s Ball and I fell in love with it. Haven’t had a chance to read the book yet (stupid thesis keeps getting in the way), but I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it just based on the beautiful cover.

Also, I really don’t like when there are faces on covers…I like to imagine the person and not be stuck with what is on the cover. 🙂

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Steffanie - April 13, 2011

1. I love the covers by Ruben Toledo. He remakes all the classics (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Alice in Wonderland, etc.) and paints them in this beautiful, gothic style, that is all water-color paint. I love the covers so much, that even if I don’t like the book, I;ll get the book for its cover. 🙂

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GreenBeanTeenQueen - April 13, 2011

I LOVE these covers! I have Upstairs Downstairs on the DVR and I read that it’s good for those of us waiting for Downton Abbey to come back. I haven’t watched it yet though. I want all these books now-amazing!!:)

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karenk - April 13, 2011

i, too, am interested in book covers…the ones that you hightlighted, jenny, are awesome. my favourite cover, at this time, is ‘love, charleston’ by beth hart webb…

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Erin McFarland - April 13, 2011

i judge books by their covers. there, i said it. human nature?? i know i shouldn’t though because some of my favorite novels i would have never picked by the covers. so question is, who designs an author’s cover? does the author get any say? curious 🙂 i am crushing on Sarah Addison Allen’s covers with you. just lovely. what would love to see more of on covers? vampires…they are just so few and far between. i and luuuuuuved Mark Paul Gossler in the 90s…like 5 foot poster on the wall loved.

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Allie - April 13, 2011

The cover I am currently crushing on is the cover of I’m so sure! =) hehe who would’ve thought to put a picture of a cow wearing a tiara on the front? Only a genius!
And I also feel that people should put less yummy looking food on the covers! It makes me decide that instead of reading the book I should just go make myself some yummy food….

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Katie - April 13, 2011

So this is off subject but I was in B&N last month browsing the teen books. Out of nowhere we hear this loud, obnoxious laughter and someone saying, “Teen paranormal romance! Teen paranormal romance!” more laughter. “Why is that even a section?” more laughter. He walks away. I walk away. I come back ten minutes later. He is there AGAIN, repeating the first time. I died laughing.

One of my favorite covers is Jellicoe Road, the cover with the poppy. (I typed that poopy at first. NOT poopy. Poppy.) Poppies are one of my favorite flowers, and they fit perfectly with the whimsy and the magic of Jellicoe Road. It is a beautiful book.

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Cara Putman - April 13, 2011

What fun covers! Abigail just got this book in the mail today. Yeah! Think I’ll use it with my Tween Bible Study. Looks like an awesome book!

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Teresa W. - April 13, 2011

Wow, I really like the cover of To Die For. It looks to be intriguing. Caught my eye right away. I like the covers that give a little, but not alot away. Especially with faces. It helps you imagine the characters by the writer’s description then what is on the the cover. Love that your giving away a book so timely. My daughter is verging on her teenage years and has asked many a question.

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Jenny B Jones - April 13, 2011

So we have two camps:
a. Those who don’t like full face shots
b. Those who don’t like headless models
Very interesting! I think it’s also interesting that a LARGE number of you dislike seeing the entire “character’s” face on the cover,” yet that’s probably 90 percent of what we see right now. Maybe the trend is getting worn and your complaints are a sign of it moving out. Who knows!

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Ronie - April 13, 2011

Okay, so I’m entering for my daughter (No, really!). We’re crushing on the Sandra Byrd cover To Die For. Seriously, it’s making me wish I wrote historicals. Good thing I read them!

I’d like to see fewer actual faces on covers–that’s the less of part of this entry. And for hte “more of”–intensity. Oh, um that’d be good for suspense/thriller writers like me. 😀

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Shanda - April 13, 2011

I don’t mind if there is a face on the cover of a book – but ONLY, and I do stress ONLY if it matches the description that the author worked SO hard to create/establish/capture/wrestle into words.

Now for specific compliments: I grew up appreciating Garth Williams’ Illustrations for the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, and those hold a special place in my heart.
Additionally, I agree with the previous comments about Ms. Colleen’s Mercy Falls & Beth Patillo’s Austen series books – those are quite lovely.

I am also a sucker for red – be it in a dress, a rose, or an umbrella… (See Anne Fortier’s “Juliet” & Christina Gonzalez’s “The Red Umbrella”)

However, my favorite cover from the last several years has to be “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows.

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Naomi - April 13, 2011

Actually…the cover I’m super obsessed with right now is one of yours! As soon as I saw the cover for “There You’ll Find Me”, I fell in love with it. It’s sort of similar to the cover of “Caleb & Kate” by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, which I love as well.
Something I would like to see more on book covers these days is color. Like you said, YA books of late have been pretty dark and muted. (Of course, it kind of makes it easier to pick books from the library…I just pick the most colorful covers!)
Something I’d like to see less on book covers? Provocative images. I know this has been a big thing on adult romance novels for years, but now it seems to be spreading to YA fiction and even non-fiction books. I suppose it’s intended to be a ruse to “draw people in” or something of the sort, but it just completely turns me off to the book!
And I’m definitely in love with the Ask Elizabeth & The American Heiress covers!!

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Abbigail - April 13, 2011

I hate – well, not hate, but it comes close – covers where they show the characters’ face(s). It’s O.K. to have a little showing, but not the whole face! But I still like it when the cover is a photograph. (I’m like, obsessed with cameras. I’ll give you one guess what I want to be when I grow up…hehe 😀 ) Yet oddly, right now I’m really loving this http://www.amazon.com/Abandon-Meg-Cabot/dp/0545284104 book cover. Meg Cabot’s Abandon. It’s probably not something I would ever read, unless someone else bought it for me, but am I still allowed to love the cover? Miles from Ordinary, by Carol Lynch Williams – still not my type book, yet definitely my type of cover! http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Ordinary-Carol-Lynch-Williams/dp/0312555121 (that sounds weird, but…) My favorite graphic cover right now has to be Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Red-Jackson-Pearce/dp/0316068683 The list goes on and on!!! 😀 One more – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0399254129/thebookreport01 Love both the cover and the story line on this one! Alright, I need to be done…but for the record, I’m seriously majorly (is that a word?) crushing on your new book cover! And no, I’m not JUST kissing up to you…(key word there:JUST lol 🙂 )
-<3-Abbigail

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Carlee Dawodu - April 13, 2011

Yes!! I would love a copy of Praying for your Future Husband for my 11 year old daughter, Catherine!
What a blessing! Thanks for writing something that fills such a Godly need for our young ones!

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Carlee - April 13, 2011

Oops. As always, I didn’t follow directions! 🙂
As a adoptive mama of daughters with an array of skin tones, I would LOVE to see covers with people/families who portray many different races. Pictures of mixed families are my favorite!! 🙂

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Jenny - April 13, 2011

This isn’t for the contest. I can’t think of anything unlovable about Saved by the Bell. Maybe our library has DVD box set of all their seasons.

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Michelle Pottenger - April 13, 2011

I would like to see less of faces that society sees as “perfect”. I would like to see more of what is realistic. Yes, there is something to be said for leaving some details to the imagination. I’m drawn to covers that bring me into the storyline just by looking. My daughter is 11 yrs old and in 5th grade. She is already looking and crushing on boys. I want to teach her that the future is what she’s preparing for, the long term..

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Leah - April 13, 2011

I LOVE sooo many book covers!!
I’m totally into Give the Lady a Ride by Linda W. Yezan. AWESOME!!
Deeanne Gist’s new one. My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren, Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin.
And Tons more!

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ashley - April 13, 2011

the amount of red is undeniable 🙂 Glad you finally admitted it. My favs of this list are: A Southernly Course and A Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. RED in both!

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Leah - April 13, 2011

Oh and To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Also I would love to get the book, Praying for your Future Husband I tried to order it from the library, but then realized its not out yet, or its too soon to get it at library’s.
It looks and sounds like a really good book.

A really fun post today Jenny!!

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Christa - April 13, 2011

I ditto Sarah Addison Allen’s cover art as frameable. I noticed that the cover for The Help just changed. Not one of my favs; in fact, I would have passed it up in the bookstore.

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Heather aka Dynamic Uno - April 13, 2011

*stepping up on soapbox*
I could really do with less of the darkness on the covers of teens books. I realize that with all of the teen angst and hormones floating in the air this time of year that they may be drawn to the darkness, but I am tired of the looney toons. (Can you tell that Spring Break needs to come quickly?)

And while I’m at it, I could do with less of the dystopian novels too. I realize that this is a big trend in publishing for teens right now, but still…really? Yes, the world as we know it will eventually end. Get. Over. It. And get Jesus. (Then there will be no need for the dark covers or the end of the world doom and gloom.)
*stepping off soapbox*

A cover I noticed the other day that I thought was interesting–“There’s No Place Like Home” by Jen Calonita. The sparkly red bag(?) reminds me of Dorothy’s ruby slippers. Of course that reminds me of the creepy monkeys, so now I’m not so sure I like it. Oh well…it was worth a shot. 🙂

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Jenny B Jones - April 13, 2011

Christa, shoot! I have been meaning to show off your upcoming book cover. It’s one of my FAVORITES. Total ART. I’ll do that soon.

And nooooo, NOT digging The Help paperback cover. What is THAT?

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Jenny B Jones - April 13, 2011

I like that Jen Calonita cover too! Great find, Heather. Love the connection between the purse and title, but yet they didn’t use the overdone shoes.

And I TOTALLY agree about dystopian lit. Make it go away. Such downer material. Unfortunately, it’s replacing the new vampire craze, and is here to stay for a bit. Makes me miss the fangs…

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Joy - April 13, 2011

I love so many covers too. How do I pick just one. I love all of Erynn Mangum’s covers. And I love the covers for Jane Austen’s Emma (Penguin 2009) and Sense and Sensiblity (Betheny House 2010). Very beautiful.

And this may be cheating but I’m going to say what I’d like to see on some covers. I like some mythical creatures too. I would love to see some beautiful dragon on the cover with a young woman dressed in Jane Austan contour. Maybe reaching out to touch the dragon on the snot/nose. Not showing her whole face, more like the profile of her face.

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Liv - April 13, 2011

The Girl Who Could Fly.

Best EVER.

‘Nuff Said.

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Janna - April 13, 2011

I am loving the covers without the heads cut off but where the girls face isn’t full on to the camera (an exception to that is In The Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons – the 1st cover not the 2nd – that cover was gorgeous!)

The coolest cover that never came out…
“So Over My Head” by Jenny B Jones 🙂
I loved the dog with the party hat because it fit so well with the pig and the purse and the cow and tiara… I was bummed when it switched (LOVE that series!)

I would love this book to go through with my oldest girls right now!

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Cara Putman - April 13, 2011

It has been fascinating to get all this feedback on covers. Loving it!

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Jenny B Jones - April 13, 2011

It is interesting conversation, isn’t it? Kind of like the faith element in a book–you’re never going to please everyone.

Janna, I agree–where the model isn’t looking directly at you. But no collies on my covers! ; )

Liv, that is a really cool cover! I hadn’t seen that one. Have you read it?

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Liv - April 13, 2011

Yep! Well, almost, it said a ‘bad word’ at the end and I was reading it when I was 8 or so. I kinda freaked. I really need to read it again though.

P.S. It wasn’t a terrible word or anything. Nothing you won’t come across in any secular Y.A. lit. Really loved the whole plotline though! Very Mysterious Benedict Society! Oh, that’s one of my fav covers, too! Especially the first!

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Liv - April 13, 2011

Something I want to see less on covers is the models looking right at you. First of all I want to be a photographer and that is an insult to all people who a) have a single creative bone in there bodies b) have held a camera. It kinda creeps me out; its like they’re staring right at you. Especially if they’re real models, not illustrations! I know I’m weird, but something about those tiny little eyes…

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Reagan - April 13, 2011

1. My favorite cover would have to be MissMatch by Erynn Mangum. Actually, I just love all her covers. So cute!
2. I love bright colors. Especially series where each book is a different color but they all pop!
3. Hmm, lets have more books without the face of the main characters. I really love being able to make up the images in my head and I just hate it when there’s a contrasting face in my head from the cover that fights with what I really want it to be while I read.

P.S. I went around for 2 weeks casually mentioning Prom to my friends who all said it looked stupid and finally jumped up and down in excitement when I found somebody who wanted to see it with me 🙂

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Nicole O'Dell - April 13, 2011

I didn’t have time to read through everyone’s comments, so this my be a repetition…

But I love the cover of Melanie Dickerson’s The Healer’s Apprentice and Kimberly Stuart’s Operation Bonnet. Love ’em!

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mikayla - April 13, 2011

Alright, I am in love with 2 covers.
1. Matched by Allie Condie.
-I love this cover. It is simplistic yet gorgeous. The see through glass with the main charector from the book, Cassia, pictured in her silk green gown from her matching banquent, is so perfect. It provokes though and captures your eye and it really describes the book perfectly.

2.Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
– LOVE. I love your cover for your book and I am not just trying to be a suck up. I am in love with covers with gorgeous girls in a gorgeous dress. But I love how Lucy is in the forground and Alex is in the background. I really dipicts the charectors. If you want to get analytical, In a way it represents how Lucy is in control of her life and she is not completely willing to let alex into the picture completly, but he is there charmingly waiting.

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jessica - April 13, 2011

This is so fun! I love Kelley Armstrong’s cover for her first trilogy. They caught my eye in a good way. I also like the beautiful creatures series covers. My favorite covers of all time would have to be the covers of any books by liz kessler. They are amazing! You have to check them out! I like covers where the model’s head is cut off. It gives you an idea of the charachter without revealing too much. I like all different kinds of covers. I like when they have colors that pop, but i also like when they have pastel colors and\or sparkles. I am also a fan of dark covers and books though. Oh, i almost forgot, i live the Luxe covers. the books are by Anna godbersen. I love the big dresses and have always dreamed of wearing one! I’d like to see more sparkles on covers and less sad ones. I almost forgot to mention this, but i don’t want ot enter the contest. I jsut wanted people to see my favorite covers. I also had a question for you Jenny and any other published authors that are reading this, how much say do the authors have in the cover design? Do they get to tell an artist what they want and pick from choices? just wondering.

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